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by Kristin Young | Updated On: September 28, 2020 | Jamaica
If you’re looking for an exotic and romantic getaway for you and your significant other, and want to make sure you choose the best Sandals Resort in Jamaica, we’ve got you covered. You can’t get more iconic than a stay at any of the Sandals Resort Jamaica properties, and they all have something a bit unique to offer.
Sandals Jamaica Resorts are exclusive, adults only resorts with 5* ratings that offer a fully inclusive vacation experience. These high-end all inclusive resorts in Jamaica and around the Caribbean are famous for their luxury included philosophy – read any Sandals Jamaica review and you’ll find plenty of raving fans.
People often ask which Sandals Resort is the best in Jamaica?
But the truth is, there’s no one answer to that question. There’s only which Sandals all inclusive Jamaica is going to be the best for you and your needs.
As standard, all Sandals Resorts in Jamaica include:
All inclusive meal plans – breakfast, lunch, dinner, anytime snacks, premium liquor, swim-up bars, airport transfer, PADI certified SCUBA including equipment, snorkeling including equipment, Hobie Cats, paddle boards, kayaks, volleyball, pool tables, tennis, fitness center, day and night entertainment including live shows, free wifi in rooms and common areas, free wedding with 3+ nights stay.
As you can see, a stay at any Sandals hotel Jamaica is truly a special experience, with pretty much everything included in your stay that you could wish for.
In this guide to the Best Sandals in Jamaica, I’ll go through all of the Sandals all inclusive resorts Jamaica options, share my Sandals Resorts Jamaica reviews in detail and help you answer the question which Sandals beach resort Jamaica is right for you.
What is the best Sandals Resort in Jamaica? Let’s find out!
WHICH SANDALS RESORT IN JAMAICA IS THE BEST?
When comparing Sandals Resorts reviews Jamaica, the most important thing to point out is that there is no one best Sandals Resort Jamaica has, rather they are all the best for different needs and styles of vacation or just your personal preference.
When planning your perfect getaway, take a minute to think about what vibe you’re looking for and how you’d like to enjoy your vacation. Are you looking for a place where you can be secluded and really get away from it all? Do you want plenty of entertainment and a livelier vibe?
If you’re looking for a livelier resort, you may prefer the Montego Bay and Ochi Sandals resorts, whereas for something quieter and more secluded some of the other four Sandals Jamaica resorts may suit you better.
One of the best things about choosing Sandals is that no matter which one you decide is the best Sandals Jamaica resort for your vacation, you have full exchange privileges at all of them (with the exception of Sandals Royal Plantation resort).
I’ll guide you through which – in my view – are the best Sandals Resorts for each of the following categories, too.
If you’re in much need of a beach vacation (and let’s face it, who isn’t!) then you’ll want to have a look at which of the Sandals beaches Jamaica is going to be most what you’re looking for.
Some of the Sandals all inclusive resorts in Jamaica are set on long stretches of beach, while others are clustered around secluded coves- all properties do include beach access.
If long stretches of sandy beach is what you’re after, then I recommend taking a closer look at Sandals South Coast which is set on 2 miles of one of Jamaica’s most pristine white sand beaches, which is completely private with no other resorts, meaning miles of sand just to yourself!
Sandals Montego Bay is definitely one of the liveliest Sandals properties in Jamaica. It has more of a party atmosphere, with plenty going on, but this resort can also get a bit noisy because of its party atmosphere and its proximity to the island’s main airport. But, with 21 restaurants and 6 bars, this is a great resort to experience.
If you like the sound of dining and entertainment over at Sandals Montego Bay but want somewhere quieter to stay, you could consider staying at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean. Guests can stay at the quieter SRC resort and take the shuttle over to Montego Bay for an afternoon or evening.
If you’re looking for the honeymoon of a lifetime, then Sandals is sure to deliver just that, and all of their resorts are ever popular among honeymooners seeking extra special time together and away from it all. But, these two stand out for the most romance at any of the properties in Jamaica.
If you’re looking for seclusion and tranquility in a less busy part of Jamaica, Sandals South Coast is sure to be just right for your needs. Set on a 500-acre wilderness preserve this resort has a stunning private 2 mile long beach which you can wander to your heart’s content. And, there are over-water bungalows for the ultimate luxury and privacy.
Sandals Royal Caribbean is another secluded option. If you’re staying on one of the Sandals Cay private island bungalows, access is by boat and your arrival here is sure to transport you to the next level of relaxation away from it all. You can also kayak or paddleboard between the main resort and the private offshore island (which is where the overwater bungalows are located, with their very own beaches and a bar/restaurant).
