Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The hotel

The most exquisite all-Butler resort to ever call the Caribbean home, Sandals Royal Plantation quite simply redefines luxurious island escapism. Sitting on a bluff overlooking not one, but two silky sand twin-cove beaches, the intoxicating sanctuary grants each of its 74 sumptuous suites heart-stopping views of the ocean and exclusive Butler Service. Bask blissfully on 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.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf

Where is it

Situated just outside Ocho Rios, on the northern coast of Jamaica. Transfer time from Montego Bay Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

74 suites, all with ocean views and Sandals Butler Service. All suites have French balconies, custom-made mahogany furniture, air-conditioning, plush robes, iron and board, hair dryer, 32" cable TV, in-suite bar, complimentary WiFi access, CD player, 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Marquis Oceanfront Butler Suites are located in the East Wing, and are spacious rooms with living space.

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!

Regent Oceanfront Butler Suites are located in the West Wing in an oceanfront setting. Each room has a marble bath tub and a living space.

Viceroy Honeymoon Oceanfront Butler Suites are located in the East Wing and are open-partition rooms separating the living space and bedroom, and feature a marble bath tub.

Monarch Oceanfront Butler Suites are located in the West Wing and feature a dining space and marble-laden bathroom.

Royal Monarch Oceanfront Butler Suites are located in the West Wing, and are larger open-partition plan rooms, separating the living space and the bedroom. Each room has a marble bath tub.

Grand Duke Oceanfront Butler Suites are larger suites and are located in the East Wing. These rooms are open-partition plan rooms, featuring bathroom with Roman soaking tub and separate walk-in shower.

Grand Duchess Oceanfront Verandah Butler Suites are located in the West Wing and feature a large, spectacular verandah overlooking the ocean. The bathroom features Roman soaking tub and separate walk-in shower.

Royal Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suites overlook the resort's East Beach. These Love Nest Suites® feature a luxurious marble bathroom with large Roman tub and separate walk-in shower.

Imperial Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suites are located atop the resort's beachfront West Wing. These Love Nest Suites® feature two walkout balconies, a separate living area, and bathroom with walk-in shower and Roman soaking tub.

Governor General Oceanfront One-Bedroom Butler Suites are located on the top floor of the beachfront West Wing. These Love Nest Suites® feature a spacious living and dining area, separate from the grand master bedroom, bathroom with a walk-in shower and Roman soaking tub, and two balconies.

Villa Plantana is a unique expansive villa comprising of 1-, 2- or 3-bedrooms complete with its own swimming pool. Set above the resort's quiet East Beach, the villa boasts it's own separate driveway and stone walkway, expansive living and dining areas, bedrooms with their own patios, and a private pool exclusive to the villa guests.

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 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 also have 24-hour room service. 

  • 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! 5 dining options: 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. Royal Grill 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 Osetra caviar along with exclusive Champagne. Tea Terrace serving daily afternoon tea with an assortment of scones and delicious pastries. Royal Beach Butler Service that brings full food and beverages right to your beach chair.

Nightly entertainment with live music band, piano melodies and cocktail parties. Jewellery making classes. Cocktail master classes.

2 freshwater swimming pools, 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, paddle boards, Hobie cats and snorkelling. Scuba-diving* (free for certified divers). Complimentary green fees and transfers to Sandals Golf & Country Club for all Sandals guests (caddies mandatory*).

Laundry/dry cleaning service*. SnapShots photo shop*. Gift shop. Complimentary WiFi access in all room categories and public areas with unrestricted number of connected devices.

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. 

