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sandals grand any info would help

just got rebooked to sandals grand from secrets cancun dont know what to expect never been to jamaica

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What a wonderful resort. Everybody is so nice. Don't miss the Booze Cruise!

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mytime,

I have been to Jamaica four years in a row and will be going again 12/1/05-12/6/05. We have always stayed at the Sandals and Beaches resorts. They are great and, in my opinion, much better than the visit we had to Cancun.

To be able to answer your question, it would be helpful to know when you are going, what room catagory you have, etc...A good place for you to start would be the trip reviews right here at this website. As you will see, the overwhelming majority feel SGOR was wonderful. Of course, there are always the few who manage to have a bad experience or pick at every little detail. Go to Jamaica with an open mind and it will surprise you. Remember, it is a 3rd world country and they do things at their own pace ("Jamaican time").

When you arrive in Mobay, follow the crowd to immigrations. Once through here, you will go downstairs to pick up you bags (usually already unloaded from the conveyors and waiting for you somewhere on the floor). Collect your bags and go through customs. Once done there, go to your left and there will be people to guide you to the beautiful Sandals lounge. Check in with the Sandals rep, use the facilities, grab a red stripe on tap (or a soda), and you will be on your way before you know it. You will go outside with a "red cap" to your bus and might have to wait for the other couples also going to the resort that were behind you in immigrations/customs.

The resort itself is a good two hours + from the airport by shuttle bus/van (not a trailways but bigger than a passenger van---seats about 20). You will need to tip the "red caps" at the airport (think about $1/bag), your bus driver to & from resort, and the driver &/or tour guide if you do any off resort excursions. That will be the only need for tipping---it is forbidden at the resorts and can get the employee in trouble if caught accepting them.

There are two sides to the resort, Riviera (beach) and Manor (mountain w/new, very large pool). Almost all rooms have been referbished but some are still in need of a little freshening up; not to the point that it would keep you from being able to enjoy the paradise you are in! The Riviera side has the majority of the restaurants, but there are some on both sides. The beach is divided into 3 sections: water sports, riviera (sheltered by piers), and beach club. It is very nice, though small, and no shortage of loungers. There are atleast 3 pools on this side, two with swim-up bars. The ampitheater (nightly entertainment) is also located on this side. Lots of lush gardens and ponds.

The Manor side use to be a Beaches resort and was refurbished to become the other "half" of Sandals. There are rooms in the Manor main bldg. and villas scattered all over the hill side. There are several pools, including the new zero entry pool with swim-up bar and cabanas surrounding it. Very lovely! There is a disco, restaurants, a spa, nature trails, and a rock climbing wall here. There are jitneys (think golf carts) to get you from one side of the resort, which is separated by a highway, to the other. And they can also take you to your room on the Manor side if you are in one of the villas up the hill.

Each night has a "theme": Sunday-formal night, Monday-beach party night (not to be missed), Tuesday-casino night (this is for charity), Wednesday-talent show/karaoke, Thursday-Raggae/culture night, Friday-Pool party night (another great event), and Saturday-Lover's night. The great thing about the all-inclusive is if you don't like your food or beverage, just order a different one. It's all "no problem". If you don't see something on a menu or want/need something, just ask. They are more than happy to try to accomodate you.

If you still have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at ruthd63@milfordcable.net and I will try to help you.

Wishing you safe and happy travels!

IrieLady

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thank you so much !! we will be arriving nov12 to nov22 and will be staying in a plantation villa. i am sure we will fall in love with jamaica after all its sunny warm,i cant work there and the people are warm and sunny also.

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mytime,

You are more than welcome. I hope my info. helped. Sorry to hear you're original trip was cancelled. I can imagine the extra stress that has to add. However, I will say that I have been to Cancun and I much prefer Jamaica! My husband fought off a parasite for over a week when we returned from Mexico and that is never an issue in Jamaica (water is safe).

You will be in Jamaica during their last "rainy" month and the last official month of hurricane season, so the chance of rain is a little greater during that time. Do not pay attention to the weather channel.com or accuweather.com. In fact, most of the on-line weather info will not be accurate and will only cause you to worry unnecessarily. They always seem to call for rain; don't really know why.

