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Exploring Sandals Jamaica

Waking up in Ochi Rios, Jamaica was exactley as I expected – bright blue sky, lots of sunshine, great temperatures, beautiful yellow sand beaches, clear blue seas - oh, did I mention lots of sunshine?

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is a resort of three distinct areas – Riviera Beach House, Great House Village and Butler Village.  All offering the world class, award winning service of a Sandals Resort.  The Place to be and to be seen.  

RIVIERA BEACH HOUSE – in the Tower you have sea facing rooms many with balconies, over looking that great blue sea and sandy beach.   In the grounds you have Honeymoon Hideaway Villa Rooms.

At the GREAT HOUSE & BUTLER VILLAGE – there are Individual Suites set around shared pools for groups travelling together, individual suites and villas set up the hillside with amazing views across towards the sea.  All accessable by electric golf cart or a slow stroll.

There is a very regular shuttle between the Great House and Riviera Beach House receptions, so you will never miss any event or activity. 

The restaurants vary from local Jerk Chicken, Dockside over water restaurant, Kiminos for Far East at your table cooking, Pizzeria, Sushi and everything in between.  My personal favourite was the Sky Terrace, I was happy to take the shuttle each morning to gaze out over the Caribbean sea while enjoying a Mimosa, a great selection from the hot and cold breakfast buffet, with omlette station and some amazing Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.  A wonderful way to start the day.

During a 4 day stay we sampled everything from the stylish Beach Party, Catamaran trip on the beautiful Caribbean Sea and access to most watersports you would want to try out.  Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and diving for all levels.  That’s along with the 2 spa areas, 2 gyms and transfer for Unlimited rounds of golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club. We didn’t even need to leave the pool as the swim-up pool bar had everything we needed – fantastic cocktail selection and friendly helpful staff.

During my time in Jamaica, I was also able to visit the neighbouring Sandals Royal Plantation, an All Butler, All Suite, All Ocean-view Boutique Resort.  We viewed the two private cove beaches, Red Lane Spa, Fitness Centre and unlimited Golf. An elegant boutique resort with 74 romantic ocean view suites and a 3-bedroom private Villa.  If all this luxury is not enough then call in next door to the Sandals Ochi Beach – free regular shuttle service – for the fun in the sun Beach Party that they are so well known for.  Party for as long as you like then retire to the peace and tranquility of The Royal Plantation.

Our final Sandals Resort visit was to Sandals Montego Bay, with some areas already upgraded – Almonds Building in the Oceanfront Village now has swim-up Butler Suites – and another small area still undergoing some alteration where Restaurants and dining areas are being upgraded. Sandals Montego Bay is ready and waiting with its brand new Over-water bar, Over-water massage area and Over-water chapel, along with 9 Gourmet Restaurants.

I would mention, that the proximity of Montego Bay Airport has the huge advantage of a really short transfer, but there is some air craft noise – this is not constant and short-lived when flights are taking off.  There are many repeat, regular customers to this resort who are not concerned.

Jamaica has the highest number of Sandals resorts in the Caribbean it is their “home” and they are constantly upgrading the service, room styles and dining options.  Not in an intrusive way but with subtle changes to the public areas, décor in the rooms and extras offered throughout.

This is also very obvious at the fantastic family Beaches Ocho Rios Resort. Recently upgraded and specifically for families it offers Jamaica’s largest and most spectacular Waterpark, 7 restaurants, 7 bars, 5 pools  and unrivaled Beaches level of service together with 222 family sized rooms and suites. 

I was very taken by its best asset - the Kids Camp with a great variety of activities from X Box Lounge, crafting and indoor play areas, it has  Certified nannies for all ages and most impressive an inclusive programme for all children whatever their needs.  Beaches are the first Autism Friendly Kids Club in the Caribbean, the Sesame Street Programme with the lovely Julia from the Autistic programme available to interact with everyone and invite all families to enjoy a relaxing, exciting and interesting holiday. 

When you factor in the golf available at Sandals Golf & Country Club for adults and children alike and a fantastic Red Lane Spa, you have something for the whole family

With the same award-winning level service you get at all Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Beaches Ocho Rios Resort ticks all those boxes and more.

You don’t even need to take that long flight to the Maldives for your magical OVER-WATER VILLA experience, they are now available at Sandals resorts in Jamiaca and St Lucia.  As there are a small number of Over Water Villas in the resorts they do have a more intimate feel and have the superb Butler Service you would expect.

Finally, the Customised Wedding service offered at all properties – have as much or as little as you like for your very special day.  

There is nothing too small or too big for a Sandals wedding and the best bit they have a DIRECTOR OF ROMANCE – how about that for a job title !!  She and her team will put together the perfect wedding celebration for you, include your personal touches and themes.  Every Resort can accommodate the Wedding Day of your dreams – including an Over the Water Chapel.