SO Sorry it took so long for me to respond!
Crazy how things are still so busy after wedding and honeymoon!
We had an amazing time in Grenada!
The food was definitely one of our favorite things! We would go have sushi every night as an appetizer before out dinner reservations. By the second night we were already being recognized by the people working in that restaurant. On our last night we asked the sushi chef to surprise us with a roll (we always sat at the sushi bar to watch him work, and by this point had tried all the rolls on the menu) he was more than willing to and it was by far our favorite roll we had during our stay!
The resort was gorgeous. We really enjoyed the size of it. It was large enough that you never felt crowded, but small enough that you could run back to the room from anywhere in the resort and it only take 5-10 minutes.
We went on the Powerboat and Snorkel excursion and the Sunset Cruise excursion. The sunset cruise was fun, almost every night we were there it was cloudy so you couldn't fully see the sunset, but the colors were still beautiful on the clouds. The cruise was complimentary for people staying in the butler suites, so it was scheduled for us upon arrival. It was a nice relaxing night and fun to get out on the water.
The Powerboat and Snorkel trip by far was our favorite activity. You make a stop to snorkel at the marine park with the underwater sculptures (which by itself makes this excursion worth it) and then you make a stop at another beach where the guides found a couple octopus that we got to hold. Driving around on the boats is a lot of fun too! In our experience the guides that led this tour were really engaging and made it a lot of fun.
We met one other couple from KC - they sat next to us on 2 of the 3 flights and we ran into them at the pool a couple times. They were also on the sunset cruise
We had ShirleyAnn and Neron as our butlers. They were amazing! Melissa was our fill in when they had the day off. She was also great! I would recommend any of the 3, but by far ShirleyAnn was our favorite! Neron was great at decorating our dinner table which was also fun to see each night.
Ive attached some pictures. We had so much fun and are looking forward to our next Sandals trip! This was the best resort we've ever stayed at, and as ready as we were to be home and get back to a routine - a week didn't quite feel long enough!
Thank you so much for all of your help planning!
Kate and Jarred
We had an excellent vacation at Sandals LaSource.
The Rondoval Suite was amazing. Very spacious. It had an awesome private jacuzzi and a really nice private dip pool. I jumped directly out of our suite into the pool with a great big cannon ball! Only drawback was no view of the ocean or beach.
We did run into the other 2 couples from KC. We were on the same flights as Jerod and his wife Kate I believe. I can't recall the other couples names but nice folks. We met a lot of freinds while we were there.
We liked the swim up pool the best and that is where we spent a lot of our time. The butler would get us set up with chairs, towels, and a bottle of champagne in a good spot every morning.
I enjoyed the diving on two seperate days.
We spent one day on a tour with a guy named Edwin Frank. A friend of mine had been down there last year and recomended Edwin. He was affordable and private. (charged us $30/hr per couple) I would highly reccomend him. He spent 20 years as the head of the chamber of commerce, so to say he was well versed on the island, it's history, and the people are an understatment. firstname.lastname@example.org He took us to waterfalls, a spice factory, a chocolate factory and through the mountainess region. I also had him stop so I could buy some local BBQ a guy was cooking on the side of the road. A $5 bill bought me more than enough chicken and pork for lunch for both of us. I like trying local stuff! Just the 2 of us with Edwin allowed us to learn a lot about the island, ask questions, and not feel rushed or herded like cattle.
We did a sunset cruise one evening on a sandals Catemeran. It was a nice evening with apps, champagne and rum punch. We got good pictures of the sunset and had an enjoyable evening.
We took the hobie cat out one afternoon.
Shirly Ann was amazing. She went above and beyond with everything she did. Neron was the other main butler we had. He was good, but you could tell he did not have the passion and love that Shirly Ann did. Melisa was the fill in and we only had her twice but she did really well also.
I am going to send you pictures from my phone as it will be easier than attaching large files to this.
We had a great stay and a great time. Thanks for the assistance on planning a great honeymoon!
We had an amazing time while we were there!!!
On our flight from KC to Miami we sat in front of one of the KC Couples and we ran into them a couple times while were were there and actually went snorkeling with them on Thursday!
Everything there was amazing from the view to the food to the overall experience.
Monday was obviously a traveling day. We got to our room around 930-945pm waited for them to bring up our bags once we got put together after traveling we went to spices for a late night bite. We had their jerk Chicken Wrap and Club Sandwich which was both amazing or we were just literally starving either way it was awesome. We walked around the resort after that, since it was dark we stayed on the pink gin side. Sat on the beach by one of their fire pits for a little bit and then called it a night.
