1) Yes – it’s actually better now than it has been after the refurb last year. Upgraded rooms, new beach club area, and lots of new restaurants. It’s really become a nicer resort and still less than any other Sandals due to the number of rooms they need to fill.
2) Sandals includes transfers on all reservations – and 95% of our clients use them. We can also arrange private transfers for those who prefer them.
A couples resorts only allows couples on property. An adults only resort allows adults, but allows adult singles, groups, etc. It doesn't just cater to couples and only have double beds.
There really isn't anything that is a pure "Singles" resort.
Yes, we can book reservations for Canadians and would be glad to assist you with custom requests like this.
We've emailed you for more information.
Obviously, you didn't book with TripGuy and most likely booked direct with Beaches.
We've already notified all of our affected clients and are in the process of moving them to either Beaches Negril or Beaches Boscobel at no additional cost. We've pro-actively been expediting the moves to do our best to ensure that our clients get the resort that best matches their needs and a room category that most similarly matches what they had booked at Beaches Sandy Bay.
If you booked direct with Beaches or thru Beaches.com, and have not yet made the final payment on your trip, please contact a TripGuy agent for we will be able to assist you in picking the best resort for you and working out the details on your behalf with Beaches.
To Beaches' credit - they are protecting you at no additional cost at 2 great resorts - so generally this is a positive change.
The Sandals Resorts in Jamaica all have their own unique personality so it's hard to make a blanket statement as to how they compare to the Palace Resorts in Mexico. In general, they are of the same level, but some of the Sandals Resorts are modern (Sandals Whitehouse), some are more classic (Sandals Montego Bay)....some are more boutique/high-level (Sandals Royal Plantation), etc. We'd be glad to match you up with the resort that best fits your needs/desire. As Sandals Specialists, we really are match-makers to find the right property for each couple we work with.
Unfortunately, outside of the Bahamas, there are really no options for boat transfers to locations in the Caribbean other than traditional cruises.
There are many amazing Adults only properties - both in Jamaica and in the rest of the Caribbean. Without knowing more about you and your needs, its really impossible to match the best resort to you. That's where our agents come in....getting to know what is important to you and help weed thru the hundreds of options to find the best resort for you - whether a Sandals, Couples, El Dorado, Secrets, or other adults only property. Same for family resorts, groups, incentive trips, destination weddings, etc.
L'Hoste is not generally a resort that we sell a lot of in St. Martin. We sell more Alamanda and Esmeralda for people looking for locations right on Orient Beach. These are very "plain" properties, but well priced and perfectly located (especially Alamanda).
Green Cay Villas is also another good choice just up the hill from the beach offering more villa style accomodations.
Sandals Carlyle in Montego Bay is normally the least expensive property due its small size and lack of traditional Sandals amenities. Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios is normally the least expensive "normal" Sandals property due to its large number of rooms that need to be filled and longer drive from the airport. Sandals has spent a huge amount of money to renovate/improve Sandals Grand Riviera in 2011.
Steve- Unfortunately most of this is stereotype...the client mix at both Sandals and Beaches is both very similar. A mix of honeymooners and older couples, regardless of age.... I believe each property has it's own personality...that is somewhat based on who is there that week. Based on the below: 1) If you want properties more like bungalows and less like hotel rooms, Couples Negril and Swept away would both be good fits. So would Sandals Whitehouse since it's got "villages" rather than some big hotel structure. I would stay away from the Ocho Rios properties because they are all more "hotel" like and Sandals Montego Bay which probably wouldn't be a good fit. 2) Golf - tough one since Ocho Rios is the only place where golf is included. Sandals Grand Ocho is my least favorite Sandals. Couples Tower Isle is a large "hotel" property...and couples sans souci is our lowest rated Couples property. 3) Sandals sales - Sandals is always on sale...so don't let that impact your decision. The sales do change, however. Also, with either Sandals or Couples...should a lower price come out in the future, we'd have no problems getting your reservation adjusted to the then lower rate...so you don't have to worry about that.