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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island may be only 10 minutes away from the airport in Montego Bay but it is light years from your Montego Bay expectations. Sheltered from the city noise, Sandals Royal Caribbean delivers the Sandals experience you expect in an older resort that has been updated to include many of Sandals new luxury suites including the the most swim-up suites. Sandals Royal Caribbean even has a private off-shore island exclusively for guests with its own private beach, private pool, private cabanas, swim-up bar, a Thai restaurant for dinner, and new in 2013 a Red Lane Spa. You will be transported there in a private dragon boat.

 

Private island @ Sandals Royal Caribbean


ULTIMATE CRUISE  VACATION’s Sandals Royal Caribbean review from our most recent April 2013 inspection does not come without some qualifying factors. The resort is old. Some of the older rooms are small and dimly lit. The older section bathrooms are extremely small and very poorly lit. Sandals Royal Caribbean is typical of many Sandals resorts – it delivers that Sandals service and outstanding cuisine. And if you are chasing that Sandals dream as pictured in their beautiful brochures you need to step up to the plate and upgrade to one of the new modern luxury suite categories in either the Club Sandals Concierge level or better yet, the Butler Service to insure you will not be disappointed. Rooms in these categories are modern, updated, upgraded, graciously upscale, and loaded with amenities and unsurpased service.

Kensington Building & PoolThere are 15 different room categories out of the 197 total rooms. Be sure to read our full review for a complete list of all the amenities included with each room category. There are 5 a la carte restaurants for dinner; a couple of grills serving Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken and all of the other treats for lunch; plus 5 bars including the private island bar.

 


Beach section The beach is hit and miss. Some sections are fine, others are small. There is not a continuous stretch of consistent beach. It is enough to do the job. They do have really cool cabana beds available for $95 for the full 9-5 day, or $50 for a half day. The cost includes a server who will serve you what you desire, including lunch. Some of the cabanas are available on the private island as well as on the mainland.

2 chairs just for you on the Private IslandSpeaking of the private island, Sandals Cay is reserved exclusively for guests of Sandals Royal Caribbean. Jump on the exotic 40-foot dragon boat for a quick crossing to the Oriental-themed private island. Here you will discover a little bit of everything exotic, including a secluded section of beach reserved for topless sunbathing. There are a few of the optional shaded cabanas ($125 for the full day) which includes the full attention of a Cabana Concierge who serves you as you wish - cool drinks, lunch, you name it; a circular swimming pool with swim-up bar, a whirlpool, beach area, and Sandals famous exclusive Red Lane Spa services.

 

Come nighttime Sandals Cay becomes even cooler! Welcome to the exotic land of chic parties lit by tiki torches, blazing bonfires, plus the the sensational authentic Royal Thai restaurant.

As usual with Sandals there are a plethora of entertainment options. Seven nights a unique theme event is planned. There are special cocktail parties a few times each week, and loads of both land and water sports. In total there are 7 pools, 5 whirlpools and scuba diving instruction available. As always, Red Lane Spa is available for optional (additional cost) spa treatments.


Among other options available are Weddings, internet access, a resort gift shop and resort boutique, photo store, opportunities for specials dinners such as private candlelight dinners and in-room escapades. "Stay at 1 - Play at 3" exchange privileges are available with Sandals other two Montego Bay resorts, Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Carlyle, which gives you 19 a la carte Dine Around options with transportation included - all within 10 minutes. Each of the three Montego Bay based Sandals Resorts has their own personality and benefits. We do suggest you take advntage of the other resorts as they do have some excellent restaurants which expand your cuisine options, while Sandals Montego Bay has an expanded beach area and a different nightlife vibe - and the roundtrip transportation is included.

