Best Sandals Resort - Top 15 Ranked & Reviewed
What is the BEST Sandals Resort for your vacation, honeymoon, babymoon or Destination Wedding? We’ll help answer that question by providing you with one of the most comprehensive overviews 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 and the Bahamas, 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 and have the expertise to create the perfect travel experience for your vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding.
Here is our personal ranking for the BEST 15 Sandals Resorts featuring a detailed overview of each one. Read below for a full description then please share your plans with us using our chat feature below. We guarantee the best available price for all parts of your trip and look forward to sending you away to paradise! - Jonathan & Angela
Here is our list for the 15 BEST Sandals Resorts
#1) Sandals Grande St. Lucia Spa & Resort // Gros Islet, St. Lucia
#2) Sandals Grande Antigua // St. Johns, Antigua
#3) Sandals LaSource Grenada // Georgetown, Grenada
#4) Sandals South Coast // Whitehouse, Jamaica
#5) Sandals Emerald Bay // Exuma, Bahamas
#6) Sandals Royal Barbados // Oistins, Barbados
#7) Sandals Barbados // Oistins, Barbados
#8) Sandals Royal Bahamian // Nassau, Bahamas
#9) Sandals Montego Bay // Jamaica
#10) Sandals Regency La Toc // St. Lucia
#11) Sandals Negril // Jamaica
#12) Sandals Royal Caribbean // Montego Bay, Jamaica
#13) Sandals Ochi // Ocho Rios, Jamaica
#14) Sandals Halcyon // St. Lucia
#15) Sandals Royal Plantation // Ocho Rios, Jamaica
#1 - Sandals Grande St. Lucia
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. Lucia they build upon that feeling and have created a resort that will give you the ultimate vacation experience. Sandals Grande St. Lucia offers 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 supply of restaurants, 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 and numerous beach options available between the three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia.
One thing to note… because of its unique position, getting to this resort can be a bit bumpy and the transfer time is approximately ninety minutes. If this a concern we recommend a helicopter tour to the George F.L Charles Airport which is only about 15 minutes away from the Grande. 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?
This is a recurring theme and a testament to Sandals as a whole but it’s the people who work at Sandals Grande St. Lucia 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 attentive to strict dietary needs and will be more than happy to create a meal plan for any Vegan’s, vegetarians or anyone with allergies.
The rooms are well appointed and the Caribbean beachfront suites have spectacular views of Rodney Bay.
The Red Lane Spa at Sandals Grande St. Lucia is one of the best and it features a rare amenity in that it includes a eucalyptus steam room. All guests have access to this but it’s rarely used so 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.
There are plenty of lounge chairs around the pools and on the beach.
The Water Sports Team is amazing and there is so much to do. Including, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boards, etc. If you want a lesson, they’re more than happy to oblige.
The Dive Team is exceptional and the diving in St. Lucia is amongst the best. If you’ve ever wanted to see the pitons from the ocean, this is a great way to do that both above water and below.
The bartenders are a lot of fun and will make sure you’re having a great time.
While we think Sandals Grande St. Lucia is the best resort on the island 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.
Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Grande St. Lucia:
The resort transfer takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours over windy narrow roads. It is a scenic drive but for those who are prone to car sickness it might be best to consider the helicopter transfer that cuts the transfer time down 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 as they tend to fill up quickly. 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 represented in the main lobby who’ll assist you with this.
All of the beaches in St. Lucia are public so there will be a fair amount of people selling tours but 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 include 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. The spectacular views are well worth it. Wear Sneakers!
Sandals Grande St. Lucia 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" high-lights our most recent trip between Sandals Grande & Stonefield Estates. This was an incredible experience! Contact us today for more information.
#2 - Sandals Grande Antigua
Having received the award for “World’s Most Romantic Resort” many times over, this stunning resort sits on the crystalline waters of Dickenson Bay in northwest Antigua. As an adults-only, all-inclusive Sandals 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?
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 exceptional and there are eleven restaurants to choose from; all of which are part of the global dining all-inclusive experience.
On the Mediterranean 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 pretty far back from the beach but is only a few minute walk there.
The beach is beautiful but not very wide on the Mediterranean side, Further down towards the Caribbean Village it opens up and there is plenty of space to spread out and enjoy yourself.
Their Water Sports Team is amongst the best within the Sandals Resort brand and will go out of their way to make sure you’re having a safe and amazing time.
The Scuba Diving Team is exception. While Antigua is not necessarily known for their diving it is a fun activity and there are some great spots. 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.
There are plenty of day beds around the pools and on the beach.
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!
There are Fire Pits with comfy couches 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’re considering a Destination Wedding at Sandals Grande Antigua or vow renewal, the wedding team is professional and committed to making sure your vision is delivered upon.
