Knoxville: Meet Leslie Haden - Your Local Sandals Expert

Posted on Fri , Nov 17, 2017

First of all, don't panic. The Sand Lady from Royal Travel is headquartered in Maryville, TN (which is just outside Knoxville). The Knoxville area is our HOME! And The Sand Lady Robbie is not going anywhere. We have experienced tremendous growth because we have AMAZING clients that share their experiences with their friends and family. One client quickly becomes three... four... five clients!!

IMG_3242.jpgSo... speaking of amazing clients that become like family - I'd like to introduce you to Leslie Haden. We planned Leslie and Adam's destination wedding in Jamaica in 2013. They had a gorgeous wedding, and their family members fell in love with the Sandals Resorts. They've returned several times over the past few years and referred many friends as well. Now Leslie has joined The Sand Lady team! Leslie specializes in planning:

  • Unforgettable honeymoons,
  • Custom destination weddings,
  • Romantic getaways, and
  • All-inclusive family vacations.

She serves clients in Knoxville and surrounding areas of East Tennessee. 

Leslie loves helping people, and you can tell this as soon as you meet her! She's has first hand experience with the Sandals Resorts product. She wants to get to know you, what you want your special vacation to be like and then match you with the perfect resort and travel plans to exceed your expectations.

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We have tasked Leslie with customizing all-inclusive honeymoon packages and romantic getaways for couples in the Knoxville area. Leslie says her favorite part about her job is the confidence she has in the Sandals product.  She started as a client and repeat guest, she has family and friends who have become repeat guests, and now she's had the benefit of extensive behind-the-scenes training. She loves offering her clients the same fabulous vacation experience she's had.

Leslie has served the West Knox area as a hair stylist for 11 years. She and her husband Adam live in Knoxville, TN.

Welcome, Leslie!!

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Topics: honeymoon, Beaches resorts, Sandals resorts, knoxville

Nashville: Meet Toni Garza - Your Local Sandals Expert

Posted on Tue , Jul 18, 2017

toni2.jpgHere we grow again! Nashville, we are SO EXCITED to introduce you to Toni Garza - the newest member of The Sand Lady team. Toni specializes in planning:

  • Unforgettable honeymoons,
  • Custom destination weddings,
  • Romantic getaways, and
  • All-inclusive family vacations.

She serves clients in the Nashville, Franklin, Clarksville and surrounding areas of Tennessee. 

Toni is a Certified Sandals Specialist and Certified Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist. She is passionate about relationships! She wants to get to know you, what you want your special vacation to be and then match you with the perfect resort and travel plans to exceed your expectations. We have tasked Toni with customizing the perfect all-inclusive package for each client's travel needs, and she is committed to helping you make memories that will last forever. Toni says her favorite part about her job is anticipating a client's needs before they even know they have them so that their travel experience is absolutely seamless. 

Toni is a musician and a former music teacher. She lives in the Nashville area.

Welcome, Toni!!

 

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Beaches resorts, Sandals resorts, who is the sand lady, nashville

Suite of the Month: The Romeo and Juliet at Sandals Ochi

Posted on Thu , Oct 29, 2015

Sandals Ochi is the hottest adults only, all-inclusive resort in Jamaica right now. It has just received a huge upgrade to the social and night life scene as well as several brand new restaraunt concepts to the Sandals chain. This month's suite of the month offers a super romantic, secluded retreat just up the hill from the social scene of the resort. You get the best of both worlds. This is the perfect honeymoon suite or romantic getaway for a couple who enjoys a little night life mixed with their intimate alone time.

In this first video, The Sand Lady Tara shows you the private courtyard area of the suite. You have your own private plunge pool, hot tub, gotto shower and sun chairs. You will enjoy sunning in privacy during the day and star gazing at night. 

 

 

In the second video you will see the luxurious bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom is very large with a soaking tub, walk-in shower and double vanities. Then, on the other end of the courtyard, you will see you living room with sitting area, wet bar and private dining area. Of course, this LoveNest Suite includes Sandals excluive Personal Butler Service. So you can order an elegant dinner under the stars or romantic breakfast in bed any time you like!

If you think that Sandals Ochi might be a good fit for your next romantic vacation, check out our eBrochure here. Or request your Complimentary Vacation Consultation now. 



