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Sandals Royal Plantation

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The Sandals Royal Plantation is a great resort for those looking for the same luxuries of an all-inclusive resort in a more intimate setting. The resort is staffed by an incredibly personable and attentive team. This is a perfect resort for adults and couples, looking for a quiet and relaxing place to enjoy the landscapes of Jamaica. The Sandals Royal Plantation is also a wonderful destination wedding option.


Overview
The Sandals Royal Plantation is the Caribbean's most exclusive beach boutique resort for adults. Nestled atop a seaside bluff above the stunning Caribbean Sea, this resort presents the perfect setting to truly get away from it all. Located on two pristine, private beaches, each of Sandals Royal Plantation's 74-suites enjoy direct ocean views and butler service. Amenities include a pool, three gourmet � la carte restaurants, 24-hour in-room dining, a 5-Star Diamond Award-winning Red Lane� Spa, non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, 24-hour fitness center and world-class golf nearby at Sandals Golf & Country Club. Sandals Royal Plantation is the perfect vacation spot for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
 
Location: Ocho Rios, directly on the beach, 90 min drive from Sangster International Airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • ivana a :
Exceptional honeymoon spot

First off we fell in love with the beautiful country of Jamaica during our honeymoon trip!The staff makes this resort!!! EVERYONE was so kind and accommodating!Our room had an amazing view of the ocean and was always clean by the amazing housekeeper Kavina. Our butlers Audell and Chadworth were so friendly and made sure EVERYTHING was taken care of for us from dinner reservations, excursions, breakfast, drinks, night plans, etc. We appreciated the little things they did for us daily like leaving afternoon snacks, notes, or making cute towel animals that would make us smile and laugh when we got back to our room. So much is included with this resort that you dont have to spend much additional money except for spa services which I thoroughly enjoyed with my massage by Simone. We were able to scuba dive for the first time ever and saw a shipwreck! The Aqua Center staff were fantastic and helped keep us safe and having fun during the dives.The beach butlers (Daniello and Cleon) and beach staff were very attentive and kept the drinks coming and even brought us lunch on the beach. Jason and Akeem were in charge of entertainment and did a fantastic job of having nightly entertainment including authentic reggae bands, dancers, and Oliver the very talented pianist. Jason and Akeem always made sure we were having fun and we really connected with them which made the week feel like hanging out with old friends!The vibe of the resort is more chill which we enjoyed and conveniently the larger and more lively sister resort Ochi was only 3 minutes away with full access to all its entertainment and restaurants. The beaches were beautiful, private, and always clean and the food was absolutely delicious! We ate lobster literally every night!We cant wait to come back to beautiful Jamaica and to this resort! We already miss the staff and cant wait to see them again soon!

  • aktjones : Leeds, United Kingdom
Almost perfect....

We had a fabulous time at the Royal Plantation and would consider visiting again. However, if we could rate by points of a star it would probably be 4.8 instead of 5. The main reason would be the rooms - they need updating. Don't get us wrong they were very clean & completely usable; it was just that they are not state of the art and show their age, especially the bathroom. The toilet, with its cheap plastic seat, is an old design & doesn't flush efficiently (ours blocked twice!). The bath/shower controls & shower head are original from the day the place was built and are not modern in their functionality, i.e. it is affixed wall mounted shower head, and difficult to adjust to the right temperature. Most top class hotels have separate shower enclosures these days. The safe malfunctioned twice locking our valuables in – however this was dealt with very quickly and was no real concern. Other issues were – velour covered arm chairs, not comfy or hygienic – stained quilt, which we requested be changed – aircon unit that just about coped (set at lowest temp & highest fan constantly – noisy at night) – and some other minor bits. The best bits ... Staff, very friendly & courteous! Food – absolutely wonderful! General areas/facilities – Very well cared for and beautiful. Atmosphere – relaxing!Regarding the Butler Service. Very courteous but perhaps because we are British we found if over the top some times and didn’t really need to use them. We are happy and used to arranging things ourselves. Thank you to all for a lovely relaxing holiday.

  • Cathren K : Orlando, Florida
Paradise Beyond our Dreams

So before I went, I read the reviews including the bad ones. I had balanced yet hopeful expectations, and it exceeded my wildest dreams for our honeymoon. The moment you walk in, they greet you with a wet hand towel and sparkling wine. We had a massage appointment, but my blood sugar was tanking. Our butler Olivia and the spa staff all rushed around to get us some food. Our room had a stunning view of the ocean. The bed was comfortable, and all of the furniture was nice. It was the most no worries vacation ever. Our butlers Hector and Olivia knew our schedule and ushered us around. We'd come back to our room to find all kinds of lovely honeymoon surprises. When we came back from Dunn River, the room smelled nice. I looked in the bathroom, and the jacuzzi tub was full of bubbles and hibiscus flowers. Candles were lit and lovely new age music was playing. The meals were great. I mentioned wanting to eat somewhere that had scallops, so then Hector arranged it so that there were scallops on the menu at each restaurant every evenings. I consider myself a foodie having lived in New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and San Francisco. If someone were to say "Outback," "Chilis," or "Cracker Barrel," I'd think that they wanted to punish me. Now, that doesn't mean that there aren't certain taco trucks that I love. So when I say that each of the meals at the restaurant were good--that's coming from a selective eater. I wouldn't say that they beat the best NOLA or SF restaurants, but they were good. If you want a French Laundry meal every night, then you might be too much of a snob for this place. Keep in mind that I'm also an adventurous eater--so if you are afraid of exotic foods, I don't know whether you'd like it. The staff were wonderful people. They all learned our names and were so sweet. Now, I believe that how you treat other people does matter. We got to know the staff and were nice to them too. So if someone is persistently rude and demanding, I'm not sure how they would respond. Just be nice, and they'll give it back tenfold. Cleon, the beach butler is always smiling. The guys in the sports shop, the diving guys over at Ochi, the restaurant staff, the spa staff---everyone was just fabulous. As for the beach, Cleon is there asking you if you want a mimosa or if you want to be sprayed with rose water. They thought of everything regarding hammocks, futons, etc. I wish I could have been allowed to be a little more adventurous with my swimming. But I understand their wanting to limit their liability. I'm used to swimming more than a mile in open water and have swam against 4.5 knots of current. So the average swimmer will probably not find it too tame. It was the honeymoon of my dreams.We did go over to Ochi for the diving lessons. The dive instructor was great. I was glad that we weren't staying at Ochi though. It seemed like more of a party environment with organized fun on the loud speaker. It's the reason I've always avoided all-inclusives. But neither of them had screaming kids running around because they are both adults only. Now, the I do have two objections to Royal Plantation. First, the name glamorizes a slave masters' lifestyle. I am not black, but I don't have to be black to be offended by that. It made me particularly uncomfortable when we had a mostly black staff waiting on us hand and foot. Second, from talking to the staff and asking questions, I learned that a lot of them worked six days a week. We saw one really nice lady late at night at dinner and then back up serving again at breakfast. She was sweet about it when I said something, but I know she was tired. I would rather pay just a little more so that the staff can have a good wage and a healthful rest with time with their families. It's just hard to enjoy the lap of luxury when you know that someone else is going through hardship to bring that to you.

