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  • Luxury Included®
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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 1118 reviews Location
    • 4.5 based on 1187 reviews Rooms
    • 5 based on 1241 reviews Service
    • 4.5 based on 1210 reviews Value
    • 5 based on 1220 reviews Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1120)
    • Very Good (171)
    • Average (54)
    • Poor (24)
    • Terrible (13)

We just got back from SRP about 2 weeks ago. It was our second trip there, we also went last August and fell in love with the place. I have been to a few other Beaches and another Sandals along with...

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5 of 5 stars
Sep 12, 2014 - MrsGoglia -

We just got back from SRP about 2 weeks ago. It was our second trip there, we also went last August and fell in love with the place. I have been to a few other Beaches and another Sandals along with... Read more Jewel Dunns River, and The Enchanted Garden in Ocho when it was opened. Without a doubt SRP is the best. We loved Richard and Sheldon and requested them again this year. It was nice going back and seeing them again, it was like no time had past. This trip was a little bit different then last year seeing that we already had a feel for the grounds. The food was great just like last time and the weather was perfect. We only had a little rain on our last morning on our drive back to the airport.Dowarge who does the afternoon tea and Le Papillon at night really made our stay. He was such a wonderful person. He just really enjoys life and having conversations with him makes you feel like he truly is interested in what your talking about. We looked forward to seeing him daily and were sad to say goodbye. We did venture next door for a morning swim and lunch but it's honestly too busy for us. It was nice to get back to SRP. There were a lot of familiar faces from last year and a few new ones. We had read that Mark Starkey was no longer at RP, so we expected to see different management. Mark seemed to be always around last year, always checking in to see how everyone was doing. We saw Mr. Grant a few times during the week and he seemed very nice and approachable. We checked in on a Sunday, and on Monday while we were swimming, Richard flagged us in and asked if we were interested in an upgrade to which we were very excited. We have never been offered one in the past, so that was a very nice surprise. I had read on Trip Advisor recently that someone was upset that they didn't receive an upgrade because it was Sandals policy to always give one. We book where we feel comfortable spending money for that vacation. It was completely unexpected but definitely appreciated. One of the things we had noticed from last year was the amount of peacock poop everywhere. We had to watch our steps a lot. It definitely didn't ruin out vacation at all, but I couldn't remember noticing it at all last year. If you get a chance to have a manicure ask for Nneka she was fantastic. It was one of the best manicures I have gotten in Jamaica and at home. Also if anyone is interested in walking around the grounds to take a little walk and get info on plants and flowers native to Jamaica plan on doing the nature walk. We did it at 7am on Wednesday with Daniel. He was very nice and very informative about all the plants and flowers. We really enjoyed it. Plus he does sing a few songs which I really liked :) It was so nice to go back and we can't wait to get back there again. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 12, 2014 - Keri M -

Our travel agent, Nanda Van Zwam, from Beach Bum Vacation, ensured my husband and I that this was the perfect spot to spend our honeymoon. We'd discussed so many other options in search of ensuring... Read more we would have the perfect honeymoon. We stayed at the Sandals Royal Plantation in mid-July, 2014. Everything was amazing! Our transportation from the airport to the resort was great - not crowded- and it was an opportunity to view the scenery during the 1 1/2 hour drive. We were greeted with champagne and lounging, as we waited for our butler to escort us to our room. Our room and beach butlers (especially Shelley and Jermaine), were extremely attentive and available to ensure every need and want we had were met. The property itself is beautiful, with peacocks roaming throughout. Our accommodations were exquisite and the cuisine was delicious. The breakfast service was a delight to begin our day (Darian's -one of the servers- attentiveness, and high-spirited demeanor- was an absolute joy). Another great aspect was that we had access to the surrounding Sandals resorts. This was a big plus because although the Royal Plantation was very romantic, quaint and tranquil, there are only three restaurants, and a limited number of actiives to engage in throughout the day. Having access to the activities and restaurants at the larger resort next door from the Royal Plantation filled in the gap for when we were looking for something else to do during the day or late in the evening. We also took the opportunity to travel into town to shop and take various tours throughout the parishes. All in all, we really thank and appreciate Nanda from Beach Bum vacation for her help, support, courtesy, and service, all resulting with us having the perfect honeymoon! We are looking forward to working with her so we can come back again. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 11, 2014 - MVThomas - Orlando, Florida

