Your Sandals vs Beaches Review—Destination Wedding Delight

You’re planning a destination wedding and imagining a stunning beach setting surrounded by the ones you love!

Hopefully, you’ve seen our in-depth guides and “best of” reviews of Sandals luxury-included resorts across the Caribbean (including the Best Sandals Resort for the Beach).

Destination weddings are only getting more popular worldwide and here at home—and we love to give our wedding couples plenty of inspiration for destination wedding planning and a beach wedding checklist.

But some of you may think we’re missing something…

If so, this article is for you and everyone you love!

The Best Destination Wedding Resort for Couples vs. Families

Sandals delivers romantic vacations for couples, so you might feel disappointed if you want to include kids under 18 in your destination wedding group.

Sandals gets that, and that’s why they created Beaches. Today, we’d love to help you plan your destination wedding by pointing out the best destination wedding resort for you and your guests of all ages!

We were surprised to discover a few cool facts about the man who started it all. Are you familiar with Gorden Stewart?

SANDALS Caribbean Beach Resorts

Every Sandals resort sits directly on a stunning beach, on seven of the most gorgeous islands in a region famous for its exquisite azure waters with the best luxury all-inclusive experience.

Gordon’s Dream Came True

Gordon “Butch” Stewart was Jamaican-born, and in 1980, he bought an old hotel in Montego Bay. Gordon was already a self-made entrepreneur, but he had NO hotel experience!

Investing millions in renovating the property, Gordon opened the first Sandals resort in 1981 with a promise to give people what they want and exceed their expectations.

Sandals Resorts International remains a family-owned company, and in the late 1990s, couples who loved Sandals asked for a kid-friendly version to experience with their families.

In 1997, the first Beaches Resort opened to offer everyone an all-inclusive vacation, including wedding couples with kids!

That’s why we’re reviewing Sandals vs. Beaches, and let’s start with the question that we get asked the most:

Which All-Inclusive Resort Is Best for You?

Many couples dream about a Sandals wedding but think having everyone you want with you on your big day is impossible.

That’s just one of the reasons that Sandals added Beaches Resorts to its portfolio of luxury all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean: at Beaches, a destination wedding group includes everyone!

BEACHES Resorts: Family-Friendly Caribbean Beach Resorts

Experience the ultimate vacation at Beaches all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters. Stay in luxurious rooms and suites for a memorable family getaway. 

What’s the Difference Between Beaches and Sandals

Sandals resorts are adults-only (18+), focusing on wedding couples and destination wedding groups. There are currently 17 Sandals resorts operating in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locations.

Beaches is the only all-inclusive resort brand with activities for kids toddler-aged and up. There are currently two Beaches resorts in Jamaica and one in Turks & Caicos—click here for a handy and detailed resort comparison

Your Destination Wedding at Beaches or Sandals

While Sandals specializes in weddings and a destination wedding + honeymoon (your weddingmoon!), Beaches calls your special all-ages destination wedding your familymoon—click the link to begin making your wedding day dreams come true!

wedding ceremony at Sandals

Beaches are more than just all-ages resorts, and there are extra-special amenities for everyone that are only found at Beaches like Pirates Island Waterparks. At Beaches Turks and Caicos, you’ll also find the Caribbean’s original Surf Simulator—check out the fun video link!

Wedding ceremony at Beaches resort

But the best all-inclusive resort for you can be based on many things. So here’s another way of looking at it:

Which Tropical Resort Is A Better Value?

Our current article on The Most Affordable Sandals Resorts is jam-packed with information on the best all-inclusive destination for wedding couples and adult wedding groups.

Sandals Ochi is consistently rated as the most affordable Sandals resort, and Ochi has also been voted the top destination wedding resort in the Caribbean for adults only.

When you want all the deets, we’ve got them: check out our Sandals Ochi review and the Best Sandals Resort for Weddings!

SANDALS Ochi: All-Inclusive Resort In Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Modern chic and private exclusivity, meet in the heart of Jamaica in a resort that features the best of both worlds. On one side of paradise, discover the beachside Caribbean Riviera with a hot beach club. 

Beaches Ocho Rios is located approximately 15 minutes away from Sandals Ochi, so we thought it’d be fun to compare the two for your kid-friendly destination wedding.

