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Best Sandals Resort - Top 18 Ranked & Reviewed

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Best Sandals Resort

What is the BEST Sandals Resort for your vacation, honeymoon, babymoon or destination wedding? We’ll help answer that question by providing you with the most comprehensive overview on the internet.

For those who are not familiar with the Sandals brand, Sandals has revolutionized the all inclusive resort concept and gained worldwide attention for their seaside suites and villages that sit on some of the most idyllic beaches in the Caribbean. Located in Antigua, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, the Bahamas, Curacao and for 2024 St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Sandals has set the standard for a luxury all inclusive experience.


At Rivage Travel, we've been specializing in Sandals for more than 15 years, have visited all of their resorts and in 2024 was recognized at the Sandals Star Awards as the Top Sandals Travel agency in the United States and one of their top seven travel advisors in the United States. As a Sandals Chairman's Royal Club Diamond Elite travel expert, today, we're going to share our insider knowledge to help create the perfect travel experience for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding. Best of all our professional services are complimentary to you!

So which Sandals resort is the best? A: Listed below is our ranking featuring a detailed review of the 18 BEST Sandals Resorts located in the Caribbean based on our client and personal experiences. If you're ready to book or have questions, please share your plans with us using our chat feature or if you prefer to book direct, you'll find their most recent specials at Sandals.com as well as their weekly last minute deals.


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Top 18 Best Sandals Resorts - Ranked & Reviewed for 2024

2) Sandals Grande Antigua // St. Johns, Antigua

3) Sandals Saint Vincent // Saint Vincent, Grenadines ** debuted 03/27/2024

4) Sandals Grenada // Georgetown, Grenada

6) Sandals Dunn's River // Ocho Rios, Jamaica ** debuted 05/24/23

7) Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas

9) Sandals Barbados // Oistins, Barbados

11) Sandals Montego Bay // Montego Bay, Jamaica

12) Sandals Regency La Toc // St. Lucia

13) Sandals Negril // Negril, Jamaica

14) Sandals Royal Curaçao // Nieuwpoort, Curaçao

15) Sandals Royal Caribbean // Montego Bay, Jamaica

16) Sandals Ochi // Ocho Rios, Jamaica

17) Sandals Halcyon Beach // St. Lucia

18) Sandals Royal Plantation // Ocho Rios, Jamaica


 
Sandals Grande St. Lucia

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

St. Lucia is a magical island that captivates your mind, body and soul. Here towering mountains and fern-frilled jungles bring about a complete sense of relaxation. At Sandals Grande St. Lucian they build upon that feeling and have created a resort that will give you the ultimate vacation experience.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian is our highest rated sandals resort because of it's panoramic bay views and exclusivity; best of all it’s on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and feels more like a secluded island retreat. It offers an endless number of specialty dining options, recreation and amenities along with some of the BEST diving you’ll do anywhere in the Caribbean. And with the free inter-Sandals shuttle service, there are up to 27 restaurants available between the three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia. This truly is our all time favorite destination for honeymoon or anniversary celebration!

One thing to note… Because of its unique position, getting to the resort can be a bit bumpy by car and the transfer time is approximately ninety minutes. If this a concern we recommend a helicopter tour. Here you'll fly into the George F.L Charles Airport, which is only about 15 minutes away from the resort. Even if you’re comfortable with the drive, this flight to the north is one that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Why is Sandals Grande St. Lucia our # 1 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • From the breathtaking views as you exit your transfer and enter the main lobby, this resort a true representation of paradise.

  • This is a recurring theme and a testament to Sandals as a whole but it’s the people who work at Sandals Grande St. Lucian that make this such an exceptional destination.

  • The food is excellent and there are twelve restaurants to choose from including our favorite “The Jerk Shack”.

  • The chef is mindful of specific dietary requirements. They'll gladly design customized meal programs for individuals who follow vegan or vegetarian diets.

  • Rooms are well appointed and many have been updated. Our favorites are the Caribbean beachfront suites that have spectacular views of Rodney Bay.

  • The Red Lane Spa at Sandals Grande St. Lucian is one of the best. It features a rare amenity in that it includes a eucalyptus steam room located behind the spa. It is accessible to all visitors and but rarely utilized. Make sure to visit and enjoy this experience!

  • The main pool hosts a swim up bar and it’s where all the activity takes place. The playmakers are a blast but if you’re looking something more relaxed there are secluded retreats around the resort.

  • The beach is beautiful and ocean water is crystal clear. If you’re into snorkeling you can see beautiful fish and coral right around the main pier.

  • Lounge chairs around the pools and on the beach are not in short supply.

  • The water sports team is amazing and there is so much to do. Including, sailing, scuba diving, paddle boards, kayaking, snorkeling, etc. If you want a lesson, just ask and they’ll be more than happy to help!

  • The dive team is exceptional and the diving in St. Lucia is amongst the best. Seeing the Pitons from the ocean after your safety stop is a great way to do experience the island.

  • The bartenders are a lot of fun and will make sure you’re having a great time.

  • While we think Sandals Grande St. Lucian is the best Sandals resort in St. Lucia and in the Caribbean we love getting off the resort and visiting the other properties. As a guest of the Grande, you stay at 1 and play at 3. Best of all there is complimentary shuttle service both to and from Sandals Regency LaToc and Sandals Halcyon.

  • New to Sandals Grande St. Lucian are the overwater bungalows. If you’re looking for an exclusive experience, these are for you! Contact us today for more information.

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Grande St. Lucia:​

  • How far away is Sandals Grande St. Lucian from the airport? A: The resort transfer takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours over scenic, windy and sometimes narrow roads. For those who are prone to car sickness it might be best to consider the helicopter transfer. This reduces the transfer time to about 15 min (plus a short drive to the Grande).

  • Dinner reservations are required for some restaurants. If you’re in a Club Level room, contact your concierge as soon as you arrive to make your reservations. If you are in a butler category, consult with your butler so they can do it for you. Those in the Luxury category, there is a food and dining representative in the main lobby to assist you.

  • Beaches in St. Lucia are public and there will be a fair amount of people selling tours. They are not pushy and a friendly "no thank you" is enough to let them know you’re uninterested. If you are interested, there are some good ones including the Simon Says & Joe Knows tour.

  • Guests are able to walk to the village and to Pigeon Park. You can climb Pigeon Mountain for $7.00 and the views are well worth it. Wear Sneakers!

  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort is a great place to relax and get enjoy time together. If you're looking for something truly unique, our travel blog "Planning the Perfect St. Lucia Getaway" highlights our recent trip between Sandals Grande & Stonefield Estates. This was an incredible experience!

  • Contact us today for more information or click the button below for the most up to date promotions and offers!

 
Sandals Grande Antigua

Sandals Grande Antigua

Having received the award for “World’s Most Romantic Resort” many times over, this stunning hotel sits on the crystalline waters of Dickenson Bay in northwest Antigua and is one of our top rated Sandals resorts.


As an adults-only, all-inclusive Sandals Grande Antigua caters to couples looking for a romantic getaway. Guests can choose between a cottage in the original beachfront Caribbean Grove or a suite at the poolside Mediterranean Village. Whichever accommodation you choose, you’ll find well-appointed rooms with mahogany four-poster king-sized beds and flat-screen TVs.


