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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Mahoe Bay, Montego Bay 167, Jamaica   |  
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Annville, Pennsylvania
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“You won't be disappointed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Just got back from 4 days at Sandals Royal Caribbean. The staff, food, property, entertainment...you name it...it was awesome! The bartenders did a great job...no watered down drinks at this resort! Plenty to do, clean resort, beautiful property and a friendly, fun staff! Would return in the future! Being close to the airport was a bonus. If the airplanes flying overhead bother you...get a life. There are only a handful a day that are actually noticeable and the noise lasts for about 10 seconds. Nothing that would wake you up from a nap if you were in your room (now stay at Montego Bay and that's another story!). Plus the planes are a tradeoff, a 10 minute drive to the resort means that you can start your vacation an hour and a half earlier and stay longer on your last day! Really not a big deal.

The private island was cool, although very quiet. The food in the Thai restaurant was great, as was the food in The Regency...and La Jardinier (although we never got to eat outside because there was always a threat of an evening thunderstorm). No biggie, food was worth it! The pizzas were awesome as well.

Overall, we had a great time at this resort. Lots of newlyweds, lots of middle aged couples....just a great mix of people! If I had to choose between RC and Negril....I'd choose RC! Negril was lovely as well but a much longer bus ride....though a great stretch of beach! If you're thinking about Sandals RC, I would definitely recommend it! Wish I could've stayed a day or two longer! Wouldn't hesitate for a second to go back. Oh...and the free upgrade to a concierge room with free WiFi, room service and personal bar was a real plus! Gotta love Sandals!

Room Tip: The Kensington building has its own pool and hot tub. It's located on the far side of the resort...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lancaster, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Spent 4 days at Sandals Royal Caribbean and loved every minute of it. The resort was beautiful and the staff was very friendly!! Just a note, you need to make reservations for restaurants well in advance!!

Room Tip: Beachfront walkout definately worth it. we were literally steps from the sand!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I came with a few friends to the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica last weekend and it was absolutely the BEST resort I have stayed at! We all had such a great time.

– the food was great!
– the drinks were plentiful
– the rooms were clean and spacious
– the service was excellent!!

I will definitely be returning to this resort! The staff was so friendly but my only complaint would be that we had a large party of 12 with us and it was difficult to get dinner reservations for that large of a party. The staff seemed a bit annoyed, but other than that I rate my stay a perfect 10!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My wife and I went on our honeymoon to the Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay last week and had a great time. The place itself was very clean and even though it is not huge it definitely has enough options to not have to repeat yourself.

They have about 7 different restaurants so you can have a different dinner option each night of the week. The food was great and the staff in the restaurants were very friendly. There are also bars located all over the resort and there is not a drink they do not know how to make.

Overall, the entire staff was great. They were all so friendly and funny. A couple that stuck out were Chad from the photo shop and Stephen from the water sports. We saw Chad a number of times throughout the week and he always stopped to chat with us and get a few pics of us. Stephen took us out on the Hobie one day and out to snorkel another - he was pretty funny and threw in some free Jamaican and Sandals history/trivia for us.

Even though everything I mentioned up top is great, by far the best part of our trip was our butlers. We had Jason & Khalil - they each work half the day so you always have one of them just a phone call away. They set any dinner reservation you want, save the best chairs at the beach or pool for you with towels and a cooler stocked with the drink of your choice, they answer any questions you may have on all of the excursions and will make sure you get a spot on any excursion you choose to do, and so much more. My wife and I were laughing that we were going to miss Jason & Khalil more than we were going to miss the Sandals & Jamaica. We will be back to this resort and I do not think we would say that if it was not for those two.

Just looking at the things below, I will give a few quick notes.

The service was great top to bottom.

The value was actually probably out of our price range but since it was our honeymoon we splurged and can now say we had no regrets doing so.

Sleep quality was great, rooms are cold and can be as dark as possible if you completely close all of the shades. (Personally I love cold dark rooms to sleep in - you can set the temperature and lighting to your own preference).

The room and entire resort were very clean.

Location is great - only 10 minutes from the airport.

Our room was big, had a shower and tub, mini bar, big tv, big bed.

The food was great - plenty of different options. The lunchtime jerk chicken at the private island was probably our favorite.

It would be nice if they had a few more beers to choose from, but they have every kind of liquor and plenty of wine options.

Room Tip: I am sure all the butlers are great, but if you are allowed to request I would ask for Jason & K...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ellington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon at Sandals Royal Caribbean, we had an amazing time and did not want to leave! The actual resort isn't anything special but the staff make it amazing. The beaches and pools aren't very large, it is often hard to find a chair but if you do get one make sure you leave your belongings on it all day. Most of the food is delicious but the lunch and dinner buffets are pretty poor. The nightly entertainment is hit or miss, some nights are amazing and interactive while other nights are pretty boring. The best part of our trip was making friends with guests and the staff. Some of the best staff members were Andrei (Cricketer's), Rodane (Piano Bar), Cleveland (Piano Bar), Chiko (Ent), Andrea (Mariner's) and Aretha (Concierge). Andrei makes some of the best mixed drinks and shots (especially the rainbow shot and panty ripper) and Andrea was always willing to make us special food late at night. Overall we had a great time and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here from May 28-June 6, and all I can say is that it was perfect honeymoon bliss. Everyone at the resort always had a smiling happy face and a welcome hello when you walked by. The penthouse room provided amazing sea views, and our butler Flo was wonderful. Even Sherry Ann was incredibly helpful even though she wasn't our butler. The food was very delicious from all the restaraunts and the pizza place was a favorite afternoon snack. The bartenders were all terrific with their drinks, and after being there for so long, they know what you are going to want as they see you walking up, especially Andre at the swim up bar. The real stars here is the entertainment team. Ginger has an incredible team here with Storm, Richie Rich, Hollywood, and Chico. They make the days and nights fun and make you not want to leave here. We will can't wait to come back here and pick up right where we left off.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hickory, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at SRC several times now and upon arrival we are greeted with "Welcome Home". We've enjoyed the resort so well that we encougaed our two daughters to have their weddings at the resrt last August and October. The location, the service, the staff, and the food continues to be better than expectations! And, Mr Orkely, we are headed back again this month for another fun filled, enjoyable and relaxing time

Room Tip: Any room near the beach or pool is great! Avoid the rooms with the floor mounted ac!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mahoe Bay, Montego Bay 167, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#9 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island 5*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•7 exquisite dining options, with world-class culinary cuisines.•Only Jamaican resort with a private offshore island, housing an authentic Thai restaurant.•Magnificent, swim-up crystal lagoon suites.•24 hour room service as a part of our concierge service.•English pub offering an authentic pub dining experience.•Voted Sandals “World's Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row.•Voted “Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort Jamaica
Sandal Royal Caribbean

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