One of our favorite places to travel to internationally is the Caribbean. And when we do go, we book our stay at Sandals Resorts. Being an all-inclusive resort, we get the most bang for our book. Between beautiful scenery to amazing food, you can’t go wrong. One of our favorite things to do on resort is to meet new friends who have been to the different resorts. How do we do that? We attend the returning guest dinner at Sandals Resorts! Today I am sharing reasons why you should too.
If you are a first time guest at Sandals Resorts, you will not be able to attend this event. However, don’t despair. Before you leave home for your trip, make sure to take the time to register an account. You will be credited for your first stay, so when you book your next trip, you will be all ready to start racking up those paid nights.
Why is this important? Because when you reach the milestone of 70 paid nights, you will be awarded a FREE week at any Sandals(or the family-friendly Beaches) resorts. Can you believe that? We are on our way to reaching that milestone, but we still have a ways to go.
So now that I have shared that bit of exciting news, lets get right to the reasons why attending the returning guest dinner at Sandals Resorts should be something that you do!
As I said earlier, this is a great way to meet new friends. We attending our first dinner in 1997, when we went back for our 20th anniversary and renewed our vows. It was so much fun to hear about all the resorts other guests have been too. They gave honest opinions about why they loved(or didn’t like)a particular resort.
The most amazing thing about this particular dinner is that we met a couple that lived about 20 minutes from us. What a small world! We talked to other couples as well and heard about things they liked to do. You even got some cute leather sandals as a memento, as well as a photograph you could purchase at the end of the dinner.
So why is this my #1 reason to go this dinner? Well, after hearing how much people loved going to Sandals, we booked another trip to visit Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas. Other than our vow renewal, I think this was the favorite part of our stay. We had no intention of booking another trip, but there we were. I am so glad that we did!
Now, my husband and I feel that all the Sandals Resorts have amazing food that is available to you on a normal day. But the returning guest dinner takes their menu to the next level! Things I wouldn’t ordinarily try at home, this dinner presented to you in a tasty fashion.
Prior to being seated at the dinner, there is a short cocktail party to attend. A nice drink, some small talk, and a cute photo get you in the mood for the experience to come.
Several courses are presented, and the portions are just enough that you are ready and willing to eat the next course without feeling full. Yet, at the end of the night, you are full and happy and content. The perfect combination!
As I talked about above, when you are part of the Sandals Select Rewards(also affectionally known as SSG), there are different levels that you progress through. At this dinner, they recognize you for reaching the next level with some fun trinkets and a great shout out.
Back in 1997, when we stayed at the Sandals Royal Caribbean, there was a couple that was celebrating their 84th night there(WOW!) For that exciting achievement, they received gold crowns. All I know is that is a goal of mine. The Sandals Royal Caribbean will always have our hearts: we spent our honeymoon there in 1997, and then returned for our 20th. I just need to figure out how to book future trips so that we are there for the 84th night milestone.
One of the unique things about this event is that a staff member joins you at your table. It is a great way to hear about why they love their jobs and what is new and upcoming with the resort. You are made to feel like a VIP, and who doesn’t love that.
They also talk about which excursions they recommend or what activities you can’t miss. This part of the dinner is probably another reason why we ended up booking our next trip on-site. After all, who wouldn’t want to be part of sharing what you love about Sandals Resorts.
One of my favorite things you get after attending the returning guest dinner is your complimentary bottle of rum. I love getting this to take back home so I can have the tastes of the island all year round! In fact, I will be sharing my copycat Rum Runner recipe in the near future, so be sure to look for it!
And don’t worry if you don’t attend the dinner. You can still get your bottle of rum at the Loyalty & Travel office. We usually try to get there before the dinner so we can pick up our complimentary t-shirts as well. The t-shirt design each year is always different, and I love to wear them at home to remind me of the wonderful time we had!
There are really only 2 acceptable reasons why you shouldn’t attend the dinner: one if you are on an excursion that lasts until late afternoon. Generally if you are off resort, it can be a long day of travel and activity. You are bound to be absolutely exhausted.
And the 2nd reason? You are able to get a reservation at a highly popular restaurant on resort. When we went to Sandals Montego Bay in late 2020, the only night we could get a dinner reservation at Butch’s Steakhouse was on the night of the returning guest dinner.
Sure, it was disappointing to miss the dinner, but dining at Butch’s was out of this world!
In any case, whether you are a seasoned guest at Sandals Resorts, or getting ready to head there for your second trip, remember all the reasons to attend the returning guest dinner at Sandals Resorts. Fun, food, friendship, love. Everything that makes vacations fun! And most of all, adults only! What a perfect way to reconnect with the love of your life.
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