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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
Ranked #7 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Lafayette, Indiana
1 review
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“Great Time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

My wife and I just returned from SRC we had a great time from start to finish this is our first time in an all exclusive resort and really enjoyed it. Once you arrive you can lock your wallet away until you leave. SRC has nice dining and beaches. The water sports are great also. I'm the type to never see the same movie twice but we may be back next year mainly because the staff. Every single staff member was great and very helpful but Tremaine was over the top,made us feel like family and we always like to visit family again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

We just got back from paradise. Im so sad we miss all are friends Tremaine and nicola.the resort was amazing. We love it so much.it was alost of fun.we want to come back really soon.everone was so nice and helpful.food was amazing. Are room was a amazing.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

We stayed here for our Honeymoon the first week of October 2013 and had an absolutely wonderful time! We booked everything through Ruth at TripGuy Travel, and she made it such an easy and wonderful experience for us. We'd recommend using her as she frequents the resort, can fill you in on all you need to know, and she'll make sure you are well taken care of!

The resort itself is smaller than it looks on the map - which we liked. Everything is a few footsteps away. It also never felt crowded at any of the beautiful pools or beaches. We stayed in the Kensington building with a balcony overlooking both a pool and the bay. It was breathtaking! We had a consistently stocked bar, jacuzzi, and room service is included - what more could you ask for?! The room was clean and just the right size for us!

The food is pretty good. My husband and I have your average American taste, so some of it was a bit "fancy" for us; but there are several options to choose from, so you can find something at one of the restaurants. Our favorite meal of the day was breakfast! The Regency restaurant has a great buffet and the room service breakfast options were consistenly very good. We ventured to the Montego Bay resort and had dinner at their Italian restaurant which was our favorite meal! Montego Bay had food that was more our "taste," so to speak, but we thought the Royal Caribbean was a nicer resort. Either way, the shuttle runs during the day up until about 9pm, so you can easily go back and forth and enjoy all Montego Bay amenities as well.

The drinks were delicious and the pours are strong! Verna at the bar definitely knows what she's doing, and David at the grill knows how to make the best Jerk Burger! Also, if you go here, keep your eye out for "Kermit" - he's so upbeat and polite. His energy is contagious!

As far as excursions, we'd definitely recommend the ATV and Reggae/Catamaran Cruise! They are both a great deal of fun and something you won't want to miss! The Reggae/Catamaran Cruise involves some snorkeling, a trip to Margaritaville, a light lunch, cocktails and a dance party! Also, the evening shows were worth attending! They are interactive and comical. My husband enjoyed playing volleyball in the afternoons - the people at the resort are always seeking to play, and they make it a lot of fun! I also checked out the spa and got a massage in the cabana - ladies, you should definitely treat yourself to that!

I'd recommend always having some cash for when you leave the resort, a change of clothes if you decide to do the ATV excursion and pack some bug spray/bug bite medicine since the mosquitoes do come out at night!

You do everything at your own pace, so whether you want to stay in your room all day and be pampered or do activities all day, a few excursions, or whatever, it's all your decision!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We just got back home from paradise and we are so sad, we miss SRC so much! The food, the staff, the beach, the entertainment, our room, everything was amazing!

We came for our honeymoon and stayed for 7 nights in the Kensington Cove Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Room. We did upgrade to a package that included room service and a mini bar that was restocked everyday! All for a reasonable price and it was worth every penny!

According to other couples who have stayed at other resorts, Sandals is the only place where it is really "all-inclusive" as in all you can EVERYTHING! We felt so stress free, relaxed, we were just completely spoiled. Between the 3 resorts (src, mobay, carlyle) there are so many good places to eat, fully stocked bars by the pools and beaches, and so many different water sports/activities.

The entire staff was so warm and friendly! They literally treated us like family! On our first day we ate at the cricketers pub and our server was this big, tall Jamaican guy named Kevin. He gave such great service and he was so funny, he even taught us some Patwa. You can find him late night at the pub showin off his dance skills. During the day we hung out at the beach with our buddy Cion, the coolest lifeguard there!! He taught us how to do every water sport there is to do! He was so kind and patient! After spending hours in the water we would lay out and Nicola, the sweetest cocktail server on the beach, would bring us any cold drink we desired! Every single night they had awesome entertainment at the almond terrace! Storm, Kermit, Bambi, Chiko, Nicole and Ginger really know how to get the crowd going! They even got my shy husband dancing on stage!!! It was so fun partying with them! We had a complete blast! From the concierge to the gardener, the whole staff takes pride in their work and they all do it with a big smile!

We 100%, highly recommend this resort to all the lovers out there! We will definitely be back!!!

"LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!!!"

  • Stayed October 2013
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
We're so thrilled to read about your amazing stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean. It's always so encouraging to know about the great experiences our guests have on resort. I'm happy that you enjoyed our beautiful property & beach, our fine dining and the genuine hospitality of our staff.

