The Sand Lady Named Top Sandals Agency 2019

Posted on Tue , Dec 10, 2019


Sandals Resorts International, voted World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company for 24 consecutive years, has recognized The Sand Lady from Royal Travel for outstanding achievement at the 18th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R) Awards held December 9th at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort.

This prestigious event honoring travel agencies from across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Latin America awards top travel agencies for not only their exemplary sales performance and marketing expertise but for their commitment to using their extensive product knowledge of the world’s best Luxury Included® resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

The Sand Lady from Royal Travel’s awards included:

  • Top Sandals Agency - USA
  • Top 10 Travel Agencies - Worldwide
  • Top Butler Elite Agency - USA
  • Top Club Sandals Agency - USA
  • Best of the Best Agency

Several of The Sand Lady’s agents received individual recognition for their sincere commitment to and knowledge of the Sandals Resorts brand. As a result of their hard work and dedication to the resort brand throughout the years, Chairman’s Royal Club members have proved themselves to be among the best Sandals agents with this notable invitation. The Sand Lady agents who have the distinct honor of being invited into this elite Chairman’s Royal Club for 2020 include:

  • Robbie Phillips - 9th consecutive year
  • Tara Meadows - 4th consecutive year
  • Leslie Haden

Whether planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or a family vacation The Sand Lady has all the latest information on features and amenities at Sandals and Beaches Resorts. Our services are offered at no additional cost to you. The resorts pay us, so you don’t have to.

The Sand Lady specializes in destination weddings, honeymoons, family vacations, and getaways. If you have any questions about the Sandals or Beaches resorts or of you would like to speak with one of our agents about planning your trip, please click below to contact us:

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Nashville: Meet Margaret Kieliszek - Your Local Sandals Expert

Posted on Wed , Nov 13, 2019

MargaretNashvilleHoneymoonHere we grow again! Nashville, we are SO EXCITED to introduce you to Margaret Kieliszek - the newest member of The Sand Lady team. Margaret specializes in planning:

- Unforgettable honeymoons,
- Custom Destination Weddings,
- Romantic getaways, and
- All-inclusive family vacations.

Margaret and her husband Kevin live in Nashville, TN where she plans travel for couples and families in the greater Nashville area and up to Bowling Green, KY.

Margaret started as a client of The Sand Lady! We planned her 2019 honeymoon at Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. She fell in love with the gorgeous Sandals properties and excellent service. 

TheSandLadyMargaret1Margaret has a college degree in Tourism Management and Event Coordinating, which she believes helps her in planning your dream honeymoon, vacation, destination wedding or family trip. Her goal is to find a resort that matches your personality with your travel expectations. She loves getting to know your hobbies and personal interests to find the best resort for you. 

Margaret is a Certified Sandals Specialist and Certified Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist. Her favorite part of her job is designing your dream trip so that you will treasure the memories of your experience for a lifetime. She will be there with you for every step of your planning process so that you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about your trip.

So let's find out a little more about who The Sand Lady Margaret is! We gave her a chance to share some of her faves, and here they are:

Favorite mixed drink on resort:
The Hummingbird

Why? “When I feel like indulging, the hummingbird hits the spot. It’s like a strawberry banana milkshake with alcohol.. YUM!”


Favorite Restaurant on Resort:
Butch’s Steak & Seafood @ Sandals Royal Barbados
Why? “Not only is the food absolutely delicious (highly recommend the Surf & Turf, Mac n cheese, & Willy Wonky Creme Brûlée), but the decor in this restaurant is truly special. Even the restroom’s have some spunk!”
Favorite Place to get coffee & dessert: 
Cafe de Paris @ Sandals Barbados
Why? “I am OBSESSED with the Nutella crepe & iced coffee, it really hits the spot for breakfast or an early afternoon sweet tooth. Also, after breakfast they have the best cupcakes. I had a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese was to die for!"



Favorite Pool: 
Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Swim Up Bar Pool
Why? “I love this pool because it is so calm in the morning’s & liven’s up at night. You can see the beautiful sunset from this pool & there are plenty of lunch spots nearby!"
Favorite Wedding Inspiration:
Inspired by Gold (@ Sandals Regency La Toc)
Why? “Gold and blue are such an elegant combo! I love how this set up looks on the beach, it’s truly timeless!"


Favorite Dessert on Resort:
The S’mores Donut @ Sandals Royal Barbados @ Sweet n Salty's
Why? “They have SO many different options, but I’m a S’more kinda girl, and this definitely did not disappoint.”




Dream Suite to stay in:
Royal Barbados South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary 
Why? “It’s your own private Oasis. I LOVE the large bath tub & the private pool outside. Not to mention the high ceilings! It’s so spacious and doesn’t feel like your standard suite.”
Most Memorable Thing that happened on Resort:
"My husband and I honeymoon’d at Sandals Royal Plantation. On the last day of our honeymoon we exchanged hand written wedding vows on one of the pier’s during sunset. This will forever be my favorite memory that happened on resort!”


If you're ready to get started planning your romantic getaway, we can't wait to help you!! 

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Virginia Beach: Meet Kathy Dunn - Your Local Sandals Expert

Posted on Fri , Aug 26, 2016

Kathy_Dunn_Sandals_Specialist.jpgIt is with great joy that we'd like to introduce you to Kathy Dunn - the newest member of The Sand Lady team. Kathy specializes in planning:

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

She serves clients in the Virginia Beach, Newport News and Norfolk, Virginia areas. 

