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10 things that are NOT included at Sandals
You know that Sandals Resorts offer many amenities not available at other all-inclusive resorts. But, what are some of the things that are not included at Sandals?
Sandals Resorts offer luxury-included (like all-inclusive, but better!) packages with unlimited food and premium drinks, water sports activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling, romantic dinners on your own balcony, and more.
But what if I told you there were also 10 things that are NOT included at Sandals? As a Sandals Travel Agent, I’m often asked what is included at Sandals, along with what is not included at Sandals. So, here are 10 things that are not included at Sandals Resorts.
What is not included at Sandals Resorts?
Before I tell you about the things that are not included at Sandals Resorts, let’s quickly go over what is included at all Sandals Resorts locations.
- Unlimited Gourmet Dining at all restaurants on-property (there are no exclusions)
- Unlimited Premium Alcoholic Beverages
- Daily and nightly entertainment
- Motorized and non-motorized water sports, including sailing and scuba diving
- Airport Transfers
- Land sports such as volleyball
- Golf green fees at select resorts (bring your own clubs or rent them)
- Free trip insurance (although this is temporary!)
You can see that Sandals Resorts include many amenities, many that are not included at other all-inclusive resorts such as golf, water sports, and premium alcoholic beverages.
Now let’s take a look at some of the things that are NOT included at Sandals Resorts. They may not be deal-breakers for everyone, but it is certainly worth knowing everything before arrival.
1. Outside Excursions
It’s wonderful to stay at Sandals Resorts, but you will likely want to get out and explore when visiting beautiful destinations such as Barbados or St. Lucia.
You can swim with the pigs at Exuma (bucket list item!), enjoy a zip-line tour, take a catamaran cruise, hike; the options are truly endless.
While tours are not included and will vary in price, you can work with a Travel Agent (like me) or with the Sandals team during your trip to set up the perfect excursion for you.
2. Spa Treatments
All Sandals Resorts offer spa treatments at the Red Lane Spa. Unlike most all-inclusive resorts, you can use the spa facilities for free during your stay!
However, if you’d like a massage or any other spa treatment, that, of course, will be an extra cost.
I recommend a beachfront couples massage or the Caribbean Seaweed Body Treatment. Spa products can also be purchased and taken home. Also, the room toiletries are the same products used at the spa!
You might be thinking, wait, Amy, you said in your Sandals Resorts locations post that tipping was forbidden at Sandals. Well, it is, but there are a couple of exceptions.
First, if you’re staying in a Butler suite, you can and should tip your Butler. You are also welcome to tip for any services at the spa.
If you’re going on any outside tours, tipping there is appreciated and accepted as well.
So, while tipping isn’t the norm at Sandals, you should keep in mind that there are a few exceptions!
Wondering how much to tip your Butler? Sandals Recommend $20-25 per day, which is extremely reasonable.
4. Private Beach Cabanas
Are you dreaming of a beachfront Cabana? You can rent one for the day (or half-day), but you’ll have to pay an additional fee.
Private cabanas also come with a Butler, so no matter what your room type, you’ll enjoy Butler service for the day.
You can only rent private cabanas on property, so make sure to reserve yours early in your trip. It costs about $150 and is well worth the experience, especially if you are not staying in a Butler suite.
Don’t worry; there are plenty of seating options included covered options on the beach and at the pool. These private cabanas are a great splurge but completely optional.
5. Exclusive Wine Menus
While Sandals Resorts are one of the few resorts that include premium drinks, there is also an exclusive wine menu at all restaurants. You can ask any server to see the exclusive wine menu. That said, most guests will be pleased with the wine selection included in your stay.
This should come as no surprise, but you’ll have to break out your wallet to go shopping at Sandals Resorts. Just keep in mind that resort gift shops often come with a high price tag.
7. PADI scuba certification
Wait, I didn’t contradict myself. At select Sandals Resorts, you can scuba dive for free if you are already PADI certified. But the PADI scuba certification is not included.
At the time of the writing of this post, PADI certification at Sandals costs about $400/per person.
If you’re not Scuba certified yet, what better place to learn?
8. Photography Services
Sandals Resorts offers a free photo session for every couple staying on property. So, why did I add it to the list of things that are not included at Sandals Resorts?
If you didn’t guess already, you’d have to pay extra to purchase any photo packages. However, this is pretty standard for many resorts and should not come as a surprise.
As a Travel Advisor with a background in photography, I’d highly suggest having photos done during your vacation!
You have plenty of options from a Sandal’s photographer or an offsite option such as Flytographer, where digital images are included. Why not capture some memories at some of the most beautiful destinations in the world?
9. Private Candlelit Dinner
If you’ve read my posts about Sandals, I’m sure you know how much I love their private candlelit dinners. Now that is the ultimate date night!
With a glass bottle of champagne in hand, you can enjoy a private and romantic dinner for two on the beach.
You can choose dishes from any restaurant on-property and enjoy it with your choice of wine. Private candlelit dinners start at $199.
If you’re staying in a Butler category suite, your Butler can set up a private dinner on your balcony or patio. And this option is 100% complimentary! Check out Sandals website to see which suite types are available for your preferred dates.
10. Premium Wifi
Last, and definitely least, on this list of things that are not included at Sandals Resorts: premium wifi.
Yes, Sandals offers free wifi. However, they have a premium wifi service. Do you need it? Most likely not!
Unless you’re doing some serious streaming or all-day video chats (and I hope you don’t do that on vacation), you likely will not need this paid service.
10 things that are not included at Sandals Resorts
It’s no secret that Sandals Resorts are luxury Caribbean resorts with an extensive list of amenities. But there are still just a few things that are not included at Sandals.
As you can see from the list, many of these exclusions do not come as a surprise. It’s always better to know what to expect before arrival.
If you’re looking for the best of the best, I’d recommend staying in a Butler suite. Butler suites offer even more amenities than what is already included at Sandals. A butler suite makes for a perfect honeymoon or anniversary vacation. Make sure to contact me to see if a Butler suite is suitable for you.
Check out the five best Sandals Resorts for honeymoons for my recommendations.
Book your trip with a Sandals Travel Agent
For the best deals on Sandals vacation, make sure to consider booking in advance. You’ll also want to have travel insurance. Fortunately, Sandals is offering free insurance right now! Check out the Sandals website to see which resorts are available for your dates.
If you’d like to book your trip through a certified Sandals Travel Agent, contact me! I guarantee that I can add more value to your trip! Likewise, you can contact me if you’d like more information.
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