Which Sandals Resort Is Best For You? The 18 Highest Rated Sandals Resorts - Ranked.


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The first Sandals resort, Sandals Montego Bay, opened its doors in 1981. Right from the start, Sandals focused on perfecting the ultimate couple's vacation, and by doing so, rocketed in popularity for couples from all over the world looking for a romantic escape to the Caribbean.

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Picture: Sandals Montego Bay, the recently renovated Sandals flagship resort. Guests love the private white sand beach and often spend a day or two at Sandals Royal Caribbean, which is located around the corner. This allows guests to enjoy two vacations for the price of one, including a total of 21 unique restaurants!

Since then, Sandals has grown its portfolio to 18 luxurious resorts located in seven Caribbean territories. With all these dream locations to choose from, picking the best Sandals Resort has never been more challenging!

This article will give you all the information you need to pick the right resort for you as a couple.

In this article on the Sandals Blog:

What are the best-rated Sandals Resorts?

The best Sandals Resorts in Jamaica
The best Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia
The best Sandals Resorts in The Bahamas

Which Sandals Resorts have the best beaches?
Where are the most popular swimming pools at Sandals Resorts?
Which Sandals Resorts have the best food options?

Which Sandals Resorts feature waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing?
Best Sandals Resorts for scuba diving
Best Sandals Resorts for golf
Which Sandals Resorts have the best nightlife?

Which resorts are best for older / younger couples?

Which resorts have overwater bungalows?
Which resorts have swim-up rooms?

What are the newest Sandals resorts?
Which Sandals resorts are most affordable?

What if I want to bring family and kids?

Booking the right Sandals vacation in three steps



The 18 best-rated Sandals Resorts of 2024 - ranked.

Before we hand you the list of the 18 best-rated Sandals Resorts (we will get there!), it’s important to note that your idea of a dream vacation differs from someone else’s idea of a dream vacation.

The best-rated Sandals Resort is Sandals Dunn's River in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. 94% of nearly 1,000 reviewers rate this elegant boutique resort as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. However, this lively resort might not be the Sandals for you if you’re looking for quiet relaxation.

Ask yourself the question: what are you looking for in a dream vacation? Is it the beach, the swimming pool, the food, a lively atmosphere? Make your decision based on your specific needs and wants.


Methodology: We looked at the guest reviews of each Sandals Resort and calculated the percentage of ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ reviews. Expect this percentage to be somewhere between 75% and 94% - you’ll have a good time no matter which Sandals Resort you pick!



1. Sandals Dunn’s River

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Sandals Dunn's River is on Jamaica's north coast, near Ocho Rios. This resort features 260 rooms and suites, including the Coyaba Sky Swim-Up Rondoval Butler Suites with Private Pools. These sumptuous suites are the latest Sandals Resorts innovations, with open-air private rooftop patios, telescopes for stargazing, a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, and a private pool retreat accessible from your spacious bedroom. With such an all-encompassing suite, you might just be tempted to extend your vacation for a few more days!

Sandals Dunn's River has 12 restaurants and 9 bars, including a swim-up bar. This resort offers a wide range of high-quality amenities, including day and night entertainment and live shows, a selection of land and water sports and much more. In addition to that, in classic Sandals Resorts fashion, all tips, taxes, and gratuities are already covered, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the benefits of an all-inclusive getaway. One of the things we love most about a vacation at Sandals Dunn’s River is its close proximity to Dunn's River Falls, which is one of the best waterfalls in the Caribbean!

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2. Sandals Royal Plantation

Guests love this resort for its intimate and romantic atmosphere, attentive staff, and beach butlers. The resort is conveniently located near some of Jamaica’s most popular waterfalls: Dunn’s River Falls and the Ocho Rios Blue Hole. Guests of Sandals Royal Plantation can get a free ride to Sandals Ochi and make use of its amenities. This includes all of its 16 restaurants.

