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Sandals Royal Caribbean

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Our Opinion

Higher end than the Sandals Montego Bay, located a few minutes away. The Sandals Royal Caribbean offers excellent service and great dining options in its 6 specialty restaurants. Swim-up River Suites feature a lagoon pool where you can swim directly to your suite. Receives the Environmental Green Globe award. The best of the 3 Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay.


Overview

Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay has all the grace and elegance of a Georgian Great House setting combined with fun, sun and excitement, not to mention luxurious swim-up river suites. Enjoy Sandals Cay, a private offshore island which is home to our exotic Thai restaurant and its own pool with swim-up bar. This 197 room resort offers six different restaurants, a full-service spa, room service offering continental breakfast for all guests as well as 24-hour room service for Concierge categories, and unlimited land and water sports including scuba diving. The Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort offers British sophistication and an exotic offshore island at one resort.

Location: Directly on the beach, 20 minute drive to Montego Bay, 15 minutes from the airport.


tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Jayne S : Union Grove, Wisconsin
Let Down by Club Staff!

My husband and I just got back from our trip to this resort, but our 11th time to a Sandals Resort. We stayed in a club level ocean front room that was renovated nicelybut very close to the nightly entertainment and the main pool. When we arrived it was quite loud by the pool with guests playing games, having drinks. We also seen how close the stage was to our door to enter our room. With this as a concern for our low key quite area style of our Sandals vacations we went to the Club office to ask for a different room. We were told we could not be changed at that time but had to wait until the next day to check with the "Reservation Person". That night was so loud after traveling all day and wanting rest it was not quiet until near 11pm. The next day we asked to be moved again. Nothing available, and this was the story of the rest of our trip. Then in front of our beautiful "Ocean Front Room" was the volley ball net. So we are surrounded by loud activity. Don't get me wrong we like to have fun, but have always been able to walk away from it in the past and go to our room for that quite rest that also comes with our vacation. We met great people that we enjoyed and the food was great. The resort was nicely kept, but for the money we have spent on this trip and 10 past trips the staff for the club level rooms was bad.We will never return for this reason. It is so sad to feel this way.This could of been handled much better by staff and the resort was not close to being full.

  • Sophie S : Ashburn, Virginia
Excellent Hotel - best is the private island

We visited over New Year's Even in 2016 and loved the place. We have been to Jamaica many times but this hotel was the best by far. We loved the private island as it was relaxing. The staff on the island was amazing, Monique our bartender and waitress was phenomenal, she knew us by name by day 2, and brought us drinks at the beach. This girl was so smart, she knew her clients, read them well, knew what we liked and was there for us during our entire stay, ensuring we were having fun.The private island also had a Jerk Shack, the food was the best, we ate there every day for lunch. Had the fish which was to die for. I would definitely recommend it and if you visit ask for Monique, best service ever.

  • WestGTAMarAl : West GTA
Simply Amazing!

Second time to this beautiful property. My wife and I love the quaint size of the resort with only 200 rooms it is small enough to get the service you expect and large enough to have a great restaurant selection and lovely grounds. Food is excellent for an all inclusive. Le Jardinier the French restaurant sits outside under the stars with naturally growing vines/flowers growing overhead. Excellent food and atmosphere. The Cricketer pub is a lot of fun with authentic fish and chips, and an atmosphere mimicking a real British pub. Guests normally head there later in the evening for drinks, dancing a pint and conversation. Eleanors was also an excellent choice for dinner. The Bamboo shack on the private Island was a go to everyday for lunch with amazing jerk chicken. While we were there the over the water suites were being constructed. Based on the pictures they will be spectacular! Our room was newly renovated and an ocean view. Butler service was top notch, in room bar was plentiful and the new décor is definitely chic. Check the site pics. We love the fact the resort is not huge. If you are looking for massive pools and a long beach look elsewhere. This resort is excellent, more focused on the guest than expansive pools for example. It never feels crowded. The beach is nice but likely man made or simply on the smaller side. The private island is a great way to escape for an afternoon with a bar, pool and hot tub present. Its a 2 minute boat ride which shuttles over every 15 minutes or so. The resort is very close to the MoBay airport which is super convenient. 10 minute drive at most. Planes do travel overhead but its not really intrusive. Some days a half dozen and others not a one. And they are already several thousand feet above us. Overall an excellent place to unwind, eat well, get fantastic service. Will be back again soon!

  • Bernie H : Vancouver, Canada
Sandals Multi Resort option - Really Great!

