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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 Luxury. And then some. Each hotel is carefully selected based on its unique character and quality of accommodation, cuisine & service.
  • Luxury Included®
  • All Butler Service Suites
  • Member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World
  • Exclusive and Luxurious Boutique Resort
  • All Suites with Ocean View

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, king-size bed and 24-hour room service. All suites benefit from exclusive Butler Service.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Eats and drinks

4 restaurants: 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

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

DRESS CODE: Smart casual for dinner please. Gentlemen must have collared shirts, trousers and shoes.

*Denotes local charge.

Two people in love over 18 years only.

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 (1283)
    • Very Good (207)
    • Average (65)
    • Poor (24)
    • Terrible (13)

Put this on the top of your short-list. We looked online extensively and decided with fingers crossed that Royal Plantation would be close to what is shown online. The resort greatly exceeded every...

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5 of 5 stars
Apr 25, 2015 - Charles H - East Aurora, New York

Put this on the top of your short-list. We looked online extensively and decided with fingers crossed that Royal Plantation would be close to what is shown online. The resort greatly exceeded every... Read more expectation we had in every way. Physically, the property is stunning - the pictures don't do it justice. There are many quiet places, and you seldom even pass other people when walking around. The cleanliness is absolutely top notch - from the manicured grounds to the restaurants to the pool, beaches, and of course, the suites. But what made it a 5 Star for us was the people who work there. Any one of the staff could be head of personal hospitality at any resort in the world. Always GENUINELY friendly, kind, and engaging without ever "hovering". We wish we had them all as neighbors :) If you're looking for a little more of a party atmosphere, you can walk 3 minutes or take the shuttle next door to the Grand Riviera. Party pool, swim up bar, more restaurants, and a "beach club". Nice for a little variation if you're there for a while. The beach itself if the size you see in the photos. But if there were never more than 6 people in the water at a time - and there are plenty of great lounge chairs and always beach towels supplied (we never had any problem - always lounges available on the beach, piers, and at the pool). Thank you to the incredible staff for making our stay so memorable. You are all wonderful. Respect and love. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 22, 2015 - Greta G - Kingston, Jamaica

We spent a few days at Royal Plantation to celebrate my birthday recently and we were pleasantly surprised (and more). We were greeted with champagne and cool towels on arrival (with more champagne... Read more when they learned it was my birthday. Our butler booked the best restaurant to celebrate. The food, ambience and service was second to none _ throughout our stay. All suites have a view of the beach which was stunning!!! (Picture perfect) The staff could not have been more welcoming and attentive. Our butlers (Fiona and Orayne) deserve a mention for the hot bath tubs with floating flowers and special decorations of our suite. Thank you! Also special thanks to Sonjay as our waiter, he looked after us well. Roxanne who served us drinks during the entertainment was excellent (remembering our drinks preferences). For a trainee she was very professional and helpful. Thank you to all the other staff who made our stay a truly wonderful experience (one we will always remember). We'd love to book again but hope to have our grandchild with us next year and no children allowed this site. Keep up the good work!!!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 20, 2015 - kippster1 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We recentaly visited the Royal Plantation for a 5 night stay in April, 2015. You absolutely can not go wrong by staying here. I'll break down the visit and mention what we found exceptional and... Read more worthwhile. We decided to use Club Mobay at the airport in Montego Bay. It was so helpful. We arrived on a Friday and the lines for immigration were long. The representative from Club Mobay met us as we de-planed and made sure our immigration forms were completed properly. This is important and can result in delays if not done properly! They escorted us through a private immigration and customs line which took us, literally, less than a minute! We were given the option to go to Sandals lounge or Club Mobay in the airport. We went to the Sandals lounge for a quick change before the van ride. Club Mobay is especially worthwhile when departing. I would advise you to look into it as it is a great angst reducer! We were taken by mini-van to Sandals Royal Plantation. We were the only couple on the bus and it was a very nice 90 minute ride. We picked the driver's mind for suggestions in Jamaica. You should tip these drivers as they are not Sandals employees. We were met at the resort immediately and given champagne and cold towels. We were introduced to our Butler, Hector, and escorted to our room, #161. This was an end room on the first level on the West end of the resort. I loved the location. The view was great and we also had end-unit windows (which opened) which allowed us to have two vantage points to the ocean. It doesn't matter how high you are....the views of the blue and aqua Caribbean are fantastic. The rooms are lovely. It is true that they are somewhat dated and in some need of renovation, but they are clean, decorated nicely and the French doors that open to the Caribbean are very unique and special. We had a bathroom that had a seperate whirlpool tub and shower. It still felt slightly cramped and the single vanity would be better served with more counter space. A double vanity would be even nicer! Still, the rooms and views are very comfortable and welcoming. Our butlers, Hector and Olivia, were fantastic! You contact them with a cell phone they provide. They arrange your dinner reservations and any other excurions, spa appts, snorkeling trips, etc. They are always trying their best to provide you with anything you may need to make your vacation better. Although tipping is not required, most folks we talked to do, indeed, tip their butlers at the end of the stay. We tipped 15 dollars a day, but that's up to you. The pool is very small, but uniquely situated on an upper level from the beach. Most people at this resort use the beaches, not the pool. If you're a pool person, this is probably not the resort for you. Still, the pool area has some neat tucked-away spaces to listen to music or read a book in relative privacy while still having a great view of the beach and ocean. The grounds are immaculate and very lush and tropical. Very well maintained. The two beaches are not endless, but they are very clean and the water was warm and great to hang out in. We had no problem with umbrellas, but if you head to the beach at 11 am, you'll probably be stuck without one. Even so, there are numerous other shady places to hang out in or there are plenty of lounge chairs in the sun. The beach butlers bring you drinks, water, cucumbers for your eyes and appetizers! So nice! The food...fantastic. Papillon...stellar. We're not foodies, but we're close. And we were very happy with all of our meals. Our friends are cooking freaks and they loved the food. We ventured to the Grande Riviera and tried out Kelly's Dockside on our last night. It was also excellent. The one criticism is the house wine....it is supposedly Beringer, but I didn't find any of the house wine very good. That was kind of a downer for me as I really enjoy good wine. I didn't feel that I should have to pay extra for good wine as the Royal Plantation is not cheap! Excursions and Extras. We did enjoy a couples massage in a hidden spot overlooking the ocean. It was fantastic! I'm not much of a massage guy but this was in a great location and my wife loved it. I highly recommend people go to the Blue Hole. This is not an excursion that Sandals sponsors, but your butlers will set you up with transportation if you decide to go. (about 100 bucks for a vanload). The Blue Hole is a cool, limestone, waterfall formation with several pools that you can venture into and explore. There are guides that take you around for about 10 bucks! It is not commercialized yet, but it will be as it is beautiful, exciting and great fun. You can't do it if you can't ambulate well. There are plenty of opportunities to dive or jump from various heights (5 feet to 30 feet!). Kudos to Mike, our guide, who was fantastic and helpful in deciding what was safe for us. All in all, a great vacation. We're in our early 50's and we loved the Royal Plantation. The Grande Riviera next door is a much more festive and boisterous atmosphere and we did venture over there once or twice, but it was very nice to come back. You have to take the shuttle over to the GR or wade through the knee high ocean to get there, but it's easy if you want to go. Sorry so long, but I hope this is helpful. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 19, 2015 - Lauralovestrinity

