Sandals Royal Caribbean – Review and Guide for 2022 & 2023

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Sandals Royal Caribbean offers a mix of culture from Bali to Britain. Enjoy its plush rooms, manicured gardens and beautiful roaming peacocks. With its own private offshore island just a couple minutes boat ride away, you won’t find luxury like this anywhere else in Jamaica. 

Home to the Over-The Water Bungalows, Sandals Royal Caribbean offers a luxurious adults only experience you won’t regret. With Sandals Montego Bay just a few minutes away, you can take advantage of stay at 1, play at 2 privileges, enjoying the restaurants with included transfers to and from each resort, making it super easy. 

About Sandals Royal Caribbean

Where is Sandals Royal Caribbean?

You will find the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. More specifically, you can find the resort located at Mahoe Close, just under 15 minutes drive from the airport. 

Getting to Sandals Royal Caribbean 

To get to Sandals Royal Caribbean, you fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. If you are arriving from the southeastern United States, you should be able to fly in in less than 3 hours. When you get to the airport, after immigration and customs, you make your way to the Sandals desk/lounge. Here you can enjoy refreshments while you wait to board your included transfer to the resort. The resort is just under 15 minutes away.  

Best Time to Visit Sandals Royal Caribbean

The best time to visit Sandals Royal when it comes to weather is during the beginning of winter, which runs from November to the middle of December. Temperatures during this time average out at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

During peak season, you will find crowds. If you don’t mind that, this is also a great time to visit Jamaica. This season runs from the middle of December to the middle of April. If you want to travel at a more affordable rate, you should consider booking outside of Peak season. You will find lower room rates and more availability. 

Keep in mind that the hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The months most likely to have storms based on historical data are September and October, so you may want to avoid those two. 

Another tip for booking if you are looking to visit at the most affordable time is to book as far out as possible.

What’s Included at Sandals Royal Caribbean?

Sandals Royal Caribbean, like the rest of the Sandals chain, offers guests a luxury included experience. What this means is an all inclusive experience, second to no other resort on the planet. Here at Sandals Royal Caribbean, you can enjoy

  • Unlimited fine dining at 9 different restaurants 
  • Daily meal options and snacks anytime 
  • Premium liquors 
  • Each room comes with a stocked bar
  • Roundtrip airport transfers 
  • All gratuities, taxes and tips
  • Butler and Club Elite guests receive BMW private airport transfers
  • Snorkeling with all equipment 
  • PADI-certified Scuba diving with all equipment 
  • Water sports 
  • Water sports lessons/instructions 
  • Pool Tables 
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bocce Ball 
  • Unlimited land sports 
  • State of the art fitness center
  • Entertainment both day and night 
  • Exchange privileges with Sandals Montego Bay with roundtrip shuttles
  • Free wedding with stays more than 3 nights in length. 

Pros and Cons of Sandals Royal Caribbean

Pros

  • Private Island 
  • Adults only resort 
  • Swim up suites
  • Overwater bungalows
  • Roms with Butler service 
  • Views of the Caribbean from pools and whirlpools
  • A variety of on-site restaurants, so your palate never gets bored
  • Premium alcohol at all bars
  • Free watersports included with all necessary equipment and gear
  • Free scuba diving for certified individuals
  • Daily entertainment
  • Free transfers to the Sandals Montego Bay Resort for exchange privileges
  • Free airport transfers
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Some complaints of noise from entertainment and airport
  • Beaches are a bit small, and beachfront cabanas cost extra
  • Some rooms are small and lack balconies
  • Some units have shower/tub combos only
  • Room service is only free for certain room categories
  • Complaints of vendors on kayaks

What To Do at Sandals Royal Caribbean

One thing you will find the first time you step foot on the Sandals Royal Caribbean property is warm Jamaican hospitality. This resort is one of two to have its own private island, the other is Sandals Royal Bahamian. The private island here is kept exclusively for guest use and is one of the more luxurious selling points of this hotel. 

The private island is just a couple hundred yards from the main beach on the resort. There is a ferry that brings guests back and forth to and from the island. On the island, you will find a pool, restaurant and bar, as well as many spots on which you can relax. If you are of the more adventurous side, you can visit the clothing optional beach facing the Caribbean Sea. This section of the island is secluded, with a grove of trees offering privacy.  

All food and drink is included, excepting some options for wine. In addition to all the options on resort, you also have the option to stay at one and dine at two, which makes this resort a special one. 

Restaurants at Sandals Royal Caribbean

There are nine restaurants housed on the property of Sandals Royal Caribbean, and there are options to dine at the other restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay. Let’s get into the options you will find here on the resort. 