A bit of read, so grab a beer or wine…It’s now Jan 2017, we were at the Sandals Jamaica resorts late Oct early Nov. We stayed at the Royal Caribbean resort but were able to spend time at the other two Sandals resorts, the Sandals Montego Bay and the Sandals Caryle Inn. We will include the other two in this review as we think it’s best to think about having 3 resorts at your disposal for your vacation here. Sandals have really made it easy to stay at either and spend your time at all three with the transport between them available almost every hour from morning to late in the evening. In our photos, we refer to the Sandals Royal Caribbean as SRC, Sandals Montego Bay SMB & Sandals Carlye Inn as SC Inn. The Royal Caribbean is a small resort compared to the bigger Mexican resort chains but it is really a comfortable, clean and well laid out resort. We had a garden view room close to the entrance, seemed like an older room but was very clean and a good size with a very nice balcony over looking a small pool area. As it is a small resort, you are only a few minute walk to the main buildings, main pool, eating and the beach so not an issue if you take a garden area room. The food was good, selection was limited but the quality was very good so not a problem eating same meals a couple of times during the stay.Probably the biggest asset for these locations was the staff who were very polite, engaging, had a great sense of humor and seemed genuinely concerned to make sure you were having a great experience at the resort. We would like to identify some of these individuals as it is a small resort so you will come across these people several times a day.Front desk, Teka, so helpful to solve any problems and answer all your questions and a wonderful person to talk with about Jamaica. Latoya in The Regency, wonderful service from her and the many other dining staff at the resort. Odane in the French restaurant, good guy. Janice, non-stop working, so involved in keeping the flow moving for table sittings, drinks and table cleanups. The staff at the beach area were always so courteous and helpful to respond to requests for all the water activities. Marvin took me out for a very great ride on the Hobi cat, recommend it for sure.The beaches at the SRC resort are just ok as there is not much snorkelling area due to the main boat run being very close to the beach and there is not much to see when snorkelling. Out at the island there is a little better snorkelling but again a very small area. There might be some new snorkelling areas opening over by the newly constructed “over the water” cottages linked to the island. It was under construction while we were there so not sure if it is accessible to all resort guests. The main beach underwater over at the island needs to be cleaned up as there was construction materials visible on the bottom and the sea grass made it uncomfortable to walk in bare feet knowing there could be items buried. If I were managing that area, I would have a couple of staff spend a few days dragging out the sea grass, put down some coarse material, maybe denser sand or crushed dead coral, so it doesn’t wash away with the current flowing close to shore there. I would also put an underwater rock barrier in front of the underwater piping located about 40 feet east of the gazebo which goes back to the mainland. This could also help slow down the current passing close to the beach area. They have several daily diving and complimentary snorkelling trips just down the coast to a small reef area. We did one trip but it was pretty rough that day so can’t say if the reef area is good or not. As we mentioned above, having access to the other two resorts was a real bonus here and we would recommend if your looking to go to Sandals Montego Bay area, pick the cheapest place and spend your time at all 3 for the beach (SRC & SMB) and eating at all 3 resorts. It’s just minutes to take their bus to the other resorts.The Montego Bay resort seems to be physically a bigger resort as it has a much longer and deeper beach area and a couple of nice eating areas on the beach. The main dining building is really nice with an extended outside eating area and a pretty good lunch buffet, better than the SRC buffet lunch we thought.They do have one great little must visit eatery of sort called the Paris Café which is a dessert, ice cream and specialty coffee place. A wonderful young lady named Chevelle made me a special drink called a Frozen Alaskan which I had at a Mexican resort last year. Ask her for it as she promised to remember the ingredients. We did one trip to the 3rd Sandals Carlyle Inn which is located across Montego Bay beyond the airport maybe 15 minutes from the SRC so you get to see a little of Montego Bay from the drive. The Inn is a hotel style resort located across the road from the ocean. It was very quiet the afternoon we went there for lunch and it would definitely be a nice option to stay here if the price was right and spend time at the other resorts. The Wifi is great, access everywhere we went from buildings to beach. If you even go to the other resorts, it’s the same password and you are connected automatically. Da best for guests who want to stay connected!OK, getting close to the end, grab another wine. Jamaica in the past year or so has moved forward with changing the marijuana laws in the country for medicinal and future “wellness tourism” use. At the Royal Caribbean, you will see the guys on the paddle boards selling their souvenir wares just along the rope barriers. After making eye contact and being within talking distance you will know that you can but more than souvenirs from these aqua sales people and for Canadians, who are already partaking in medical marijuana uses, this saves the risk of carrying your medicine with you. Jamaica are currently looking at having medical marijuana kiosks at the airport and you, along with your Canadian prescription can purchase up to 2 ounces for personal use at the airport at the beginning of you vacation. A very civilized approach to making your holiday a pain free vacation for sure. There are a lot of articles online regarding Jamaica and the pending marijuana law reforms. Maybe a big chain and tourism player like Sandals could look at having similar kiosks at the resorts in the future for tourists who are approved in their countries for medical marijuana. They could even have their chefs cook up some good desserts, just thinking out loud here…Another thing we hoped to do while there was to go out and around the town but like many other Caribbean islands, it wasn’t recommended by the staff due to crime issues. When you drive from resort to resort, you sort of understand from the number of stores and offices that have high walls with razor wire along the top. It’s unfortunate because a lot of these businesses could benefit from tourists if we had safe access to the areas. Maybe Sandals could get another bus like the transit bus and do group tours to the mall and other shopping areas, kind of safety in numbers thing. The Sandals staff are so genuine and nice at the resorts it’s hard to comprehend that the other locals would not be the same. Maybe get some tourists out there and the locals can learn there is more to be gained socially and economically than committing crimes against the tourists. Maybe in time… Last thing, if you are going to buy some real Jamaican souvenirs, we recommend buying at the resorts as the airport things seemed pretty expensive for everything if you decide to buy last minute. Done, hope our comments help with your decision to travel to Jamaica and stay at Sandals.A good trip, we would go back to Jamaica and Sandals again.

