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
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

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. 

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Jul 23, 2021 foycegist1202 Chicago, Illinois

We were suppose to be in room 1206 which was near the pool side view which we viewed online before purchasing but instead we were but in the lobby to receive another room not so pleasant view which was located on the side of the hotel instead so for our first visit this wasn’t pleasant.
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Jul 23, 2021 Ashleypk Bowling Green, Kentucky

This was our first Sandals vacation and it was phenomenal! I did read some things that helped me know how to be prepared. This is a very laid back and care free resort. You are on island/vacation time and sometimes meals and service take longer that what you might prefer. If this is something you don’t enjoy, I would encourage you to just have… Read more
This was our first Sandals vacation and it was phenomenal! I did read some things that helped me know how to be prepared. This is a very laid back and care free resort. You are on island/vacation time and sometimes meals and service take longer that what you might prefer. If this is something you don’t enjoy, I would encourage you to just have dinners delivered to your room where you receive all your food at once. Easy fix! I loved that there is a place for everyone. There’s a beach with activities and a lot going on, there’s a calmer beach area, and all the pools are different as well. Something for everyone. No complaints on our food either. Everything we had was delicious and fresh. We did try the Thai food on the island that everyone recommended. It was a really neat atmosphere but this isn’t our prefers cuisine! The coconut shrimp and surf and turf at spices is so delicious I had it twice! My husband enjoyed the lamb shank from the French restaurant. Jerk shack is delicious for lunch. Do yourself a favor and get the chocolate banana pizza as well! There aren’t as many sweets available at night as you would be used to if you cruise often. I took sand which bags and you can get some muffins and pastries from the breakfast buffet. There are also cookies in the tea area. Our butlers Nick & Steve took amazing care of us and catered to our preferences. I’ve read other reviews about pressure from spa and loyalty staff to rebook and we did not experience this at all. A review I read recently about the anniversary/retirement trip, I would just like to say I bumped into this couple several different times and they never mentioned having a bad time or experience and seemed to be enjoying their trip. Read this reviews with an open mind. We saw people complaining while there that were literally just making things up to complain about. We rebooked for the same room and same week because we can’t wait to return. This was such a relaxing and enjoyable trip! Next time I won’t pack as many clothes. Literally was in a swimsuit and cover up during the day and sometimes again after dinner! Will do more in room dinning next time! Just so we don’t have to come in as early from the beach to get ready for the restaurant! If you like soda during the day I would recommend to bring your own tumbler and straw and use the self service soda machine behind the bar at the main beach! If you want something or are unsure just ask someone. Every single staff we spoke with was beyond helpful! Read less
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Jul 22, 2021 davis1835

Our group of 6 stayed at Sandals Royal Caribbean from July 11 to July 17 2021, we had an amazing time. The food was excellent as we at ate the Spices Restaurant everyday from having coffee on the deck in the morning to dinner at nights. We totally enjoyed the delicious Oxtails, Fried Chicken, Stew Peas, Snapper and Lobster. Big Up to Rushell,… Read more
Our group of 6 stayed at Sandals Royal Caribbean from July 11 to July 17 2021, we had an amazing time. The food was excellent as we at ate the Spices Restaurant everyday from having coffee on the deck in the morning to dinner at nights. We totally enjoyed the delicious Oxtails, Fried Chicken, Stew Peas, Snapper and Lobster. Big Up to Rushell, Petra-Gae, Porsha, Mahalia, Janice, Alisa, Sheika, Shelly-Ann, Rockeisha, Chef Fitzroy and the rest of the Spices Restaurant crew. You graciousness is second to none. Thanks to the Concierge team of Sheneika, Cion, Lisia and Triscel for making our Sandals experience the most pleasant and memorable ever. They are extremely talented, caring and knowledgeable group of professionals who provided us with outstanding services from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. The Playmakers provided us with world class entertainment (Big Up Peanut and Crystal) even the Covid testers gave us a belly full of laughs. As one guest said “Never heard people having so much fun doing a Covid test”. We will be back for another episode in 2023 thanks to Trudi, Kaye, Summer and the rest of the Loyalty team who have us fully booked up already. Sandals Royal Caribbean is a home away from home with a friendly down to earth staff, great food, beautiful landscape and beaches. All this is managed by the wonderful Miss Dawn, we love you girl. The Davis’ and Burnetts. Read less
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Jul 22, 2021 TexasTravler79

