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Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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The most exquisite resort to ever call the Caribbean home, Sandals Royal Plantation quite simply redefines luxurious island escapism. Sitting on a bluff overlooking, not 1, but 2 silky sand twin-cove beaches and the shimmering Caribbean, the intoxicating sanctuary grants each of its 74 sumptuous suites heart-stopping views of the ocean and exclusive Butler Service. Bask blissfully on spectacular glorious golden-sand coves, where you can spend countless hours soaking in the sunshine and sipping on 'mangosas' delivered by unobtrusive Beach Butlers or unwind with a relaxing treatment in the exclusive Red Lane® Spa*.

At a glance

Hotel Platinum Hotel Simply the best. All Platinum hotels are hand-picked by our experts to provide only the finest amenities, food, service and accommodation.
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  • Sandals only all-butler boutique resort
  • Understated elegance and exquisitely private, this is retro-chic sophistication
  • Combining traditional elegance with modern accomplishments that are designed to impress
  • 5 tantalising restaurants and the only Jamaican Caviar and Oyster Bar
  • Beautiful suites all with ocean views and Love Nest Dream Suites for “heavenly” seclusion

Where is it?

Situated just outside Ocho Rios, on the northern coast of Jamaica. Transfer time from Montego Bay airport: 1 hour 45 min.

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Room information

74 suites with great ocean views and personal Butler Service. Orchid Oceanfront Butler Suites have ocean views, French balconies, custom-made mahogany furniture, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, plush robes, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, 32" cable TV, in-suite bar, free WiFi Internet access, CD player, 1 king-size bed and 24-hour room service. All suites benefit from exclusive Butler Service.

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Plantation Oceanfront Butler Suite - have 4-poster mahogany king beds, includes a French balcony with views of the beach and ocean and exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Great House Oceanfront Butler Suite - have extended lounge area, whirlpool and French balcony with fantastic views of the sea and exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Peacock Oceanfront Butler Suite - these large rooms feature king-size beds, sitting area, bathroom with Roman tub and separate walk in shower and spacious walkout balcony overlooking the ocean with exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Honeymoon Oceanfront Verandah Butler Suite - with walk out verandah, huge marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, tumble stone shower and exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Royal Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - with balcony overlooking the ocean, bedroom, Roman Spa tub with whirlpool, marble shower and exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Prime Minister Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suites - are as above overlooking the idyllic west beach and tranquil cove. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Governor General Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suites - feature fine, Jamaican antique furniture, a dining area, solid wood floors and large-screen TV. Suites have 2 large balconies, fantastic ocean views and exclusive Butler Service. Sleeping max 2 adults.

Villa Plantana is a unique expansive villa comprising of 1, 2 or 3-bedrooms complete with its own swimming pool. Expansive living and dining areas, creating a grand space that opens onto views of the ocean with exclusive Butler Service.

Villa Plantana 1 Bedroom sleeps max 2 adults.

Villa Plantana 2 Bedroom sleeps max 4 adults.

Villa Plantana 3 Bedroom sleeps max 6.

Eats and drinks

Anytime dining in up to 5 gourmet restaurants as part of the Discovery Dining programme: Le Papillon, Jamaica’s finest French restaurant with the most exotic choice of seafood and meat dishes prepared by award wining chefs. The Terrace, fine à la carte dining under the stars with authentic Caribbean and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. The Royal Café offers hearty and light favourites with a Caribbean flair in a beachside setting. The Wobbly Peacock Pub, British-style pub serving pub fare menu. 2 full service bars serving premium brand drinks. C Bar*, the only caviar and Champagne bar in Jamaica, serving the finest Iranian and Russian caviar along with exclusive Champagne. Daily afternoon tea on the terrace with an assortment of scones and delicious pastries. 24-hour room service also available for all guests. Royal Beach Butler Service that brings full food and beverages right to your beach chair.

Fun and games

1 freshwater swimming pool, 1 outdoor Jacuzzi and 1 freshwater plunge pool. Red Lane® Spa*. Pool table, board games, day and night tennis (2 courts), tennis pro available. Aquatrikes, glass-bottom boat, kayaks, windsurfing, paddleboards, Hobie Cats and snorkelling. Scuba-diving (free for certified divers, fee applies to others). Free green fees and transfers to Sandals Golf & Country Club for all Sandals guests (caddies mandatory*).