Kathy is a Certified Sandals Specialist with more than 10 years experince. She actually left her former career to become a Travel Consultant because of her first experience as a guest at Sandals resorts! We have tasked Kathy 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.  Kathy says her favorite part about her job is sharing first-hand knowledge and tips about each of the resorts and islands.  

Kathy is a Coast Guard wife. She and her husband have 2 children and live in Yorktown, VA.

Welcome, Kathy!!



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The Sand Lady Named Top 10 Agency by Sandals and Beaches Resorts

Posted on Fri , Aug 26, 2016

Each December Sandals Resorts celebrates their relationship with travel agents. The 14th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) awards was held on December 4th at Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica. 
A total of 450 travel agents, guests, VIPs and media from North America, U.K., Canada and Latin America traveled to Jamaica’s south coat where Sandals recognized this long standing relationship and yearly achievements. 
The Sand Lady from Royal Travel was honored to be recognized in multiple categories this year. Most notably, The Sand Lady was named to the list of Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies. 
Our agency manager, Robbie Phillips received the Outstanding Sales Achievement award for destination weddings. The Chairman of Sandals Resorts also presented Robbie with the Chairman’s Award, which is given each year to one agent in the US who consistently embodies and represents the Sandals brand.
“We value the hard work of travel agents like Robbie, and take the opportunity to commend them as they are essential in bringing the Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ vacation experiences to life for their clients,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resort International. “Robbie is an extension of our Sandals Resorts family and because of her dedication in exceeding customer expectations, we are able to provide guests with the vacation of their dreams and the experience of a lifetime.”
Chairmans_Royal_Club.jpgSeveral agents from The Sand Lady team were named to the 2016 Chairman’s Royal Club. This is an elite group of top Sandals agents who have exhibited sincere commitment to and knowledge of the Sandals Resorts brand. Sandals notes: This elite status provides agents the opportunity to offer the best service possible to consumers in their area, and travelers who book with a CRC agent will have access to the most prominent deals and up-to-date information on the resort properties. 

Robbie Phillips joins the Chairman’s Royal Club for the 5th consecutive year. Kali Hanson celebrates her 3rd consecutive year as a CRC agent. And Ruth Ann Hutchison was also invited to join the 2016 Chairman’s Royal Club. 
The Sand Lady team believes that vacations are memories in the making. You don’t get a second chance to celebrate the perfect honeymoon or family reunion. We are committed to excellence in knowledge of the Sandals and Beaches resorts and excellence in customer service. Our goal is for you to return from your vacation and tell everyone you know why they need to call The Sand Lady when they’re ready to plan their next vacation. 
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My Special Delivery for Sandals Whitehouse

Posted on Fri , Dec 11, 2015

I have been blessed with the most amazing clients over the years. A couple years ago I got to plan a very special Sandals vacation for a local barber. He loved Sandals Whitehouse so much that for months afterwards, men walked into our agency on a weekly basis with fresh haircuts asking about a Sandals vacation. 
One of those men was Don. He and his wife Sue were new to the area and had not ever vacationed at an all inclusive resort. The barber sat Don down in his chair and handed him his phone so that he could look over his vacation photos while he told him all about it. I think we booked Don and Sue for their first  trip to Sandals Whitehouse that same day. 
During their first visit to Whitehouse, Don and Sue enjoyed people watching from the patio area of Cafe de Paris - Sandals coffee house and pastry shop. Don and Sue don’t drink. But they love the social atmosphere of an adults-only all inclusive resort. They appreciate the personalized service that Sandals offers. That week they also made friends with a very special employee named Odane in the gift shop. 
Don and Sue were hooked. They visited two more Sandals properties within just over a year. For their fourth Sandals trip, they decided to return to Sandals Whitehouse. Upon arriving in Whitehouse, they found that Odane had been promoted to the on-resort jewelry store. They learned how he was a self-taught musician, and he plays bass in the Mento band with his dad. The band performs twice per week on resort for the guests during dinner time. Don and Sue were highly impressed with his musical ability. After his shift one day he stopped in at his church to record himself playing the piano because they wanted to hear more of his music. During their conversations, Odane mentioned that he would like to learn to play the saxophone. 
When they arrived home, Don and Sue decided to buy a saxophone for Odane. They came to my office to ask about shipping it to Jamaica. I knew this would not be an option as customs can be very complicated, and my first inclination was to tell them they’d just have to book a trip back to Whitehouse! Then I remembered that I would be headed to that resort for the annual Sandals Travel Agents Recognition awards shortly. So I offered to take the saxophone to Odane on their behalf. I am so glad I did. 
Don and Sue recorded a heartfelt message for their friend:
... and I headed off to sunny Jamaica, saxophone in hand. 
When we arrived on resort for the STAR awards, our agenda was jam packed. We missed our first opportunity to meet with Odane while he was working. When we asked about his schedule we found he would not be at work again before our short trip ended. But his manager called him, and he graciously offered to come meet us on his day off. 
I immediately knew why Don and Sue had come to love Odane. He is a kind, gracious, appreciative young man. He is the epitome of the Jamaican culture - perpetually happy with a magnetic smile. I tell clients all the time that Jamaicans are the happiest people in the world. 
So we showed Odane the message from Don and Sue:
Then we gave him the saxophone:
He was speechless. And overwhelmed with gratitude. 
What a special moment. I am so thankful to have been able to make this special delivery to Whitehouse. I told him to let me know once he learned to play his saxophone - clearly, it won’t take long! I can’t wait to book him as the saxophone player for my destination weddings in Whitehouse!! But even more so, I’m so happy to have another Jamaican friend. 
Here’s to you, Odane! Merry Christmas, friend. And to Don and Sue, thank you for your kindness and for allowing me to be part of this special moment.

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