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  • 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

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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*.

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

Room Upgrade

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. Internet access*.

Additional information

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:
    • 4.5 based on 1117 reviews Location
    • 4.5 based on 1184 reviews Rooms
    • 5 based on 1237 reviews Service
    • 4.5 based on 1209 reviews Value
    • 5 based on 1219 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1115)
    • Very Good (170)
    • Average (54)
    • Poor (24)
    • Terrible (13)

The best Sandals resort I've been to. Nice small size and all the restaurants are great. All staff very friendly, especially the bar staff and beach butlers. Try the lobster and BLT sandwiches with...

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5 of 5 stars
Sep 1, 2014 - John T - Norwich, United Kingdom

The best Sandals resort I've been to. Nice small size and all the restaurants are great. All staff very friendly, especially the bar staff and beach butlers. Try the lobster and BLT sandwiches with... Read more fries for lunch on your sun-bed. If you're not sure what drink to have the beach butler will get you one to match your swimsuit! Went for one evening to adjoining Sandals resort. Much too big, noisy and boisterous for my liking (glad to get back to the tranquility of Plantation) and didn't go again save for late afternoon strolls along the beach to their sports bar. Only negative (and that didn't affect my overall rating) very long transfer from airport with no break (apparently driver 'conveniently' forgot to say we could ask to stop for a break!). I'll just ask next time as my wife is not a great traveller and it was dark there was little to fill the long journey. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 29, 2014 - meghan m - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

My husband and I usually go to Mexico for our vacations but wanted to try something different this year. I have to say it was the best decision we made and Sandals Royal plantation was the perfect... Read more resort for us. We are a young couple (early 30s) and just had a baby so we were looking for a relaxing getaway to do absolutely nothing and this was perfect. Everything was taken care of, the rooms were perfect, the resort was beautiful and elegant. Some reviews state that it is "dated" but really they are just going with a british colonial decor that fit with the feel they were going for. Food: they have a french restaurant, the royal grille and the terrace restaurant. all except the terrace restaurant require reservations (just ask your butler) and have dress codes. The food is OK, satisfying and the deserts were great. Can't say I would return just for the food but it definitely wouldn't deter me from going. Overall we were pleased. We did go to the resort next door for sushi and were disappointed. Tea time was delightful and something to look forward too, especially since it rained a couple days we were there. Drinks/Service: superb. have to say the poolside service was a little slow but we pretty much had everything we wanted. Everyone honestly seems happy to be at work. We didn't use the butler service other than to make reservations and to ask a few questions here and there but they were very nice and helpful. definitely deserved the tip we left Room: we got a room with a veranda which i would highly recommend. we spent a lot of time there and even had breakfast on the veranda which was lovely. Entertainment: like I said we were a relatively young couple so I can't say the entertainment was for a "party" atmosphere but was still nice, live music/dancing, etc. If you wanted to party you could head the resort next door. Free wi-fi available but slow, if you pay a little extra its much faster which we wanted since we skyped with our baby at home. This was hands down one of the most incredible, luxurious, relaxing vacations we have ever been on. I can't wait to go back Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 29, 2014 - Casey W - Louisville, Kentucky