Tuesday we woke up to BEAUTIFUL weather - went out to the beach in the morning. Tuesday was a get a feel for the resort type of day. For lunch we went to Neptune's and then over to the swim up bar in the afternoon. Dinner, we went to Soy ( LOVE LOVE LOVE) we weren't to smart but we should have went to another place later in the evening after soy like we did the rest of the trip, but we were still exhausted from the travel and the sun all day so we called it a early night.
Wednesday - woke up to rain, but it rained for 5 minutes stopped then would rain like 2 hours later. It was sort of like that all day. We went on a sailing water sports thing that morning once they removed the red flags and booked our snorkeling water sport outing for Thursday. We had to go back to the beach while sailing because a storm was coming through, literally stopped by the time we got to the room ( 2 minute walk from the water sport hut) after that we sat on the beach, went and made a reservations for the week and then went to the swim up ( Party Pool as I like to refer to it) there we got into a trivia game at 2 pm where Cole and I won "Name That Tune"
Wednesday night we had reservations at Kimonos --- Literally the best dinner experience ever! So much Fun and so good!
Thursday we went snorkeling at 10am and then bummed on the beach until lunch time. We went to Dino's and ate at the pool - the seafood pizza -- surprising REALLY good. Then we went to the French restaurant that evening where Cole tried escargot go the first time!! He doesn't eat that type of stuff but when in Grenada, you try everything.
Friday - we woke up to rain again but went on the half day tour of St. Georges which was fun until it stopped raining and it was so hot walking around there. We did purchase some hot sauce and pepper jam when we did the jam/jelly tasting. After that we went to a rum tasting and then back to the resort for lunch at Neptune's- only down fall on this place is they do take a really long, longer than all the other places to serve you and bring drinks. That afternoon we were going to keep it chill since the morning was exhausting but yet again we found ourselves at the party pool until about 6 - we had dinner reservations at 9 at Butches. This part of the trip my allergies had completely kicked my butt, so of course I lost my sense of taste and smell. I was so bummed since i had been looking forward to Butch's since we booked Grenada! Good thing we had 2nd round Saturday night!
Saturday we went on a 4x4 Jeep tour and ended it with river tubing. It was such a blast. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone that goes. You see a completely different side of Grenada, and end it with river tubing and rum punch. We got back to the resort around 3:30pm so naturally we go to Dino's and the party pool. After that we had to start what we were dreading the most, packing until we had to get ready for dinner. We looked at our suitcases and said to hell with packing lets go to Soy. So we went to soy for appetizers (request the chef's special, its not on the menu but its by far the greatest thing there - we learned that from our Tuesday night dinner, don't get me wrong I loved everything there because its my favorite food, but the chef's special was out of this world) then we met a couple we spent a lot of time with in the living room for pre-drinks since they had 9pm reservations at Butch's also. Lobster Mac & cheese is by far the greatest thing at Butch's. The Lobster Tail with the Surf & Turf was tough and chewing :(. At this point we kept hearing our flight was delayed but no one knew how long or what really was going on including the airline. So 4am rolls around and since they told us we had to check out at 5:30am, I called to make sure everything was pushed back 2 hours, since the only way we found out was a imessage from my mom back here in KS telling us it was delayed. It was nice we we were able to sleep in a bit though. We were able to make all our flights after that though so that was good.
Overall the experience was amazing. Cole and I were talking because we would love to book a 1 year trip next November through you guys also. Sandals tried really hard to get us to book, but we wanted to go with who we knew aka you :)
We are still talking specifics on it, but I think we are really leaning towards Exuma, and hopefully a hurricane doesn't come through again :)
Hopefully we will know soon, so we can get it booked soon. I know Cole wanted to talk to you on pricing since we did get a quote from Sandals also.
Thank you for really directing us in the Grenada direction. It was a trip to remember that's for sure!
Thanks for checking in. We're so excited to be married and we loved Grenada!
All in all, we like the resort more than royal plantation, which we love RP! ShirleyAnn was awesome - we had better butler service here than RP and having more restaurants plus the activity pool was great. There were a lot of options for entertainment so we never got bored and the food was delicious.
We got there Sunday night and moved rooms Monday morning for a better ocean view. That made a world of difference!
No excursions, only a great 90 minute massage! We spent all our time at the beach, activity pool and our swim up.
Thanks again for all your help. I'm so glad we were still able to experience a Sandals island resort.
Here are some pics of our stay!
Which island and resort did you prefer?
St Lucia. It was quite a bit larger and seemed to have so much more to do than Grenada. We wish we had a little more time there.
How did you like your suites at each location and the butler service at each?
Suites in both locations were terrific. They were very private and luxurious on both accounts.
Butlers were definitely better in Grenada than St Lucia. We had Kerry and a guy who's name started with a G...can't quite remember. Kerry was unbelievable. He set us up a meal for lunch on our anniversary day that was terrific and they both took care of our needs without us asking. They were simply amazing.
