Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
On the northern coast of Jamaica, embraced by verdant mountains and a pair of white sand beaches, Royal Plantation is a discreet retreat. This adults-only ode to relaxation sits high on a bluff that offers spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. From charming Petit to palatial Royal Suites with dramatic wraparound balconies, each accommodation is infused with tropical flair and British colonial-inspired elegance. Along with three gourmet restaurant, the resort features the exclusive Caviar+Champagne bar and an excellent wine cellar for toasting your escape from the everyday.
Built in the glamorous 1950's, during a time characterized by extraordinary old-world luxury, this serene sanctuary still maintains a stellar reputation as one of Jamaica's most exquisite resort-inns. Royal Plantation sits on a bluff soaring 25 feet above the shimmering Caribbean, granting each and every one of its 74 sumptuous suites heart-stopping views of the ocean. Bask on their spectacular twin beaches where you can spend countless hours soaking in the sunshine and sipping on "mangosas," delivered ice-cold and sparkling to your hands by unobtrusive beach butlers. If you'd rather embark on an adventure the resort can arrange a frolick with dolphins, river tubing through coconut plantations and biking from the majestic Blue Mountains to the sea. Golfers can enjoy private play at the property's Upton Golf & Country Club, while water babies can choose from kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and glass bottom boat outings. For the ultimate in indulgence, request a massage--on the beach at sunset.
Location of Sandals Royal Plantation
Nearest Airport: OCJ
Amenities for Sandals Royal Plantation
- General Information
- 74 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- On-Site Car Rental
- Shoe Shine Service
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Beach Butler
- Business Center/Services
- Active & Adventure
- All Inclusive
- Food & Wine
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Sandals Royal Plantation
Wonderful staff but property is showing its age. Many things in our room were broken, mainly in the bathroom. Food was delicious and plentiful with many dining options. The spa is lovely and the staff well trained but some services, like hot stone massage not up to what you would expect for the price.
Itâ€™s our fifth stay in six years at this property and we loved it. Itâ€™s our home away from home. Not a party place, only peace and quiet with a nice show after dinner each evening. We were lucky enough to get the only renovated room on site and it really made a difference because we think the rooms are in a serious need of updating at least the bathrooms. They know it and they have plans to do so. Other than that, the food, the service, everything else is perfect. We have already booked again for next year.
fbeauregard - Montreal, Canada
The service and food were excellent. The room was clean but beginning to show some wear. The grounds were clean and well kept. You cannot go wrong staying at this resort. Going back again next year and will have the same butlers.
First of all, if you are looking to be around beer guzzling/tequila shot kind of people, this is NOT the resort for you. It has only 74 or so guest rooms and it is very laid back and quiet, which is why I am returning guest. Service at this hotel is first rate. Service is primarily funneled though one of your two "personal" butlers. They actually take care of four couples at once. My stay included an issue with a room that needed to be changed. Our butler Hector literally moved everything, except for the contents of the safe, which I moved myself. Our other butler seemed to appear only to have "face time" so that she would get a tip at the end of the trip. She got less from me then Hector did, simply because he deserved more. The concept of personal butlers is pretty silly, it is just good customer service and another way of extracting tips from the guests. Food service is another thing. On our first night, the terrace restaurant had terrible service. It was very uncrowded and there was a gap of over 30 minutes between visits by the waitperson. Plus the food was terrible. I had a steak that was extremely tough. I couldn't wait to get out of there. The Papillon Restaurant was pretty good, the service was excellent, and the food was good -- not great. The restaurant used for lunch also serves dinner and supposedly utilizes the same kitchen as the bad terrace restaurant but the two meals I had there were very good and the service was friendly. The breakfasts at this hotel were wonderful. There is a little covered area outdoors where we had breakfast everyday. They have different healthy fruit drinks every day -- they were fantastic. You can get buffet food or have your breakfast cooked to order, which I prefer. A great way to start the day. The lunches were nice and had a really helpful staff. One person (who was a trainee) named Deveisha was extremely courteous and friendly. I hope Sandals had the good sense to hire her full-time. Again, the staff overall was the best of any resort I have been to in recent years. One example was a waitress (Tianna). She took our order one night and I told her that my stomach was upset. She said "I will take care of you". She brought me a pot of fresh ginger tea and I immediate started to feel better. THAT, my friends, is service. A word about the beach waiters. I never once had to wait to get a drink from these guys. That's helped by it being a very small place, but both guys were so helpful that I tipped them well at the end of the trip. The room was very spacious and well appointed and I had a room close to the water. Unfortunately I don't like to have air conditioning on at full blast, and prefer to have the windows open so that I can hear and smell the water. At this place, if you didn't leave the air on (even with the windows closed), when you come back from dinner, the floor looked like you had turned on a garden hose. It was wet and dangerous. So I had to live with frozen air rather than stepping into water. Also the jacuzzi in the room did not work for two nights after the maintenance guy worked on it both days. That's when I moved. Entertainment at this resort was pretty typical of all island resorts -- pretty blah except for the last night. The bars at the hotel were well staffed and served a good pour. However with meals they have an agreement to serve only lower-end Mondavi wines. For an expensive resort, that is a bad choice. We usually just drank cocktails in lieu of their mediocre wine. To sum up, the beauty, ambiance and service of Sandals Royal Plantation deserves MORE than a 5 rating. The food and wine that they offer is at most a 3, which blends to an overall rating of 4. One last note. This resort used to be independent before Sandals bought it This resort used to serve kings, queens and Prime Ministers. I actually went there before Sandals bought it, and frankly the food and wine was superior back then.
jlpeckham - Saint Louis, Missouri
We keep going back, as we love the ambiance and the staff. Our butler Neil excelled himself on this trip, and I would recommend him all day long. The rooms are in serious need of refurbishment now, but I hear Over the water suites are coming, so that should mean a serious refresh of the entire resort. This resort is very special and will always hold a special place in my heart. Sandals need to stop with the price hikes, as itâ€™s becoming too expensive to rebook when thereâ€™s a big wide world out there for cheaper
jofayerty - Birmingham, England