I posted this same question in the broader Jamacia form and received just a few replies and so I thought I'd try here. Looking for people who've been to either or both of these resorts. We're trying to book a honeymoon. Here was my post:
We're trying to plan a honeymoon for the end of April-early May. Budget is a factor, but not the only factor. I've been looking at Jamacia because it seems the most reasonable in the carribean besides Mexico. Nothing against Mexico, but we've been there a few times. So when looking at Jamacia, I've looked at so much (photos and reviews) that my eyes are crossing and I'm getting confused. Here are our main requests: All inclusive, beach front, nice cocktails, relaxing but also with some activities going on, and a nice room (prefer ocean view but doesn't have to be a suite). Between us we have a 9 year old with disabilities and 2 teenagers so we NEED this to be a great vacation! We want to relax, drink, and have a little fun! We are the type of people that will get up a tab bit late, grab breakfast, head to the pool, sip a cocktail, head to the beach and sip a few more cocktails, I'll dip back in the pool occasionally while the Mr. jumps into a game of beach volleyball, we may even skip lunch to hang more on the beach or to go snorkling, then head up to get ready for dinner, have a NICE dinner, mingle around the resort to check out any activities, grab another drink at the bar, then head to the room to do a few more acitivities or maybe go straight to sleep! :-) I would like the room to be nice with an ocean view because we may spend some late mornings on the balconey. Or sit out there and relax before our before dinner shower. We may mingle out of the resort just 1 or 2 days, not too much. When we do, we'd like be able to do something fun.
So, just looking on here at photos and reviews, I've sorta narrowed it down to The Jewel or one of the Sandals, but some of the Sandals can get a little more pricey. Any thoughts? For the dates that we need, for 5 nights, it looks like we can go to the Jewel for around $3,000 with an ocean view, that is airfare included. Tho someone on another board mentioned a site where he was able to get TEN DAYS (!!!!!) there in May for about that same price. I don't know.... The Sandals resorts look to be around $3,500 for the same accomodiations during the same dates, except for the Carlyle was cheaper, but may be a little too small and quiet for our liking. It was about the same price as the Jewel. I'm open to any ideas.... I'd really like the nicest resort and nicest room that we can get for the best price (don't we all???) without spending over $3,500 and would prefer to keep it to around $3,000. Please help, the brain is fried!!! Melissa