The nicest people and the best atmosphere!! Relaxing and quiet when you need it to be and fun and exciting when you want it to be! The most amazing food and drinks!! Everyone that works there will make you feel like family!!!
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Jul 21, 2021 Janice G

I am writing this review after an 8 day stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are hardly seasoned travelers, and that is putting it mildly. Our 1st trip to Jamaica and 1st inclusive vacation was almost 2 years ago at the same resort for our daughter's wedding. We were only there for 4 days, but enjoyed it tremendously and we wanted to… Read more
I am writing this review after an 8 day stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are hardly seasoned travelers, and that is putting it mildly. Our 1st trip to Jamaica and 1st inclusive vacation was almost 2 years ago at the same resort for our daughter's wedding. We were only there for 4 days, but enjoyed it tremendously and we wanted to go back. So we ended up booking our trip while still in Jamaica almost 2 years. It was originally for our 35th wedding anniversary. Come March of this year, I had some medical issues, so my husband and I were fortunate enough to retire at 61 the end of June this year. We arrived in Jamaica on July 10th. The next day, I ran into a very nice staff member of Sandals and asked how much their romantic dinner on the beach was, as this was an all inclusive trip. The staff member (I know her, but will not disclose her name) looked at me like what?, and said there was no additional charge for the romantic dinner. Being in an all inclusive resort, and the fact that she remembered us from our last stay, we had no reason no to believe her. So we had dinner on Monday, July 12th, which was our 35th. It was terrible. It was so windy, they had to lay the glasses on the table, and improvise a bit during service, because of the strong winds Our lettuce salad pretty much blew away, and the steak was not edible. Fatty, impossible to cut and extremely chewy. Side note, my husband and I are not seafood lovers and so our choices were very very limited. That is the biggest reason I asked the Sandals employee (I do believe she is some sort of manager) how much the dinner costs. Knowing that we probably would have enjoyed something simpler a lot more, we did it for our 35th anniversary and that was that. Why would unseasoned travelers, who don't like fancy food pay for a dinner at an all inclusive resort?? We definitely would not have. We did enjoy our stay, despite the fact that we didn't enjoy the food much other than the breakfasts. Breakfast was amazing. We also met so many seasoned Sandals travelers during our 8 day stay. That was definitely our favorite thing about our vacation was all the other travelers we me and became friends with. Some were even diamond level members or higher. Everybody we talked to were all in agreement that the service over all this stay was sub par. Not good. We had a few bad dining experiences and did not appreciate the pressure staff put on us to spend more money. Every day we were approached and asked (pestered) to book a massage, and also to rebook another trip. Multiple times per day! Enough already. On Sunday, when we were checking out, we noticed a $200 charge we were unaware of. We asked, and were told that was the cost of our private candlelight dinner we had on the beach. I tried to be polite but I was furious. I could not believe that they charged us $200 after we were told there is no additional charge. I wanted a credit, but Sandals would not give us one. What else could we do?? I did tell the desk clerk that I was extremely upset about this,, and would never return to another Sandals, and reminded them that we had just retired, and ready to travel, but they didn't care. All Sandal's cares about is the money. SHOW ME THE MONEY. I will not, and I also told them I was going to share my story on trip advisor and so that's what I'm doing. I even noticed the entire Sandals staff was so different than they were not even 2 years ago. Not as friendly. I believe they are under so much pressure to make money for Sandals, they lose the ability to have fun working. Too competitive for these young people, and way too much pressure. I don't like saying this, but Sandals betrayed us and our trust. To be lied to just to "steal money" from us is unforgivable, and terrible business.... I shared my story so all you other unseasoned travelers won't go thru this experience like we did. I will never book another trip to a Sandals resort period. Do not like the way they do business. Nothing but swindlers. Hope this was helpful. Read less