Sandals Grande Antigua features seven bars and eleven restaurants, serving everything from pizza at Bella Naploli to Tex-Mex at OK Corral to sushi at Kimonos. For those interested in spa treatments, Sandals' Red Lane Spa offers exceptional massages and body scrubs. If you’re wanting to be active, as with all Sandals resorts you have access to a variety of land and water sports.

Why is Sandals Grande Antigua our # 2 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean

  • The people of Antigua are warm and friendly as are the people who work here. Sandals Grande Antigua does an incredible job bringing the best of the best on site and they make your vacation one you’ll remember for a lifetime.

  • The General Manager is active and it’s not unusual for him to be commending his staff, chatting with the guests and even picking up glasses.

  • The food is world-class and there are eleven restaurants to choose from. All of which are part of the global dining all-inclusive experience.

  • On the Mediterranean pool side of Sandals Grande Antigua. The rooms are spacious and have a small balcony overlooking the Caribbean ocean. The bathroom is large with a Jacuzzi bath and a rain forest shower.

  • One thing to note. The Mediterranean Village is set back from the beach but has the best ocean views. It only takes a few minutes walk there, just past the beautiful pool and Barefoot restaurant.

  • The beach is beautiful but not very wide on the Mediterranean side. Further down towards the Caribbean Village there is plenty of space to spread out.

  • Their water sports team is amongst the best within the Sandals Resort brand. They'll always go out of their way to make sure you’re having a safe and amazing time.

  • The scuba diving team is exceptional. Antigua is not known for diving but it is a fun activity and there are some great locations. We particularly enjoy the drift dives.

  • One thing to note. Unlike other Sandals Resorts. Sandals Grande Antigua does not have a dock so you do need to wade through the water to get on and off the boat.

  • Day beds around the pools and on the beach are abundant.

  • The Red Lane Spa is exceptional in every way. We love their lavender scalp massages. If you make this your vacation destination, you must give them a visit!

  • Fire pits are located throughout the resort.

  • We love the piano bar in the evening. It's a great place to sing songs, chat with other guests and make new friends.

  • If you are thinking about having a wedding or renewing your vows at Sandals Grande Antigua, the wedding staff is dedicated to bringing your dream celebration to life.

  • Photographers are on site and available to setup a complimentary photo session.

  • The resort is expansive and luxurious. With sweeping views of Dickenson Bay from the Mediterranean Village, you'll find lush gardens and there are many secluded places around the resort to relax.

  • How far away is Sandals Grande Antigua from the airport? A: It’s only a brief 15-20 minute drive.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Grande Antigua:

  • If you do not have a Butler service, make sure to book your dinner reservations upon arrival as the best time slots tend to fill up quickly.

  • Shade on the beach is at a premium as there are no umbrellas on the beach, only Palapas. Also, if you don’t have butler service you might find yourself getting up early to secure the best spot with shade.

  • Vendors are on the beach but are friendly and a polite, “no, thank you” is enough to send them away.

  • Some rooms on the Caribbean side have been updated and others are in the progress of being refurbished. Not sure what room to pick? We're here to help!

  • There is a lot to do in Antigua. We have rented a car on multiple occasions and enjoy exploring the island on our own. If this is something you’re interested in, let chat and we'll put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

  • Contact us today for more information or click the button below for the most up to date promotions and offers

 

Sandals Saint Vincent

The latest addition to the Sandals Resorts collection, Sandals St. Vincent, is an all-inclusive paradise nestled between two seas at the edge of the lesser Antilles and near both St. Lucia and Grenada. This adults only resort debuted in March 2024 and redefines what you know about luxury, adventure, romance in travel and even what you may have experienced at a previous stay with Sandals.


Occupying 50 acres, Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines embodies the Sandals 2.0 modernization philosophy and one of the most beautiful resorts ever built by Sandals. Quickly becoming one of the best Sandals resorts, Sandals Saint Vincent is tucked away on a private cove and bordered by a lush forest and gentle flowing river.


Here, things slow down on an island not overpopulated by tourism where you can step off the beaten path and explore the little-known wonder of the Caribbean that is pure and undisturbed. The island of Saint Vincent has a natural beauty that needs to be experienced!


Why is Sandals Saint Vincent our # 3 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean? 

  • Sandals Saint Vincent is a foody paradise! Not only in the Caribbean but here you'll find dining options that rival many world-class restaurants in the United States.

  • Buccan is a 2 hour dining experience specific only to this resort. Seating is done family style at an outdoor restaurant where chefs prepare multiple Vincentian dishes with elaborate introductions to each course.

  • Perfectly situated due west, both the sunrise and sunsets are spectacles worth experiencing.

  • Unlike other Sandals resorts with multiple luxury level rooms, at Sandals Saint Vincent there are only two. Both the Bamboo Palm Partial Oceanview Room with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub & Bamboo Palm Room with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub are spacious and we'd happily recommend them for their lower price point.

  • Should I get Butler Service at Sandals Saint Vincent? We found this resort has some of the best butlers in the portfolio and the service they provide truly enhanced our experience. Not only are the rooms well appointed but the butler team is professional and they care deeply about your experience. Our favorite Sandals butler team is... Dianne, Raynesia & Ranell.

  • Sandals Saint Vincent features two story Overwater Villas. These villas feature see-through glass floors, a Tranquility Soaking Tub, and a private patio with a hanging daybed, offering uninterrupted ocean views.

  • Sandals Saint Vincent has two main pools and five bars including 1 swim-up bar.

  • The beach is private and there is plenty of seating with shade.

  • Unique to Sandals St. Vincent are accommodations with media and work out rooms. Our favorites are..

    • Beachfront One-Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Media Room and Private Pool

    • One-Bedroom Garden Butler Suite with Media Room and Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

    • Lady Palm Club Swim-up Suite with Media Room and Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

    • Lady Palm Club Suite with Fitness Room and Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

  • The diving in Saint Vincent is excellent and some of the best I’ve done anywhere in the Caribbean. The dive team is fun, professional and safety conscious.

  • For those considering a destination wedding at Sandals Saint Vincent the wedding coordinator will ensure your wedding is not only perfect but special. At Rivage Travel, we specialize in Destination Weddings at Sandals and invite you to reach out to us with any questions!

  • The resort is beautiful and there are bikes throughout the resort to assist you in getting around.

  • There are no beach vendors so there are no motorized sports unless you’re going on an excursion.

  • How far away is Sandals Saint Vincent from the airport? A: 30 - 45 min depending on traffic.

 

Additional Considerations for Sandals Saint Vincent

  • Buccan requires reservations so make those as soon as you arrive on property.

  • Sandals Saint Vincent is a dramatic resort with incredible views that has quickly become one of our favorite destinations.

  • The beachfront butler rooms are not entirely private.

  • The people working at Sandals Saint Vincent show pride in their country and pride in their work. Here you're going to receive a very special vacation experience.

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Sandals Grenada - #3 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals Grenada

This lush property along Pink Gin Beach is a luxurious all-inclusive resort catering to couples. It’s one of the top rated Sandals resorts by TripAdvisor and is located just .5 miles from Maurice Bishop International Airport and 11 miles from Annandale Waterfalls.