My new wife and I were looking for a place to go to in the Caribbean for our honeymoon. We reviewed countless places for several months and finally decided on the Sandals Royal Plantation and... Read more traveled there 8/17/14 - 8/24/14. I'll try and review this place accurately and address some of the issues of others on here who rated this place negatively. Our Experience: The ride from the airport takes around 1.5 hours and when you get there make sure to roll your bags to the bus/car as the "red hats" there (not part of Sandals) will grab them and harass you for a tip for walking 10ft to the car/bus. Arriving at the Royal we were greeted with a fresh cold towel as it was hotter than Hades there that day. We had two butlers Jermaine and Shelly (we recommend both). Both of these butlers went above and beyond and explained everything to us, gave a tour, and were always checking in on us. Jermaine called twice in one day when he didn't see us just to make sure we were ok and if we needed anything at all. They even packed us a lunch for one of our outside the resort excursions that the other guests not from the resort didn't get and had to pay for their own lunch on the side of the road. The "smokers" beach did contain smokers but it's outside on a windy beach so you won't even be bothered by it. The beach staff always kept it cleaned and routinely asked you how you were and talked to you, they were incredibly friendly and nice. The free water sports (snorkeling, catamaran, paddle boarding, kayaking, and glass bottom boats are a must). We never felt unsafe ever during these events. There is also a lot of honey bees in Jamaica that I was unaware of and even worse is I'm pretty allergic to them. I unfortunately stepped on one but being from the country and knowing to take the stinger out quick wasn't a problem and the staff there was there within a minute to take care of it with some first aid which stopped the sting feeling and gave me some drinks (which always helps). So again they are quick to keep you safe and make sure you're having a great time. The food there was amazing especially at the French restaurant. We also ate at the Grande Riviera next door which you get full access to. We only enjoyed the sushi place as the other restaurants were just ok but please keep in mind that there were a ton of younger people there who enjoyed to party. Keep this in perspective though it wasn't a drunken frat party but more partying in comparison to the Royal and is worth your time to at least visit. The rooms were always kept clean and the special touches by the butlers were amazing each day. We both enjoyed coming back from dinner to have the room cleaned and have some romantic music playing on the radio. Now to my issues with others on here who have complained in an organized list :) 1.) The pool - many complain it's really small. It's adequate for a 70 room resort and was never ever packed. They also have a two tiered hot tub which was also really nice! If you want a legal olympic size pool go to a different resort, you're there for the sights, sounds, and the beach not a pool. 2.) Poor butler service / poor overall service - I read a couple of complaints about how people wanted their butler to come and escort them from their room to where ever and other crazy demands. Here's a tip....the average yearly national income in Jamaica is $7,500. Your trip is close to a full years salary for these people. If you treat them like humans and get to know them on a human/personal level you will be treated like gold. I can't tell you the numerous "old rich snobs" there demanding they be treated like Gods by their butlers and the staff. We got to know the staff including our butlers and 9 times out of 10 we got better service than these people making lavish demands. Treat the staff there like an equal and get to know them and they will treat you like absolute gold! Treat them like you're better than them and you'll get terrible service....and rightfully so. 3.) General manager not present - We saw the General Manager 3 times. Twice at little get togethers around dinner time there and one time during the day walking around with his staff. All three times he stopped to talk to us to make sure we were ok and if there was anything we needed or anything that he could have been doing better. He was incredibly nice and friendly. Again this goes back to the "rich snob" mentality, if you don't see him that's probably because he's running a multi million dollar operation, he's not there to service you so grow up a little. 4.) Immediate room upgrades upon arrival - If you get a room upgrade that's because they have room or feel like you deserve one. You paid for a certain level of room if they don't give you an immediate upgrade don't complain because you have the entitlement mentality. That's no different than buying a '85 honda and complaining they didn't switch it out for a new BMW. Again, you pay for a room expect to get that room and not to be treated like some God when you arrive with all these incredible free upgrades. Outside excursions through the Island Routes are highly recommended. Both of us enjoyed the sunset cruise, mystic mountain, Dunn's River. In terms of tipping and the confusion there within, you can tip your butler and/or spa employees that's it for Sandals. The Island Routes people you can tip too (bus drivers, people working at these locations, boat drivers, etc.). It's not mandatory but when a bus driver drives an hour each way and waits over an hour I mean come on the guy deserves something. Overall we would go back in a heart beat. Just keep your expectations within line. If you go into knowing you'll have a great time with only minor issues it'll be a blast. If you're expecting Sandals to stop all operations and fly you in on their private jet because you booked a room and demand absolute perfection then please don't go. We already looked at booking for 2015 but our trip increased $2K over the previous booking. So we will go back it just may be longer to save up. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 26, 2014 - belwil - Dallas, Texas

We recently spent July 23-August 2 at RP-our fourth visit! We absolutely love this resort! I will hit the Pros and Cons of this visit. Cons-Our check-in process did not impress us. After receiving... Read more our welcome drink and fresh towel, we sat for about 10 seconds before being direct to STANDING IN LINE at the front desk to check in. Neither our previous 3 trips at RP or our trip to Emerald Bay included standing in a line to check in. We are accustomed to having the check-in process being done while we are seated and relaxed after a long trip instead of standing in a line behind others. Not a good first impression. Also, if you are entitled to a 10% discount for being a fireman/woman or military individual----be sure to bring your proper identification EVEN if you have shown it before on previous visits, given it to your travel agent, etc. Just bring it again! The Returning Guest Dinner was very lack luster. The GM was not there and we especially wanted to meet him after our relationship with Peter Frazier. (In fact the several times we asked about him, we were told he was "off-property"). During the dinner, there was also no mention of the Foundation or relationship with the Mansfield School. We have supported and visited this school on several occasions and had hoped to hear about them at the dinner. Pros-Food at RP has always been good but it was EXCEPTIONAL this time. Cudos to the Chef and the new Food and Beverage Director!! As something different to do, we traveled next door and ate at China Doll and Kokomos. We enjoyed the experience but food was so much better at RP. Last but not least-we so appreciated our butlers Chase and Donard. They made our trip fabulous and helped us celebrate our 25th anniversary!!! They are the best!!!!!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Aug 24, 2014 - CDennis_12 - Kingston, Jamaica

My wife and I spent a lovely week at this hotel from 3-10 August. We were celebrating nothing in particular - just being alive, happy and still in love. It was a wonderful experience, perhaps the... Read more best of our several previous stays there. The small property is beautiful and easy to navigate (despite the challenging irregular steps down to the beach) and we found the staff readily attentive to our every need, but never obtrusive. The butler system worked particularly well for us and our team of Fiona and Sean was simply superb. The food was, as usual, great and we enjoyed the added bonus of a wonderful evening out at Valentino's, the Italian restaurant at the Sandals Grand Riviera resort next door. For us, the only downside of the stay was the evening entertainment, which was barely better than average. I know that this resort caters to an older - perhaps even more sedate - crowd, but Jamaica has an abundance of talented entertainers and I'm sure that with some more effort a more varied offering could be assembled, even for the older folk! But overall, it was great and we'll certainly be back. Read less

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