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Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Dundee
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“3rd time here!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent our honeymoon and 1st anniversary here and loved every minute so we were really excited to be going back for our 6th anniversary knowing the resort had been refurbished.

On the 1st morning we went over to the beautifully refurbished Ochi Beach Club to sign up for a dive (my husband did his Open Water in 06 and AOW in 07 at this resort) and we were SO happy to see many of the dive instructors that we knew still working there. Kevin Johnson, who taught my husband to dive is a great instructor and so patient, Benjie (Shavon) and Jeno also remembered us, they are all so friendly. Apart from our happy memories from previous trips the diving and dive centre team is what draws us back to this resort.

We stayed in a concierge room - St Annes Honeymoon Villa with semi private pool - which was very nice and more comfortable than 5 years ago. Some restaurants have changed - no San Genarro which used to be our favourite restaurant or Arizona's but these have been replaced by Kimonos and Kelly's Dockside which are just as nice and serve up delicious food, also the weekly chocolate party is a very welcome addition at the Manor House! Some people complained about small portions of food but we were always stuffed full, and you only had to ask if you wanted a bigger portion or something extra, the staff at Bayside were especially nice.

We decided to renew our vows this trip as there was a special offer on, apart from the hard sell for all the extras beforehand (which I found very stressful), it was a very lovely experience. Anna Kay from Wedding Services and Fabion, the butler at the Reef Terrace were brilliant and it was a really special day for us.

We did have some minor complaints during this trip but the staff are always willing to help and put things right. We love Sandals and will go back again, we enjoy the special dinners for returning guests and the extra treats you get (e.g. free bottles of rum), the resort is so beautiful and so big it never gets boring!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

I'm not a very picky person but this resort was just to damn big. You have to take a shuttle bus from one side of the resort to the other (which is across the street). The resort was freshly renovated when I got there so I didn't have to deal with that upon arrival. Jamaica happens to be my favorite island that i've been to just wish I felt the same way about the resort. The staff is excellent and the "playmakers" really help you get involved and have a good time. The food was mediocre at best and if you like the beach which is basically non-existant than this a a resort to stay away from. I would return to a Sandals property just not this one. This resort is also about 90 mins from Montego Bay airport.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

As returning guests, we found all aspects of the resort to be better than before particularly the room renovations. The spa treatment we received was the best we have ever had at any Sandals. We are not talking so much about the soothing hands of the spa staff but the whole experience was a pleasure from start to finish. Never had we been required to take a steam bath before a massage or the personel touch of the masseuses both before and after the treatment. We highly recommend enjoying a relaxing spa treatment when you visit this beautiful resort.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

My husband and I went to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. I was a little concerned about this property being separated by a major road but it turned out not to be an issue. We had a room on the ocean side but went to the mountain side quite often. The shuttle bus that went back and forth between the ocean side and mountain side ran frequently so we didn't have to wait long at all. This property is really beautiful and the staff were all so nice. Our travel agent Joanne at Beach Bum Travel is amazing and did a wonderful job in recommending and assisting us with finding the perfect anniversary location. I definitely recommend this property to anybody looking for a nice getaway. The rooms were reasonably priced and there are many local excursions to enjoy. I plan to visit again in the near future!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

An amazing time at a beautiful, friendly resort. We were celebrating our anniversary and this resort was perfect, sending cakes (2) and good wishes from most of the departments. Best thing, tho was that I got certified in open water scuba. This was not an easy feat for the dive team, being that I am 63 and not in the best shape. I found the entire dive staff encouraging, friendly, and funny, making my experience relatively easy and most definitely fun. Going back again in November just so I can dive.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

The staff at Sandals Grande Riveria are excellent every one that passes you in the walk way tells you Good Morning or Good Afternoon, at dinner they periodically check to make sure everything is fine, the scenery is phenominal its just simply breathe taking, the food is great I think everyone who stays at Sandals Grande Riveria should dine at the Reef Terrace. The service is top 10 a bus runs every seven minutes to take you from one property to the next and the entertainment is just exceptional. If you haven't been to Sandlas Grande Riveria trust me a great big part of your life is missing.

  • Stayed October 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We were celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary and let Sandals know this when we booked our trip. Got the impression that something special may be done by the resort, but needless to say, nothing was. Room was perfect. Service overall was good. We did make a request for a Jamaican meal since the selection we expected was not there and the waitress asked what time to expect us so the meal would be ready and when we arrived, no meal. The lady who seated us apologized and said she would ensure we had our special request the next day. Thank goodness we did and we really enjoyed it. We also requested plantains but they were never available. We stayed in the Honeymoon Estate Poolside Villa, no butler or concierge service, but maybe we should have opted for that since most if the reviews raved about their service. We loved our location for the privacy and only saw one other couple our whole trip. The jitneys were slow and not as frequent as we would have liked so we ended up walking most of the time. We liked the ability to go to the other resort and loved the food at the Reef Restaurant the best. Overall all the food was good, but we felt since there were so many specialties, at least one restaurant should have had authentic Jamaican food since we're in Jamaica. The grounds were well taken care of and clean. The Grand Riviera did good on room, staff, location, and food, but wanted it to be "great" when it came to making us feel special during our 1 year Anniversary and it fell short of that.

  • 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 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 On the Beach 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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