Sandals Royal Plantation
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Best if the Best...Nothing Compares
My husband & I wanted to vacation somewhere special for our 5 year anniversary. We had talked forever about going to Bora Bora or Turtle Island. Our travel agent was pushing Grand Lido in Jamaica so I decided to do some research. I never considered Jamaica as a dream destination or even thought I would want to vacation there. Was I wrong. I found BRP by luck. A Sandals rep happened to visit our travel agent when we were there and mentioned BRP as her #1 pick among Sandal's/Beaches. So we decided to be adventurous and booked BRP. We arrived at the airport (and didn't realize that we could take a charter airplane from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios and it was free!)! We ended up on the shuttle bus (we were the only passengers aboard so we got to stretch out for the ride)...and it was a wild ride. I don't think there are driving laws in Jamaica, so definitely opt for the free flight if it's available. The drive there will show you alot of history and culture of Jamaica. The beaches along the way are not that impressive. Don't worry...the resort is phenomonal! Once we arrived we were promptly greeted and our luggage was immediately taken to our room. It's hard to get used to the no tipping rule! We were in awe. The resort is quaint and charming, the staff is welcoming, the view is breathtaking. Every room is a suite w/ beautiful blue-green ocean views, concierge level 24 hr room service, and incredible ameniteies (don't forget to pack you favorite CD's). We were in an end unit so we had extra windows on the side wall and could see out for miles, as well as balcony that covered the entire width of our hotel and overlooked the white sand beach. The beach was never crowded, nor was the pool. It seemed as if we were the only ones there during the day. It was nice to be able to lounge on the beach and get drinks by raising a flag! At night there are 2 fabulous restaurants to dine at and this is the only time you will see a large group of people.
At most, there was 20 couples dining at the same time. (We went to the other Sandal's resorts to check our the amenties and were dissapointed.
There were big crowds , long waits to dine, no open lounge chairs on the beach, less than average food/service, and spring break/party atmosphere). We couldn't wait to get back to BRP & enjoy the quiet, romantic surroundings. I cannot give away too much about this incredible vacation! You will not truly understand how amazing it is until you visit. Only one of the reviewers on this site gave a 2, and I"m not sure if it's because they wanted a more active atmosphere. He commented that the service was slow...but come on, you're in Jamaica on vacation so what's the rush. If you want total relaxation, privacy, pampering, quiet, romantic, top notch service, you cannot go wrong with BRP. It is the most expensive Sandals/Beahces resort, but it is worth it to pay a little more. You get way more than your money's worth. We are planning our return vacation here this summer. We considered Costa Rica, Cancun and many others, but we can't stop thinking about BRP.
A very lovely resort. The staff was extremely attentive and nice. Couldn't imagine staying anywhere else!
My Husband and I stayed with you in the middle 1990,s. Loved every minute.The staff were very friendly,especially Lionel who waited on us mealtimes.We would reccomend staying with you to any of our friends or neighbours.
Paradise by accident
This resort is truly paradise! But, things didn't start out on our vacation so rosy. I won a trip to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Montego Bay through my employer Feb. 6th-9th, 2003. The journey from Seattle to Jamaica is just too long to go for only three nights, so my wife and I called Sandals and booked three additional nights at Sandals, Negril. I have stayed there before and absolutely loved the resort. It was announced that I won the trip only a few weeks prior to departure, so when I got my confirmation from Sandals in the mail, it was only a few days prior to departure. I have been to Sandals resorts numerous times and sort of "let my guard down" as far as reviewing my mailed confirmations. They never seemed to make mistakes. My Mistake! They booked me for March 10th-13th. I actually didn't notice this error until reviewing the confirmation on the morning we were flying to Jamaica! OOPS!! I actually didn't worry about it at first, I simply called Sandals resorts to bring the error to their attention and get my vacation days switched. To my horror, the rep. told me that every property operated by Sandals was already sold out during the dates I needed to be there. Also, the first rep. was far my concerned in pointing out that this error was my fault and not Sandals' fault then helping me. I simply hung up on her and called back (I always do that when dealing with 1-800 customer service numbers and am getting agitated/not helped - it has served me well that past ten years). The next Sandals rep. also maintained that the resort was sold out for the whole island (amazing considering the # of rooms they have at all the resorts on the whole island!). He did; however, offer a room at the Beaches Royal Plantation. I accepted that offer, although the room was a little more expensive than Sandals, Negril. I was also a little concerned about the "Beaches" resort status. At Beaches resorts, kids and singles are allowed and I thought that would compromise the atmos BUT, at Beaches Royal Plantation, no kids are allowed (nobody under 18) and there were virtually no singles there anyway. Also, a side note - The Ritz Carlton absolutely SUCKS! The hotel is beautiful but it is extremely Americanized. You just totally feel like your in Las Vegas or something while you're there. The hotel is just absolutely GIGANTIC. When I'm in Jamaica, I like to leave my room and basically be on the beach. At the Ritz, you leave your room, go down a 100 yard hall, down an elevator (elevators always ruin my mood while in tropical destinations), go down another 50 yards of hall, through several doorways, through some gardens (200 yards), past the only pool (packed with people), and