  • Chad G : Johnson City, Tennessee
Wonderful Time at Sandals Royal Caribbean

My wife and I just returned from a week at RC. We had a recently renovated walkout butler suite in the Edinburgh building with an amazing tranquility tub. The room and location were perfect. Our butlers, Hughill and Nigy, did a wonderful job making our trip more than we could have imagined. From the fruit and cheese trays on the beach to the drawn bubble baths in the evening they went out of their way to make our time special. No other way to go but with a butler suite. The resort was beautiful and well kept. So many different places to relax in the sun. The food was good at all the restaurants and the grill food was very good as well. We also rented a cabana a half day on the island which was very nice. Nicole did a great job of taking care of us and making us laugh. The resort is significantly quieter than Sandals Montego Bay which is what we wanted. We will definitely return again and again and again.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
  • A la carte dining
  • Room service in Concierge suites only
  • Domestic and International brand drinks
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boats
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Canoes
  • Hydrobikes
  • Hobie Cats
  • Scuba for certified divers
  • Introductory scuba lessons in pool and classroom
  • Glass-bottom boat rides
  • Tennis (day and night)
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball (beach)
  • Shuffleboard
  • Billiards
  • Basketball
  • Board games
  • Lawn chess
  • Croquet
  • WiFi
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 190 guest rooms
  • 4 restaurants: Thai, International, Jamaican, Grilled specialties, Off shore island restaurant
  • 4 pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • 2 swim-up bar
  • Piano bar
  • 3 tennis courts
  • Golf course nearby
  • Fitness centre
  • Watersports centre
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Games room
  • Scuba diving centre
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting facilities
  • Tour desk
  • Complimentary property-wide WiFi
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Off shore island

Deluxe Rooms include:

  • Garden view
  • 1 king-size bed
  • Full bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Clock radio
  • Coffee maker
  • In-room safe
  • WiFi
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Amenity Kit

Premium Rooms include:

  • Same features as Deluxe Rooms
  • Balcony or terrace with pool or garden view

Grand Luxe Rooms include:

  • Same features as Deluxe Rooms
  • Balcony or terrace with pool or garden view

Grand Luxe Beachfront Rooms include:

  • Same features as Deluxe Rooms
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Beachfront location

Suite room categories available with Concierge Service including:

  • VIP check in
  • Special luggage handling
  • Tour arrangements
  • Private parties
  • A concierge dedicated to see that requests are promptly answered

Exchange Privileges - Exchange program with Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Carlyle. Daily shuttle service included to Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Carlyle.

Free Weddings - Free packages includes: ceremony, marriage license, service of a minister, wedding coordinator, wedding cake, hors d'oeuvres, bottle of champagne, 1 photograph (5 x 7). Free weddings valid for 7 night stays or longer. Picturesque ceremony location, Champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception for Bride, Groom and 2 guests. Honeymoon dinner for Bride and Groom, Just Married T-shirts and Continental Breakfast for Bride and Groom, all government and administrative fees. Please contact hotel directly by phone at 1-800-SANDALS.

Honeymooners - To be eligible for the honeymoon package, newlyweds must advise at the time of booking and present their proof of wedding, dated within the last month, upon arrival at the hotel.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel offers early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Sandals Royal Caribbean
    Montego Bay,Jamaica

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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
Mahoe Bay, Montego Bay 167 Jamaica

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