Our Family Vacation at Beaches Turks and Caicos - part 1

Posted on Fri , May 23, 2014

Beaches Turks Caicos Family1Hi! I'm The Sand Girl. My Mommy and my Gigi are The Sand Ladies. I'm 3 years old. This is my brother's first trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos. And I was just a baby when I was here before. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaches Turks and CaicosYesterday, I got to fly on an airplane. But today was SO fun. We had breakfast by the ocean at Bayside. My mom says I'm kind of grumpy when I'm hungry. My brother and I love the fresh fruit here!

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast, we went to the pool. Our butler Randy set up this cool cabana by the pool for us. My Mommy says we have a butler because that makes it a vacation for her too!

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Then we all went for a swim. I can swim all by myself! My brother likes to play by himself in the shallow areas of the pool.

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We got to swim for a LONG time! Then we went to the Sesame Kids Camp for Super Grover's Super Science Fair. We dug in the sand to find treasures. I blew bubbles with Bert, too. I love playing bubbles! Did you know Bert loves playing bubbles, too?!

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We were hungry after all that science!! And do you know what?! When we got back to our cabanda, Randy brought us all kinds of snacks!

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We even had a cookie and some milk before nap time. Did you know Cookie Monster makes the cookies here?! My Daddy closed the sides of the cabana so we could take our nap by the pool!

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I loved napping by the pool, too. Our cabana even has a fan in it!

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And my Mommy and Daddy rested by the pool, too. That's the shallow baby pool in the front, and a HUGE hottub on the far left.

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You just SWIM up to this place, and you can sit on a stool in the water, and they give you whatever you want to drink! I like strawberry slushies.

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After my nap, I swam a little more in the baby pool with some other kids while my brother was still sleeping.

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Then it was time for my Gigi and the rest of our family to get here! I am SO excited to show Ubbah (he's my uncle) and Mammaw where Big Bird is!

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While they were unpacking, my brother and I got Tatoos! I got to pick mine out. It is a mermaid.

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My brother is tough like Daddy.

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We ate a yummy dinner with all of the family, and then we went to Big Bird's Beach party!! It was SO much fun! We got to see ALL of the Sesame Street friends. We dance and sang. It was pretty much the most fun night ever. 

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Beaches Turks Caicos Family31 I was so sleepy after today. My Daddy carried me back to the room. I can't WAIT to see what we're going to do tomorrow. I want to swim in the ocean. And bake cookies with Cookie Monster. He's going to teach me. I'll tell you all about it.

If you want to come visit Big Bird, you can just push that button below to contact my Mommy and my Gigi and find out how. 

Goodnight!!

Don't miss part 2 of our family adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCUBA Diving is included at Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Posted on Mon , Apr 07, 2014

The water sports program at each of the 15 Sandals Resorts and 3 Beaches Resorts operates a National Geographic Dive Center and PADI five-star operations. The 18 resorts offer 510 spectacular dive sites throughout the Caribbean and are a part of the renowned Divers Alert Network (DAN), the most recognized dive safety organization in the world. 

These luxury all-inclusive resorts provide a safe and fun environment for SCUBA divers of all levels. 

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Jamaica

Example Dive:
Throne Room - The entrance is a fairly wide but low cavern, with a crack in the reef about 25ft. long and 8 ft. wide. When using the entrance you need to be really careful not to damage the coral around the opening. The walls on the inside are covered with colorful sponges. The bottom is covered with fine sediments which when disturbed will immediately reduce the visibility. Leaving the throne room, you swim through a large opening forming a window of sorts; coming into the deeper reef at 70ft. this window provides great photo opportunities. 
Skill Level: Novice
Avg Depth: 40ft
Max Depth: 70ft

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Nassau, Bahamas

Example Dive:
Shipyard - You can investigate not one, but three of the best wrecks in the Caribbean Sea at the Shipyard. This nautical graveyard is home to three freighters resting at a depth of eighty-five feet. The abandoned vessels resting in close vicinity gives the area a supernatural feel. But just when you think you are approaching a series of lifeless vessel shells, a massive school of silversides will swarm through the scene, shifting away from the pursuit of predators like the Barracuda, the African Pompano, or the Schoolmaster. These are 3 wrecks down for about 20+ years: 1 Oil Tanker and 2 Mail Boats.
Skill Level: Advanced
Avg. Depth: 90ft 

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Great Exuma, Bahamas

Example Dive:
Sandals Wall - Sharks, barracudas, stingrays, jacks, snappers, dolphins and a variety of tropical fish seen in this area. Starts at about 50ft
Skill Level: Advanced
Avg Depth: 50ft
Distance from Shore: 15 min 

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St. Lucia

Example Dive:
Virgin Cove - patches of coral and eventually more defined structures of reef. This semicircular reef/wall is a richly diverse coral reef structure displaying both hard and soft corals. Shaped like a figure "9", maximum depth is around 70 ft/21 m. There are lots of large barrel sponges, brain coral and occasionally stingrays. Schools of snappers, grunts and Atlantic spade fish as well as turtles and barracudas are frequent residents of this reef, especially at the 60 ft/70 ft level.
Skill Level: Novice
Avg Depth: 30ft
Distance from Shore: 20 min 

