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Sandals Royal Plantation
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2015

Royal Plantation is a very nice, upscale all-inclusive resort, with only 75 rooms so it is much more boutique than what you might picture as a Caribbean all-inclusive resort. There's not wild dance parties and beach volleyball or ice luges, so if you're looking for a hardcore party spot, you're better off at another place. However, if you are looking for gourmet-level food and an incredible beach, then Sandals Royal Plantation is a good choice. We are pretty picky about our food and find this to be very good. The French restaurant, Le Papillon, is particularly nice. Note to American travelers - they serve at a pace similar to a nice European restaurant, so be prepared for a 2-hour meal.

We also really enjoy the beach and water sports. The twice-daily snorkel tour is excellent. They take you to a couple of different coral reefs that are about a half mile offshore. If you are an active person and will do a lot of water sports, you will probably prefer the East Beach because that is where the snorkel tours, Hobie Cats, paddleboards, and kayaks are. The other beach is more to just chill and/or drink heavily because the bar is right there.

The golf course is a legitimate course that most golfers will enjoy. My wife and I are are 14 and 20 handicappers, respectively, and we found the course to be nice and very playable. We played 3 separate days. If you plan to play multiple days, you can pay in advance. For example, we paid $105 each for 3 days of golf carts & caddie. Then we tipped the caddie $40 each day. Still way cheaper than paying for a championship course in the Caribbean.

The gym is a bit outdated but if you want to grab a quick half hour on a treadmill and/or do a bit of lifting, it's not bad. The RP staff told us they plan to update it in the next year. That will be good. My wife really enjoyed the free yoga classes down on the doc, taught by a really cool Rastafarian guy.

One of the nice perks of RP is that you can venture over to the Grande Riviera next door to use their giant pools (with swim up bars) and restaurants. We thought the restaurants at RP are much better than those at GR but it's good for a change of pace. We had a good experience at the Manor restaurant one night and then tried it again on a Saturday night and it wasn't as good (kind of a zoo that night). The new speakeasy bar called "The RabbitHole" is very cool.

Room Tip: Don't pay for the wifi. Just accept the free option.
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  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Lauren B, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2015

Hello and thank you for your review!
It's truly great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were able earned your stamp of approval with our delicious fine dining options. It seems that you got to totally unwind and have a bit of fun at our properties which is exactly the kind of excellent feedback we love to receive.
We look forward to welcoming you back again for another fabulous Caribbean getaway!

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Reviewed 19 April 2015

We just returned from a five night stay at RP!I It is a "Slice of Heaven", what and amazing resort! Its peaceful, beautiful, clean and so much more! Every employee, no matter what there job is. are polite, helpful and smiling!!! We both agree that the food is outstanding, with a big variety, my husband can be critical. We did a few outside excursions horseback riding, bobsled, tram ride and zip lined!! Meanwhile, back at the resort there is plenty to do, if you want to! Both beaches are small, we were fine with that. There are also two piers where there are beach chairs set up. We never found them crowded, you could always find a chair. People do save chairs, but its not as bad as some people make it out to be. :)))! We snorkeled, not to many fish but it was fun! Paddle boarded and kayaked! We did visit Sandals Grande next door, it is a totally different atmosphere. This was our first all inclusive, Sandals defiantly fit the bill!!! Please feel free to ask any question's!!

Room Tip: As said before, all rooms face the ocean. There are several trees on the East wing that would block...
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3  Thank Natalie P
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Lauren B, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2015

What an amazing review, Natalie!
It sounds like you had quite an adventure in Jamaica and we could not be happier to hear how much you enjoyed your visit at Sandals Royal Plantation. We are so pleased that our staff made your very first All-Inclusive experience a spectacular one and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for another "Slice of Heaven"!

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Reviewed 18 April 2015 via mobile

We are just back from a week long stay at the Sandals Royal Plantation and look forward to booking another vacation! The SRP far exceeded any expectations in regard to food/drink, aesthetics, accommodations, and STAFF! Our Butlers, Olivia and Hector were outstanding in their attention to detail, understanding our needs and offering appropriate recommendations for food and activities. They were highly professional, comfortably personable and always upbeat. As a "selective" eater, I found the menu choices varied and absolutely five star in all of the restaurants on the Plantation! The beaches were always well groomed and staffed and the weather was absolutely perfect! The SRP is a quiet home-away-from-home with all the perks and then some. We enjoyed scuba diving, kayaking, massages, and just hanging out on the beach (naps were at the top of the list too!). We also enjoyed new dishes we will be bringing home thanks to the cooking advice of some locals. A great place to unwind and be pampered or just get away from it all! Greatly enjoyed our stay; highly recommended.

Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Sharon N
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Lauren B, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2015

Thank you for your review of Sandals Royal Plantation, Sharon.
We are thrilled that you enjoyed the beautiful scenery, delicious meals and the warm spirit of our fantastic staff! At Sandals, we take pride in cultivating a truly relaxing atmosphere for our couples and we appreciate your kind remarks to this effect. We hope to welcome you back in the near future for another incredible Caribbean getaway!

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Reviewed 18 April 2015

We can hardly wait to return (we've been four times and the fifth return trip is already booked)! The RP is a top-quality, casually elegant resort. The management and staff go out of their way to ensure your every need is met. From the fresh made breakfast with Blue Mountain Coffee to the elegant dinners, the food here is outstanding (the main reason we keep returning). If you're lucky enough to catch Rojjah's Thursday night show you will have witnessed the pinnacle of Resort entertainment!!!
I can guarantee that after a week at the Royal Plantation, you will come home feeling spoiled and rested (unless you spend too much time with a certain couple from Goat Acre, England! ;)

See you in February (or before...) Richard and Sheldon!

Scott (Garland) & Gina

PS Order the Escovitch fish for breakfast (yummy).

Room Tip: No bad rooms here!
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  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Scott P
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Lauren B, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2015

Dear Scott and Gina,
We are truly honored by your high praise and so happy that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Sandals Royal Plantation once again. We appreciate your loyalty throughout the years and thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Our staff will be delighted to hear that they exceeded all of your expectations. We cannot wait to welcome you back for your fifth visit!

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Reviewed 15 April 2015

This was our fourth stay at a sandals Resort, our first at this location. If your a Sandals junkie like we have become this resort will leave a lot to be desired. If you think the Butler service offered is going to be as great as your experience at other locations think again. Butlers are no where to be seen on most days, they pop by occasionally, and in some instances you may not see them at all but twice, arriving and departure of course because that is when the hand comes out. Our understanding was that Sandals own rules are no tipping except for the Butlers however at this location it is blatant at the pool and bars. Don't get us wrong most all of the regular staff members wonderful. The management could learn a lot from the services provided at the Sandals location in Emerald Bay Bahamas and Negril.

Room Tip: get a room with a Juliette balcony, they are larger
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6  Thank sandyfeetBurlington
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Lauren B, Online Review Coordinator at Sandals Royal Plantation, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2015

Hello and thank you for reaching out to us.
We are truly disappointed to learn of your recent experience at Sandals Royal Plantation, particularly after the great experience you have had at our resorts in the past. We apologize if you found any aspect of your stay to be lacking and we are grateful that you took the time to bring your concerns to our attention so that our staff can address them. I understand that the resort management team has already made contact with you and are looking into the matters you mentioned. I am confident that they will not only do their utmost to resolve any outstanding issues but will also ensure that our future guests do not have similar feedback. It is our sincere hope that you will visit with us again and afford us the opportunity to regain your confidence in our brand.

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Additional Information about Sandals Royal Plantation

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 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range: $764 - $2,260 (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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Royal Plantation Ocho Rios
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