Best Sandals for Couples 2024

Sandals offers a wide variety of luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean that are very popular with couples for honeymoons, special occasion trips, and romantic beach escapes.

You can find Sandals resorts in The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, Curacao, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

If you’re interested in Sandals, you may be wondering, what is the nicest Sandals resort for couples? While every Sandals resort is luxurious and romantic, there are differences from location to location.

In this article, we’ll answer some questions and tell you all about the best Sandals for couples, including the best Sandals resort for honeymoons, the best Sandals for weddings, the best Sandals resort for young couples, the best Sandals for nightlife, and the best Sandals resort for older couples, as well as the best Sandals resorts for couples who are golfers, beach-lovers, snorkelers, and scuba divers.

Best Sandals Resort Overall

We consider the best Sandals resort overall to be Sandals Grenada. Set on exclusive Pink Gin Beach on the gorgeous “Spice Isle,” it is one of the top-rated Sandals locations. This beautiful resort offers something for everyone with a great layout, delicious dining at 10 gourmet restaurants, 6 bars, and swoonworthy rooms like swim-up suites, Rondoval suites with private pools, and elevated SkyPool suites with private infinity pools and amazing views.

With the breathtaking beach and several pools and hot tubs plus lots of complimentary onsite watersports and land activities as well as fun area excursions, it’s perfect for both couples who like to relax and couples who like to stay active. You can snorkel right from the beach, scuba diving is excellent, and there’s nightly entertainment as well. Plus, Sandals Grenada is just 5 minutes from the airport (complimentary transfers included) so you can get your vacation started right away.

Other top-rated Sandals resorts are Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian on St. Lucia.

Best Sandals for Couples: Weddings

Every Sandals resort offers magical destination weddings, whether you take advantage of the free wedding for a minimum stay of seven nights (in a club or butler room) or create a custom celebration with their expert team.

You can get married at a variety of beautiful locations from breathtaking beaches to gorgeous gardens. But some of the most spectacular settings can be found at the Sandals resorts with Overwater Wedding Chapels.

These include Sandals South Coast, Sandals Montego Bay, and Sandals Ochi in Jamaica and Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia. Imagine walking down a glass-floor aisle, surrounded by 360-degree Caribbean views!

Sandals also offer Over-the-Water Gazebos, at Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas, Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia.

Another great option for a Sandals Montego Bay wedding is the Intimate Resort Chapel, a secluded spot with a more traditional feel. A charming path through lush greenery and fountain pools leads to the white chapel, which features a vaulted ceiling, wooden pews, stained glass windows, and an elevated altar.

A unique venue at Sandals Royal Caribbean is the private island with gorgeous white sand beaches, a pool with swim-up bar, a restaurant, and thatched-roof daybeds on the beach.

At Sandals Royal Barbados, you can get married on the Sky Terrace beside a rooftop pool, overlooking the sparkling turquoise sea.

For a sophisticated setting, you can get married in the European Wedding Garden, featuring a white pergola surrounded by manicured lawns, beautiful blooms, and elegant water features. This is available at Sandals Emerald Bay in The Bahamas, Sandals Ochi in Jamaica, and Sandals Grande Antigua in Antigua.

Best Sandals for Couples: Honeymoons

All Sandals locations also offer free honeymoon packages if you either get married there or visit within 30 days of your wedding date. The Sandals honeymoon package gives couples a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a special turndown service with flower petals on your bed the first evening of your honeymoon, fresh flowers, and a decadent breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

While all of the resorts offer dreamy honeymoon vibes, your personal preference for what type of resort and honeymoon you want will determine which is the best Sandals for your honeymoon.

However, some of the best Sandals resorts for honeymoons are Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamacia; Sandals Grenada; Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Sandals Negril; and Sandals Royal Barbados.

Butler providing service in a building at Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Planation is an elegant, intimate, all-butler-suite resort, making it perfect for couples who want a luxurious honeymoon. You also have the advantage of access to all the activities at the nearby Sandals Ochi (which is a great option for an affordable honeymoon if you’re on a budget).

Sandals Grenada is one of the best Sandals resorts overall and has a gorgeous, romantic atmosphere, excellent culinary scene, beautiful beach, and plenty to do.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian features the amazing overwater bungalows and also offers a ton of dining options as well as lots of activities and offsite excursions.

Sandals Negril is set on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, making it perfect for couples who love the beach and watersports.

Sandals Royal Barbados is all club- or butler-level accommodations and features a swanky rooftop restaurant, bar, and pool in addition to access to all the facilities at neighboring Sandals Barbados.

