Do not go to Sandals

Aug 1st, 2002, 04:42 PM
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Wow -- what a trip report. For those of you making comments about the bride's copious body, according to her site she suffers from fybromyalgia. That is a disease with dubious causes and no known cure. Sufferers have terrible chronic pain in their joints, bones, etc. The medication you take to relieve the pain (I have a good friend with this disease) makes you gain weight. Exercise for those with this condition is understandably painful. Not lecturing y'all, just an fyi.

That being said, I agree that Sandals is a cheesy boil on the backside of the Caribbean. I strongly feel that the rates they charge take full advantage of the lack of knowledge and sophistication of it's clients.
Aug 1st, 2002, 04:50 PM
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We have experienced four of the Sandals properties. With the exception of St. Lucia, we were pleased with the others. Good food, watersports, white sand beaches,an offer of good excursions and a charming staff. There are places we have chosen not to use an AI as the islands had such good restaurant possibilities, such as Curacao and GC. A friend who just returned from Sandals Antigua just sent me an e-mail today. I have taken the liberty of pasting a portion of that e-mail.

"Well, I have to say we had a great time in Antigua. I don't know what you have been hearing, but it was wonderful. They were 98% full when we were there, and as of Monday, after we left they were 100% full. They got a chef from france and the returning dinner you would have loved. The main course was filet
mignon stuffed with crab meat. (They got me a regular filet) because I don't eat fish I order a different
appy then the rest and had a different steak. They really give you what you want. The General Manager Randy gave us a suite and all the privilages
of the suite. They even got me the rum I wanted. They went in to town to get it and I wanted pepsi instead of coke so they got a case of the small bottles for
me. We were treated like kings and queens. Randy also sent me a good bottle of champagne on my birthday.
They made me a carrot cake and sent it to the piano bar the night before we left. We really did have a good and relaxing time. I love going back there because it really feels like we
are coming home. All the staff who remember you tell you "Welcome home" and mean it. I wish I could have
stayed a few more days though."

Obviously she has been there before, but she travels often and stays at other places, as well.
It really is impossible for everyone to like everything. My cousin, who is a Dr. went to 'Couples' and came home and said it was disgusting to spend a week with tatooed, pot smoking, biker chicks. Yet, there are many people who like 'Couples'and I've never heard that from anyone else.
Bottom line? I think probably this woman is just an unhappy lady. We were married in Hawaii, and we also had a lot of wedding problems. However, it would not stop us from returning.
Aug 1st, 2002, 07:00 PM
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Hey, LM (MollyMoo)

Fibromyalgia meds do NOT make you fat! Stuffing your face does! I've had fibroyalgia for 6 years and, yes, the pain is incredible at times. And although there is no cure, you can bring it to a manageable level. Instead of wasting so much time griping, our Sandals bride should be reading the fibromyalgia websites.
I hope her poor husband can put up with all her whining and nitpicking. The bet vacations are spent learnng about the place and culture you are visiting and not worryng about a corkscrew for your champagne. How shallow!
Aug 1st, 2002, 08:11 PM
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I went to the website and thought she was whiney about some things i.e. corkscrew etc. but when one pays a substantial amount of money for "The Perfect Wedding" I can understand her disappoinment. The cock roaches really grossed me out. As far as the overweight issue and the disease thing goes... you people get a life or else post a pic of your buff self.
I wouldn't normaly look into an AI resort unless we were taking our 6 year old. I am just so thankful that we are leaving for Nevis in less than 10 days and staying in a private bungalow. I'm soooo sure we will have a much better time.
Aug 1st, 2002, 08:31 PM
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Let me repeat this again. She complained about not getting a corkscrew with the champagne so she couldn't open it. No no no, this is not an example of being nit picky, this is an example of HUH? YOU DON'T OPEN CHAMPAGNE WITH A CORKSCREW!!! There is no implement necessary to pop open a bottle of champagne. Doesn't anyone else find this anecdote of her story funny? I must be tired.

