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It’s been dubbed the World’s Best All-Inclusive 22 years running at the World Travel Awards, and for good reason. Sandals Resorts are often cited as the most romantic resorts in the Caribbean. The rooms have an undeniable “wow” factor, with swim-up suites featuring soaking tubs for two, balconies with private oceanfront infinity pools, and overwater bungalows that look like they’ve been plucked straight from Bora Bora. These are the types of resorts that will elicit instant jealousy from your Facebook friends. But beyond the perfect beachfront locations and awe-inducing accommodations, what about entertainment? Is there anything to do? We set out to find out for ourselves and came up with 3 surprising revelations.
1. You Won’t Have to Leave the Resort to Find an Adventure
Every all-inclusive resort makes this claim, then you arrive to find a few cheap pairs of used snorkel masks and realize not every all-inclusive is created equal. Sandals, however, truly delivers when they say they are the world’s only 5-star Luxury-Included® resort. First, they select their locations specifically because the beaches are protected by offshore reefs that make the waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. For diving, their program is one of the best in the industry, voted within the top 5 dive operations in the Western Hemisphere by PADI® itself. If you’ve never been diving before, Sandals even offers an on-resort certification course (for a fee) where you can be in the water, exploring the Caribbean’s famous coral reefs, walls, caves and shipwrecks the very next day.
Sandals is also the only resort in the Caribbean that includes both non-motorized and motorized watersports, like waterskiing behind top-of-the-line Mastercraft® boats. You can also go tubing, aquatriking, glass bottom boating, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. You can even sail off into the sunset on a private Hobie Cat® catamaran for two—with or without a captain—all included.
2. There’s ALWAYS Something Going On
By day, soak up the sun on Sandals’ long stretches of private beach, punctuated by the sounds of steel drum from a 5-piece live Caribbean band. As the day melts to night, the tables are set for candlelit dinners on the beach serenaded by an acoustic guitar. And when the sun goes down, the energy heats up with acrobats under bright lights, exotic dancers and fire-eaters, and wild beach parties raging well into the night. And just when we thought the evening had died down, we would turn a corner and find couples cuddled up in front of individual fire pits, enjoying a nightcap to the sounds of a live saxophonist. From theme nights to circus performers and live bands to flashing lights, the entertainment at Sandals was more than we expected, yet as soon as we’d had our fill and decided to retreat to our suite for a flute of champagne to end the night, the only sounds we heard were the waves lapping at the shore outside our balcony.
3. Every Hour is Happy Hour
There are a lot of all-inclusive resorts with an open bar. Sandals takes it a step further with unlimited premium spirits and drinks made-to-order. Whether you’re in the mood for an expertly mixed mojito, a frozen piña colada, or your favorite spirit on the rocks, here you’ll find some of the finest labels. We’re talking Johnnie Walker, Bombay Sapphire, Crown Royal, and everything in between. Sure, alcohol isn’t a prerequisite to having fun… but unlimited top-shelf spirits made all the difference! With as many as 11 bars per resort, we never ran out of places to sip our favorites. Watch the sun sink into the ocean at the overwater bar, then sing along to your favorite tunes played live at the piano bar. Grab a rum runner from the swim-up bar, sip sophisticated cocktails at the speakeasy, then stargaze in a hammock at the beachfront bar. Even when we went off to find a secluded corner to cuddle up and admire the ocean, we were quickly met with a friendly waiter eager to bring us a drink. Sandals says it’s always a party; we now understand what they mean!
Stay at One, Play at All
For those of you who knew which island you wanted to visit but had a hard time picking which Sandals Resort to stay at—good news. Thanks to Sandals exclusive "Stay at One, Play at All" program, you can experience all of the lush surroundings and luxurious amenities at all other nearby Sandals for the duration of your vacation. They’ll even take you to resorts located within the same town.
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