Photographers are on site and available to setup a complimentary photo session.
The resort is expansive and very luxurious. There are sweeping views of Dickenson Bay from the Mediterranean Village lobby, the gardens are well maintained and there are many secluded places around the resort to relax.
How far away is Sandals Grande Antigua from the airport? 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, Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#3 - Sandals LaSource Grenada
This lush property along Pink Gin Beach is a luxurious all-inclusive resort catering to couples. It’s located .5 miles from Maurice Bishop International Airport and 11 miles from Annandale Waterfalls. Sandals LaSource Grenada features well appointed chic rooms with tropical décor, in-room minibars, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; most have balconies or patios with soaking tubs. The Club Level and Butler suites are spacious and provide club access and/or dedicated lounging areas; some even have second levels and/or infinity pools with ocean views. At Sandals LaSource 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 LaSource Grenada our #3 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
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.
There are many room options to choose from… With balconies featuring soaking tubs, swim-up suites, Club Level Suites, butler service rooms with ocean views, etc... make sure to let us know what is most important to you so we can get you the perfect room!
Butler Service… Many of our clients believe the Butlers are well worth the investment as they anticipate your needs, make dinner reservations, find you the best location at the pool or beach and surprise you every day with special gifts throughout your stay.
The Food is top notch with something for everyone including a Sandals first steakhouse “Butch’s Chophose”. If you have food allergies or specific dietary needs the head chef will be more than happy to meet with you to discuss a meal plan.
The quality of the food is amongst the best in the Sandals Resort brand.
Sandals LaSource 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. We love the Play Makers and they’ll help keep you involved and entertained. The other main pool is unique feature belonging to Sandals LaSource Grenada in that it’s 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 efficient. Unlike some of the other resorts though, at Sandals LaSource Grenada, you have to take a short shuttle to the boat.
The Fire Pits are enjoyable and relaxing.
Photographers are on property to capture those memorable moments of your vacation.
Nightly entertainment is ever present and there is a different party theme each night.
For those considering a destination wedding at Sandals LaSource 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.
The travel time to Sandals LaSource Grenada is 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. No open toed shoes allowed for either men or women.
The private pools are not heated.
As with most Sandals Resorts, the Butlers reserve Sun Beds early in the morning for their guests.
In some of the rooms there is no privacy in the vanity and shower area because there is no bathroom door.
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 and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise! ^Top
#4 - 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 offers guests an over-water bar with loungers, heart shaped over-the-water Bungalows and 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 that have 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 and 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 #4 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
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, is close to the beach and has an incredible swim-up bar.
The food is exceptional. With nine different Global Dining restaurants to choose from there is truly something for everyone.
We love the staff at this resort and they will go out of their way to make sure you’re having an incredible vacation experience.
The Red Line Spa is one of our favorite features and includes many services. For those who just want to visit and not take in a treatment, there is a complimentary steam room, sauna, plunge pool, and hot tub.
The rooms are well appointed and the beds are comfy. Best of all, Sandals South Coast is all beachfront so you’ll awake each morning to a beautiful ocean view.
There are three pools at Sandals South Coast. The French Pool is the smallest and has most of the daily activities such as volley ball, etc.. and the Italian pool is the largest with floats you can lounge on and take in the Caribbean sunshine.
The two mile each is beautiful and expansive.
Unlike some of the other Sandals Resorts, at Sandals South Coast there are plenty of beach and pool lounge chairs available at all times throughout the day.
For those who want a good workout, the gym and fitness center is well appointed.
Nightly and daily entertainment is amazing.
Fire pits and seating in the bayside area is awesome.
Latitudes Over Water Bar is the newest addition to Sandals South Coast and features 360° ocean views. We recommend enjoying sunset cocktails around the intimate fire pits or lounging on a hammock suspended above the Caribbean Sea.
The Grounds are beautifully maintained and we recommend a garden tour.
Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals South Coast:
Sandals has a very nice arrival lounge at the airport. Before setting off in your transfer, take a few minutes to relax have a Red Stripe and get ready for an incredible vacation experience!
How long does it take to get to Sandals South Coast? 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.
WiFi can be a bit spotty.
The snorkeling and diving is not great but still a fun activity that we recommend.
The resort’s proximity and isolation is a plus for many of our clients but 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 and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#5 - Sandals Emerald Bay
Sandals Emerald Bay is a secluded and sophisticated resort located on the out islands of the Bahamas. 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 not only in the Caribbean but in the world. In fact, Astronaut Scott Kelly called Exuma “The Most Beautiful Place from Space”. While this resort is a bit more low key/relaxed than some of the other Sandals Resorts, there are endless amounts activities to take advantage of. Our favorite tour is offsite for a visit to the island with the 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 #5 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
The entire resort is Club Level & Butler room categories only.
