Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The hotel

The largest in the Sandals chain, this adult resort offers two holidays for the price of one. Atop a fabulously verdant hillside you'll find the Butler Village, a collection of luxury villas with shared pools surrounded by bright flowers, and the Great House, which boasts a stunning main pool with intimate cabanas. Experience an evening of live music and old-fashioned cocktails at the first speakeasy bar in the Caribbean — but, do you know the password?! Jump aboard the "Hop" bus and head across the road to the Riviera Seaside and Ochi Beach Club, fronting a beautiful stretch of white sand with a boardwalk that extends out to sea. Enjoy a beachside cocktail, soak up some sun or sail the waves of the Caribbean sea on the infamous sunset catamaran cruise, alternatively, the resorts Playmakers will be sure to get the party started with various pool games! Perhaps pool volleyball is not on your agenda? — no problem! Scattered across the resort, you will find various quiet pools for a more relaxed vibe and don't forget, a sumptuous treatment at the Red Lane® Spa will help ease you into your tropical Caribbean getaway. The Amphitheatre is the entertainment hub of the resort, hosting live Reggae nights, Talent Shows and live dancers, the perfect way to experience and celebrate the Jamaican culture. Keep a look out for the daily 'Footprint', the resorts very own newspaper, highlighting the days events and activities.

Amenities

  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym

Where is it

Just outside Ocho Rios, on the beautiful north coast of Jamaica. Transfer time from Montego Bay Airport: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Hotel information

522 rooms and suites. The Great House and Butler Villas are located on the hillside of St. Ann Mountains, perfect for a more private romantic setting. Guests can use the complimentary shuttle service to the Riviera Seaside and Ochi Beach Club which is located across the road and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and facilities.

All rooms include air-conditioning, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi access, telephone, iPod dock with alarm clock, private bath/shower, amenity kit, coffee maker, mini-bar stocked with bottled water, juice, soda and local beer, safe, iron and board, hairdryer and 1 king-size bed. All room types sleep maximum 2 adults. Great House Luxury Rooms overlook the gardens and mountains, and have bathroom with shower/tub combination.

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!

Riviera Bamboo Grove Deluxe Rooms are located on the first through third floors of the Harbour Club and overlook the lush gardens from the balcony, with bathroom complete with shower/tub combination.

Riviera Bamboo Grove Premium Rooms are located on the ground through third floors of the Ginger Lily building, and feature bathroom with shower/tub combination and balcony and porch, with views of the resort's pool and gardens.

Riviera Honeymoon Luxury Rooms have views of the tropical gardens from the balcony, and feature bathroom with shower/tub combination.

Riviera Grande Luxe Rooms are located on the top floors of the Harbour Club building. These rooms feature bathroom with shower/tub combination, sitting area and balcony with views of the tropical gardens.

Great House Oceanview Rooms are spacious rooms, featuring bathroom with shower/tub combination and balcony with views of the Caribbean Sea.

Honeymoon Hideaway Luxury Club Level Garden Cottages are located on the ground and first floors of the Riviera Cottages, and feature bathroom with shower/tub combination and large balcony with views of the resort's famous Banyan trees and gardens. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Riviera Beachfront Club Level Rooms are spacious, airy rooms and feature bathroom with shower/tub combination and picture windows offering beach and ocean views. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Poolside Club Level Villa Rooms, in an exclusive tropical retreat, on the first and second floors, features a king-size bed, full bathroom with a double sink vanity and walk-in shower, and access to your own semi-private pool.

Honeymoon Grande Luxe Poolside Villa Club Level are located on the ground and first floors of exclusive tropical hamlets, complete with French doors opening out to a semi-private pool. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Butler Village Poolside One-Bedroom Villa Suites have an expansive bedroom and living area, bathroom with shower/tub combination and an oversized patio or balcony leading to the semi-private pool. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside One-Bedroom Villa Suites are as above. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Rooms are open-plan spacious rooms, featuring bathroom with shower/tub combination, living area and large balcony with views of the beach and Caribbean Sea. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Butler Village Honeymoon Oceanview One-Bedroom Poolside Villa Suites have an expansive bedroom and living area, bathroom with shower/tub combination and oversized balcony with views of the pool, gardens and ocean. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Penthouse Club Level Rooms have enviable ocean views from their top-floor location, bathroom with shower/tub combination and large balcony. These rooms include Club Sandals service.

