For our 20th Anniversary, my husband and I decided that we wanted to celebrate by going some place with “blue water”. That was about the only instruction we gave Mike of Southern Travel Agency in Augusta, GA. I had been searching on the internet for all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean or Mexico, but there was so much information to weed through. I found a forum on resorts in Mexico that mentioned nude sunbathing, which I did NOT want.
So I asked Mike to steer us clear of those places. I told him I wanted to sit on the beach and relax. I have a stressful job so I wanted a relaxing vacation.
Letting a travel agent arrange all the details of our vacation was by far the best decision I made. Mike suggested Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse, Jamaica because all of the rooms have an ocean view and the all inclusive resort is in a more remote part of Jamaica, compared to Sandals Negril.
It is in fact within a 500-acre wilderness preserve with blue mountains, lush palm groves, pristine coastlines and shimmering turquoise waters. It sounded absolutely perfect for us!
We decided to fly out of Atlanta to save a few dollars.
TIP: Mike suggested that we do a “Park and Fly” at the Country Inn & Suites near the Atlanta airport. This allowed us to spend the night in Atlanta and park our car at the hotel while we were in Jamaica. The rate was $97 for the hotel and parking. The hotel also provided a shuttle to the Atlanta airport and dropped us off at Delta’s Curbside Check In, where there was no waiting. This saved us from a long line inside the airport to check our bags.
We arrived in Jamaica after about a 2.5 hour flight. After we left immigration, we were greeted by the Sandals staff who tagged our luggage and invited us to come sit and have a drink while we waited for the Sandals shuttle to take us to the resort. Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse is about an hour and a half drive from the Montego Bay airport. Jamaicans are known for their haphazard style of driving, so it was quite an adventure, but the trip allowed us to see the countryside and the rainbow-colored homes of the Jamaicans.
When we arrived at Sandals South Coast in Whitehouse, we were greeted with Champagne and Rum Punch as well as citrus-scented towels to refresh our hands and faces. We were escorted into the European-style lobby while our concierge checked us in. The concierge took us to our ocean-front room overlooking one of the four pools at the resort. The room had a beautiful view of the ocean, a king-sized rice bed, and a well-stocked refrigerator.
TIP: Pack your bathing suits in your carry on bag and make sure to take it with you when you first meet your concierge in the lobby. Once you’re in your room, you won’t have to wait for your luggage to be delivered before you can enjoy the beach or the pools.
We took a tour of the beach and the four swimming pools, two of which had swim-up bars, as well as scouted out the seven restaurants.
We chose Neptune’s for our first evening because it offers outside seating with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The red snapper that I chose was delicious and my husband’s steak was cooked to perfection.
The gardens of the resort were beautifully lit at night which offered us a wonderful stroll back to the room. It had been a long day of traveling and we were tired so we skipped the entertainment and went to bed.
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