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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.

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, 27" 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 over the beach and exclusive Butler Service.

Great House Oceanfront 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, bedroom, Roman Spa tub with whirlpool, wall-to-wall French windows, 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 patio 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 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom villas 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, including The Wobbly Peacock Pub and the Royal Café. 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 and 2 outdoor whirlpools. Red Lane® Spa*. Pool table, board games, day and night tennis (2 courts), tennis pro available. Aquatrikes, glass-bottom boat, kayaks, windsurfing, sail boats, 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

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

3 nights except for 03 Jan '13-20 Dec '13 when it is 2.

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Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

  • What to Expect:
    • 4.5 based on 1029 reviews Location
    • 4.5 based on 1098 reviews Rooms
    • 5 based on 1129 reviews Service
    • 4.5 based on 1126 reviews Value
    • 5 based on 1129 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1026)
    • Very Good (153)
    • Average (50)
    • Poor (24)
    • Terrible (13)

This was our third vacation at Sandals Royal Plantation and it keeps getting better each time we go there. We were assigned two great butlers, Tafari and Audell. These two really made our stay...

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5 of 5 stars
Apr 17, 2014 - nicaribbean - Shediac, Canada

This was our third vacation at Sandals Royal Plantation and it keeps getting better each time we go there. We were assigned two great butlers, Tafari and Audell. These two really made our stay... Read more special. Many of the staff remembered us from our previous stay and that made us feel good. The staff here really go above and beyond to make sure that your vacation is perfect. The food, drinks and service is top notch. Our favorite is le Papillon and we could dine there every night. Every night we would go to the Wobbly Peacock pub for a few drinks and the bartenders were great....entertaining and efficient. Andre, Junior, Odene, Akeem and Richard...you guys rock the bar! Jason and O'shane are the entertainers and do an excellent job! A special shout out to Adrian and Cleon, the beach butlers that kept our glasses flowing during the day! Another special person is Kevin at the beach...he is so sweet! Natalia is small but mighty! She has a great sense of humor and sang all the time! Lincoln and Kelly-Ann are so nice...glad we got a chance to know them better! Seantastic is now a butler and is doing a fabulous job. He is such a great guy! The resort is small, intimate and quiet. It seems to attract an older crowd but with a few young ones in the mix. This resort is the place where I relax the most of every place I've ever been. It has an old world charm that I love! It's my favorite place in the Caribbean! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 17, 2014 - Teliviel - Cork, Ireland

