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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

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*).


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 of

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 (1172)
    • Very Good (182)
    • Average (57)
    • Poor (24)
    • Terrible (13)

Having just returned from SRP, it has taken a few minutes for us to gather our review. The main reason is that we will not be able to voice a good enough review to explain how we feel. So, first of...

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5 of 5 stars
Dec 20, 2014 - spidrman - indiana

Having just returned from SRP, it has taken a few minutes for us to gather our review. The main reason is that we will not be able to voice a good enough review to explain how we feel. So, first of... Read more all, the weather did not cooperate, we had four days of torrential down pours. BUT the staff surely made up for the rain. We played games, ate, drank, hung out on the terraces, ate, watched the rain wash away all the worries of our jobs, ate, visited with the staff, oh, did I mention ATE? The wait staff was friendly and very in tune to what needs we didn't know we needed. Speaking of eating... this is the BEST food we've had, anywhere. Period. If there's nothing on the menu you'd like, ask the wait staff, they'll make what you want. "Sure no problem, mon" The grounds were spectacular. Considering the rain did not stop, they kept it clean and trimmed to perfection. The Christmas lights were beautiful. The spa staff were wonderful. I still feel great from the deep tissue massage. They did not try to upsell anything. The beaches are small as others have stated, but by no means crowded. The sand is the sand is so soft, you'd think you are walking on clouds.The two days of sunshine we did have, didn't feel like someone was always waiting for a spot on the beach. The only downer was the butler situation. They were more like a personal concierge. Which in our case, was fine with us. We are pretty easy to deal with. Especially in such a beautiful setting. We celebrated our wedding anniversary, and the butlers knew of it. There was not one gesture to congratulate us. Except for the butler to call, after our anniversary dinner to apologize that they couldn't make it to escort us to dinner. The most impressive item that will possibly bring us back is the amount of returning guests. Everyday we would hear 'welcome back' or 'see you next year' or 'see you in six months...'. Many of the guests we spoke with stated this is their third time back. And in one case, SINCE 1986!!!! Impressive. Yes, the rooms need updated. But by no means dirty or falling apart. The cleaning staff does a fantastic job keeping things in order. Overall, the whole resort is so beautiful and mature, there's absolutely no reason to complain. Our driver from the airport was available one afternoon for a tour of the area. He showed us some great local landmarks. Explained the importance of Marcus Garvey, and even showed us the school he attended. Worth spending the afternoon with him. Overall, we would like to return. Ya, mon. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 17, 2014 - Colin D - Bristol, United Kingdom

In 2013 I reviewed this hotel and gave it a poor rating. I am so glad it has regained its excellent status. No issues with transfers or events this year. We stayed in September 2014. Everything from... Read more the moment we arrived until we left was amazing. The food, the service, the entertainment were all superb. The butlers Shelley and Jermaine were again superb. The beach guys Adrian and Cleon were their usual fantastic selves. The entertainment was again superb. The shows are the same but the after show entertainment "flexes" with the wishes of the guests and O'Shane and Jason are stars, accompanied by Andre the amazing musician. All the staff were amazingly friendly, and I mean everyone, and Louis the new Manager really has a friendly atmosphere going. Everyone goes out of their way to help you and nothing is too much. We have booked to go back next year already. Can't recommend this little place in paradise enough. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 17, 2014 - Pittsburghgal32 - Pittsburgh

Went here on our honeymoon. Upon arrival we were greeted by our butler who got us a drink at the bar and showed us around the resort. The grounds are beautiful and every restaurant on property was... Read more magnificent! The staff treated us like family! Our bugler was Jermaine and he was the best butler on the property! My husband and will continue to vacation here for many years! Best resort in the Sandals chain! No desire to go anywhere else!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2014 - travelgirl263 - Toronto, Canada

This was my first visit to this iconic hotel. We were greeted by the lovely Maralisa and her fellow staff at the front desk. Our butlers were so fast with any thing that we asked for. Thanks to... Read more Audell and Tafari. The restaurant staff were so friendly and welcoming with big smiles. Thanks to Sonjay for bringing us jerk chicken from the grill daily. He would run up the stairs as we loved sitting on the upper outdoor restaurant. Nekeisha and the other lovely staff who waited on us constantly every morning. Have the One love mixed fruit drink. Every night the menu changed , the food is the best in Jamaica. The french restaurant had lobster and sea bass served with a ratatouille. Just melted in your mouth!. You must try the black forest cake made with coconut cream filling- You've died and gone to heaven. If you want the excitement of a huge resort and triple the restaurants, take the shuttle to the Sandals grande riviera next door. there you have the beach club with the outdoor neptune rest. Soy, Valentinos Italian . Okay I will just say that I may have gained about 10 pounds. Luckily the Manor had a nice gym! We had a few days of rain, sitting on the terrace and just catching up on reading was actually a joy. that beautiful tropical rain was quite soothing. Make sure you have the afternoon tea, as the selection is quite nice, sandwiches and cakes were again too good. We will be back. Thank you again to the wonderful staff! You will be missed. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Dec 15, 2014 - ksgeezer - Topeka, Kansas

This is unquestionably the nicest Sandals resort we have visited! Unfortunately, like the other Sandals properties we have used (Royal Caribbean, Whitehouse, Halcyon Beach, and both sides of Grande... Read more Riviera) it needs to be updated. In our opinion, Sandals should spend money to update the physical plant of their existing properties instead of buying or remodeling new resorts. Their resorts are nice, but they are not as luxurious as other all inclusive resorts we have visited. That said, the staff and the food at this resort are second to none! While all of the staff provided great service, we were especially lucky to have Marlene for our housekeeper, Donard and Chase for our butlers, and Sonjay and Dowarge for servers. We also received outstanding service from Dacia (the loyalty manager) and Marlisa (the front desk manager). Marlisa remembered us from a tour she provided in April, and she treated us like family. Dacia corrected a problem that prevented us from receiving our Gold Sandals at the Sandals Select dinner, and she arranged a very nice surprise presentation for us. Sandals is very lucky to have these outstanding employees!! While we have enjoyed better food at other all inclusive resorts and at restaurants in the US, the food at this resort was much better than other Sandals resorts. (My waistline definitely suffered because of it.) We found the food to be consistently good without regard to the restaurant we used or the time of day we ate. Our only complaint is that it sometimes took a long time to be seated at the Terrace restaurant. We did have a few minor quibbles. We had ants in our room and a broken sliding door. The facilities at this resort are limited so if the weather does not cooperate, you do not have many options. Also, if you dive you need to arrange for transportation to and from the Grande Riviera which is not as convenient as staying at a resort with a dive center. We plan to visit the special Sandals employees I mentioned above when we return to Jamaica in March. They are people we will never forget. However, the current pricing structure makes another visit less attractive. Read less

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