The staff is so much fun. They enjoy looking after their guests and will make sure that your experience is exceptional.
The restaurants are very 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 their some of the best in the Sandals portfolio.
The Rooms are large and well appointed.
The mile long beach is stunning, private and relaxing. There can be some waves but it’s very swimmable.
There are plenty of palapas and lounges.
Water sports are available to all of the guests and includes kayaking, hobbie cats, windsurfing, snorkeling tours and scuba diving.
The diving here is not as good as other parts of the Caribbean as there tends to be a lot less coral and more sand but it is a fun activity and recommended for those who enjoy a recreational dive.
The pools are beautiful and the main pool features a swim up bar with chairs.
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 drive away and features some amazing views off the back nine.
The resort is fairly expansive. As such there are many areas to explore and enjoy.
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. There’s a view from every angle of the resort.
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 so in the winter months the water can be chilly.
It can be hard to get reservations at the French and Italian Restaurants so it is recommended to take book those upon arrival.
This is not a very rowdy 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 very limited activities available off resort.
There are only 4 restaurants at the resort but there is always something for everyone and the menus rotate.
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 and be looked after while enjoying a remote island on an amazing beach Sandals Emerald Bay is 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!
#6 - Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Royal Barbados is the newest addition to the Sandals resort portfolio and one of our top picks due to its prime location in the St. Lawrence Gap. This completely new resort has been built from the ground up and features many Sandals firsts, including a four lane bowling alley, men’s barbershop a roof top 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’s not only amazing on its own but it also includes the full amenities and offerings of its neighbor, Sandals Barbados which brings the total number of restaurants up to 17, 5 pools and 12 bars. There is truly something here for everyone and know that your trip here will be a trip of a lifetime.
Why is Sandals Royal Barbados our #6 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
The people of Barbados are warm and welcoming. The staff here show pride in their work and will do everything in their ability to make sure you have an exceptional vacation experience.
We love the roof top 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 here for everyone.
For those of you opting for Butler Service, specific room categories offer exclusive transfers in a Rolls Royce Phantom or Rolls Royce Ghost. Contact us for more information.
Sandals Royal Barbados is an all-suite resort featuring their signature accommodations.
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 among the best within the Caribbean and at Sandals Royal Barbados it’s all included.
The watersports team is very helpful and are more than happy to give lessons.
Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Royal Barbados:
There is not a boat dock so for snorkeling and/or diving excursions a short 15 minute drive to the west end of the island.
Wi-Fi is complimentary but can be a little spotty.
The beach is not expansive and at times the water can be a bit rough.
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 and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#7 - Sandals Barbados
Sandals Barbados is one of the newest additions to the Sandals brand and is a boutique styled resort with exceptional amenities. Having gone through a $65 million transformation in 2014, the extensive updates brought about multiple new restaurants along with a total renovation of the property's 280 rooms. Accommodations now include a balcony or patio (many of which with a soaking tub), mahogany furniture 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, including snorkeling, kayaking and sailing along with three unique freshwater pools so 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 which is where you can 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 #7 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
The staff are very friendly and have a real sense of pride for their country. They’ll welcome you with open arms. In fact, 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.
There are a lot of trees on 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 Club Level lounge is excellent and if you’re a book reader you can borrow and/or leave a book behind for fellow guests to enjoy.
The area surrounding Sandals Barbados is safe and very 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 large.
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 and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#8 - Sandals Royal Bahamian
Sandals Royal Bahamian is a true Royal gem with a longstanding regal heritage. Before it was part of the Sandals portfolio of resorts, this hotel was known as the Balmoral Club which was a famed 1940s escape 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. Sandals Royal Bahamian also hosts a Red Lane Spa, seven pools and complimentary watersports such as sailing, kayaking and scuba diving. Best of all Sandals Royal Bahamian has its own private island that is accessed by a free boat and located within minutes of the dock. Sandals Private Island provides you with full access to two secluded beaches, a lagoon-style pool and a full-service restaurant.
Why is Sandals Royal Bahamian our #8 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
Having been here for our 2018 Babymoon, this resort and the Bahamas are now Zika free!
The restaurants are great and there is something for everyone. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet and dinner at the Italian restaurant is not one to miss.
The staff are genuinely friendly and will go out of their way to put a smile on your face.
The rooms in all of the buildings are spacious, comfortable and well appointed.
There are a lot of guests using the Butler service and for this resort we believe it’s worth the extra money.
There are two large pools. 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 very swimmable.
We love the off shore island and the Red Lane Spa that’s attached to it. This island has an abundance of private 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.
The diving is pretty good here and for an extra expense you can opt in for an exclusive shark diving experience.
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.
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!
