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“STILL "THE BEST OF THE BEST"” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sandals Royal Plantation
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Florida
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7 reviews
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“STILL "THE BEST OF THE BEST"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2010

If you prefer quality over quanity this is the place for you. Nothing is out of the question, all you have to do is ask. The quality of the meals just gets better and better. Our last night we had a fabulous private dinner for the wife's birthday. Thank you Mr. Fraser for making the Royal Plantation our Jamaican home.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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FashionTravelNYC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2010

I think this resort was fantastic. I went in Jan. 2007 and sent friends back for their Honeymoon this past July 2010 and they loved it!!

Great restaurants (lobster inclusive) and beautiful rooms. Great drinks and wine (bottles of wine inclusive)

It is a bit of a hassle to get to the resort from the airport, but have your car reserved in advance and make them get a few beers in route and the 90 minutes will fly by.

Upgrade your room...the view is much better if you have an end cap room. Very much enjoyed the resort and I would return :)

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lake Geneva, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2010

My wife and I made a return trip to the RP November 20-27, 2010. We also brought friends along for the trip. We were greeted at the airport and escorted to the resort with just the four of us. Nothing against Sandals, but I feel the name turns people off to the RP. I feel it is important that the RP distances itself from the Sandals name. I recently noticed I can't access the RP web site without going through the Sandals site. One thing that was better last time is a private driver who was waiting for us holding a sign for the RP. We were then taken by private, luxury vehicle to the resort while all the Sandals folks were herded into a room while waiting to pile into a van. Anyway, once at the resort, we knew we were back in paradise. We were treated like loyalty and it was good to see lots of familar faces. The general manager Mr. Fraser upgraded my friends and I and it was beyond our belief. Our private butler/chef Sheldon was marvelous. He had a table of appetizers prepared for us at the Villa with some cold drinks upon arrival. He cooked for us on a few occasions and it was spectacular! We really enjoyed the service and attention to detail. There were surprises for us every day we were at the RP. Mr. Fraser's management style gleams and you see it from the top all the way down to the maids, grounds crews, etc...The resort maintains it's old world charm even though they are pushing the Sandals name on it. My wife and I did lots of SCUBA diving and it was convenient to walk the beach next door to the Sandals Grande for this. This is included in the package for certified divers. We also did lots of swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea and our private pool! In addition, we did lots of sailing on the Hobie Wave! I can't name everyone but a special thanks to Mr. Fraser, Sheldon "the exclusive" butler/chef, Gary over at Papillon, Juba the water sports manager, Camille in the spa for the most amazing spa treatments, Courtney at water sports, and the Dive Master Blade and Captain Roof over at Sandals dive shop. The people at the RP set it apart along with the amazing old world quality and setting! I have one concern and that is the pushing of the Sandals name on it. I feel it is a mistake! Keep it under the radar. This resort is not what you think of when you think Sandals and I would have a hard time convincing someone that hasn't been there of it. Along with that, I only have one other suggestion.......get more Reggae beats for the evening music! Marvelous! Keep up the great work!

Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2010

My husband and I decided to splurge for our honeymoon. We were looking for a quiet and romantic place, good food, lots of fun and a week of pampering. We heard nothing but great reviews regarding the Royal Plantation. We were married in Negril at another resort the week prior which we absolutely loved and the price was much cheaper. Upon our arrival to the Royal Plantation we were unpleasantly disappointed. The butlers were nice but the overall service was just ok. It would take a half hour for a drink or 45 minutes for an appetizer in the middle of the day. Communication at the resort was conflicted regarding the dress code for dinner. The beach and pool was extremely small. Room service was late on a daily basis. The weather was lousy the entire week so we were left with basically no entertainment. The worst part of the trip was we were probably the youngest guests at the resort being in our mid 30's. The majority of the guests ranged 50-70 y/o.

The property was very pretty and lush. The food was very good! The beds were very comfortable:) The Dunn River's Falls Jeep tour was great.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this resort to my family and friends. Very overpriced and extremely disappointing!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Barrie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2010

We are seasoned Sandals travellers, having now spent over 110 glorious days at various Sandals resorts throughout the Caribbean. This was our first trip to Sandals Royal Plantation but it certainly will not be our last. Everything about this hotel/resort is first class. Mr. Peter Fraser GM, Trudance Hardware Loyalty Manager, and Marcia Wilmont Front Desk Manager are extraordinary at what they do and went over the top to make this visit the best Sandals experience we have ever had. The service is immpecable, and every single staff member at this resort is not only trained to the very highest standard, they are also friendly, kind and simply cannot do enough for you. The resort is beautiful, the rooms and beds extremely comfortable, the room service food delicious always arriving quickly and perfectly prepared. The restuarants all present a beautiful setting with simply amazing food and wine. The bars are all stocked with top shelf, premium brands. The evening entertainment each night was very enjoyable, most nights ending with people dancing under the stars. Afternoon tea on the terrace was first class, as good as any I have experienced at other top hotel locations for which you must pay a premium price. The Red Lane Spa, as at other Sandals resorts offered once again the best services I have ever enjoyed. We loved the elegant intimate feeling throughout the resort and cannot find fault with one single thing throughout our visit. The weather while we were in Jamaica for 10 days was extremely cloudy and showery for the majority of our time there, but we still had the time of our lives. It seemed any age group we spoke with, from young couples to much more mature couples such as ourselves loved everything about this resort. If you want a lively, loud and party type atmosphere this may not be the place for you. If you are looking for a beautiful setting with fabulous food and immpeciable service then, as our Butler often quoted to us "consider it done". Simply visit this lovely resort, Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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LINWOOD,NEW JERSY
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2010

well let me say like always this is our favorite place on earth and the 5th time we've been to this resort. However this was the first time we experienced Mr. Peter Fraser and the BEST staff in the WORLD.i must say from the start that we only had 2 days of sun on our 9 day trip but it didn't matter because with this resort and staff we were with family.
a special thanx to Sheldon for a Wonderful dinner he spent all day making,to Jason who took such good care of us.
and to JERMAINE my HERO you made this trip the best it could be my wife and brother and sister in law can't thank you enough.
this is the only place anyone should EVER have to go for the best service and food on earth.
Well i can go on and on for days about this resort and the people who work here and Mr Peter Fraser but go for yourself,because it doesn't get any better then this.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2010

We have just returned from the Royal Plantation and had an excellent time this is a great place to holiday.
We are seasoned travellers and have covered many countries and stayed in many hotels,this has to be up there with the best of them.
The food was excellent all though the menu could be changed a liitle more as it was a little boring over the 7 day stay.
Can i thank our butlers,room staff and the managment for a great stay we will be back.
Mark & Alison Betts

Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandals Royal Plantation
Address: Main Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Phone Number:
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#2 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sandals Royal Plantation 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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
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