Three things guests love about… Sandals Royal Plantation

Reposted from Sandals Blog

By Kylie Morrow | September 26th 2019

Sandals Royal Plantation in a nutshell

Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Royal Plantation is best for a magical romantic boutique experience. The resort is intimate and enchanting, known for its excellent butler service. Guests can enjoy nearby Sandals Ochi and its 16 (!) restaurants for its lively ambience.

Atmosphere: Sophisticated, Laid back.

5 restaurants on-property
16 restaurants at Sandals Ochi.
7 restaurants at Beaches Ocho Rios (transfer not included).

Sandals resorts close by: Sandals Ochi & Beaches Ocho Rios.

Overall review of Sandals Royal Plantation

sandals royal plantation resort aerial view

There’s no going wrong with Jamaica for a romantic couples vacation. Simultaneously pristine and rugged, the Caribbean island is one of the most popular for travelers seeking white sandy shores and an authentic Caribbean experience. Located in Ocho Rios, Sandals Royal Plantation builds upon the exclusiveness of the island as a vacation destination and delivers an all-inclusive experience that is second to none.

A vacation at Sandals Royal Plantation promises a truly intimate boutique experience that takes your love to higher heights. With just 74 rooms, the resort is perfect for guests looking for the enhanced all-inclusive experience that is personalized to meet their needs. Golf aficionados will also be right at home here, as the Sandals Golf and Country club is nearby.

Sandals Royal Plantation is an all butler, all ocean view resort. There are thousands of reviews on the property, with 94% (!) of the guests rating their stay as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’. Below are three of the top reasons guests choose Sandals Royal Plantation for their Caribbean getaway.

Three things guests love about Sandals Royal Plantation

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Sandals Royal Plantation is enchanting and charming

Various couples dancing and enjoying live mellow music at the patio gazebo

The laid back yet luxurious experience at Sandals Royal Caribbean keeps guests coming back year after year. It is the best rated Sandals of all 15 resorts in the Caribbean and one of the things guests love most is its proximity to Sandals Ochi, which is a great spot for scuba diving. Their closeness also means that guest can stay at one, and play at the other, or any of the other Sandals resorts in Jamaica.

Sandals Royal Plantation is often described as “enchanting” and “romantic”, and it is in essence a boutique resort which is a little more on the quiet side than some of the other Sandals resorts. While here you can opt to take your date night to the classic and French inspired Le Papillon restaurant, while the Terrace restaurant offers amazing views with a delicious breakfast menu. You can also try the Wobbly peacock, an English style gastro pub which is a great spot to take in some entertainment and connect with new people. Though guests looking for the party life will probably be better off at one of the other Sandals resorts in Jamaica, couples who enjoy something more low key will be in heaven at Sandals Royal Plantation.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Royal Plantation require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Royal Plantation.

2. Guests love the staff and service

couple and butler on prime minister suite's balcony

It’s “luxury over size” at Sandals Royal Plantation, with amazing resort staff who’ll know you by name before your vacation is over. In fact, the staff at this resort are what keeps many people coming back year after year as they don’t hesitate to go the extra mile. If you’re still deciding whether or not to book Sandals Royal Plantation, you can do so knowing once you arrive your needs will be met by a capable team who cares about the overall outcome of your vacation.

3. Guests love the beach butlers

butler attending to couple relaxing at beach

At Sandals Royal Plantation there are two private beaches with beach butler service, and you really can’t do much better than this in the Caribbean. Your personal butler will ensure you’re set up with lunch and even bring your favorite drinks to you right on the beach. Here, you won’t even have time to have an empty glass, much less to request a drink, as the super helpful and friendly butlers bring you just about anything you want.

The well-to-do and the elite know all too well that Sandals Royal Plantation is the place to be for an all-inclusive vacation where you needs are met, even in a way that is above and beyond. In addition to the 5 restaurants available at Sandals Royal Plantation, Sandals guests are free to enjoy the 16 others located at the nearby Sandals Ochi.

If you’re travelling to Jamaica or planning on doing so in the future, Sandals Royal Plantation is a great option to ensure you get everything you want and more out of your Caribbean beach vacation.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Royal Plantation

Dunn’s River Catamaran Cruise.

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica

All aboard the Red Locks Island Routes Catamaran for drinks, music, dancing and of course our secret-ingredient signature cocktail! As a highlight, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasures. Led by expert guides, you’ll join hands to form a human chain, as you wind your way up the rocky slopes of this 600-foot waterfall! Pose for snapshots amid the luxuriant foliage that lines the sides of the ascending falls. Cascading down from its untainted source high in the mountains, you’ll delight in the refreshing, pure water as it caresses your skin. Give in to the unbelievable beauty of this wondrous place!

Insider tip: Sandals Royal Plantation repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions before arrival to ensure availability.

MINI-Routes Ocho Rios Half Day Tour.

Mini Coopers on their way exploring Ocho Rios

Buckle up and take the wheel of your own MINI Cooper during this first-of-its-kind tour that takes you to unique stops in and around Ocho Rios, where you’ll get to See, Touch, Taste, and Drive your own island experience!

Follow behind an experienced guide in your MINI and make stops at numerous sites and local hotspots that will take your breath away. Your first stop will be Konoko Falls where you’ll be able to witness and pet the animals on your walk along the animal trail before climbing the beautiful, cascading falls surrounded by lush vegetation.

Then see how jerk is prepared and cooked over pimento-tree wood at one of the island’s famous open-air jerk spots before getting a chance to purchase and taste the island’s favorite cuisine!

Next, travel off the beaten path on your way to an authentic local “farm to table” setting, filled with surprises. Afterwards, head to the “Puddin’ Man”, a local favorite, to see how some sweet Jamaican delicacies are made (dessert is available for purchase). It’s time to take your island experience into your own hands, but get ready because there’s nothing ‘mini’ about it!

Zip, Tube & Blue Hole.

Aerial view of Blue Hole's cascade

Photo credit: Photo Spirit/

Soar through the rainforest canopy of the beautiful White River Valley. Experience an unforgettable triple-traverse adventure through lush vegetation across zip lines ranging from 150 to 520 feet in length. Follow up your zip line adventure with a relaxing river tubing excursion in the crystal-clear White River. The river tubing guides will take you on a breathtaking voyage over limestone riverbeds, under arching bamboo and past a historic coconut plantation. Then we’ll take you further down the river to the stunning Blue Hole. There you can climb along the many cascades and jump off the rocks into natural swimming pools. Explore hidden underwater caves and tunnels, daring dives and an exciting rope swing!

Recent Sandals Royal Plantation Awards

Awards Sandals Royal Plantation won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019.
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 (Red Lane Spa at Sandals Royal Plantation(.
  • USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards: 10 Best Caribbean Resorts 2017.
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: World’s Best Hotels 2014, 2015.
  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean 2014, 2015.
  • Brides Best Honeymoon Awards: Top Resorts in the Caribbean 2015.

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