Royal Thai 

Royal Thai is located on the private island. The dress code for the restaurant is casual, but reservations are required. Dinner time runs from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Le Jardinier 

Here you will find a restaurant in a romantic garden courtyard serving authentic French cuisine. Reservations are required, and the dress code is Resort Evening Attire. You can make your reservation for dinner between the hours of 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Cricketers Pub 

Here you can find authentic English fare in a traditional English pub. The dress code for this restaurant is resort casual, and you don’t need a reservation. Meals are served between the hours of 4:00 pm and 2:00 am. 

Bella Napoli Pizzeria

Here you will find great tasting pizzas that are made fresh to order. The dress code is resort casual, and no reservations are required.  Bella Napoli is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

The Mariner 

Here you will find food served just a couple steps away from the Caribbean Sea. The dress code for this restaurant is resort casual, and there is no need for reservations. This restaurant is open to serve you between the hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

The Jerk Shack 

Here you can find a snack right here on the beachfront on the Sandals Island. The dress code is resort casual, and reservations are not required. The opening hours at the Jerk Shack are from 12:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Spices

Enjoy Pan-Caribbean Favorites at Spices, where you can wear resort casual attire and aren’t required to make reservations. This is the main restaurant serving breakfast between the hours of 7:30 am and 10:30 am. Lunch is served between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm, with dinner being served between the hours of 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

Bombay

Bombay offers aromatic Indian fare that will captivate your senses. You can have breakfast here between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Dinnertime runs between 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm. And you can wear your resort casual attire to dine. Please note that you must make dinner reservations here. La Tavola 

Here you will find Italian cuisine at its finest. No reservations are required, and you can dine in your resort casual attire. Enjoy dinner at La Tavola between the hours of 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. 

Pools at Sandals Royal Caribbean

There are 7 swimming pools and 5 whirlpools here on the property. Swimming pools are scattered evenly across the property. Each pool deck has an array of umbrellas and lounge chairs for your comfort. Included in the pool lineup are the following pools:

  1. The Crystal Lagoon Pool 
  2. South Pool 
  3. Main pool 
  4. Sandals Island Pool 
  5. East Pool 

Bars at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Enjoy something to drink at any of the following bars on property: 

  1. The Cricketers Pub 
  2. Main Pool Swim up Bar
  3. Piano Bar 
  4. The Mariner Seaside Bar
  5. Sandals Island Pool Swim up Bar

Activities at Sandals Royal Caribbean 

You will enjoy the ability to visit the other resorts in Montego Bay and enjoy their food and entertainment with no official schedule. Sandals provide transportation to the other resort, therefore you won’t have to worry about getting to and from the resort.  

You should definitely make your way over to the Private Island while staying at Sandals Royal Caribbean. The private island here offers its own entertainment in the form of a pool with a swim up bar, beach and restaurant serving dinner. During the day, you can enjoy a snack from the Jerk Shack. 

There are a number of water sports you can enjoy, all included and all unlimited, weather permitting. You enjoy

  • Sailboats 
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaks
  • Hobie Cats
  • Paddle Boarding 
  • Padi Certified individuals can enjoy Scuba Diving

Then there are additional ways to enjoy yourself on land. Choose from the following: 

  • Table Tennis 
  • Day or Night tennis
  • Board Games
  • Shuffleboards 
  • Fitness center
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Pool/Billiards 

You can access the fitness center 24/7 with your room access card. Food and drink can always be found somewhere on the property, no matter the time of day. Plus the option to visit the other Montego Bay Sandals property to dine or enjoy their planned entertainment. 

In addition to the included options mentioned above, there are a number of options that come at an extra charge. These include:

Cabanas

You will find these scattered along the beaches of the resort. They are nice covered areas where you can relax for your day. They do come at a daily rate, though, so if you want their privacy and shelter while on the beach, you will need to pay extra. 

The Red Lane Spa

You will find this at every Sandals and Beaches property. Here they offer a number of treatments, and you can even opt to get a private massage along the beach for you or for you and your partner.   

FAQ

Is Sandals Royal Caribbean on a private beach?

The Sandals private island does boast a private beach. The beach to the back side of the island offers swimmers a clothing optional experience due to its privacy. Here you get to enjoy never-ending views of the Caribbean sea. On the mainland, you may find passing locals out in the water in their small boats, but they won’t come onto the land.

What airport do you fly into for Sandals Royal Caribbean?

To get to Sandals Royal Caribbean, you fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

Are there two Sandals in Montego Bay?

There are two Sandals in Montego Bay, these include the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and the Sandals Montego Bay Resort. 

How Far Apart are the Sandals in Montego Bay?

You find the two Sandals property found in Montego Bay, Jamaica, an approximate 10 minute drive away from each other. 

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Bevony is a content writer for EpicCaribbean.com. She has an ongoing curiosity to learn new things that is satisfied by her writing career. As a nature lover, when she isn't writing or doing mom duties, she can be found enjoying the outdoors on her beautiful island of Jamaica.

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