If you’re simply looking to get away from it all and have your own secluded vacation, then Sandals South Coast(formerly Whitehouse Sandals Jamaica) located in Whitehouse and on the unexplored southern coast of Jamaica is my recommended option for you.
The stunning 2 mile beach is totally private, free of vendors and guests of other resorts, meaning you can walk for miles with the sand and ocean all to yourself.
All rooms are ocean facing, leading directly onto the beach, with views out over the ocean. Or you can choose to stay in one of the contemporary overwater bungalows, some of the few the Caribbean. You can even get married in the exclusive over-water chapel!
Sandals Negril is one of the best locations for snorkeling. Just half a mile’s swim or kayak out from Negril beach there’s a great snorkeling area, or you can take a boat trip out to Booby Cay. Last but not least there is the popular snorkeling spot known as the Cliffs just a few miles down the beach for more underwater exploration.
If luxury is one of the key considerations for your Jamaica trip, then you’ll love the look of the following Sandals Resorts in Jamaica:
Sandals Royal Plantationis the highest service of all the Jamaica Sandals resorts and is an all Butler property. It’s a smaller and more intimate resort than many of the others, and guests from other Sandals properties on the island are not able to access here (but guests staying at Royal Plantation are able to access the other Sandals resorts on the island). This all-suite resort has just 74 rooms, meaning you’ll have plenty of space for yourself and amazing service. It also features fine-dining options including a caviar bar, afternoon tea, and 5* gourmet restaurants on site.
As alternatives to Royal Plantation, both Sandals South Coast andSandals Royal Carribean Resorts feature luxurious overwater bungalows – all include butler service, and some feature private pools as well. If you’re looking for a luxurious sandals retreat then these are also great options to consider – especially if you want to have your own space when you feel like it, but also want to have a wider range of amenities on site.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are not many resorts with overwater bungalows in the Caribbean – there are only about a dozen or so. Luckily, if you’re looking for a Sandals bungalow, Jamaica has 2 of them!
If you prefer to spend more time in the pool than in the ocean, you’ll be happy to know that all of the Sandals Jamaica Resorts have great pools. As usual, there are a couple that stand out even more for exceptional swimming pools on site, and these are a couple of my personal favorites if you’re a pool person!
Another area which Sandals South Coast shines is its pools. I simply love the main pool which has a swim up bar on the right hand side – in fact this resort is home to Jamaica’s largest pool! Here it’s all about the size of the pools rather than the quantity – there are 3 spacious pools throughout the resort for guests to enjoy. Even better, the main pool faces right onto the beach.
Sandals Ocho Rios Jamaica Resort (Ochi) also impresses on the pools front and has an incredible 105 different pools! (Yes you read that right). There’s something for everyone to love here, from beautiful villas with private hot tubs and pools to the large pools for all resort guests to enjoy.
If you love watersports, you’re going to love all of the Sandals resorts for all of the water activities they offer. Best of all, with Sandals many of the watersports activities are included –from water skiing and scuba diving to trips on the Sandals glass bottomed boats!
There are a few Sandals Jamaica resorts that stand out to me for their exceptional range of things to do in the water:
Sandals Resort NegrilJamaica, located on the beautiful Negril beach has plenty on offer – in fact there’s so much choice it can get overwhelming! Choose from kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving (PADI included), Hobie cats and wakeboarding all included as standard, plus more!
Lastly, Sandals South Coast is another great option to consider if you want to get the most out of your time by the water. Jump into one of their glass bottomed boats for an unforgettable view beneath the waves or head out for scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, kneeboarding, paddle boarding, windsurfing and more.
Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals Ochi are just a 15 minute drive from Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios. Shuttles from Ochi and Royal Plantation as well as greens fees are included if you’re staying at one of those two properties.
If you want to be closer to the action on the island and want to be able to take a trip into town for shopping or sightseeing, then you’ll want to pick one of the resorts that is better positioned for access to town.
Sandals Negril Resort & Spa in Negril Jamaica is close to town which has a range of restaurants, bars and tour companies. It’s not a major town, but there’s a post office, general store and basic facilities as well as options for places to eat.
Last but not least in my list of things to consider for which makes the right Sandals for your vacation, is considering if you need or want to be close to the airport. It goes without saying, the quieter resorts tend to be further away from the airport which makes it a longer transfer drive (and you’ll be further from town) but if it’s peace and quiet you crave, that may not matter.