 

All-Inclusive Features

• 197 rooms and suites
• 7 pools and 5 Whirlpools
• Fully equipped Fitness Center
• 5 International a la carte restaurants, 5 bars, and 2 beachside bistro
• 24-Hour room service for Concierge & Butler Service guests
• SCUBA introductory lesson, snorkeling equipment and many other water sports
• Nightly entertainment including live music

• Exchange privileges with other Sandals nearby, including 10 additional restaurants

Additional Facilities & Features

• Adult-Only resort
• Red Lane Spa
• Tours available
• Conference space
• Cabana Rental: Special arrangements for cabana rental can be made through the Concierge Desk, which includes; specially trained cabana concierge, champagne or red & white wine, misting system or misting bottles with rose water, variety of sun tan lotions, igloo with a selection of beverages, unlimited food service, fruit basket, specially selected towels, his & her robes and lounge chairs with terry covers.

Meeting Facilities

Sandals Royal Caribbean has one conference room capable of accommodating between 24 (classroom style) and 48 (theatre style) people depending on the set-up. However, functions may be hosted in various restaurants and outdoors. Color TV, DVD/Video cassette recorder and LCD projector are available upon request.



Spa

As with all Sandals you have a Red Lane Spa. Here are some of the treatments available at Sandals Royal Caribbean.

 

Couples spa cabana @ Sandals Royal Caribbean

 

SIGNATURE SPA SEVICES

West Indian Massage

A Sandals exclusive featuring Caribbean techniques relaxing you mind and body Wake-Up & Smell The Coffee Wap Unique coffee-based formula used as anti-aging and anti-cellulite wrap

 

Salty Margarita Scrub

Red Lane Spa's signature salt and lemongrass scrubb exfoliates and clarifies your skin

 

In Each Other's Hand

Love and adventure unite in this ultimate therapy for two, when you and your partner learn the basics of massage, then return to your room with your own custom massage oil to practice what you learned on each other

 

Love Potion #9

This is a potent decadent spa day that includes nine distinctive indulgences to ensure you are pampered from head to toe

Plus many more.

 

MASSAGE THERAPY Specialties include: Tropical Bliss / Feet First / Sport Relief / Stone Massage / Discovery Lane Massage Sampler / Four-Handed Massage

 

BODY & BATH TREATMENTS

Island Bath

Customize your island bath with detoxifying saweed, tensin-relieving mineals, relaxing mud, or scented oils using formulatios created exclusively fr Red lane Spa.

 

Plus "Wrap"-sody / Water Lily Wrap / Caribbean Sea Wrap This spa also offers several various Facial treatments and typical salon services

Activities

Land Sports:
Volleyball                       Bocce Ball                                Lit Tennis Courts
Croquet                         Darts                                       Shuffleboard
Table Tennis                  Billiards/Pool Table                    Lawn Chess
Basketball                     Racquetball                               Horseshoes

 

Sailing and Kayaking @ Sandals Royal Caribbean

 

Water Sports:
Scuba diving                   Snorkeling                                Hobie Cats
Windsurfing                    Kayaking                                  Water Skiing
Aquatrikes                     Sail Boating                              Glass Bottom Boat

 

Private Island Pool & Swim-Up Bar

 

Fitness Center:
Air-conditioned and fully equipped fitness centers, plus both land and water aerobic classes.

 

Theme Nights:
Sundays: Island Explosion
Mondays: Collage: A Feast of the Senses
Tuesdays:       Cabaret Night
Wednesdays:  Royal Olympic Day & Guest and Staff Talent Show
Thursdays: Island Romance
Fridays: Jamaica Jamboree and Beach Party
Saturdays:      Cabaret Night

 

Cocktail Parties:
Monday:
Beringer Wine & Cheese Cocktail Party
Tuesday: Honeymooner’ Huddle Party
Wednesday: Sandals Select Guest Cocktail Party & Dinner
Thursday: Concierge Cocktail Party

Food/Drink

RESTAURANTS
Dinner served @ Royal ThaiFor your convenience, reservations are not required for most of the a la carte restaurants.
Dress Codes
Resort Casual – Dress shorts or jeans, swimwear must be covered, no bare feet.
Resort Evening Attire – Dress pants for men, shirts with sleeves and collar, dress shoes (closed toed).


