Three things guests love about... Sandals Royal Caribbean. A full review.

Sandals Royal Caribbean 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 Royal Caribbean is perfect for a laidback and intimate tropical getaway, with its beautiful offshore island and overwater bungalows. Feeling like a night out? Visit the vibrant Sandals Montego Bay nearby. Transfers included!

Atmosphere: Laid back.
Restaurants: 8 restaurants + 12 more at Sandals Montego Bay.
Sandals resorts close by: Sandals Montego Bay (review)

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Overall review of Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean swimming pool

Pictures don’t lie, especially when it comes to Sandals Royal Caribbean. This resort gives new meaning to the word paradise, with stunning Over-the-Water bungalows and a private offshore island. The accommodation spans across three very different villages, unique and customized to fit in with the overall Sandals Royal Caribbean theme. Reviews are excellent for this property, with 86% (!) of over 6,000 reviews rating their stay as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very good’. Here’s some of the things guests love most about Sandals Royal Caribbean!

Three things guests love about Sandals Royal Caribbean

Based on real customer reviews.

1. Guests love the Thai restaurant

restaurants at Sandals Royal Caribbean

You can hardly go wrong with Thai food, and with the highly trained chefs at Sandals Royal Caribbean, expect that experience to be greatly intensified. The Royal Thai restaurant at Sandals Royal Caribbean is on a private offshore island, and it is loved by all who visit the resort. You’ll have to ride the dragon boat to get to this exotic restaurant where you can indulge in dishes like fried prawn crackers, stir-fried beef with Thai red curry sauce, pork loin simmered in ginger sauce, shrimp and peppers in oyster sauce, and more. You’ll be blown away by the signature architecture of this themed restaurant, and the romantic feel of dining on a relatively secluded island.

Insider tip: The most popular restaurants at Sandals Royal Caribbean 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 Royal Caribbean.

2. Guests love the excellent butler service

butler at boardwalk in sandals royal caribbean

A vacation in its truest sense would mean you barely have to lift a finger, as you unwind and free your mind in a place that allows you to exist with not a care in the world. This is the magic of Sandals, and the resorts’ superb butler service. During your stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean, your butler will ensure your every need is met, even surprising you with small unexpected gestures. Paying attention to even the smallest details, you’ll know right away why the butler service at Sandals Royal Caribbean is second to none.

3. Guests love the swimming pool with swim-up bar

guests having fun at sandals royal caribbean swim-up bar

Sandals has more than mastered the concept of the swim up bar, and at their Royal Caribbean resort, you’ll be able to enjoy a swim up bar that’s always upbeat, complete with staff that go above the call of duty. There are five bars in all at Sandals Royal Caribbean, so you can even go bar hopping right on property if you wish to.

With 8 world-class restaurants, luxurious suites, a private offshore island, and two vacations in one with the nearby Sandals Montego Bay, this is one experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Popular tours and excursion at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Bamboo River Rafting.

couple enjoying bamboo river rafting tour

Bamboo rafting in Jamaica can be an incredibly romantic adventure for couples. Climb aboard a 30-foot, bamboo raft for an authentic Jamaican experience. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a welcome fruit drink and given the chance to explore the "Rafter's Village". Before you begin the tour, you can take a stroll through "Miss Martha's Herb Garden", a presentation of Jamaican herbs famous for their medicinal and healing properties. Then sit back and relax in your personal raft as your captain skillfully navigates the jade-green waters of the Martha Brae River located in the parish of Trelawny (birthplace of sprinter Usain Bolt). Trail your hand in the shimmering waters and gaze into the trees filled with colorful birds and exotic flowers. Surrender to the romance of the moment as you float in the cool water glistening in the beautiful Caribbean sun.

Insider tip: Sandals Royal Caribbean 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 before arrival to ensure availability.

MINI-Routes to Negril.

couple taking pictures on mini cooper negril 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 Negril stopping at unique sites along the way, first make a short stop at a local fruit vendor, enjoy lunch and beach time at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville then visit the Negril Lighthouse to see it up close and take in the gorgeous view. You will make your way to the legendary Rick's Café to witness the amazing cliff-divers, snap a few pictures and enjoy the stunning views even witness an authentic Jamaican jerk demo.

Lover's Rock Catamaran Cruise.

couple anjoying lover's rock catamaran cruise

Sail off into the sunset on this romantic cruise that features stunning views of the golden sun sinking into the sea and lighting up the horizon with a spectrum of red, pink and orange tints. Munch on delectable appetizers and sip unlimited exotic cocktails, as you stand on deck and watch the sky set ablaze with fiery color. There’s nothing quite like a Caribbean sunset at sea to ignite memories that will last a lifetime.

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 Royal Caribbean Awards

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

  • Islands All-Inclusive Awards 2019: Best Overwater Bungalow: Editor’s Choice.
  • World Travel Awards 2017: Jamaica’s Leading Resort.
  • Travel Weekly Magellan Awards 2017: Gold - Overall Luxury Hotel/Resort.
  • TravelAge West WAVE Award 2017: Best Major Renovation.
  • MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Awards 2014.

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

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Born on the tropical island that is Saint Lucia affords a never-ending source of inspiration. In the past 13 years, Kylie loved to work with various newspapers, magazines and blogs in the Caribbean.