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Antigua

Example Dive:
Mary Kay Reef - This is a very nice reef to navigate. This site is filled with an abundance of soft coral heads that brings lots of marine life, Also a spur and grove site with small ledges and undercuts. Lobsters, barracudas and lots of small fish are usually present. The occasional turtle and stingray put in an appearance.
Skill Level: Novice
Avg Depth: 45ft 

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Grenada

Example Dive:
Bianca C - The Bianca C a 600 ft. cruise ship sank in 1961. A fire in the boiler room occurred just as she was anchoring in St. Georges Harbour. She, however, still makes a brilliant advanced wreck dive. No penetration is possible, but the shear size and scope alone make it exceptional. You can swim into the ships swimming pool at about 130 ft. and then continue to the bow. One often sees schools of horse eyed jacks as well as large barracuda. The occasional large shark is seen as well as large eagle rays. This wreck is flanked by Whibbles reef, which is south about 150 yards.
Skill Level: Master
Max Depth: 135ft 

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Turks and Caicos

Example Dive:
Graceland: This site has a large sand chute under the dive boat and a swim-through leading to the wall at 50ft. The wall has many buttresses and indentations with a good possibility of reef sharks swimming in the depths off the wall.
Skill Level: Novice
Max Depth: 50ft

The example dives above are just a tiny sample of what is available through the Sandals and Beaches SCUBA program. Each resort has many dive sites in the novice and advanced skill levels. And even a few advanced dives. Night dives can be scheduled at an additiona fee on most resorts. If you would like to see a more comprehensive list of dives by island, please Contact Us

Each of the resorts offers multiple levels of certification courses. For guests who are not certified divers, the Sandals Resort Program is a very popular option. If you've always wanted to experience SCUBA but never had the time it takes to get certified, Sandals can qualify you to dive at the resort in just a few hours. This PADI Discover Scuba Diver program is only $90 per person and you will be able to dive, in most cases, the same day as your program, and be able to dive throughout your stay at our Sandals Resort. 

Certified divers may enjoy acheiving an advanced certification during their stay. Multiple advanced PADI certifications are available. 

Diving in the Caribbean can cost $200+ per day just for the dive. Why not take your next dive vacation with Sandals or Beaches where up to two tanks per day are included? Dive groups with 5 or more rooms also receive incentives and discounts. 

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Sandals Regency La Toc, St. Lucia: Resort of the Month

Posted on Sun , Mar 23, 2014

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Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia is one of the more sophisticated of the 15 Sandals Resorts. I love this resort for the food and the bluff views. Check out this video about the resort and then read on for more detail.

St. Lucia is a very lush and tropical island in the Eastern Caribbean. England and France fought for nearly two hundred years over beautiful St. Lucia. This dazzling Caribbean wonderland is a fountain of natural treasures - the fiery passions of an ancient volcano, the richness of a national rainforest, and the soothing waters of the glistening bay and sea.

Sandals Regency La Toc St Lucia relative mapThe island of St. Lucia has two airports. The larger Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is approximately 90 minute drive from the three Sandals Resorts.  The smaller George F. Charles Airport (SLU) is approximately 10-30 minute drive to the Sandals Resorts. Most clients fly into the larger, International airport. So climb aboard your air-conditioned bus and enjoy views of the island from your included round trip transfer.

St. Lucia - Hewanorra Airport

Sandals Resorts boasts an exclusive Arrivals Lounge at the Hewanorra Airport in St. Lucia.  The lounge has interior seating for 50 guests. Guests are welcomed into the spacious (1,800 sq. ft.), comfortable, air-conditioned Lounge after clearing Immigration and Customs, where they are offered a choice of rum punch, water, coffee tea and fruit punch.  There are also bathroom facilities and guests can relax in the Lounge by watching one of two 50” flat screen televisions while waiting for their bus transfer.  

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The stately palms that grace the mile-long entrance into the legendary La Toc Estate is the awe-inspiring prelude to your Saint Lucia vacation at the Caribbean's Most Glamorous Resort. Sandals Regency La Toc is recognized as the most sparkling jewel in the islands. The "Emerald of the Caribbean" glitters invitingly along the half-mile crescent shaped beach, cradling exotic coral bluffs, lush hillsides, and rolling fairways. This magnificent 210-acre estate features the  Sunset Bluff Village, a resort within the resort, flaunting breathtaking vistas from bluff-top villas with private intimate pools. Indulge in Five-Star Diamond French cuisine and other tantalizing cuisine from around the world at nine spectacular restaurants. Nestled in one of the most historic parts of Castries, Sandals Regency LaToc Golf Resort & Spa is a highly luxurious resort filled with adventure, romance and relaxation.

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Why Choose this Resort?