Sandals Grenada features well appointed chic rooms with tropical décor, in-room minibars and free Wi-Fi. Most have balconies or patios with soaking tubs too. The Club Level and Butler suites are spacious and provide access to dedicated lounging areas. Some even have second levels and/or infinity pools with ocean views.


At Sandals Grenada there are 10 restaurants and 6 bars with multiple pools, hot tubs, a gym and a Red Lane Spa. Other amenities include yoga, tennis and some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.


Why is Sandals Grenada our # 4 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • The people who work at there are always looking after your best interests and desires and it’s not uncommon for the general manager to be seen interacting with guests.

  • The rooms are updated, spacious, clean and comfortable featuring luxuriously comfortable beds and linens.

  • Many room options are available to choose from. Most feature balconies with outdoor soaking tubs, swim-up Club Level Suites and butler service rooms with ocean views. Please let us know what is most important to you so we can get you the perfect room!

  • Should I get Butler Service at Sandals Grenada? Many of our clients believe the butlers are well worth the investment. They will anticipate your needs, make dinner reservations, find you the best location at the pool or beach and surprise you with special gifts throughout your stay.

  • The food is top notch with something for everyone including a Sandals first steakhouse “Butch’s Chophouse”. If you have food allergies or specific dietary needs, the chef will meet with you to discuss a meal plan.

  • The quality of the food is amongst the best in the Sandals Resort brand. This is a true foodie destination!

  • Sandals Grenada has two main pools and several other beautiful pools throughout the resort. The large main pool is where most of the activity takes place. The other main pool has a unique feature belonging to Sandals Grenada. It's located on the beach with a center fire pit so you can enjoy both the ocean and the pool at the same time. located on the beach so you can enjoy both the ocean and the pool at the same time.

  • The beach is beautiful and private but not that expansive so it’s easily walkable.

  • The towel game is not as prevalent here as there are many spots to relax both around the pool and beach.

  • The diving in Grenada is excellent and some of the best I’ve done anywhere in the Caribbean even rivaling my dives in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef. The dive team is top notch, fun, professional, safety conscious and e is a different party theme each night.

  • For those considering a destination wedding at Sandals Grenada the Wedding coordinator will ensure your wedding is not only perfect but special. At Rivage Travel, we specialize in Destination Weddings and invite you to reach out to us with any questions!

  • The resort is beautiful and everything is within easy walking distance.

  • The water is clear and with the breaker, its very easy to swim in.

  • There are no beach vendors so there are no motorized sports unless you’re going on an excursion.

  • How far away is Sandals Grenada from the airport? A: Less than 5 minutes from the airport.

Additional Considerations for Sandals LaSource Grenada​

  • There can be a lot of mosquitos on the beach at dusk so bring Bug Spray!

  • If you’re located in the beachfront Pink in building be aware that there are some steep hills to climb.

  • The Dress Code at Butch’s is strictly enforced.

  • The private pools are not heated.

  • As with most Sandals resorts, the butlers reserve sun beds early in the morning for their guests.

  • If you’re looking for an upbeat island vibe with lots of activities while having many remote locations to relax with great food, this may be the place for you. Contact us today for more information or click the button below for the most up to date promotions and offers!

 
Sandals SouthCoast - #4 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals South Coast

Set amid a 500-acre wilderness preserve, this all new re-imagined adults only resort is the perfect combination of European charm and all-beachfront accommodations.


Formerly Sandals Whitehouse, Sandals South Coast features the newest design and amenity standards for the Sandals brand. It's one of the best Sandals all inclusive resorts and offers guests an over-water bar with loungers, heart shaped over-the-water Bungalows.


For those looking at an exclusive destination wedding experience there is an over water chapel with a glass floor. All guest rooms and suites feature patios or balconies that overlook a gorgeous white-sand beach and are well appointed with four-poster beds and large bathrooms.


At Sandals South Coast you can dine at nine extraordinary restaurants. Each has been created to deliver authentic regional specialties from Italian, Asian and Mediterranean, to Caribbean, Jamaican and more. If you’re wanting to have an active vacation, the activities and inclusions are endless. Best of all with Sandals it’s all included!


At Rivage Travel, we love this resort and love sending our clients here. The beach is private and its proximity makes it feel like you’re isolated from the rest of the world while still being connected to many of the modern amenities we’re used to.


Want to know more about Sandals South Coast? Contact us today.

Why is Sandals South Coast our pick for the Best Sandals Resort in Jamaica?

  • Sandals South Coast has an expansive and beautiful beach with many places to retreat.

  • If you’re into relaxing by the pool, this resort features the largest pool in Jamaica. It's close to the beach and has a huge swim-up bar.

  • The food is world-class. With nine different Global Dining restaurants to choose from there is truly something for everyone.

  • We love the staff at this resort. They enjoy their job and will go out of their way to make sure you’re having an incredible vacation experience.

  • The Red Lane Spa is one of our favorite features and includes many services. If you only want to visit, you can use the free steam room, sauna, plunge pool, and hot tub.

  • Rooms are large and the beds are not too hard. Best of all, Sandals South Coast is all beachfront so you’ll awake each morning to a beautiful ocean view.

  • Sandals South Coast features three pools, including the brand new redesigned Dutch village pool. The French Pool is the smallest and has most of the daily activities. The Italian pool is the largest with floats you can lounge on and take in the Caribbean sunshine.

  • The two mile each is beautiful, expansive and walkable.

  • Sandals South Coast has plenty of beach and pool lounge chairs throughout the day.

  • For those who want to workout, the gym and fitness center is well appointed.

  • Nightly and daily entertainment is amazing.

  • Enjoy the awesome fire pits and seating in the Bayside area, and check out the new Latitudes Over Water Bar. around the intimate fire pits or lounging on a hammock suspended above the Caribbean Sea.

  • Resort grounds are lush and beautifully maintained.

  • New in 2022 is the grand Rondoval Village featuring a 17,000 square foot pool with interconnected Butler level accommodations. Each Rondoval includes Butler Elite service with a private plunge pool and patio with zero-entry river pool access.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals South Coast:

  • Sandals has an arrival lounge at the airport. Before setting off in your transfer, take a few minutes to relax and have a Red Stripe!

  • How long does it take to get to Sandals South Coast? A: The ride from the airport takes approximately ninety minutes.

  • Sandals South Coast is in a relatively isolated location so there isn’t much to do off the resort.

  • The resort is expansive and while it’s not hilly you will be walking quite a bit.

  • It is advisable to wear water shoes while walking in the sea.. There are many sea urchins in the deeper parts of the swimmable areas.

  • The snorkeling and diving is not great but still a fun activity that we recommend.

  • The resort’s location and isolation is a plus for many of our clients. If you’re looking to go out and mix with the locals this may not be the place for you.

  • If you’re looking for a relaxing, beautiful island atmosphere with great food and attention to detail this may be the place for you. Contact us today for more information. Let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Sandals Dunns River - #5 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals Dunn's River

Sandals Dunn's River is the newest resort in Sandals portfolio and our # 5 pick for the best Sandals resort. It's also one of the originals. Having opened in 1991, this historic hotel dates back to the 1950's and is a true gem in Jamaica.


