Our beautiful November wedding came and went and was absolutely perfect in every way. We got married on Saturday, November 4, 2017 and packed our bags Sunday afternoon so we could catch our flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica on Monday morning and head off to Sandals South Coast for our honeymoon.
Believe it or not, this was my first time flying internationally! I have been to Jamaica before with my family on a cruise, but had never flown outside of the U.S. I also had never been to an all-inclusive resort, so I was extra excited for this vacation.
We arrived at Montego Bay and it was a beautiful 80 degrees (Fahrenheit). If you know anything about New Jersey in late fall, it’s that it’s always cold. This weather was just perfect in my eyes. My husband thought it was a bit hot, but he doesn’t really love the hot weather that much.
Even the Sandals lobby at the airport was adorable!
We took a 90 minute shuttle from Montego Bay to Sandals South Coast. Montego Bay is on the north side of the island, and Sandals South Coast is on the (very literal) South Coast. Our driver was friendly and made the ride to the resort pleasant. It was fun looking at the sprawling mountains where Jamaica grows much of its coffee crops. Jamaica is known for its Blue Mountain Coffee.
When we arrived we were greeted with a brief rundown of what the resort offers. After we broke into separate groups from the shuttle based on where our rooms were located, we were ushered into the lounge to get checked in. The delicious drinks were an excellent way to sweeten the deal while we were waiting for other couples to get checked in.
We opted for a honeymoon walkout suite in the Italian Village (we had no recommendations other than what we found on the internet, so we were very pleased to find out that the room looked just as pretty as it did on the web. The bed was cozy, room was clean, and the bathroom and tub were also delightful.
After we dropped off our stuff in the room we took a stroll around the resort. Sandals South Coast is large enough to where you may have to walk a bit to get to the restaurant areas depending on where your room was located. We were situated right near most of the restaurants so we never had to travel that far for a bite to eat. We did appreciate the size of the resort though when we were looking for something to do at night.
Our first meal (not surprisingly) was pizza from Giuseppe’s. Giuseppe’s was by far my favorite restaurant there, but that’s because I love Italian food and my husband only kind of tolerates it, so I usually don’t make many Italian cuisines at home. I got a pesto chicken pizza and my husband got the fruitti di mare pizza – which he said was amazing and they should make this in the U.S. more often if they don’t already.
When we weren’t napping between morning and evening sessions of activities, our favorite thing to do was to walk on the beach and watch the sun set. I mean, look at those views!
For our first night, we chose to go to Neptune’s for dinner. As an appetizer we got proscuitto wrapped melon. For dinner, I got a steak and the husband got lamb. Lamb is not one of those foods I cook ever, so he made sure to take advantage of the all-inclusiveness of the trip.
Every morning I would take a nice stroll to Cafe Paris and get a new coffee beverage. I read this tip online since they said the regular coffee at restaurants was good, but the speciality drinks at the cafe were better. This iced caramel latte was a great way to help get me going in the morning.
For the first breakfast of the trip we chose to go to Eleanor’s. We toasted to our new marriage with mimosas. For breakfast, the husband got ackee and saltfish with a side of sausage, and I played it safe with eggs Benedict.
We had such a relaxing trip. Whether it was sitting under an umbrella on the beach sipping on a fruity cocktail or going kayaking in the ocean, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Our room was the closest to the Jerk Shack, a quick service restaurant that served things like jerk chicken, jerk pork, and I think sausage? I was a fan of the jerk chicken.
While we were having lunch at the Jerk Shack, I snapped a photo of the Italian Village (where our room was located). So close!
One night we took a walk and stumbled upon a giant chess board! P.S. I won ☺
Most of the food on the resort was good, sometimes great. The restaurant on the other side of the resort called Schooners was the only one I didn’t really care for – the food was just okay rather than good or great. The drinks were still fabulous.
Nearly every day sometime around 3-4ish in the afternoon a storm cloud would roll in and it would rain. We’d usually use this time as a planned nap time/recharging time where we’d shower off the salt and sand of the day and get ready for dinner at whichever restaurant we felt like.
The perks of “all-inclusive” were fabulous. We got appetizers at one restaurant and then proceeded to choose another restaurant for our main dinners. I also requested we go back to Giuseppe’s at least a billion times for their lava cake-esque dessert that’s served with ice cream. It’s basically a much fancier version of my Fudgy Mug Brownie.
My husband said he had his best meal at Jasmines and really enjoyed the restaurant Sushi on the Sand. I was a big fan of Giuseppe’s. Their manicotti was delicious!
If you ever go to Sandals South Coast, definitely take advantage of the large pool with swim up bar. We got piña coladas while in the pool and it was glorious.
I almost forgot! The other perk of Cafe Paris (aside from their lovely coffeehouse beverages that were still all inclusive) were the crepes made to order! I was a big fan of their Nutella and strawberry crepes with chantilly cream. It made a perfect end-of-the-night dessert/snack. I don’t have any photos of the crepes because they were always devoured by me in 3.8 seconds flat (0r less) but I did snap a photo of this sign. I appreciate their crepe humor.
Since we only spent 5 days at Sandals South Coast, I made sure we were able to dine at just about every restaurant for at least one meal (and perhaps another or more if we had the time). I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to have a drink at the over-the-water bar, Latitudes.
It looked like it was about to rain (and it did – photo was taken at around 3:30 PM), but the big man and I had a drink over the water with one other person who was there at the time. This frozen cocktail might have been one of my favorites from the entire trip. Do I know the name of it or what it tasted like? Not even a little bit, but it was tropical and refreshing and just the thing I was looking for after spending almost 4 days straight in the sun.
Near the end of our trip, I was so full and felt like I had definitely overindulged, so I opted for something light and fresh at Neptunes. I loved dining al fresco at Neptunes and Schooners. Sushi on the Sand was also a mostly outdoors restaurant, but they were only open for dinner so I couldn’t really take in the oceanfront views when it was nighttime.
I had such an amazing time on our honeymoon and Sandals South Coast did an excellent job at making us feel welcome at the resort. My only regret is not staying for a little bit longer!
Have you stayed at any of the Sandals resorts? Dish out your recommendations in the comments below!!