If you like to be immersed in glamour in a setting that is as posh as a paradise movie set, you will love Sandals La Toc for your St. Lucia golf and spa vacation

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Resort Highlights

  • The epitome of luxury, the elevated Sunset Bluff Millionaire Butler Suites with Private Pool Sanctuary come with 180 degree views, rotating 46” plasma TV’s, a private Whirlpool and Infinity Pool and fully opened glass walls offering serenity bedroom views
  • Exquisite Honeymoon suites with private plunge pools
  • 9 hole golf course, which offers complimentary green fees
  • Three magnificent freshwater pools, fifty-five suites with private plunge pools and four Whirlpools.
  • Free WiFi for all guests occupying Club Sandals or higher categories of accommodation.
  • 23 Dining options with the Stay at one play at three exchange privileges
  • A magnificent Red Lane Signature Spa (spa services are at an additional cost)
  • Full exchange privileges with the nearby Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort and the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Beach Resort & Spa, which are approximately a 15-25 minute drive away. Complimentary transportation between these three Sandals resorts is provided.

Room Features

All rooms include Air conditioning, king-size bed, mini refrigerator stocked with bottled water, soda and juices, extra-large amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, safety deposit box, private bath & shower, iPod clock radio, Cable T.V., tea & coffee maker, iron & ironing board.

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Sandals Exclusive Personal Butler Service

Your wish is our command. With the uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, you will be pampered throughout your stay in extraordinary ways. From unpacking and packing your luggage, attending to your wardrobe, serving a glorious breakfast on your terrace, and many more surprises, a Sandals Suite complete with your own personal butler, is the ultimate indulgence. More on Personal Butler Service here.

 

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The Golf Club at Sandals La Toc

Masters of the game and beginners as well will thrill to the lush landscape of La Toc's challenging golf course. Rolling hills and majestic fairways inspire performance at all levels, and complimentary green fees invite repeat plays at leisure. Short but sweet…this 3,300-yard course challenges you to sharpen your club-selection skills, and several holes demand laser-like accuracy to chart their tunnel-tight layout. On the 8th hole's par-3 downhill, for example, a mere fade or draw could land you in a jungle of white cedars, almond trees and bamboo.

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More on this Destination

Visa & Passport Requirements
All travelers will require a valid passport. No visa requirements when traveling an a passport issues by the United State. Please check for any other necessary visa or documentation requirements.

Average Temperatures
Caribbean temperatures are warm year-round. Daytime average: 82°F, 28°C. Nighttime average: 72°F, 22°C.

Dress Code
Resort casual by day, resort elegant by night. So while the sun is up, your shorts, tank tops, swim suits, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses and light slacks are the perfect attire. As the sun sets and you set out to enjoy the evening, proper attire is required (although elegant dress shorts are permitted in some restaurants).

Safe Deposit Boxes
Safe deposit boxes are included in every room. Guests with jewelry and/or cash are advised to store all valuables in safe deposit boxes as Sandals cannot be held responsible

WI-FI Coverage and Internet Access
Most public areas of the resort offer wireless Internet access. So do many of the rooms. All guest rooms are wired with an in-room Ethernet jack for Internet access. Simply connect to the network and charge the service to your room. 

Scuba Diving
Top-of-the-line equipment for scuba diving is included for certified divers; however, you're welcome to bring your own. You must remember your diver certification cards to enjoy full diving privileges. If you have any contra-indications to diving you must have a doctor complete and sign the physician section on the medical questionnaire form before you will be allowed to dive at any of our resorts.

Late Departures
If your plane leaves in the afternoon or is delayed, you're welcome to enjoy the amenities at Sandals Regency La Toc St. Lucia. 

Tips and Gratuities
Tips and gratuities are strictly prohibited for all staff except personal Butlers & Spa Therapists. In the event you wish to tip your Butler or Spa Therapist, it will be greatly appreciated but under no circumstance will a tip be required or solicited.

Private Car Service
Private Car service from St. Lucia’s Hewanorra Airport to Sandals La Toc is available at an additional cost. Just ask me!

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Topics: golf getaways, Sandals La Toc, Resort of the Month

Top Five Most Romantic Honeymoon Suites with Private Pool

Posted on Tue , Feb 18, 2014

If the romantic honeymoon suite you have dreamed of includes your own private pool, here are 5 suites at are sure to wow. The privacy of your own plunge pool provides the ultimate relaxation and reconnection time with your significant other. Whether this is your first honeymoon or your 25th, you deserve a honeymoon suite!

The Romeo & Juliet Sanctuary Villa Suite at Sandals Grande Riviera (Ocho Rios, Jamaica)

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This is probably the best value of all Sandals Resort's LoveNest suites. This suite has two separate indoor areas divided by a walled courtyard area. In the outdoor courtyard area, you have your own private plunge pool, sun chairs, outdoor shower and hut tub.

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On one end of the courtyard is the entrance to the bedroom with king size, four-poster bed.

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The bedroom leads to the immaculate bathroom with two vanities, closet, large soaking tub, tilled walk-in shower and separate water closet.

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On the other end of the courtyard is the sliding glass doors that lead to a large sitting area, dining set and fully-stocked wet bar. 

