My hubby planned our whole honeymoon vacation himself, and did an awesome job! He booked us an all-inclusive Sandals resort vacation to Negril, Jamaica. He booked directly with Sandals because he said they gave him the best deal. He did research all over the internet and got the lowest price he could find. Then, he called Sandals and said "I have this price quoted from so and so, can you beat that?" To his surprise they did!
Our package consisted of a round trip flight, transportation to and from the resort, a 7 night stay, and all amenities the resort had to offer. It also included concierge service with out room, but that was for an optional cost.
The flight was great! We traveled with American Air and had no problems with delays or transfers. Sandals sent us a care package before our trip to make sure we knew exactly what we needed for the international flight. Once we arrived at the Jamaica airport, a man in a Sandals uniform met us at baggage claim to make sure we got to our shuttle bus. One thing we didn't expect was an airport worker took our bags and loaded them on a cart with other people heading to our shuttle. Once it was full he pushed the cart and led us to our shuttle. He then unloaded our bags from the cart and went around to each couple asking for a tip. Basically he wouldn't leave until everyone gave him something.
The shuttle stopped at 2 other resorts on the road to our Sandals resort. The driver was very funny and kept us all entertained on the hour and a half ride. You could pay extra and take a bi-plane ride to the resort, but I would suggest taking the shuttle, you get to see a lot of the culture and land on the way.
I have since looked up Sandals vacations using different travel sites, using Sandals directly, booking with a package, and booking as separate items. No matter where I looked, booking as a package always saved a few hundred dollars. Booking a package also assures you that even if your flight is delayed, someone will be there from the Sandals staff to help get you where you're going.