Following the repurchase of the resort in 2020, a renovation worth $230 million was finished in 2023 and while the old world charm is still seen and felt throughout the hotel, it's been modernized to be a true luxury resort.


At Sandals Dunn's River, you'll be welcomed by cascading waterfalls inside a sophisticated lobby that's staffed by some of the friendliest people of Jamaica. Once settled in you'll find a rooftop pool with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Coupled with 12 world-class restaurants, a rum bar and an airy main building with spring waters flowing alongside the porte cochere and through the Red Lane Spa, you'll find a vacation like no other resort in Ocho Rios can deliver.

Why is Sandals Dunn's River our # 6 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean? 

  • The modern design maintains original elements from the 1950's.

  • Staff at Sandals Dunn's River take pride in delivering excellent service. From the restaurants to housekeeping, you'll be greeted with smiles every day.

  • The location of Sandals Dunn's River puts you near many of the activities that you'll want to do during your stay. From the cascading waterfalls at Dunn's River to exploring Saint Ann parish, there is so much to see and do!

  • The rooms are modern and many having brilliant ocean views.

  • Sandals has introduced the Sandals Celestial Butler Package. For those booked in the Coyaba Sky Rondoval Villas, you'll be treated to a rooftop picnic under the stars.

  • Sandals Dunn's River features 12 gourmet dining options. Many of which include firsts for Sandals. These new concepts are Edessa a Greek themed restaurant and Zuka which is Latin fusion.

  • Water sports are available and includes kayaking, hobie cats, windsurfing, snorkeling tours and scuba diving.

  • Scuba diving is offered at Sandals Dunn's River. Unfortunately, there has been some bleaching and damage to the reefs from hurricanes over the years.

  • You'll find five beautiful pools and two river pools.

  • Is golf offered at Sandals Dunn's River? A: Yes - here you'll have access to one of the most premier golf clubs in the Caribbean. Sandals Golf & Country Club features a 18-hole course that rises 700 feet above sea level in the lush hills of Ocho Rios. It offers a practice range, putting and chipping greens, pro shop, restaurant, bar and jerk shack.

  • We love the Blum coffee shop as it highlights Jamaica's heritage of producing world-class Blue Mountain coffee.

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Dunn's River:​

  • The beach is not as expansive as others in Jamaica but is walkable and private.

  • How long does it take to get Sandals Dunn's River? The transfer time is approximately 75 - 90 minutes depending on traffic.

  • American Airlines is offering two flights per week from Miami to Ocho Rios.

  • The entertainment here is great and the playmakers always have something fun going on.

  • If you are seeking a tranquil and laid back experience at the latest Sandals resort, Sandals Dunn's River is the perfect choice for you. Contact us today for more information. Let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

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Sandals Emerald Bay #6 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay is a secluded and sophisticated resort located on the outer islands of the Bahamas. It's our pick for the # 6 Best Sandals Resort and for those visiting, you’ll find yourself getting lost in the moment from the second you first lay your eyes upon one of the most incredible beaches in the world. In fact, Astronaut Scott Kelly called Exuma “The Most Beautiful Place from Space”.


This resort is a bit more relaxed however, there are endless amounts activities to take advantage of and our favorite tour is an offsite visit to the island with swimming pigs. These gentle giants will welcome you at the boat and are so much fun to feed and swim with.


Why is Sandals Emerald Bay our # 7 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • The entire resort is Club Level & Butler rooms only.

  • The staff at Sandals Emerald Bay is so much fun. They enjoy looking after their guests and will make sure that you have a great time.

  • The restaurants are good and there’s something for everyone here. One thing to note… reservations are required at the II Cielo (Italian), and La Parisienne (French) restaurants. Make it a point to visit these restaurants as they're some of the best in the Sandals portfolio.

  • The rooms are large with big bathrooms.

  • The mile long beach is stunning, private and relaxing. There can be some waves but is swimmable.

  • Palapas and lounges are easy to find on the expansive beach.

  • Water sports are available to all guests. This includes kayaking, Hobie cats, windsurfing, snorkeling tours and scuba diving.

  • The diving here is not as good as other parts of the Caribbean. There tends to be a lot less coral and more sand but is recommended for those who enjoy a recreational dive.

  • The pools are beautiful and the main pool features a swim up bar with benches.

  • The spa is a must do and if you’re looking for something different you can have it outside on the beach in a private hut on the beach.

  • Access to the Greg Norman Golf course is just a short golf cart drive away and features some amazing views off the back nine.

  • The resort is expansive. As such there are many areas to explore and enjoy - including hot tubs hidden throughout the property.

  • The fire pits are a nice bonus and fun to enjoy in the evening with a cocktail.

  • The piano bar and the Drunken Duck Pub are where the nightly activities are held.

  • The resort and grounds are impeccable.

  • Most of the rooms include a peak or full view of the ocean. Do you want something beach front? Let us know!

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Emerald Bay:​

  • The main pool is not heated. In the winter months the water can be chilly.

  • It can be hard to get reservations at the French and Italian Restaurants. We recommended to take book those upon arrival.

  • This is not an active resort. While it is fun and lively this is a great place to visit if you’re seeking more of a relaxed getaway.

  • The resort is secluded on a small Bahamian island so there are limited activities available off resort.

  • There are now eleven restaurants including two of our newest favorites. 1) the Jerk Shack and 2) Bombay Indian cuisine.

  • If you go in the winter, the water will likely be chilly and not as swimmable as the summer months.

  • Sandals Emerald Bay Golf and Spa Resort is a beautiful resort on one of the most spectacular islands in the world. You'll love it here!

  • If you are looking to relax while enjoying a remote island on an amazing beach Sandals Emerald Bay is the resort for you. Contact us today for more information. Let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Sandals Royal Barbados #7 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados is one of the newest additions to the Sandals resort portfolio. It's also one of our top picks due to its prime location in the St. Lawrence Gap.


The resort is brand new and includes several innovative features unique to Sandals. Featuring a four lane bowling alley it also hosts a rooftop swimming pool and two new restaurant concepts. This 222 all-suite resort includes the popular Skypool suites, swim-up suites and Millionaire Suites.


If perfection is what you’re looking for, Sandals Royal Barbados has it all! We love this resort as it also includes the full amenities and offerings of its neighbor, Sandals Barbados. This inclusion brings the total number of restaurants up to 17, 5 pools and 12 bars. There is something here for everyone and we know that your trip here will be a trip of a lifetime.

Why is Sandals Royal Barbados our # 8 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • The people of Barbados are warm and welcoming. The staff here show pride in their work and will do everything to make sure you have an exceptional vacation experience.

  • We love the rooftop bar and pool. Overlooking the ocean this glass infinity pool provides you with an experience only offered at this resort.

  • The food and dining experiences are in a class of their own. With 6 onsite restaurants and 11 next door there is something for everyone.

  • At Sandals Royal Barbados you'll find two new dining concepts: The Green House (modern farm-to-table), and Heart & Sol (juice bar & deli)

  • Specific Butler room categories offer exclusive transfers in a Rolls Royce Phantom or Rolls Royce Ghost. Contact us for more information.