  • JudithShaw : Leeds
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this resort!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this resort.It truly is like our home in Jamaica.If you want to feel relaxed, pampered and spoiled book a holiday here.This really is one very special place to be - this was our 7th stay here, yes, many of the staff have changed but lots of old friends still remain - Biggs, Coombs, Cleon, Daniello, Sean, Gladstone, Natalia, Jermaine, Junior to name but a few. New friends include Dacia, Karena, Adrian and Ashpole.Arnold, the GM and Frank, the hotel manager, go out of their way to make you feel valued and special - Arnold, our Returner's dinner was one of the best we have attended in 29 Sandals stays, thank you for hosting our table, and just WOW to our Diamond lunch with you and Dacia - thank you very much.We look forward to returning to Royal Plantation next year.

  • PresidentSurrey : Surrey
Perfect choice for a beach break..

We'd only once before stayed at an apparently top class all-inclusive, which was in Cuba..and it was truly dreadful. So when we decided that rather than touring, we wanted to do a beach holiday, and friends suggested we stay at a Sandals resort, we were sceptical. However, this place is absolutely top class: the location, the resort, the staff, the food, everything was perfect. Royal Plantation is only suites, and butler service; some 70 suites means that it is more like a boutique hotel, than one of Sandals larger resorts. However, if at any time you want more activities, or restaurant options it's simple..you can hop on the shuttle bus to the Sandals Ochi resort next door; but their residents can't visit Royal Plantation!Special memories of our two wonderful butlers, Ashpole and Adrian - the "A team"; two great entertainment hosts, Jason and Akeem; beach butlers, Daniello and Cleon; and Natalie, Karena, and Christina (the perfect chef).

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  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • All meals (buffet breakfast, daytime and late night snacks)
  • Dinner can be a la carte (reservations required in some restaurants, dress code in effect)
  • Unlimited international, premium and domestic drinks
  • 24-hour room service
  • Butler service
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Hobie cats
  • WiFi
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 4 a la carte restaurants (International, Grill, French)
  • 3 bars
  • 1 pool
  • Outdoor whirlpool
  • 2 (lit) tennis courts
  • Fitness Centre
  • Red Lane Spa
  • Steamroom & sauna
  • Games room
  • Water Sports center (fee)
  • Dive shop (fee)
  • Tour desk (fee)
  • Golf course nearby (fee)
  • Gift shop
  • Island Routes tour desk
  • Laundry facilities (fee)
  • Wedding facilities (fee)
  • Complimentary property-wide WiFi
  • Butler service
  • Conference facilities (fee)
  • Currency exchange

All Rooms include:


  • A/C
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Telephone with voice mail
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Satellite television
  • Hairdryer
  • Clock radio
  • Mini-bar
  • CD player
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bathrobe for use during your stay
  • 24 hr room service
  • Butler service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Max occupancy 2 adults


Royal Orchid Oceanfront Butler Suite:
  • Four poster king size bed
  • Ocean and west beach view
  • Located on the first through third floors
  • Sitting area with an ornamental French balcony
  • Max 2 adults total
Royal Hummingbird Oceanfront Butler Suite:
  • Four poster king size bed
  • Ocean and east beach view
  • Located on the first through third floors
  • Sitting area with an ornamental French balcony
  • Max 2 adults total
Coconut Grove Plantation Oceanfront Suite:
  • Four poster king size bed
  • Ocean view
  • Sitting area with an ornamental French balcony
  • Max 2 adults total
Royal Great House Oceanfront Suite:
  • Four poster king size bed
  • Ocean view
  • Roman tub with separate walk-in shower
  • Sitting area with an ornamental French balcony
  • Max 2 adults total
Exchange Privileges - Sandals Resorts do offer exchange privileges at other Sandals Resorts. Please refer to www.sandals.com for more details.


Golf Bonus - Green fees at the Upton Golf and Country Club and transfers are included. Mandatory cart and caddies are an additional charge.

Wedding Packages - Wedding packages available, please inquire.

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 Plantation
    Ocho Rios,Jamaica

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Sandals Royal Plantation
Main Street, Ocho Rios Jamaica

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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