The Mediterranean Villa Suite with Private Pool sanctuary at Sandals Grande Antigua

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Sandals Grande Antigua is voted "World's Most Romantic Resort" year after year for good reason. The long, beautiful white sand beach, gorgeous blue ocean and chic marble and fountains of the Mediterranean village set the mood for romance. This suite is the ultimate luxury for two people in love. 

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The living room, which is furnished with a sofa, a love seat and a writing desk, and wet bar area looks out onto the pool deck. Both the bedroom and living room are equipped with large flat screen TVs (42"). This villa offers total romantic seclusion.

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The bedroom is furnished with a four-poster, king-size bed and sits just steps from the poolside.

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The bathroom has twin wash basins, a roman whirlpool tub and a separate walk in overhead "rain" shower.

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As with all Sandals LoveNest suites, 24 hour room service and Sandals exclusive Personal Butler Service is included with this suite. You can enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner on your private patio anytime.

The Millionaire Suite at Sandals Negril (Negril, Jamaica)

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Negril is the Capitol of Casual. The sunset is so amazing every night that, when you return from your trip and review your pictures, you'll wonder how you could have taken THAT many pictures of the sunset. (Personal experience!) The Millionaire suite at Sandals Negril is extremely private. The courtyard area is surrounded by a high wall and situated in a very quiet area of the resort. 

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The bedroom and living room areas are both spacious and comfortable with beautiful views of the landscaped garden area. 

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The luxurious bathroom features double vanities, a walk-in shower and a whirlpool tub. 

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This is the perfect suite and resort for a couple that wants an authentic Caribbean escape with plenty of time spent enjoying the views of the Caribbean together. The suite opens up to a lush private garden which includes a plunge pool and miniature waterfall, and an outdoor shower with a private wall to ensure intimacy.

The Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource (Grenada)

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Sandals LaSource is a brand new resort that just opened in December 2013. This resort has the best of everything Sandals has to offer - all in one location. And then some... Sandals is pioneering a new concept to suites with private pools: The Skypool. These suites are located on the third, fourth and fifth floors of oceanfront buildings. Relax in your private plunge pool with a view of the ocean. 

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These two-room suites feature a large bedroom with access to the skypool and a living room with a large veranda, two lounge chairs, dining area and tranquil soaking tub. 

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The bathrooms in these suites equal the drama of the rest of the space. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, Kohler claw footed tub, separate frosted glass shower and a frosted glass water closet. 

The South Seas Millionaire Suite at Sandals LaSource (Grenada)

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Entering the suite through the porte cochere, you will find a full living room with a wet bar and dining table.

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The living room opens up to a trellised veranda with soaking tub, double chaise lounges, and exterior dining.

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The luxurious bedroom boasts a king size bed and large flat screen TV.

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The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, freestanding soaking tub carved out of solid stone, frosted glass shower, and water closet. It also opens up to a private grotto carved out of the mountains with an outdoor shower. The flooring is Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebble and porcelain planks from Italy.

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The bedroom opens up to a private plunge pool with an infinity edge. 

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Topics: honeymoon, Personal Butler Service, romantic suite

When (and why) to use a Travel Agent

Posted on Fri , Jan 10, 2014

The Internet is not always your best option when it comes to booking your vacation. Find out when to call a travel agent... and why to call me. 

This could seem like a shameless plug, but rest assured, your level of knowledge on this topic is mutually beneficial to you and to me. In the age of doing everything online, there are times when working with a travel agent can save you money, time, stress and drama. 

Use a Travel Agent when the stakes are high

Caribbean All-Inclusive Honeymoon TravelWhether you are planning your honeymoon, a big anniversary trip, renewal of vows, or really any trip that you consider to be a significant financial investment, working with a professional can give you peace of mind. The Sand Lady is a division of Royal Travel, a full-service travel agency. We have been a family-owned, family-run, local business in Maryville, TN for over 20 years. Our name IS our business. Each of our agents is highly motivated to provide exceptional customer service. "My goal with every client, no matter the type of travel or size of package, is for you to return from your trip so excited and impressed that you tell all of your friends to call me," says The Sand Lady Robbie. The Sand Lady consistently receives excellent client reviews. There is never any cost to you for our services. This is not true of all travel agencies. The resorts train me and compensate me for the service I provide, and we guarantee you will not find a better price on a Sandals or Beaches Resorts package.

Use a Travel Agent when you are unfamiliar with the destination

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Use a Travel Agent when you are traveling with a group

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If you do get in a bind, you have a well-connected friend.

In life, sometimes things don't go as planned! In the past 6 months, I have worked with my client's resort to extend their honeymoon at the last minute and no charge to them when their airline stranded them in Miami for 2 days. I have fixed problems with reservations that clients booked themselves online before calling me. (Although I love playing the hero, save yourself the tears and just let me book it the first time around!) 

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 You don't need a Travel Agent if:

  • You are only booking a flight - When you are headed to a friend's wedding or visiting your grandmother and all you need to purchase is your flights, it is generally just as simple and about the same price to book it yourself.