Great House One-Bedroom Butler Suites feature a large living room, two TVs, bathroom with shower/tub combination and an oversized balcony with views of the gardens, pool and ocean. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Butler Village One-Bedroom Poolside Villa Estate Suites are located on the ground and first floors of an exclusive collection of villas, each with large living room, bathroom with shower/tub combination and French doors leading out to the semi-private pool. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Butler Village Oceanview One-Bedroom Poolside Villa Suites are located in prime positions from which to enjoy views of the ocean, with airy living area, bathroom with shower/tub combination and private patio or veranda leading to a shared bluff-style pool deck, with 180 degree views of the Caribbean Sea. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Riviera Beachfront One-Bedroom Butler Suites feature large living room, expansive bedroom, bathroom with a sunken Roman-style whirlpool and walk-in shower, and an oversized balcony with ocean views. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suites are as above. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet One-Bedroom Villa Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary are unique rooms and feature it's own walled courtyard, large bathroom with walk-in shower and sunken bath tub, lounge and fully-equipped kitchen, and Roman-style private pool with water feature, outdoor rain shower and a hot tub. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

One Bedroom Poolside Butler Villa Suite features its own living area with a television and fully stocked premium bar, a separate bedroom with a king bed, a full bathroom with walk-in shower, and patio or balcony access. You also have access to your villa’s own semi-private pool. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

One Bedroom Poolside Butler Villa Estate Suite with a full living room with a premium bar, separate bedroom with king-size bed, full bathroom with double sink vanity and walk-in shower, and access to a semi-private pool. These suites include Sandals Butler Service.

Located within Butler Village, Villa w/4 One-Bedroom Butler Suites and Private Pool were designed with groups in mind. Each one-bedroom suite features its own living area with a television and fully stocked premium bar, separate bedroom with king-size bed, full bathroom with walk-in shower, and a patio or balcony to enjoy quiet mornings amidst lush gardens. All suites within the villa have access to a private pool with lounge chairs under shaded umbrellas and 24-hour in-room dining. These suites include 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 as 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.

Sandals Butler Service:

Providing you with uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards. Beginning with lemongrass-scented hand towels, 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, butler guests will also have access to all the Club Sandals amenities and weekly activities, as well as 24-hour room service.

5-Star Global Gourmet™ at Sandals Resorts brings new sights, sounds and tastes to all guests at each meal — of course, all included! 16 dining options: Le Gourmand (classic French cuisine, breakfast and dinner, reservations required for dinner), The Jerk Shack (authentic Jamaican Jerk specialities), The Southern Table (buffet breakfast and lunch, à La Carte cuisine from the American South for dinner), Tapas on the Riviera (mixture of international flavours, open till late), Vista Gourmet/Sky Terrace (Buffet breakfast and lunch, à la carte Seafood menu for dinner), Valentino's (Italian cuisine, dinner only, reservations required), The Reef Terrace (Caribbean), Manor House (Jamaican), Dino's Pizzeria (wood-fired pizza oven), Great House Café (jerk pork and chicken, sandwiches and salads, open till late), Neptune's (Mediterranean dinner only), Kimonos (entertaining Teppanyaki, dinner only, reservations required), Soy (sushi bar, dinner only), Kelly's Dockside (à la carte cuisine, dinner only, reservations required), The Mariner's Seaside Bar & Grill and Bella Napoli Pizzeria. Chocolate Buffet night once a week. 11 bars and cocktail lounges including 3 swim-up pool bars, The Rabbit Hole speakeasy bar and Ethel's Piano Bar. Please note: Restaurants are not all open every night.

Nightly entertainment, theme nights, beach parties, cocktail parties, disco and piano bar.

5 main swimming pools, 1 scuba pool, 22 hot tubs across the resort. Largest Red Lane® Spa* in the Sandals chain and Red Lane® Fitness Centre. 30 ft rock climbing wall, volleyball, floodlit tennis courts, basketball, croquet, giant chess, table tennis and shuffleboard. Unlimited green fees at Sandals Golf & Country Club (free transfers, caddies mandatory*). Scuba-diving* (free for certified divers, fee applies to others), kayaks, snorkelling, windsurfing, Hobie cats, paddle boards and aqua trikes.

SnapShots photo shop*. Gift shops. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Exchange Bureau. Island Routes tours and excursions desk*. Complimentary WiFi access in all room categories. Complimentary shuttle service to Riviera Seaside and Ochi Beach Club.