I can't believe it's taken me so long to write this review. We were at the resort in December 2013 for our honeymoon, and we're still afflicted by major post holiday blues! Were to... Read more begin.... THE PROPERTY: The pictures on the Sandals website tell you the whole story. The grounds are perfectly manicured, the rooms are just as lovely as they look on the photographs. If you think the beach is too small from the pictures, it's probably going to be too small in person. The beach is the "worst" thing about the resort, as it doesn't allow for very long walks. It is however wonderfully maintained, clean and, of course, there's the ocean. Note: the east beach is the beach where smoking is allowed. We are not smokers, but we spent most of the week at the east beach because it was quieter. The resort does NOT cater to the party crowd: if, however, you are interested in partying but also want to partake of of exclusivity of the resort, you can use the shuttle bus to Grande Riviera (about 5 minutes). I can't review the entertainment there as I am not a party person, but I thought I put this in considering the amount of people that complained about the "old" vibe of the resort. I'm in my early 30s and I was perfectly happy to laze in the sun with a book and a drink, so it depends on people's definition of "old". THE ROOM: after much debating, my husband and I picked the lowest category room. I was very happy with it as it met my expectations in every way. You don't "need" the better room: these are all suites. If you can splurge, by all means, get one of the rooms with the terrace, they looked wonderful. We were in one of the rooms closest to the common areas, but there wasn't much noise after 10pm. THE BUTLERS: Our butlers were Chad and Ashworth. To say they were wonderful is an absolute approximation and it doesn't do these professionals any justice. We were treated like royalty from start to finish. They tried to anticipate our every need and never fell short of expectations. From the baths and the snacks, to the homemade cold remedy (yep, I had a cold in the Caribbean...lucky me!) and the pizza and wine on the beach, they upgraded our holiday from wonderful to amazing. FOOD: The food is incredible. That's all you really need to know. They will cater to any and all your needs. Try to visit the sister property as well, the food quality doesn't seem to drop. Don't worry about "all inclusive quality" food. This is another level. Think 5 star dining on tap. Enjoy the french fine dining, the buffets, the incredibly delicious breakfast, and don't leave before having tried a coconut shrimp! EXTRAS: Our friends and family purchased us wedding gifts on the Sandals gift registries, so we had credit for extras. This is how we used them: SPA: very, very good spa. If only they didn't push for sales of products so much...put me off a bit. CANDLELIGHT DINNER: a wonderful experience. We dined on the pier, served by a wonderfully polite and funny gentleman whose name I forgot. The 5 course menu was chosen by us from the sample menu our butlers gave us, and everything was 5 star. If you have something to celebrate with a loved one, do this: you will remember it for a lifetime. PICNIC AT MAHOE: This was incredible. A guided, private tour of the wonderful tropical gardens, and a luxury picnic served to us on a clifftop area, white cloth table and all. Magical. NEGATIVES: Few and far between. - Some mix-ups with restaurant reservations prevented us from trying two of the restaurants we set out to dine at. I blame this on poor communication between resorts and changing closing schedules for restaurants. We gave our butlers a list of the restaurants we wanted to try as soon as we arrived at the resort, and we expected our reservations to go through as planned. Our butlers couldn't have been more apologetic and it definitely didn't ruin our holiday, but this caliber of resort needs to plan better for such things. -The Afternoon tea could be much, much improved. More tea choices would be a start, and more pastries/sandwiches as well. -The pool is very small, which is a shame when the beach is also quite small. Please note that I am 100% nit-picking here, and I am doing it considering the price category and the fact that you're expecting a perfect, 100% hassle free holiday. I can't wait to go back to Sandals, and I think Royal Plantation spoiled me for life regarding butler service. But I don't think that's a negative:) Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 15, 2014 - Svenicus - Kingston, Canada

My wife and I booked a week at the Royal Plantation for our honeymoon after researching several all-inclusive options in the Carribean, both Sandals-branded and non-Sandals. The Royal Plantation... Read more came up repeatedly in our searches for the best all-inclusives in the Caribbean, and we can now see why! From the moment we stepped foot past customs at Montego Bay's airport, we were taken care of every step of the way. Our room was exactly what we expected with a beautiful view of the water. Our butlers were incredibly helpful and always looking for ways to make our vacation memorable. The biggest thing for us though was the quality of the food we had. Every meal was delicious and expertly prepared (especially the fish - they know how to cook it properly!!!). The resort itself was smaller and fairly quiet most of time (which is what we were looking for). If you're looking for a more party atmosphere, check out the other Sandals next door. We had access to the bigger one for other dining options. The ages of the guests ranged from couples in their late 20's to 70's. We were VERY pleased with our stay at the Royal Plantation and can't wait to go back! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 14, 2014 - sallygoes2mx - toronto

