I came back from Sandals Whitehouse the other week, and I must say - it is beautiful. I had the pleasure of visiting this resort briefly a couple of years back, and it's been on my mind to stay here ever since.
This resort has everything that a couple could want...romance, tasteful entertainment, other like minded coupes seeking an adults only, couples only atmosphere. This property is basically picture perfect, with the long pristine beach, with well manicured lush gardens, a large array of food options, comfortable rooms, and to top it off the amazing people of Jamaica.
I am a travel agent, and I travel a lot - and seriously Jamaica is my favorite place to go. (Mexico is second). This is my 4th trip to Jamaica, and it just reconfirmed my love for Jamaica once again. For those of you that have not been, as the slogan goes... "One you go, you know" and without a doubt - that is true.
I will list all the pros and cons of the trip below;
AREA - Whitehouse is a small fishing village located in the south coast of the parish of Westmoreland... is a great area, not very touristy - feels like an untouched part of Jamaica.
This area has a lot to see and so, you can venture to the local fish market, see the school Sandals built for the kids, read to the kids at the school, go to the black river croc tour, zip line over YS falls (We did the zip lining over the falls a couple of years back...was amazing), you can do what we did this time - we just asked the Island Routes to arrange a cab to take us around the area again. We had a great guy named Trevor take us around to show us the sights, and also supply us with additional info about the area. We had a great time, I recommended this to another couple while I was there and they also opted to do the same, and were so happy that did as well! We love the great excursions while away, but getting a cab to explore is my favorite because we stopped at fruit stands to buy some honey bananas, mangos, etc. We tasted some all-spice right from a tree, visited the fish market, etc. It's so import to take the time to see the place you are visiting, and not just from the inside of the walls of the hotel.
PEOPLE/STAFF - The people of Jamaica have great energy, and I found the staff to be just so amazing, always asking "how's your trip been so far", showing gratitude for not just picking Jamaica, but for picking Sandals Whitehouse. This means growth and jobs for this area of Jamaica.
FOOD - The food truly is outstanding, to date for me - Sandals still holds the title as best food! (Riu's are a very close second). This particular resort offers many choices, Giuseppe's, Neptune's, Bluefield's, Eleanor's, Bayside, Jasmine's and Cafe de Paris. My favorite spot for breakfast was just the buffet at Bayside with omelet stations, french toast, pancakes, fruit, hot cereal, bakery goods etc. (the usual), lunch at Bluefield's - casual atmosphere outside by the beach, dinner's at Giuseppe's and Jasmine's were fantastic - my favorite being Giuseppe's though...we went back 3 times! (In all fairness, we didn't try Eleanor's or Nepune's for dinner...since we loved Giuseppe's I kept just going back!), and for dessert - always went to Cafe de Paris - sat in the comfy lounge made for two, while the singer and guitarist's sang softly, we relaxed and listened as we ate sweets, and sipped on the best iced caps you have ever had...seriously the BEST!! (I've been dreaming about them all week)
ROOMS - Our room was a lead in category room in the Dutch Village - on the second floor, I was very happy with our room as it was very close to the Dutch Pool, which I took lots of evening dips in.
The rooms are always tasteful and very classic elegance - personally I do not like ultra trendy but prefer the classic decor as it will never go out of style. The rooms were nice colors, not to flashy - just perfect. The king bed was firm but comfortable, the mini fridge was stocked with pop, water and of course Fruta...my favorite! The room had a couch, coffee table, shower and tub combination, separate sink with granite top, hair dryer, safe, shampoo, conditioner, aloe and lotion, separate writing desk and a great balcony with of course a place for you to hang wet suits. (I note all of these things, because believe it or not, not all hotels provide these things). I found the room to be very clean - as an agent, I always search for evidence of previous guests in my room, and the last thing I want to see is hair in a corner, water marks on the walls in the shower or on the glass door if their is one. One of my biggest concerns is tiles...if the grout is moldy and tiles are chipped...it can make the room feel very dated and dirty, so was very happy that everything was so clean, no soap scum or water marks on the tiles in shower, no hair, clean and pristine tiles. Also...great channels on the t.v as well, I hate when you go away and you get 4 channels - I like to watch a little t.v before going to bed.
WATER SPORTS - They offer a ton of things like kayaks, water skiing, snorkeling, etc. I love being in the water, so Sandals does include a wide variety of water sports. Personally, I went out snorkeling every day except one - I love that it is included because if I were to do this at any other resort - I would have to pay for this excursion approx 55.00 per person each time. (Saw 2 squids, a puffer fish, a string ray, 2 eels, small jelly fish, and a clown fish)
GROUNDS - The grounds were hands down the nicest grounds I have ever seen at any resort, the lush trees and flowers. I know people lots of times don't take note of these things, but truly amazing for great photo shots like weddings... (especially since they take professional photos for you at request).
The pool areas were nice and spacious and I think the pools were HEATED...because they were always so warm, some people think that isn't a big deal - but it is - the last resort I went to in the Dominican did not have heated pools, and when it was windy...it was was to cold to get into the pool. The chairs were plentiful at the pools and at the beach. They have elevators, and I have clients that specifically want hotels that offer elevators to their rooms. The hallways to your room are very bright and also well taken care of.
The grounds are spotless, always kept clean. Seaweed is removed from the sand, and sand is raked fresh everyday. (I love the feeling of fresh raked sand between my toes! lol) We saw some of the blue land crabs and a couple of peacocks walking around...I love to see nature amongst us. Great relaxed bars, and lounge areas by the beach with some fire pits - nice touches! They have 4 pools, 3 shops which include a jewelery shop, photo center, great gym, volleyball net at the french pool, pool tables, checker boards,and so on.
WAITING TIME - I found at dinner time, the wait was quite long for the meal, but all in all that isn't the biggest deal because it means the meals were made fresh, and plus we are on vacation, and not a time schedule. Just allow yourself at least 1 hour for dinner if you want to catch the show.
AMENITIES - I am a big robe person, I love robes and slippers - and this resort does not offer a robe or slippers for the lead in category room. A lot of resorts are offering this amenity for lead in room categories, so I think that Sandals has to start offering it as well. Also, room service is only offered to concierge category rooms and higher - again a lot of 5 star resorts are offering a room service menu, so I think they should offer maybe a couple of basics to the lead in categories, and maybe a more extensive menu for the concierge rooms or higher. Again, not a big deal though...as you can bring your own robe/slippers and you can just walk a couple of minutes to get a snack!
All in all this resort is amazing, though I cannot decide which Sandals is my favorite...I think it's a tie between Sandals Antigua and Sandals Whitehouse. (Having visited Sandals Antigua, Whitehouse, when they owned Dunn's River, Grande St. Lucian, Royal Bahamian, Grande Ocho Rios).
Sandals Whitehouse is amazing, give it a try. I took many pictures of just the resort in great detail, so if you are interested, just shoot me an email and I will forward a couple onto you!
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