Best Sandals for Couples: Nightlife

Although every location offers a selection of bars and nightly entertainment, the Sandals resorts with the most active nightlife and party scenes are Sandals Ochi and Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica, Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia, Sandals Royal Barbados in Barbados, and Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas.

Best Sandals Resort for Young Couples

While you will find a mix of ages (over 18) at every Sandals location, the most popular Sandals resorts for young couples are Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia, Sandals Ochi and Montego Bay in Jamaica, and Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas.

These Sandals resorts offer a mix of plenty to do during the day and lively nightlife options. Sandals Ochi is also the least expensive Sandals resort, which makes it the most affordable for couples who are on a budget.

Best Sandals Resort for Older Couples

The most popular Sandals resorts for older couples are Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica, Sandals Grande Antigua, and Sandals Halcyon Beach in St. Lucia.

These locations are more intimate and peaceful, offering elegant luxury with plenty of options for dining and activities. Sandals Royal Plantation is especially luxurious, as all the accommodations there are butler suites.

Best Sandals for Couples: Golf

Some Sandals resorts have onsite or nearby golf courses, and when you stay there, your rate includes green fees and transfers if the course is not at the resort. In fact, Sandals has some of the best all-inclusive golf resorts in the Caribbean, with award-winning golf courses available in The Bahamas, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.

These best Sandals resorts for golf are Sandals Emerald Bay in The Bahamas; Sandals Ochi, Sandals Royal Plantation, and Sandals Dunn’s River in Jamaica; and Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Many people consider Sandals Emerald Bay to be the best Sandals resort for golf. Located in Great Exuma, it was actually named the Bahamas’ best golf hotel by the World Golf Awards in 2021. This Sandals resort features an amazing 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman. The longest course in the Caribbean, it is set on a peninsula with 6 oceanfront holes and has been recognized as one of the best golf courses in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure Golf.

The next best Sandals resorts for golf are in Jamaica because they give you access to one of the best golf courses in Jamaica, Sandals Golf & Country Club. Located in Ocho Rios, the stunning 18-hole golf course is 700 feet above sea level and offers incredible views of the mountains and ocean.

Guests at all of the Jamaica Sandals resorts get complimentary greens fees at Sandals Golf & Country Club, but only guests at Sandals Ochi, Sandals Royal Plantation, and Sandals Dunn’s River also have complimentary transportation there and back.

You can stay at any of the three Sandals resorts on St. Lucia and get complimentary green fees and transfers to Sandals Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate, but Sandals Grande St. Lucian is closest. This 18-hole championship course was designed by Greg Norman and is par 71, set in a lush tropical landscape with significant elevation changes. (There is also a 9-hole course at Sandals Regency La Toc on St. Lucia, but it’s currently closed for renovations.)

Best Sandals for Couples: Beaches

While every Sandals resort is set on a stunning beach, here are the locations with the best beaches. If you want to wake up and step out onto the sand, these also offer fabulous beachfront rooms and suites.

Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas, Bahamas, is set on a mile-long stretch of soft white sand along crystal-clear water. It’s a peaceful and relaxed resort perfect for lounging. There’s also an oceanfront golf course.

Sandals Grenada is on exclusive Pink Gin Beach along 2 miles of white sand, blue water, and palm trees.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is set on a pristine white-sand beach on the calm waters of Rodney Bay, making it perfect for watersports. You can also snorkel right from the beach.

Set on one of Antigua’s best beaches (which is saying something, since there are 365 beaches here!), Sandals Grande Antigua is a top choice for couples who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving since there are islands and a reef just offshore.

Sandals Negril is located on Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach, with gorgeous sunset views, palm trees, and calm waters perfect for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. You can also snorkel right from the beach.

Sandals South Coast in Jamaica offers a private beach that is part of a nature reserve, making for a peaceful and pristine setting. Wander down the 2-mile stretch of sugar white sand or just lounge and look out at the sparkling Caribbean.

The beach at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica is another private paradise. A long stretch of soft white sand slopes into a vivid turquoise and blue sea, where offshore reefs ensure calm waters.

Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados are located next to each other on one of the best beaches in Barbados, Maxwell Beach in St. Lawrence Gap, which features soft white sand and crystal-clear water that is usually calm and perfect for swimming and watersports.

Beach-loving couples will appreciate that a full range of watersports are complimentary at every Sandals resort, including scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, and more.

Best Sandals for Couples: Snorkeling

Unlimited snorkeling is complimentary at every Sandals resort, with gear and professional instruction included. Not surprisingly, pretty much every Sandals location offers good snorkeling opportunities, as they are on some of the top islands in the Caribbean.