  • You want to use your miles - The airlines and credit card companies will not allow me to redeem your rewards for you. "If you are booking a package such as an all inclusive getaway in the Caribbean, while I can include flights with your package, if you prefer to use your miles to book flights, I can advise you on schedules and you can book the flights separately. Just let me know about your needs," says The Sand Lady Kali.

  • You are using a timeshare - Timeshare companies manage their own timeshares. Travel agents do not book timeshares. Our agency generally does not book private home rentals except for a few very special properties in the Caribbean. 

  • You are dead-set on a super cheap 3-4 night cruise with a discount cruise line - You know which one I'm talking about. I'm not saying don't call me if you're considering this option. I talk to at least one person every week who doesn't realize the costs involved with cruising outside of the upfront advertized price. Most of them end up booking an all-inclusive resort with me, and they come back thanking me!

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Topics: golf getaways, honeymoon, group travel, renew vows

Four Reasons to Consider a Destination Wedding at Sandals Resorts

Posted on Thu , Oct 31, 2013

Caribbean Destination Wedding DealsCaribbean destination weddings are popular for a lot of reasons. Many brides dream of getting married on the beach. And if you go through a Certified Destination Wedding planner like The Sand Lady, a destination wedding can be much less stressful and time consuming to plan than a local wedding. You will work with one wedding "vendor" - me - rather than several vendors for flowers, catering, etc. 

Here are Four Reasons to Consider a Destination Wedding at a Sandals Resort:

Your Wedding. Your Style.Custom Caribbean Destination Wedding

Sandals offers an array of colors from which to select your color palette. Your wedding can be as customized as you like. You can select from dozes of floral options, cake designs, ceremony and reception decor, entertainment and more to design the perfect celebration that reflects your personalities and style. For brides that prefer a professionally designed theme, Sandals offers 5 gorgeous designer themes to choose from. More on ceremony and reception design options here

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$1,000 WeddingMoons Credit

Sandals resorts is currently offering a $1,000 credit to give you more choice and flexibility when designing the perfect Caribbean destination wedding. This limited time promotion includes $500 wedding credit to use towards your customized destination wedding and $500 honeymoon credit to use on items to enhance your honeymoon such as renting a private beach cabana, a catamaran cruise, honeymoon highlights video, etc. 

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Special Inclusions for Wedding Groups

For brides and grooms who want to celebrate with friends and family, Sandals offers lots of extra inclusions to enhance the group's time together and to reward the bride and groom for celebrating their marriage with Sandals. Wedding groups of 5 or more rooms may earn a special group cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktail, private pre-wedding celebration dinner for the group, complimentary plated wedding reception, manicure and pedicure for the bride, massage for the groom, and more. 

Gift Registry

Create a Gift Registry filled with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Your Sandals gift registry lets you create a wish list to make your destination wedding and honeymoon unforgettable. From a romantic couples massage by the sea, to an adventurous horseback ride on the beach, or an upgrade to a luxurious Love Nest Suite.

destination wedding registryRead more about the destination weddings that we plan at Sandals resorts as well as real Sandals weddings here

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Topics: destination wedding, Special Promotions

Destination Wedding: Jessica and Justin's Intimate Island Nuptials (part 2 of 2)

Posted on Mon , Oct 21, 2013

Jessica and Justin got married at Sandals La Toc on September 17. More on their intimate beach wedding in St. Lucia here

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Then began the honeymoon of their dreams in St. Lucia. 

One of the most exciting things about a destination wedding at Sandals is that your honeymoon starts the moment you say, "I do." Jessica and Justin enjoyed their first meal as a married couple at La Toc restaurant, which serves authentic French Cuisine with white glove service at dinner. 

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Jessica describes Justin as a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy. She was ecstatic that he absolutely loved his very sophisticated meal at La Toc. After a very romantic dinner, the honeymooners returned to their suite to find that their butler team had drawn a bubble bath, iced some champagne and decorated to celebrate their marriage. 

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Jessica and Justin stayed in a dreamy honeymoon suite - the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool. These signature LoveNest suites sit atop La Toc's romantic Sunset Bluff and offer unrivaled views of the sunset over the ocean from their private pool. 

St Lucia Honeymoon suite

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Of course the newlyweds spent time taking in the scenic views from their private pool, and Justin even discovered a new favorite local beer. When its all included, you're free to try new things! More on Sandals Discovery Dining program here

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Jessica took this picture of the Sunset Bluff from Sandals La Toc's beach.

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St. Lucia is a beautiful, adventurous island. I alway recommend that clients traveling to St. Lucia book at least one tour to see more of the island. Jessica and Justin went on and all day excursion that allowed them to explore some of St. Lucia's rich history in a fishing village by the sea, view the world-famous Pitons, discover tropical waterfalls and bathe in the mineral-rich Sulfur Springs mud baths. 

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Jessica and Justin's tips to St. Lucia Honeymooners

- What NOT to miss: "Stay at one - Play at three. There are three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia, and they are just a short ride on Sandals included transfer to visit each one. La Toc was no question the perfect resort for us. Thank you Kali! But we loved dinner at Gordon's on the Pier at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. The food was fabulous and the over-the-water dinning experience was so romantic." 

