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Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa

At a Glance

    Pros

  • great private beach
  • lots of restaurants and an extensive all-inclusive package that includes airport shuttle
  • stylish rooms at all levels

    Cons

  • some travelers won't like Disney-ish re-creation of Euro styles
  • far from independent restaurants and attractions

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Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa Review

The first major resort on the South Coast, this property is one of the most upscale properties in the Sandals chain. The 50-acre resort consists of several "villages" constructed with Italian, Dutch, and French architectural touches. The resort is surrounded by a 500-acre nature preserve and lies on a 2-mile-long (3-km-long) beach. Great amenities include a spa and a theater. The historic ruin of Ackendown Castle is opposite the resort.

    Hotel Details

  • 360 rooms and suites
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
Updated: 03-13-2014

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    SHEER PERFECTION

    Not one single negative thing to say. Service, food, and luxury comparable to Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. It is in the remote south coast part of Jamaica and you will face a hair rising ride--but it's worth it because the resort does not suffer from the negatives that the resort rich North Coast of Jamaica suffers from i.e., beach vendors, crowds, etc. Each staff member was spectacular--it takes a lot to impress us--this resort exceeded in every way.

    by Golnarsarge, 12/17/08
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    Dining options

    To save you time I want to give my take on dining options for Whitehouse so you know what to expect and not make the same mistakes we did. For breakfast you have 2 restaurant options. Eleanor's or the Bayside. Of the two I recommend the buffet at the Bayside. Good variety and no waiting. This is handy if you have some morning activities scheduled. I thought Eleanor's food was good but not great. Room service is nice but they never quite got our selections right. Still good though. For lunch you have Neptune's, Guiseppe's and Bluefields. Neptune's is our favorite. The food is unique and service was fast. I recommend the shrimp sandwich. Guiseppe's had some good pizza choices for lunch but waiting for them was about 45 minutes. Lastly, Bluefields. The lunch menu had good variety and what we got was delicious. But, like Guiseppe's it took forever to get to our table. Bayside also has a lunch buffet but we never had the chance to try it. Since everything is open for dinner I'll give a quick rundown of good and bad. Our dinner picks were Jasmine's and Neptune's. Jasmine's has fast service and excellent asian cuisine. I recommend the Korean Bulgogi or Sweet and Sour Pork. Neptune's has a nice fresh tasting seafood selection and again, fast service. The Bayside has French cuisine. We thought the place was a bit to dark inside making it hard to actually read the menu. The food was tasty but portions extremely small. My shrimp cocktail had 2 shrimp each about 1 and a half inches with some unknown, yet very artistic sauce swirled around it...you get the picture. We ended up going back to Jasmine's for a filling meal after we left Bayside. Guiseppe's for Italian was no better or worse than what we can get here at home (in Indiana). Bluefields, I am sad to say, is the only place we could get lobster while we were there. It took about an hour to get it and it was still half raw. This happened on several nights. But if you love lobster like I do then you should just copy me and eat the cooked parts. Still, I think I could've taught them a thing or two about cooking lobster. Now, 2 things I have failed to mention at this point. First, every Monday evening they have an outdoor buffet at the Bayside. It was good, not great. Their shrimp was overcooked to the point they had the consistency of mashed potatoes. I do however suggest the curry goat (local dish) and the jerk chicken. Second and VERY important, be sure to visit the Jerk Pit food stand on the beach. I made the mistake of trying it on my 6th day at the resort and regretting not eating there from day one! Jerk Pit chicken is the last thing I ate there before boarding the shuttle to leave. If I could go back I would eat it every day between lunch and dinner. Hope this helps you and enjoy Sandals Whitehouse. We did and are returning next year. FYI, we stayed during the rainy season, meaning that it rained every day for only about an hour between 3-6pm. It doesn't last long and every sunset is gorgeous as every room has an ocean view.

    by scott_weaver_9279, 11/20/13

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