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

3 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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sandals Ochi: Beautiful but poor layout

Apr 21, 2024 Joe H

We recently traveled with almost 50 people to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for a wedding at Sandals Ochi. This was our third trip to Jamaica, and our 8th trip to a different Sandals Resort. We got married at Sandals Negril in 2018, and like trying out other Sandals resorts because we know what the standards should be, just with a little bit different… Read more
We recently traveled with almost 50 people to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for a wedding at Sandals Ochi. This was our third trip to Jamaica, and our 8th trip to a different Sandals Resort. We got married at Sandals Negril in 2018, and like trying out other Sandals resorts because we know what the standards should be, just with a little bit different layout. We again had an amazing time and luckily had beautiful weather throughout our trip, but, like anything, there were positive and negative aspects. Overall, much more positive experiences than negative, but we would not come back to this specific resort, particularly due to the layout. Pros: -We shared a butler villa on the Hillside. There was a shared private villa pool, stocked bar area and spacious room layout. -Soy and Kimonos were again our favorite dining options. Can’t beat sushi and hibachi. -Roberto was an amazingly friendly, happy, and accommodating butler. He set up a private pool party for us and the rest of the guests. He was very prompt and eager to get us whatever we needed, and get us to wherever we needed to go. He was amazing. -Xavier, the jitney driver, was always in the right place to get us around. He was very helpful and friendly. -Most resort employees are genuinely happy to be there and make your stay special -The pools are very spacious and not freezing cold. -The Rabbit Hole Speakeasy was great. Entertainment, A/C, martinis, and spacious. Cons: -The resort is too big. It is split by a road that needs to be crossed by a shuttle bus. Not the end of the world, actually very convenient and timely, but the whole process of waiting, and restricted movement is not for me. I like roaming freely, and this created a separation from us on the hillside and other guests on the seaside. -The Hillside villa guests need to be taken by cart up this huge hill to their rooms. Creates more waiting and complaining as rides were not always prompt. Restrictions and delays are not welcome on vacation. -Not enough bartenders. American tourists tend to be impatient, but a 15 minute wait at a busy bar with 50+ people and usually only 1 or 2 bartenders… come on sandals. I’m here to enjoy my time, not spend it waiting and complaining that I should be having fun. -Restaurants/buffets closed due to lower occupancy. This created floods of guests to the few open areas, which created longer wait times, grouchy staff, and less variety. I was very disappointed in the closing of the lunch and dinner buffets. Many other guests complained of this as well. -Some front line employees were clearly not happy to be there. I understand work in general is not what someone wants to do, but frontline employees NEED to present a positive experience NO MATTER WHAT! Read less
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Apr 20, 2024 Bert O Camberley, United Kingdom

This was our second visit to a Sandals resort and we were excited to be visiting another one. Frankly, it did not live up to our expectations and the high standards we had experienced on the previous visit, which was to Barbados. There were several issues which included - The bathroom door around the handle area was filthy The bed was so high, my… Read more
This was our second visit to a Sandals resort and we were excited to be visiting another one. Frankly, it did not live up to our expectations and the high standards we had experienced on the previous visit, which was to Barbados. There were several issues which included - The bathroom door around the handle area was filthy The bed was so high, my wife, who is of average height, needed a step to get into and out of the bed -The A/C in our room stopped working. We reported it a number of times -The ceiling fan in the room had one speed which was so slow to be ineffective - Food was just OK - in our 10-day visit, we did not have a memorable meal - Service on one evening was dreadful - we waited an hour for a glass of wine - Trips arranged via the travel desk were very expensive. When we checked the cost of similar trips outside of the resort, costs were 40% less - The extractor in the bathroom did not work - Transit from the airport took a lot longer than we were told. This included a 30-minute unnecessary stop at a restaurant on the way. There are 2 small beaches at this resort so if you like long walks on the beach, this is not the place for you. The staff in the resort are mostly excellent - very friendly and warm When I returned, I wrote to the general manager to make him aware of the issues, purely to help in their improvement. He apologised and offered me loyalty points as a gesture of goodwill, but ruined it by asking me to sign a waiver which would have prohibited me from sharing this input. I declined his offer Read less
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Apr 20, 2024 Ebony D Plymouth, United Kingdom