 

Topics: honeymoon, Personal Butler Service, romantic suite, Jamaica

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

Adventure Travel resized 600We spend weeks every year visiting the properties and destinations that we sell. I only recommend resorts that I have personally visited, and I maintain a personal relationship with the staff on resort. I expect that my clients will be treated as VIPs. I have stayed in or walked through the rooms I book. I have eaten in the restaurants, and I'll share with you my favorite drink from the bar. Since there is no cost to you to use my expertise, why wouldn't you let me customize your vacation and handle all of the details for you?

Use a Travel Agent when you are traveling with a group

Caribbean Scuba Travel resized 600I specialize in family reunions, golf groups and destination wedding groups, but I'll plan a trip for any type of group. I will do as much of the organizing as you let me do. First, I work with you to determine the destination and travel dates. Then you can invite the group, give them my contact information, and I will take care of customizing each individual's travel details. Many times, if the group is more than 5 rooms, I can get the group leader special perks or discounts.

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!

Anniversary Travel resized 600The bottom line is, no matter what type of travel you are planning, you want your trip to be as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Using a travel agent may be the key. Since there is no cost to you for my service, I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't let me handle it for you!

If you are planning a honeymoon, check out our contribution the The Pink Bride blog Top Five Commandments for Your Honeymoon

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

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."

Click below to request your complimentary WeddingMoon or Honeymoon consultation with The Sand Lady.

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Sandals La Toc

Sandals Resorts Dining: Encouraging Guests to Savor Life

Posted on Tue , May 21, 2013

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Ok let's just admit it. Most of us want to eat amazing food while we are on vacation. For the few of you who don't, go ahead and look to the right and select a different blog topic to read about. For the ladies out there looking for a romantic vacation that will satisfy your husbands' hearty appetite and your craving for intimate, gourmet date nights, BINGO! Sandals Resorts presents Discovery Dining...

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Each Sandals Resort offers multiple restaraunts, fine dining and dine anytime options. The Sandals Resorts brand includes more than 35 different signature restaraunts 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. If you're the person who is reserved about trying new foods or drinks because you may not like it, Discovery Dining was made for you. When all of the food and drinks you could order are already included in your vacation package, you are free to try everything with no risk! So experiment... you may just find that your new favorite cuisine is Thai food... or you never knew you would fall in love with a shrimp cocktail martini.

sandals resorts walter staibA note from Sandals Culinary Ambassador, four-time Emmy Award winner, Chef Walter Staib:

"I invite you on an epicurean journey that will tantalize your senses and amaze your palate. With Sandals Resorts exclusive Discovery Dining you will indulge in specialties from around the world. Our culinary philosophy involves taking the time to truly enjoy the moment, the aromas and the flavors that surround you - so take your time and savor every bite of our legendary dishes. And with our white-glove butlers and 24-hour room service in select suites, you can dine around the world, and around the clock-all included.

Together a spectacular dish, an intimate conversation, and a romantic setting, add spice to your lives and fill your hearts. Which is why at Sandals Resorts, we take pride in creating unforgettable moments with delectable gourmet experiences. After all, we believe life is meant to be savored."

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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: honeymoon, Sandals resorts, Dining and Food

Bride's Choice Award: Top Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Planners

Posted on Mon , Jan 14, 2013

wedding wire brides choice awards 2013WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that The Sand Lady from Royal Travel has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for Best Travel Agents!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.The Sand Lady’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews.  While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences planning their honeymoon or destination wedding with The Sand Lady. Our Wedding Wire reviews are available here.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.  As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, The Sand Lady is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize  the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize The Sand Lady for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

We are thrilled to be one of the top Travel Agencies planning honeymoons and destination weddings in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2013.

To learn more about the Bride's Choice Awards™, please visit www.WeddingWire.com/brides-choice-awards.

Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon

Destination Wedding: Mindy and John's Exotic Escape

Posted on Sun , Oct 28, 2012

When I met Mindy at a local wedding show, she was already planning her honeymoon to the Caribbean. I wished her luck in planning her wedding, and I did not expect to hear from her again.

Destination wedding Sandals Grande Antigua

Several weeks later, I received a call from John, Mindy's fiancé. He explained that Mindy works a fast-paced, high-stress job and is on the road much of the time. He is a small business owner, and they were overwhelmed by the whole wedding planning experience. They had decided to consider a destination wedding because they wanted a beautiful, intimate wedding, and they wanted the planning to be easy and stress-free. So I told John about the Sandals WeddingMoon® (destination wedding + honeymoon all in one package), and within a day or so we had planned their destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua.