  • The exchange program at Sandals Royal Barbados gives you full access to its neighboring property Sandals Barbados.

  • For those of you into craft beer, Lovers Lane features a bar with 19 beers from around the world.

  • Scuba diving in Barbados is must do activity. Here you'll find yourself swimming with turtles around beautiful ship wrecks and more!

  • The watersports team is helpful and are more than happy to give lessons.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Barbados:​

  • There is not a boat dock a the resort. Snorkeling and/or diving excursions are a short 15 minute drive to the west end of the island in downtown Bridgetown.

  • The beach is not expansive and at times the water can be a bit rough and windy.

  • We love the design of this resort and it’s at the forefront of what’s to come with Sandals going forward.

  • The personalized butler service is excellent here. The staff is well trained and nothing is ever too much trouble.

  • Sandals Royal Barbados delivers the royal treatment. Featuring stunning ocean views and exchange privileges with Sandals Barbados this resort defines the luxury experience. If you want to experience the cutting edge of design along with luxurious amenities this may be the resort for you. Contact us today for more information.

 
Sandals Barbados #8 Best Sandals Resort

Sandals Barbados

Sandals Barbados is a beautiful boutique styled resort with exceptional amenities. After undergoing a $65 million renovation in 2014, the property's 280 rooms were completely renovated, and new dining options were added. These accommodations now include a balcony or patio (many of which with a soaking tub) and free Wi-Fi. When you're not in room, the beach is just steps away and has plenty of lounges for you to relax in.


Sandals Barbados offers a variety of water sports. These options include snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. With three unique pools, after you work up an appetite, take your pick of eleven restaurants and seven bars.


Uniquely positioned on ten lush acres of Dover Beach along Barbados' southern coast, the resort has a prime proximity to the St. Lawrence Gap. Here you'll find nightlife, shops and restaurants.

One of the newest additions is its inclusion with Sandals Royal Barbados. Located next door to Sandals Barbados this brand new resort offers you 2 beaches, 5 pools 17 restaurants and 12 bars. The fun you’ll have here is endless!

Why is Sandals Barbados our # 9 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?​

  • The staff are very friendly and have a real sense of pride for their country. They’ll welcome you with open arms and upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a song sung by the amazing staff.

  • We love the food options. Especially Butches Chop House and Bombay (Indian).

  • The pools are inviting and each one provides a unique feel/vibe to it.

  • This is a smaller resort and we love that. It gives you a boutique feeling while offering plenty of dining options.

  • The rooms are well appointed and feature modern amenities.

  • Palm trees line the beach so if you’re looking for full sun, you’ll find that mostly around the pool and select locations on the beach.

  • The Sandals Barbados Club Level lounge is excellent. If you’re a book reader you can borrow one and/or leave a book behind for fellow guests to enjoy.

  • The area surrounding Sandals Barbados is safe and walkable. We recommend taking a walk off the resort to enjoy all that St. Lawrence Gap has to offer.

  • The gardens are beautiful and the resort grounds are impeccable.

  • Diving in Barbados is exceptional. You’ll see everything from ship wrecks to large turtles.

  • You have full exchange privileges between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Barbados:

  • How long does it take to get to Sandals Barbados? The travel time is approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

  • The beach beautiful but is not expansive.

  • You’ll find friendly cats greeting you at the café and in some of the outdoor restaurants.

  • The nightlife is vibrant around the resort so there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

  • If you’re looking for a relaxing, beautiful island with real island vibe Sandals Barbados may be the place for you. Contact us today for more information. Let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sandals Royal Bahamian is a true Royal gem with a longstanding regal heritage. Prior to becoming part of the Sandals collection of resorts, this hotel was known as the Balmoral Club, a well-known getaway in the 1940s for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In keeping of the Balmoral legacy, Sandals Royal Bahamian’s main entrance and lobby feature frescoed ceilings and opulent chandeliers, while the updated rooms include modern features and spacious bathrooms.


In 2022, Sandals Royal Bahamian completed a 55 million dollar renovation and now offers two sky-sized pools. Here you'll find 5-Star Global Gourmet dining with 13 dining options including 3 all-new food trucks, and an award-winning Red Lane Spa. It also hosts seven pools and complimentary watersports such as sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.


Best of all Sandals Royal Bahamian has its own private island. You can reach this section of the resort by boat and it is only a few minutes away from the dock. Sandals Private Island provides you with access to two secluded beaches, a lagoon-style pool and a full-service restaurant.


Who's ready to make a day of it here? :)

Why is Sandals Royal Bahamian our # 10 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • In February, 2022 Sandals Royal Bahamian reopened after completing a multi million dollar renovation. This update included, all new swim up suites, renovated rooms, 10 new dining options, 3 new food trucks and an all new Coconut Grove section.

  • The restaurants are world-class and there is something for everyone. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet and dinner at the Italian restaurant is not one to miss.

  • All butler-serviced categories include a private luxury roundtrip airport transfer in a Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz.

  • All new Coconut Grove is a beachside and has a palm tree-lined area to lounge, dine and play

  • The staff are genuinely friendly and will go out of their way to put a smile on your face.

  • Rooms are spacious, comfortable and well appointed.

  • Butler service is popular here and we believe it’s worth the extra money.

  • There are two large pools at Sandals Royal Bahamian. One pool is the active pool with a lot of music and lots of activities. The other pool on the Balmoral side is quiet and great for relaxing.

  • The ocean can be quite cool during the winter months.

  • The beach is not large but it is beautiful and swimmable.

  • We love the off shore island and the Red Lane Spa that’s attached to it.

  • The private island has an abundance of areas to relax and is not over crowded. The beach is beautiful and has hammocks in the water where you can unwind and maybe even have a turtle visit you.

  • Nightly entertainment is not lacking here and you’ll want to enjoy a nightcap at the Balmoral bar or Cricketers Pub.

  • The Red Lane Spa is quiet and relaxing. We highly recommend having your experience on the Private Island.

  • Diving is great and for an extra expense you can opt in for an exclusive shark diving experience, which is a must do!

  • The fire pits at night are a nice way to spend an evening and make new friends.

  • The view from the gym on the top floor is amazing.

  • WiFi is free but can be a bit spotty at times.

  • Room service is quick and the menu is worth exploring.

  • The 2 food trucks are located here and it’s the place to party in the evening.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Bahamian:

  • When at or near capacity the resort can be busy and finding loungers with shade is at a premium.

  • Not all restaurants are open every day so make sure to book dinner reservations upon arrival.

  • If you want to snorkel on the private island, you’ll need to bring your own snorkeling gear.

  • If you are looking for a private place with good food and service, where you can do as much as you want, or, as little, Sandals Royal Bahamian will not disappoint. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals Montego Bay is their flagship resort and one of the best resorts in Jamaica. Sprawling across 26 acres and featuring nine restaurants with four swimming pools, it sits on a private beach and includes the amenities of two Sandals resorts in one.


Stay here and you have full access to Sandals Royal Caribbean which brings the total restaurant count to twenty and bar count to twelve. Fun Fact: Sandals Montego Bay Beachfront rooms are the closest to the ocean out of any resort in Jamaica.


