Where do I begin?! This was our first all-inclusive resort and our first trip to Jamaica. We weren't really sure what to expect. Every part of SRC far exceeded our expectations (except our arrival)!!
The resort and rooms were very well maitained and just beautiful. I liked the fact that SRC doesn't give you that "hotel" feeling, it looks and feels like a resort. The rooms are beautifully decorated, the bed was very comfortable, the jacuzzi bath tub was nice and the views are beautiful from all of the rooms we saw. We were upgraded to a Concierge room which significantly contributed to our visit. In the future we plan to only book a concierge room. The added service really makes a difference. At night we would fill out a slip with what we wanted for breakfast and when we'd like to have breakfast and in the morning we woke to breakfast in bed! We'd open the sliding glass door and have our breakfast while looking out at the aquamarine waters.
The entertainment was constant! Kudos to Antonio, the entertainment manager, he was certainly on the ball and one of the hardest workers there! He has the entertainer spirit which rubbed off on everyone. Thanks to him, even my husband got up and danced at the beach party, which normally NEVER happens. There are always events going on from talent competitions, to fashion shows, to sing alongs around a piano, to competitions around the pool. If you're not the type to join in, watching all of these things is just as entertaining!
The restaurants were fantastic! We personally enjoyed the food at the Pavillion as well as at the buffet on the island best. Unfortunately we didn't make a reservation at Le Jardiner on time and never got to eat there. If you go, be sure to make that one early. We did however get a reservation at the Royal Thai, which is on the island. The ambiance was fabulous but the food wasn't quite enough. The other restaurants didn't require a reservation and all served great food! We also took the shuttle over to Sandals Montego Bay, where we ate at Tokyo Joe's on the water. Great food, great service.
At first we rented a cabana on the island for a half day. After just 2 hours we extended that to make it a full day and then reserved it again for another full day! This may have been my favorite part of the trip. The cabana is a covered king size bed with pillows and flowers directly on the water. You have your own butler who gives you a cell phone so you can call him throughout the day if you have any requests. We had Kemar both times and he was just fantastic! If you reserve the cabana on the island, the bar is just a few steps away and they also have a very good buffet at lunch time. We prefered the island cabana (number 4) because it is more secluded. If you want, breakfast and lunch are brought to you, as well as a cooler of beer and water and sun block and tanning lotion. I HIGHLY recommend the cabana! (PS. do bring some money for a tip if you chose to reserve a cabana. While as a whole tipping is not allowed on the resort, tipping is allowed by management at the cabanas)
Last but not least, the Cricketers is where we went in the evenings to drink a few beers and grab a late night snack. Chevoy, who is one of the bartenders, took extremely good care of us and made our stay so much better! While all of the staff at Sandals Royal Caribbean were great, Chevoy became more of a friend to us than any of them! We had a really, really good time at the pub!
With all of the positives being said, we do have one BIG complaint! Upon arrival at the airport in Montego Bay we walked up to the Sandals lounge, where supposedly guests are greeted with a drink. We never even got to go in the lounge. Immediately a man with a cart came up to us, grabbed our luggage and said that there is a bus outside. We followed him out where he then DEMANDED a tip. My husband, not knowing the currency quite yet was caught off guard by the way the man said to give him money. He gave him what we later found out was equivalent to $1 US. The man then said "that is not enough". My husband said "I don't know what these bills are worth yet " and the man took what is equivalent to $14 US straight out of my husbands hand. This was a horrible way to be greeted by Sandals and we really really hope the resort does something to change this. Once we were on the resort however, things were not at all like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •7 exquisite dining options, with world-class culinary cuisines.•Only Jamaican resort with a private offshore island, housing an authentic Thai restaurant.•Magnificent, swim-up crystal lagoon suites.•24 hour room service as a part of our concierge service.•English pub offering an authentic pub dining experience.•Voted Sandals “World's Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row.•Voted “Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel Montego Bay
- Sandals Royal Caribbean Montego Bay
- Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort Jamaica
- Sandal Royal Caribbean