>Just came back from Honeymoon. >Stayed at Sandals resort in St.

>Just came back from Honeymoon
>Stayed at Sandals resort in St. Lucia
>All-inclusive so food and drinks were included
>Drinks tasted watered down
>Food was subpar and staff was incredibly slow every night
>Need to wake up at the crack of dawn to “claim” a beach chair

Overall we had a fun and relaxing time but for the price we paid, we expected better. Did we just have a poor experience or are Sandals resorts considered overrated?

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Resorts in St Lucia are notoriously overpriced and tend to under deliver.

    Same for many other islands in the caribbean where you pay a huge premium for the location but that's about it when it comes to why you're paying more than say Punta Cana or Cancun. Unless you go for the 5 star well known brands like Four Seasons or St Regis you will get hustled.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The drinks are watered down because they don't want idiots abusing the all-you-can-drink portion and acting fools on the resort. Are you so much of an alcoholic that you can't even pace yourself with free drinks?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Definitely not an alcoholic but I expected at least a bit of a buzz in a minimum of 1-2 drinks. Especially since they’re frozen sugar bombs

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Drinking my way into a diabetic coma before I can taste any alcohol doesn’t sound that great. I might as well down a can of Coco Lopez

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what is with all the preachy anti alcohol fags on sighsee lately? fuck off you big gay gay

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Gee you are a bit sensitive, did you wake up with an empty wallet and a hangover again?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >empty wallet
          no my family is wealthy
          >hangover
          never get hangovers since I am an expert. I have just noticed that there seem to be a lot of people here (and other boards) lately who at any mention of alcohol immediately start preaching and babbling about alcoholism. I think it's the zoomer generation which is much more focused on drugs, particularly synthetic "designer" drugs, and generally dislike alcohol. some kind of weird generational rebellious phase.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            if anything, zoomers are more into binge drinking and getting white girl wasted than any previous generation - go anywhere near a college campus on a friday night and you'll figure this out very quickly.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              not true at all. the amount of zoomers who dont drink wine, beer, or spirits is surprisingly low. the vast majority drink seltzer and other similarly watered down shit. they get high because weed is basically legal everywhere and they take prescription drugs and MDMA mostly.

              i work at a liquor store in a college town. even the guys are buying RTDs, not boxes of beer or liquor. they use these as a pre game at home before taking whatever drug it is they are taking that evening just before they go out to a club or to a party

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >the amount of zoomers who dont drink wine, beer, or spirits is surprisingly low.
                surprisingly high i mean. at least where i live

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I work with Lucians and their economy never recovered from 2007/2008 and has gone in the shitter during covid

    They also haven’t had much business for 2 years so their tourism/hospitality skills would have atrophied. I disagree that Dominican or otherwise is better, Dominican is full of hustlers and scammers and is aggressive as fuck. Saint Lucia resorts clear all the prostitution and poverty out of sight so that it doesn’t offend the sensibilities of white women. That’s the premium you are paying for.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Snorkeling near the Pitons was nice, but that’s about all St Lucia has going for them.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      So are the airport baggage handlers who quickly grab your luggage as soon as you step out of the taxi and then expect a tip for carrying it for 30 seconds from the taxi to the entrance only a St. Lucian thing, or is that all over the Caribbean?

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can confirm St. Lucia sucks… go to Aruba or Turks and Caicos instead

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What’s considered the best Caribbean island to visit? Or is every island in the Caribbean basically the same? I’ve heard Curaçao is nice.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They are all the same, go to the Pacific if you want real exotic island vibes. They are safer and have better cultures too

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        We had originally thought about going to go to Tahiti for our Honeymoon but everything seemed too expensive. I guess you get what you pay for.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >is every island in the Caribbean basically the same?
      The islands are all the same if you stay in the resort. If you go outside where the regular people are (which, admittedly can be dangerous in some islands) then they're all different.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Overall we had a fun and relaxing time but for the price we paid, we expected better. Did we just have a poor experience or are Sandals resorts considered overrated?
    The entire world is short-staffed and suffered a hit from covid.

    Possibly there may be some Corporate hurting since that couple died at the Exuma Sandals resort which was shown to be carbon monoxide poisoning. They were to blame for lack of detectors and and maintainence issues, and they even had forewarning when the guests had been hospitalized before going back to the resort to their deaths in the same rooms.

    In my personal experience, all-inclusive is only best when you need the walls of a resort to keep crime and riffraff away from the tourists. Think DR or Jamaica, where the locals might kill you for your watch on a beach, not just rob you, but kill you. You'll never get great drinks when the hotel is on an island. of a country in central america, yes, but not island pricing. Locals pay through the nose for everything, from desal water prices and those awful restricted water showers, to thre fact they have to fly in their OJ or seafood from Miami. The maids might be russians living on property on visas, rather than locals too good to work, or who need more money for the high cost of living. Price it out next time. When I stayed at Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas, I had not realized I had to pay $40 for ferry over huge giant waves in a dinghy or a taxi to drive like a homicidal maniac just to go into the town for dinner. It was boring not to leave at whim.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Don't feel bad OP, a lot of people go to these Sandals style resorts, there's nothing inherently wrong with them - they're a sanitized, safe experience which is especially good for normie women. I'd say the best way to do the Caribbean is Airbnb but you have to be a bit more adventurous. I truly think the Caribbean is one of the forgotten travel regions, the Bahamas, Jamaica, PR, DR, Aruba, the Virgin Islands, etc. all have different cultures, historic sites, cuisines. Unfortunately they can be quite expensive to travel/eat on because of the distance and import costs.

    If you're open to adventure with your girl next time look into the Netherlands Antilles, they're relatively well-developed, safe and have a lot of wonderful natural and historic sites.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I truly think the Caribbean is one of the forgotten travel regions

      True. Going to rural Jamaica reinvigorated my love for travel. It was a great experience and unlike anything/anywhere else I'd ever been.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Drinks tasted watered down

    Did you tip the barmaids?
    Most people don't, so if you tip them once in a while, I can assure you they will always serve you first, and serve you very strong drinks if that is your request

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also, the best bang for buck destination imo (excluding Cuba) is definately Punta Cana, DR

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sandals resorts have a no tipping policy

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >resort is called sandals
    >shoes are mandatory in the steakhouse
    will never forgive them for that. you should stay far away.

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