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Butler Service
Sandals unprecedented resort Butler Service, trained by The Guild of Professional English Butlers, and only available in the very highest level of suites, provides guests with an unimaginably supreme standard of service and luxury, where your every need is anticipated and also includes Club Sandals Concierge.
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Club Sandals Concierge
offers additional arrival & personalized staff services, concierge lounge amenities, and other additional inclusions. Enjoy complimentary bar in your room restocked daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, and room service 7:30am-10pm (except Sandals Halcyon).
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All Rooms & Suites
air conditioning, luxurious firnishings, solid mahogany king size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, refrigerator with soft drinks & bottle water. Hair dryer, telephone, iron & ironing board, bath & shower, digital in-room safe, Bellman service, clock radio, flat-screened LED TV with cable, and coffee maker with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

Resort Highlights:
  • Situated on 100-acres of lush hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea
  • 524 Villas, luxury rooms and suites with fantastic mountain and ocean views
  • 94 pools, 22 hot tubs
  • A choice of 15 dining options
  • Two luxurious Red Lane Spas with tropical Solarium
  • Complimentary greens fees and transfers at the Sandals Golf & Country Club 18-hole course
  • Caribbean's largest rock climbing wall
  • Over 5,000 feet of first class meeting & conference facilities

Sandals Grande Riviera

Sometimes referred as the "Garden of Eden", Sandals Grande Riviera (previously Sandals Grande Ocho Rios) is a large and spread out resort featuring lush gardens along with both views of the ocean and St Ann Mountains. Two resorts in one - the Riviera Seaside section runs along the ocean and the Great House section (also known as the Manor House) scatters into the hillside and is located across the road. In addition to featuring some of the least expensive rooms within the Sandals brand, Grande Riviera is also located very close to some of Jamaica's most popular attractions including Dunn's River Falls. Grande Riviera also serves as the primary Sandals golf destination in Jamaica featuring an 18-hole championship golf course. Unique accommodations to Grande Riviera are the 93 hillside villas each with a pool. Although you will find superior beaches at other Sandals resorts, the newly constructed Riviera Beach Club and expanded beach area is a significant improvement.
Sandals Grande Riviera (Official Website)

Location - The resort is located along the Jamaica northern coast approx 1.5 hours from the Montego Bay airport. Located near Ocho Rios which serves as a primary cruise port offering shopping and area attractions.

Atmosphere - Grande Riviera is often thought of the Sandals Resort that has a little bit of everything - from its beach club to lush gardens to mountain retreat and everything in between. It is a fun and lively resort with something always going on, although the resort may be too overwhelming for some to fully enjoy due to its large size. Nightly main event entertainment often draws large crowds as it is a large resort with over 500 rooms. However, its large number of restaurants and facilities ensures plenty of room for enjoyment by all. We typically recommend this resort to younger customers who have the ability and desire to take full advantage of the resort's offerings. However, there are also certain situations where particular travelers are perfectly satisfied spending their entire vacation within a confined area of the resort such as the Manor House pool area without ever traveling to the Riviera section.

Layout & Design - 529 rooms & suites spread out over 100 acres and two main resort sections, the Riviera seaside section is flat land with the large 5-floor Riviera Building overlooking the ocean along with the 4-story Bamboo Grove building and a series of 2-story cottages scattered through the garden areas. The Riviera section connects across the road to the Great House section by shuttle transfer (many uninformed arriving guests do not realize the resort is split in two sections or believe they can walk between sections). The Great House section is centered on the multiple story Manor House (accommodations are only on top floor) which overlooks the main pool and contains several restaurants. The Great House section is much hillier as it scatters up into the hillside where numerous villas with pools are located. Both sections feature several restaurants and the entire resort is fully available to all guests.

Dining

Sandals Grande Riviera features 15 restaurants - 10 on the Riviera side and 5 within the Great House mountain side. 24-hour room service available for all butler level guests, room service 7am-10pm for club level concierge categories.

