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“Perfect Honeymoon at Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica”

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Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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“Perfect Honeymoon at Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

My husband and I went to Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica and had the most beautiful, perfect time for our honeymoon. We stayed in the "Honeymoon Orchid Oceanview Poolside Villa with a Butler.

From the moment we arrived at Sandals, we were treated amazingly. The butler came and took us up to our villa which was at the top of the hill and had the best view of the ocean - we really could not have asked for more. The villa was beautifully decorated and very spacious. Almost every time we came back to the room, there was something special waiting - we especially loved our butler Denton.

The staff was so friendly and did everything they could to make our trip amazing. We thought that the nightly entertainment/events at the amp theater were a lot of fun and really well done.

We thought that food at all of the restaurants was delicious and found it hard to pick which place to go to! We really liked Kelly's Dockside and were treated fantastically by Michael the waiter and Donald the bartender - We came back to Donald's bar where he made us custom drinks all night! He was a lot of fun to talk to and shared great info. about the resort and country.

We enjoyed our honeymoon so much that we have already booked our trip to go back next year for our one year anniversary. We will be staying at Ocean's Edge Beachfront Royal Palm Room for a bit of a different experience since we know our way around.

Room Tip: Spend the extra to get the oceanview - nothing compares to waking up to the ocean.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aurora, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Upon arrival into Montego Bay, we headed straight to the Sandals Arrivals Lounge outside of Customs/Immigration. It’s very nice to have a place to freshen up and have a snack and beverage before hopping into your bus/van for a 1 ½ hour drive.
Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios was celebrating there Grand Opening and I went down to check it out. While it’s not really new, it sure looks like it!
Once the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Resort, the new name and 70+ million dollar renovation definitely earns it a NEW resort status.
Public areas and rooms all received fresh paint, new tile, new furniture & new bathroom hardware!
What you need to know about this resort is that it’s really 2 resorts in 1. The mountain side and the beach side are separated by a busy road…no worries though, you will never have to walk across the street. The jitney service runs continuously between both sides.
Overall the resort boasts over 100 pools, of which, 93 are private or semi-private up on the mountainside, 11 restaurants and 10 bars. There is also the full service Red Lane Spa.
I had the privilege to stay in the top room category – the Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Suite with private pool and hot tub. This category was in the process of being renovated. These were the last phase of the full resort renovation. While beautiful, you could see the old tile, fixtures and flooring in comparison to the newly redone rooms that were in cool tones and dark woods. I would love to go back and see these after refurbishment. The private pool was an incredible splurge that I would most definitely consider purchasing again!
The staff was very nice and helpful. Always saying Hello and asking if we needed assistance. I find this can make the difference between a good vacation and a great one.
The restaurants we dined at were delicious. I would not have a complaint about any of them. We ate at Kelly’s Dockside. I loved being out on the dock and having the waves crash by. The seafood was excellent. We also dined at Kimono’s. This is your standard Japanese Teppanyaki style restaurant and is very similar to any of the teppanyaki restaurants in the U.S. Our last night we ate the Manor House and the Caribbean flavors were a nice change of pace. For lunches we ate at Dino’s Pizzeria, Great House Café and Sabrina’s for breakfast. All the food is standard fare with good variety. We really wanted to try China Doll but could not get a reservation. Book as soon as you get checked in!
The main pools are what you would expect at any large resort. Lagoon shaped, fountains, zero depth entry in certain parts and stairs in others. Lots of lounge chairs and plenty of umbrellas. Wait staff around the pool was available, but they did not come around often enough for us. But hey, a hop into the pool to cool off as I headed for the swim-up bar wasn’t bad either. You can also find a smaller pool not far from the main pool that is quieter and little more private if you prefer. You can find this at either side of the resort. I preferred the Main Pool on the mountainside. It seemed more open and less crowded.
Our return home was uneventful. You should give Club Mobay a try at the airport. A wonderful departures lounge to hang out in with free wi-fi, beverages and munchies. Comfortable too. Worth the money!

Room Tip: The resort has SO many room categories. Do your research, or better yet, have your Travel Agent do...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Illinois City, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

My husband and I traveled to Ocho Rios in 2009 for our youngest daughter's wedding and have been going back every year since. The staff is outstanding!! They are like Family. The food is 5 star and the staff will bend over backwards to make your vacation memorable. We are going back for my 50th in a few weeks. This will be my 3rd Birthday spent at Sandals Grande and they roll out the Red Carpet. I LOVE THIS RESORT.