Sandals Montego Bay is right next to the airport so the transfer time is short to this lively resort that is convenient to access for Montego Bay town. On the downside, given that it’s very close to the airport, you can expect some noise from planes flying overhead and coming into land/taking off. Fortunately, flights into Montego Bay are relatively infrequent.
Sandals South Coast Jamaica (formerly known as Sandals Whitehouse Resort Jamaica) is one of my favorite Sandals properties, and is perfect for if you’re looking for a laid back vacation.
The remoteness of this resort means you don’t have to worry about competing for beach space (in fact you get a private 2 mile long beach just for resort guests) or noise from adjacent properties. If you love nature and being in a peaceful setting, then you’ll love Sandals South Coast as it’s located next to a nature reserve.
The beach is as pristine as they come in Jamaica and you won’t be disappointed by the stunning setting of this resort. There are no beach vendors – just you and the white sands. There are an impressive range of watersports at Sandals South Coast, including the opportunity to go on one of Sandals new glass-bottomed boats for a wonderful view under the waves. So if you’re coming on vacation to enjoy the beach and activities on the water, you definitely won’t want to overlook this Sandals.
Although the resort is by no means small (it has 372 rooms and bungalows) you’ll never feel crowded here thanks to the thoughtful layout between the different European themed villages, many of which have their own pools. The resort is also set on a point, meaning you get even more of a feeling of spaciousness.
With 9 different restaurants here, there are plenty of dining options – from Sushi on the beach to the Jerk Shack. Come evening, the setting is transformed with fire pits and barbecues making for a wonderful vibe. Like all Sandals resorts on the island, the delicious Blue Mountain Jamaica coffee is served.
Rooms are traditionally and stylishly designed according to the style of village you go for – Dutch rooms have a contemporary, more minimalist feel, while Italian and French rooms are more traditional with rich décor. For an extra wow factor, try out one of the butler overwater bungalows – one of only two Sandals to have this option in Jamaica.
Conveniently located in Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort is a great option for those who want to be close to the action of Montego Bay, but want a little more quiet or privacy than Sandals Montego Bay offers.
Royal Caribbean also offers the beautiful overwater bungalows and its own private island – Sandals Cay – so if you’re looking for a touch of the ultimate luxury that’s easily accessible, Sandals Royal Caribbean is for you! You’ll quickly see why this is one of the top Sandals for honeymoons in Jamaica.
Do you dream of staying on your own private island in a villa with infinity pool? Stop scrolling right now! This resort has plenty of room choices and is designed in well-laid out villages, but the crème de la crème of this resort are the overwater bungalows and private island villas – both are accessed only from the private island which is a short hop by boat or kayak from the main resort. Staying in one of the bunglows or private island villas gives a feeling of a private beach club within the resort for the ultimate in luxury.
One of the best things about choosing this resort means you get 2-for-1 in Montego Bay – enjoy all of the facilities and activities at Sandals Montego Bay in addition to Sandals Royal Caribbean. There are regular shuttles between the two resorts, or you’re close enough to Montego Bay town to be able to head out and explore should you want something different.
Located on Jamaica’s famous 7 mile beach, Sandals Negril Resort & Spa in Negril Jamaica is one Sandals you won’t want to overlook if you want to be on a beautiful beach.
Unlike Sandals South Coast and some of the other resorts, this beach is not private, but rest assured that Sandals Negril does occupy one of the most beautiful stretches of Negril’s beach. It’s also within easy access of Negril town if you want to head out in search of alternative things to do. As usual, though, with any Sandals, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any reason to leave the resort!
Rooms at Sandals Negril include beautiful swim up butler suites if you’re looking for something extra special, or there are honeymoon butler suites with private pools. Caribbean style rooms in the Coconut Cove and Bamboo Grove blocks are contemporary chic, while honeymoon beachfront suites offer more traditional design with 4 poster beds. Note that not all rooms in the Paradise building have balconies, so if that’s important to you, do compare the different room types and designs on offer before booking.
This is also one of the best Sandals in Jamaica for watersports, with several good snorkeling spots close by, hobie cats, sailboats, wakeboarding and all the other included water activities available.
This is a lively resort with entertainment every night, and a good range of restaurants and bars to choose from. There are also plenty of activities on land from pool tables, to tennis and beach volleyball to keep you entertained, too. With 7 restaurants and 5 bars on site there’s a decent range of eating options as well, and if you feel in the mood for something different, town is easily accessible.
