First, I would like to start with the fact that my wife and I have not traveled a lot in the last 25 years. We looked for over a year and a half to find “the place” for our special holiday. Gratefully, others have written reviews that helped us with our decision, so I feel compelled to write a review to assist others.
Sandals Royal Plantation exceeded all of our expectations! Jamaica ended up being a great destination. Since it was a short flight, only three and a half hour from Philadelphia, we arrived on the island by noon on Saturday. As soon as we cleared customs, we were greeted by Sandals Lounge directly in front of us. Sandals employees made us feel special as soon as we arrived. There was a car already waiting to take us to the resort that we barely had time to use the bathroom. It was a pleasant ride and the driver was very informative. The driver asked if we wanted to stop, but we were anxious to get to paradise, so we declined.
As we were driven onto the gorgeous Sandals Royal Plantation property, we immediately started to relax and forget about the “real world”. We were greeted at the front door by a Plantation manager and butler. Immediately, we were offered a beverage and cool towels to refresh us after traveling and assist with completing the registration process. We were then given an informative tour of the Plantation by one of our two butlers and then left to be on our own.
We have never had butler service before and were a little nervous. Our Butlers Tanisha and Neal put us at ease right away. They gave us a cell phone so we could contact them whenever we needed anything. They were both very kind, thoughtful, respectful, helpful, and very fun to talk with. Since I happened to celebrate my birthday as well as our 25th wedding anniversary during this vacation, our butlers expertly decorated our room and bath with candles and flowers, as well as added a bucket of ice with champagne & glasses, to create a beautiful and romantic setting.
Our room was beautiful. The décor was inviting and relaxing. We had a beautiful view of the beach and ocean, which we enjoyed each morning and late afternoon. The in-room bar was stocked to our specific requests and replenished daily. Each day our room was expertly cleaned and refreshed with fresh towels. Since it was our anniversary, we chose a room with a whirlpool tub. This was a very nice upgrade.
Every day we enjoyed one, or both, of the Plantation’s beaches. They were set up each morning by efficient and accommodating life guards who placed comfortable cushions on the chairs for us and brought us fresh towels. We always had chairs available to use. We did not ever have to get up early to go find and claim our chairs. Our beach butlers brought us our beverages regularly, especially after they found out what we liked to drink, by keeping a keen eye on us as well as the other guests. We took advantage of some water sports, especially the snorkeling. Experienced, certified, professional resort staff made sure we were shown how to use the equipment safely before being brought out to the reef on a resort boat. My wife was given personal expert instructions to ease her concerns about snorkeling in the ocean (thank you Richard).
My wife and I enjoyed a couples massage in the luxurious Red Lane Spa. The very professional staff welcomed us and made us feel at ease right away. We were shown to our respective male/female sections of the spa where we changed and then given the opportunity to use either the sauna or steam room before our massage. We hand an exceptional and extremely relaxing experience!
There are three restaurants at the Royal Plantation. At no time did we find them boring or limiting, since they changed their menus regularly. This gave both my wife and me the opportunity to try some new and different foods. As with everything else at the Royal Plantation, we found the food at each of restaurants exceptional. The resort was exceptionally maintained. The grounds were gorgeous, even in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
In summary, this was a dream vacation come true! It was everything we wanted and more!!! Thank you to Sandals Royal Plantation for creating and providing the atmosphere and accommodations to experience our dream for celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Also, thank you to Ruth DeMuth from the firstname.lastname@example.org for her patience and assistance with getting us to our dream vacation.
- 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