I was a bit nervous after reading the mix of reviews here, but we were still anxious to go (as this was our first trip to Jamaica). The check-in process was very quick and painless. Be prepared to tip the guys in the red hats since it's pretty much mandatory that they handle your bags. They will demand $1 per bag. After that, it's a very quick 5 or 10 minute ride to the resort. We were treated extremely well and the check-in process was very easy. Within 10 minutes we were in our room.
We had a great room, on the end of one of the sections so we had windows looking onto the beach and onto the ocean. The room was slightly above average, but wasn't much to rave about. It was smaller than expected. When you go to the new guest "orientation" be prepared to be there a while. They do a good job telling you about the resort and the amenities, but then they hit you up with a hour long presentation trying to get you to go on tours, trips, rides..etc (that are not included in your package and are very expensive). The resort is very nice, but is much smaller than what you expect by looking at the pictures. It's quaint and everything is in easy walking distance so it's good, but it doesn't make for much walking/exploring space. The surfboard vendors are a pain and might as well be working for the resort. They constantly were yelling for you and on more than one occasion I saw the hotel staff taking them drinks and food. This was a big disapointment as they are obviously not discouraging them from being there. The beach is nice (again though, much smaller than you expect) and fills up quick. The island is great and you can sunbathe nude. We went there almost every day. A word of note: There is not a lot of room on the nude beach and there are only a dozen or so loungechairs. You need to be there by 9/10 am to get a spot because they stay full all day. We had tons of people come out but then have to leave after there were more chairs available. Several of the chairs that are there are all broken as well. There is a pool and bar on the nude island. There is a jacuzzi too but it has been broken (according to the bartender) for over 3 years. There are restrooms too, so you can stay all day. We were nude all over the island, but be prepared for lots of "gawkers" as lots of people wanted to come out and see the nude people, but not participate. Still, it is a nice time. Our biggest problem the entire week was the food. Not one night did we actually have a hot meal. We went to all of the restaurants at Royal Caribbean and to several at Montego Bay. They are all about the same. The presentation of the food is excellent. The quality of the food is "lunch-room" quality at best. Don't expect much and you'll be fine. We were expecting very high quality, gourmet meals and were very disappointed. The alcohol is flowing non-stop from the second you get on the resort until you leave. I had no problems with too little alcohol in my drinks. Also, know that the airport is only 10 minutes away so you will hear the planes flying overhead throughout the day.
It's not terribly distracting. At Sandals Montego Bay however, it's rediculous. The resort is litterally right next to the resort and the entire resort shakes when the planes take off. Now, the big question: would I recommend Royal Caribbean? Yes, I would. Just know what to expect and you'll be fine; the resort is smaller than you think, the food is not that good. The people are very friendly and will do anything that you ask. One note: If you can afford the difference, definately go to Negril instead of Montego Bay. It's MUCH MUCH nicer.
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to shoot me an email and I'll help you out! Enjoy!
- 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