Please note: please ensure you have adequate insurance to take part in adventurous activities.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Small & relaxing but disappointed

Jun 30, 2020 vodkatonics Holland, Michigan

Overall : B As advertised this property is very small and quiet but knowing all of that it was overall one of our more disappointing Sandals experience. Note that the Ochi property is next door and is large and lively if you prefer that and would like to visit Ocho Rios. Guests from RP are allowed to visit Ochi but not the other way around. Travel… Read more
Overall : B As advertised this property is very small and quiet but knowing all of that it was overall one of our more disappointing Sandals experience. Note that the Ochi property is next door and is large and lively if you prefer that and would like to visit Ocho Rios. Guests from RP are allowed to visit Ochi but not the other way around. Travel : B The ride to and from the airport is long - it took us almost 2 hours each way - and the van was not comfortable Beach/Pool : B- There is only one very small pool in the property and there is no swim-up bar and gets impossible to enter when guests start using floating stuff. The beach area is private not big but this being a small resort you should not have issues getting a chair. There is not a long stretch of beach if that is what you are looking for. The pool and beach area are kept clean. Again, if you are looking for pool/beach activities, music, etc. this is not the resort for you and you could go spend the day at the Ochi property. Room : B Room was average with the normal Sandals amenities, bed was comfortable, and furniture was older - again if you are looking for a modern room this is not the resort for you. Although all rooms are advertised as oceanfront not all of them have ocean views. Recommend south side [less busy] and higher floors [view]. Food : C+ Being small you would think that the food would be much better than what was provided – food was subpar. The choices are very limited. The breakfast buffets had the same food everyday with only a few exceptions. The lunch buffets were uninspiring and bland. This is one area they need to improve the most (in our opinion) and pay more attention to the quality because they can as the guest count is small. There is not one cappuccino machine on the property and if you prefer non-brewed coffee you will be disappointed – not sure why Sandals cannot provide this service in all their properties with the amount they charge. Food : B [Ochi] As stated earlier you can visit the Ochi property and you have a wide variety of choices and the quality of food was better. We had dinner at Ochi most of our stay including a beach party. Service : B This is an all butler property but for us it was a waste of money – yes, the service was good, but the butlers did not provide any service that an able-bodied person is able to perform. There were some personal touches – decorating our bed one night with flowers and gaudy lights – but not something that would make us book butler suites anytime in the future. Also, you could definitely see favoritism shown to some guests and we do think it is the change in Sandals policy of allowing butlers to receive tips. Tips are not mandatory, but it felt like it was expected. We think the service staff were more helpful than the butlers and deserve the tips more. Service at restaurants and the beach area was sometimes overwhelming with the guest numbers being low it felt like many time they were hovering over you. But most of the staff always had a smile on their face and were very helpful. We were lucky to make this trip just before all the restrictions were put in place and although a bit disappointing, it was Jamaica, it was all inclusive, there was the ocean, it was relaxing! Read less
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Apr 29, 2020 Megan R Carmarthen, United Kingdom

We have visited the Royal Plantation for the last two years and planned to return this May. Unfortunately due to the COVID 19 virus this had to be cancelled. We are obviously very disappointed as we were so looking forward to returning and meeting everyone again. Having read previous negative comments I felt I had to write as we have found… Read more
We have visited the Royal Plantation for the last two years and planned to return this May. Unfortunately due to the COVID 19 virus this had to be cancelled. We are obviously very disappointed as we were so looking forward to returning and meeting everyone again. Having read previous negative comments I felt I had to write as we have found everyone in Sandals (especially Lisa in their London office) very approachable helpful and polite and we have just received a full refund for our holiday with out any problem. We are now looking forward to rebooking our holiday as soon as the current situation improves. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sandals are a rip off company!!

Apr 28, 2020 steven j Croydon, United Kingdom

We have travelled with Sandals many times but due to family illness we have decided to cancel our holiday booked for September. Sandals policy is that you forfeit your deposit if you cancel even this far in advance. It is in their T&C but this does not make it legal or ethical. Be VERY careful of booking with this company. They do not like giving… Read more
We have travelled with Sandals many times but due to family illness we have decided to cancel our holiday booked for September. Sandals policy is that you forfeit your deposit if you cancel even this far in advance. It is in their T&C but this does not make it legal or ethical. Be VERY careful of booking with this company. They do not like giving money back!!! We will NEVER travel to Sandals again. We prefer to deal with ethical companies. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 15th spectacular visit!