alas - down to the beach (tiny, manmade, not scenic). The food there was average at best, service was horrible compared to any Sandals or Royal Plantation, and holy cow! - the place is incredibly expensive! Jerk Chicken at the beach bar was $18US - want fries with that? add $2. Red Stripe Beer too? Another $4.50. Of course, add gratuity to that also. My point - stay at all inclusives in Jamaica, the place is more expensive by far than the U.S. to eat or do anything. Anyhow, back to the Royal Plantation. We still were a little apprehensive when we were taking the shuttle (provided by Sandals at no cost to us) from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios. When we arrive at the Royal Plantation, our concerns just simply and thoroughly vanished. First, the general manager of the whole resort greeted us. He was incredibly warm, welcoming, sincere, and helpful. He personally walked us around the property for 5-10 minutes to show us the facilities and familiarize us with the restaurants, health spa, etc. He was literally wearing white gloves! It didn't dawn on me that every room was a luxury suite until we got there. Our room was TO DIE FOR! By far the best room we've ever stayed at in the Caribbean (we've stayed at about a dozen). The room had the most wonderful view of the beach (the beach is absolutely gorgeous, tl patches just create the most incredible azure/emerald color). Each room also has a sitting area with a wall that opens to the beach. In the sitting area is a great mini bar. The mini bar is all included so help yourself. There was Abolut Vodka, Beefeaters Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, and of course Appleton Rum. The little bar also had plenty of Red Stripe Beers, a bottle of Champagne, and all the juices and sodas you could want for refreshments or mixing cocktails in your own room! The food at this place is legendary. The open air Bayside restaurant was absolutely wonderful. The service - impeccable. All of the grounds including the buildings were just immaculate (always). The employees just refused to let you pass by without a warm smile and greeting. They nearly always asked if there was anything at all you needed and whether everything was all right. Even the groundskeepers. At night, they put bottles of champagned all over the property in fine silver buckets of ice with crystal champagne glasses surrounded by candles. The room service was so wonderful, you end up ordering it even when you're full. The actually had filet mignon and lobster tails available (along with a ton of other stuff) via room service until 10:00PM. Room service after 10:00PM was still available but slightly reduced menu items. The resort also includes a free shuttle and guide to Dunn's River Falls. A must! Speaking of free shuttles, you can also go to Sandals Dunn's River, Sandals Ocho Rios and Beaches Grande Sport (horrible resort) via the free shuttles and check out those resorts. That was really fun. The water sports were also great. We sailed the Hobie Cats for hours every day. I love those things. Of course, they will give you free private lessons if you don't know how to sail one yet. They're actually quite easy. The snorkeling was awesome. The snorkel boat broke down while we were there. "No Problem Mon!" They fire up the zodiac type small boat and took us snorkeling on it. It was like being ey hauled us over to this underwater marine sanctuary and wildlife park. There was a shipwreck to check out! The sunken ship was awesome and we saw a HUGE moray Eel swimming around the thing. Just past the sunken ship, there was an awesome coral reef area with thousands of beautiful technicolor fish. Also, instead of just pulling up to the area and letting us go snorkel, the watersports guy jumped in the water with us to personally guide us throughout the reef area. This review is getting pretty long so I'll conclude here. We just simply loved the resort. If you're considering a trip there, do yourself and HUGE favor and just go!
Nice property..needs work on service
The property is very nice, the beach is fair, pool too small. We had to ask (sometimes several times) for things ex: soap, drinks, towels. It seems there are too many employees not having a specific job. Sometimes in the restaurant you were asked 3-4 times what you wanted to drink by different employees & it took awhile to get it. The French restaurant is great, with the best service. Room service was good as long as you "spelled" it out specifically. Every morning we had to ask for towels in the gym & some mornings there were no towels available at the beach. They have a good idea, just need to work on it! We travelled to Dunn's River Resort 2 days and liked it better!
Royal Plantation a gem in the Caribbean
I came down for Christmas with my mother and brother. The accomadations were superb. The setting was gorgeous. We sailed the Hobie Cats until the bottoms were almost washed off. Took advantage of the complimentary scuba course and made two dives. One on Christmas eve and one on Christmas day. The food and drinks were great. Most of all the staff was superb. They were friendly, attentive and charming in every way. David, Cleon and Michael were just a couple that come to mind. But all were great. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away from it all and just relax. Thanks to all at the Royal Plantation.
Better than Couples
My wife and I have been to many of the upscale all inclusives in Jamaica and this is by far the best yet. We loved Couples Ocho but were disappointed with Couples Negril-so we chose BRP since we saw so many glowing reviews. My wife loved the food and the service.I personally thought it was abit too quiet for my liking-only 40% of the rooms occupied of the 76 available.The resort seems to curl up and goes to bed at 10:30 each night, though a lounge does stay open until 2am-but no entertainment aside from the bartenders. This place has 2 small beaches that are well maintained with limited water sports available. The wife enjoyed the spa which is extra but well worth it since it kept her happy and as a result kept me happy. Very friendly staff for the most part and always seemed to be smiling. Overall- A very nice resort for a quiet romantic vacation.