BEACHES Ocho Rios: All-Inclusive Family Resort In Jamaica

Beaches Ocho Rios is an all-inclusive resort that caters to the whole family with a range of activities. Rated as one of the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine, Beaches Ocho Rios offers a vast waterpark, championship golf and much more for those looking for adventure.

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: Sandals and Beaches both offer travel deals that can mean significant savings for you! Check out Beaches Specials and Sandals Specials and Promotions

Comparing Sandals Ochi and Beaches Ocho Rios

We compared costs, accommodations, and amenities between Sandals Ochi and Beaches Ocho Rios to better understand which resort presents the best value for your wedding budget.

Cost Comparison: Sandals Ochi vs. Beaches Ocho Rios

Sandals Ochi prices begin at $308 per person/per night in January 2024 (approximately $1,867 for three nights). Click Ochi Booking for more information or to edit with new travel dates.

Beaches Ocho Rios prices in January 2024 begin at $2,067 for three nights in a suite with up to five guests. Click Beaches Booking for more information or to edit with new travel dates.

Please note that these cost estimates don’t include flights, but you can search for flight add-ons on the Sandals and Beaches booking links.

Comparing Accommodations: Sandals Ochi vs. Beaches Ocho Rios

Our Favorite Accommodations at Sandals Ochi

We’ve chosen the best accommodations for newlyweds and honeymooners at Sandals Ochi.

There are 19 types of rooms and suites, including pool, garden, oceanview, or beachfront views, and you can select your favorite accommodations by clicking the link and reviewing prices and room descriptions.

Sandals Ochi Love Nest Suites

Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite

The Riviera Tower at Ochi offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from your private balcony, and there’s a dining set to enjoy romantic meals al fresco in the ocean air.

The huge living space includes a stocked wet bar, a romantic king-size master bedroom, and a bathroom with a sunken whirlpool tub. 

  • Rates start at $554 per person/per night in January 2024. Click Riviera Beachfront for accurate pricing by month and an entire room description with gorgeous photos.

Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Villa Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

Your honeymoon villa is located in the most secluded section of Ochi, called the Butler Village.

Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet

You’ll truly enjoy each other in the walled courtyard with a private Roman pool, an outdoor rain shower, and a hot tub. Inside the 1,200-square-foot suite, there’s a king-size master bedroom and lounge with a kitchenette. 

  • Rates start at $652 per person/per night in January 2024. Click Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Villa for accurate pricing by month and a full room description with gorgeous photos.

Family Favorite Accommodations at Beaches Ocho Rios

We’re basing our selections here on the best accommodations for a family (two adults and up to three children) at Beaches. There are 23 room categories at Beaches, and you can select the best accommodations for you on this Beaches Accommodations link.

Beaches Ocho Rios room

Caribbean Oceanview One Bedroom Concierge Suite

This beautiful top-floor suite in the resort’s French building has a large balcony with a family dining area to gather and take in views of the Caribbean Sea.

There’s a king-sized bed in the master suite, as well as a trundle bed and a single pull-out bed in the expansive living room. 

  • Rates start at $4,638.50 for two adults and two children staying three nights in January 2024. Click Caribbean Oceanview for a stunning picture of the family-friendly suite.

Greek Honeymoon Beachfront Walkout Concierge Suite

Your family will delight in this large suite with a private beachfront deck and an easy walk to the white sandy beach and electric blue Caribbean Sea.

Two adults and two children will have plenty of room in this stylish and functional suite.

  • Rates start at $3,843.20 for two adults and two children staying three nights in January 2024. Click Greek Honeymoon Walkout Suite for a stunning picture of this beautiful beachfront accommodation.

Comparing Amenities: Sandals Ochi vs. Beaches Ocho Rios

We love how the Beaches and Sandals websites list everything for you to consider for eating, drinking, and “playing!”

Beaches Ocho Rios Amenities

A well-rounded list of features caters to all ages at Beaches. Click on Beaches Eat + Drink for a fun description of:

  • 7 restaurants with locations on the resort, type of cuisine, and open times. 
  • Click on premium wines to see what’s included for the grown-ups.
  • Click on fun specialty cocktails to enjoy at the resort bars, including the family-friendly swim-up bar at Beaches.
Beaches Ocho Rios restaurant

To see the impressive list of all-inclusive activities you’ll enjoy as a family and destination wedding group, click on Beaches Play and discover: 

One thing’s for sure. Whether young or young at heart, you won’t run out of things to do together at Beaches Ocho Rios!