Apr 15, 2020 huntley55 Circleville,Oh

This resort has truly become our home away from home. The staff is like family. You will want for nothing. They have never uttered the word "no" in response to a request. They all go out of their way every minute of every day to make sure your stay is perfect. A small relaxing, quiet, resort with phenomenal food and the friendliest, most… Read more
This resort has truly become our home away from home. The staff is like family. You will want for nothing. They have never uttered the word "no" in response to a request. They all go out of their way every minute of every day to make sure your stay is perfect. A small relaxing, quiet, resort with phenomenal food and the friendliest, most accomodating staff of any resort anywhere. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our home away from home

Apr 12, 2020 timsB8027OC Austin, Texas

We have stayed at SRP on 7 occasions. We got engaged and married at this resort. We have also been to several other Sandals properties and this is, for sure, our favorite. We had to cancel our annual Spring trip to SRP due to COVID-19. We are anxiously awaiting our fall trip in September and hope this is all over by then. In the mean time we… Read more
We have stayed at SRP on 7 occasions. We got engaged and married at this resort. We have also been to several other Sandals properties and this is, for sure, our favorite. We had to cancel our annual Spring trip to SRP due to COVID-19. We are anxiously awaiting our fall trip in September and hope this is all over by then. In the mean time we wanted to write a review about all of our favorite things about SRP. There are so many to name that we are bound to miss some things but we will do our best. Here are the things we love about SPR: THE STAFF!!! The staff treats us like family every time we are there. They remember us and what we like. We have laughed, cried and loved with several of them throughout the years. We love the staff here and we hope they are ALL healthy and happy during this tough time. We hope to see them all again in the fall! THE SPA! This is my wife's favorite and the way she relaxes! The views! The water is amazing from the rooms and pool deck! The mountain views are amazing on the entrance side of the resort! The flora and fauna are amazing everywhere! Kelly the cat-she is sweet and ornery! The peacocks! The private beaches with butler service for drinks and food! Evenings at Royal Grill, eating next to the ocean waves and feeling the breeze The crickets and frogs at night! We love those sounds Evening entertainment-particularly Rojah and the Rush band and the Steel Drum Band Yoga and meditation with Maji on the peer Dinners at Le Papillon with amazing food and service The FOOD! From Breakfast to Dinner and everything in between it is all amazing! The peacefulness of the resort! We love how laid back it is! The big tree on the west end of the pool deck...he is like an old friend! Sitting in the hot tub, particularly in the evenings when the sun is setting and the frogs and crickets start to chirp The lizards and how they do "pushups" and puff our their necks. Breakfasts at the Terrace, with views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea and watching the fishing boats motor by Swimming off the west beach Snorkeling around the middle pier and seeing all the colorful fish Candle light dinners in the gazebo Smoking a cigar with a glass of wine while watching the fish swim in the lit water at night Learning about Jamaica on the beautiful drive to the resort The pub with the friendly staff and free flowing drinks The egg station along with buffet breakfasts Floating in the pool with strong drink and a great book All the friends we have met there over the years (George and Judy, Eric and Candice, Kenda and Michael and more) The fresh fruit and the nesberry tree The bubble baths that the butlers prepare for us while we are gone The towel animals The cheese plates High tea, overlooking the ocean Lobster Thermidor Coconut shrimp and Jerk chicken for lunch The piano man in the pub Swimming in the pool at night How pretty the resort is at night The fountain at the entrance The drawing room (what used to be the red room) The flower arrangement just outside the lobby The tile in the lobby and on the stair case The way the resort has retained its plantation look Falling into the great bed with clean sheets every night after a fun filled day at SRP and sleeping soundly in the cool air conditioning Finally..... THE STAFF! The people really do, make this resort! We love you guys! Stay safe and healthy! See you soon! Love, Tim and Leigh from Texas Read less