Room Tip: Stay in the Conceirge level. They attend to your every need.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary this year and we had an amazing time! Our travel agent Joanne at beach bum vacations was awesome. She helped us with every step of our trip and we will gladly contact her again for future travels. Jamaica was beautiful, the entertainment, the friendly staff, and rooms were all great! Definitely plan to stay for at least four days to enjoy everything there is to offer at the resort. We had such a wonderful time and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

The staff was friendly and got us anything we needed right when we asked for it. We booked with Jaimi Smith with Beach Bum Vacations and received a room upgrade when we arrived (thanks to her I'm sure)! Our room was super nice and the food was very good. Beautiful views and grounds. If you're looking for a really great beach, this may not be the place for you as the beach is kind of small on this side of the island, but overall the resort was very nice and very pretty!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Extensive refurbishments aside, it was the resort's welcoming staff that made our honeymoon trip from Kingston special. We ended up eating at the Soy restaurant every night, not just because we like sushi, but because waitresses Latoya, Susan, Verona and head chef Arturo were so hospitable. Meantime at the golf club, this novice golfer's patient instructor, Wesley Brown, also happened to be Jamaica's #1 amateur golfer! His boss, Dave Reid, was equally helpful. Special mention to Natoya at the Marketplace restaurant for your helpfulness also. Thank you all!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cassie C, Sandals & Beaches Review Coordinator at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
We're so happy to read that you and your husband had such an amazing vacation at Sandals Grand Riviera. We always want to exceed the expectations of our guests and ensure that they are enjoying themselves during their stay. The staff will be encouraged to hear of your kind mention. Thank you so much for your review.

We look forward to your return in the near future.

Happy Travels!


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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We travelled to Jamaica to renew our vows in Ochio Rios were we orginally honeymooned. The officiant at our service was lovely and the cake was really good. It was a special experience with a drive from Isiah to our wedding venue. We stayed in the Honeymoon Orchid Butler Suite and we loved our room. It was quiet, romantic and we had the semi-private pool to ourselves.Our Butlers Bertram and Denton were true Jamaican gentelmen and provided great service. The best thing about this resort is the staff they are unfaillingly pleasant and helpful. Where else would the garderner cut down coconuts for you and come to wish you a safe flight home.
The manor pool was gorgeous,great bar and fun games that you did not feel pressured to join if you didn't want to. Shout out to Josie the playmaker and Andre who ran the aquasize for some badly needed exercise. The spa on the Manor side was first class, the couples massage we had was awesome so we went back and had some other treatments.

We were not spa people but now we are hooked
The property is large and beautifully maintained and we were finding new spots to explore on our last day,like the beautiful sundowner lounge.
Don't be afraid to stay on the manor side as buses and jitneys run constantly between the two sides. I think you will enjoy this property no matter what room category you book.
Our favorite resturants were Soy- my husband loves sushi and he was impressed Reef- romantic atmosphere delious food and fab staff Benson
Bayside great menu and staff Dania
The beach barbeque was awesome, dancing, fire-eaters ,limbo and huge grilled lobsters.
Finally there was a great mix of vacationers and everybody got along.
Don't hesitate - Go you won't regret it!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
Address: Main Street | P.O. Box 771, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
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:
#3 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Ochi Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 529
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•Situated on over 100 acres of lush hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea•529 villas, luxury rooms and suites with fantastic mountain and ocean views•94 pools (7 large public pools), 22 whirlpools•16 dining options including room service for butler serviced suites•2 luxurious Red Lane Spas•Complimentary golf at Jamaica’s most elite and popular golf course, the Sandals Golf & Country Club (Transfers to the golf course are included)•Over 5,000 sq. feet of first class meeting and conference facilities•Recently completed US$60 million renovation/refurbishing exercise•Voted Sandals Resorts “World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand”, 18 years in a row•Voted Sandals Grande Riviera ‘Jamaica’s Leading Resort’ ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach And Villa Golf Resort
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Hotel Ocho Rios
Sandals Ocho Rios
Ciboney Ocho Rios
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort Jamaica/Ocho Rios

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