Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The hotel

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island really is a lovely resort that exudes British colonial charm through the gracious Georgian great house to intimate gardens and courtyards. Enjoy two holidays for the price of one with the resort's private offshore Island, home to the delectable Royal Thai restaurant and with shady, secluded beaches for peaceful relaxing. Rooms and suites ooze luxury and comfort, while the luxurious Over-the-Water Suites add a new dimension to this charming and elegant resort.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Hobie Cats
  • Snorkelling
  • Wedding
  • Evening Entertainment

Where is it

On the beachfront in Montego Bay. Transfer time from Montego Bay Airport: 10 minutes; some aircraft noise may be heard.

Hotel information

232 rooms and suites, all with air-conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi access, coffee/tea maker, mini-bar with soft drinks, wines and local beers, iPod clock radio, amenity kit, private bath/shower, ceiling fan, safe, iron and board, hairdryer, telephone and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Caribbean Deluxe are located on the first floor of the Carisbrooke building, with views of the gardens.

All Inclusive of: Sandals Resorts are Luxury Included®; from luxury accommodation, fine dining, unlimited premium-brand drinks, transfers, tips and taxes, to a huge range of sports facilities and entertainment — it’s all included!

 

Caribbean Premium have oversized balconies or patios and views of the tropical gardens.

Royal Sanctuary Grande Luxe are expansive rooms with mahogany furnishings and large patio/balcony overlooking the gardens.

Caribbean Grande Luxe Poolside feature a mahogany king-size bed and access to the semi-private Caernarvon pool.

Beachfront Grande Luxe located directly on the beach are well-appointed rooms and feature a large balcony showcasing stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. The spacious bedroom boasts a 4-poster, king-size bed, flat-screen TV, and fully stocked bar. The en-suite bathroom offers a shower/bathtub combination.

Kensington Cove Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level with a 4-poster king-size bed and a plasma TV. Rooms have views of the ocean, beach or East pool and also feature Club Sandals Service.

Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Level located directly on the beach, are exceptional walkout suites featuring large patios just steps from the shore. The spacious bedroom boasts a 4-poster, king-size bed, flat-screen TV, and fully stocked bar. The en-suite bathroom offers a shower/bathtub combination. Guests also enjoy Club Sandals Service.

Windsor Beachfront Club Level Room with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub – located directly on the beach on the first and second floors, these newly renovated rooms feature a spacious balcony including a Tranquility Soaking Tub for Two with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and resort’s private island. The bedroom features a custom crafted king-size bed, smart TV and a fully stocked bar. Guests also enjoy Club Sandals Service.

Windsor Beachfront Walkout Club Level Room with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub – located directly on the beach, these newly renovated rooms feature a spacious patio including a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two and offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and resort’s private island. The bedroom boasts elegant furnishings including a custom-crafted king-size bed, smart TV and a fully stocked bar. Guests also enjoy Club Sandals Service.

Royal Beachfront Club Elite Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub – located on the 2nd-3rd floors of the Sandringham building, feature a patio complete with a Tranquility Soaking Tub, privacy curtains and a bistro dining set for alfresco dining. The bedroom has a custom king-size bed, Smart TV and fully stocked bar, as well as a spa-style bathroom with a rain shower. Guests also enjoy Club Sandals Service.

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suites – located on the 1st floor and feature a balcony that overlooks a crystal lagoon. Indoors, the suites feature the ultimate in luxury with marble bathroom, whirlpool tub, 4-poster mahogany bed and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Royal One-Bedroom Butler Suites – elegant one bedroom Love Nest Suites®, near the water's edge in a location that reminds guests as to why they have come to the Caribbean. The newly refurbished suites feature a king-size bed with a marble bathroom adjacent to the intimate living area. All suites feature 2 plasma TVs, a patio or large balcony overlooking the beach and ocean and feature Sandals Butler Service.

Honeymoon Grand Luxury Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking – located on the 1st and 2nd floors, with a spacious bedroom with a dining area and an expansive private patio including an outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The bedroom has a 4-poster, king-size bed, and HD smart TV. The en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower, his and hers vanity and a water closet enclosed with frosted glass.