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3. Sandals Saint Vincent

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Sandals Saint Vincent, the newest addition to the Sandals portfolio, offers an unparalleled escape with its stunning natural beauty and luxurious amenities. Nestled in the heart of the Grenadines, this resort is perfect for those seeking an intimate and serene getaway. Guests are treated to pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical gardens. The resort features innovative overwater bungalows, private pools, and gourmet dining options that highlight local flavors. With its unique blend of opulence and natural splendor, Sandals Saint Vincent is set to become a highly sought-after destination for Caribbean escapes.

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4. Sandals Grenada

One of the newest Sandals Resorts, Sandals Grenada is loved for its beautiful resort grounds, great food options, and its private plunge pool suites. This is one of the best Sandals Resorts for scuba diving. The resort is located in - you guessed it - Grenada, a short drive from the airport.

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5. Sandals South Coast

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Also known as ‘Sexy South Coast’. Guests love the attentive staff, Jamaica’s largest swimming pool, the fantastic beach for long walks along the shore, and the Over-The-Water bar. Located in Jamaica.

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6. Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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The ‘Grande’ boasts a great beach with calm waters, a lively swimming pool, stunning views, and some of Sandals’ best food options. Guests of Sandals Grande St. Lucian can get a free ride to Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach and can make use of the amenities at all three resorts. This includes all restaurants. Located in Saint Lucia.

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7. Sandals Negril

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Located on Jamaica’s most beautiful beach: the famous Seven Mile beach. Guests love the calm waters, stunning sunsets, and the intimate atmosphere at this resort.

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8. Sandals Halcyon Beach

A true Garden of Eden with a stunning river pool, and intimate atmosphere, offering the authentic Caribbean experience. Guests of Sandals Halcyon Beach can get a free ride to Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Grande St. Lucian and make use of the amenities at all three resorts. This includes all restaurants. Located in Saint Lucia.

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9. Sandals Montego Bay

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Sandals’ flagship resort. This resort features a private white sand beach and great food options, and it is located on a short drive from the airport (spend less time traveling and more time on vacation). Guests of Sandals Montego Bay can get a free 5-minute ride to Sandals Royal Caribbean and make use of all the amenities at both resorts. This includes the restaurants. Located in Jamaica.

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10. Sandals Royal Caribbean

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Guests love the private offshore island with its phenomenal Thai restaurant and the intimate and romantic atmosphere at this resort. Guests of Sandals Royal Caribbean can get a free 5-minute ride to Sandals Montego Bay and make use of all the amenities at both resorts. This includes all restaurants. Located in Jamaica, a short drive from the airport.

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11. Sandals Regency La Toc

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Stunning views, a romantic atmosphere, and some of the best villa suites built on dramatic cliffs. Guests of Sandals Regency La Toc can get a free ride to Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Grande St. Lucian and make use of the amenities at all three resorts. This includes all restaurants. Located in Saint Lucia.

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12. Sandals Royal Curaçao

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One of Sandals’ newest and most modern resorts. Guests love the double infinity pool and the friendly staff. This is one of the best Sandals Resorts for scuba diving and snorkeling. Located near Willemstad, Curaçao.

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13. Sandals Ochi

Sandals’ most affordable resort, featuring 16 restaurants and the Caribbean’s first speakeasy bar (the Rabbit Hole). ‘Ochi’ is split into two sides: hillside and beachside, which are connected through ‘the Hop’ - an air-conditioned van bringing guests from one side to the other every 10 minutes. If you’re looking for a Butler Villa at one of Sandals’ most lively resorts, this is your pick. The resort is conveniently located near some of Jamaica’s most popular waterfalls: Dunn’s River Falls and the Ocho Rios Blue Hole.

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14. Sandals Barbados

Guests of Sandals Barbados have access to Sandals Royal Barbados, located next door. This includes all amenities and restaurants. This is the reason guests love this resort for the exact same reasons they love Sandals Royal Barbados: its stunning pools, great food options, and the rooftop bar.

