After 3 nights at SN we transferred to our Home at SRC on July 2. The ride from Negril was nice and we arrived around noon. We went to the Concierge office and got checked in. Orlando came to greet us and he and Joshayne were our butlers for the week. Of course the rooms were not ready so went to Mariner’s for some lunch and the boys went to see Ms. Verna at the pool bar to get the weeks started.
Our rooms were ready and we were in the Buckingham building upstairs overlooking east river pool. We were a bit disappointed that we were upstairs and on opposite ends of the building from our friends. We were told resort was at capacity and during the week we did notice it was very full. The rooms were set up very nice and we loved the separate shower and tub. There was a door to the bathroom and that was nice. Beds are very comfortable. Room had most of the requested liquor but of course no Appleton, no Absolute, and no Wycliff champagne. Slight disappointment in the change of liquor and the patio had no fan so it was pretty warm in the evening. Dinner at Regency and we had a table set up by Joshayne.
Most of our days were on loungers on the island, we like the far side as is quieter and you can snorkel. It is clothing optional and we noticed more are taking advantage of that but does not bother us, we dozed most of the days anyway. We also did do a few days beside the main pool. Orlando & Joshayne always had the cooler packed with water Red Stripe light, OJ, and champagne. Like I said we did a lot of resting and enjoyed the time just lying back and snoozing. Neville at the main pool was always cleaning and arranging chair/towels for the guest.
Our only excursion was we did the Canopy Zip Line tour through the Island Routes and Chukka. It was some of the most fun we have ever had and the staff there makes the tour worth every penny. Thanks Hollywood and Delano.
Other dining reports. We went to the Sandals Carlyle Inn on Sunday and ate at the flambé restaurant. Craig was the host and waiter for this wonderful experience. Everyone should try this restaurant if you can. The Inn was beautiful and Xavier & Keiffer at the bar were great and Shane from Snapshots helped our friends with their new camera. We also me the GS manager and I have let her name slip. We would consider this quaint hotel for a short stay to just get away. Monday Tokyo Joes – fabulous, Tuesday – SSG dinner Ms Karen Brown at our table and the food was good (more on this later), Wednesday – Oleander Room at SMB not a pleasant experience (reservations not honored, waited over an hour & was told 45 min, slowest service ever, people seated after us had drink, appetizer, and salad before we had a drink) food was good and the only lobster we had all week. Thursday we had dinner on patio from Le Jardinere and they set up a lovely area and brought in a fan as it is very hot on the 2nd floor with no breeze. Friday to SMB for Stewfish but moved inside due to rain, they did let me order from Bayside menu as none of the other choices appealed to me. We ate at the beach grill numerous times and one late night the cook was cleaning to fix a burger for a guest with wheat allergies, I think this is fabulous they will do this. Love the Jamaican patties and “Cajun” fries.
I would like to mention that our butlers Joshayne and Orlando did a great job to make this trip wonderful. We even were able to get a bottle or 2 of Wycliff. The pool bar staff was great, Verna, Courtney, and Tracy would make tall and strong. The bartender at the piano bar was Sasha and she would remember your drink after your first order and have them waiting on you. The Red Lane Spa was great and I recommend the West Indian massage done in the hut by the beach, perfect surroundings to relax, thanks Kathy. McKay was the river pool cleaner and did a super job.
Things at the resort were good for the most part. They did not do as much for the returning guests as they have in the past and had no t-shirts and no effort to have them sent when they came in. The Appleton is missing but we all know that by now. There were no floaties to be found this time and glad we brought our own. It just seemed like everyone was in a state of flux the whole week. There was only one day they did a lawn cocktail party and that coincided with July 4th. Lots of management walking around and checking out things during the day and all were pleasant. We were disappointed that we were rushed onto the bus and no one there to wave goodbye.
One thing you should consider is the Club MoBay at the airport. Very nice lounge available and you get to bypass the immigration and security check lines and just move on through. Worth every penny. We did book another trip for 2013 while there with Tashawn and he was great working with us to make it just right and finally getting my husband’s name correct on the account. All in all it was a wonderful relaxing vacation with just some minor inconveniences. We will Soon Come Back.
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- •7 exquisite dining options, with world-class culinary cuisines.•Only Jamaican resort with a private offshore island, housing an authentic Thai restaurant.•Magnificent, swim-up crystal lagoon suites.•24 hour room service as a part of our concierge service.•English pub offering an authentic pub dining experience.•Voted Sandals “World's Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row.•Voted “Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row. ... more less
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