With Sandals Resorts beginning to open this month, it is the perfect time to share my Tips for Your Sandals Grenada Resort Vacation. Our second all inclusive vacation to Pink Gin Beach was last November and with our move to New Hampshire and the Coronavirus, I am just now getting to this helpful travel list! The following 12 tips are not exhaustive and you can learn even more from my previous blog posts: Sandals LaSource Grenada Pros and Cons and my Sandals Grenada Property Tour.
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1. Reserve Your Pool or Beach Lounge Chairs Before 6:30 AM
According to the Sandals Resort newsletter (you receive one of these in your room), The Weekly Breeze, you can reserve sunbeds after 6:30 AM. However, by this time, the Sandals butlers have started saving the lounge chairs and your options will be few. Our goal was to arrive slightly before and leave a few of our belongings (magazines, sun tan lotion, pool towels, etc.). We would then brew a cup of Blue Mountain coffee in the Living Room or go for a walk until Café de Paris opened. Basically, if you see the butlers starting to reserve pool chairs, you can reserve them too.
2. South Seas Premium Rooms Better Layout
As I mentioned in Sandals LaSource Grenada Review – Pros and Cons 2017, most South Seas rooms had an open floor plan with the shower located in your bedroom. We were not fans as it left the room damp and all the furniture swelled from the humidity.
Before booking our all inclusive vacation package, I had read that the South Seas Premium room types had a separate bathroom. We were pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful tiled shower with cathedral ceiling, skylight and bench. This room type was also closer to the amenities and had a better view from the private balcony. Plus, you still had access to a quiet plunge pool right outside your room.
3. Candlelight Dinner On the Beach – pros & cons
When we booked our 10-night Caribbean vacation at Sandals Grenada, our vacation package came with a free candlelight dinner. You have two location choices: by the pool or the beach. We felt priority was given to paying guests as our first choice, the beach gazebo, was passed over despite reserving days in advance.
The meal choices for your romantic dinner are different than anything you will find on the restaurant menus. If you have a long stay planned, this is one way to add variety to your dinner options.
Be prepared to have your quiet, intimate dinner interrupted by a portrait photographer. As it was Thanksgiving, we thought we would allow a quick shoot to capture the moment. Unfortunately, the portrait session took up most of our time. If you want pictures at night, schedule a session with the SnapShots office.
If your dinner is on the beach, spray your feet with bug spray. The sand fleas and bugs were quite pesky and we were glad we thought ahead.
4. Red Lane Spa: Body Scrub Review
Our Sandals Resort all inclusive vacation package came with spa treatment credits. We generally book our spa appointments towards the end of our trip. We like to leave the island feeling as relaxed and rejuvenated as possible.
This visit, we tried the Papaya-Pineapple Salt Mousse body scrub followed by a Couple’s Massage. This was my first time experiencing a scrub and I did not enjoy it. The scrub had sea salt in it, which made my legs burn. Imagine feeling like your skin is on fire and someone is rubbing sandpaper all over it. That was how I felt.
Ladies don’t shave your legs the day you have this body scrub scheduled. It will make a world of difference. Also, if you have sensitive skin, stay away from this one. My skin started out amazingly smooth and by the next day I had little bumps all over my body. For a different opinion all together, my husband enjoyed it and did not have the same reaction to the scrub as I did!
5. SnapShots Retail Experience Needs Updating
We have experienced the inefficient, antiquated SnapShots Retail office at every Sandals Resort we have visited over the last 10 years. We were hoping to see some technology upgrades since our last trip to Sandals Grenada in 2017. Unfortunately, no such luck. Be prepared to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour choosing a simple photography package.
We found visiting the office late in the evening was a good time as everyone was at dinner. Be prepared to drop $100+ on photos. We were selective and purchased the 10 digital photos with 5 prints for $180. (This was after we used our Sandals Select discount.)
6. smart TV in Room Is Dumb
Two years later and our in room television was not any smarter than before. One day, when the tv works properly, you will be able to access and purchase your photos from the SnapShots office, see the weekly activity schedule and learn more about the restaurants.
If you enjoy watching television before bed, you will not find much to watch. There are several local channels but that is about it. We encountered rain during our first few days on the island and were bummed to find limited options to watch.
