Sandals Montego Bay
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSandals Montego Bay
Yes this hotel is right next door to Montego Bay Airport runway... so you do get quite a bit of aircraft noise, however it is a great hotel and once 2 or 3 planes have flown over, you don't notice it that much.
Other than this great service and food again, I'm starting to like these Sandals properties.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandals Montego Bay
OK, those airplanes to me were a real pain. Waving at them as you are encouraged to do gets old pretty quick. You'll never need an alarm clock there either because every morning at 7 AM sharp as I nursed my rum induced hangover a large jet taking off would convince me that the worlds end was near. Seriously though, it would have been nice to sleep in a bit longer. That's the only thing that made this vacation a little less than perfect.The food was incredible, beach awesome, grounds superb (photographs won't do it justice), evening entertainment was of high quality, room not fancy but everything worked and it was comfortable. The staff was way more energetic than I ever get at work and they were super helpful and friendly. I enjoy windsurfing when there's no ice on the lakes here, and their equipment was in very good condition. The snorkeling excursions were a lot of fun, way better than just viewing through the glass bottom boat. One day snorkeling we all got bit a lot by little jellyfish. That's kind of like being in a swarm of mosquitos.They let in 10 or 12 local vendors once a week to sell their crafts, shirts, etc. They are unobtrusive and do not pressure you. If you go to the Negril Sandals, there are "aggressive" pedlars everywhere everyday and the beach is terrible compared to Montego Bay.The drinks are strong (I like that). Apparently rum is cheaper than mix there. It really is paradise!Oh ya, the resort is adults only, so no screaming kids to be found. Don't get me wrong, I love kids, have 2 of 'em but if I'm going somewhere to relax without them, why would I want to put up with everyone elses.
Married at Sandals Mo' Bay
We left on feb. 7th from Boston, MA waving goodbye to the snow we were leaving behind..our trip was delayed 45 minutes due to de-icing the plane but..hey..LET EM'!! De- Ice every little inch...even if it takes an hour! heheWe arrived in Jamaica at 1pm..and the heat was wonderful! A tip for first timers who are going in the winter...put on your skirt and tank and sandals while at the airport..so your not sweating like a hog when you get off the plane..thats what i did and was SOOO happy i had. Customs was a breeze...the customs people wernt friendly..but..*shrug...they let us by with no problems. Then we found the sandals desk and was greeted by reps...our luggage was taken..and shawn was told" go to the bathroom mon'..k-mart prices" by some scrubby airport guys....yeah...ALL SET! We jumped in the shuttle...and were at the resort by 1:30-45pm. We were greeted by a real nice pretty lady...and whisked inside. We were handed the cool towel..and glasses of champaine..i dont remember many names...but O'Neil was the guy who helped us all week...he works in concierge..and was the greatest! We had a beachfront honeymoon suite..room 1908...the next to the last cottage. I'll say this...it was BEAUTIFUL...and the privacy ROCKED (2am on the balcony...woo- hoo! *wink *wink)..th eonly downfall was the hike to the rest of the resort...the pool bar was the closest thing...so we hung out there alot...but it was kinda far..to go eat breakfast in the AM..'specially when you close the pool/piano bar at 3am the nite before! *gack But the walk is nice..and all paved...flowers and palm trees...you get used to it. We chose SMB because we are in our mid 20's... i told TA we wanted a plcae we could relax AND party....and it was perfect. They did a wonderful job on our wedding. We got married on sunday evening on the greek gazebo (feb. 9th 2003 at 4:30pm)..If anyone is planning on getting married there i have a few suggestions. They did a good job....however YOU as the bride have to make a stand on a couple of things...such as: Do not let the wedding coord. rush you through the book when choosing your location, flowers, or menu. I had a serious problem with the coord. and she was kinda snotty when i told her i didnt want to purchase any extras.they had (12 pics for $140.00) Then During the wedding...they waslked shawn out to the Gazebo first...and tried to make him stand just OUTSIDE of the Gazebo....he told the preacher "no way"..we are standing INSIDE when we say our vows. So make sure you dont let them push you around like that. My husband had to tell the preacher 3 times...that we ARE GOING TO STAND INSIDE. The last gripe...was how they tried to rush our reception...and the food looked like it had set out for an hour...with flies and a couple of ants on it. However that part didnt bother me..because i wasnt hungry anyhow... i was too excited. I ended up giving one of the little cats that live on the resort the whole bowl of shrimp...he LOVED it!! We had dinner reservations at the italian resturant that night...and the food is AWSOME!! all the food at the resort is wonderful...and they have the biggest selections i have ever seen. I am on the Atkins diet..and it was NO problem at ALL finding tastey dishes that just consisted of meat. When i did break my diet i ate lox on a bagle. The Food was SUPER and so was the friendliness of the staff...AND the other guests...when your out drinking around the resort..and you belly up to the bar.. you can rest assure that you will make AT LEAST 6 new friends EACH night! LOL There was always crews of workers trimming the flowers or painting..and keeping the place looking nice and neat. The weather was PERFECT with a high of 84 and a low of 74...it rained really hard 1 night at around 3 am...and it was nice..we had the windows open. The planes flying overhead...you DO get used to it...the ONLY time it was a problem...was when we were hungover....it sucked walking to breakfast...head hurting..and then a 747 ROARS abover yer Noggin.*ouchie..shhhhhhh Quiet Please!I hope i helped some of you people out...oh yeah...we went to the Royal Caribbean Sandals for dinner at the Royal Tai....it was Friggin GREAT! the resturant was...however the Royal was too stuffy for me and shawn...and alot of other couples back at SMB agreed with us. The Royal has a high tea room.... i asked shawn if that was a "long Island ice tea room??" It was beautiful....just to laid back and "old" for us. We are going back next year for Valentines day....Woo Hoo! Bye Ya'll