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. John and Mindy chose the Ultra Luxury Ocean Villa with Private Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua.

Sandals Grande Antigua Honeymoon Suite

Sandals Grande Antigua Honeymoon Suite

Sandals Grande Antigua Honeymoon Suite

Sandals Grande Antigua Honeymoon Suite
Once their suite was booked, I scheduled their wedding for 11am on their third day on resort at Mindy's request. She wanted to get married as soon as possible and enjoy the honeymoon. We went over some of the custom wedding options, made sure the appropriate legal documents were received by Sandals wedding department, and the planning was complete!

Mindy and John returned from their destination wedding two very happy clients - as I knew they would. Sandals always takes such great care of my brides and grooms. The most common comment my clients make is that the service that the Sandals staff provided went far above and beyond their expectations. Below is Mindy's account of her experience with Sandals wedding staff.

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Mindy says that the wedding staff was absolutely fabulous, and that in some ways they were the best part of getting married at Sandals. As soon as the couple arrived on resort, two girls from the wedding department took them to the court house to fill out the remaining paper work. The wedding staff knew Mindy and John's travel schedule, made the appointment with the court house ahead of time, and had them back on resort in no time. Then, they had their official wedding planning appointment with the wedding staff. They went over many options and customizations for the wedding ceremony and reception. Mindy was able to select options that reflected her style.

Last, the wedding staff took Mindy and John around the resort and made several suggestions for the location of the wedding ceremony. At each site, they showed pictures of past weddings so that Mindy could get an idea of what the area would look like when it was set up for a wedding and what her ceremony pictures would look like. Mindy and John chose a gazebo near the water so that the ocean would be in the background of their pictures.

The next day, Mindy and John were able to hit the beach and relax knowing that all of their wedding planning was taken care of.

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When the wedding day came, one of the girls from the wedding staff came to help Mindy get into her dress and escorted her to the ceremony site. John spent the time before the ceremony with the clergyman who was to marry them. Mindy's assistant and the clergy worked together to make sure that Mindy and John did not see each other before she walked down the isle.

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The couple was very impressed with the clergy. He took time before the ceremony to get to know John and kept them smiling and comfortable during the ceremony. The two girls from the wedding department served as their witnesses to the marriage, and Mindy was touched that one of them cried during their vows.

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Mindy points to the fact that one of the wedding staff used Mindy and John's video camera to capture the ceremony for them as an example of how committed the staff was to making their wedding day perfect. Sandals does offer videography services through their wedding photography department, so this may not necessarily be an option for all couples, but it is a good example of the level of service that the wedding department provides.

Mindy and John were also very impressed with their wedding photographer. After capturing the ceremony, he spent another 2 hours with them making portraits at different locations around the resort.

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Mindy says that her destination wedding was perfect. She would not have changed a thing, and that Sandals wedding staff was wonderful. They were "Johnny on the spot" and made sure that everything was in order and went smoothly so that Mindy and John could enjoy every minute that they were on resort.

The couple decided to have a wedding reception at home. They still got to eat, drink and dance with their friends and family. But Mindy laughs and says that planning the wedding and the honeymoon took 15 minutes (that's a slight underestimate) and planning the reception took forEVER.

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Mindy and John have several engaged couple-friends who are at various stages of the wedding planning process, and they say that they keep telling them… You should just go to Sandals!

Thank you Mindy and John for sharing your special day with me.

If you are interested in learning more about a Sandals destination wedding, please click below to request your complimentary destination wedding consultation.

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Sandals Grande Antigua

Destination Wedding: The Honeymoon (part 4 of 4)

Posted on Thu , Oct 11, 2012

[This is the forth entry in a 4-part blog series on the Sandals WeddingMoon®. Previously, I talked about planning steps for "Before the Ceremony,"  designing the ceremony and reception in "Your Wedding, Your Style," and what to expect on "The Wedding Day." Here I will discuss your Sandals Honeymoon. This blog series is intended to give a general overview of the many options Sandals offers through the WeddingMoon® product and show how a Sandals or Beaches all inclusive destination wedding can fit most any bride's style and any budget. It is not intended to be a complete guide to planning your destination wedding. That's where I come in! So at any point, please click the Plan My Wedding link on this web page to send me a note and request your complimentary all inclusive destination wedding consultation.]