- What I would have changed: "Bring a 'throw away' swim suit for the mud baths. The sulfur stained Justin's suit kind of orange. totally worth it, but next time I would bring and old suit that I don't plan to bring home."

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Sandals La Toc

Destination Wedding: Jessica and Justin's Intimate Island Nuptials (part 1 of 2)

Posted on Mon , Oct 07, 2013

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When I first started working with Jessica and Justin, they wanted to plan a honeymoon in Jamaica or St. Lucia. They dreamed of a romantic getaway with a nice mix of relaxation and island adventure, and they wanted a special honeymoon suite. I made a couple recommendations on each island to suit their requirements and explained the major differences between the rooms and resorts that I was suggesting so they could make a final decision.

As sometimes happens, when next I spoke with Jessica, the couple had become slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of planning a traditional, local wedding with lots of family and friends to please. She wanted to know more about the Sandals WeddingMoon®, which is a destination wedding + honeymoon all in one package. I told Jessica that because they were already planning a 6 night honeymoon, they could add the Wedding to the Moon at no additional cost, and I would lead her through each painless step of planning the ceremony and reception. After consulting with Justin, the decision for an intimate island wedding was made, and after a 2 hour lunch date, we had planned their destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia. 

I always recommend that honeymooners - and especially those getting married on resort - book one of Sandals Love Nest Suites. These suites are Sandals most romantic, intimate accommodations, and staying in a Love Nest Suite makes for a very special, unique honeymoon experience. Jessica and Justin chose the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool at Sandals Regency La Toc. 

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This room boasts one of my all-time favorite views in the Caribbean - enjoyable from your own private plunge pool. Sitting atop Sunset Bluff, this suite has a beautifully decorated separate living room and bedroom with plenty of space. The veranda is large and the view of the ocean and the sunset is stunning. Open the sliding glass doors in your bedroom to enjoy these romantic views right from your four poster king size bed. Stone floors, mahogany furnishings, and vaulted ceilings make these suites cozy and inviting. 

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I always make sure my WeddingMoons couples receive VIP treatment. Upon arrival in St. Lucia, Jessica and Justin were driven by a private driver and luxury sedan from the airport to the resort. Their personal butler met their car at the resort and escorted them directly to their honeymoon suite. The next day, they met with their on-resort wedding coordinator who confirmed the details of the wedding ceremony and reception. They had a champagne cake tasting and selected a cake flavor. A local attorney met with them in the resort wedding office to finalize the legal marriage documents. The wedding coordinator took them on a full tour of the resort grounds, and Jessica made the final decision to hold the ceremony in the wedding gazebo overlooking the beach. Then, they were off to relax and play until it was time for their wedding, which was scheduled for 4pm two day later.

Each island does has its own legal documentation and residency requirements for weddings. St. Lucia requires the bride and groom arrive on the island 3 business days before there wedding ceremony. However, as in the case of Jessica and Justin's wedding, the couple may choose to pay a documentation expedition fee in order to get married sooner. But as Jessica would tell you, don't fret about the details! Contact The Sand Lady to take care of all of these things for you. It is my job to know the details and present  you with the options. 

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On the wedding day, Jessica had her hair and makeup done in the spa on resort. She said this was a great way to relax before the wedding. Her partial up-do was beautiful, and she was happy to see that the spa used makeup products by MAC. Once her hair and makeup were complete, her female butler Trisha drove her back to the suite to get dressed. Jessica was happy that Trisha was there to help her with her bridal gown. Before the wedding, as they got to know their butler team of Trisha and Sydney, Jessica and Justin decided to ask that they stand as witnesses to their marriage. 

Jessica and Justin's wedding theme is the Beautiful Beginnings complimentary wedding ceremony and champagne reception. They also used Sandals in-house photography and videography services. 


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Jessica's Tips to Brides
- What NOT to miss: "Sandals Personal Butler Service was absolutely amazing. I was SO GLAD we had this for our destination wedding. It made everything so relaxed and stress-free on the wedding day, especially."
- What I would have changed: "Justin said he was kind of nervous and anxious waiting for wedding time. I was in the spa - all relaxed. He was hanging out by himself. He is not a spa guy. If your groom would enjoy a massage, then I'd say schedule that for that time that you're apart before the wedding. For him, if I'd realized this would be the case, I would have just gone ahead and scheduled the wedding to be earlier in the day. When you're planning your wedding, you might be thinking more along the wedding time of a traditional, local wedding. Once you're on island time, there is not much difference between 11am and 4pm!"

Check out Part 2 of this blog series for the rest of Jessica and Justin's WeddingMoon story.

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Topics: destination wedding, Personal Butler Service, Sandals La Toc

Sandals Emerald Bay: Resort of the Month

Posted on Thu , Jul 11, 2013

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Sandals Emerald Bay is one of the newest, most exclusive and chic resorts in the Caribbean. This resort is located on an out island of the Bahamas called Great Exuma. 

