What’s Included At Sandals? (And What’s Not)

By K.C. DermodyK.C. DermodyK.C. DermodyK.C. Dermody is the author of Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland and has had hundreds of travel articles published online and in print, including Yahoo! Travel, Trips To Discover, Hotels.com, Travelocity, and many more. She also creates itineraries for major tour companies focused on Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Ireland, the UK, Canada, and the US.Meet Our Team | Updated on June 20, 2024 | Posted In: Sandals Resorts

The ultimate, worry-free, luxury getaway experience. That’s the best way to describe a stay at any of the world-famous Sandals all-inclusive resorts. Anyone looking into an all-inclusive vacation in the Caribbean islands has probably heard about Sandals Resorts with the brand boasting such a stellar reputation. But one of the first questions potential guests ask is, “What’s included at Sandals? And, “Is it really worth all the hype?”

If you aren’t already aware, Sandals is an all-inclusive chain of resorts that was birthed in the Caribbean. While the different locations take inspiration from across the globe, one thing that all Sandals resorts stay true to is the incorporation of the true Caribbean essence. All Sandals resorts take pride in sharing the Caribbean life and culture with guests. While this warm and embracing Caribbean hospitality is expected from all Sandals resorts, that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Expect a unique but equally luxurious experience at every property without feeling repetiive or bored having “been there, done that.”

This quick Sandals resort guide will help you make the best of your future stay at any Sandals Resort: 

Accommodations & Suites

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What are the different room types you can choose from at Sandals? The best way to differentiate the accommodation types is the three Sandals room categories: Sandals Luxury, the Club Level, and the Butler Elite Level.

Sandals Luxury

Although considered the most basic of levels, Sandals Luxury lives up to its name. These rooms come with all the comforts of a luxurious bed, a lavish bathroom, and all the basic amenities you’ve come to expect from any all-inclusive resort. The Luxury suites ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay at any Sandals resort, best for couples who plan on making the most of the other amenities.

As with all rooms booked at Sandals, the Luxury rooms come with fully stocked minibars that can be replenished upon request. That means there’s no need to leave the comfort of your room when you’re craving a snack or a drink. Just grab it from your minibar with no worries about exorbitant charges later.

Club Level

The Club Level room is the next tier up. These come with the additional perk of room service, available from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. This upgrade allows guests full use of their private patio and balcony, where they can dine and relax any time they please. Club Level guests also gain access to the Sandals Club lounge and the Club Sandals Concierge, ensuring a stress-free stay.

Upgrading to Club Level not only ensures you get extra privileges, but guests can still look forward to the many all-inclusive perks offered for Sandals Luxury guests. 

Butler Elite

The most luxurious accommodation option is the Butler Elite. It offers amazing views and is available in multiple room types. Butler Elite guests can stay in one of the famous over-the-water villas or in a Skypool suite. Other options available in this category include the millionaire suites, swim-up suites, beachfront suites, private plunge pool suites, and a host of other equally luxurious options. 

Sandals Butler Elite includes anything and everything you could ever dream of. Welcoming staff caters to your every need for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your butler can deliver lunch, dinner, snacks, and more, right on demand to your suite, on the beach, or wherever you are. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of services and Sandals inclusions.

Dining & Drinks 

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As part of the Sandals inclusions, there are several dining and drinking options available for guests at all levels. All of these are part of the total package rate and can be accessed anytime during your stay. Depending on which Sandals resort you choose, up to 16 restaurants are on-site with a wide array of local Caribbean and international dishes. It’s a true paradise for foodies and anyone who appreciates a good meal.

Eat and Drink Always Included

Depending on the Sandals venue, guests can choose between fine dining establishments and more casual eateries. Whether you’re craving fresh sushi or gourmet European fare, there’s bound to be something to tickle your taste buds. An all-inclusive vacation provides the perfect opportunity to sample various foods from across the globe, without having to constantly get out your wallet.

No all-inclusive stay for adults would be complete without access to premium liquor and bars. All Sandals Resorts offer unlimited premium branded liquors. It can be ordered at swim-up bars or beach bars, or delivered to your villa by your butler. Sandal also offers a choice between six premium house wines from the Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks collection.