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The Honeymoon


All Inclusive
The Sandals and the Beaches resorts are Luxury All Inclusive resorts. The price of your stay includes airfare; transfers to and from the airport; unlimited gourmet dining; unlimited premium brand liquors, beer, wine and champagne; water sports such as SCUBA, snorkeling, sea kayaking, wind surfing, waterskiing and more; golf; taxes, fees, gratuities and much more.

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If you are like most couples, wedding planning means lots of thinking about budgets. And by the time the wedding day arrives, you are sick and tired of thinking about money. With an all inclusive honeymoon, you get a "two-for:"

1. When you look at your wedding budget, you know exactly how much the honeymoon will cost. You pay for your honeymoon before you travel (like most any other trip), and after that you do not have to pay for ANYthing else. Compare this to a cruise. When cruising, you have an on-board charge account that all bar drinks (including sodas), tours, gratuities, etc. will be charged to. Before you leave the ship at the end of the cruise, you will be asked to settle that account by paying cash or placing it on a credit card. I've known honeymooners that spent almost as much to get off the boat as they did to get on. You don't want to leave your honeymoon feeling disapointed that you spent more money than you planned to.

2. While you are on your honeymoon, you don't have to think about or discuss money. I tell honeymooners, you certainly don't want to be discussing what you can afford for dinner tonight. You want to be in the moment, making the most of your special time together. Compare this to a honeymoon in Paris. When traveling in a big city, each night you will choose a restaurant for dinner. You want to dine in romantic, gourmet restaurants, and you want him to be able to order a steak for dinner without worrying about how much it will cost.

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As you've seen throughout this blog series on the Sandals Destination Wedding, the Sandals and Beaches resorts offer a fabulous destination wedding option. But what makes this option absolutely perfect is that they are also the resorts I recommend to honeymooners. I recommend a Sandals honeymoon because first, I am 100% confident my clients will have a honeymoon that exceeds their expectations. And because at Sandals, LOVE is all you need - everything else is included.

Sandals Love Nest Suites
You want your honeymoon to be the most romantic time you have spent together. There should be plenty of time spent relaxing and connecting with each other. A Sandals Love Nest Suite is the perfect setting to ensure your time away together is memorable.

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The Love Nest Suites are the most sought after rooms at each Sandals resort, and they boast amenities such as private plunge pools and hot tubs, outdoor grotto showers, expanded marble bathrooms, private balconies and verandas with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea, and of course Sandals exclusive Personal Butler Service.

all inclusive destination wedding honeymoon

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Personal Butler Service
Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you deserve the best of everything. I sell Sandals Personal Butler Service to my honeymooners because it is an unimaginably supreme standard of service and luxury where your every need is anticipated. Sandals Personal Butler Service is unquestionably my personal favorite inclusion that the Sandals resorts offer, and your honeymoon is the perfect time to experience it.

all inclusive destination wedding honeymoon

If you're like many of my clients, you're thinking, "I'm not high maintenance. Why would I need a personal butler?" Check out my blog series here to find out why your honeymoon is not complete without Sandals Personal Butler Service. You will NOT regret it.

Even More Romance
So if that wasn't romantic enough for you, or even if your budget just won't allow for a LoveNest Suite or Personal Butler Service, you can add on several extra romantic activities to your Sandals honeymoon.

To my clients who would like to leave the resort and see more of their island where they are staying or who would like a little adventure during their honeymoon, I recommend the off-site tours offered by Sandals sister company Island Routes. With Island Routes you can chose to go zip lining through the jungle, bicycle through a volcano, swim with dolphins, ride horses on the beach, or take a romantic sunset catamaran cruise. You can read more about Island Routes tours here, and once we've booked your trip, I'll take care of booking your tours for you as well.

all inclusive destination wedding honeymoon
Your Sandals or Beaches honeymoon includes unlimited gourmet dining at as many as 15 restaurants (depending on which at which resort you stay). However, for the couple who wants an extra special dinner celebration one night, I recommend Sandals romantic candlelight dinner for two. Have a sunset dinner under the stars served by a waiter in white gloves, on a table specially decorated with tropical floral arrangements and candle lights. The resorts book a limited number of these each night, so be sure to let me know early that you'd like to add this special event to your honeymoon.

all inclusive destination wedding honeymoon
Whether you want more information on planning your Sandals or Beaches WeddingMoon® (destination wedding + honeymoon) or you are interested in a Sandals honeymoon, just click below to request your complimentary planning session.

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