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Beautiful View Jamaica
(Photo by Mimi McDaniel)

Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of these fabulous trips! I have been on three all-inclusive vacations and they are the best. No worries about taking money everywhere you go on the resort because its all included. Listen to Power 95.9 for the Que-to-call Monday through Friday for your chance to win.

I did extensive research before picking a vacation destination. My plan was to be informed so I could be sure we maximized our fun and boy did we. I made sure we ate at every restaurant and had tons of excitement on a couple of adventures which included zip-lining down a mountain and swimming with dolphins. There is no such thing as taking too many pictures.

We met Jay Sean in Jamaica!
We met Jay Sean in Jamaica!

We even met Jay Sean in Jamaica on our last trip!

There are several levels of rooms and service that are available through a Sandals or Beaches Resort. On our first trip we chose the concierge level which meant we checked in and out through a special area. Anytime we needed anything we called the concierge desk and they promptly took care of us.

Our Next Villa
Our Next Villa

On our next trip we chose the Butler Service. It was incredible! I cannot imagine not getting this service on each and every trip we take now. It is a white-glove experience with a personalized touch. Every butler that we have had has been wonderful to us but of course, we have our favorites and can request them upon our return. I have this image of being served a mimosa in ‘my pool’ before breakfast arrived. My idea of a vacation is to enjoy peace and quiet with my husband so we had many meals delivered to our patio by the ‘my pool.’ Special orders are expected and mouth watering fabulous food is delivered.

Our favorite location is at a Sandals Resort in Jamaica. It is fairly close as the plane flies and the people are remarkable. Our butler gave us a tour of some of the other villas at our resort so we could pick out where we wanted to stay on our next trip.

My Pool by day
My Pool by day
My Pool by night
My Pool by night

We had our own pool too! Well okay, so we actually shared it with one other room but they never used it so it was mine…all mine. We had originally booked a villa that had four guest rooms but since we are return customers, they upgraded our room for free. I suggest joining Sandal’s Select on your first trip so you can earn extra rewards and benefits too.

On our last trip my husband and I decided we wanted to hang out with friends so he invited a high school buddy and his wife. Sandals Resorts are excellent couple vacations and Beaches Resorts are great family getaways with something for every age. Every time I look at a vacation picture it makes me want to COME BACK SOON — be sure to book your next vacation before you leave the island to get in on even more discounts.

When you stay at a Sandals Resort you are able to go to any of the other nearby Sandals, Beaches or Royal Plantation resorts and enjoy the food, sun and fun under the same all-inclusive deal. Our villa was at one resort (Sandals Grande Ocho Rios) and our beach was at another (Sandals Grande Riviera). These two resorts are right next to each other and are now listed under one name, Sandals Grande Riviera, Seaside and Hillside.

Snorkeling Buddies
Snorkeling Buddies

Water sports are also included under the all-inclusive umbrella. We enjoyed paddle boating in a Hobie Cat, hydrobikes, snorkeling, windsurfing, canoeing and more.

We ventured to another resort (Sandals Dunn’s River) and enjoyed a teppanyaki-style meal where we were entertained at our table by the amazingly talented cook who was also super funny. This resort treated us like royalty. I have a few food allergies one of which includes olive oil. Turns out that is what they use to marinate all of the meat at this restaurant. I thought this night was over before it started. When we got up to leave the cook asked if the manager could make special arrangements and they did! They begged us to stay and they brought in fresh meat to be cooked on a part of the grill that would not have any olive oil on it. What a treat!

Mystic Mountain, Jamaica
Zipline Jamaica 2010
Mimi Ziplining

There are many other activities that you can venture out to. We went on a zip line tour and had a blast! We also played at Mystic Moutain which is actually at the top of the mountain we zipped down. We took a sky lift to the top.

Dolphin Cove was awesome. We swam with the dolphins and played with the birds.

Here are a few more photos of a Jamaican Good Time:

Ocho Rios, Jamaica is our favorite so far. We liked it so much that we have gone there twice. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure we feel special which I’m sure they do at every Sandals Resort in Jamaica. If I disappear without notice, forward my mail to Jamaica because that is where I will be!

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