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15. Sandals Emerald Bay

This is the Sandals Resort with the best beach. The blue waters are out of this world and the soft white sand makes it a great resort for long beach walks. Guests love the large swimming pool, the stunning golf course, and the resort’s proximity to the famous Swimming Pigs. Located in Great Exuma, The Bahamas, a short drive from the airport.

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16. Sandals Grande Antigua

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This beachfront resort is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Dickenson Bay. The soft white sand and the turquoise waters will make you feel like you’re stepping into a dream. Besides the beach, guests love the large swimming pool and the beautiful resort grounds. Located in Antigua, a short drive from the airport.

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17. Sandals Royal Bahamian

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Located on a short flight from U.S. shores, Sandals Royal Bahamian is great for both shorter and longer stays. This recently renovated resort gives guests access to a private offshore island, where great snorkel adventures await right off the beach. This is the best Sandals Resort for scuba diving. Located in Nassau, The Bahamas, a short drive from the airport.

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18. Sandals Royal Barbados

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This is one of the newest Sandals Resorts, featuring a stunning infinity pool, some of the best food options Sandals has on offer, a rooftop bar, and a bowling alley. Guests of Sandals Royal Barbados have access to Sandals Barbados, located next door. This includes all amenities and restaurants. This resort is located in Barbados, a short drive from the airport.

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Reviews are helpful when it comes to selecting the best resort. In terms of picking the best Sandals Resort, you’ll be happy to know that there’s hardly a way to go wrong. All Sandals Resorts go the extra mile to make sure guests have the time of their lives.




The best Sandals Resorts in Jamaica

Looking for your 'home away from home' in Jamaica?

The best-rated Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica are Sandals Dunn's River, Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals South Coast. The three resorts couldn't be more different! Sandals Dunn's River is one of Sandals newest resorts, Sandals Royal Plantation offers an intimate and quiet boutique experience, whereas Sandals South Coast is one of the larger Sandals properties, boasting the largest swimming pool on the island!

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Picture: At Sandals South Coast you can enjoy unique poolside experiences, including Jamaica's largest zero-entry pool, two Renaissance-style pools, and the Caribbean’s longest 17,000 sq.-ft. river pool.


If you're looking for the best beach in Jamaica, there's no doubt Sandals Negril on Seven Mile Beach is what you're looking for. This resort is more intimate than Sandals South Coast, although both are known for their laid-back atmosphere.

Flagship resort Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean are located in proximity to each other and guests of either resort can make use of the amenities of both resorts (including the 21 restaurants!).

Sandals Montego Bay is located on a long private white sand beach and often has a lively atmosphere. Sandals Royal Caribbean is more intimate and offers guests a private offshore island. Both resorts are located near the airport, which minimizes transfer time.

Last, but not least, Sandals Ochi offers its guests 16 restaurants and spectacular entertainment at the Caribbean's first speakeasy - no wonder you'll likely find a lively atmosphere at this resort!

Love to play some golf in Jamaica? Green fees are included in your stay! The Sandals Golf & Country Club is located near Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals Ochi.




The best Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a popular destination for Sandals couples, with the island boasting three amazing resorts. Of the three Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia, the best-rated and also biggest property is Sandals Grande St. Lucian. Sandals Grande St. Lucian is loved for its long beach and incredible views.

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Picture: An idyllic all-inclusive resort located on its very own peninsula, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is often described as the "closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard."


Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach are both popular in their own right, the latter considered to be a resort that is more intimate, laidback and “embraces the quintessential Caribbean”. On the other hand, Sandals Regency La Toc is known to have amazing views, incredible villa suites, and excellent butler service.

If budget plays a role, you'll find that the suites at Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach come at lower rates. If you are looking for a vibrant atmosphere and the best beach however, it is worth splurging on Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

With the three resorts being located close to each other, you can hardly go wrong. Stay at any of the Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia and get access to all three. This includes free transportation!