Romeo & Juliet Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub – located on the 1st and 2nd floors, boasting a spacious bedroom with a dining area and an expansive private patio including an outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The bedroom features a 4-poster, king-size bed, and HD smart TV. The en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower, his & hers vanity, backlit mirrors, and a water closet enclosed with frosted glass. 

Honeymoon Grand Luxury Walkout Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub – located on the ground floor, these honeymoon suites feature a spacious bedroom with a dining area and an expansive private patio including an outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The bedroom features handcrafted mahogany furniture, a 4-poster, king-size bed and HD smart TV. The en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower, his and hers vanity and a water closet enclosed with frosted glass.

Romeo & Juliet Walkout Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub – located on the ground floor, these Romeo & Juliet suites boast a spacious bedroom with a dining area and an expansive private patio including an outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The bedroom has a 4-poster, king-size bed, and HD smart TV. The en-suite bathroom includes a walk-in shower, his and hers vanity, backlit mirrors, and a water closet enclosed with frosted glass. 

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Oceanview Butler Suites – located on the 1st floor, suites feature a 4-poster bed, a bathroom graced with marble, a whirlpool, flat-screen TVs, lagoon and ocean views and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Walk out Swim-Up Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suites – as above but surrounded by lush Caribbean gardens and some feature a secluded patio that opens on a crystal lagoon pool. The suites offer the ultimate in luxury and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon One-Bedroom Butler Suites – located on the 1st floor, these magnificent one bedroom suites offer an expansive living area, separate bedroom with plasma TV, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower. Suites feature an oversized balcony with wonderful views of the ocean, pool and gardens and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Beachfront One-Bedroom Butler Suites – located on the beach, these Love Nest Suites® offer an expansive living room complete with plasma TV, separate bedroom, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower. Suites feature an oversized balcony offering uninterrupted views of the ocean and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Royal Beachfront Honeymoon One-Bedroom Butler Suite – set along the white-sand beach, these honeymoon Love Nest Suites® have unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. These exceptional beachfront suites feature a comfortable living area, contemporary bathroom with a shower and tub, and an open bedroom featuring a 4-poster, king-size bed, flat-screen TV, and fully stocked bar. The oversized balcony or walkout patio includes a bistro set where you can enjoy dining with the ocean as your backdrop.

Beachfront Honeymoon One-Bedroom Walkout Butler Suite with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub – sit right on the beach and showcase beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and the resort’s private island. These suites feature a patio complete with a Tranquility Soaking Tub, privacy curtains and a bistro dining set for alfresco dining. The bedroom has a custom king-size bed, Smart TV and fully stocked bar, as well as a spa-style bathroom with a rain shower. 

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Penthouse Oceanview One-Bedroom Butler Suites – located on the 2nd floor, suites offer an expansive living room complete with plasma TV, separate bedroom, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower. Suites feature an oversized balcony overlooking the crystal lagoon and beautiful ocean views and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Swim-up Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon One-Bedroom Butler Suites – located on the ground floor, these Love Nest Suites® offer zero-entry access to a crystal lagoon straight from the private patio. Suites offer an expansive living area, separate bedroom, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower and includes Sandals Butler Service.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow - over-the-water bungalows, located just off the resort's private offshore island, featuring glass vision floor panels, outdoor sun deck complete with Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, sun loungers, bistro set, outdoor shower and over-the-water hammocks, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, custom crafted king-size beds, bathroom complete with double sinks and a walk-in rain shower, and direct resort access via a 'Royal Duffy' luxury boat. These Love Nest Suites® include Sandals Butler Service.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool – gorgeous over-the-water Love Nest Suites® with floating water hammocks and private glass floors, true Caribbean luxury! Admire the majestic beauty of the ocean from the private infinity pool and Jacuzzi with outdoor shower. With see-through glass floors, you can experience the ocean from the comfort of your luxurious suite. Lit water ensures you can enjoy the sea anytime day or night. Every suite is furnished with stylish mahogany king-size beds adorned with soft Egyptian linens and plush pillows for the ultimate sleep experience. Includes Sandals Butler Service.