But again I note, I think that Sandals did not do right by her in general and then she was just at the point where she was finding fault here there and everywhere.
Aug 1st, 2002, 09:09 PM
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Two of my friends recently went to Sandals in Ocho Rios--a free trip thru his job.My friends are experienced seasoned travelers with good taste.They said it was awful and they will never go back to Jamaica because of their experience. (extreme yes but they were pissed!)The food, the room, the service and the resort sucked acccording to them.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 04:10 AM
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Thanks for the masses who continue to support Sandals. As long as you foolishly keep spending your hard-earned dollars at my overpriced "resorts" I'll make sure the rooms never get updated, you'll always have a choice of THREE beers, ONE premium choice of spirits, silly "entertainment", hassles from tip mongers, and average tasting food (We make it LOOK good!), and 50-50 service. Remember "Love is all you need", it may be the only thing that gets you through. All that is good, (In my pocket!), Butch
Aug 2nd, 2002, 04:42 AM
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I have to admit I was so perplexed by the entire web site I didn't pick up on the champagne-corkscrew comment. And I've drunk plenty of champagne.
Frankly, it seemed like they weren't having that bad a time until the great credit card fiasco.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 05:14 AM
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consider the source. just reading the resume gives a bit of insight into the person. Fat or not is not the issue. There's no accounting for person taste and J. Buffet says it well when he talks about not understanding why some folk live the way they do. She had very high expectations, was unwilling to work out the problems and obviously had maxed out the credit cards. A call to the credit card company might have been expensive but no more than sitting in a Caribbean airport all day. But Barbados has a great lounge upstairs with all kinds of goodies. Some folk enjoy the prepackaged plastic hype of a Sandals and to sterotype ALL of anyone or anything is worse than what she has done. She is obviously unsophiciated (to put it mildly) and untraveled but felt ripped off. The corkscrew for the champagne was just one of the many many problems in her web site! Wonder what she'd think if she saw these posts? Be a little kinder folks. There are a few cards missing from the deck here.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 05:26 AM
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I saw the website and agree that this is an unsophisticated woman..but no one deserves what happened to her.I would be just as upset if my wedding went the way hers did..but then again I would never get married at a Sandals resort even if it was free..
I just don't understand why anyone would pay $1500 a day ( I think that's what her site said) to stay at a sandals resort??!!..You could go somewhere like Peter Island for half that with food included..
But those who love Sandals have a right to, I'm just happy not to be one of them...
Aug 2nd, 2002, 05:40 AM
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Okay folks, enough!!! Would her complaints be seen as less whiny, more accurate and not so nitpicky is the bride was a size 2? Come on, I really hope that Fodorites are more sophisticated than that. Picking on her bridal gown, weight, etc. shows everyone how shallow some people on this site are! Maybe the bride is not a world traveller but she did pay top dollar for what is advertised to be the "ultimate 5 star luxury" resort. What she received is a nightmare of problems- BIG and LITTLE (even the nitpicky ones). However, when you can't resolve the Big issues, the LITTLE ones are even more magnified. Yes, Caribbean time is slower. For many, that's a problem and those are the folks who are willing to pay top dollar for a resort that should be in line with thier expectations. Others, stay at a 3 star (or even 4 star) resort and go with the flow. It's the 5 star prices that Sandals charges that keeps guests from going with the flow. No one likes to be ripped off. I commend the bride for using the power of the internet to warn people about the great Sandals myth! We stayed at Beaches in Turks and Caicos last year and also felt we did not get our money's worth. It's like spending $10 for a box of cereal that costs $3.59 in any other store. Not a good feeling.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 08:50 AM
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Just wondering if anyone caught that she met her husband-to-be (a counselor) when he counseled her after a suicide attempt....hello! Why would you tell strangers that you did that? She's crazy!
Aug 2nd, 2002, 09:03 AM
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Antoinette, you summed it up perfectly, could not have said it better.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 09:37 AM
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People just make up their minds for a 1 in a million incident and that's a pitty. Little do they know that all resorts have their incidents but tourist do not report them.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 09:49 AM
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No, my personal opinion is that 'Whocares' summed it up perfectly. I missed the part where this lovely bride stated that she met her husband (the counselor) through suicide counseling because her site was so bizzare that I just scanned it. Why would anyone feel to need to post such a thing on their wedding website...a sign of very low self esteem and a sign of not her not having both oars in the water, perhaps?

Look, I've never been on a "perfect" vacation and I've stayed at many of the higher end islands....there are always problems of some sort. And yes, granted, she had some problems but please, this woman has to be just A LITTLE CRAZY to post half of the stuff found there.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 09:58 AM
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Who Cares,
After your post I had to go to the site and read it. My head is pounding after reading it but I think I recall that they met through Telepersonals while she was still married to her 1st husband who almost drove her to suicide because he was controlling and was seeing someone else. Whew!
Anyhow, did you get a load of how many careers she's had? I've never heard of anyone that has had such a wide array of experience in so many fields!
If this individual didn't care for Sandals, I'm afraid to know what the "others" may be like. Scary.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 10:16 AM
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I can't help myself -- I had to go back to her web site and read more. As DeeDee mentioned, she had an incredible number of careers, including psychologist and real estate broker. She includes a lot of other mindboggling information, like how much she paid for this vacation ($22,000 Canadian) and how important it was to have a minister perform the ceremony, only she didn't know ministers don't perform weddings outside their churches ... and so on. I'm getting carried away.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 10:38 AM
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I had to go and read her website. This is scary! She is truly disturbed. I hope she gets help.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 11:22 AM
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This woman is disturbed. She lives her life in a Danielle Steel novel.
Aug 2nd, 2002, 01:37 PM
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I visited THE website and I can't believe my eyes! It is very strange to create a website around your tacky wedding-gone-wrong. To what End??? I think that they had too many "details" that they wanted, confetti on table, special photos taken etc... My husband and I were married almost 2 years ago at Biras Creek. My wedding planning took 15 minutes over the phone with the coordinator. No fussy details, no B.S. I had my hair done for me, did my own make-up (who would need their makeup done in the caribbean anyway...Its HOT) and my dress was hanging for 3 days no wrinkles. My photos are beautiful. My flowers perfect, I just said I wanted lavender and the bouquet was beautiful. It was perfect. You have to keep things simple in the caribbean and have to understand it's different. Seems like they did not do enough reading, since they wanted a personal plunge pool and thought Sandals is the only place with a private pool. HELLLOOOOOO.... on St. Lucia theres Ladera and in the Caribbean there are so many. Sandals is expensive, No Value for your dollar. Speaking from experience, you cannot "over plan" and try to control small details that you have no control over. Well we got a BIG laugh out of it. I'm repulsed and yet I cannot stop looking at it. Unbelieveable, but I would never go to Sandals for the same price you can go to so many other great resorts and not have all that tacky crap.

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