We stayed at Sandals Royal Plantation from September 4 - 8, 2014. It was the fourth Sandals property we have stayed at and it is a little bit different than the others - in a good way. The... Read more atmosphere is tranquil and the resort has a home-y feel to it because it is so small (it's hard not to start getting to know the other guests when you are constantly running into them). We had a few days for a "parent getaway" and were looking for a place where we could literally sit and do nothing for a few days and this resort provided exactly what we were seeking. Pros: Size - Although this may be a con for some, the small size of the resort made it easy to feel at home. It was nice to connect on a more personal level with other guests and staff members. The smaller size also meant we didn't have to venture too far to get to the restaurants, the beach or the pool. It also made for a more subdued atmosphere - no swim-up bars or pool/beach drinking games (if you're looking for that, you can simply catch a shuttle to the Sandals Grande Riviera, which is right next door). Again, that may be a con for some, but we liked that we could head over to the Grande when we were craving a little more action, then return to our little haven of peacefulness when we'd had our fill. We honeymooned at the Grande and will be heading back next year to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary. It's a great resort with lots of dining and activity options - it's just not what we were looking for on this particular trip. Staff - As with every other Sandals resort we have visited, the staff was absolutely wonderful! Although we don't typically splurge for butlers, on the two occasions when we have, they have been fantastic. Marvin and Orayne were a perfect fit for us - they attended to our requests, checked in with us to make sure our vacation was going well, but weren't intrusive. We would definitely request them again if we return to RP. Many thanks to LaToya at The Terrace, who graciously allowed my husband to participate in 4:00 tea with his own beverage. Whenever we had Romaine as our server, we knew we were in for great service. Dacia at the Soon Come Back desk was so pleasant and helpful in booking our trip to the Grande for next year. Of course, there were so many others who shared their warm hospitality with us - it is one of the reasons we continue to return to Jamaica and Sandals. Food - My husband is a picky eater but he has never once had any issues finding something to his liking at a Sandals resort and RP was no exception. I was a little concerned because of the smaller number of restaurant options, but he was always able to find something to eat wherever and whenever we visited one of the RP dining areas. To mix things up a bit, we went over to the Grande for lunch one day and dinner one night, but otherwise stayed at RP. Truly, we have never had a bad food experience at any of the Sandals resorts at which we've stayed and the food at RP was absolutely delicious. Le Papillion is a must do at least once during a stay at RP and the lobster BLT at the Royal Grill was fantastic. Keep in mind that portion sizes are smaller, but you can request more than one of anything (my husband ordered 2 breakfasts each day). It's all-inclusive, so don't be shy! Rooms - I have seen reviews indicating that the rooms are dated, but we did not find that to be the case with room 211. I have also seen reviews where people were disappointed by the French balcony which is standard in a majority of the rooms. We really liked that we had an enclosed sitting area where we could slide open the doors and listen to the waves while still enjoying the coolness of the A/C (it was so humid during the time we were there!). The only suggestion I might make to the resort would be to add screen doors so that guests can drift off to sleep listening to the sound of the waves. We hesitated to leave the sliders open during the night for fear of what might get in without a screen! Otherwise, we found the room to be charming and perfect for our needs. Beach / pool - The east beach (a/k/a the smoker's or watersports beach) tended to be much quieter than the west beach and is the one we frequented the most. We are non-smokers and at no point were we bothered by smoke from any of the smokers. The east beach seemed to be much more calm and clear and definitely less rocky than the west beach. The west beach is where more of the action happens since it is near the dining areas. Although we never had any trouble finding seating on either beach, the west beach was definitely more crowded. No matter where you sat, a server came by frequently offering to bring drinks or food. The bathrooms (at least on the east beach) were surprisingly clean and spacious. The pool, while small, was always quiet and we never had a problem finding a seat when we chose to visit. Spa - The Tropical Bliss Massage was awesome! I had a 10:00 a.m. appointment and I arrived at 9:30 and had the whole spa to myself. Yes, the therapist recommended products to me at the end of the massage, but she was not pushy when I declined. I've seen reviews where people were put off by this, but I have never been to a spa anywhere where I was not presented with product at the end of my service. I simply thank the therapist for the recommendation and tell her I will consider it, or buy it if it is something that interests me. In any case, I found the spa to be very clean and serene and would definitely return on a future trip. Cons: The long journey from the airport to the resort might be a deterrent (although it's not a deal-breaker for us). It's definitely a better ride than it used to be - before the road to Ocho Rios was finished - but when we have only a few days for a quick getaway, we will likely pick a Montego Bay resort over RP. I don't want to say we were disappointed with the evening entertainment because it was wonderful, but we have seen better at some of the other resorts. It would be great if there was a walkway between the RP and the Grande. The properties are so close, but even our butlers recommended that we not "go outside the gates" on our own. While I'm sure the locals on the small swatch of private beach between the properties are friendly enough, it would be great if guests could safely walk between the resorts if they wished to do so. Overall, we had a wonderful and relaxing trip and would definitely visit RP again in the future! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 6, 2014 - Andrea K -

