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Changing Hotels!?!

I am wondering if it is worth the cancellation fee of $400 from sandals grande and booking the east winds inn? If anybody has knowledge on the hotels in comparison it would be greatly appreciated. I want a great honeymoon for my to be wife.

Thank You ALL! :)

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1. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

What is making you reconsider?

Sandals Grande and East Winds would be polar opposites in the honeymoon/vacation style of experience.

What type of honeymoon are you looking to experience?

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2. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

I want the best hotel between the two. I have read east winds is one of the top recently. They seem to both be in my budget and we already booked sandals.

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3. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

Adam

"Best" really doesn't help much as most people have their own ideas, desires and expectations of the type of honeymoon they imagine to experience and atmosphere.

East Winds is a small (30 room) intimate, privately owned beach front resort. I think the web site is truly self explanatory and will give you a good feel for the resort and experience.

Informal, yet elegant, private, relaxing, personalized attention, etc.,

From the web site: "The East Winds Experience"

"Unlike many other resorts, East Winds Inn is dedicated to providing you with an authentic Caribbean experience. Savour the unique flavors of the Caribbean as prepared by our expert Chefs. Relax to the calming rhythms of calypso minstrels and our Steinway piano while sipping your favorite wine on the beach. Paddle through the vibrant waters of La Brelotte Bay, or stroll through our breathtaking tropical garden. At East Winds Inn, you don't just visit the Caribbean, you live it."

It would be hard to advise you without more details in what your vacation preferences are... if when comparing it to...

Sandals Grande is a mid/large range 280 room chain all-inclusive resort that is servicing up to 1,500 guests between their 3 resorts on the island.

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4. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

Wow, Flowers, I actually agree with you!

If you are looking for Caribbean charm, small, intimate and quiet accompanied by excellent service and food then East Winds is the place you want to be.

If you are looking for more activities, more people, several restaurants, organized daily activities such as karaoke, games (think honeymoon, casino night and such) as well as a hotel room (Sandals Grande was originally a Hyatt Hotel) then Sandals Grande is for you.

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5. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

I have stayed at east winds and am booked in again. For an ai the food is great. Quiet relaxed with a very Carribean feel. They have hobby cats there and other watercourse are available from windjammer which is just down the beach. Sandals is much bigger with more entertainment and you can dine and play at all three resorts. I have not stayed at sandals so can't comment. Windjammer may be worth looking at too as the ai option is good and the food has got a lot better recently.

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6. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

I was debating these two hotels for our honeymoon this coming September. We ended up going with Sandals because East Winds Inn just seemed to boring for us. We are in our 30s and don't necessarily want to site around and do nothing the whole time. We chose Sandals because of the variety of restaurants all of the Sandals resorts have to offer along with the activities. I take nothing away from East Winds Inn as I was immediately drawn to them when I started looking at St. Lucia for our honeymoon.

The deciding factor for us was how active we wanted to be the week of our honeymoon. Very active, more food choices, more people - Sandals. More relaxing, private - East Winds Inn.

Hope this helps! Enjoy your honeymoon!

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7. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

I agree with the other comments. Its all about what you want. EWI has entertainment aimed at older clientel who tend to go to bed early and read, no partying here till 6am. It is really quiet, having said that it is surerb. With Sandals you know what you'll get, party party party.

Why not split the holiday, Sandals first half, then recover at EWI for the second.

Have a great time,

BW9

Edited: 02 March 2011, 09:26
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8. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

It really does depend on what type of honeymoon you want - quiet and relaxing or Party and more organised activities such as games in the pool etc. From friends who've stayed at East Winds I know that the food and wine is excellent. Why don't you do a 2 centre holiday - although if I was doing that I'd do part of the time in the south to be closer to all the activities such as Piton Hike (not that I did that!!) and sights such as waterfalls, volcano and of course the Pitons.

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9. Re: Changing Hotels!?!

bigwaverider9 - I hate to burst your bubble but Sandals is not party, party, party. The majority of guests go to bed after their dinner meal as they are exhausted from a day of fun in the sun. It's just East Winds is much more quiet than Sandals as Sandals offers lots of daytime activities.

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