This was our second stay at Sandals Royal Plantation, and definitely not our last!! We love this resort because of its personal feel and love the fact that the staff treats you like family. Many... Read more of the staff even remembered us from our last stay even though it was 2 years ago. Every single staff member is friendly and they really seem to enjoy their jobs and want to make sure you are happy. Special shout outs to Romaine, Shanneil, Richard and Alieka, Their service goes above the call of duty and made our vacation extra fun. They are valuable assets to the resort. Also thanks to the beach staff and especially Chad for making sure we were comfortable on the beach each day. He even taught my husband the proper method of putting the towel on the lounger, although never as good as he did it! We like the small size of the resort with only just over 70 rooms you can expect more personal service than you get at larger resorts and also a much quieter atmosphere. Our butlers Marvin and Orayne were fabulous, checking on us several times a day to make sure we had everything we needed. Without us asking they even arranged for us to have a nice upgrade to a balcony suite during our second week. We loved the balcony room, but even though we normally prefer a balcony I find the French balcony is fine for us. Every room has an ocean view regardless of room category and for us that is the most important part. Last visit we had Jermaine as our butler, and even though he was not our butler this time, he always went out of his way to say Hi and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We had several opportunities to meet Caroline, the interim gm of the resort, and she was very personable and genuinely concerned that your vacation is outstanding. . Beach service was as usual fantastic, Cleon and Adrian do a great job of making sure you always have a drink in hand plus they are tons of fun!!! Food was excellent, never a bad meal. If you want something that is not on the menu just ask, we saw lots of people doing that and it was never a problem. Because we were there for 2 weeks we did go to SGR for a couple of meals. One at Kelly's Dockside and one at Neptunes on the beach. If you are only there for a week I would not recommend going there because although we liked both meals at SGR the food is so much better at SRP. If you do venture over, your butlers will take you over and set you up at a table and get your first drink. When you are ready to come back just use your butler phone and the shuttle will come for you. Drinks were great, if they don't have something you like just ask, chances are the next day it will be there. We enjoyed the entertainment each night, especially Roja. OShayne and Jason, the entertainment hosts, always get the party going. The entertainment finishes at 10pm, which works for us because we are usually tired at the end of day. During the day there is activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. You can also do the glass bottom boat or have one of the guys take you on the Hobie Cats, or even take one on your own. The butlers can also arrange off site tours if you wish. The grounds are beautiful and lush. The staff does an exceptional job of keeping everything clean. While we were there no one had any problem getting a place on the beach at any time of day and the beach staff kept the beach clean and raked all day. In conclusion, if you like a nice quiet vacation with emphasis on good food and exceptional service you can`t not go wrong with this resort. If you like swim ups, a party atmosphere and non stop activities this resort might not work for you. I met many people that have been back many, many times and I know my husband and I will be. Can`t wait till next year!!! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Apr 13, 2014 - klhoek - Nashville, Tennessee

