We decided to try an all inclusive resort for my husband's 30th birthday, and went with Sandals because of their reputation. We decided to start with their most inexpensive resort: The Sandals Inn.
We booked the least expensive room online, but received a call with an offer to upgrade to an ocean view room for $100 more, which we did and we were happy about once we got there. We wanted to book our flights through their website, but actually got a cheaper, non-stop flight by calling the toll-free number and talking to an agent.
I was a little alarmed as our flight was coming into Montego Bay that I could *see* the resort from our plane. I wondered how noisy it would be, and it was obvious that it really didn't have a beach. We were greeted at the airport, and received our free (except for a tip) transfer to the hotel. Once we got there, we were truly treated like family. The hotel manager was wonderful, and saw to our every need. The room was comfortable and clean, and the view of the ocean beautiful.
The only thing that we felt had been misleading was the pictures of the tiny beach--it is a public beach, not private, and was crowded with natives almost all the time. This isn't a huge drawback since, for beach time, you can jump over to Sandals Montego Bay or Royal Caribbean.
We spent most of our days at Montego Bay resort, and were so content with the activities and restaurants that we never even got to Royal Caribbean. We did try to get reservations at the offshore Thai restaurant at the Royal Caribbean, but they were booked well in advance. (3 days+) If you want to do that--book early. They are strict about their dress codes (flip flops, even dressy ones, mean you can't go into the nicer places to eat).
We did one excursion through the resort up to Negril, which we enjoyed. The shopping stops were mediocre, but it was fun to see more of the island and we loved sunset off the Negril coast. It included a stop at Sandals Negril, a great place to go on a Hobbie Cat or water skiing. Truly breathtaking water and views.
On our last night, we decided to stay at Sandals Inn and eat at The Bay restaurant and we *loved* it. The restaurants at The Inn were almost empty, but the food was awesome and the staff attentive and accomodating. We wished we would've eaten there every night, honestly.
All in all, I give the resort an A. Having done a cruise and an all-inclusive now, I would by far go for a Sandals Resort again over a cruise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •A romantic, intimate atmosphere with personalized service.•The real Jamaican experience; Jamaican smiles and attentive service to make you feel at home instantly.•Small in size yet big on charm and large in value.•Close proximity to Montego Bay 'Hip Strip', where you will find duty free shopping, restaurants, bars and clubs.•24 hour room service for all room levels.•Butler service available for our newly renovated, top category room, the Carlyle Club Ocean View Penthouse.•Complimentary shuttle bus to Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Montego Bay “Stay at one play at three”, where you can enjoy eighteen dining experiences.•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 Carlyle Hotel Montego Bay
- Sandals Hotel Montego Bay
- Sandals Inn Jamaica
- Sandals Jamaica
- Sandals Montego Bay
- Sandals Inn Montego Bay