If you’re looking for a lively Sandals resort that has convenient access to town, great watersports, and plenty of entertainment, then Sandals Negril could be the ideal Sandals resort for you!
The largest of all the Sandals resorts in Jamaica, Sandals Ochi Resort, Jamaica will not fail to impress. Sandals Ochi (also known as Sandals Ocho Rios Jamaica) is located in the central north of Jamaica and is a whole world to itself!
Spread over 100 acres, Sandals Ochi is a great place to be if you want choices. This is a happening, lively resort with great entertainment, but due to its size and well spread-out design, there’s a quieter side to Ochi, too. It’s also one of the best Sandals to stay at if you want to play golf, given its proximity to the Sandals Golf Club.
Ochi Sandals Jamaica is also a paradise if you love being in the water – with 105 pools in total, you’ll never be more than a few steps from one, or from the beach! One of the best things about this resort is the variety – with over 16 restaurants and 11 bars (some swim-up) it’s got great entertainment options and it’s even home to the Caribbean’s first speak-easy bar! The beach club is one of the best corners of this resort for entertainment, but if you feel like quieter vibes, that’s also possible here too because of this resort’s size.
There are a huge range of room choices here, most featuring more traditional interiors – expect mahogany, four poster beds and rich curtains paired with private plunge pools in the butler level villas and honeymoon suites. If you’re looking for something a little away from the action, try the Riviera Grande Luxe rooms on the top of the Harbour Club building which overlook the lush gardens. Most of the private pool villas are set in their own Butler Village which is back from the resort among the gardens.
There are so many activities included at this resort you won’t possibly be able to do them all – some that make Ochi special are the rock climbing, easy golf access and all of the water activities you’d expect from an amazing Sandals resort.
If you really want to have it all in one Sandals – then you won’t regret choosing this Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica!
One of the best known Sandals resorts in the Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay is at the heart of all the action in the west coast Jamaican town, Montego Bay, which is also where the island’s main airport is located.
Just 2 miles from the arrivals hall, at Sandals Montego Bay, you’ll be in paradise within minutes. It’s also great for being close to other resorts, shopping and restaurants in Montego Bay in case you feel like venturing out.
Montego Bay is a lively resort which generally attracts a crowd looking for a more upbeat holiday with plenty of party included, and it has some great entertainment options included.
However, you need to be prepared for some plane noise if you stay at Montego Bay, given how close it is to the airport. That said, flights are not very frequent, but it is something to be aware of.
Room options vary from traditional through to contemporary butler suites with ocean view, modern design and the trademark Sandals tranquility soaking tubs, with some of the best rooms offering direct swim up access from the pool and beach views in one! Accommodation is in 4 different blocks along the beach, with the beachfront butler villas set apart from the rest, and each block enjoying beautiful ocean views.
Set right on a private beach, there’s plenty to do here in terms of water sports and activities including tubing, waterskiing, hobie cats, scuba diving and paddle boarding.
If you’re looking for a lively vacation with a beautiful beach and plenty of fun entertainment, look no further than this classic Sandals resort at Montego Bay!
Roundtrip shuttles to Sandals Ochi(adjacent property)
If only the very best will do and you want to experience the best luxury Sandals resort Jamaica has, you’ll love this last option: Sandals Royal Plantation Jamaica.
Sandals Royal Jamaica is a high-end, exclusive and all butler service property. Unlike all the other Jamaica Sandals resorts, guests staying at other Sandals hotels in Jamaica are not able to access Sandals Royal Plantation (but Sandals Royal Plantation guests can access all Sandals resorts on the island), helping this resort to retain its exclusive, private vibe.
Located in Ocho Rios, Royal Plantation is in an ideal position to enjoy the Sandals golf club (green fees and transfers are included) and you can also take advantage of being close to Sandals largest resort in Jamaica: Sandals Ochi if you ever want to leave the beautiful surroundings of Sandals Royal Plantation and access their speakeasy bar or beach club.
With only 74 suites, at Royal Plantation all the rooms are extra special. Expect European-inspired design with a throwback to the colonial era: 4 poster beds, French blinds, rich interiors and sumptuous linens, all with impeccable attention to detail. All suites have ocean views – so whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with your suite.
This is a historic property, and the resort has long been a favorite hideaway for literary figures including Ian Fleming and Noel Coward, and it’s fair to say that this resort is perfect for those who are looking for classic luxury with more than a touch of class.