7. Enjoy the Staff
One of the reasons we have gone back to Sandals Grenada are the wonderful staff that work there. The Grenadian people are friendly, helpful and happy people. Here are a few I recommend getting to know:
- Shari: She was our private butler during our candlelight dinner. Shari made the trek back and forth to the restaurant multiple times to deliver our meals AND double check ingredients for my gluten allergy. If you book a romantic dinner, ask for Shari.
- Rachel – What a joy it was to interact with Rachel at Café de Paris. She went above and beyond to make our stay phenomenal. We mentioned our favorite Gluten Free Bailey’s Cheesecake was nowhere to be seen and she had the kitchen make us enough to last our whole stay. She kept them in a private spot in the café fridge and checked to see if we wanted one each time we visited.
- L’Oreal – This beautiful lady was always on the lookout for us. Whenever she would see us around the property, she would say hello. At breakfast at LaJardinier, she remembered we preferred almond milk with our coffee without us saying anything!
- Sheronna – You will find Sheronna at Café de Paris in the evenings. She is sweet as can be and we enjoyed chatting with her each evening as we enjoyed our decaf lattes.
8. Avoid Smoking Stations
While it is strictly prohibited to smoke and vape in the public areas, including the beach, main pools and swim up bars, there are designated smoking areas throughout the Sandals Resort. This is a new addition since our last visit and one we were not pleased with.
The locations of these designated areas were not well thought out. For instance, one area is right next to the outdoor seating at Cafe de Paris. Every morning while we were enjoying our first sips of java, cigarette smoke would waft right over to our table. We would end up leaving because we couldn’t take the second hand smoke.
9. Skip the Come Back Soon Event
Once you have visited any Sandals Resort, you have an open invitation to the Come Back Soon Dinner Event. This normally consists of cocktails and mingling with other guests, dinner and awards. We were unimpressed by our last Come Back Soon Event as it was one large sales pitch. Cocktail hour turned into requests for donations and dinner was about meeting the sales reps so you knew who to book your next vacation through. Unless, of course, you were a Sandals Select Diamond or Pearl Member and then you might have the chance to chat with the property manager over dinner. My suggestion would be to make special dinner plans with friends at your favorite restaurant.
10. Make Use of the Loop
This was our first trip where we utilized the Sandals and Beaches App daily. For instance, each time we were impressed by one of the Sandals Resort staff, we would write a recommendation on the Loop. Another time, we requested more almond milk in the cafe as they were out the last few mornings we tried ordering lattes.
Almond milk was immediately delivered to our room. Each time we used the app, within 24 hours, we had a response from management. Download the Sandals and Beaches app to your phone prior to your vacation. Once you are checked into the resort, you will have access to the Loop.
11. Plan your next sandals vacation with friends
Our last Sandals Grenada vacation was unique for us. We planned a couples getaway with friends we made during our Grenada vacation two years earlier. It made our trip even better to reconnect with friends we had not seen in years! Be sure to add your new Sandals friend’s email and phone numbers to your cell phone so you can stay in touch and share photos from your vacation.
12. Book your next Sandals Vacation At the Resort
This was our first time booking our next Sandals Resort all inclusive vacation package on site. Normally, we check the resort rates for when we want to book, visit the sales office, double check the figures and book the Caribbean travel ourselves. We made sure to do our homework first and then took advantage of the additional 10% off you receive when booking on site.
A deposit of $250 is required and there is not much flexibility if you need to reschedule. You have 6 months on either side of your vacation where you can reschedule without loosing your deposit. However, you will lose any special deals and your room rates are subject to the time of scheduling.
I hope these little known tips for your Sandals Grenada vacation come in handy! I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t enjoyed their stay at the Pink Gin Beach location. If you have any questions, send them my way. With over 55 nights logged at Sandals Resort locations, I have loads of travel information to share.
- Sandals LaSource Grenada – 2017 & 12/2019 (Link: Sandals website)
- Sandals Grande Antigua (2 visits – click link to read pros & cons list) – 2011 & 2016
- Sandals South Coast, formerly Sandals Whitehouse – 2012 (Link: Sandals website. Photo tour coming soon!)
- Sandals Royal Bahamian – 2014 (Link: Sandals Website)
Sandals Lasource Grenada makes the top of our all inclusive resort vacation list and we would most certainly visit again. The weather, staff, gluten free food options, activities and proximity to the airport make this location a must visit.
This review of the Sandals Grenada resort is not a sponsored article. I have personally paid to stay at this resort and all opinions are my own.