Breakfast
Tea Room

Continental Breakfast. 4am – 7am.
Dress Code: Resort Casual

Regency Suite
Breakfast buffet with made to order omelets. 7:30am – 10:15am.
A la carte breakfast. 8:30am – 11am.
Dress Code: Resort Casual

Lunch
Regency Suite
Buffet style indoor and outdoor dining with daily specials. 12:30pm – 2:15pm.
Dress Code: Resort Casual

Sandals Cay (Jamaican Buffet)
Jamaica style buffet outdoor dining. 11am – 3pm.
Dress code: Resort Casual

Beach GrillAnytime Snacks / All Day Dining
Beach Grill
Daily specials, including Jamaica jerk chicken and beef patties. 10:30am – 6pm & 10pm – 3am.


Restaurants: 5
Regency Suite (International)

Features international cuisine on an a la carte basis, indoor or outdoor.
Dress Code: Resort Casual.

The Pavilion (Jamaican cuisine)
Jamaica cuisine in a tropical setting under the stars.
Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire.

Le Jardinier @ Sandals Royal CaribbeanLe Jardinier (French Cuisine)
French specialties in a courtyard setting near the lobby. This is a favorite of ours and we make a point to dine here even when we stay at a nearby Sandals Resort. Reservations Required
Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire.

 

 



Jay & Carol @ Royal Thai RestaurantRoyal Thai (Thai)
An authentic Thai dining experience on the private island. Guests need to be at the Water sports pier 15 minutes before seating for transport on the dragon boat.
Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire. Reservations Required

The Cricketers (English Pub)
Nice job of recreating an authentic English Pub dining experience.
Code: Resort Casual.

Room Service:
24-hour room service is available to all Suite Concierge level guests.

Dine Around Montego Bay:
Complimentary transfers with full exchange privileges to Sandals Inn and Sandals Montego Bay offer a total of 8 additional restaurants.


BARS: 5
Pool Bar till 5pm
Beach Bar till 6pm
Piano Bar till 1am
Island Bar till 5pm
The Cricketers Bar till 2am

Cocktail Parties:
Monday:
Beringer Wine & Cheese Cocktail Party
Tuesday: Honeymooner’ Huddle Party
Wednesday: Sandals Select Guest Cocktail Party & Dinner
Thursday: Concierge Cocktail Party

Accommodations

Guestrooms: 197 in 13 categories
All Accommodations
includes: air conditioning, king-size bed, ceiling fan, amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, safety deposit box, private bath and shower, clock radio, cable TV, coffee & tea maker, iron and ironing board, tile floors.

Caribbean Deluxe
Has a sitting area – no balcony or patio.
View: Partial Gardens
Location: Carisbrooke buildings

Caribbean Premium
Hardwood furniture and a mixture of views. Refrigerator with juices, water and soft drinks.
View: pool and Gardens
Location: 1st and 2nd floors of the Arundel block and a few in the Edinburgh building.

Royal Sanctuary Grande Luxe

Larger rooms with mahogany furnishings. These rooms have a patio or balcony.
View: Gardens
Location: Glamis block.

Caribbean Grande Luxe Poolside
Large room with mahogany furnishings, a larger bathroom with his and her vanities, and Jacuzzi tub; plus a balcony or patio. Refrigerator with juices, water and soft drinks. Access to the semi-private Caernarvon pool
View: pool and gardens
Location: 1st and 2nd floor of the Caernarvon block.

Beach Front Grande Luxe
Located on the beach with great views of the Caribbean Sea. Rooms have either a patio or balcony. Refrigerator with juices, water and soft drinks.
View: Beach & Ocean
Location: 1st & 2nd floor of the Balmoral and Sandringham block and the 2nd & 3rd floor of the Windsor block.


Club Sandals, Concierge Service
The Concierge Level includes the same inclusions as the above rooms plus: Room Service from 7:30am until 10pm; Free WiFi; extended sitting area; couples bathrobes; Dedicated Suite concierge Center open daily from 8am – 8pm with a dedicated Concierge to assist with requests including island tours, dinner reservations and more; Preferred check-in with chilled towel and champagne in the Concierge Lounge; Personalized welcome letter; In-Suite bar stocked with alcohol and an assortment of soft drinks; Weekly reception hosted by the concierge staff.