Thank you so much for your review! We can't wait to welcome you back!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

This place is absolutely beautiful.It's smaller than Sandals Montego Bay but I've never a place so well kept.The staff works 24 hours to keep it that way.You do not have to do anything once you get there but have fun.First,let me give a special mention to Andre (Concierge) who made everything go as smooth as possible,Tremaine(who works on the island)for being so friendly and Kermit (works with the entertainment) for being a blast to talk to.The whole staff was just so friendly and fun.The workers even climbed a coconut tree so we could try fresh coconut water.This is one place you just hate to leave.The food and drinks were good and plentiful.It was just nice to walk around the property and look at all the trees and plants.Very tropical!The Sandals dance troupe put on some great shows every night.The water is beautiful and beaches are always clean.This staff works hard!We upgraded to VIP and it was well worth it.We stayed at the Kensington Cove buildings and it felt like your own private neighborhood.Made a lot of new friends we will stay in touch with.It's a 10 minute (free) bus ride to Sandals Montego Bay which we went to dinner at one of the nights we were there.They have a lot of water sports.Don't worry about the planes,they were cool to watch and didn't bother us at all.It's nice to be near the airport.We didn't see the need for butler service but if you want it,by all means get it.There's a lot of venders to sell you gifts but they are not pushy and will take no for an answer if you don't want anything.Alot of the stuff is very nice and they will barter with you.My wife and I would no problem coming back to this Sandals.It's the workers that make this place a great experience.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you so much for your great review! We pride ourselves on our property upkeep and attention to detail and we're so happy to hear your kind comments about our immaculate grounds. You enjoyed every minute of your stay and it seems like your vacation was an amazing one. We're thrilled to have been a part of your experience.

Happy Travels!
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Dunmore, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Sandals Royal Caribbean due to the raving review of my cousin and her husband (who spent their honeymoon here exactly 10 years before us!). We came to the resort expecting to be blown away but were a little let down. The first and only other all inclusive resort we've stayed at was an Excellence in Mexico, so our only experience was the best of the best. Sandals RC is an older resort and it does need some TLC. The beach was on the small side and the property just wasn't as spectacular as as I was expecting.There are many restaurants to chose from, but most of them are outside! This isn't that big of a deal for the more casual places, but those that require long shirts and pants for men - it was so hot!

We splurged on the butler suite because, why not!? It's our honeymoon! We had two butlers, Sherryann and Denae who were wonderful. But the next time we visit, we will likely not book another butler room. While they were very attentive, we didn't really use their services much other than to make our dinner reservations. It just wasn't for us. I don't feel comfortable asking someone else to iron my clothes or do my laundry!

Back to the restaurants - despite the heat, we LOVED the food. We didn't have one bad meal and we ate at every restaurant. Cricketers Pub has amazing breakfast (bananas foster french toast and salmon eggs benedict!!!). I tried escargot for the first time at Le Jardinier the French restaurant and loved it! The brick oven pizza at Bella Nappoli was SO GOOD (be sure to get the calzone!) and the jerk burger at Mariner's - OMG. The Thai restaurant on the island was good too but more for the unique ambiance than the food.

Now, let's get to the best part of our vacation and why we will be coming back for our one year anniversary ---- the staff. We started our vacation underwhelmed, but left crying and hugging the good friends we made. We were treated not just as guests, but as friends. The entertainment crew, the DJ and the bartenders were just amazing. I have never experienced anything like that on any other vacation. The bartenders: Kevin (the circle bar), Dom (Cricketer's) and Corey (he worked all over!) were amazing. Dom makes the most ridiculous rainbow shots I have ever seen! Talking and hanging out with them was the part we loved the most about our vacation. Tobian "Storm" from the ENT crew tried her best to teach me how to dance at the beach party. Kermit was a blast! Always smiling and dancing! It was hardest saying goodbye to him. We wish the best of luck to him in his future endeavors. And DJ - we played jenga with him with two other PA couples until late in the night. We had a BLAST!

Long story short, we came for the sun and relaxation, but we will be coming back because of the people. Even if the same staff isn't there next year (but I hope they are!), everyone at Sandals RC really did their best to pamper, entertain, and really made sure everyone had a great time! We can't wait to go back!!

Room Tip: Don't splurge on the butler suites!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of Sandals Royal Caribbean. I'm so happy that we were able to make your honeymoon so amazing and filled with romance! No stress, no worries and friendly faces, we love to make our guests feel at home.

We can't wait to welcome you back next year for a special anniversary stay to remember!
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Three Rivers, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

We can not say enough about our trip, the resort is a little on the small side and the beach was smaller than expected but the staff, and the room made up for that ten fold, we can not say enough about, Kevon, Damion, Nicola, Courtney, Corey and Verna, they gave outstanding service, and made our trip truly memorable, and we can not wait to come back, (I hope I remembered everyone) they are truly an asset to the resort!
Thank you Again From Your Group of Friends from Michigan!

Room Tip: The Sandringham Building was a great central location, beach view, close to the bar and hot tub!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
We're so thrilled to read of your excellent stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean. It gives us a great feeling to know that we were able to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.

Thank you for your review. We can't wait to welcome you back for another amazing experience in the near future.
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Property: Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
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:
#5 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#5 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#6 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 Luxury 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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