There are many great Sandals Resorts worldwide, but these 10 stand out from the rest. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or play around in one of the water parks, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for with any of these resorts as your choice of travel destination. While it will be hard to choose which resort to visit, you’ll certainly have plenty of options to choose from when you start your research into where to go and where to stay!
10) the Bahamas
The very best sandals resorts are located in The Bahamas and guarantee a truly exceptional experience. During our travels, we fell head-over-heels for Majesty at Ocean Club on Grace Bay Beach, which offers ocean views from every room. We also loved spending time at Beaches Turks and Caicos, where it’s impossible not to feel like royalty. This resort is equipped with five different restaurants, four pools, a gorgeous beach, and several water sports. At St. Lucia’s Hotel Chocolatier you can get as much (or little) chocolate as you want—whether you plan on indulging or need a sugar boost during your stay, don’t miss out on trying some of their sweets.
When it comes to luxury, Jamaica is a top pick. With a variety of destinations that range from all-inclusive resorts with every amenity, you can think of to intimate resorts where you’ll feel like you’ve been welcomed into someone’s home. If you want to enjoy outdoor activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, sailing and kitesurfing, or just exploring Jamaica’s natural scenery on horseback or golf carts—Jamaica has it all. Plus, if you book at one of their newest resorts—Sandals Emerald Bay Resort & Spa Jamaica—you have access to its private plane that allows guests direct access to some of Bermuda’s best beaches without having to fly there first!
The Caribbean holds some of the best sandal resorts, but Belize is home to two of them. The absolute best of these sandal resorts are Almond & Coco and Secrets St. James Resort & Spa. If you’re looking for beach getaways with immaculate service and stunning water views, these resort options may be for you. Although both resorts are adults-only (with kids allowed at certain times), they offer plenty of activities that anyone would enjoy: golfing, fine dining, watersports, a dive shop, and plenty more.
7) Costa Rica
The Caribbean is full of beautiful and serene beaches, but there’s no vacation like a trip to St. Lucia. The island is known for its pristine waters, friendly locals, and beautiful scenery; you may feel as though you have stepped back into time with Old Town Castries – where European architecture contrasts beautifully with West Indian culture. And that’s why it makes our list of top sandals resorts!
Belize is becoming a hub for adventure-minded visitors. Not only does it have some of the best scuba diving on Earth, but it also has Mayan ruins like Lamanai, which offer great hiking, canoeing, and wildlife viewing. Belize boasts one of North America’s largest barrier reefs—home to moray eels, jaguars, and sea turtles. And whether you want to relax at an all-inclusive resort or prefer camping under starry skies, you’ll find something to love on the coral coast.
5) St. Lucia
Sure, you can visit St. Lucia any time of year—but if you come between April and December, you’ll get to celebrate Carnival with locals. The next most popular time for tourists is between January and March when waves are best for surfing. And if you’re more of a beach bum than an outdoor adventurer, then December through March is your sweet spot—that’s when winter makes sunbathing on Saint Lucia’s powder-white beaches easy. Come during June through November, however, and you can still find warm weather but fewer crowds.
4) Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos are one of our top picks for luxury destinations. The island is rich in natural beauty, culture, and history. Turks and Caicos feature gorgeous beaches, crystal clear water, fascinating caves, historical sites like Fort Charlotte National Park, and 17th-century wrecks and underwater gardens. Visitors will find it easy to get around thanks to first-class transportation options. The island also has plentiful resorts from budget-friendly options all the way up to five-star hotels like Rosewood Resort at Grace Bay Beach that feature world-class amenities including private beach access with your own cabana boy or even a private oceanfront massage pavilion where you can get facials, manicures and pedicures while soaking up some rays on your day off from diving.
Cancun is a Mexican city on an island off Mexico’s east coast. Known for its white sand beaches and trademark all-inclusive hotels, Cancun offers something for everyone. From spring breakers to families looking for a weekend getaway, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to stay in Cancun. If you’re worried about feeling isolated at one of these resorts, don’t; Cancun has plenty of fun bars and restaurants along with some of North America’s best shopping centers. For example, American shoppers can check out Plaza Las Americas: a massive mall that spans three floors with hundreds upon hundreds of shops.
Aruba is known for its pristine beaches, tropical climate, and family-friendly resorts, making it a favorite vacation spot among travelers with kids. Aruba’s largest hotel is The Westin Aruba Resort & Casino, which offers six outdoor swimming pools. Located on Palm Beach – an area boasting two championship golf courses – it’s close to many of the island’s best restaurants and bars. There are also three spas on the property (perfect for relaxing after a long day at sea). Guests can book guided tours to attractions such as Curacao Sea Aquarium or drive themselves along any of Aruba’s scenic routes. A stay at The Westin includes one four-hour excursion per stay; more activities are available for purchase.
1) St. Barts
St. Barts, located in the middle of nowhere, is often overlooked by tourists visiting islands off of France’s southern coast. That’s a shame—the island boasts some of France’s most stunning beaches, with water so clear you can see straight to fish and coral underneath. If that isn’t enough for you, St. Barts also has world-class restaurants and boutique shopping that feels more like New York than it does Paris. St. Barts is one of those places where there are no plastic people; only real human beings who live their lives fully. – Perre Vives