Beachfront Honeymoon Club Level Walkout Room
Royal Honeymoon Concierge Beachfront Walkout RoomThese rooms are ground floor rooms just steps from the beach and have mahogany furnishings and a four poster king size bed; are located on the beach with a patio that face the beach.
View: Beach, Ocean
Location: 1st floor of the Windsor & Balmoral block.

 


Kensington CoveHoneymoon Beachfront Club Level Room
These rooms are usually tucked away within lush foliage, have mahogany furnishings, four poster king sized beds, Jacuzzi tubs and view of the ocean. The bathrooms are large and elegant.
View: Beach, Ocean and/or pool
Location: 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor of the Kensington block.


Butler Level Service
Pretty much, your wish is their command. You will receive uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. You will be pampered throughout your stay from unpacking and packing your luggage – attending to your wardrobe – serving you on your balcony – and nearly anything else you can request. This is the ultimate indulgence.

Swim-Up Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite
Swim-Up Rive Suites @ Sandals Royal CaribbeanThese luxurious suites feature a large patio surrounded by lush vegetation that opens to a lazy river directly connected to your patio. Inside, the suites feature a four poster mahogany king size bed; luxurious bathrooms designed with marble and hand-cut mosaic tile accents, plus a whirlpool, his and her vanities, and flat screen TV.
View: Lazy River and Gardens.
Location: Ground floor of the St. James and Buckingham blocks.

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite
Pay attention to the name closely. These are River View Suites, meaning they are located on the second floor. You will overlook the River Suite below and have views of the gardens beyond and out to the ocean. All suites have a balcony.
View: River, Ocean and Gardens
Location: 2nd floor of the Buckingham block.

 

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Oceanview Butler Suite
These butler suites feature large balconies that overlook the gardens and have views of the ocean beyond. Expect to enjoy a little more privacy in this area of the resort. All suites have a balcony.
View: Ocean, Gardens & Crystal Lagoon
Location: 2nd floor of the Buckingham block.

 

Royal Sanctuary One Bedroom Butler Suite
Located directly on the shoreline these elegant one bedroom suites have a full bedroom with King bed and a separate Living Room, both with Plasma TV's. These suites all have a patio or balcony with views of the East Pool and some have partial ocean views.
View: East Pool and some with partial ocean veiws
Location: Balmoral Building.


Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Stairway
These are terrific one bedroom suites which feature a large living room complete with a 42” plasma TV, separate bedroom with it own 42” plasma TV, mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower. These suites also feature a large balcony which overlooks the lazy river one level below and a private stairway that leads directly to the lazy river.
View: Lazy River, Gardens.
Location: 2nd floor of the Clarence block.

 

Royal Sanctuary Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite
These beachfront butler suites are extremely popular with their prime position on the white sand beach. These terrific one bedroom suites feature a large living room complete with a 42” plasma TV, separate bedroom with it own 42” plasma TV, mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, and walk-in shower. These suites also feature a large balcony or patio with views of either the ocean and some with pool views also.
View: Ocean and/or pool.

Swim-Up Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite
Swim-Up SuitesFantastic ultra-spacious one bedroom suites that feature zero-entry access to the lazy river pool directly from the large patio. Inside, the suites offer a large living area with 42” plasma TV, separate bedroom with a 37” plasma TV, mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower.
View: Lazy River, Gardens
Location: Ground floor of the Clarence block.

Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Penthouse Ocean View One Bedroom Butler Suite
These third floor one bedroom suites have the same amenities as those on the first two floors: a large living area with 42” plasma TV, separate bedroom with a 37” plasma TV, mahogany furnishings, tiled floors, whirlpool bath and walk-in shower. They overlook the lazy river pool and also have beautiful ocean views beyond the rooftops of lower buildings before the beach. They also feature some new technology with a red light/green light system at the front door to alert service if it is okay to enter or not. Of course you are in charge of that decision.
View: Swim-up pool below, Ocean
Location: 3rd floor of Clarence block.

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