If you haven't heard of Sandals Carlyle resort, it's not because it's new; it was just renamed. Formerly known as Sandals Inn, the property underwent renovations in 2010 and emerged with some freshened rooms and modern bathrooms under the new name.
Unlike other Sandals resorts, Sandals Carlyle isn't directly on a beach; it's across the street from a small one that is shared with locals. For some honeymoon couples, that won't make a difference. For others, it could be a deal-breaker.
What couples do like about the boutique hotel is the service — with just 52 rooms in the three-story building, it doesn't take the staff long to learn your names. In almost every review, former guests laud the warm and friendly staff. As the hotel is intimate and low-key, it tends to draw older couples than its two sister properties, which have more facilities and more going on.
The location is also a draw for some. It's on the end of Gloucester Road in Montego Bay, close by downtown restaurants, shops, and reggae clubs that provide an authentic Jamaican experience that you don't get in an isolated all-inclusive.
Although much is included in the rate, there are optional expenses. Charges are incurred for Internet access (the property has wi-fi and there's a kiosk for those who don't lug a laptop), tours and excursions, laundry and dry cleaning, photography and videography by staff lensmen, phone calls, taxis, and spa services.