Sandals Resort Experience

Posted on: Sun, 12/09/2007 - 9:30am
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My wife and I just returned from Sandals Dunn's River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I went on the trip with some level of trepidation, as I am severely allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts along with shellfish. We selected Jamaica because of English being the native language, and the fact that it appeared that Beaches/Sandals have a decent track record of catering to special needs.

Overall the experience was very good in regards to the allergy needs. The thing I found most "frustrating" was that they were almost too efficient with it. I am so used to having to explain the situation every time I ate and there most of the restaurants already knew of the needs of room 3203 and were already looking out to make sure I didn't eat the wrong thing. The resort makes most of their desserts, pastries and baked products on site. I was comfortable eating anything without chocolate (creme brulee as an example) but did not eat any of the ice cream on site.
I avoided the desserts in the buffet restaurant due to the serving situation. The head chef, RobRoy was very visible and was always willing to reassure me when I had questions.

One night, we ate with some of our friends at their Teppanyaki Grill and it was phenomenal, I had always had some level of apprehension in regards to it, but the chef, "Chris Rock" took very good care of me and served my plate prior to the shrimp being put on.

The biggest threat was the Frangelica Liquor at the bars. Otherwise, it was a great vacation.

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