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A Little Slice of Paradise
Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts

By Mamie Nash
Travel Information Provided by Tamyra Nash, Travel Professional, My Savvy Vacation

Of all the resorts on all beaches in all the world, there are none that come quite as close to capturing a little slice of paradise as Sandals! Built on powdery white sand amidst lush tropical foliage, and surrounded by crystal clear azure waters, these all-inclusives represent the height of luxury! The fourteen privately owned resorts are located on the best beaches of St. Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, and the newest location, Grenada!

Couple dancing in the dark at Sandals

These resorts are absolutely ideal for romantic getaways-- in fact, they were created specifically for people in love! Complete privacy and romance is the forethought of the Sandals ownership, and the staff work very hard to maintain that atmosphere. There are little coves and corners throughout the resort where couples can share those blissfully perfect intimate moments, undisturbed by unwanted attention and noise! Couples’ massages on the beach, private candlelit dinners for two, breakfast in king-sized beds (located in all rooms and suites), and ultra-luxurious accommodations are available for those couples celebrating their life together.

Unparalleled service awaits you at these dreamy destinations. Each individual staff member has been hand picked from thousands of applicants and sent through a rigorous training process that includes attendance at Sandals University, a hospitality program in the Caribbean! All tips are included in the price, so it is absolutely unnecessary to worry about bringing cash everywhere you go. In fact, tipping is not only discouraged at Sandals, it’s forbidden*! Why, then, is the service so good at each and every resort? Because the staff genuinely cares about your stay!

Patio with plants

Whether you dream of waking up each morning in a lovely villa, wish to enjoy alone time in your own private splash pool, or want the romantic adventure of staying in a two-story loft suite within a coconut grove, Sandals has every room style imaginable to meet your dreams in paradise! They offer everything from Millionaire Suites which have an unobstructed 180-degree view of the sea complete with private pools and outdoor grotto's, to Swim-up Suites that flow into an exquisite swimming pool, to One-bedroom Suites that offer an expansive living room and a large balcony overlooking the cool, clear ocean, just to name a few! Yes, there is something for everyone at each Sandals location!

While each and every visitor receives personal service and attention usually reserved for royalty at Sandals resorts, if you’re looking for even more pampering during your stay consider one of Sandals Butler Packages! These wonderful butlers belong to the Guild of Professional English Butlers, an organization created to deliver the highest level of service in the world fit for royalty, heads of state and celebrities! Each butler is proficient in anticipating your every need, sometimes before you know them yourself. Your personal butler will be assigned to serve you during the duration of your stay, and they will be available both day and night for your convenience.

From arranging your suite prior to your arrival to unpacking your luggage, from drawing you romantic, petal filled baths to pressing your garments and taking care of your laundry, making all your dinner reservations, booking tours, reserving spa treatments, and serving your favorite drinks as you lounge on the beach or by the pool, these highly trained butlers make it their life's duty to provide you with exemplary service, the likes of which you've never seen before! And don’t worry about the hassle of arranging your trip back to the airport when your stay is done. Your butler will have all of your transportation planned for you in advance! Love the service so much that you simply must come back and enjoy this kind of attention again? The butler department retains all of your individual preferences for your future stays!

Scuba under the oceanNot all of your time must be spent lounging by the pool or wading in the ocean, however. Do you long for the thrill of strapping on a tank and diving into the depths of the sea, there to be amazed by the wonders of the ocean? Then Sandals has the perfect activity available for you! From offering open water certification to providing you with private, night, and instructed dives, Sandals provides the opportunity for divers of every skill level to enjoy the magnificent wonders of the sea!

They also have unlimited land sports. From private tennis lessons to basketball, racquetball and squash, lawn games, billiards, table tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, and indoor games, Sandals literally has it all! Love to golf? Check out Sandals exclusive golf courses, from the championship course in Ocho Rios to the 18-hole oceanfront course at Sandals Emerald Bay, designed by Greg Norman himself!

Perhaps you’re more of a watersports type couple. Fear not, ladies and gents, these picture perfect paradises have it covered! Windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, sunfish sailing, water skiing, knee-boarding, and even glass-bottom boating tours are all available for your enjoyment!

After working yourself to exhaustion day in and day out, there is nothing quite as rewarding and relaxing than some time at the spa! Whether you want a massage by the water with the salt breeze brushing your skin and the crash of the waves lulling you to peace, or you prefer an indoor sanctuary, I promise that there is something for you here. From body wraps with organic seaweed to couples’ massages with river rocks and tropical oils, from meditation gardens to saunas and steam rooms, Sandals has every form of luxury, capturing the hearts of men and women alike!

Perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying a refreshingly cool drink on a warm day. There’s nothing quite like sipping from an icy glass while the sun kisses you from head to toe, is there? Sandals offers you unlimited top-shelf drinks for no additional cost! There are signature swim-up pool bars, piano bars, beachfront bars, pubs, and themed bars, all with top-quality staff who are experts at mixing the perfect drink, to top off your perfect day.

Butler on beach serving drinks

What about evening entertainment? Some couples enjoy hitting a festive event after a night of lounging, and as usual, Sandals never disappoints! Themed parties, live shows, bonfires and costumes, Sandals has it all with no expense spared! From fire eating shows to White Night, where every guest wears white for a lovely beach party, spectacular entertainment is never lacking here in paradise!

Yes, any couple vacationing at these resorts will never want to leave, but oh, to have a wedding at Sandals! Destination weddings are all the rage, and for good reason! Being married on the pure white sands with an ocean sunset in the background, surrounded by only your closest family and friends, followed by a dream dinner with lovely decor makes up the exquisite romantic fairy tale that every bride dreams of!

Sandals has put heart and soul into ensuring that every moment of your special day is filled with wonder. the affianced are provided a personal wedding coordinator to take care of every detail, and the resorts offer you a large range of colors and themes to choose from to tailor your wedding decor to your specific taste! The Beautiful Beginnings basic wedding package, a $500 value is even included!

Have you always dreamed of holding a bouquet of beautiful exotic flowers as you walk down a white sand aisle lined with seashells toward the man of your dreams, who happens to be waiting under a fluttering canopy beside the sea? What about dancing under dozens of delicate lanterns while listening to the tinkling of steel drums? And of course, topping it off with a romantic breakfast in bed the next morning is on the menu! It sounds like a wedding at Sandals just may be perfect for you!

The resort also offers pre-wedding spa packages, and professional hair and makeup artists to tease your natural beauty to that picture-perfect radiance. If you've already had a dream wedding, and are looking to recapture the romance of newlyweds with a lovely vowel renewal, then there is a place for you, too! The Sandals vision is to make romantic moments with your love a priority, no matter what the circumstances. Ah, l’amour!

Part of the beauty of vacationing in one of these dreamlike places is that all Sandals resorts are couples-only! No children, no pets, no loud noises to disturb your days (though the company does have another top-of-the-line resort line that allows children, named Beaches, to meet the needs of families without sacrificing the comfort!). These resorts are paradise on earth, and each and every one includes top-of-the-line amenities, the likes of which you've never seen!

Is your mind blown? Are you ready, as I am, to hop on the next plane and dash to a lush, tropical paradise? Check out the Sandals website at for more information, pricing, and current specials, or contact our Travel Professional, Tamyra Nash, a Certified Sandals Specialist, at for personalized vacation planning at no additional cost!

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*Tipping is encouraged for butlers only / Issue 153 - September 4005
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