Hotel Review: Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort

Hotel Review: Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort

Give your client the Caribbean vacation they deserve at the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island By: Ashley Burnett
<p>Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort &amp; Private Island’s Butler Suites now feature an outdoor soaking tub. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts</p><p>Feature...

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island’s Butler Suites now feature an outdoor soaking tub. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Feature image (above): With Sandals Royal Caribbean’s butler service, clients can have a private dinner on their balcony or the beach. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts


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With the Butler Suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica, clients can have exactly that. Or breakfast on the beach. Or a private dance lesson. Whatever a guest can dream up, an assigned room butler will take care of it. These butlers will stop in for turndown service and drop off a daily afternoon snack, but they’re also on-call for any assistance a client might require, such as arranging a transfer to the airport or printing a boarding pass.

But a personal butler isn’t the only reason to check out Sandals Royal Caribbean (though it is a big draw). Many of the all-inclusive resort’s suites have undergone renovation and now sport additions such as soaking tubs on the balcony, refurbished bathrooms and new interiors. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a tranquil bath outdoors during a balmy Jamaican night. 

The rest of the hotel has the same charming feel of fellow Sandals resorts. Once I stepped inside Sandals Royal Caribbean, I felt like I had entered a different world — one where someone immediately offered me a cold towel and a drink after my long flight. (That is a world I could get used to.)

The architecture is British-inspired, with meticulous gardens and peacocks roaming the grounds. At The Cricketer’s Pub, visitors can dine on hot wings (with jerk sauce, naturally) and enjoy watching a game. At times, it didn’t even feel like I was at a hotel at all, but instead at an ultra-luxe small village that just happens to a boast a cocktail bar and dining options such as The Regency, which is decked out in 19th-century British style and features jerk snapper filet and an amazing mahi mahi dishes, among others. Even the poolside dining options, such as pizza from Bella Napoli, are terrific.

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After revamping its rooms, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island is back and ready to provide clients with the trip of their dreams. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

After revamping its rooms, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island is back and ready to provide clients with the trip of their dreams. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Having a private dinner on the balcony is possible with the resort’s butler service. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Having a private dinner on the balcony is possible with the resort’s butler service. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Butler Suites were recently refurbished and now sport all new interiors and updated bathrooms. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Butler Suites were recently refurbished and now sport all new interiors and updated bathrooms. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Having breakfast on the beach or in the gazebo are popular choices for guests at Sandals. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Having breakfast on the beach or in the gazebo are popular choices for guests at Sandals. // © 2015 Sandals Resorts

Oh, and did I mention that the resort has its own private island?

Guests can visit the private island whenever they would like; a boat is almost always available to take them straight there so they can take a dip in the ocean or start sunbathing on the white sand. Every week, the island also plays host to a themed party, with a tricked-out buffet as well as acrobats, fire eaters and limbo dancers — or combinations of all three. When I visited, the hotel was hosting a White Party. A DJ spun tunes while acrobats twisted above him and revelers danced on a floating platform.

For those looking to recover from partying, the resort’s Red Lane Spa will fix up travelers with massages and other spa services. I suggest requesting an outdoor massage in the special cabana. 

If you can think it up, you can probably request it at Sandals Royal Caribbean. While staying at the resort, I saw several couples having a private candlelit dinner on the gazebo overlooking the water — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg with Sandals. 

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