  • Bayside Restaurant (International - Riviera) Sample Menu - primary restaurant in Riviera section located next to lobby and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner overlooking the sea. Indoor and outdoor seating available. No reservations, non-smoking, resort casual attire. Breakfast buffet 7-11am, lunch buffet 12:30-2:15pm. Dinner 6:30-9:30pm (closed Mon & Tue).
  • Valentino's (Italian - Riviera) Sample Menu - A la carte Tuscany & Northern Italy cuisine. Indoor dining with panoramic views of the sea. Resort evening attire, non-smoking, no reservations. Dinner 5:30-9pm (closed Mon & Wed)
  • Reef Terrace (Caribbean - Riviera) Sample Menu - Caribbean a la carte with candlelit tables-for-two outdoors in a romantic courtyard setting under the stars. Resort casual, non-smoking, no reservations. Dinner 6-10:15pm (closed Mondays).
  • Kimono's (Teppanyaki - Riviera) Sample Menu - Teppanyaki style Japanese with dishes prepared at the table. Resort evening attire, non-smoking, reservations required. Dinner 6-9:30pm (closed Fridays).
  • Neptune's (Mediterranean - Riviera) Sample Menu - Open-air beach dining featuring a la carte Mediterranean seafood dishes. Resort casual, no reservations. Dinner 6:30-10pm (closed Fridays).
  • Kelly's Dockside (International - Riviera) Sample Menu - Elegant a la carte open-air dining located directly on the ocean pier. Resort evening attire, non-smoking, reservations required. Dinner 5:30-9pm.
  • Soy (Sushi - Riviera) Sample Menu - Indoor air-conditioned sushi bar located adjacent to Kimonos. Resort casual, no reservations. Daily 4-9:30pm.
  • The Mariner (Beach Grill - Riviera) Sample Menu - Jerk pork & chicken, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Non-smoking, no reservations. Daily 11am-6pm.
  • Bella Napoli Pizzeria (Pizza - Riviera) Sample Menu - Made-to-order wood oven pizza. Non-smoking, no reservations. Daily 11am-6pm.
  • Beach Bistro (Beach Grill - Riviera) Sample Menu - Popular lunch grilled items and late night snacks. Non-smoking, no reservations. Daily 10am-5:30pm and 10pm-3am.
  • Sabrina's Marketplace (International - Great House) Sample Menu - primary restaurant in Great House section overlooking the pool. Indoor and outdoor seating available. No reservations, non-smoking, resort casual attire. Breakfast buffet 7-11am, lunch buffet 12:30-2:15pm. Dinner 6:30-9:30pm (closed Mon & Fri).
  • Manor House (Caribbean - Great House) Sample Menu - Caribbean a la carte dining with both indoor & outdoor seating. Resort casual, non-smoking, no reservations. Dinner 6-10:15pm (closed Fridays).
  • China Doll (Chinese - Great House) Sample Menu - Chinese and exotic dishes of the orient. Resort evening attire, non-smoking, no reservations. Dinner 5:30-9pm (closed Fridays).
  • Dino's Pizzeria (Pizza - Great House) Sample Menu - Gourmet wood-oven pizza in outdoor setting. Resort casual, non-smoking, no reservations. Daily 11am-9pm.
  • Great House Cafe (Pool Grill - Great House) Sample Menu - Outdoor setting with favorite Jamaican specialties, light lunch items, and late night snacks. Non-smoking, no reservations. Daily 10am-6pm and 10pm-3am.

Restaurant Descriptions (Sandals Website)

Bars

  • Jaime's Sports Bar - Riviera - 10am-7pm
  • Ms Ethel's Piano Bar - Riviera - 6pm-2am
  • Sundowner Bar - Riviera - 12:30pm-12am
  • Swim-up Bar - Riviera - 10am-6pm
  • Kimono's Bar - Riviera - 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Beach Club Swim-up Bar - Riviera - 10am-5pm
  • Great House Swim-up Bar - Great House- 10am-7pm
  • Nicole's Disco Bar - Great House- 10pm-2am
  • The Polo Lounge - Great House- 10am-2am

Parties & Entertainment:

  • Welcome Cocktail Party - Mondays
  • Street Jamboree - Mondays
  • Island Day & Reggae Night - Tuesdays
  • Sandals Select Cocktail Party & Dinner - Tuesdays
  • Butler & Concierge Cocktail & Honeymooners Party - Wednesdays
  • Hot White "Choc it up" Night - Wednesdays
  • Late Night Chocolate Buffer - Wednesdays
  • Guest & Staff Talent Show - Thursdays
  • Jamaica Day & Boonoonoonoos Beach BBQ & Party - Fridays
  • Caribbean Pana-rhythm - Saturdays
  • Island Romance and Lovers Game Show - Sundays

Amphitheatre with live bands, cabaret shows, cultural shows. High Mountain Ballroom, Jaime's Sports Bar featuring karaoke (Wed), Miss Ethel's Piano Bar sing-a-longs, Nicole's Disco (Tues, Wed, Fri), Polo Lounge sing-a-long nightly.