Club Sandals Service:

    • Dedicated Club Sandals Lounge accessible 24-hours with Club Sandals concierge available 8:00am-10:00pm daily to assist with excursions, restaurant reservations, spa bookings and anything else you may need
    • Preferred Club Sandals Lounge check-in with chilled towel and Champagne upon arrival
    • Weekly hosted activities such a cocktail parties, martini evenings, wine tasting, snorkelling and exclusive Island Routes tours
    • In-room stocked mini-bar with a selection of spirits, beer and wine as well as soft drinks, juices and water
    • Room service available from 7:00am-10:00pm daily
    • Complimentary luxury private airport transfers

Sandals Butler Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. Beginning with luxury private airport transfers (valid for stays from 15 Nov '18 only), lemongrass-scented hand towels and welcome cocktails and culinary treats upon arrival, a private resort orientation and a luggage unpacking service you will then be supplied with a personal mobile phone to reach your Butler when needed. Your wish is their command! In addition, you will have 24-hour room service and access to all the Club Sandals amenities and weekly activities.

  • Complimentary honeymoon package: receive a bubbly welcome, a romantic turndown service on your first night, and breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

    To qualify for the Luxury Included® complimentary honeymoon package, all you have to do is check in online at https://www.sandals.co.uk/honeymoons/free/after booking your honeymoon. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding date. Terms and conditions apply. 

  • Free anniversary night:receive a free night in celebration of your anniversary when staying a minimum of 7 nights in a Club or Butler level category for travel between now–31 Dec ‘21.

    To qualify for the free anniversary night, all you have to do is provide proof of marriage licence within 14 days of booking. Either visit us at your local store or call our Service Team on 0333 355 8179 who will be able to process this for you. Bookings will then be adjusted to reflect the free night. Offer valid for travel within 30 days of your wedding anniversary date. Not applicable on any Over-the-Water Suites. Terms and conditions and black outs may apply. 

  • Free wedding: minimum stay 3 nights. Government and documentation fees at extra cost. Conditions apply. 

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 10 dining options: The Regency (International; buffet breakfast and lunch and à la carte dinner), Eleanor's (Pan-Caribbean; open for dinner only), Le Jardinier (French à la carte, reservations required), The Cricketer’s Pub (British Pub; open for breakfast, dinner and late night snacks), The Mariner Seaside Grill (grilled specialities; open daily from 11:00am-6:00pm), Spices (Caribbean- Mediterranean cuisine; breakfast, lunch and dinner), Bombay Club (Indian dishes; dinner), Bella Napoli Pizzeria and on the private offshore Island you'll find The Royal Thai, an authentic Thai restaurant (open for dinner only, reservations required), as well as the Jerk Shack, a Jamaican buffet with island jerk and salad bar (open for lunch). 5 bars including a piano bar and a beach bar. Afternoon tea is served daily at the Tea Room. 9 additional dining options at Sandals Montego Bay and 3 additional restaurants at Sandals Inn (transfers included).

Daytime and evening entertainment featuring contests and tournaments, Jamaican arts and crafts classes, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, game shows, cocktail parties and karaoke nights.

6 swimming pools, 1 scuba pool and 5 whirlpools. Red Lane® Fitness Centre and Red Lane® Spa (treatments*). Floodlit tennis courts, croquet, volleyball, pool and bocce ball. Kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, paddleboards, Hobie Cats and scuba-diving* (free for certified divers, fee applies to others). Guests can visit the private offshore Sandals Island with a secluded private beach, a gourmet Thai restaurant, and a freshwater pool with a swim-up pool bar.

Exchange privileges with Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Carlyle for 12 additional dining options (transfers included). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. SnapShots photo shop*. Gift shop*. Exchange bureau. Complimentary WiFi Internet access in all room categories and public areas.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

2 nights.

* Denotes local charge.

Two people in love over 18 years only.

Dress code: evening dress code for gentlemen states that smart trousers or jeans, long or short sleeve dress shirts (with or without collar) and dress shoes or sandals must be worn. Shorts, t-shirts, trainers, flip-flops, hats and caps are not permitted in the evening. 

