From the moment we booked this resort, I knew it was the right one! First of all, let me say that we are "seasoned travelers", having been to most Carribean Island Resorts, including Sandals in St. Lucia. This is is by far above and beyond any of them! So many words like Fabulous, Fantastic, Magnificient are the first ones that come to mind!
The number one BEST thing about Sandals Royal is the STAFF! They are the friendiest, kindest, most considerate I've ever come across in my travels abroad. They are always quick (and first) to say hello, good morning, and ask how you are and can they help with anything! There are too many to mention individually, but no matter, they are wonderful!
From the moment you arrive at the Sandals Lounge at the airport, you are on your way to "heaven on earth". Everyone smiling, helping you and greeting you, all without being "overbearing" as with some airport personnel...
The resort is exactly as pictured on the website, so no worries there folks! The photos are true!
We stayed in the Royal Beachfront Butler Suite of the Balmoral Building! We had a front door and a back door to our room! Open it up and there's the beach and ocean! What a view! You can even sit on your sofa and watch the sunrise and sunset out the window if you wanted!
Lots of counter space in the bathroom, along with glass shelves and drawers. The closet is huge, and plenty of light! The bed is sooooo comfortable! You'll not even know you're not in your own bed at home! Everything was immaculately clean! The first day I happened to pass the housekeeper in the hall, and mentioned what time we'd like to have her tidy up our room, and every day after that she was there!!! Couldn't ask for more! We always had enough towels, drinks in our frig and bar; every service was consistant. That's where the difference is between SANDALS and other 4-5 star resorts.
The cuisine is excellent. You have endless choices and they are all delicious! Remember, "You are in Jamaica, mon", you have to have JERK CHICKEN! They make the best, both at the Beach Grill and the Bamboo Shack on the Island! Do not pass it up, even if you are shy about spicy food! That's half the experience of visiting the country! You can go back to your McDonalds and fried chicken when you get home! Experiment and enjoy the different tastes that are available! You won't be dissappointed! The Thai on the Island is not to be missed! Book your reservation first thing! The French is great too! We enjoyed it so much we had dinner from there at our room one night!
The entertainment is top notch as well! The Elvis impersonator was on par with some I've seen in Vegas! Not to be missed! The steel drum band I could have listened to all night long! The Silver Bird Band is over the top! The dancers are very limber to say the least! Make sure you partake of all the "extra" things going on! There are cooking classes, towel classes, aqua aerobics, etc. All wonderful! The ENT staff are truly professional! Kudos to them all! Oh, and if you miss "Chocolate Night" you'll be sorely dissappointed! Yummy!!!!
The bulter service was more than I imagined! Our butlers were Jashayne and Orlando. They are the best! They almost anticipate your every whim! And there they are! They serve you all your meals in your room/on the patio, with smiles, flowers and candles. The "surprise bubble baths" are delightful, along with champagne! They have your chairs ready with coolers each morning and there with the drinks! All are wonderful! And all with SMILES! Big SMILES! Shout out to Tamara...she is GREAT too! They do all the "work" for you as far as checking in, out, shuttle service to the other resorts, you name it, nothing is off limits for them! Don't be shy in asking! I was, but learned fast! Nothing like having your brick oven pizza made to order brought to you in your lounge chair at the beach! Ya Mon!
Which brings me to another often overlooked point about SANDALS! All of their beach chairs, loungers, towels, umbrellas, and palapas are in tip top shape. That can't be said for any other resort (except other SANDALS locations) that we've ever been to, and I've been to dozens!!!!
The grounds are exceptionally well kept up, along with the migratory guests...peacocks and kitty cats! So sweet!
The local crafters are there once a week at the beach. You can get most anything you want at the gift shop as well. The gals there are great! They even wrapped my prize I won at Bingo Bongo! I don't think the word "NO" is in the SANDALS vocabulary!
Some folks talked about planes overhead. Yes, there are maybe a half dozen during the afternoon, but nothing that would really interrupt anything! You might look up for a second, then it's done. No worries, mon. And it certainly wouldn't deter me from returning!
Shuttle service to the other resorts is top notch. Adventure out, even though we loved Royal so much we really didn't want to!
Each day our butler brought us an unexpected "snack"...the home made potato chips are not to be missed, as well as shrimp cocktails, cheese and crackers, and yum yum sweets!
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions because I know I'm leaving many more details out.
- 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