Sandals Royal Plantation

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Overview

All rooms at this intimate all-inclusive property come with butler service
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Sandals Royal Plantation, part of Sandals' Jamaican fleet of adults-only, all-inclusive resorts, emphasizes luxury over size. Each of its 74 ocean view suites on the Ocho Rios Riviera comes with personalized butler service to cater to your every need, as well as a marble bathroom, a king-sized bed draped in Italian linens and a private balcony or patio. The luxurious (albeit dated) digs and top-notch amenities at Royal Plantation make for a special Sandals resort, but guests say it's the friendly service from the resort staff that keeps them coming back again and again. Spend your days golfing, scuba diving or playing tennis; then, retreat to the Red Lane Spa, a Sandals staple. (Keep in mind, spa services cost extra.) After a full day, dine in the lap of luxury at one of Royal Plantation's five restaurants. For an extra swanky treat, head to C Bar, the only Champagne and caviar bar in Jamaica.

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Location
Ocho Rios
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 74 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Style
Traditional, Modern
Best For
Couples

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

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Steps from the city center, with a Mediterranean feel and a host of classes open to guests, from drawing to cooking.

Frommer's

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The Royal Plantation was an elegant resort long before it came under the Sandals umbrella, and it is by far the most upmarket Sandals on the island and the smallest – though if you are jonesing for that big resort vibe, you can always walk next door to its sister resort, the Sandals Grande Riviera. The entryway sets the tone: It's styled after a European mansion, complete with peacocks strutting around the garden fountains and a terrace overlooking the pool.

Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Fodor's

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During its heyday, guests at what was then called Plantation Inn included British royals, Winston Churchill, and authors Noël Coward and Ian Fleming. Overlooking a private Caribbean cove and spanning 17 acres, this British colonial getaway is composed of 74 ocean-view suites and the private Villa Plantana, which has its own pool, dedicated butler, and chef.

Fodor's Choice

AAA

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On a bluff overlooking the sea, this intimate adults-only, all-inclusive resort has luxurious butler-serviced suites. They feature lavish furnishings, walk-in closets and large bathrooms.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Oyster.com

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Situated in the heart of Ocho Rios' resort district, Sandals Royal Plantation is an excellent luxury resort that sits right on the sea. This all-inclusive property offers some of the best amenities of any hotel in Jamaica, including a stunning, secluded beach, an elegant spa, and all meals served a la carte – meaning there's no mediocre buffets to suffer through.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2899 have reviewed the Sandals Royal Plantation, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2899 reviews 4.5 (based on 2899 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Sandals Royal Plantation offers a variety of room styles, including villas and suites. The property is the only in the Sandals collection that describes itself as an "All-Butler Boutique Resort," meaning all of the resort's 74 accommodations come with 24-hour butler service. All suites also feature amenities like HD smart TVs, balconies or patios with ocean views, Red Lane Spa toiletries, king-sized beds and dual sinks. The property also houses Love Nest Suites, which offer more privacy and larger bathrooms.
  • Private pool in Villa Plantana
  • All-inclusive room rates cover in-suite Wi-Fi access, minibar drinks and tips and gratuities

Standard room sizeNone square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Sandals Royal Plantation is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that mostly attracts couples seeking a relaxing, romantic getaway. As with many Jamaican resorts, Sandals Royal Plantation provides travelers with private beach access. Additionally, the resort offers convenient access to central Ocho Rios, which sits less than 2 miles southwest of the property. Area attractions located approximately 5 miles away include Dunn's River Falls & Park, Fern Gully and Dolphin Cove.
  • Sits 62 miles southeast of Sangster International Airport
  • Complimentary airport transportation
  • 24-hour valet parking
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Sandals Royal Plantation houses five restaurants, all of which provide complimentary meals and drinks as part of the resort's all-inclusive rate. For French-inspired fare in an upscale atmosphere, travelers can enjoy a sit-down dinner at Le Papillon. More casual dining options include the English pub-themed Wobbly Peacock, the beachside Royal Cafe & Grill and The Terrace, which offers Caribbean dishes near the water or on the property's pier. And the resort's fifth eatery, the Tea Terrace, offers complimentary tea near the pool every day from 4 to 5 p.m. Should guests require other dining options, the resort's sister property, Sandals Ochi, offers 16 restaurants at no additional cost.
  • Jamaica's only caviar and Champagne bar located on-site (extra charges apply)
  • Swim-up pool bar
  • Private in-room, pier or beach dining can be arranged for an additional fee
  • Free 24-hour room service