The service was incredible and the whole experience was just wonderful !! The only bad thing about the whole vacation was having to leave.
We talked to a few couples that were seasoned beaches/ sandals goers that were there they said that Royal Plantation was the best out of all the resorts. Everyone was saying that we were spoiled now because anywhere else we go couldn't compare.
We had the luxury of taking Air Jamaica Express from Montego Bay to Ochos Rios where the Plantation is and the flight was just 15 minutes. Transfer from the Air Jamaica airstrip in ochos was in a mercedes benz limo and the drive took approximately 15 minutes. We were supposed to take a flight back also but, our flight was cancelled due to weather so we were forced to take the land transportation to Montego Bay which took about an hour and 45 minutes. The ride wasn't bad at all... but, take into consideration that it was on a Saturday that we left and there were only 4 of us in the van. The driver was saying that during the week especially on Wednesdays (due to the flea market crowd) that the drive would be much longer.
Say hello to Sunshine, Oneill and Wentworth for us if you have the pleasure of visiting the Plantation. Also, stay away from Kimonos at Dunn's River. Portions are small and the food just really isn't that great. Considering that this is dunn's river's highest class restaurant that they offer tell you a little about what we think of Dunn's.
Honeymoon of our dreams!!!!!!
My Wife and I were married in October 2001. Our travel agent
highly recommended the Royal Plantation and we are certainly glad we took his advice! We Absolutely LOVED this place. And if you're concerned that our standards might not be as high as yours, let me explain that we visited the other Sandals/Beaches resorts while we were there and thought they were ALL dumps! Especially Sandals OchoRios (this place is for the 21 year old spring breakers..toga parties/beer bongs,etc). The staff at BRP kissed our butts! They treated us like kings and queens. The food was incredible! The room was beautiful and clean, not musty at all. One of the WAITERS heard that my Wife really liked their homemade choc chip cookies, so he made her a batch and put them in our room while we were out...need I say more? The head Chef also asked us to challenge him with a request.... 10 stars!!!! The only small small complaint would be that there were only 2 restaurants, and since we dont tend to eat French, there was really only 1 for us...BUT the food was great! We want to go back for our 5th anniversary! Its a little more layed back/small/private/quiet. Don't go if you are looking for nightlife.. Nightlife there consists of moonlight wine and soft steel drums sounds.. Oh, and the moonlight couples massage is sooooo romantic.!!
Go Go Go....Say hi to Jason for us...
The best vacation we've ever taken
We stayed at Beaches Royal Plantation in March 2001. It was incredible! We were treated like royalty the entire time, from getting off the plane till we left. The resort is small enough that the staff get to know you by name and your likes and dislikes. They spoil you and many went out of their way to make it a special trip to remember-- from bringing a fresh orchid arrangment to our room to stopping what they were doing to greet you and take a genuine interest in how you were doing. We could go on for pages but needless to say we would go back tomorrow if our life permitted. If you can do it we would highly recommend it. Say hi to Andre' in the piano lounge for us if you go.
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Today was amazing. We woke up and went to the buffet for breakfast . After we met as a big group and left the boat for our first excursion which is Ochos Rios .(Dunns River Falls&Maragrita vile . At 10:00am our group left to go on the bus for Dunn river falls. When we got there it was insane how high it was, and the fact that we had to climb it was scary but really exciting ! We split into groups and went with ...
... guide.It was so difficult trying to get up the falls because you couldn't see where you were stepping ,but at the same time it was a memory I never want to forget . After Dunns river falls we went to the beautiful beach there for around 40 min , then split off in groups to go to margarita vile. Jamaica was beautiful and exploring it was so much fun. It was also really interesting seeing the life styles of ...
... dry off then went to the gift shop to browse. The guy in the shop, Craig, was very chatty and loves the English accent so we got talking! I think by the time we left we had a new friend! Sven gave him his Facebook so he can look us up! Once we got back to the hotel we had just enough time for a dip in the pool (although Sven stayed on a lounger) before we had to go back to the room for a quick change for dinner. Tonight was the second of our a ...
... pick up and drop people anywhere more or less along the route. Already second car which stopped had the correct destination. The problem is you don't see it in advance because the route is written on the side door. So all you can do is just hold your hand out and ask every driver where they go. They pick up as many people as fit into the car. The half an hour drive costs about a dollar. I got dropped at the bus ...
... chatting and speaking ten to the dozen, non stop!! Yep, she was well again, my bleeding ears were proof!
I collected K at 17:00 and the four of us ventured down to the tennis courts. It was hot very hot! We survived an hour before calling it quits and heading back upstairs for showers and a rest before dinner.
It was Pirates and Wenches night so the kids put their pirates items on that they had made.
Tomorrow all being well it was Dolphin ...