Montego Bay Sandals Resort
The water and weather was wonderful! The resort however, has it's drawbacks. I am not picky, but I had a few problems with it. It is accross the street from the airport! We could stand on the hallway patio going into the room and see the runway. Literally about 1/4 mile from the runway, so it was very loud when they landed and took off, but you do tend to get used to it and everybody waives and blowes kisses as they take off. They are also involved in a "conservation" program, so this means that when you get a room, they have a deal on the air conditioner that shuts it off when you leave your room. That isn't too comfortable after you come in from the beach all hot and your room is hot too. (this however, can be outsmarted, if you use your brain) Of course, they want you to re-use your towels, if possible. That is OK and fine, but the way I look at it is, when I am paying over $500.00 a day, I don't want to conserve! I want a room that will be comfortable for me when I need it! The food was very good! It was tough to get reservations for the restruants though, so make sure you do that for every night as soon as you arrive, or you will eat at the buffet every night, but that was good too. The drinks were a tad watered down, some of the time, but they did the job. Overall, I would say that it was a good trip. The second time I have been to Montego Bay (the first at that Sandals Resort) and I probably will not go back. We have been to the Royal Bahamas Sandals and it was by far better. The rooms were alot bigger and the pool was alot bigger. That is one thing about Mo Bay Sandals is that I think they need to build bigger and grander pools. The pools are small, and some of the other resorts have huge wonderful pools. Next time we go, it will be to St. Lucia Sandals!
Very nice but.......
My husband and I went to Sandals, Mo-Bay for a much needed vacation. The property grounds are very pretty. Our standard room was very nice, with a beautiful view of the beach and ocean. The food was absolutely fantastic. We really enjoyed Tokyo Joe's and the Oleander Room. The resort was crowded but we had no problem with reservations. The outside grill was "ok". My husband was disappointed in the beer selection (only one beer - red stripe). My major complaint would be that it was very hard to relax with jets taking off directly above your head. The property is next to the airport runway. Our two side trips to Dunn's River and horse back riding were a lot of fun. We were very happy we did both. The locals trying to sell their goods did not get to me but I have to say that they are VERY aggressive (especially at Dunn's River) and they would have a lot more customers if they did not scare them away with their over aggressive sales techniques. The resort offers plenty of activities (water, and land). I liked the beach, I did not mind that it was small. I felt the pools were too small. The swim up bar was much smaller than it appeared in the pictures but the setting was attractive. The other pool was small and the location was not very attractive. While the employees at the hotel were very nice during our entire stay, we did have an incident the day we were preparing to depart. They misplaced our carry on luggage which contained our plane tickets and our US citizen ID. It would not have been so unnerving if they were more cooperative in trying to help locate the luggage they misplaced. We did find the luggage but with no help from the hotel staff.
Just returned from Sandals Montego Bay Feb 1st - 6th and I don't think we will ever stay at a Sandals again.First off, it definitely is not a couples resort. It seemed like people were constantly drunk and obnoxious. We are in our early 30's and love to party but this went a little overboard, especially when you hear people yelling and partying until 3am when you're trying to sleep.The beach was nice, the ocean water nice (small swimming area) but the pools (2) were small and freezing.The whole resort is in desperate need of a good scrubbing and rehab. Our luxury room was nice - just very noisy with all the party goers outside. I just don't think they believe in disenfectant.Food was o.k. Most employees were great. Their friendliness was the best part of the resort.Our biggest problem with the resort was the bars - All-Inclusive here is like an assembly line without the class and service of a 4 - 5 star resturaunt or resort. They ran out of vodka, bananas, tia maria and other items for two days straight. When we complained (as others did) they said "I'm sorry, our supplier has been running behind schedule". Maybe I should have ran out of money to pay for my trip too. Their method of cleaning glasses/cups was to rinse them out in a sink full of sudsy (?) water. You never got a clean glass the entire time you were there. This can kind of dampen your mood.We had 4 in our party and 3 of us got sick - stomach problems. We don't know if it was from the germs, the food/water, or a virus. The biggest lesson we learned on this trip is that you get what you pay for. I guess if we had never been anywhere else, we would have thought it was great. Next year, we are definitely going back to Aruba - it doesn't even compare.
It was a great trip and great resort. When we first arrived we were greeted by a fresh bottle of champange and
wisked into an orientation room. Shortly after, our room was ready. To our surprise, our room was upgraded to luxury oceanview balcony. I think we had the best view in the resort because we had a view of both the gardens (unreal!) and ocean.
