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We’re Going To Sandals Grande Antigua: Booked It With My Eyes Closed Thanks To Liberty Travel

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Bill and I are heading to the Caribbean to some place WARM and FABULOUS and I didn’t have to use a single brain cell while booking the entire trip. I  have to be honest with you — I’m usually the girl who searches online scanning countless websites for deals. I pretty much need a vacation after the entire planning / booking portion of the trip is over. It’s always so intense because I’m always so thorough.

Well, for this trip I put Liberty Travel in control and BOY was it a breeze. 

I walked into my local Garden City Liberty Travel (about 5 blocks from my house) and said, “I want to go to Sandals in the Caribbean in January on a direct flight for 5  days with my husband” and then let my travel consultant do the rest. Within about 10 minutes, I had 3 women talking to me about their PERSONAL experiences with each of the properties – -INCLUDING what the weather would typically be like in January. I hadn’t thought about that! One Sandals Resort was on the top of my list and I didn’t realize that in January it was Spring-Like weather. We immediately removed that one from our minds.

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So right off the bat I learned that Liberty Travel offers:

Personal experiences from travelers (in fact one woman just returned from visiting 4 Sandals properties the day before!!)

Convenience (multiple locations – in neighborhoods all over the Continental US)

Ease (no surge of caffeine needed for me – all the work was being done by the consultant. I just sat back and listened.)

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After we talked  in detail about several properties (and not from a brochure – from the travel consultant’s personal experiences) we narrowed it down to TWO. Now it was time to talk money and flight convenience – the last determining factors.  Allison – our wonderful travel consultant – printed out several options for us to view and it became very obvious that ANTIGUA worked best for our budget. Since I am reviewing this property for Liberty Travel, my airfare is taken care of but we have to pay for my husband’s way. Just because I am a “NEED TO KNOW” kinda gal – I searched online to see if I could get a better deal for my husband’s airline ticket and COULD NOT. So, that made me really HAPPY!!

I couldn’t get a better deal.

Bye Bye long hours of late night searches for discounted tickets!! Now, I’m just going to head to Liberty Travel because it’s the same price in the end minus me losing my marbles for days on end during the hunt and conquer stage.

Full disclosure. I literally sat in Liberty Travel and did nothing when booking this trip. Here’s a little virtual reenactment:

I want it to be warm. 

I don’t want to fly too long. 

I want things to do besides just sit on the beach.

I want lots of restaurants. 

And Allison – the wizard of Liberty Travel – just rolled with it. She kept tweaking her answers based on my needs / wants. It was amazing. Caleb was in my arms, a Starbucks tea was at my lips and Bill was by my side — it was just too easy.

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I cannot reiterate how AWESOME my experience was booking my Sandals vacation at Liberty Travel. In the end, we decided on Sandals Grande Antigua. Here is a quick overview of WHY we thought this was the best property for our NO-KID escape.

11 Restaurants (woot woot)

Set on Antigua’s best beach

Voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort

Two unique village experiences

6 pools with the Eastern Caribbean’s largest

Unlimited land & water sports + scuba diving

7 bars serving unlimited premium liquors

Butler Service included in top-tier suites

Red Lane® Spa

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Want more information on Sandals Grande Antigua? Check it out!!

* Liberty Travel is sending me to Sandals Grande Antigua to review the property.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

Comments

  1. I am so jealous. This is the PERFECT time to book a warm-weather trip!

  2. Interesting! I have ALWAYS wanted to use a travel agent. And . . . SO JEALOUS of your warm weather vaca! HAVE FUN!!!!

  3. Will you take me with you? Please? I’m serious…. this sounds amazing! Have an awesome time. The personal knowledge of the properties is so impressive and helpful. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  4. It looks like they have created a fully comprehensive itinerary for you! WOW- if you are going to take a trip like this- it definitely seems like having a company book and plan it for you AND take care of all the amenities is the way to go!

  5. I am the same way, I’m usually up all night for days on end trying to find the best deals. This is extremely appealing to me. I’ll have to see if we have a Liberty Travel in our area!

  6. please take me with you !

  7. That beach IS sick! One of my favorites! Enjoy.

    I am really jealous to not be escaping this ridiculous weather so i will be following along and living vicariously through your updates.

  8. Wow! It looks beautiful. Can’t wait to see pictures!

  9. LOVE! Looks amazing and I love the idea of a travel agent doing all my work for me as far as vacation planning – that is priceless! I’ve been to a Beaches Resort with the family – loved it – but would really love to go alone someday to a Sandals resort with my husband. Hope you guys have the BEST time. xo

  10. I admit it…. I’m actually drooling. The Caribbean is my favorite place in the world – I LOVE…the sand, the water, the WARMTH. And the property looks delicious. I have never been to a Sandals property, but it is on my list 🙂 Enjoy every second!

  11. ANTIGUA! You are going to die! It’s amazing, amazing!

  12. You will love Antigua!!!! I was there last year on the same beach ( in the hotel next to Sandals). Dickinson Bay is just beautiful. We are going back in March for a friend’s wedding at Sandals .

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