This is an amazing place. So beautiful and peaceful. All the rooms are butler suites. Kenroy our butler was so fabulous. He made out trip excellent. Had everything planned for is. He also had baths... Read more ready and decorated often! Thanks for a great honeymoon Kenroy. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 19, 2015 - Boston_BC

Royal Plantation is a very nice, upscale all-inclusive resort, with only 75 rooms so it is much more boutique than what you might picture as a Caribbean all-inclusive resort. There's not wild dance... Read more parties and beach volleyball or ice luges, so if you're looking for a hardcore party spot, you're better off at another place. However, if you are looking for gourmet-level food and an incredible beach, then Sandals Royal Plantation is a good choice. We are pretty picky about our food and find this to be very good. The French restaurant, Le Papillon, is particularly nice. Note to American travelers - they serve at a pace similar to a nice European restaurant, so be prepared for a 2-hour meal. We also really enjoy the beach and water sports. The twice-daily snorkel tour is excellent. They take you to a couple of different coral reefs that are about a half mile offshore. If you are an active person and will do a lot of water sports, you will probably prefer the East Beach because that is where the snorkel tours, Hobie Cats, paddleboards, and kayaks are. The other beach is more to just chill and/or drink heavily because the bar is right there. The golf course is a legitimate course that most golfers will enjoy. My wife and I are are 14 and 20 handicappers, respectively, and we found the course to be nice and very playable. We played 3 separate days. If you plan to play multiple days, you can pay in advance. For example, we paid $105 each for 3 days of golf carts & caddie. Then we tipped the caddie $40 each day. Still way cheaper than paying for a championship course in the Caribbean. The gym is a bit outdated but if you want to grab a quick half hour on a treadmill and/or do a bit of lifting, it's not bad. The RP staff told us they plan to update it in the next year. That will be good. My wife really enjoyed the free yoga classes down on the doc, taught by a really cool Rastafarian guy. One of the nice perks of RP is that you can venture over to the Grande Riviera next door to use their giant pools (with swim up bars) and restaurants. We thought the restaurants at RP are much better than those at GR but it's good for a change of pace. We had a good experience at the Manor restaurant one night and then tried it again on a Saturday night and it wasn't as good (kind of a zoo that night). The new speakeasy bar called "The RabbitHole" is very cool. Read less

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