So we are two weeks out from our trip to SGSL. We are very excited and I have been reading every review on TA for the past couple of months. Time and time again I am perplexed at the people that take the time to write a terrible review but never took the time to research the different rooms, categories, options, pros and cons of the resort. For instance, don't book a basic garden view room then complain because you don't get room service or a fridge stocked with alcohol. It is very clear in the room category descriptions as well as reviewers comments that you must book a concierge level or higher for this. If you think your drink is watered down ask for another shot for goodness sake!! And if the food portions are small GET ANOTHER ENTREE!! People have no one to blame but themselves when complaining about issues that are easily resolved on their own.
Next, don't book a basic room and assume that you will automatically get whatever restaurant reservations you want whenever you want. Also clearly stated in the descriptions as well as comments from the reviewers. We were at an all inclusive last year in Mexico and only got one specialty restaurant. It was only OK but certainly didn't ruin my experience there!
Finally, and this is where I decided for laughs to do a comparison, DON'T compare this to a 5 Star resort!! It is NOT a 5 star resort and doesn't pretend to be. It is supposed to be an nice all inclusive. When I think of a 5 star resort I think of the Ritz-Carlton in Grand Cayman for instance. I went online and put in our dates, an oceanfront room which is the category we booked at Sandals, a package that offered us buffet breakfast for two and a resort credit of $100 daily. That rate for the Ritz-Carlton came out to $9100 for the week. That does NOT include drinks whenever we want, dinner, wine at dinner, room service etc. And it certainly does NOT include scuba diving which, when we travel to Cayman, can add another $500 to the bill minimum. So I'd put that Ritz Carlton trip in the neighborhood of $12,000 easily.
We have also stayed at the Westin in Grand Cayman which I would probably consider along the same level as Sandals. About a nice 4 star. Those bills for lunch and drinks at the pool caused us to gasp!
Bottom line is, and I realize I have yet to step foot on this property, unless this place is a complete DUMP which I know it won't be and the food is utterly disgusting, again I'm sure it will be quite good, I realize that we are getting a very good value for the money. When I crunched the numbers for the 2 different resorts in Cayman, one 5 star and one 4, we will still be spending about $2500 less for having gone to Sandals.
If you want 5 star then by all means BOOK a 5 star. Just be prepared to pay for it!
OK. I'll get off my soapbox now!!!