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headed to Sandals Grande Riviera & need some advice? as away

We had a great time at Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios last week. November 2nd to November 10th 2013

If you have never been to a Sandals before you are in for a treat. 15 restaurants at this resort and you should try to dine at most of them. For breakfast you can visit Sabrina's Marketplace on the hillside property or visit Kelly's Dockside at the seaside property. Both are equally good - Sabrina's has waffles and cherry topping that I so much loved. For lunch make sure you try a pizza from one of the two pizza restaurants on the property. Its great for a light snack and you will not be dissapointed.

For dinner - Reef Terrace - I would recommed for the views and the food.

Kimono's is always good - they cook the Jappanesse rice and meat right in front of you. You will get a good portion of food and will not leave hungry.

Valentino's Italian food - make sure you are either not hungry or make sure to call room service and get a Burger to fill you up because although the food is delicious the portions are very very small. Even for a runway model.

I went fishing with a local fisherman that had his boat out at the Sandals pier. I caught 3 marlin and 1 barracuda. If you want to see pics of them review my post Sandals Grande Riviera under David A. Kennewick WA

Fisherman Servin charged us $90 an hour for two people. It was a lot cheaper than the chartered BIG boat out of Sandals and I think more fun.

We also went on the Heritage Honeymoon Horseback ride with Island Routes Tours from Sandals - You will start off at the stables and then make your way thru the forest to the beach. If you do this tour you and your someone specail will have a romantic lunch for two and you will also get a CD of your trip.

We also went on the Bamboo River Rafting with Island Routes - 1 hour of rafting down the river in an origanal Bamboo Raft. It was so much FUN!!!!!

We also went on the Catamaran Cruise with Island Routes as well - 4 hour tour - Snorkeling then off to the Dunn's River Falls and then drink it on up on the way back. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed ourself.

We stayed on the upper property in a villa suite. We had butler service - our butlers Kelly & Latoya where awesome.

We rented a Cabana on our last day down at the Ochi Beach Club for $125 for the day. What do you get for your $125 - you get your own butler ( even if you are not in a butler room ). They will get you your breakfast - lunch and dinner if you wish. It comes with two 15 minute massages for the two of you which will be given by two employees from the Spa.

My wife and I also had a couple massage during our stay which was fantastic. We had it at the Ochi Beach Club above the pool area. It was so relaxing and well needed.

We had our butler get us a taxi ( car service ) and take us to go shopping. He took us to Taj Mahal Shopping Centre in Ocho Rios. It is a gated, and guarded entrance.....so its safe. The Taj Mahal is 2 stories of shops - restaurants - jewelery stores - a place to get Starbucks type coffee drinks at Cafe Express ( located upstairs ) and much more.

Every Wednesday they have a Chocolate Night at Sandals located at the upper level in front of the Manor Building.

I believe that they have 3 swim up pool bars at this resort and our villa shared a pool with another couple.

I was a little dissapointed with the dinner service at Kelly's Dockside restaurant down at the pier. It took way to long to take our order and the food took to long to get to us. Once the food arived it was good. From the time we sat down to the time we left was about 2 hours and we left before our dessert arrived.

You also must visit Scotchies 2 - which is outside Ocho Rios - we took the same taxi to the restaurant.

If you want some Jerk Chicken and Pork and much more you must visit Scotchies 2. Locals love it as well.

Our taxi driver went with us and helped us order, so we bought him dinner as well.

We had Jerk Chicken and Pork and some Festival Bread ( which you must try ) and some Yams and Sweet Potatos. The sauce is HOT - but not the kind of HOT the ruins a meal. You wont be dissapointed. See my review for pics and more detail.

We also dinned at Bamboo Blu - its about 15 minutes away from Sandals by taxi. Its a unique restaurant right on the beach and just yards from the Ocean. You can dine inside or out. Please make sure to try the Plantain Chips - they are delicious and only $4 for a basket of them with sauce.

Of course you can just stay at the resort and get all the food and drink you want for Free....but I think that everyone should get to know the area they are visiting and get to know a little bit about the culture.

Overall our stay was great at Sandals and in Ocho Rios.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding our stay, I would be happy to assist.

Feel free to view our reviews for Sandals Grande Riviera - Island Routes Adventure - Bamboo Blu Restaurant - Dunn's River and Ocho Rios.

If you find that any of our posts and or pics have been of any help please click "YES" if it was helpful.

I hope you enjoy your vacation to Ocho Rios.

David A

Kennewick WA.

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1. Re: headed to Sandals Grande Riviera & need some advice? as away

We are going in two weeks. How far out did the fishing trip take you?

Is there anywhere to have a non-buffet breakfast on resort?

Was your villa pool super cold?

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2. Re: headed to Sandals Grande Riviera & need some advice? as away

@Andyman33 --- if you have a butler you can have an ala carte breakfast at China Doll. I preferred to have my breakfast delivered to my room every morning --- I just told my butlers what I wanted and what time to deliver it the night before --- that way I was able to get my eggs benedict every morning which is not on the room service menu.

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3. Re: headed to Sandals Grande Riviera & need some advice? as away

To answer your questions about breakfast. I believe that they only had buffet style but the food was very good and the selection was huge. You can get breakfast delivered to your room as well.

To answer your question about our pool. The water temp was just the right temp and was cleaned daily.

To answer your question about fishing. You can rent a boat from a local for as long as you want. We rented it for 2 hours ( $90 for the two of us = $180.00 total ) If you go for a couple of hours they will take you up and down the coast near the resort. I could always see the resort, so we didnt go out that far. I felt completly safe - they do provide life jackets you you wish. To big waves so no worries about that either.

If you end up going fishing may I suggest you ask for Servin and let him know I referred you and maybe you can get the price down a little bit. He also provided me with some Red Stripe during the fishing trip.

You will have a great time....I had a BLAST!!!!!

They are located down by the pier in front of the Soy Restaurant down near the Ochi Beach Club.

They usually get near the pier at around 7am or so but you can request to go any time of the day. May I suggest that you go down and talk to them early in the morning and let them know what day and time you want to go.

Let me know if you should have any further questions.


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4. Re: headed to Sandals Grande Riviera & need some advice? as away

There is a sit down breakfast at Valentino's too, if you're on the Riviera side.

The buffet on that side was still at Kelly's while we were there beacuse Bayside is being renovated. I really liked it being out there, so you might want to check it out.

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