Guests who prefer relaxing in their rooms can always request daily restocking of their in-room minibars that come with unlimited wines, beers, and snacks. Room service is also available at different levels. Butler Elite guests can order room service 24 hours a day and as often as they’d like. It’s an ideal way to enjoy privacy and soltitude in your villa. Be sure to inform the staff of any allergies and dietary restrictions, as they’ll be happy to cater to your needs.

To summarize, your all-inclusive Sandals adult-only vacation is inclusive of the following:

  • Up to 16 restaurants
  • All meals
  • Up to 11 bars
  • Premium liquors
  • Premium house wines
  • Stocked in-room bar

Activities & Entertainment

It’s all about unlimited fun for everyone at Sandals, as your stay also comes with the following:

  • Day and night entertainment
  • Full range of water sports
  • Golf and other land sports

While it is common for guests to kick back, relax, eat, and drink to their heart’s content during a Sandals all-inclusive stay, some also want a little thrill and adventure. If you’re the type who wants to take advantage of the many Sandals inclusions and amenities, several activities are likely to appeal. In this Sandals resort guide, you’ll discover all the possible water and land sports available at Sandals resorts.

Sandals offers the as the largest water sports operation in the Carribean. All of its resorts provide guests with access to top-of-the-line gear and time with professional instructors to ensure safety. What’s included among the many Sandals water sports? Waterskiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more. There are some activities, such as the use of glass bottom boats, SCUBA diving, and boogie boards, that may require an extra fee. But that depends on your room type. Those who want to stay on land can enjoy a variety of different sports like golf, tennis, bowling, lawn chess, basketball, and pool along with access to state-of-the-art fitness centers.

Entertainment day and night is included. Although the options may vary from one resort to another, each property has its own unique beach party theme and as many as 11 bars. One thing is sure, te good time never ends at Sandals. The live shows and local entertainment allow guests to soak up the vibrant Caribbean atmosphere right from the comfort of their resort. 

 Other Amenities & Services

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  • Tips, gratuities, and taxes included
  • Airport transfers to and from the resort
  • Fitness centers
  • Pools and hot tubs
  • Wi-Fi throughout the resort
  • Daily housekeeping and turndown service (if applicable)

The Sandals all-inclusive standard truly does mean all-inclusive. During your stay, even as a Sandals Luxury guest, you don’t have to worry about bringing your credit card or any cash when exploring the property. All Sandals resorts include services such as airport transfers from the airport to the resort and back too. From the moment you land, Sandals staff ensure your comfort and relaxation are a top priority. 

Upon arrival, all resort guests receive a cold or warm towel to freshen up. You can also expect a welcome drink and a few treats to make your welcome extra special. Throughout your stay, you’ll have free access to the beautiful pools, hot tubs, and fitness centers. Those who want to get online during their stay can rest easy as all room categories and public areas provide complimentary Wi-Fi access. 

All room categories also come with daily housekeeping and evening turndown services. Best of all, tips, gratuities, and taxes are all included in the price! Sandals staff are not even allowed to accept tips from guests so you don’t have to worry about any unexpected expenses during your all-inclusive stay.

What’s Not Included

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Although Sandals does promise a long list of all-inclusive Sandals amenities, there are some services that require an extra fee, but these are all optional. Those who want to go the extra mile and pamper themselves at the resort spa will need to pay for these services. 

Any and all excursions outside of the resort come at an extra cost. Guests should also expect to pay additional fees for laundry services and landline phone calls. While tipping butlers and spa service providers is optional, it is a thoughtful way to show appreciation for their service.

Tips for Planning Your Sandals Vacation

Staying at any Sandals all-inclusive resort guarantees a luxurious and romantic getaway, but choosing the right resort depends on your personal preference. Some offer complete and total privacy with isolated bungalows and villas (perfect for couples), while others have a livlier party atmosphere (ideal for singles).

Consider booking spa treatments well ahead, and booking activities and excursions at least a day before. Lastly, if you’re planning on tipping your butler or paying for spa services, bring some cash.

Book Your Dream Romantic Getaway With Sandals Today!

Sandals resort guide

No getaway will ever come close to staying at an all-inclusive luxury resort like Sandals. These Caribbean-based resorts are the best way to truly enjoy a worry-free tropical vacation. Simply unwind, relax, and just enjoy all the available amenities. Once you’ve gone on a Sandals vacation, you won’t settle for anything less ever again! Choose from any of the Sandals Resorts locations to make your dream getaway come true:

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