I have been all over the place, and I just can't decide where to take our free week! I know, what a great problem to have! : )
I had decided on Sandals Grande St Lucian, but the air is going to be at least $600 more, and that's if I find a deal, and there's not many options out there, making it harder to find a good price. There's only two flights that get me home the same day. And once we get there, it is almost two hours to the resort. And the resort is priced pretty high, which would be a good place to use the free week, but we were there in 2010, and the price was more than $1000 less than it is now. I don't think there have been any renovations or anything like that for the price increase, have there? We stayed at La Toc that time, and that resort is more than $1000 more expensive now, too.
I would also like to give St Lucia a second chance because the last time we were there was right after Hurricane Tomas, and the island had no water, lots of roads were closed, trees were down, etc.
My other choice is Sandals Royal Caribbean. We haven't been there since 2008, it would be right near the airport, and the total cost for us to get there could be under $1000. We have always meant to go there again, but SGR is our favorite, and is usually cheaper than SRC, so we normally go back to SGR instead. So taking our free week at SRC would definitely get us there, I really liked the rooms there, and of course we could visit SMB and SCI. And I think Martha Brae river rafting is near there, too, which I would like to do.
So, it would probably be $1000 less to go to SRC rather than St Lucia. My only concern is that if we don't do St Lucia again now, we probably never will because it is unlikely it will be this cheap again (until our next free week, lol!). However, if we save the $1000 on our free week, we could use that toward a second trip next year, and I think I'd rather go on vacation twice than go to St Lucia once.
And I forgot this one big factor, there were no deals at St Lucia's liquor store at the airport!!! No Appleton 12, no Cocomania, how can I survive??? :)
Any thoughts? Thanks! :)