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesItalian, American, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Two pools and two hot tubs are available at Sandals Royal Plantation. Perched on a patio overlooking the ocean, the main pool area offers several chaise lounge chairs and seating areas with tables. Each guest's personal butler can assist with poolside service. Additional seating, umbrellas and a beachside grill are available at the resort's beaches and pier. The Red Lane Spa houses a plunge pool as well.
  • Complimentary nonmotorized water sports available at beaches
  • Villa Plantana features its own private pool
  • Free beach towels
  • Room rates include scuba diving excursions
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

The Sandals brand's signature Red Lane Spa offers a variety of massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and body scrubs that incorporate local ingredients and Caribbean beauty rituals. The secluded facility features a private plunge pool, a steam room, outdoor treatment areas, a beauty salon and several relaxation areas.
  • Men's facials, prenatal treatments and couples massages
  • In-room services available
  • Emerald, Diamond and Pearl members of Sandals Select Rewards program receive a complimentary couples massage

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Fitness

At Sandals Royal Plantation, guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center with Cybex cardiovascular machines, weight-training equipment and free weights. Complimentary fitness classes are available, including water aerobics, yoga and Zumba. The resort's all-inclusive rates cover various recreational activities like golf and tennis, plus nonmotorized water sports equipment rentals, such as kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats and paddleboards.
  • Private personal training sessions can be scheduled (additional fee applies)
  • Free tennis lessons
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (free)
  • Motor boats (free)

Business

Three meeting facilities are available for business travelers looking to host an event at the resort. The largest space is the nearly 1,900-square-foot Plantation Room, which can accommodate 180 people in a theater-style layout or 110 guests for receptions. More intimate functions with 25 to 45 attendees can be held in The Cascade Falls Room, while The Blue Mountain Room is ideal for events with 46 to 122 people. All rooms include LCD projectors, projector screens, Wi-Fi access and microphones.
  • Group bookings discounts
  • Team-building exercises
  • No on-site business center

Number of meeting rooms3

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Golf

Sandals Royal Plantation visitors can tee off at the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club. This 18-hole course features colorful scenery, a full-service pro shop, a restaurant, a driving range and multiple practice greens. Guests can take advantage of the resort's free shuttle service to get to and from the course, plus the all-inclusive package covers green fees.
  • Complimentary golf clinics every Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Caddies required for all rounds of golf (extra charges apply)
  • Shoe, club and golf cart rentals available for a fee
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddie service
  • Pro shop

Wedding

Sandals Royal Plantation can host up to 200 people for waterfront weddings at the beach, pier or The Terrace's gazebo. Six pre-designed wedding packages are available, including the pink- and butterfly-themed Flutter of Romance package and the nature-inspired Chic and Natural package. The resort's standard Beautiful Beginnings package provides a bouquet and boutonniere, table linens, a wedding cake and a floral table centerpiece. Combined wedding and honeymoon Weddingmoon packages include extra perks like a 30-minute hors d'oeuvres reception, a private honeymoon dinner for the couple and select spa services for the bride and groom.
  • Beautiful Beginnings wedding package free for couples who stay three or more nights
  • Additional inclusions for group bookings with five or more rooms
  • Honeymoon and vow renewal packages

Maximum wedding guest capacity200

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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