Well how about that for timing? Just as I’m writing up my reviews of the wonderful Sandals, Beaches, and Grand Pineapple Resorts, TripAdvisor goes and gives them the Certificate of Excellence for 2013. This award is provided to those establishments who receive amazing, positive, and glowing TripAdvisor reviews from their guests.

If you’ve ever spent time on TripAdvisor  (and if you haven’t, I suggest you give it a whirl), you’ll see reviews for hotels, cruises, car rental agencies, tour companies…pretty much anything you can imagine. You’ll also see that these reviews range from glowing to condemning. Personally, I sometimes take reviews with a grain of salt, especially if they are on opposite ends of the spectrum. I swear, sometimes people write reviews JUST to be contrary. In many cases, what appeals to one traveler is abysmal to another. Which explains why Sandals receiving this honor is so notable.

The specific resorts receiving this honor are:

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort
Sandals Carlyle Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma, Bahamas
Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia
Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club
Beaches Negril Resort & Spa
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa
Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua

Congratulations to Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple! Keep up the good work!

On a similar note: I have completed two additional resort reviews that will be published later this week. Keep your eyes peeled…