The rooms are well appointed at Sandals Montego Bay and your accommodations will feature modern furnishings with a king sized bed. If desired, we can book you into one of the newest “Love Nest” suites which features luxurious accommodations and Sandals premier Butler service.

Why is Sandals Montego Bay our # 11 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • Having been the original Sandals Resort in Jamaica, it’s always been a true gem but we love it even more now as they’ve completely updated the resort and it’s absolutely breathtaking.

  • The staff truly care about your vacation experience and are constantly checking in to make sure you’re having a great time.

  • With nine tantalizing restaurants, the biggest decision of the day is trying to decide which one to go to.

  • If you’re looking for an exclusive experience the new “Love Nest” suites are exceptional and offer Butler Elite service.

  • We love the pools and you’ll find they have plenty of loungers and umbrellas.

  • The private beach is beautiful, inviting and relaxing. Vendors are not allowed on the beach.

  • Bartenders are fun and the drinks are skillfully made.

  • The gym at Sandals Montego Bay offers training classes and has many choices for workouts.

  • The playmakers are fun they do a great job providing activities to enjoy throughout the day.

  • Each night there is a different theme and the entertainers do a great job engaging the audience.

  • Landscaping is lush and beautiful.

  • How far away is Sandals Montego Bay from the airport? A: It’s very close! Within five minutes of leaving Sangster International Airport you’ll be greeted by a friendly bellman with a cold drink and lemongrass scented towel. Let the fun begin!

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Montego Bay:​

  • There can be noise from the airplanes taking off and landing but its a brief encounter and only lasts for about 30 seconds.

  • The pools are not as large as some of the other Sandals resorts.

  • Elevators are available at Sandals Montego Bay. If you are in an upper floor there are stairs involved.

  • Unless you're up early, the best beach chair locations may be reserved by those with butler service.

  • Sandals Montego Bay is the flagship Sandals Resort. As such, you can expect a well-trained and helpful staff dedicated to making sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals LaToc

Sandals Regency La Toc

Sandals Regency La Toc is a beautiful resort sitting on a 210-acre estate featuring a half-mile, crescent shaped beach with exotic bluffs showcasing some the best views anywhere in the Caribbean. This resort is our # 10 pick for the best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean and is a romantic getaway. It offers a wealth of glamorous amenities including the stunning Millionaire Suites with Butler service.


If golfing is your passion, as part of your all inclusive package you have access to Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.


If you’re into diving make sure to join in on this activity as you’ll experience some of the BEST diving in the Caribbean. Should you need a change of scenery, head to Sandals Grande St. Lucia or Sandals Halcyon Beach for complimentary access to their beaches, amenities and restaurants. Remember, it’s all included!

Why is Sandals Regency La Toc our # 12 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • Hands down, the staff make this a truly unforgettable experience and will welcome you with that warm St. Lucian charm.

  • Sandals Regency LaToc is an incredible 220 acre estate sitting on a ½ mile crescent-shaped beach with coral bluffs and lush hillsides.

  • There is a wide variety of fantastic suites that feature their own private pools. From the Sunset Oceanview Bluff Village that is carved into the edge of a dramatic bluff to the Sunset Bluff Millionaire Butler Villas with Private Pool Sanctuary offering magnificent 180 degree views - there's something for everyone!

  • The food is great and the chefs will go above and beyond to make sure and special dietary requirements are met. We love the french restaurant!

  • The pools are so much fun and the main pool has a swim up bar with a small waterfall. You’ll find a lot of activities taking place including volley ball, bingo etc., and music throughout the day.

  • If you want something quieter, there are two other pools that are both relaxing and quiet.

  • The beach while not large, is beautiful and well maintained.

  • Daily entertainment is a lot of fun as is the nightly entertainment around the main pool. Make sure to visit the Friday Night Jump up in Gros Islet for a true local experience.

  • The bartenders are a lot of fun and serve up an endless array of delicious cocktails.

  • The “Stay at 1, Play at 3”, exchange program allows you to enjoy all of the Sandals Resorts in St Lucia, free of charge.

  • If you’re looking for a romantic dining experience, the private white glove candle light dinner on the beach is highly recommended.

  • With its elevated position, the Sunset Oceanview Bluff Village, complete with a restaurant and pool, exudes a sense of being a luxurious retreat within a larger resort.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • Similar to both Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Halcyon Beach, the transfer from the airport takes over an hour. From those prone to car sickness, the road is windy, hilly, and bumpy in places so we recommend motion sickness prevention. If you’re adventurous the helicopter ride is amazing and something you’ll remember for a lifetime! Contact us for more details.

  • The ocean is not as calm as it is at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. It’s not unusual to see red flags during your stay which makes non-motorized water sports unavailable.

  • Steep hills are around the resort so plan to do quite a bit of walking. TIP...There are staff members in golf carts that will shuttle you to your destination.

  • Shuttles run frequently between resorts and the schedule is posted in the main lobby.

  • The Millionaire Suite with a private plunge pool is highly recommended. The view is absolutely breathtaking.

  • Sandals Regency La Toc is a stunning oceanfront resort with so much to offer. If you’re looking for a romantic and/or active getaway, this could be the resort for you. Contact us today for more information and let us plan your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril

We love Jamaica and Sandals Negril knows how to have a good time. From parasailing along Seven Mile Beach to joining in on the nightly entertainment, there is a lot to do… or not do! Sandals Negril delivers a true luxurious experience with each room featuring four post mahogany beds, optional concierge or butler services and swim-up suites.


Are you looking for an ultimate relaxation experience, make sure to visit the Red Lane Spa where you can enjoy a couples aromatherapy massage, seaweed body wrap and much more. We love the beach here and recommend a daily visit to the Beach Bistro for a true Jamaican dining experience.


Our clients love this resort not only for the inclusions but for the personalized attention they received at Sandals Negril. Contact us today for more information on booking your getaway to this amazing resort. for more information on booking your getaway to this amazing resort.

Why is Sandals Negril our # 13 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • We can’t say enough good things about the staff at Sandals Negril. They are friendly and genuinely care about making sure you have an incredible vacation experience.

  • For 2023, Sandals Negril has debuted brand new Firesky accommodation options in the butler service category with rooftop pools. * more information coming soon!

  • The food is great and we love their selection of global dining options.

  • Rooms have been updated and the beachfront views are breathtaking.

  • For those looking for something unique, we do recommend butler service as they’ll personalize every detail of your time with them.

  • The pools, while small are fun and lively especially in the afternoon. Rarely will you find yourself without a lounge chair and if you're looking for a quiet pool those can be found on the southern end of the resort.

  • The beach is beautiful and set on the famous seven mile beach. It is very walkable and encourage our clients to enjoy a leisurely stroll up and down the beach

  • There is a full list of daily activities available to keep you entertained.

  • The dive team is first class and if you can complete a night dive, you'll see everything from seahorses to octopuses and lobster.

  • The bars are fun and we have had many laughs with the bartenders and guests.

  • The property and grounds are beautiful and well maintained.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa:​

  • Locals are present on the beach and will speak with you about buying souvenirs or excursions. If desired, a friendly “no, thank you” will send them on their way.

  • Sandals Negril is one of the smaller resorts so you’ll be able to find your way around quickly.

  • Security patrols the beach and will not allow anyone not staying on the resort to enter the property.

