My husband and I stayed at Sandals Montego Bay for a Christmas vacation. Overall, it was a great vacation and we really couldn’t have asked for much better. This is our second trip to Sandals (we spent our honeymoon at Sandals Grande St. Lucia). We’ve stayed at other all inclusives (Palace Resorts and RIU Palace Resorts) and overall we think Sandals is the best.
The room was very nice and clean. You can tell they’ve updated this resort over time and some things look newer than others. The bed was comfortable and the balcony was really spacious. The bathroom was a little smaller than I would have liked, but it’s not like you are going to Jamaica for the bathroom! The room has a safe and the minifridge was replenished daily. We were upgraded to a room in the Palms building from the Seagrapes building since the resort was pretty quiet the week before Christmas. This building has a clearer view of the ocean and is closer to the ocean than the Seagrapes building.
This resort also has a very nice fitness center. Lots of treadmills, elipticals, and weights. You can tell it was recently renovated/added to the resort, but it’s top notch.
This resort is basically behind the airport. As in, if you are looking off the back of the rooms (not facing the ocean), you can see the runway. As everyone knows, Airplanes are loud, but there weren’t that many planes taking off except from about the hours of 3-6 PM. I didn’t really care about airplanes on the beach, but I was concerned about being woken up in the morning. I think I woke up the first morning, but that was the only time I heard a plane in the morning. I don’t think it would stop me from going back to this resort if the price was right!
Beach & Pools
Sandals Montego Bay has a nice, long beach with lots of chairs and lots of shade available. The staff does a good job of keeping the beach clean and raking up the seaweed daily. There are also lots of piers so it’s easy to get a private place to watch the sunset – which I highly recommend! We saw the most amazing sunset ever there. There is also a lot of nice seating/bedding around the pools. Very comfy!
The food is good. They have the daily breakfast and lunch buffets and the lunch grill beachside. They do open up the Italian Restaurant Cucina Romano a few times/week for breakfast. We at there on Christmas day and it was very good (Eggs Benedict, Waffles, Omelets, etc.). We ate at all the restaurants and we enjoyed Cucina Romano and The Oleander Room the most. The Cricketer also has good food (who doesn’t like fish and chips?!). We went to the Royal Thai Restaurant at The Royal Caribbean resort one night too and the food there was very good.
The staff here is really amazing. They were always friendly and happy to get us anything we requested. They work incredibly hard and do it with a smile. We never wanted for anything.
Sandals pushes the photos more at this resort than when we were in St. Lucia. We ended up purchasing a few, but we also had to dodge the photographers sometimes too.
Entertainment & Tours
We took advantage of the included snorkeling and that was really fun and easy to sign up and participate. We also used the kayaks and those were fun. We took the Martha Brae River Rafting Excursion. It was about a 20 minute drive from the resort to the river and then we had a raft captain take us down the river explaining some Jamaican history and about the river’s impact on the island. This was a really peaceful and low key tour.
We also took a taxi (only take the one’s sandals recommends – we took one with George Smith) to the shopping area and poked around in the shops. Our driver dropped us off at the store Strawberry and they helped us find some souvenirs and gave us good prices. From there we walked down the shopping strip to Margaritaville. Our cab driver picked us up at our agreed upon time and took us back to the resort. He charged 10.00 each way plus tip.
We spent most of our time on the beach and we spent the morning one day at the Royal Caribbean resort. This resort is somewhat different than Montego Bay so if you are trying to decide between the two, there are a couple things to consider: The beach at the RC is small, but they have more pool areas. We didn’t see the inside of the rooms, but the resort is newer and seemingly has more rooms (most rooms don’t seem to be beachfront though). The RC also has the private island. I have mixed reviews on the island. Although it seems like a good idea in theory, it comes off as a little kitschy. There also is very little actual beach area to lie out. We took the boat over and couldn’t find a single place to sit so had to come back to the main resort area. That was kind of disappointing, although the boat ride over is fun because the water is so clear. The water at the RC was much calmer and shallower than at the Montego Bay resort.
We would recommend the Sandals Montego Bay resort to others, but next time we go to Jamaica we might check out Ochos Rios or Negil just to mix it up!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Largest private white sand beach on the north coast •The entertainment capital of the Sandals brand with nightly professional shows and upbeat, active, fun-loving daytime activities. •Six exquisite dining options•Complimentary transfers to Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Carlyle. Enjoy all the luxuries included in our “stay at one, play at three” concept offering 18 dining options •Air-conditioned departure lounge•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 Montego Bay Hotel Montego Bay
- Sandals Hotel Montego Bay
- Montego Bay Sandals Hotel
- Sandal Montego Bay