I was leery of the Sandals Brand because I had heard mix reviews. This resort was amazing! I was at first thrown off by the size and decor of the resort. Very old feeling and quaint, much like a... Read more plantation but w3ith lots of lush greenery and a rainforest feel. I'm used to the big flashy resorts that provide the WOW factor when you first pull up. This is not that resort. But it didn't take us long to adjust and appreciate the differances. Very quiet and romantic atmosphere. The staff is so attentive and friendly, they make sure you have everything you need at all times. It was the most relaxing vacation I have ever had and probably my favorite resort to date! Only a few negatives to point out. There was a boat anchored in the water right in front of the beach the entire 8 days we were there. It never moved and caused a bit of an eye sore by ruining our view. Very few restaurants. The food wasnt amazing but definetly at the top of the list as far as "all-inclusive" resorts are concerned. We were more than happy with the selection. Just be aware, there are no quick meals at this resort, food took awhile to come out when ordered but we were never in a rush. The beach butlers who serve you the drinks can sometimes be MIA when there is only 1 serving both beaches. When there was 2, the service was fine. The beach is VERY small but plenty of chairs and umbrellas available for everyone. It is a small resort. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Sep 6, 2014 - sbanduk - Waterloo, Canada

We went here for our honeymoon in August 2014 and really enjoyed it! Food = Amazing. There are only 3 restaurants (Le Papillon, The Terrace, and The Royal Cafe/Grill), but you have access to tons... Read more at the Sandals next door. Le Papillon (French restaurant) and The Royal Grill (seafood restaurant) have INCREDIBLE dinners. The Terrace is good and the resort next door has a great atmosphere but not great food. The Terrace is perfect for breakfast (mmm mangoes), and the Royal Cafe is solid for their deep fried coconut shrimp. Atmosphere. There were a few younger couples but it is a relaxing place with an average guest age of probably 40+. The nice thing is that you have access to the resort next door which has a massive pool, party atmosphere, tons of restaurants (though the food is not very good there), etc. The resort is filled with peacocks (and peacock crap) everywhere, so as someone who's scared of birds, that was a bit of a drawback. Accommodations. We loved our room so much. We were on the first floor (the hotel only has three floors) but our view was still incredible. It had french windows that just overlooked the ocean (all rooms overlook ocean) and was beautiful. There was a fully stacked inclusive bar and some comfy chairs so we could just open the windows, listen to the ocean, and read or eat room service breakfast there. It was the life! Beach/Pool. The resort has two really nice beaches. One is just for lounging and the other has paddle-boards, kayaks, free snorkeling, etc. Servers come by every 20 mins or so to ask if you need another drink. There's only one fairly small pool and hot tub, but that's all we needed. The good thing is that you could always get chairs and an umbrella on either beach or by the pool since it's a really small, quiet resort. Staff/Butlers. The resort staff was amazing (specifically Shaniel, Nickoy, Adrian, High Tea Guy, etc.). This hotel has butler service so every day you have a butler to make your reservations and make sure all is well. They give you a phone so you can call your butler from 7am to 10pm every day. My husband liked it but I actually found this to be a bit annoying. Sometimes I just wanted to call a restaurant myself vs. asking the butler to and then needing a call back for confirmation, but it wasn't allowed. I found staff at the resort just wouldn't do things for you and you needed to wait for your butler, who has other people to attend to as well, so takes a while sometimes to come find you and do what you need. To me, this was the biggest drawback of the resort. Transportation. We got picked up from the airport and dropped back off without a hitch. The drive is 1.5 hours from Montego Bay but both drivers were great and knowledgeable. We'd also take the shuttles back and forth to the resort next door with no problems at all, other than waiting 5-10 minutes sometimes. The resort has a no tipping policy but we did tip the airport drivers and were expected to tip our butlers as well. Read less

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