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating great staff below average management

Jan 27, 2020 Bill P Lowell, Massachusetts

My wife and I stayed here a few years ago and loved the resort. I decided to book a week here for my wife's birthday. Travel to the resort was great as they sent a private car for us which was a nice touch. I loved the workers here always very friendly and food was incredible as well as service at restaurants. this resort is more of an older… Read more
My wife and I stayed here a few years ago and loved the resort. I decided to book a week here for my wife's birthday. Travel to the resort was great as they sent a private car for us which was a nice touch. I loved the workers here always very friendly and food was incredible as well as service at restaurants. this resort is more of an older crowd and relaxed. the beach has lost a lot of ground due to storms so it was smaller then last time. Our room was disappointing as we have been part of sandals 8x and thought we might get same room as last time. Unfortunately they put us in one of the more older rooms, but we decided to go with the flow. On our second day here our lock for door broke and we were only able to get in to room with a master key which only could be accessed by walking to front desk and waiting for manager. It took 12 hours to get fixed so we were inconvenienced and spoke to management who apologized and gave us a credit towards next stay. We continued to enjoy the rest of week and before we left went to the loyalty office to try to book our trip for next year to try out another sandals. They were very nice and gave us a decent quote, but could not print in due to printer error. I told them we would come back next day for quote and deposit, which was a mistake because next day our quote was now $600 more then day before and woman at desk said she never quoted lower rate. I felt like a bait and switch victim. At this point we walked out and decided we should maybe try someone else instead of sandals. It is sad that a loyal customer of 8 visits to multiple sandals had such a hard time over a few hundred dollars and an old room. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don't get married here!

Jan 26, 2020 Inspire551327

I attended a wedding at this resort earlier this month. I did not stay at the resort but I had to pay $145 for a wedding attendance pass. From the time I entered the property until I left, the staff was rude to me and other guests of the wedding who chose not to stay at Sandals. We had difficulty getting thru security even tho we were on a guest… Read more
I attended a wedding at this resort earlier this month. I did not stay at the resort but I had to pay $145 for a wedding attendance pass. From the time I entered the property until I left, the staff was rude to me and other guests of the wedding who chose not to stay at Sandals. We had difficulty getting thru security even tho we were on a guest list; were escorted by what felt like a body guard to the "piano bar" to wait for the boat to take us to the island for the wedding. The bar had no attendant and no air conditioner. When I asked for a glass of water, our escort made us wait about 10 minutes for water. I went to a bar outside of the Piano Bar and was treated poorly by the bartender there too. Before, during and after the wedding, staff ignored me and the others who weren't Sandals guests, even tho we paid $145 to attend the event!!! Staff gave me dirty looks and ignored me when I asked for a drink. I highly recommend NOT going to Sandals Montego Bay for a wedding destination. Read less
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Jan 26, 2020 Melissa1918 Arnold, Pennsylvania

First I would like to start off with,all the people who have made our stay comfortable and always pleasant.For the gardening staff excellent job with the grounds. Micheal thank you so much for the nature tour. I learned a lot from you. People should take this tour every Friday @ 8. Also Tevan I am getting a machette!. The people who make La… Read more
First I would like to start off with,all the people who have made our stay comfortable and always pleasant.For the gardening staff excellent job with the grounds. Micheal thank you so much for the nature tour. I learned a lot from you. People should take this tour every Friday @ 8. Also Tevan I am getting a machette!. The people who make La Jardiner a good dining experience: Tanisha, Kimberly, and of course Melissa. The best Lamb Shank anywhere! Thai has great servers and a good manager. Thanks Shelly Ann, Burnadette, and Tamika Bartenders are the best: Owen, Stacia, Tracy Ann and Rohan. Bamboo good Indain foood and Browns service was great! Gift shoppe, Sidony and Sphermint always give us great service. Kerian and Erickson rule the spa! Loyality Desk: Trudi Gae my dressing assistant, Kay and our Concigare Cion rocks! Spices have good servers and staff too: Janice, Tamika, Alicia, Garfield. Front Desk, Linas rocks it! And finally the people who we spend the most time with is the water sports, they rock! Plus they are family.Tamara, Simone, Rushell,Aken,Lamar, Howard and of course Reggie who help me know what is out there in those waters. Thank you all! Now for the not so good. I have a huge problem with the way Diana is treated. Sandals clams to be enviromentally friendly. Then why can't you treat your bird the way she needs to be taken care of? They spray her with a hose which she doesn't like, she only eats sunflower seeds, she needs more than that nuts, fruit, flowers, and a larger cage so she can have a place to take a bath! This is not how you take care of her. Plus the cats need fixed! As for Butches Steakhouse, we had 2 horrible meals there and one good one, please improve. Snorkeling was amazing new thigs to see every time I am there. We also need recycling bins on the island and for the over the water suites, they trow everything in the water! Read less
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Jan 26, 2020 Anne H