Entertainment

Nightly entertainment with live music band, piano melodies and cocktail parties. The resort offers cigar rolling demonstrations, wine pairing/mixology demonstrations and cooking classes.

Handy stuff

Laundry Service*. SnapShots Photo Shop*. Gift shop. Free WiFi Internet access in all room categories and public areas with unrestricted number of connected devices.

Additional information

*Denotes local charge.

Two people in love over 18 years only.

Dress code: Evening dress code for gentlemen states that smart trousers or jeans, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar) and dress shoes or sandals must be worn. Shorts, t-shirts, trainers, flip-flops, hats and caps are not permitted in the evening. 

Please note: Please ensure you have adequate insurance to take part in adventurous activities.

All Inclusive

Sandals Resorts are Luxury Included®; from deluxe accommodation, fine dining, unlimited premium brand drinks, transfers, tips and taxes, to a huge range of sports facilities and entertainment – it’s all included.

Minimum stay

2 nights.

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Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • What to Expect:
    • 5.0 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.5 Rooms
    • 5.0 Service
    • 4.5 Value
    • 5.0 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1508)
    • Very Good (238)
    • Average (80)
    • Poor (27)
    • Terrible (13)

We returned for our 3rd trip at the Royal Planation and we were not disappointed! Our Butlers, Gladstone and Sean, were fabulous. They seemed to know what we needed and when without us asking...

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5 of 5 stars
Feb 8, 2016 - Tracy B - West Friendship, Maryland

We returned for our 3rd trip at the Royal Planation and we were not disappointed! Our Butlers, Gladstone and Sean, were fabulous. They seemed to know what we needed and when without us asking... Read more ! They made our week wonderful and memorable. From the food to the service, we were more than happy. Our Beach Butlers, Cleon and Daniello, kept us in the Jamaican state of mind while on the beach and did it with smiles and fun! Our coffee was brought every morning to our room by Stacey with a smile that made our rainy days sunny. She was the best and we appreciated her personal service! Our restaurant experience was wonderful every place we ate. Coombs made sure we had the wine we wanted every night, Lancelot, Navardo, Kimberlee, Adlin and Larkland added to our experience and made every meal wonderful. EVERYONE there is friendly, so fun and wanted to make sure our stay was the best it could be. We had two days of rain and decided to extend our stay two days. No problem mon! Everything was arranged and went smoothly. We had a fabulous stay at Royal Plantation and we will be back next January! Thank you to everyone on staff there for a great time! Read less

4 of 5 stars
Feb 8, 2016 - tknudtso - Des Moines, IA

We chose Royal Plantation after reading many, many reviews. Overall, very good but opportunities for improvement. We loved the smaller size of the resort, with the flexibility to go over to Ochi... Read more (we did once to see Mama sing at the Rabbit Hole - well worth the trip!). The food was good - especially liked the jerk chicken, pork and shrimp - and having lunch brought out to us on the beach every day. Beach butlers (Cleon and Daniello) were amazing, great personalities and wonderful service. French restaurant was ok - really liked the seafood options and seafood chowder at the Royal Grill. Tea time was wonderful - great option for late afternoon. The rooms do need updating (which it sounds like is planned) but very clean. The butler service was fine - although from talking to other guests, the experience was not real consistent. Our butler did make reservations for dinner a few nights during our stay, that was about it. I booked my own massages at the spa (HIGHLY recommend Marva - she was amazing and only wish I had booked them sooner in the trip - although I saved myself some $$ since I did these later in the week). My husband used the golf course, short ride by shuttle from the resort and enjoyed the golf. We did not have hot water to shower at all one day, and had difficulty getting someone to address. When it did come back we found out on our own - no one ever did follow up or explain what the issue was. Other than this and a couple small maintenance issues (clogged drain) the room was fine, bed was very comfortable and always very clean. All in all, we had a great week at Royal Plantation - the hotel and grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Not much of a beach and the water sports are limited (only two paddle boards available?!) but the boardwalk/pier is wonderful to get some sun. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Feb 8, 2016 - BryanJen - Yellowknife, Canada

