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Sandals Royal Plantation
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 September 2011

We've just had an amazing two weeks in the villa with four friends. We are all Sandal select members and there are only a few of their resorts that we haven't tried but this is the best!

It isn''t cheap to stay but if you want quality, attentive service and food then look no further. The villa was very clean, well stocked with beverages, snacks and music. We used the hotel resturant facilities most of the time and couldn't find fault with any of the food or service. Service at breakfast was a little slow but the view from the terrace more than made up for this. The villa chef prepared dinner on two evenings for us all and everything from planning the menu with us to the actual meal was perfect. The only downside of the villa was the lounge didn't have any air conditioning and the bathrooms in the three bedrooms are a little dated. However when you consider the amount of time we spent in these areas it's a minor issue!

It was our first experience of 'butler service' and we were a little unsure of how it would work. There are three that we would recommend without a doubt, so if you are staying in the hotel ask for Shelly and Jermaine and if staying at the villa, Rochester wont disappoint you! All were attentive but not intrusive and soon got to know our personal likings.

To sum up, we loved it so much we booked to go back for two weeks next year!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

We just came back from our 1 week vacation.

We stayed for the first week of September and found it was one of the best resorts to stay in: very relaxing place with great service, a nice beach (very small though) and great food. Our room was spacious, clean, it had a great view, a full minibar and the bed was really comfy. Night entertainment could be better.
However, you can arrange time with your butler to visit the next door "Sandals" which is called "Sandals Grande Riviera".
Spa was offering great services so I would really recommend you to get a massage from them: very relaxing and enjoyable. They had a small pool area with a hot-tub but not many people were using it. The resort had a game room with free 8-ball, a tennis court and a gym with alot of machines. You could get wifi internet services for $42 usd per week.

This resort would fit perfectly for people who want a nice relaxing vacation.

Couple of helpful suggestions would be to order room service because there are no buffets and you would have to wait a long time to get your food in the daytime. Make sure you bring a credit card with you because you will have to put your money on hold in case you would like to make further purchases.

We would like to thank our butlers Richard and Sheldon as well as all the staff that provided such a great experience. We would also like to thank one of the waiters who was serving us during tea time on the terrace; my husband forgot sunglasses on a table during tea time (from 4 pm to 5 pm each day) and she kindly returned it to us at night time...

Room Tip: all the rooms have a front ocean view
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Lelik R
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

We booked this as our honeymoon destination and although we were in no doubt that the hotel would be absolute luxury. We were both nervious about the use of our butler assuming that they would be intrusive on our holiday. We couldn't have been more wrong we had two butlers Kenton and Fiona that were on hand to help make our holiday perfect. When we travelled I was 20 weeks pregnant and the butlers were so thoughtful when they laid out champagne on ice in our room for our return they even placed soft drinks in there for me to enjoy. The food in the resort was outstanding and once again the staff were more than happy to make changes to dishes given the foods that I could no longer eat as a pregnant lady. The whole package was excellent place was clean, rooms were fabulous, entertainment super, water sports varied and superb, even the island routes tours were great. This coupled with the fact that every member of staff you encounter has simply the nicest attitude and makes you feel that you are the only person stopping there and that nothing is too much trouble. We truly were running on Jamaican time by the time we left.

My only gripe and it is smal,l is being asked daily if I want a spa experince whilst I'm sunbathing on the beach and asked if I want my photo taking whilst eating. I wanted and enjoyed the pictures that we did have taken but would have preferred not to be approached when eating

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank paula g
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

Great people, great food, great lodging facilities, great beach and great entertainment

Room Tip: room with a view on the beach
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Our_trips_wm
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

This is simply the best Sandals resort that we have visited.
We were actually here just 8 weeks ago and we enjoyed it so much that we rescheduled our Summer holiday and have just had the luxury of spending another 2 weeks here. We have had 11 Sandals holidays, so are well experienced in the 'Sandals brand', however, the service, customer care, attention to detail, and friendliness of the management and staff at this resort has surpassed all our previous stays.
The resort is small - just 74 rooms, so you soon recognise management, staff and guests, and they you. We were a party of 6 and were upgraded to the Villa Plantana (last time we were given the luxurious Prime Ministers suite) -- loyalty is rewarded at this hotel. The villa is out of this world, with 3 bedrooms and its own pool. Your own butler is on hand to spoil you and you can even have a private chef.
We have made a lot of friends at this hotel and have already booked to return next summer... unless we decide to make it earlier!

Room Tip: All rooms have an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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4  Thank JudithShaw
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Address: Main Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $760 - $2,163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Royal Plantation 5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
•All suite resort and all are serviced by butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers•2 private beaches with beach butler service•The Caribbean’s only Champagne and Caviar Bar•Exquisite International, Mediterranean, Caribbean and French cuisine•24 hour in suite dining•Complimentary transfers from this resort to all Sandals Resorts•Voted Sandals Resorts “World Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row•Five Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Sciences ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sandals Royal Plantation Hotel Ocho Rios
Royal Plantation Ocho Rios
Royal Plantation Jamaica

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