  • Sandals Negril is an intimate resort and a great choice for those looking for a bit of excitement along with some much needed relaxation. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

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Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Royal Curacao

Sandals Royal Curaçao

Sandals Royal Curacao is the newest addition to the Sandals family of resorts and is located in the Dutch Caribbean's Lesser Antilles about 40 miles north of the Venezuela coast. After opening in June 2022, Sandals Royal Curacao has debuted as one of the true jewels in the Caribbean and features the newest Sandals 2.0 design concepts.


If you're looking for a modern resort with world-class amenities, this is your destination. Sandals Royal Curacao offers, best in class service with all three room categories (Butler, Club & Luxury). One of the things we love the most here is that even with a luxury level accommodation, it's been updated - so no need to spend the extra money to get a modernized room as those savings can be used to extend your stay!​


If you’re looking for something exclusive Sandals Royal Curacao offers a first with the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalow with Private Pool and they're beautiful! They even come with a Mini Cooper for you to enjoy the island at your leisure. Want to know more? Contact us today!

Why is Sandals Royal Curacao our # 14 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • The food is a real stand out at Sandals Royal Curacao. If you're a foody, this country is known for having some of the best food in the Caribbean and at Sandals Royal Curacao you're in for a real treat with 8 restaurants, 7 of which are brand new concepts for Sandals including Latin Fusion, Modern European, and a Dutch Café & Wine Bar.

  • Guests have complimentary access to Dutch bikes to explore the 44-acre resort.

  • If you're into diving, Curacao offers some of the best in the Caribbean. With walls, ship wrecks and amazing coral reefs with vibrant sea life - this is a true destination for divers.

  • Curacao is a safe island to visit and we recommend getting off the resort to explore all that this country has to offer. You can even explore the estate on a dutch bike that's provided by Sandals Royal Curacao.

  • Exclusive to Sandals Royal Curacao for 7 night stays. If you book a butler suite you can enjoy a $250 Dine Out Credit for select restaurants in Curaçao.

  • Guests staying in the Awa Seaside Bungalows and Kurason Island Poolside Bungalows can reserve a MINI Cooper for a 4 hour, one-time, complimentary driving session.

  • The people who work here are genuine and they take pride in their work. When visiting Sandals Royal Curacao, know that you'll be looked after and welcomed in as family.

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Royal Curacao:​

  • While Sandals Royal Curacao has a beach, this is not a true beach resort as the proximity of the hotel faces mostly towards a channel leading out into the ocean. If expansive ocean views are a must, we recommend Sandals Grande St. Lucia or Sandals Grande Antigua.

  • Transfer times from the airport to resort is about 20 min.

  • Dive boats schedules can fill up quickly. We recommend signing up for your dives after checking in.

  • Flying to Curacao is relatively easy with direct flights coming in from New York, Charlotte & Miami.

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Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean brings the Far East to about five miles northeast of Montego Bay. Featuring a one of a kind private island, hop aboard the dragon-shaped boat called “Wayang Doll” and spend a day of relaxation dining at The Royal Thai, getting a bamboo polish at the Red Lane Spa and dancing the night away in the flickering light of tiki torches on a secluded beach.


If you’re on the mainland, you can spend your time in one of six pools, on the beach or eating at any of the eight world-class restaurants. If you want to do even more, Sandals exclusive "Stay at 1 – Play at 2" inclusion is for you. This perk gives you access to Sandals Montego Bay which ups the total number of restaurants from eight to twenty and five bars to twelve!


Looking for something ultra-exclusive? Consider booking one of the heart shaped private island butler honeymoon over the water bungalows. Want to know more? Contact us today!

Why is Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island our # 15 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • The Staff... Hands down the people working here are happy, helpful and genuine.

  • The food is spectacular. The chefs are accommodating to food allergies and if you have any special dietary restrictions they’ll create a meal plan specific to your needs.

  • Those opting for butler service can be assured that the personalized service you’ll receive will exceed your expectations.

  • The beach is tranquil and the water is crystal clear. While it’s not on a long beach it is divided into several smaller beaches by piers which have stunning gazebos on them.

  • We love the Private Island! Similar to Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, it has a pool with a swim up bar with plenty of hammocks to relax in. If you’re into it, there is a section of the island that is clothing optional.

  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing is available and it's all included.

  • There are plenty of activities during the day so you can be as active or inactive as you want to be.

  • We love the Red Lane Spa at Sandals Royal Caribbean.

  • Proximity… This resort is only 15 minutes from the airport so you’ll be enjoying your vacation in no time!

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Royal Caribbean:​

  • During busy season the best chair locations might be hard to find at the beach and at the pool.

  • The airport is close by and at times there is brief interval of noise when the planes fly over the resort.

  • The boat is on a schedule and will take you to and from the Private Island throughout the day.

  • If you need a relaxing vacation set on a tranquil beach, Sandals Royal Caribbean may be the resort for you. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Ochi

Sandals Ochi

Having been reimagined in 2016, Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios has beachfront accommodations and rooms tucked away in the hillside. For those looking for a unique travel experience the “Great House” offers a private location within the Butler Village that features an enclave of villas and plunge pools along with the exclusive services provided by your own personal butler.


The Riviera Seaside accommodations include oceanfront property within reach of The Ochi Beach Club's swim-up bar and promenade that feature romantic gazebos and an a la carte restaurant built right on the ocean. If you’re a golf fan, booking a room at this Sandals property provides full access to the resort's 18-hole golf course and the guest-approved Red Lane Spa.

Why is Sandals Ochi our # 16 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • Sandals takes great pride in perfecting their resort grounds and the property is beautiful. With the most recent renovation it has a real Miami, South Beach vibe to it.

  • Featuring 16 restaurants there’s a culinary journey worth exploring that delivers an exceptional dining experience.

  • Sandals Ochi features 11 bars and the resorts first Speak Easy called “The Rabbit Hole”. You’ll need a password to get in. So make sure to ask around. Travel Tip.. Find a Butler!

  • While the beach is small, it is beautiful and easy to swim in.

  • The towel game is less present here as there tend to be plenty of chairs and umbrellas.

  • Want to be active? We love the water sports offered here and the team running it! At Sandals Ochi, there is everything from scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and even Snuba. (not sure what that is? Ask us!)

  • Who doesn’t love a good piano bar on vacation? We do and the piano bar at Sandals Ochi is a lot of fun and they even have singing books available so everyone can join in.

  • We love the Red Lane Spa at Sandals Ochi. Make sure to visit! Want to plan it in advance? We’ll take care of all that for you.

  • There is a lot of activity at Sandals Ochi. They do beach parties right so if that is something you're interested in, be prepared to have a great time!

  • Sandals Ochi is the largest Sandals Resort, with more than 500 rooms and is situated on over 100 acres of lush hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea with fantastic mountain and panoramic ocean views.

  • It's an exciting resort with so much to offer including the Caribbean’s only rock climbing wall and complimentary green fees and transfers to the Upton Estate Golf & Country Club.

  • Evening fun includes the chic Ochi Beach Club for the ultimate beach party experience and the “Rabbit Hole”, the Caribbean’s first truly authentic speakeasy!