We just returned from a 3/29-4/5/2014 trip to Sandals Royal Plantation. It was our first trip to this particular Sandals resort (7th Sandals trip overall). I had been following the reviews for this... Read more resort for a while, and I jumped at the chance to go when Sandals was running the triple-point SSG bonus back last fall. We booked this trip with our regular travel agent at Dream Makers Vacation services (Michael McHugh). First things first… This resort is definitely not a “typical” Sandals resort. It is quite small—only 74 rooms. Because of its compact size, some of the on-site amenities aren’t as extensive as they are at other Sandals resorts. The beaches are very small and not connected, and the pool only had room for ~12 loungers with no swim-up bar. We knew this going in, so it wasn’t a problem or unexpected. We just claimed 2 loungers on the West beach pier and spent our days at the beach instead of the pool. We did, however, miss taking long walks on the beach, and that would be the one “negative” that we experienced on this trip. That said, what this resort lacked in size, it more than made up for in the quantity and quality of service. The employees here are the heart and soul of the operation, and it shows. The attention we received from everyone (hotel manager, butlers, restaurant workers and bartenders, beach butlers) far exceeded anything we’ve previously experienced at any other Sandals resort and is just one other feature that makes this resort very unique. Demographics Because of the nature of this resort (smaller property, not as much action, higher service level—and thus, higher price), the guests at this resort seemed a bit more mature than other Sandals properties that we have visited. I am 40, my husband 41, and we were definitely some of the youngest people at Royal Plantation. I’d say the average age of the guests when we were there was late 40s to mid-60s. It wasn’t a problem for us, as everyone was so nice and we had fun socializing with several couples at different stages in life from us. But, just a warning: As a young 20-something couple, this might not be the place for you unless you are looking for ultimate quiet and relaxation and don’t mind hanging with a little older crowd. Room We upgraded to a Verandah suite after our initial booking when one became available for the week we were scheduled to be there. We were very glad that we opted for the larger room, because it gave us an addition living space in which to hang out. The verandah itself was fabulous—2 loungers, 2 chairs and a small table, the dining table and the mini bar. Very spacious and multi-purpose. We used the verandah every day for a variety of activities: We had snacks, several room service breakfasts, and dinner one night on the balcony; We sat outside every afternoon reading or playing games, just enjoying the warm Caribbean air; Our room was on the 2nd floor (terrace level), so we also enjoyed hanging out on the verandah in the evenings to watch/listen to the evening entertainment in comfort rather than staying dressed up. Totally satisfied with this room, and I would definitely book it again. Grounds Despite the compact size of the resort, the grounds were beautiful and lush and quite striking. The foliage was quite mature and helped the buildings to blend into the setting. The pool deck and terrace areas felt like they were suspended on a cliff overlooking the beautiful ocean. The beaches and pool were quite small, but perfectly in proportion to the resort. We just wish the 2 beaches had been connected by a sandy beach for better walks. Dining I am typically hesitant to book resorts with limited dining options, but it was definitely not a problem here. Every meal we had was great. The breakfast and lunch buffets at the Terrace were limited (with only 150 guests, there’s no need for a large offering), but satisfactory. There were also menus from which we could order a la carte. Hubs ordered the French Toast all but one morning, while I tended to stick to the buffet and the egg station. We never ordered off the lunch menu at the Terrace. The Royal Grill offered seaside dining off a menu for lunch/afternoon snacks every day and dinner on 5 nights (it was closed the night of the returning guest dinner (Tuesday) and Jamaica night (Friday)). Food there was great. We typically ate fish for lunch, with a salad or some coconut shrimp (some of the biggest I’ve ever seen), and we had the surf and turf for dinner twice (once with lobster, the other time with shrimp). This was the first time in a Caribbean resort where a filet actually looked like a filet—a thicker cut of meat that was tender and cooked perfectly. Le Papillon is the gourmet French restaurant, and we were pleased with both meals we ate there as well. Great service, wonderful atmosphere (plus air conditioning inside!). Be sure to get the warm chocolate pudding, which is really like a chocolate lava cake. Yum! And, if you request an outside table at Le Pap for Jamaica night, you can watch the entertainment from your table. We ate once at the Terrace restaurant, which was also good. We attended the returning guest dinner, which we always enjoy as a way to meet other people. Food was great, and we had the opportunity to sit with the hotel manager, Caroline, who is truly a wonderful person. We ventured next door to SGR for dinner one night at Kelly’s Dockside. The atmosphere and ambiance was great, but food was marginal and my husband commented that the servers there weren’t as friendly as the staff at SRP. We made it to the Peacock (Pub) for afternoon snacks on 2 days, but didn’t eat an official meal there. Butlers Our two butlers, Tafari and Audell, were outstanding. We’ve had butler service at 2 other Sandals resorts, but these guys really went above and beyond anything we’ve experienced in the past. Now… I wouldn’t really consider us to be “butler people”, in that we’re pretty independent when travelling, so they checked in on us far more than we initiated contact with them. In that regard, they tracked us down each day to check in on us (often times, on multiple occasions every day), brought snacks to the room on 2 afternoons, left treats for us, and drew baths for us on multiple days (both in the afternoon and in the evening). We also opted for in-room dining from the Royal Grille on one night when I wasn’t feeling well, and Audell made the evening perfect for us. We truly felt pampered by our room butlers on this trip. There are also the 2 beach butlers, Adrian and Cleon, who deserve a mention. If the staff is the heart of the resort, these guys are the heart of the beach. They were always smiling and joking around, and checked on the beach every 20-30 minutes (on the West beach, at least. We never made it to the East beach), and up at the pool at least 2x an hour. They were on the beach from 10am to 6pm every day. Spa We visited the spa twice on this trip. Hubs wanted to spend a bit of time out of the sun, so we took advantage of our 2 free 30min massages (one through our booking and one from our SSG benefits) by combining them into a 1hr couples massage on one day, then coming back on another day for additional services. I had a wrap, hubs had a men’s facial. Both services were nice, although a bit pricey (almost 2x what we would have paid for a similar service at home). But hey… it was vacation! Even problems weren’t an issue on this trip… We did have a few maintenance issues in our bathroom during our stay, although on a Caribbean vacation this isn’t entirely unexpected (and none of the issues would have ruined our trip in any way had they not been immediately addressed). Unlike our last Sandals experience, where service was completely absent, when we informed the front desk of our problems (leak in the ceiling, problem with bathroom A/C), the issues were dealt with in a timely fashion, and management checked in with us afterward to make sure everything had been resolved. We even received a beautiful flower arrangement in apology. They offered to compensate us in other ways as well, but we declined. Overall, this was a wonderful, relaxing get away for us. The resort met or exceeded every one of our expectations. The only negative for us was the small size of the beaches (no long beach walks), but again, we knew that going in, so won't hold that against the resort. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic, upscale, service-focused, boutique resort, this might be the place for you! Read less

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