Sandals, St. Lucia vs. Aruba

Old Apr 24th, 2000, 06:09 AM
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Sandals, St. Lucia vs. Aruba

I am getting married the first weekend of October. My fiancée and I are interested in a honeymoon in the Caribbean and have narrowed our choices down to Sandals, St. Lucia or Aruba. Obviously, we are concerned about hurricanes during that time, so we are willing to postpone our honeymoon for a month or two. In that case, what we'd like to know is what, in your opinion, is the better place for a honeymoon? We've never been to the Caribbean, but we've been to Europe and extensively over the US. I am concerned that Sandals will be too commercial and that Aruba won't cater enough to the honeymooning crowd. We appreciate any thoughts, opinions, and suggestions!
Thank you,
Bridget =)
Old Apr 24th, 2000, 11:30 AM
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Hi bridget,
I'm also getting married that same weekend. We also had a hard time deciding between the two places since its hurricane season. We ended up choosing Sandals st. lucia. Sandals does have the hurrican guarantee and I also talk to my travel agent who said if for some chance a hurricane does hit st. lucia at that time, they will try to reroute you to another sandals since they have so many. I guess they did that last year when the hurricane hit the bahamas. She said they flew them to another sandals and they also got a free trip. We didn't chose aruba because it didn't look real romantic for a honeymoon. If you do decide sandals st. lucia hope to see ya there. We will be leaving on oct. 8th. Good luck deciding.
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 03:54 AM
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I believe that Aruba is outside of the hurricane belt. Went to Aruba last summer, going to St. Lucia this summer. From what I've observed, St. Lucia does seem to cater more to honeymooners.
Old Apr 27th, 2000, 09:28 AM
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I am getting married a week after Bridget and Lynn and are also considering the same islands, so I want to know: Which island has the most to do? Are the resorts at either island comprable or is one better than the other? Is the food better in Aruba -- people seem to rave about it there. Also, I have heard that "Hurricane Guarentee" isn't sure thing, even with Sandals. Can we get some more opinions here?
Old Apr 27th, 2000, 02:14 PM
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Hi Sally,
The more I read this board the more excited I get about If I could have put Ladera resort in Aruba I would have been there. For some reason i'm stuck on staying a few days at ladera and so is my fiance', it just looks so romantic. We are doing a few days at sandals too, but we are buying travel insurance just in case, and also our work is flexible, so if we have to wait a week to go(because of a hurricane) its no problem. Also, since st. lucia is a southern island they don't really get hit with hurricanes(i'm knocking on wood right now,lol). It was a really hard decision, but thats what we ended up going with. What ever you decide both islands look awsome from a michiganders point of view.
Old Apr 30th, 2000, 02:10 PM
Nikki McLeod
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My hubby and I are coming from Scotland to Sandals Halcyon at the end of October and several people have said that hurricanes shouldnt be TOO much of a problem at this time.
Old May 7th, 2000, 04:01 PM
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Will be at Halcyon as well 1st 2 weeks of Nov/00..any and all comments are welcome..did anyone get married at the resort??
Old May 11th, 2000, 01:27 AM
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Why not consider staying in a guesthouse, or more 'local' hotel? All-inclusive resorts like Sandals only benefit the local community in a small way, and will seal you off from the real experience of the Caribbean. They are definitely a false paradise. You're only young once: have an adventure on your honeymoon! You can always stay in a resort for your Ruby wedding!

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