As for your room, there are three different catagories of "plantation villas", so I am not sure what to tell you there except you booked higher than we did for our upcoming trip and you should be just fine! If there is something you do not like about your room or have a problem with any of it, just call the front desk, politely express yourself, and I promise they will do what they can to make sure you are happy. You even have a good chance at getting an upgrade (at no charge) since I doubt they will be "full" at that time.

If you need any other info., just ask.

IrieLady

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how is sandals concierge rooms? I will be staying in a oceanfront honneymoon penthouse with concierge,what services do they peovide?can they make dinner reservations and is itworth the extra money?

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Hi curiousfrompgh,

The concierge rooms are a bit larger, have the stocked in-room bar (various sodas, water, wine, champagne, juices, and liquors), his & her robes, special check-in/out services (you will see others in the group that came in on the bus with you still check ing in while you are heading to the beach/pool!), and someone to help with anything extra you might need (ie: spa reservations, excursions set up, private shopping with a concierge, etc...). They do not, however, make dinner reservations. The resaurants do not take reservations at SGOR except for those with Butler service; they get to have "reservations" and are escorted to their tables by their butler. You are in the same catagory as my husband and myself, except you have the oceanview and we chose the mountain view. Both are great!

I definitely feel it is worth the extra $. We have only once booked below concierge and that was on our first trip to Sandals Ocho Rios 4 years ago. We like being able to have a soda without having to run out of our rooms to the nearest open bar to get one, to be able to get up in the middle of the night and have a cold bottle of water to drink, to have someone to be there if we need them, to be able to be checked in and on our way quickly, etc....Also, we always request specific liquors for our bar (ie: Tangaray Gin & Absolute Vodka) and extra diet cokes. It is nice to be able to mix up a drink while you casually get ready for dinner or have a bottle of champagne while sitting on our balcony watching the sunrise, etc...

IrieLady

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My Husband and I just returned from SGOR. We were there from Oct. 17th through the 24th. We stayed in the Honeymoon Ocean Front Concierge room-it was wonderful!!! The people are so warm and friendly! There were so many things to do. I highly recommend the Booze Cruise(you snorkle, do the Dunn's River Falls and then party all the way back)We did the Concierge shopping tour and Hooves horseback riding(riding the horses in the water was incredible)We were there for my Brother in law's wedding(right on the beach)The info I received here before we went was very helpful! Have a great time!!!I know we sure did!

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Hi All.IrieLady you spoke about the Theme Nights,Monday being Formal Night .My husband likes to wear his suit and tie,strange I know but each to their own.Would he look out of place .What do you think.I have been to SGOR twice befor but did not know about Formal night.Which restaurant would you say was the most formal without reservation.Is there any restaurants that are just walk in without putting your name on a list.This list thing is new to me not sure I am going to like it.Thanks for any help.

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Hi IrieLady...

We are going to be at SGOR from 12/03 to 12/10 and hope to see you there. This will be our first time, and like others we are very excited to go. We are going to "re-new" our vows on 12/08, as it is our 10th anniversary. We have booked a grande luxe oceanfront room. Can't wait...see you there

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twotravelers,

Formal night is on Sunday night (the fantastic beach party is on Monday night). No, your husband won't look "out of place" on formal night but he may be uncomfortable due to heat or humidity. I guess if some guys can handle a tux in the daytime, your husband would be able to manage a suit & tie at night. Some people get really spiffed up while others stay fairly casual. The playmakers will be dressed up as well, so no worries. I am guessing Valentinos would be the most formal (white glove service) restaurant for that night. None of the restaurants take "reservations" but show up early, put your name on the list, and go have a cocktail or two while you wait. I am not sure why a resort that large doesn't have any "reservations required" restaurants, but that way everyone has a chance and no one has to deal with there not being any availability. Have fun!

tnk,

Congradulations on the 10 year anniversary! My husband has already informed me that he intends to do that exact same thing on our 10th. Since we were married here, he wants to renew our vows here as well. Perhapse we will have the chance to meet. We will be gone before your renewal, so please post a review when you get back and let us all know how that goes. I am very curious to see how they handle those. I am sure it will be lovely! We have 35 days and counting....

Safe travels to you both!

IrieLady