Sandals Emerald BayThe Exumas are considered to be the French Riviera of the Caribbean; their calm aquamarine bays and beautiful beaches rest just 130 miles southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. A mere 40 minutes by plane from South Florida, the 365 tiny islets and cays that comprise The Exumas feel as though they are a million miles away from anywhere. Deep within the pristine Bahamian Out Islands, their waters are revered the world over for their diving, fishing and yachting. 

Upon arrival at Georgetown International Airport, after exiting Customs and Immigration, just look for the Sandals Welcome Host. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort is arranged by Sandals, so climb aboard your air-conditioned bus and enjoy a brief 10-minute ride to Sandals Emerald Bay. Once you arrive at the resort, you'll be greeted like all Sandals guests, with a glass of champagne, a cold towel and a warm smile.

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Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. Here, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures amidst 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, which ensures you will feel as if you are the only ones there. Service reigns supreme, and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. This resort boasts three impressive pools including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with dramatic fire pit in the middle. You may play championship golf on a Greg Norman-designed course, voted one of the Caribbean's Best by Travel & Leisure Golf or relax in the first-ever 16,000 sq. ft. Red Lane Dermalogica concept spa.

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Resort Highlights:

  • Resort sits on one mile of the Exumas best powdery white sand beaches with a panoramic view
  • Room Service in all room categories
  • 245 choices of luxurious accommodations in 26 categories
  • Butler Service in 33 Seaside Villas and 36 One-Bedroom Suites
  • 7 Restaurants plus Room Service and 6 Bars at this resort
  • 150 slip deep water marina
  • Freshly baked fruit-flavored bread from our Authentic Island-Style Stone Oven right on the resort
  • Greg Norman designed 7001 yard, par 72 Championship golf course with 6 signature Oceanside holes
  • Three fresh water pools including the Caribbean’s largest zero entry pool with a central fire pit
  • Magnificent Red Lane Spa facility encompassing 16,000 sq. ft. with 16 relaxing treatment rooms
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Over 13,000 sq. ft. of covered banqueting and convention facilities.

Room Features:

Down duvets and pillows; personal pillow menu; flat screen televisions with cable connections; DVD players on request; electronic in-room safe; hairdryer; emergency overnight toiletry kit; lighted make-up/shaving mirror; luggage rack; individual temperature control; robes; iron and ironing board; smoke and heat detectors; night lights; two line speaker phones with data port and I-home deck with an alarm clock. All suites include double marble vanity sinks, glass enclosed shower and a deep soaking tub.

Sandals Exclusive Personal Butler Service:

Your wish is our command. With the uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, you will be pampered throughout your stay in extraordinary ways. From unpacking and packing your luggage, attending to your wardrobe, serving a glorious breakfast on your terrace, and many more surprises, a Sandals Suite complete with your own personal butler, is the ultimate indulgence. More on Personal Butler Service here.

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Emerald Reef Golf Club

“Built along a headland on the eastern shores of Great Exuma, the Emerald Reef course is the Caribbean's answer to Pebble Beach in California. In fact – and whisper it quietly – with six signature holes that hug the ocean, for sheer aesthetic appeal, this Bahamian course might even surpass it."

Charles Starmer-Smith
Travel News Editor Telegraph Travel

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Off-Resort Adventures

Fishing on the Exuma flats for huge bonefish... Cruising in and out of 150 islands and cays... Feeding wild iguanas and swimming pigs... Kayaking through a maze of mangroves in the Moriah Marine Park... Swimming with friendly sharks... There a something for everyone in and around Great Exuma, Bahamas

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More on this Destination

Visa & Passport Requirements
All travelers will require a valid passport. Please check for any other necessary visa or documentation requirements.

Average Temperatures
Caribbean temperatures are warm year-round. Daytime average: 82°F, 28°C. Nighttime average: 72°F, 22°C.

Dress Code
Resort casual by day, resort elegant by night. So while the sun is up, your shorts, tank tops, swim suits, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses and light slacks are the perfect attire. As the sun sets and you set out to enjoy the evening, proper attire is required (although elegant dress shorts are permitted in some restaurants).

Safe Deposit Boxes
Safe deposit boxes are included in every room. Guests with jewelry and/or cash are advised to store all valuables in safe deposit boxes as Sandals cannot be held responsible

WI-FI Coverage and Internet Access
Most public areas of this hotel, and all of the rooms, have Wi-Fi coverage for your convenience. Instant access to the Internet may be obtained by simply connecting to the network, and wi-fi is included with every room at this resort.

Scuba Diving
Top-of-the-line equipment for scuba diving is included for certified divers; however, you're welcome to bring your own. You must remember your diver certification cards to enjoy full diving privileges. If you have any contra-indications to diving you must have a doctor complete and sign the physician section on the medical questionnaire form before you will be allowed to dive at any of our resorts.

Tips and Gratuities
Tips and gratuities are strictly prohibited for all staff except personal Butlers & Spa Therapists. In the event you wish to tip your Butler or Spa Therapist, it will be greatly appreciated but under no circumstance will a tip be required or solicited.