Activities

6 main pools including 4 Riviera section pools which also includes the pool in the newly constructed Riviera Beach Club, and 2 Great House section pools. 5 whirlpools, 80 villa pools, and a dedicated scuba pool. The resort's beach extends the length of the resort to the north. Red Lane Spa ($) located in both Great House and Riviera sections featuring full array of services. Two Air-conditioned and fully equipped fitness centers - one in each section. Scuba dive & snorkeling boats, glass bottom boat, and full range of water sports. Resort scuba certification & PADI or NAUI Dive certification available at additional cost. Rock-climbing wall (30'x30') located in Great House section. 4 Day/night tennis courts and other land activities available such as beach volleyball, pool tables, and shuffleboard. Complimentary golf and transfers at the nearby 18-hole par 71 Sandals Golf & Country Club (Caddies mandatory $). Full schedule of activities throughout the week. Gift & retail shops located on property.

Activity descriptions (Sandals Website)

Accommodations

524 villas, rooms, and suites among 28 categories located with the Riviera seaside, Great House main building (aka Manor House Bldg), and Great House hillside villa sections. All accommodations with luxurious mahogany furnishings, king size bed, TV, and standard Sandals room inclusions including stocked refrigerator. All butler and club level concierge units include complimentary Wi-Fi and in-suite bar.

General guideline for which section to stay is as follows: If you like spending a good amount of time at the beach, choose the Riviera Seaside section. If you prefer the pool, choose the Great House section as it has the largest and most traditional pool area. If you like the overall atmosphere of the resort but want your accommodations in a more secluded area, choose the hillside villas within the Manor House section.
Room descriptions (Sandals Website)

Hillside Villa Butler Village Suites Exterior Photos | Suite Photos

80 Villas, each with a pool, scattered in the hills on the Great House section of the resort. Majority of the villas have 4 accommodations with each sharing the pool. Only the top of the line Romeo & Juliet Villas have a total private villa and pool. Note that up to 4 couples traveling together can request 4 units in same villa, however this is based on availability and the correct categories must be selected.

Guests in the Hillside Villa primarily use the Great House section for dining/activities and either walk or are driven to the main Manor House building by golf cart type transports with pickup stations throughout the Hillside area. To get to the Riviera beach section, Hillside guests would join the Manor House guests for the bus shuttle ride takes everybody across the main road.

The hillside villas are recommended for those who prefer more remote accommodations, like the idea of having a private or semi-private villa pool, and don't mind the additional transfers to the main resort area. Villas 1-5 are the closest hillside villas (Villa 5 is the absolute closest) to the Manor House and are within easy walking distance (although steps are involved for most units).

All hillside villa accommodations include butler, concierge, and 24-hour room service. Top 9 categories are 1BR suites, remaining 3 are combined bedroom and lounge area. Every (G1) category has a connecting (PV) category in the same villa.

  • (RJ) Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Sanctuary One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool - Enter thru private courtyard into 1200 sq ft suite with luxurious bedroom with 4-poster king size bed. Bathroom with double vanity & sunken bath. Separate living room with kitchenette, plasma TV's, stocked bar. Courtyard has private pool & hot tub overlooking hand drawn murals. Garden and private pool views. Villa 1st floor. 14 units.
  • (HGP) Butler Village Honeymoon Oceanview One Bedroom Poolside Villa Suite - sits on highest point of the resort and features sensational panoramic 180-degree views over the ocean and gardens. Luxurious bedroom and separate living room area with stocked bar. 2 plasma TV's, private patio or verandah leading to shared villa deck and pool. Ocean and garden views. Villa floors 1 or 2.
  • (GP) Butler Village Oceanview One Bedroom Poolside Villa Suite - exactly same as (HGP)
  • (G1) Butler Village One Bedroom Poolside Villa Estate Suite - 2nd largest villa suites in size next to the RJ category featuring large bedroom and living room. Plasma TV and stocked bar. French doors lead to private verandah steps away from shared villa pool. All G1 suites have an adjoining PV category on the same floor.  Ocean and garden views. Villa floors 1 or 2.
  • (HV) Butler Village Honeymoon Oceanview One Bedroom Poolside Villa Suite - expansive bedroom and living room featuring dark wood furniture and terracotta floors, plasma TV's, separate bar area, oversized private balcony, steps away from shared villa pool. Situated in the garden areas with both Ocean and garden views. Villa 2nd floor.
  • (HV1) Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside One Bedroom Villa Suite - Suite is very similar interior to the (HV) category but with garden views only. Villa floors 1 or 2.
  • (V1) Butler Village Poolside One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite - exactly same as (HV1).
  • (HPS) Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside Villa Suite - contemporary interiors with hardwood finishings and terracotta tiled floors. Combined bedroom and living room area with adjoining bar room, marble bathroom. Private verandah leads to shared villa pool. Garden views. Villa 1st floor.
  • (PS) Butler Village Poolside Villas Suite - exactly same as (HPS)
  • (PV) Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside Villa Room - Bedroom with lounge sitting area Marble bathroom and French doors which lead to private verandah and shared villa pool. Garden views. All PV suites have an adjoining G1 category on the same floor. Villa floors 1 or 2.