We are not experts or seasoned-travelers I've been to one other all-inclusive fifteen years ago, and as a couple we have never been to a Caribbean resort. Well, I cannot imagine anything more... Read more We are not experts or seasoned-travelers... I've been to one other all-inclusive fifteen years ago, and as a couple we have never been to a Caribbean resort. Well, I cannot imagine anything more spectacular, elegant, or luxurious than Sandals Royal Plantation. On arrival, we were offered champagne and quickly checked-in. Our butler brought us and our bags to our room, and then took us on a tour of the property. It is beautiful in every way, impeccably manicured and perfectly clean. The room was spotless and well laid out. Our west wing oceanview room had an updated bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and ceramic tiled shower, it was perfect. I was unsure about the butler thing prior to the trip, as this is not something we are used to. Our butlers were Robert and Shelley-Ann - they made us incredibly comfortable and took care of everything. It never felt awkward. Our stay was more relaxing and more elegant then we could have imagined. It is a quiet, relaxed, and refined resort. We had full access to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort next door, and went over a few times during the week. It was fun, the restaurants were amazing, and it was great to have access to that resort - but it made me especially happy we had chosen Royal Plantation. Ochi Beach seemed more like a 'Spring Break' style resort, and while it was nice to have access to that, it was also not what we wanted for our entire vacation. Of note, you have to go to 'The Rabbit Hole' (the speakeasy) at Ochi Beach to see Mama perform... what an unbelievable talent. The beaches at Royal Plantation were beautiful, the water perfect. The grounds are amazing. I'm running out of adjectives, but you get the point. Every meal we had was one of the best I've ever had. The only possible negative I can think of is that during the second half of our stay, the resort was full and it was legitimately difficult to get a beach chair. There was always somewhere to relax however, and if we really wanted the beach that day I would just go get beach chairs very early. Cleon and Daniello (Beach butlers) were great and extremely personable. On more than one occasion, Cleon chatted with us about Jamaica, his life, and the resort - and these chats were one of the highlights of our trip. If you want a relaxing and luxurious couples vacation, go here. It's expensive yes, but I honestly believe it delivered excellent value. We will be back! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Feb 7, 2016 - Erik N - Charlotte, North Carolina

We just returned home from our 2nd trip to SRP (12th total at Sandals) and we had a fantastic week. Loved it even more on the 2nd visit and we booked for next year at the Loyalty desk. The food and... Read more beauty of the property are half of why we love SRP, but the other half is the people. By people I'm referring to both the other guests and the staff. We're not the most outgoing couple, but we made numerous friends on this trip, and re-established connections with staff that we met on our first trip. The only negative is that they didn't enforce their policy about saving chairs. This didn't prevent us from enjoying our vacation, it was just an annoyance since there are so few shady spots, but Arnold assured us more seats and umbrellas will be there in a matter of weeks. We were still able to sit at the pool or the beach everyday and we had a great time on some days when Daniello and Cleon had to search for us when we changed locations (pool to beach to hot tub). It became something of a joke between us that just proved to us how much they enhanced our vacation. We had a great time discussing the restaurants with Mario, the new Restaurant Manager. We found the food to be every bit as good as last year, and he has plans to make it even better. Looking forward to seeing what he can do to over the next year. Latoya, Natalie and Orlando at Le Papillon made our dinners and the Diamond lunch fantastic. Orane, Dave an Coombs always had our Appleton 12 ready for us in the Wobbly Peacock. Karen in housekeeping did a fantastic job all week, and we never once interrupted by her. It was like she had trackers on us and knew when we were away. Marlon, Jermaine and the others in water sports/lifeguards were helpful as always. Chadworth and Audell were great butlers. It was our second year with Chadworth and it was great to see him again when we arrived. As some have indicated the rooms need updating, and we were lucky enough to be in the model for the upcoming changes. The bathroom redesign is great, and other changes are subtle and keep the Caribbean flavor of the rooms intact. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Feb 7, 2016 - womullan - Madrid, Madrid, Spain

All rooms I believe come with a butler service including a mobile phone to find the butler. Only had butler service one before in Bali - here it worked much better. Hotel room was cold even with the... Read more windows open, considering the outside temperature. Service in general in the bar areas and restaurant was average - waiters in Asia are much more attentive. Evening entertainment was not bad. Had the option of eating in the other sandals resort - that was the coldest sushi bar we ever visited- no outdoor seating inside was about 17 degrees. We go to these places for warmth ! Two beach areas were nice if a little small and very shady. Canoes and such available to guest - not great quality canoes though (only tries that). Took some dives, also from the other resort, it was very easy diving not too spectacular. I guess the wreck and cavers were interesting. Another guest told me he took a "private dive" which was to a better dive site. Clearly the included dive sites are just the average ones. Read less

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