Expert tip: Trying to figure out the best Sandals resort in Saint Lucia for your vacation? Read up on the differences and similarities between these amazing properties, so you can pick the right one for you!




The best Sandals Resorts in The Bahamas

The Bahamas is not missing in action, and the popularity of the islands as the ultimate vacation destination adds to the love affair guests have with Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian.

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Picture: Sandals Royal Bahamian. Guests love the beautiful private offshore island (pictured) and the swim-up bar at the main pool.


Of the two Sandals resorts in the Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay is the largest and best-rated Sandals Resort with a Greg Norman-designed golf course, a stunning private beach, and an amazing spa. Sandals Royal Bahamian doesn’t fall too far behind, offering an authentic offshore island adventure and one of the best scuba diving experiences.


Also read: Sandals Royal Bahamian vs Sandals Emerald Bay: Which Sandals Resort In The Bahamas Is Best For You?


Normally you'll find Emerald Bay to have a more laid-back atmosphere, while you can expect a more lively atmosphere at Sandals Royal Bahamian.




The Sandals Resorts with the most beautiful beaches

Settle in on the white sand beach underneath a straw umbrella, listen to the calming sounds of the ocean, and sip on an ice-cold signature cocktail - life doesn't get much better than this!

All Sandals resorts are located on beautiful beaches, but the beaches of Sandals Emerald Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Negril, Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Montego Bay are among the best in the world.




1. Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, The Bahamas

You can't beat Exuma, when it comes to powdery white sand beaches, turquoise waters, wooden swings, and pure bliss! The water is so blue, you won't believe your own eyes! The beach at Sandals Emerald Bay is gorgeous, private and there's ample space to find a good spot.



2. Sandals Grande Antigua

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Hands down, Dickenson Bay is the best of Antigua’s 365 beaches. Expect soft white sand, tall palm trees, and turquoise waters. Sandals Grande Antigua got voted the Most Romantic Resort in the World for a reason!



3. Sandals Negril in Jamaica

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The expansive Seven Mile beach never disappoints. This is Jamaica's best beach. Expect calm turquoise waters and stunning sunsets. It’s the perfect spot for a long beach walk or a leisurely swim with a cocktail in hand!



4. Sandals Grande St Lucian in Saint Lucia

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Amazing views, calm waters, pristine shores, and lots to explore.



5. Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica

Private white sand beach with beautiful, calm turquoise waters. Don’t forget to visit the Over-The-Water bar for a cocktail or two!



If you don’t mind sharing your all-inclusive resort with families with kids, Beaches Turks & Caicos is not adults-only like Sandals, but the resort is located on the simply stunning Grace Bay beach.

This beach was voted the most beautiful beach in the world – hard to top!




The Sandals Resorts with the greatest swimming pools

Picture yourself relaxing at the pool sipping on a Piña Colada, somewhere in the Caribbean. This is the worry-free vacation Sandals guests have learned to love. Throw in some swim-up bars, excellent company, and some reggae music in the background to set the mood, and you'll never want to leave!

Now for the big question: which swimming pools found at Sandals are most loved by its guests? Although this list is not conclusive, you’ll find some of the most amazing Sandals pools at Sandals Royal Curacao, Sandals Halcyon Beach, Sandals Royal Barbados, Sandals Emerald Bay, Sandals South Coast and Sandals Ochi.

All of the pools below feature the iconic Sandals swim-up bar!



1. Sandals Royal Curaçao

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What’s better than an infinity pool looking out over the ocean? An infinity pool that’s overlooking the infinity pool that’s looking out over the ocean!



2. Sandals Halcyon Beach in Saint Lucia

Paradise Pool, “a treat for the senses” is the Caribbean’s longest swimming pool, clocking in at 600 feet. It was recently renovated and is a great quiet spot to kick back, sip on your cocktail and read a book.

Picture: Paradise Pool at Sandals Halcyon Beach in Saint Lucia. This river pool might not be known for its lively parties, but it is a great place to get away from it all!



