I truly enjoy reading travel blogs. However, the biggest difference is most of them are professionals of some sort… professional travel agents, professional bloggers, etc… I fall under none of those categories. I just like to travel. I’d love to be a more frequent traveler (who wouldn’t??), but I have come to realize that I’m starting to know what I’m doing when it comes to visiting Sandals resorts. Why have I come to this conclusion? Because I know the restaurant names by memory… because I remember the layout of some different types of rooms… because friends have now started asking us questions like we are experts. Hmmmm… seems like it’s time to put our experiences in the blog! So, without further hesitation: Sandals Whitehouse (Jamaica)!
The hubby and I selected Sandals Whitehouse for our 6th anniversary at the suggestion of a local travel agent. The hubby had already voted for a private island off the coast of Belize… with no lines of communication and 16 minutes by boat from the mainland. Sounds perfect, right? Not so much… Pumpkin was only 7 months old and this would be the 1st time I had left my baby for longer than 6 hours! Whitehouse seemed to be a perfect compromise! It was a couple’s only resort (if I don’t have my kid, I don’t want to hear yours). It was in Jamaica, which was a direct flight from our home airport. And most importantly, it was all inclusive! Done. Hubby’s mom was gracious enough to watch Pumpkin for the entire trip, so arrangements were made and we were off!!
The morning started bright and early, since our flight left promptly at 7am. After sitting in the airport terminal listening to numerous offers for upgrading to first class, we boarded the plane. We were the lucky ones who had exit row seats… and when I say exit row, I don’t mean extra leg room… I mean no extra leg room and our seats won’t recline. Hubby was NOT excited about the non-reclining seat, so he asked if we could move. The not-so-friendly flight attendant for Air Jamaica said no. Hubby asked if we could move after take off. Again the answer was no. Hubby then stormed off the plane as the not-so-friendly flight attendant called the gate agent to warn them of an agitated passenger coming back off the plane. Awesome… this trip was off to a great start. As I stood there trying to look as friendly and non-threatening as possible, I was pretty convinced we were getting kicked off the plane. A few minutes later, hubby comes back onto the plane and says, “Grab your purse, we are moving to first class.” This was a much better outcome than I was envisioning in my head!
After a 3 1/2 hour flight, we arrived in Montego Bay. We had a short wait in the Sandals lounge at the airport before boarding our shuttle van to the resort. At this point I discovered the downside of staying at the remote Sandals… a 90 minute ride in an uncomfortable van driving Jamaican roads up through the Blue Mountains and back down to the southern coast of the island. I can only think to describe it as the “ride from hell”. I finally had to close my eyes and attempt to nap, because I could not stomach the curves, speed, road conditions, and large drop-offs! I was never so happy to get out of a car in my life!
The resort was beautiful from the moment we came down the long drive. We were greeted as soon as we arrived with a cool wet towel and welcome drink. Check-in went smoothly, and we were escorted to our room. We had selected a Luxury Beachfront Room. It had a view of the pool and the ocean. Done and done.
The grounds were beautiful and very lush. Depending on what side of the resort you were on, you could see the mountains or the ocean. The layout was very easy to navigate and most the of the restaurants, etc were centrally located.
I was mostly a happy camper… except when I would look at a clock and think what Pumpkin was doing at home (nap time, feeding time, etc), then I would start crying. It took me about 24 hours to get past that little issue and then it was smooth sailing!
The beach was beautiful and was really nice. It was 100% private for Sandals guests with guards at each end to keep non-guests away.
Our 5 days went by too quickly! We enjoyed all the activities the resort had to offer… snorkeling, water skiing, pool games, land games, food, food, and more food! We even were contestants in the resort’s “Newlywed Game” at the theatre one night! All in all it was a wonderful trip… and the beginning of our Sandals addiction!!