For our anniversary we went to Sandals Royal Plantation. It was our third time going to a Sandals resort, and we really enjoyed ourselves.
This resort is a little more subdued than other Sandals resorts - and I say that as a positive thing. You can go back and forth easily to the larger Sandals Grande Rivera, which has a more lively atmosphere (swim up bars, more group based activities, younger clientele), and then retreat back to the quieter Royal Plantation for a less crowded beach, quieter pool time, etc. We did this frequently, taking advantage of the livelier atmosphere when we wanted it, more restaurant choices, (even though Royal Plantation's restaurants had the best food out of all 4 Sandals we have now visited) and the quiet when we preferred that instead. We would definitely stay at the Royal Plantation again.
Staff was fantastic. Our butlers (and we're so not butler people) Richard and Sheldon were great, took wonderful care of us, and enjoyed laughing with us. We also received excellent service across the board. Lackland and Nickroy at the restaurant went above and beyond developing a delicious dish for my wife who is a vegetarian that wasn't on the menu. (It was so good that a meat-eater I even ate some). Allex (also from the restaurant) came over to give us history behind some of the music played.
Oneil and Biggs at the beach always made sure we where greeted by a smile had great seats at the beach and full glasses at all times. (Oneil one evening said a joyful goodnight at midnight and greeted us with as big a smile at 6 am the next morning - impressive)
We only had two complaints in our week at the resort - both around the topic of communication by the resort to us. The first was that we didn't find out that you are supposed to tip your butlers until after we arrived on property (rest of the resort -- and all Sandals -- have a no-tipping policy, which we knew from past stays). Our butlers were great, so we wanted to take care of them but almost didn't have cash to do so since we didn't know this in advance. It would have been helpful to know what a "suggested" tip would have been. We read everything in our quick study online from $50 a week to $150 a day (which brings a luxury priced vacation up in price quite a bit without planning). It left us from feeling "all included" to slightly uncomfortable that we were being cheep. The second was that the tennis courts at Grand Plantation (and half the courts at Grande Rivera) were being refurbished. We're avid tennis players and really look forward to getting to play when on vacation, and even indicated it when we were surveyed by the property before our stay) so it would have been appreciated to know this in advance.
- 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