3. Sandals Royal Barbados

The zero-entry, glass-edged infinity pool at this resort is the first of its kind for Sandals. This lively pool is one of 31 pools at Sandals Royal Barbados; that number includes a rooftop pool with a view that is second to none.

Picture: The infinity pool at Sandals Royal Barbados, looking out over the beach.

Picture: Sandals' first rooftop pool at Sandals Royal Barbados.



4. Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, The Bahamas

An award-winning beach resort in Great Exuma, The Bahamas, you’ll fall in love with the intricacy of the large beachfront pool that can be found at Sandals Emerald Bay. Expect zero entry and fire pits all around.

Picture: The zero-entry main pool at Sandals Emerald Bay.



5. Sandals South Coast in Jamaica

You won’t want to leave once you experience the beachfront pool at South Coast, complete with one of the most happening swim-up bars.

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Picture: Relax at the swim-up bar, located in the largest swimming pool of the island at Sandals South Coast.


Good to know: While Sandals South Coast may hold the current title for having the largest pool in the brand, it will soon be bumped down to second place! Jamaica's largest pool, located at the soon-to-open Sandal's Dunn's River, mimics the gentle flow of a river and is fed by the crisp water from surrounding natural streams.



Honorable mention: Sandals Grande St. Lucian

This lively beachfront zero-entry pool with a hot tub is worth a mention. The views from this pool are like a dream.




The Sandals Resorts with the best food options

A Caribbean experience can never be complete without experiencing the unique flavors of each island’s cuisine. Caribbean cuisine is heavily influenced by the history, culture, and lifestyles of the various territories, so no two islands are alike when it comes to food! Debating which island has the best cuisine may get you into trouble within some circles, but there is no doubt that there are some Sandals Resorts that foodies simply can’t get enough of.

You’ll find some of the best food at Sandals Resorts like the Sandals Resorts in Barbados, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Emerald Bay, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian.



1. The Sandals Resorts in Barbados

Guests of both Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados have access to a total of 20 restaurants since these resort properties are combined! This list includes guest favorites like Butch’s, Soy, Bombay Club, La Parisienne, Kimonos, and Café de Paris.

Picture: With a unique collection of intriguing, flavorful dishes, Bombay Club is the go-to place for scenic views, great times, and exotic fare.


2. Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica

Guests of Sandals Montego Bay have access to 21 restaurants: 12 on the property and 9 more at Sandals Royal Caribbean, which is a 5-minute drive away. Restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay include Butch’s, Soy, Cucina Romana, and Café de Paris. At the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean, you can dine at Bombay Club, Le Jardinier, and the Royal Thai restaurant on Sandals Royal Caribbean’s private offshore island.

Picture: Butch's Steak & Seafood serves up only the highest quality grain-fed Midwestern beef together with the finest fish and seafood.


3. Sandals Grenada

Sandals Grenada features 10 restaurants including the popular Butch’s, Soy, Le Jardinier, Kimonos, Cucina Romana, and Café de Paris. What more do you need?

Picture: Follow the tantalizing aroma of exotic spices and perfectly grilled delights to the majestic extravagance of Kimonos, a vibrant, restaurant that serves up the exotic cuisines of the Far East with an interactive twist.


4. Sandals Royal Bahamian / Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay in the Exumas offers 11 restaurants including Soy, Bombay Club, La Parisienne, Kimonos, and Café de Paris, while Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau has 10 restaurants inclusive of Butch’s, Soy, La Plume, Kimonos, and Gordon’s on the Pier Restaurant.

Picture: Located at the tip of the resort's pier surrounded by azure blue waters, Gordon's offers panoramic ocean views from a romantic seaside setting.


5. Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Saint Lucia

Guests of Sandals Grande St. Lucian have access to 12 restaurants on the property, including Soy, Bombay Club, Kimonos, Gordon’s on the Pier Restaurant, and Josephine’s Creperie. More dining options are available at the nearby Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach, which means you’ll have access to 27 restaurants total during your vacation.

