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Jamaica’s Luxury & All Inclusive Resorts: Featuring Sandals, Secrets, and Round Hill

Things that happened at the Atlanta airport today:

– I realized just how spoiled I’m getting on incredibly perfect airport sendoffs.

– I experienced ATL on a Monday at 8 AM – the sheer volume of people was terrifying. The line, which weaved itself through the food court and snaked around each individual baggage claim, looked like an exodus out of Atlanta. I checked the date to make sure it wasn’t 2012 and the world was coming to an end.

– To my complete surprise, I got through security in less than 30 minutes – and trust me, that line looked like it would take at least two hours to trudge through. For once I find myself congratulating ATL on efficiency. The weirdest part? The TSA agents were friendlier than normal – maybe they just work well under pressure.

– I ran into one of my English major friends in terminal E!

It was an uneventful flight to Jamaica, which I consider an accomplishment after all of the overly-eventful flights in my life within the past couple of years. After checking in through customs, we went to the Sandals room to wait for our transfer – several of the major hotels have their own check-in lounges at the airport (Sandals, Couples, Half Moon, The Ritz, Hedonism [gross – I don’t ever want to check in there]).  Our first stop of the day was a site inspection of Sandals Royal Caribbean, which I’ve wanted to see for a while considering the number of people I send/have going to the resort (one of which leaves this weekend, shout out to Natasha & Jason!).  I really liked the property – it feels boutique in size, which I love, and even at 100% occupancy it did not feel in the least bit crowded.  RC has its own private island with a swim-up bar, Thai restaurant, and plenty of places to lounge – this was my favorite part of the hotel. I could see myself spending hours in one of those cabanas…maybe one day.

Sandals Cay – Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Private Island

After lunch and a full site inspection of the property, we went over to Round Hill, a Virtuoso property with both a hotel block and individual villas.  The property is just the epitome of class – it’s small and elegant with beautiful style (Ralph Lauren designed the interior decor) and gorgeous landscaping .

The villas were absolutely stunning – private pools and jacuzzis with full gardens (Laura Allen, you would flip at the flora here) and multiple rooms. The best part: they can be really affordable when shared for a multi-couple/family getaway.

Entrance to a 2-bedroom 2-bath Villa
Villa's Pool & Jacuzzi

Our final site inspection was of Secrets St. James & Wild Orchid, which are two properties on the same grounds. This 700-room resort was a pleasant surprise – I liked the modern look, complete with dark wood accents and sleek light fixtures, and the Preferred Club option, which is exactly what I’d recommend to anyone interested in staying at Secrets. Secrets suits those looking for an environment that reflects what they’re used to – it reminded me more of a condo complex in Florida and less of a Caribbean resort. This is not a bad thing, it all depends on what you’re looking for.

Finally, after a long day of travel, we arrived at Sandals Royal Plantation, the all-butler resort (it was previously a Virtuoso, still part of Leading Small Hotels) that we’ll be staying in for the week. It was too late to really take in the property, but I like what I’ve seen so far – it feels like staying in a super-sized mansion, from the layout and warm atmosphere, which I think offers a unique option for the Sandals brand.

Our Room at Royal Plantation

Three site inspections down…thirteen more to go for the week. If all goes according to plan, we’ll knock out 9 of those tomorrow. It’s going to be a long day in Jamaica. Still, a long day here beats any day in the office!

Lindsey Epperly

My name is Lindsey Epperly and I’m a travel consultant and owner of Epperly Travel, a national affiliate of Century Travel. I’m most passionate about building lifelong relationships with my clients and suppliers, discovering the globe in a way that makes me a better agent, and celebrating with my team when we reach a new milestone. One of our core values at Epperly Travel is to create fun and celebrate constantly – and I’m fortunate to be in a career that allows me to do just that. I’m proud to announce my recent achievements: landing a spot on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List as their Caribbean expert, being nominated for Virtuoso’s Rising Star Award and receiving a place on Jezebel Magazine’s Trailblazing Ten list.

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