  • Sandals Ochi offers 2X the fun with full exchange privileges at Sandals Dunn's River giving you access to a total of 28 restaurants.

  • At Sandals Ochi Beach Resort you'll find Over-the-Water Collection experiences including Kelly’s Dockside, an Over-the-Water restaurant, Latitudes Overwater Bar, and the beautiful Over-The-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel with panoramic views.

Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Ochi Beach Resort:​

  • How long is the transfer time to Sandals Ochi? Approximately 90 minutes from the Montego Bay airport

  • The resort is large and hilly. As such, there are a lot of stairs and you will do quite a bit of walking.

  • There are two sections to this resort that are separated by a road. The ocean side is where most of the activities are and for those close to the action the entertainment could be noisy while the Butler Village is more relaxing and quiet.

  • If you want a butler at Sandals Ochi, make sure you know what your preferences are before booking a room. Not sure what to ask for? We’ll help you sort those out!

  • There is a shuttle that takes you to and from either side of the resort every 10 minutes.

  • There are Cabanas available throughout the resort but unlike some of the other Sandals properties there is an extra charge to use them.

  • This is a fun resort. If you’re looking for a good time with lots of action while having plenty of places to relax and unwind this could be the resort for you. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Halcyon

Sandals Halcyon Beach

Sandals Halcyon is a laid back tropical oasis located on a pristine beach in St. Lucia. Of the three Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia, Sandals Halcyon Beach offers a more personalized and quiet stay. Nestled among St. Lucia's verdant landscape, there is no building higher than the tallest palm tree and each cottage-styled room features a serene patio overlooking the beautiful grounds.


Because Sandals Halcyon is part of the Sandals exchange program, you can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Sandals Regency LaToc which expands your dining options to 27 restaurants 10 pools and 21 bars.

Why is Sandals Halcyon Beach our # 17 pick for the Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach is situated on an unspoiled beach set on a perfect stretch of paradise and is quiet and peaceful.

  • The Staff are extremely courteous and helpful. They take pride in their work and will do everything possible to make sure you have an exceptional vacation experience.

  • The food is great and if you have any dietary needs the chef will gladly put together a meal plan. As with all Sandals resorts, breakfast is always a star and at Sandals Halcyon Beach it’s no exception.

  • There are 2 pools at Sandals Halcyon; both have swim up bars. The larger pool has music and hosts many of their daily aquatic activities. The second pool is a quiet pool

  • The Beach is lovely, very clean, and, well maintained.

  • The rooms are well appointed and many of them have been or are in the process of being updated.

  • There are plenty of loungers available on the beach and at the pools.

  • Fire pits are placed throughout the resort. We love having a night-cap here and striking up conversation with new friends.

  • Scuba diving is available and St. Lucia has some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

  • A visit to the Red Lane Spa is a must as the massages here are very relaxing.

  • Stay at 1 play at 3 is a big plus. Sandals Halcyon is less expensive than Sandals Regency LaToc and Sandals Grande St. Lucia so if you’re here you can save some money while still enjoying all that Sandals has to offer.

  • Sandals Halcyon offers a free shuttle service between resorts.

  • While Sandals Halcyon is the smallest of the 3 resorts our clients love the intimate, laid back, relaxed feel of the resort.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Halcyon:

  • Some of the resort buildings and rooms are in the process of being updated. If you’re looking for a specific room category, we’ll help you get exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach typically attracts an older crowd and is more of a resort focused on relaxation.

  • The resort is located off the main road which means is you are in the 700 – 800 block of rooms it’s possible you’ll hear some street noise.

  • First floor rooms are close to walking paths so there can be a lot of people walking by. If you want privacy we recommend an upper level.

  • There are vendors soliciting items and tours on the beach. They are respectful and a polite, “no” is enough to send them on their way.

  • The staff does not offer drink service on the beach.

  • How long does it take to get to Sandals Halcyon? It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the airport over curvy, windy roads to the resort.

  • There are differences between ocean view and ocean front so we’ll work with you to ensure you get the room you want.

  • Sandals Halcyon Beach is an intimate, mostly quiet and laid back resort. If you want a quiet relaxing vacation with luxurious amenities this may be the resort for you. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!

 
Best Sandals Resort - Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation is a quaint resort surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Located in Ocho Rios Jamaica, this resort is the smallest of the Sandals resorts. It features only 74 bedrooms but is big on charm and all of the amenities you come to expect from world-class resort.


Sandals Royal Plantation is all butler level and feels more like a boutique resort with cozy bed and breakfast charm and for that reason alone we love that it's part of the Sandals portfolio. Best of all, if you're ready for something different, this hotel also includes "dine and play" privileges at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.


Why is Sandals Royal Plantation our # 18 pick for Best Sandals Resort in the Caribbean?

  • Sandals Royal Plantation is small on size but big on charm.

  • All rooms offer 24-hour complimentary room service and many feature ocean views.

  • The Staff are exceptional and will look after your every need.

  • Sandals Royal Plantation offers the Sandals Exchange program so you have full access to Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean.

  • There are 5 restaurants on property and with the access to the nearby resort in Ocho Rios that number increases to 21!

  • It's the most intimate resort and is situated on a magnificent coral bluff with breathtaking views from all 74 colonial-style suites.

  • This all-butler, all-suite, all oceanview boutique resort is renowned for unmatched attention to detail within an ambiance of old-world Jamaican elegance and hospitality.

  • Includes a traditional afternoon tea service on the picturesque Tea Terrace daily.

  • Two private cove beaches with personalized service and two freshwater pools.

  • Villa Plantana, is an exclusive 3000 sq. ft. 3-bedroom villa that lies above the resort ideal for 3 couples traveling together or group functions.

  • Full exchange privileges including complimentary transportation to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. Scuba divers will be transferred complimentary to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort to pick up the dive boat there.

Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Plantation:

  • Green fees are included at Sandals Golf & Country Club.

  • There is complimentary shuttle service between resorts.

  • This resort is not recommended for physically challenged guests as there are many steps taking your down to the beach and up to the French Restaurant, Le Papillon - with no elevator access to either.

  • There is an elevator on the west side of the resort with access to accommodations only.

  • Pricing here is among some of the best for all of the Sandals resorts in Jamaica.

  • Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized trip to paradise!





 

About the Authors


Jonathan and Angela - Rivage Travel

Jonathan and Angela


Based out of Atlanta, GA Rivage Travel is a boutique travel consultant group dedicated to providing personalized travel experiences. Owned by husband and wife duo Jonathan and Angela, our love for travel brought us together during a trip to Sydney, Australia. Our work is based on over 15 years of professional experience, hundreds of hours of travel industry certifications and training. We've been honored by Sandals Resorts as a top US travel agent with their highest honor of a Sandals Chairman's Club Diamond Elite travel expert and look forward to using our experience to earn your business today and in the future.

3 Comments


Natalie
Natalie
Jan 31, 2023

Wow, such a thorough review. Thanks for this info, can’t wait to book!

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Sheliza Jamal
Sheliza Jamal
Jun 15, 2022

Hi there have you checked out the new Sandals in Curacao? Any reviews?

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Jonathan & Angela
Jonathan & Angela
Jul 05, 2022
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Not yet but will have one up soon! :)

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