Picture: The Mariner Seaside Bar & Grill is something special. A place where guests come for delicious, grilled food and a cold one, this beachside bar and grill doesn't disappoint.


Honorable mention: Sandals Ochi

Sandals Ochi, featuring 16 restaurants, offers the most restaurants located at one single Sandals Resort. Some of the popular options at this resort include Soy, Le Gourmand, Kimonos, and Kelly’s Dockside Restaurant.

Picture: Delicate flavors require careful preparation, so at Vista Gourmet, we treat fish and seafood with the respect it deserves.



Which Sandals Resorts feature waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing?

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Head on over to the water sports center and prepare for some waterskiing and tubing. You can enjoy these activities and more at the resorts listed below:

Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Negril
Sandals South Coast
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Sandals Halcyon Beach



Best Sandals Resorts for scuba diving

Scuba diving is one of the popular activities for guests traveling to the Caribbean. Guests of Sandals have a sweet deal in this regard, as the property offers free scuba diving trips as part of your stay, just as long as you’re PADI® certified. This includes professional equipment! Each guest can get a maximum of two tanks a day, depending on availability and the weather.

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If you are not yet PADI® certified, you can get your certification through the resort at an additional cost. Sandals knowledgeable scuba staff certified over 100,000 guests. With top-of-the-line and well-maintained equipment, you’ll be scuba diving fearlessly in no time!

Some of the best Sandals resorts for scuba diving include Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Grenada and the Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia and Barbados.



1. Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas

Sandals Royal Bahamian is often referred to as the best Sandals resort for scuba diving. You’ll see all kinds of marine life. The diving experience in The Bahamas is “out of this world” with an abundance of reefs and incredible sea life. Expect to see everything from tropical fish and sea turtles to stingrays, moray eels, crabs, and nurse sharks.



2. Sandals Royal Curaçao

Curaçao offers an abundance of scuba diving opportunities! Great visibility and calm, warm water make it easy for new and experienced divers to explore the vibrant coral reefs and interesting wrecks around the island. Many great dive sites can be accessed right from the shore, but a boat dive can certainly add to the excitement. Alice in Wonderland and the Mushroom Forest are two popular dive spots where you can expect to find a range of coral varieties and colorful marine species such as parrotfish, triggerfish, angelfish, porcupine fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and moray eels.



3. Sandals Grenada

Grenada is “an amazing place to dive”. You’ll find coral reefs that are full of life – this means you have plenty of chances to spot fishes of all varieties, turtles, octopus, nurse sharks, barracuda, and more. Coral reefs in Grenada are as “beautiful and vibrant” as the island itself. You’ll find a good mix of dive sites, and you can choose whether you prefer to dive and explore areas around shipwrecks or focus on reef life. While in Grenada, don’t miss the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park.



4. The Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia

The reefs in Saint Lucia are very much alive. Guests of the Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia love the “spectacular scuba diving” in this mountainous island country. Divers are likely to encounter creatures you wouldn’t normally encounter on a regular day, like eels, sea snakes, lobster and crabs, octopus, and all kinds of fish.



5. The Sandals Resorts in Barbados

The Sandals resorts in Barbados offer scuba divers a unique opportunity to explore shipwrecks in addition to spectacular views of the undersea. It’s a whole different world beneath the waves, and you’ll find that diving in Barbados is easy, relaxed, and fun. Among the sea creatures, you will spot along the way are turtles, octopuses, sea horses, batfish, eels, porcupine fish, and more.

At all Sandals resorts you can expect to have a great scuba dive experience, the ones listed above are the favorites amongst guests.




The best Sandals Resorts for golf

Put your best golfing game forward while in the Caribbean – Sandals offers many golf resorts where you can tee off in the perfect ambiance.

Find spectacular golf courses close to Sandals Emerald Bay, the Sandals Resorts in Ocho Rios (Sandals Ochi and Sandals Royal Plantation) and the Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia (Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Regency la Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach).


1. Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, the Bahamas

Sandals Emerald Bay features an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship course with breathtaking views. According to many guests, Sandals Emerald Bay is considered the best place to go for golf.

Find green fee information here.


2. Sandals Ochi and Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica

There’s an 18-hole resort-style course near Ocho Rios. Transfers are complimentary from Sandals Ochi and Sandals Royal Plantation, and green fees are included for all Sandals guests.


3. Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Saint Lucia

An 18-hole championship course is located about five minutes from the Sandals Grande St. Lucian resort at the Sandals Golf & Country Club in Cap Estate. Complimentary transfers are available from all Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia; the trip takes 25 minutes from Sandals Halcyon Beach and 35 minutes from Sandals Regency La Toc.


Insider Tip: Stay six nights or more and your green fees will be covered. You can book Private Golf Lessons (PGL) at an additional cost. Complimentary lessons are available on Tuesday and Wednesday.



Which Sandals Resorts have the best nightlife?

For couples who love to party and make new friends during their vacation, there are a few Sandals Resorts that stand out for their lively ambiance and social atmosphere.

Although it depends on the season and the guests, you will often find a vibrant atmosphere at Sandals Ochi, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Royal Bahamian.


Picture: Don't miss out on the Caribbean's first speakeasy bar at Sandals Ochi: the Rabbit Hole. Ask the staff for the secret password!

For active nightlife outside of the resorts, plan your vacation at Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay), Sandals Ochi, Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios), Sandals Negril (Negril), Sandals Grenada (St. George’s), Sandals Royal Bahamian (Nassau) or at the Sandals resorts in Barbados (St. Lawrence Gap).

Relax and sip on your favorite cocktail during the day, sing at the piano bar at the resort and go out when you’re in the mood for a party!

Visit during the months of December until April to find a lively atmosphere at the resorts and on the islands.




Which Sandals Resorts are best for younger / older couples?

Sandals Resorts are perfect for couples of all ages, especially those celebrating a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary. During your Sandals vacation, you can expect to meet couples from all over the world, of all age groups. There are some resorts that attract vacationers of a particular age group, and this varies according to your time of travel.

Resorts like Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Royal Plantation, and Sandals Halcyon Beach tend to attract a more mature crowd, while Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Ochi, and Sandals Royal Bahamian are known to pull a younger crowd.

All the other resorts fall somewhere in between but no matter where you go you’ll still find a diverse mix of age groups.


Expert tip: Ask yourself what kind of atmosphere you are looking for on your vacation in the Caribbean. Sandals Halcyon Beach, Sandals Emerald Bay, and Sandals Royal Plantation tend to have a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere. If you are looking for a party Sandals Ochi, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, and Sandals Royal Bahamian might be what you’re looking for!




Which Sandals Resorts have Over-The-Water Bungalows?

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Picture: Sandals South Coast features heart-shaped overwater bungalows.

Over-the-Water bungalows are among the more recent additions of Sandals, and they’ve added something truly special to the resort. If you don’t book well in advance, it can be a little challenging to book an Over-the-Water Bungalow as these room categories are incredibly popular.

Over-The-Water Bungalows include glass floors, Tranquility Soaking Tubs, and personalized butler service. The three Sandals Resorts you can find the deluxe Over-the-Water Bungalows are Sandals South Coast, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Grande St. Lucian.




Which Sandals Resorts have swim-up rooms?

Picture: Grab a bottle of bubbles out of the complimentary minibar and lounge out the pool, right in front of your suite! It's all possible with the swim-up rooms at Sandals Barbados.

There’s nothing quite like going for a romantic swim, right from the doorstep of your suite. Below you will find the full list of Sandals Resorts that offer swim-up rooms:

Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Sandals South Coast
Sandals Negril
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Sandals Halcyon Beach
Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Barbados
Sandals Grenada
Sandals Royal Curaçao

Have a look at some of the most incredible swim-up rooms to help yourself in making a final decision!