My wonderful husband took me to Sandals Royal Caribbean last week for my birthday. Since there are almost 7000 reviews, I am going to limit mine to advice: 1. Use a travel agent! They cost you nothing and can make an enormous difference. We worked with Michael McHugh with Dream Makers Vacation Services. He knows Sandals inside and out. He… Read more
My wonderful husband took me to Sandals Royal Caribbean last week for my birthday. Since there are almost 7000 reviews, I am going to limit mine to advice: 1. Use a travel agent! They cost you nothing and can make an enormous difference. We worked with Michael McHugh with Dream Makers Vacation Services. He knows Sandals inside and out. He arranged some nice extras, and got us booked in exactly the room we asked for. We were in the best room for our room type-directly oceanfront with a balcony/porch on the first floor. Others who paid the same amount for the same room type were in rooms that weren't nearly as nice. We stayed in the concierge level and LOVED the room service-it was on time, beautifully served, and lovely to have as an option. 2. Listen to your travel agent and book Club Mobay for at least your arrival. We were on the sand with drinks hours before others who stood in line. Sandals is not an inexpensive vacation, so why be cheap about a small fee to bypass literally thousands of people in the Montego Bay airport? 3.Skip the clothing optional "beach". It's tiny, no beach, just 6 chairs and stone steps into the water. Go to St. Martin instead. 4. Dine at Le Jardinier and skip Butch's. Our french dinner was fabulous. Great service, wonderful food, relaxed atmosphere. And, to further compliment the restaurant, there was a rain shower and they had to move the restaurant inside at the last minute. There was no inconvenience for the diners-the room was beautifully decorated with lovely background music. My husband had cordon bleu and I had lamb shank. Both dishes were delicious! On the other hand, Butch's was a disgrace and Sandals should be ashamed of themselves. We had a 6PM reservation, and from the moment we sat down, we felt like we were in a horse race in second place with a jockey beating us to go faster. Our waiter wanted us to order all courses including dessert the moment we sat down and they attempted to take our plates every time we put down our forks.The food was sub par to put it kindly. My husband's "prime rib" was full of gristle, and my steak Diane was thin, lumpy, and overcooked. Maybe they were overbooked for later in the evening and told their staff to get rid of the earlier reservations as fast as possible. My husband commented that he had had better food and service in a Golden Corral. Truly horrible. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good resort if you don't need a sandy beach

Jan 25, 2020 MillersChild Hershey, Pennsylvania

The good: We got everything we expected from a Sandals property. Good food, good tropical drinks and good people. Fun activities included. Shuttle to their sister resort so you can stay here but play at both. The not so good: Incredibly small beach. No walking on the beach hand & hand. You can walk on the beach, but since it's so small,… Read more
The good: We got everything we expected from a Sandals property. Good food, good tropical drinks and good people. Fun activities included. Shuttle to their sister resort so you can stay here but play at both. The not so good: Incredibly small beach. No walking on the beach hand & hand. You can walk on the beach, but since it's so small, you're constantly going around everyone on lounge chairs. Most of the chairs were reserved in the morning by Butler's, so regular guests seem to be left out. Too many people for the size of the beach. Located right off of the airport, so every hour, a jet screams by above you. It's a slight nuisance but I liked the convenience of being down town MoBay. Noisy construction going on for a new building that we were told would be finished by end of 2019. New building, where are they going to put everyone on the beach??? The only "bump" was departing the resort. Our departure envelope never arrived the night before. I called the front desk twice before they answered. They said the envelopes were already distributed and didnt know where ours was. I was given two different departure times. No business center to print board passes, so the front desk told us to ask the concierge. They were more interested in helping new incoming guests and we felt kind of pushed aside. Read less