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Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine

Posted on Mon , Jul 08, 2013

Sandals Resorts French Restaraunts[Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaurants, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaurants offering Italian cuisine, British pub food, varied Asian selections, fine French cuisine, and authentic Caribbean fare as well as seaside dining. And it is all included in your Sandals vacation package. This is the fifth installment in a seven-part blog series. Find links to the rest of the series at the bottom of this entry.]

French cuisine has evolved extensively over centuries. The national cuisine started forming in the Middle Ages to the influence of the work of skilled chefs and various social and political movements. Over the years the styles of French cuisine have been given different names, and have been modified by various master chefs. The national cuisine developed primarily in the city of Paris with the chefs to French royalty, but eventually it spread throughout the country and was even exported overseas. At Sandals and Beaches Resorts, you'll find some of the finest French dishes in the Western hemisphere. 

Sandals Signature French Restaraunts

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Presented below is a couple of the Sandals Resorts signature French restaraunts and a few examples from the menus of each:

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Le Papillon (Sandals Royal Plantation, Jamaica) Feel as if you've wandered into one of Paris' most elegant restaurants. Le Papillon's French-inspired Caribbean cuisine, which mingles the finest of Europe and the incredibly fresh local produce of Jamaica with the classical techniques and venerable traditions of France's finest establishments, takes you on a truly unforgettable culinary tour around the world. 

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Les Hors D'Oeuvre

"Bonbons" de foie gras, poire au porto
"Candy" Foie gras, pears in porto

Crabe cake et purée de patates douces, mesclun de salade à l'huile pimentée
Crab cake and mashed sweet potatoes, mesclun salad with chilli oil

Cassolette d’escargots de Bourgogne
Casserole Burgundy snails

Soupe glacée avocat-citron vert, tartare tomates, gambas et piment d'Espelette
Chilled soup avocado-lime, tomato tartare, shrimp and Espelette pepper

Les Poissons

Dos de Red Snapper laque au Miel, Polenta aux aux agrumes et Gingembre Frais
Red Snapper back glazed with honey, Polenta with citrus and fresh Ginger

Homard grillé et chutney de tomates aux fruits exotiques, Legumes du Marche
Grilled lobster and tomato chutney with exotic fruits, Vegetable from the Market

Les Viandes

Carré d'agneau en croûte d'herbes
Herb crusted lamb rack

Pièce de Filet boeuf au beurre d'avocat, salsa de mangue et tomates
Piece of tenderloin beef to butter with avocado, mango salsa and tomatoes

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Baccarat (Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau, Bahamas) Named after the famous French Crystal manufacturer who created the elegantly curved windowpanes throughout its interior, Baccarat merges the delightful clinking of fine crystal with elegant Art Nouveau decor. Candle lights dance on tables set in stunning bay windows while white-gloved waiters serve award winning French cusine, all overlooking the moonlit pool. 

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Hors d’Oeuvres - Appetizers

Mille Feuilles de Légumes – Vegetables
Grilled Mushrooms, Creamed Spinach and Pumpkin Mousseline Layered in Puff Pastry, Tomato Orange Coulis

Cocktail aux Fruits de Mer - Seafood
Chilled Marinated Seafood in Season

Les Soupes – Soups

Bisque de Coquillages et Crustacés - Seafood Bisque
Lobster, Clams and Mussels Slowly Simmered in Tomato Cream Infused with Brandy

Consomme “Celestine”
Light Chicken Broth Garnished with Carrot and Crêpe “Julienne”

Les Plats Principaux – Entrées

Margret de Canard a l’Orange – Duck
Duck Breast, Orange Grand Marnier Sauce and Vegetable Julienne

Poisson du Jour – The Catch of the Day
Filet of Fish en Papillote with Mangoes, Steamed Potatoes, Market Vegetables and Creole Salsa

Les Desserts

Crêpe Suzette
Thin French Pancake filled with fresh fruit compote, topped with sweet orange sauce

Crème Brûlée pour les deux
A Traditional Crème Brûlée to share with your loved one

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Also worth mentioning is Sandals signature Parisian-style patisserie, Cafe de Paris (Sandals Whitehouse, Sandals Grande Antigua and Sandals Emerald Bay) featuring sinful pastries, crepes, coffees and dessert. After all, everyone works up a sweet tooth sooner or later.

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In this seven-part blog series, we will take a look at several of the Sandals signature restaurants and their exemplary menus. Don't miss:

Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Italian Regional Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Olde Country British Pub
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Unique Asian Fusion
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Fine French Cuisine
Sandals Resorts Dining: Discover Authentic Caribbean Fare and Seaside Dining (coming soon)
Client Review: Sandals Resorts Dining (coming soon)

Whether you are planning a Caribbean honeymoon, destination wedding, 25th wedding anniversary or you're just a beach-loving foodie, let me help you select the right Sandals resort for your vacation style. There is never any charge for my services. Click below to request your one-on-one vacation consultation or register to attend our next Sandals webinar.

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Topics: Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Royal Plantation, Dining and Food