We stayed for a week at Sandals Ochi and had a great time. We were skeptical about the negative reviews but have generally had a very positive experience. Accommodation - I was preparing myself for the worst here but we didn't have any problems. We stayed in the most 'basic' room available, everything worked as intended, it was clean and we had… Read more
We stayed for a week at Sandals Ochi and had a great time. We were skeptical about the negative reviews but have generally had a very positive experience. Accommodation - I was preparing myself for the worst here but we didn't have any problems. We stayed in the most 'basic' room available, everything worked as intended, it was clean and we had a balcony. Bed was comfy, fridge stocked with beer, wine, water, coke. It's not necessarily the 5* accommodation you would have at home, but it wasn't bad. The cleaners were so good, every time we went out we'd come back to a spotless room. Water sports - didn't do as much of this as we liked, but probably our fault for missing good opportunities. Sometimes there will be a red flag on the beach meaning you can't do the water sports - my advice would be to go when it's yellow/green while you can. Just walk up, sign a waiver and grab a life jacket. Excursions - you can book through Viator or Trip Advisor and it's much cheaper than going through the resort. We did the Dunn's River Falls experience, pick up from the hotel, it was £42pp, bring some tip money, also money for either the paid photos (£40) or $15 for a waterproof phone case so you can take your own photos. Had a great time. Didn't book a massage with Sandals as it was about $200, for half this price I'd have probably gone for it. I don't think it can be super popular as we were asked by the Spa therapists 3 to 5 times a day if we have any interest in the spa during our stay. They're dressed in a beigey brown if you prefer to avoid. I think much more people would be interested in a massage if the price was dropped a little. Entertainment - the saxophonist in particular was just amazing, but all of the entertainment was brilliant. There are also a couple places open late night if you wanted a snack. Lots going on, different things at different sides of the resort so you can choose. Drinks - generally quick service, although we've come at a quieter time on the resort so this may change in peak season. Not super strong but I'd say that's just because of the alcohol/juice ratio (they'll put a shot in a big glass). I asked for drinks extra strong and they made them perfectly. Now onto the food part of the review. I've written this part of the review to help other vegans. Overall we were happy with the vegan food on offer, it's not as extensive as back home (UK) but that would be a big ask on holiday outside of Europe. I'd happily stay here again, but it's good to know what you're coming into. Firstly, watch out for the menus - often they'll describe fish/shrimp as vegetarian. We specified vegan and no fish. Breakfast - buffet style, both sides of the resort are the same for the buffet. There is toast, bagels, and English muffins but no butter - I used peanut butter instead. Not ideal but did the job. There is also jam/jelly. There are some cereals with almond/soy milk. Every morning the hot dishes on offer for vegans were some form of potato dish, baked beans, and steamed veg. On the first morning there was a tofu dish which was delicious but then it was never seen again. There's also the French restaurant for breakfast which does walk ins at that time (but need to book for dinner). I had the avocado toast with a side of hash brown and baked beans. Unfortunately you can't custom make from the menu - e.g., I asked for Ackee without the saltfish but this was not allowed. I'm pretty sure it's all pre-made up ready to go, as it wasn't super hot either. There's a nice fruit salad here. Lunch - there's a pizza place on each side of the resort. You can veganise it by removing the cheese, you can make a custom pizza too. I found this to be the best lunch option. There's also a vegan burger at Mariner/Neptune's which is nice enough. We enjoyed the vegan kebabs on the beach from the Tapas place but be warned, the sauce is very spicy. If you're not a spice person they do have other sauce you could request. Whilst there's no vegan butter anywhere you could ask for olive oil with bread instead of butter. Favourite meals were - 1. Italian place. Simple, like Italian food is. Very rich and tasty. Requires booking, try to book all your meals early on before the restaurants get booked up. 2. The Reef Terrace was a lovely dinner option. The vegan jerk chicken was delicious and you have a great view. They accept walk ins. 3. Kimonos Japanese place - I really enjoyed the tofu dish here and they're able to accommodate if you specify your dietary needs. Requires booking. The only thing I didn't like is that you're seated in tables of 12. If you like meeting new people you won't mind, but if you're like me I hope this is a sufficient warning to you. They were helpful and allowed us to eat separately on request however. Desserts - there are no vegan desserts anywhere really. There might have been a sorbet, and there is popcorn but that's it. The restaurants don't exactly feel 5* but we did enjoy them, and most of the staff are lovely and so friendly. If you're worried about poor reviews I would just say don't expect everything to be perfect, it's generally good. I wouldn't hesitate to book this again. Read less
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Apr 19, 2024 Robert M Atlanta

For an all-inclusive resort, this hit the spot perfectly. The accommodations and property were wonderful and made our little slice of Jamaica feel great and welcoming. April week’s stay with good weather and no bugs that we encountered. Food was 4 out of 5 stars as you’d probably expect. Service was top notch! Shout-outs especially to… Neil and… Read more
For an all-inclusive resort, this hit the spot perfectly. The accommodations and property were wonderful and made our little slice of Jamaica feel great and welcoming. April week’s stay with good weather and no bugs that we encountered. Food was 4 out of 5 stars as you’d probably expect. Service was top notch! Shout-outs especially to… Neil and Sheldon who were amazing butlers at our cabana stays. Rayjay Davia at Reef Shamario (pics at sunset) Sherica Yanique at Sky Bar Michael and Rudolph at the front desk And Kailando at Soy. Smiles everywhere! Would highly recommend. Read less
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Apr 18, 2024 MonaRo1983

Went there for our honeymoon and it was the best experience ever even tho the trip was short ( 3nights).