Sandals Ochi Amenities

Sandals Ochi is well-known for being the largest luxury included resort in the Caribbean with the best party vibe.

If you’re a young (or young at heart) adult getting married and want a pool party atmosphere and a beach club scene for days, you might want to say “I Do!” at Ochi!

Sandals Ochi The Jerk Shack

Here are just a few highlights:

Sandals Ochi also offers adventurous excursions as a “vacation extra,” as do all Sandals resorts. For example, the Dunns River Falls Experience and Ocho Rios All-Day Powerboat Adventure are hugely popular!

Sandals vs. Beaches—Which is Better for Your Wedding

Many couples dream about a specific wedding venue, especially for a Caribbean destination with powdery sands, stunning waters, and lush greenery as their backdrop. 

We compiled a gorgeous list of the best wedding venues at Sandals and Beaches resorts so you can look it over and find your favorite!

Best Wedding Venues for Your Ceremony

overwater chapel Sandals Ochi

These are actual photos of wedding venues that are available for your ceremony at a Sandals or Beaches resort.  

You have more choices at both Sandals and Beaches too. See more at Sandals wedding venues and Beaches wedding locations

Most Family-Friendly Resort for Your Wedding

Beaches Turks and Caicos

Is your dream wedding location on a miles-long white-sand beach with your entire family surrounding you?

That sounds fantastic to us—and you need to see Beaches Turks and Caicos because this luxury all-ages resort will turn your wedding dreams into a reality! 

Click on Beaches Turks and Caicos to see a map of this palatial, awe-inspiring resort located on Grace Bay, a breathtaking beach twelve miles long and considered one of the best in the world. 

Overview of Beaches Turks and Caicos

BEACHES All-Inclusive Vacations In Turks & Caicos

For everyone who has ever dreamed of the perfect tropical hideaway far removed from all the hustle of modern life, our all-inclusive vacations in Turks & Caicos offer a true island escape.

Beaches Turks and Caicos is a grand resort with five distinct villages resembling Italy, France, Key West, and the Caribbean. 

Here’s why we love Beaches T&C for family events. Click the links for accommodation views to delight you:

You have a staggering 21 restaurant possibilities at Beaches T&C—click the link but be forewarned, there are so many delicious menus to review and restaurant descriptions and pictures to enjoy, you’ll find it hard to leave the webpage!

Neptunes restaurant at Beaches Resort

Adults will enjoy the same luxury amenities as we described at Sandals Ocho Rios. However, one extra-special feature at Beaches T&C for everyone is the mindblowing 45,000-square-foot waterpark (click the link and be amazed!).

Planning Your Wedding at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Destination South Asian Wedding

Wedding planning couldn’t be easier at Beaches T&C—click on Inspirations to get started!

Sandals vs Beaches—Which is Better for Your Honeymoon

The answer to that important question will depend on you!

Beaches Honeymoons is the perfect link for you to explore if you’re bringing your kids along for a “familymoon” start to your new married life together.

familymoon at Beaches Resort

Sandals Honeymoons caters to newlyweds with spectacular amenities like:

Overwater Bungalows: Sandals Royal Caribbean

With all this information to unpack, you might still be “up in the air” about where to plan your destination wedding in the Caribbean!

We’ve got a neat idea for you to consider… so check this out:

Honeymoon Hopping with Sandals and Beaches

Sandals designed the exclusive Honeymoon Hop program to give couples the ultimate freedom to explore the Caribbean on their honeymoon!

Honeymoon hopping is also a fantastic idea to enjoy your wedding with family and then escape to another destination for some romantic alone time together. 

Here’s what that looks like:

  • First, you plan your destination wedding at Beaches T&C with your entire family.
  • After spending a few lovely days with your group, you two “hop” from the Turks and Caicos to Sandals Emerald Bay to enjoy a golf honeymoon together.

It’s like the best of both worlds—so enjoy planning your destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals or Beaches!

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