Sandals Resorts is a stunning collection of couples-only resorts scattered on sandy isles and coral atolls in the Caribbean. Sandals has a well-deserved reputation for providing a romantic, exclusive, and luxurious all-inclusive vacation experience. Common features include picturesque settings on immaculate tropical beaches, attentive service, gourmet dining, and a wide range of activities like PADI-certified scuba diving, kayaking, and Hobie Cats. All to be enjoyed on the crystal-clear waters, while tennis, beach volleyball, and other sports can be found on resort grounds.
They won numerous awards, including being recognized as the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company by the World Travel Awards twenty-two years in a row. Each property offers unique features that appeal to a variety of vacationers. Whether you are looking for scenic golf locations, secluded beaches, or five-star fine dining, guests receive a relaxed and unforgettable stay in paradise. Here are the best rated Sandals Resorts:
Best Overall: Sandals Grenada
Defying every convention of traditional design, the new Sandals Grenada takes innovation beyond the realm of imagination to create an extraordinary resort unlike anything you have ever experienced. Pools in the sky and living rooms in swimming pools. Private plunge pools, cascading waterfalls and meandering river pools. Here, in the heart of Grenada’s exclusive Pink Gin Beach, on an exotic island paradise where the intoxicating scents of spice and tropical blooms make a heady elixir for romance, we’ve taken the best of everything to create a whole new Sandals experience… one that takes you beyond the unexpected.
Best Pools: Sandals Ochi Beach, Jamaica
This new all-inclusive resort has a hot new beach club, 11 bars—including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy—and 16 totally on-trend restaurants. It’s exciting and it’s happening – but only when you want it to be. Because the other side of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort offers unsurpassed privacy when you want a more serene escape. A true Garden of Eden encompassing over 100 acres, this resort is so vast and lush that, no matter where you find yourself, you’ll always feel as if there’s plenty of space for just the two of you. All the things that make Jamaica such a uniquely spectacular destination are at the heart of Sandals Ochi.
Best Boutique: Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica
Understated elegance and exquisitely private, this is Sandals Royal Plantation – an intimate all-butler resort of just 74 ocean view suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. You can spend your days lazing by the pool with cool libations delivered right to you by a beach butler. Tee off at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, followed by a spot of afternoon tea on the terrace. Renowned for unmatched attention to detail, this enclave of retro-chic sophistication showcases roaming peacocks and manicured lawns.
Best Villas: Sandals Grande St Lucian
Ideally located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” Cradled to the west by Rodney Bay – boasting the calmest waters in all of Saint Lucia – and to the east by the majestic Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent resort showcases awe-inspiring panoramic views that will linger in your heart forever. Volcanic mountains draped in blankets of green rise majestically from an impossibly clear blue sea. A sheltered mile-long beach extends an open invitation for days of endless water play. This is paradise as it was meant to be, full of natural beauty, rich in history, and resplendent in pure romance.
Best For Honeymooners: Sandals Grande Antigua
Voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort” year after year, Sandals Grande Antigua is located on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. Explore the Caribbean Beachfront Village, a charming seaside garden oasis graced by meandering pathways, majestic palms and cooling Trade winds. Then step into a realm of chic sophistication where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to villas-by-the-sea at the Six-Star, all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village. Come relax on silky-soft, pure white sands and let the warmth of the Caribbean fill your senses. Create your own lover’s legend as you share the most romantic holiday of a lifetime.
Best For Luxury: Sandals Royal Barbados
Experience the Royal Treatment at Sandals Royal Barbados, the all-new, all-suite resort in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area. Featuring a number of Sandals firsts, including the first rooftop pool and bar, the first 4-lane bowling alley, Sandals first gourmet donut shop, and two new restaurant concepts – American Tavern and Chi Asian. This 272 all-suite resort features Sandals signature accommodations, including the magnificent Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites, world-class international cuisine at seven restaurants, and a 15,000-sq.-ft. spa. Stunning ocean views, Butler Elite service and exclusive exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Barbados define the new Luxury Included® experience at Sandals Royal Barbados.
Best For Golf: Sandals Emerald Bay Bahamas
Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. This luxury Bahamas resort is a privileged enclave, designed to ensure you’ll feel like you’re the only ones there, where service reigns supreme and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools — including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle — to 11 exceptional restaurants.
Best For Dining: Sandals Regency La Toc
Saint Lucia’s most glamorous resort, Sandals Regency La Toc is a magnificent 220-acre estate set on a half-mile, crescent-shaped beach, cradling exotic coral bluffs, lush hillsides and rolling fairways. Featuring a challenging executive-style golf course, stunning oceanfront suites and the private enclave of the Sunset Bluff Village, this resort is recognized as the most sparkling jewel in the islands. Indulge in Five-Star Diamond French cuisine and other international cuisines with access to 27 restaurants.
Best For Privacy: Sandals Royal Bahamian
Experience a new level of luxury at the Bahamas’ most elegant resort. Sandals Royal Bahamian is a blend of European sophistication with an exotic offshore island adventure. Once a favorite of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, today it offers two sky-sized colonnaded pools overlooking the emerald sea, 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining at 10 specialty restaurants, and an award-winning Red Lane® Spa. Experience the royal treatment at this glamorous all-inclusive resort featuring the all-new River Pool Swim-up Suites with butler service, two pristine white-sand beaches, and exclusive VIP airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce or Mercedes-Benz for butler guests.
What to Pack For a Luxurious Beach Vacation:
You have your plane ticket booked and hotel reserved, and what to pack still remains. But if you think that any accessory or swimsuit will suffice, think again. A luxurious beach vacation involves so much more than shedding clothes and jumping in the ocean. You have to look good, especially if you staying at five star resort. Such resorts warrant items that have a little more posh than practical. For the basics you can visit our best beach gear page. Here are the items you’ll need for your luxury beach vacation:
Swimsuit: This is a must, whether you are exploring the beaches or just chilling in the pool, you must have at least one swimsuit for your luxury beach vacation.
Beach Shorts/Denim: You need something casual to wear around the resort during the day, like these.
Summer Tops: Stay cool with a cute summer top to go with your denim shorts.
Sunglasses: Gotta have a good pair of sunglasses to wear around the resort and the classic Ray Bans do just the trick.
Sunhat: Try this fashionable Fedora Hat to make you look more elegant and casual.
Beach Bag: Don’t forget to bring a beach bag to keep items like your kindle, phone, ipod, room key or camera while your chilling on the beach or around the resort.
Face Cream: You will want a a good face moisturizer with sun block to keep your face looking vibrant and healthy.
Board Shorts: You’ll need board shorts with that are functional and colorful for relaxation, by the pool and for a day at the beach.
Tank Tops: You’ll want a few cool and fun tank tops to take with you.
Polo/Button Down Shirt: Required by some of the restaurants for dinner, we commend something like this.
Hat: Men need to keep the sun off their face too. Try this great twill hat.
Flip Flops: Get these great beach-ready sandal featuring a fabric thong strap.
Dress Shoes: A must have for dinner, casual yet comfortable and stylish. The classic boat shoe silhouettes designed to perform on or off shore.