Three things guests love about... Sandals Montego Bay. A full review.

Sandals Montego Bay in a nutshell

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Accommodation Type: 5 star all-inclusive resort (adults-only).
Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Recommended airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ), Montego Bay.
Transfer time to resort: 10 minutes.

Best Sandals resort for:
Sandals Montego Bay is perfect if you are looking for a lively resort located on a long private white sand beach with plenty of watersports! Montego Bay Marine Park offers some amazing snorkeling opportunities. Take a trip to the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean for a laidback vibe and a private offshore island.

Atmosphere: Social, Active.
Restaurants: 12 restaurants + 8 more at Sandals Royal Caribbean.
Sandals resorts close by: Sandals Royal Caribbean (review)

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Overall review of Sandals Montego Bay

Best described as innovative and luxurious, Sandals Montego Bay is an excellent choice for honeymooners and couples who want to take their love to the next level and have fun. This flagship resort typically receives rave reviews, and most recently out of over 6,000 reviews, 85% (!) of respondents rated their resort experience as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’.

sandals montego bay resort front view

Sandals Montego Bay is located near the airport, but have no fear, most guests who stay there aren’t bothered about aircraft noise. The consensus is that the resort is in a convenient location which cuts down airport transfer time. The resort is the first ever built by Sandals, so you’ll find some of the signature Sandals amenities, as well as new attractions, which add to the vibrancy of the resort. Here you’ll also find the first swim-up bar in the world, which will make for great photos, and stories to share once you get back home. Sandals Montego Bay was recently renovated, so you’ll be able to take advantage of the resort in its finest form if you choose to stay here during your Jamaica getaway. Read on for the three things guests love most about Sandals Montego Bay.

Three things guests love about Sandals Montego Bay

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the restaurants

Sandals Montego Bay restaurant

Sandals Montego Bay is one of the resorts in Jamaica with plenty of restaurants to choose from – 12 in total. That number is significant even within the Sandals chain, especially when you add 8 more restaurants at the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean that are also available for your dining pleasure. Cucina Romana, an Italian restaurant and Stew Fish, a seafood restaurant, are both highly recommended. Popular options at Stew Fish include West Indies Pepper Pot Soup, Jamaican Pepper Shrimp, and Lobster Bouillabaisse, while Cucina Romana offers Italian favorites like antipasti and ‘minestre e ensalate’, as well as Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna Napoletana. You’ll love the atmosphere at the Piano Bar to start the night.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay require a reservation. Make sure to make some dinner reservations on arrival, especially during peak season! For dress-codes and opening times, see: restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay.

2. Guests love the long private beach and watersports options

Sandals Montego Bay beach

Sandals Montego Bay is located on a long private white sand beach. Grab yourself an ice cold cocktail or Red Stripe beer from the beach bar and lounge along the calm turquoise waters. It's a view you'll never get bored of!

If you feel like something more active, walk over to the watersports center and enjoy some snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding, or sailing. If you haven’t tried these activities before, the professional watersports team at Sandals Montego Bay will be eager to get you started. You can also go scuba diving if you’re certified or start the process of acquiring your PADI® certification at the resort if you’re not.

Sandals Montego Bay watersports

3. Guests love to spend a day at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean over-the-water villas

Guests who’ve reviewed their experience at Sandals Montego Bay recommend spending a day (or two) at the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean where you can take advantage of all the amenities in the same manner that you would if you’d stayed on that property. Hop over to Sandals Royal Caribbean to dine at Royal Thai, the Thai restaurant on the private offshore island!

Sandals Montego Bay is “heaven in Jamaica”. Be sure to check out the brand new Over-The-Water Bar. Planning an all-inclusive destination wedding? You’ll love the Over-the-Water Chapel!

Over-The-Water bar Sandals Montego Bay

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Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Montego Bay

Reggae Catamaran Cruise from Montego Bay.

reggae catamaran cruise from montego bay at sunset ride

Set sail and take in the views of Montego Bay's coastline from the best seat in the house aboard the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruise. After a quick safety briefing we'll set sail to the famous Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. When you arrive you'll have time to enjoy the facilities including the water trampolines, inflatable obstacles and an exhilarating 120-foot water slide that plunges you into the Caribbean Sea! On the way back marvel at the stunning sunset while enjoying tasty appetizers, signature cocktails and the latest local and international music played by the onboard DJ. There's nothing quite like a Caribbean sunset to provide the backdrop to this club on water!

Insider tip: Sandals Montego Bay repeat guests often recommend to spend at least one (half) day outside of the resort to explore the island. Make sure to book tours and excursions in advance to make sure there's enough availability.

MINI-Routes to Ocho Rios.

guests interacting with local while on mini cooper ocho rios tour

Buckle up and take the wheel of your own MINI Cooper and follow an experienced guide to various sites that will leave you in awe of this incredible island. Drive to Ocho Rios stopping at unique sites along the way, visit natural treasures such as Dunn's River Falls, enjoy delicious Jamaican dishes at a local favorite and satisfy your sweet tooth by sampling Jamaican delicacies. Immerse yourself in the history of the island at Discovery Bay.

Deep Sea Sport Fishing.

guests riding at back of fishing boat

The very best in deep sea sport fishing beckons off the coast of Jamaica. Imagine heading out onto the open waters off the coast, renowned as one of the most thrilling grounds in the entire Caribbean. Now you can brag about your own amazing catch, as you take advantage of our unbelievable fleet of customized fishing boats including: a 46' Hatteras (completely refit in 2008); a 31' Betram (arguably the world's best fishing platform); and a fully rigged 33' Pacemaker. Hop aboard with the expertise of our captain and crew, who know the very best spots to catch Blue Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna and Sailfish, just to name a few. The sun is shining, the drinks are icy and the fish are biting.

Expert tip: Still not sure which Sandals resort is right for you? Read ‘Which Sandals resort is best for you? The ultimate guide’ and find out!

Recent Sandals Montego Bay Awards

Awards Sandals Montego Bay won in the past 5 years alone, not counting the awards that were won by Sandals Resorts as a chain:

  • Travvy Awards 2019: Best All-Inclusive Couples Resort, Caribbean.
  • World Travel Awards: Jamaica’s Leading Resort 2018, 2019.
  • American Academy of Hospitality Sciences: Five Star Diamond Award for the Arrival Lounge at Sangster International Airport 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2018: Silver – Overall Beach Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2016: Gold – Overall Beach Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2014: Gold – Eco-Friendly.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014.

Guests love Sandals Montego Bay! Select a room and book online, or call Sandals at +1 888-726-3257.

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