Great House (Manor House) Photos

The Manor House is the primary building of the Great House section of the resort. It overlooks the main pool along with some oceanview rooms. The Manor House suite/rooms are located on the top floor and above the Great House section restaurants, ballrooms, and lobby area. 1BR suites with concierge service have garden views. Standard rooms are split between ocean and garden view rooms. These accommodations are recommended for guests who prefer to be located near the resort's main pool.

  • (M1) Great House One Bedroom Butler Suite - Separate living room and bedroom, mahogany furnishings, parquet tiled floors, 2 plasma TV's, large balcony, garden views. Butler, concierge, and 24-hour room service. Floor 2.
  • (MO) Great House Ocean View Room - Features mahogany furnishings and hardwood floors, overlooks the ocean and pool area, private balcony. Floor 2.
  • (ML) Great House Luxury Room - Same as (MO) but with garden and mountain views.

Riviera Seaside

Rooms are located in 3 locations within the Riviera Seaside section:

Riviera Seaside Buildings

Primary building is the Riviera Building located along the ocean with many units offering beach and ocean views. The Riviera building lobby area includes restaurants and lounge areas.

The Bamboo Grove Building is situated within the Riviera garden areas. It is a 4-story garden view building serviced with elevators. It contains the Premium category rooms.

The Riviera Seaside section also contains a series of the Riviera Garden Cottages located throughout the garden areas. These are essentially small 2-story buildings, no elevators. They contain the garden view (BG) and (GC) categories.

Next to the Riviera Building to the west is the recently constructed Riviera Beach Club which has an expanded beach area, new pool with swim-up bar, and several restaurants. The Riviera Beach Club area is available to all guests of the resort and does not contain any accommodation rooms.

Gardens, streams, ponds, and meandering walkways characterize the Riviera Seaside grounds. Three pools, an amphitheater, and tennis courts are also located in the Riviera Seaside section. Guests can visit the Great House section via provided shuttle. The Riviera section is recommended for guests who prefer to be near the beach, watersports, and the new beachclub area. All Riviera section rooms renovated with Plasma flat-screen TV's and marble bathrooms.

  • (HP1) Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - Large living room and separate bedroom. Plasma TV's. French doors lead to large balcony with loungers and chairs overlooking the sea. Partial open plan bathroom with sunken roman style whirlpool, walk-in shower, double vanity, and separate makeup parlor. Butler, concierge, and 24-hour room service. Riviera building (bldg 3), floors 2-5, 4 units: 4202, 4302, 4402, 4502.
  • (P1) Riviera Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - exactly same as (HP1)
  • (PO) Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Penthouse Club Level Room - Large area and bedroom combination, marble bathroom. Penthouse features some of the best views from large balcony. Concierge and room service. Ocean views. Riviera building (bldg 3), floor 5.
  • (HB) Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Room - exact same as (PO) but floors 3 and 4.
  • (PG) Riviera Honeymoon Club Level Room - exact same as (PO) but with garden and St Ann Mountain views.
  • (GC) Riviera Luxury Club Level Villa Room - Located in the newly fully renovated Garden cottages. Large private balcony or veranda overlooking gardens and brooks. Concierge and room service. Garden Cottages (Bldgs 4) floors 1-2.
  • (BG) Riviera Honeymoon Luxury Club Level Villa Room - Same as (GC)
  • (GO) Riviera Beachfront Room - All rooms have balcony overlooking ocean. Riviera building (bldg 3), floor 2.
  • (LX) Riviera Bamboo Grove Luxury - Most rooms with balcony. Garden views. Riviera Building (bldg 3), floors 1-4.
  • (PR) Riviera Bamboo Grove Premium - Located in Bamboo Grove Building (bldg 5), floors 1-4 with elevator, all rooms with balconies overlooking gardens.
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Sandals Grande Riviera Facilities:
Fitness Center (air conditioned): Two locations - Exercise bikes - leg curl - treadmill - incline bench - stairmaster - universal weight system - aerobics, yoga, pilate classes

Landsports: beach volleyball - tennis (day/night) - rock climbing - basketball - lawn chess - horseshoes - pool tables - shuffleboard - bocce - croquet - darts - board games - table tennis

Golf: Sandals Golf & Country Club 18-hole par 71 course located nearby, green fees included, mandatory caddy ($), rentals available ($), complimentary shuttle transfers

Watersports: kayaks - hobbiecats - aquatrykes - scuba diving - glass bottom boat - snorkeling - sailing - windsurfing - catamaran cruise ($)

Wedding: Beachfront & garden wedding gazebos, multiple reception locations, indoor ballroom with dance floor, full wedding services and options

Spa: ($) full service Red Lane spa services in both sections of the resort along with both indoor and outdoor facilities