The other butlers in St Lucia were nice but we had 3 different butlers. I was also a bit put off that when we arrived, nobody was there to greet us and when we went in to the butler's office to check-in, they were on the phone and got with us after a few minutes...just seemed a bit understaffed at that moment I guess. Sidney was off for a couple of days we were there so we did get Don. Don was nice but the butler's seemed very busy most of the time and not nearly as proactive. Sidney did call us one evening right before he left just to make sure we were ok in our rooms which was a nice touch, especially since we did need a ride but didn't want to bother him. Again, St Lucia butler's were fine but they just weren't what Grenada was in terms of that service.
Did you go on any excursions and is so would you recommend them?
We went on several.
Grenada - Diving at the resort incl. underwater sculpture park - was unbelievable and I would highly recommend it
St Lucia - 4 Hour Deep Sea Fishing - Well, I probably wouldn't I guess. There were 8 guests on that trip and it was just to many to get much chair time. We did catch 2 fish while we were at so it just didn't pan out well for us. The day before, another couple went and they only had 4 guests so that would have been better. They also didn't have any music
St Lucia - Joe Knows tour - Shonda probably enjoyed this a bit more than I did but it was fun. We got to see a lot of the island and see a lot of things. If we had more time, I would have just done something a bit more my speed. Less partying at the end and perhaps more time doing something truly unique. We just were doing so much that you had to hurry at each location. If you're there for a short time, I'd recommend it but if not, I would find something else.
Thank you for checking in on us after our vacation. Overall, we had a great time. Very relaxing and enjoyed the resort. We did experience some issues with our suite as the hot tub was non functioning from the day we arrived. We brought up the issue daily with the butlers and finally on Tuesday we had management involved. We were moved to penthouse suite for in inconvenience. They were very accommodating. The butlers were great to us also.
We were not aware that there were no restrictions at the resort on smoking except inside the restaurants. This was unexpected and a definite deal breaker not to choose to return to this resort in the future and to also inquire about the smoking policies in the future. It may be something to emphasize to future clients.
We enjoyed the quiet times at the beach in the mornings, the cabana at poolside in afternoons and the entertainment and dancing at night. We also partook in snorkeling activities and sailed the sunset cruise and even had the bartenders make up a new rum smoothie to our specifications that we named “The Carter”! We really had a great time getting away and unplugging from the stresses of our schedules and enjoying the lifestyle we desire while on vacation.
Attaching a few pics for you.
Lana and James
Our honeymoon was amazing! Grenada is actually one of our favorite spots now:). Great food, great island, so relaxing, and plenty to drink!
We did the island tour excursion and it was great and we also did the free snorkel tour.
Everything went perfect for the flights and transfers–we had no issues at all!
The only thing we didn’t see was any honeymoon things for the room! (Like congrats or rose surprises or anything). We told them it was our honeymoon and had an invitation so I’m not sure what happened!
Other than that, it was great! Here is a pic. Thank you so much for making everything so easy!
Just wanted to let you know we landed back in KC late last night and we had a wonderful week in Grenada. I can’t say enough good things about the island or the resort. We couldn’t have asked for anything more from our honeymoon.
Thank you so much for encouraging me to go despite a rainy forecast. We could see the storms roll thru the mountains north of us while we sat on the beach, but we really had very little actually hit us. We had maybe 1.5 hrs of rain mid day Friday, about 20 min of rain on Saturday perfectly timed at the end of our dinner on the beach, and then a good amount of rain that spanned most of the day Sunday. We probably only got an hr of beach time Sunday but given what the forecast looked like, we were thrilled.
Shirley Ann and her treat mate Shannel took great care of us! They were so kind and they made our week so much fun. We must have gotten an upgraded room because we got to stay in one of the millionaire suites in the south seas village. We had a great view of the ocean and sunset each night. We felt so spoiled!
We loved all our excursions! I’m not sure we’d do the full day Spicy Island again, but my history loving husband loved seeing the island and hearing about it from our driver (who was incredible- he talked all 8 hrs). From what I hear the jeep/ river tubing one was a little shorter and maybe more action packed but you still get to see a good amount of the island itself. We also ended up doing the ‘drive your own dingy and snorkel’ excursion. It was our favorite activity we did all week. We got to snorkel thru the underwater sculpture garden and loved seeing the island from the ocean. We also had a Sandals concierge employee, William, who was doing the excursion so he could better recommend it to guests. We loved getting to hear about the island from him and also about how much he loved the resort. He was so fun!
Anyhow, just wanted you to know how thrilled we were with our trip and the resort. Thank you for all your help!!!
All the best,
Melissa and Rusty