My wife and i have just returned from spending 6 nights (not the planned 7) at the Royal Plantation after travelling approx 90 minuutes on a good highway from Montego Bay. Upon arrival we were eventually escorted by our butler to a room on the ground level corner of the west wing. The good size room was thouroughly beautiful offering nice furnishings, an older bathtub and french balconie. Unfortunately much to our dismay upon opening the curtained windows we found ourselves looking at the main busy pathway from the upper terrace to the beach below and the washrooms at the top of the stairs all of which were direct view. Adding to this disappointment the terrace restaurant towered overhead with outside tables that could allow persons sittinng there full view of whatever was going on in your room IF your curtains remained open. The view of the water was also obstructed. Having travelled so far it was not our intention to be satisfied with hiding ourselves behind closed doors or windows and so we indicated that we would not, could not stay in this room. Unfortuantely, as the hotel was at full capacity there were no other rooms available that evening but we were assured that come the next day something would open up. In the meantime we were offered transport to the Sandals next door which was excepted and we were placed in a beautiful butler villa for the evening. Returning the next day we were again met by our butler and escorted to a gorgous ground level central corner 1 bedroom suite in the east wing. There was a full and private balcony which directly overlooked beautiful flowers, lush greenery and trees and a direct view to the beautiful waters below in front of the east beach. The large room was nicely furnished, had 2 bathrooms (1 of which offered a standard bathtub). In the other was a lovely corner jacuzzi tub with bifold windows that opened fully to the outside, equipped with a separate stand alone shower, a lounge chair with another opening bifold window. This became a favorite room for us and yes while there were no curtains in this particular room we had complete privacy, outside the occasional security guard that periodically made rounds around the back of the building. Laying in the hot sudsy waters, a glass of wine to the side with the windows open to the sounds of the surf, tree frogs, clear star and moon lit skies was like heaven on earth to be honest..sooo relaxing! The resort has 2 small beaches , west & east...with 3 piers stretched between. The west tended to be the busiest (chair to chair) and it is located directly in front of the beach bar/restaurant and is in front of the west wing. The east beach is where the water sports is located and it is a designated smoking area. Although non-smokers we preferred this beach as it was quieter and less packed, In fact we spent most days at the end of the pier in lounge chairs with unobstructed views of the waters ahead and the beach behind and to the side of us. Occasionally one of the boats would tie up, either loading or off loading persons from the various snorkling, glass bottom boat tours all of which didnt bother us in the least. The waters here are extremely clear and warm and while it rained a part of most days and evenings it was extremely hot during our stay. The beach butlers who normally started coming around at about 0900am were there to serve you with whatever premium drink you preferred, (bar opens at 10) and were fairly quick for the most part in getting back to you. They were also quite quick to point out their preference in serving you as opposed to you walking the beach to get your own drinks, a practice of theirs that I personnally do not necessarily agree with. We ate at both the terrace andd french restaurants with the french being our favorite..french onion soup and steaks and rack of lamb delightfully declicious. (breakfast was room service on the balcony each morning). Evening entertainment in our view was spotty at best to be honest and should be reviewed. As well the idea of everone having a butler (in our view) diminishes in a way that very special experience of being one of a few that is pampered by a professional butler(s)
In closing this resort is a classy place no doubt about it and one that Sandals should be proud of. We have been to the majority of their properties now and this is by far one of the best (if not the best) keeping in mind that some properties stand out for their distinct differences as well. I would not hesitate recommending the Royal Plantation to anyone; giving due consideration to your choice of rooms. The Ochos Rios coastal area is extremely lush and beautiful..well worth the visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •All suite resort and all are serviced by butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers•2 private beaches with beach butler service•The Caribbean’s only Champagne and Caviar Bar•Exquisite International, Mediterranean, Caribbean and French cuisine•24 hour in suite dining•Complimentary transfers from this resort to all Sandals Resorts•Voted Sandals Resorts “World Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted Sandals Resorts “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row•Five Star Diamond Award - American Academy of Hospitality Sciences ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Royal Plantation Hotel Ocho Rios
- Royal Plantation Ocho Rios
- Royal Plantation Jamaica
- Sandals Royal Plantation Jamaica/Ocho Rios