The food was amazing. Being from New York I think I'm a tough critic and I have to say I never had a bad meal. TIP: Make reservations as soon as you get there. It fills up fast. But the restaurant that doesn't accept reservations is good too!
The people who work at Sandals are the nicest and hardest working people around. They go out of their way to make you happy. They are not suppose to accept tips and it's hard to get them to. I really think they should change this rule because additional tips are well deserved.
The beach was nice. Not amazing. It was very well maintained but short. It was also a bit rocky.
Now some areas for improvement:
The bars are nice but they only serve Red Stripe beer. I was dying for a Bud or Corona. But if you like fozen drinks you will be very happy. Try a Monkey Special. loved it! Now this part didn't bother me but at the piers locals try to sell their wares (even ganga). They cannot come ashore but they call out to you and try to get you to come over all day. I kind of liked this because you get to interact with the locals. Some people were put off.
Also the airplanes. It's real close, real, real close. I had such a nice time I tended to over look it. I recommend Sandals to all ages. I will go again. This time to Negil.
My husband and I spent our 4-yr. Anniversary at Sandals Montego Bay Oct.3-6,2002. I was a bit disappointed in the upkeep of the resorts exterior. It was by no means terrible, however this was Sandals and I'm sure each of you have seen the brochures and they are beautiful. Just minimal touchups were needed. The staff was very friendly and the food was AWESOME. Tokyo Joes was the best by far..............try to eat there as many nights as you can. They are closed on certain nights and you need to make reservations in advance. Keep in mind we were there in the off-season and it was hard to get a reservation then. The pool there was a bit small for the number of people the resort can hold, and the restaurants that require reservations are not very large either. The biggest complaint I had is the fact this resort is directly beside the airport, so you are constantly hearing the planes take off...........they start around 7:30am & continue all day. The beach isn't very big but it is nice and they have plenty for you to do around the resort. This was our first trip to Sandals and it was a very nice trip, however we will stay at one of the newer larger resorts next time. I have heard awesome feedback on Sandals DunnÂ’s River!
My husband and I just returned from Sandals Montego Bay where we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time, and we cannot say enough good things about the resort staff. We were upgraded to a wonderful two-room suite on the ocean. The resort is in the process of renovation which it needs. One of the only complaints we had was on the wine selection. The liquors were top-shelf, however, the wines left a lot to be desired. The other complaint was that all restaurants are not open every night. You did not find out what was open until that morning. I would go back again, especially after all renovations are made and they upgrade the choices of wine!
My husband and I just got married on the 13th of July. We had the most georgous wedding. If I could to do it all over again I would not change a thing. Not only was our wedding perfect in every way, so was the week that we spent there. We had the time of our lives! We both agree that we have spoiled ourselves by staying at the best (Sandals), And we are convinced that we will never settle for anything less.
Jennifer & Michael
Seven days in February. Rained a total of 15 minutes. Weather service's prediction of "partly cloudy" means a cloud somewhere on the horizon. Food: beyond belief, and served up in portions that can best be measured in tonnage. A particularly pleasant surprise was the buffet on the beach during the Monday night beach party. We had a "standard" room -- nothing standard about it. Balcony overlooking the Caribbean. Drinks: I expected a lot of non-descript labels behind the bar. Instead, everything back there would have been "top shelf" at home. There is this one bartender who usually works the beach bar, who makes a piña collada with a rum swirl and straight rum in the straw that is heaven in a glass.
The "booze cruise," about $75 for a couple is a worthwhile experience, but skip the Dunn's River Falls trip -- the definition of "tourist trap."
Absolutely everything was taken care of. Booked through Sunquest and flew from Toronto. You can save a few bucks that way if you're willing to spend some time driving.
We checked out a couple of other Sandals on that end of Jamaica (Ocho Rios, Royal Caribbean, Sandals Inn) and decided that the Montego Bay resort fit us just right.
Will definitely return at least once before I die.
TripAdvisor Reviews Sandals Montego Bay
Travel Blogs from Montego Bay
Great room. Nice hotel. Not my style as I don't feel comfortable with a butler assigned to me but I made the most of it. The room had a bar and a jacuzzi which I didn't use with the jets but did take advantage of to soak my feet.
I could have asked Michael to unpack my clothes, iron my dress, make me a drink but that is so not my style. So, he …
... The guide started our tour once we were on the water annoucing that the water was poluted and we could not swim in it today. They were waiting for a report. This was very disappointing because that was the big draw, swimming in the glistening water. We get to the the spot where we would have been swimming and ...
A couple of nights ago I had a cat event that has scared me for life.
I can tolerate the heat, the people who want to mooch off the "rich"
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... once for breakfast and once for dinner.
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... that the band is just so-so and, if you are used to singing karaoke to the exact recorded music you are used to hearing, as a singer you’re lost in no time. So this is a good/bad innovation.
The elevators are plentiful but I prefer to climb the 157 steps from Deck One to the top deck rather than ride. Calories in/calories out; that’s my mantra.
Carnival falls short in other areas.
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