#9 - Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Montego Bay is Sandals flagship resort and one of the best resorts not only in Jamaica but in the Caribbean. Sprawling across 26 acres and featuring nine restaurants with four swimming pools, it sits on a private beach and includes the amenities of three Sandals resorts in one. Stay here and you have full access to Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Inn which brings the total restaurant count to twenty and bar count to twelve. The rooms are well appointed at Sandals Montego Bay and your accommodations will feature mahogany furnishings, a four-poster bed and 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 #9 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
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.
The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. If you’re looking for an exclusive experience the new “Love Nest” suites are exceptional and offer luxurious accommodations and butler service. We highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t experienced this level of service before!
We love the pools and you’ll find they have plenty of loungers and umbrellas.
The private beach is beautiful, inviting and relaxing. There are no vendors allowed on the beach.
The bartenders are a lot of fun and the drinks are skillfully made.
The fitness center at Sandals Montego Bay is well kept and offers a variety of options and free weights.
The play makers 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.
The property and landscaping are beautiful and extremely well kept. There are many different observation points offering spectacular views.
How far away is Sandals Montego Bay from the airport? It’s very close! Within five minuets 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 it is a brief encounter and only lasts for about 30 seconds.
Sandals Montego Bay has a rotating restaurant schedule so please check with us or with the hotel directly upon check-in to see what’s open.
The pools are not as large as some of the other Sandals resorts.
There is no elevator so you if you are in an upper floor there are stairs involved.
Unless you're up early, the best beach chair locations might be reserved by those with butler service.
Sandals Montego Bay is the flagship of The Sandals Resorts as such, you can expect a well-trained and helpful staff dedicated to making sure you have an exceptional travel experience. Contact us today for more information and let us put our expertise to work by planning your personalized vacation to paradise!
#10 - 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 a romantic getaway and offers a wealth of glamorous amenities including the stunning Millionaire Suites with Butler service. These personalized services will provide you with an unforgettable vacation experience by tailoring your needs and wants to your desires and interests. If golfing is your passion, there is a majestic nine-hole course on property and as part of your all-inclusive package you have full access to the newest addition to the Sandals brand, 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 as it’s all included!
Why is Sandals Regency La Toc our #10 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
Hands down, the staff make this a truly unforgettable experience and will welcome you with that warm St. Lucian charm.
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 rooms are very nice and well appointed.
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. 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 is a big bonus that allows you to enjoy all of the Sandals Resorts on St Lucia free of charge.
If you’re looking for a romantic dining experience the Candle Light Dinner on the beach is worth the money and highly recommended.
Additional considerations and tips for visiting Sandals Regency La Toc:
Similar to both Sandals Grande St. Lucia and Sandals Halcyon, 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 or 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. Lucia and it’s not unusual to see red flags during your stay makes non-motorized water sports unavailable.
There are some steep hills 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!
#11 - 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. At night, visit the piano bar for a night cap and sing along to some classics, check out the Rabbit Hole Speakeasy or join in on one of the many theme nights. 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.
Why is Sandals Negril our #11 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
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.
The food is great and we love their selection of Global Dining options.
The rooms are updated and the views are breathtaking.
For this looking for something unique, we do recommend Butler service as they’ll personalize every detail of your time with them.
The pools are fun and rarely will you find yourself without a lounge chair.
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 are a full list of daily activities available to keep you entertained throughout the day and the nightly entertainment is a lot of fun.
While the dive team is first class as are the trips out Jamaica is not necessarily known for their diving.
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 but a friendly “no, thank you” will send them on their way. Security is present but don’t be surprised if someone tries to sell you marijuana.
WiFi can be a bit spotty and unreliable.
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 great for those who are 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!
#12 - 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 3" inclusion might be for you. This gives you full access to access both Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Inn which ups the total number of restaurants from eight to twenty and five bars to twelve!
If you’re looking for something ultra-exclusive consider booking one of the Over the water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows. Want to know more? Contact us today!
Why is Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island our #12 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
The Staff... Hands down the people working here are happy, helpful and genuine.
The food is spectacular, the chefs are very 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 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! ^Top
#13 - Sandals Ochi
Having been completely reimagined and renovated in 2016, Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios has both beachfront accommodations and rooms tucked away in the hillside of this beautiful location. 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 all 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 you with full access to the resort's 18-hole golf course and the guest-approved Red Lane Spa.
Why is Sandals Ochi our #13 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
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. 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 your're interested in, be prepared to have a great time!
Additional considerations and tips about Sandals Ochi Beach Resort:
How long is the transfer time to Sandals Ochi? Approximately 90 minutes.
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!
#14 - Sandals Halcyon
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 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 Golf which expands your dining options to 27 restaurants 10 pools and 21 bars.
Why is Sandals Halcyon Beach our #14 pick for the Best Sandals Resort?
Sandals Halcyon 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 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 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 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!