The best Sandals resorts for snorkeling are Sandals Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, and Sandals Ochi in Jamaica; Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas; Sandals Grenada; Sandals Royal Curacao; Sandals Grande St. Lucian; Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados; and Sandals Grande Antigua.

You can snorkel right off the beach at Sandals Negril, which is located on world-famous Seven Mile Beach, or you can take a short boat trip out to the island of Booby Cay, considered one of the best snorkeling spots in Jamaica (and the Caribbean) due to its coral reefs.

Sandals Montego Bay is near Montego Bay Marine Park, home to colorful fish, vibrant corals, and fun marine life like rays. You can also snorkel right off of nearby Doctor’s Cave Beach.

Sandals Ochi is near one of Jamaica’s best snorkeling sites, Runaway Bay, which has a thriving coral reef and variety of marine life including stingrays, sea urchins, and parrotfish. 

The coral reefs and calm waters surrounding Antigua make it a top snorkeling site. At Sandals Grande Antigua, you can easily access popular snorkeling spots like Deep Bay Beach, Stingray City, and Darkwood Beach.

Staying at Sandals Emerald Bay gives you the ability to take boat trips to fabulous snorkel sites in the Exumas like Stocking Island and the protected marine reserve at Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park.

Sandals Royal Bahamian is set on stunning Cable Beach, which has great snorkeling right off the beach. This luxurious Sandals resort has a private offshore island with snorkeling from the beach as well. You can also take a boat trip to Rose Island Reef and other top sites in Nassau.

Curacao offers good opportunities for snorkeling off the beach in its pristine, crystal-clear waters. When you stay at Sandals Royal Curacao, you can snorkel at top spots like the remote Little Knip Beach, Tugboat Beach, Playa Lagun, and the coral reefs off of the island of Klein Curacao.

Both Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados offer guests access to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. Top snorkeling spots here include Carlisle Bay, Gibbs Beach, and Freshwater Beach.

At Sandals Grande St. Lucian you can go on snorkeling trips directly from the onsite pier. There are some incredible snorkeling opportunities in this tropical paradise, including the marine reserve around Anse Chastanet Beach, Marigot Bay, and Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay, which is excellent for beginner snorkelers.

Grenada is a lush natural paradise with plenty of healthy coral reefs offshore and lots of vibrant marine life to check out. There are several top spots for snorkeling that you can visit from Sandals Grenada, including the amazing Underwater Sculpture Park at Molinere Bay, Levera Beach in Levera National Park, and Grand Anse Beach.

Best Sandals for Couples: Scuba Diving

Sandals resorts are located on some of the best Caribbean islands for scuba diving, and the all-inclusive rate covers two dives a day for certified divers (including equipment). Professional instruction is available for an added cost, so you can get certified on your trip if you aren’t already.

Every location offers scuba diving, but not all of them have it onsite. Sandals resorts with onsite scuba operations include Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay in The Bahamas, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Royal Curacao, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Grande Antigua, and Sandals Negril, Sandals South Coast, Sandals Montego Bay, and Sandals Ochi in Jamaica.

The best Sandals resorts for scuba are Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Emerald Bay, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Royal Curacao, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Halcyon Beach, Sandals Barbados, and Sandals Royal Barbados.

Best Sandals for Couples FAQ

Are Sandals resorts romantic?

In a word, yes, Sandals resorts are romantic. Sandals resorts are designed specifically for couples and they pull out the stops to deliver a wonderful romantic atmosphere whether you’re there for a special occasion or just a tropical escape.

You’ll enjoy amazing accommodations that feature extras like oversized Tranquility Soaking Tubs for Two™ and private plunge pools as well as 24-hour butler service for the ultimate luxury. Especially romantic options include Overwater Bungalows, unbelievable penthouse suites, private Rondoval Suites, beachfront walkout suites, and swim-up suites.

Restaurants are elegant and you can book private candle-lit dinners on the beach or on your balcony. The grounds are lushly landscaped and offer hidden nooks and places to relax, like private cabanas, overwater hammocks, and heart-shaped sunbeds. Each Sandals resort also features a tranquil spa with restorative services like couples’ massages.

Which Sandals resort is closest to the US?

The closest Sandals resort to the US is either Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas, or Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas, Bahamas.

What is the newest Sandals resort?

The newest Sandals resort is Sandals St. Vincent, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It officially opens in March 2024 and is accepting reservations now.

The other newest Sandals resorts are Sandals Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Sandals Royal Curacao.

Have we told you all you needed to know about the best Sandals for couples? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments! And if you’d like help planning your Sandals vacation, reach out to one of our expert Sandals travel agents!

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