What are the newest Sandals resorts?

Looking for modern suites, luxurious lounges, decadent restaurant decor, and innovative infinity pools? The newest Sandals resorts mentioned below might be just what you’re looking for!

Sandals Royal Curaçao opened its doors in 2022, introducing Sandals’ first double infinity pool. Sandals Royal Bahamian in The Bahamas was completely renovated and reopened its doors in the same year.


The newly-opened Sandals Dunn's River: By harnessing Jamaica's best natural features - from meandering rivers to cascading waterfalls and picturesque beaches - Sandals Dunn's River in Ocho Rios embodies the spirit of this magical isle. The reimagined resort delivers unique, innovative features like beachfront skypool suites and the brand's first sky rondoval villas, complete with the romantic allure and passionate ambiance that Sandals guests love!


Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados opened in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Sandals Royal Barbados is the only Sandals Resort with a rooftop pool and bar, and its own bowling alley.

Picture: Sandals Royal Barbados opened its doors in 2017. Guests love its infinity pools, rooftop restaurant, bowling alley, and craft beer hall.


Sandals Grenada had its debut in 2014 and was introduced as the ‘Sandals of the future’ - it’s still living up to its promise to this day.



Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast all have undergone multi-million-dollar renovations in the past couple of years and don’t fall too far behind with their spanking new upgrades.




Which Sandals Resorts are most affordable?

Many couples plan their Sandals vacation well in advance, and most couples carefully budget for this. Looking for the Sandals resorts with the best deals? Keep an eye out for the best offers on the Sandals specials page. New offers are posted almost daily - especially the 7-7-7 deals are popular. Every Sandals resort will have some amazing deals from time to time.

Picture: Lounge at the swimming pool at Sandals Ochi and enjoy unlimited cocktails.

Generally speaking, Sandals Ochi has the lowest entry-level rates and is the most affordable Sandals Resort. This is the perfect resort if you're on a budget or simply like to stay a bit longer. Other budget-friendly Sandals Resorts include Sandals Negril, Sandals South Coast, Sandals Royal Caribbean (all in Jamaica) and Sandals Regency La Toc (Saint Lucia).

You’ll find that you have a greater advantage with prices if you book within the low season. This is when you might find Butler suites for Club level suite prices.

Typically, low season in the Caribbean is from June to November.




What if I want to bring family and kids?

While all Sandals Resorts are adults-only, Beaches Resorts (from the same founder) cater to families with children. Beaches Resorts are often referred to as “Sandals Resorts for families”, and at all three Beaches Resorts, you’ll find waterparks, Sesame Street characters, games rooms, fun activities for all ages and a nightclub for teens.

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You’ll even get to have some adult time as there are certified nannies and Kids’ Camps. All in all, Beaches Resorts offer the perfect family vacation, where there’s something for everyone.




Booking the right Sandals vacation in three easy steps

There you have it; all the reasons Sandals has won the hearts of guests from all over the world and continues to do just that. The above information should help you choose the right Sandals! Rest assured, no matter which resort you pick, you'll be in for an all-inclusive vacation of a lifetime.


Expert tip: See the three things guests love about…

Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Negril, Sandals South Coast, Sandals Ochi, Sandals Royal Plantation (all in Jamaica), Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Emerald Bay (Bahamas), Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Halcyon Beach (Saint Lucia), Sandals Grande Antigua (Antigua), Sandals Grenada (Grenada), Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados (Barbados).


If you’re still trying to decide, use the following three steps to select the perfect Sandals Resort for you:

  1. Narrow the list down with the help of the filter options on the resort overview page.
  2. Compare up to four Sandals Resorts using the ‘Compare resorts’ tab.
  3. Make the final decision, choose a room, and get ready for your five-star Sandals Caribbean getaway. Call us at 1-888-726-3257 if you need help.

Enjoy your Sandals vacation!




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Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

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.