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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

Sandals Royal Plantation

Previously Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, the resort has been converted into the Sandals brand as Sandals Royal Plantation. As a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, this luxury boutique resort features 74 butler service oceanfront suites. Featuring an elegant old world charm, English style tea time is available on a daily basis. Known for its sophisticated pampering, it is the only Sandals resort that offers such features as a complimentary pillow menu.
Sandals Royal Plantation (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. Located directly next to Sandals Grande Riviera, guests of Royal Plantation also have complete access to all of the Grande Riviera restaurants and facilities (note that Grande Riviera guests do NOT have access to Royal Plantation).

Atmosphere - Royal Plantation is a quiet upscale resort serving a need for a simpler elegant style not quite found at the larger Sandals Resorts. There is no swim-up bar at this resort, it is the destination for couples who desire a quieter elegant retreat along with the ultimate service and pampering. It is fair to say that the resort attracts mostly mature couples although some younger couples are also attracted who desire more peace, more charm, more tranquility, and more personalized service. The resort is a historical landmark which is well preserved and featured within the art and decor throughout the resort. This is also the only Sandals resort who will allow single guests.

Layout & Design - Royal Plantation is a small beachfront hotel featuring one main building and two primary accommodation wings. The resort grounds are very lush with attractive thick tropical foliage and gardens throughout the grounds. This resort is constructed at an elevation with patios and terraces overlooking the sea and does involve steps down to the beach area. The resort is not considered a handicap friendly resort although it does maintain two handicap rooms.  If you are attracted to large pools or prefer to lounge around the pool as opposed to the beach, beware that the pool at this resort is very small.

Dining

Sandals Royal Plantation includes 4 restaurants with International, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and French cuisine. 24-hour room service available for all guests. English style afternoon tea on the terrace daily 4-5pm. Caribbean's only Champagne & Caviar Bar (additional cost). Large wine cellar on property featuring many vintages. At additional charge, private dinners on the beach feature regular candlelight and classic candlelight (upscale wines and specialty dishes cooked in front of you). Guests also have full complimentary access to the 16 restaurants at the next door Sandals Grande Riviera.

  • The Terrace (Caribbean) - fine a la carte dining indoors or on the terrace under the stars. Full deluxe breakfast 7:30am-11am, exotic Caribbean lunch 12:30-2:30pm, dinner 7-10pm resort evening attire & reservations required for dinner.
  • Le Papillon (French) Sample Menu - very best in exotic french cuisine. Reservations required, resort evening attire. Dinner 7-10pm.
  • Royal Grill (Beach Grill) Sample Menu - Lunch specialties with Caribbean flair in beach side setting. Casual attire, afternoon hours 11:30am-4:30pm. Also enjoy Royal Beach Butler Service with dishes and beverages served directly to your beach chair tables.
  • Tea Terrace - Assortment of scones and other delicious pastries served with your favorite tea Afternoon Tea on the Terrace, resort casual, daily 4-5pm.
  • Wobbly Peacock Pub (English Pub) Sample Menu - Favorite pub fare and dishes. Indoor & outdoor seating. Resort casual attire, daily 3pm-midnight.

Restaurant Descriptions (Sandals Website)

Bars

  • Wobbly Peacock Pub - 10:30am-1am (2am winter)
  • Royal Cafe - beach bar - 10am-4pm

Parties & Entertainment:

  • Manager's Cocktail Party - Mondays 6:30-7pm
  • Sandals Select Cocktail Party - Tuesdays 6:30-7pm
  • Martini Moments - Fridays 7-8pm
  • Mediterranean Theme Night - Mondays Terrace Restaurant
  • Jamaica Night - Fridays Terrace Restaurant
  • Celebrity Chef Cooking - Saturdays 12:30-1:15pm
  • Wine Pairing/Mixology Demonstration - Sundays 12:30-1:15pm
  • Jamaican Cigar Rolling - Fridays 6-8pm

Nightly entertainment includes jazz trio, Caribbean steel band, dancing with resident band. Afternoons include Calypso band on the beach ad piano melodies with the pianist during afternoon tea time.

Activities

Sandals Royal Plantation has two beaches, the west beach which is the primary beach and the more secluded east beach which is quieter but also contains the watersports area. The resort's pool is a small heated pool with a very nice view overlooking the ocean. The property also has two whirlpools. The resort has a full service Red Lane Spa ($), beauty salon ($), and a fully equipped air-conditioned fitness center. Resort scuba certification & PADI ($) certification available. Full range of water sports and 2 day/night tennis courts with tennis pro. Scuba & snorkeling boats, glass bottom boats are all easily accessible at the docks next door at Sandals Grande Riviera. A beach gazebo is available for weddings, private romantic dinners, or activities such as yoga. 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 shop located on property.

Activity descriptions (Sandals Website)

Accommodations

74 suites all with butler, concierge services, 24-hour room service along with oceanviews. This is the only Sandals resort where every accommodation has butler service. The accommodation building has two wings - east and west wings. The western wing has an elevator. Also available along the eastern side of the property is Villa Plantana, a 3-bedroom villa with private pool.
Room descriptions (Sandals Website)

Villa Plantana (photos)

located on the secluded east beach, Villa Plantana is private 3 bedroom villa along with a large private pool. This is a fully staffed villa including private butler, room attendant, and chef to prepare culinary masterpieces. Guests also have full access to the resort and facilities. The villa has a large patio area where the private pool is located along with exceptional ocean views. Rooms are very spacious including expansive living and dining areas along with the 3 bedrooms and bathrooms. The villa is perfect for a wedding party, couples traveling together, or simply a single couple wishing to experience the villa luxury and life style.

Butler Suites (photos)

All suites include luxury mahogany furnishings, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, iron/ironing board, Ipod docking station, 32" flat screen TV, cable TV with movie channels, Wi-Fi service, hair dryer, plush robes, coffee maker, in-suite bar with wine/beer/alcohol, refrigerator stocked with drinks, daily NY Times fax, in-room safe, full bathroom, and telephone. 2 handicap accessible suites are available.

  • (GR) Governor General Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - large 1658 sq ft penthouse one bedroom suite located top floor of the west wing. The suite maintains two full walkout balconies with full beach and ocean views. The luxury bathroom is equipped with a roman tub and separate walk-in shower.
  • (MR) Prime Minister Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - located top floor west wing at 1628 sq ft, large one bedroom suite with expansive elegant rooms. Spacious balcony with lounge chairs directly off the living room and overlooks the west beach and ocean. Bathroom with roman tub and separate walk-in shower.
  • (1R) Royal Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Suite - romantic 1BR suite located east wing on floors 1,2,3 at 593 sq ft. Marble bathroom with roman tub and separate walk-in shower. Walkout balcony with views of the east beach and ocean.
  • (HVR) Honeymoon Oceanfront Verandah Butler Suite - large suite at 649 sq ft and located in west wing floors 1,2,3. Large walkout verandah at 178 sq ft with views of the west beach and ocean. Sophisticated luxury with half canopy mahogany bed, huge marble bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate tumble stone shower.
  • (HR) Peacock Oceanfront Butler Suite - east wing floors 1,2,3 at 549 sq ft. Elegant decorated suite with roman tub bathroom and separate walk-in shower. Spacious walkout patio with ocean views.
  • (LR) Great House Oceanfront Butler Suite - west wing floors 1,2,3 at 465 sq ft. Bathroom with roman tub and separate walk-in shower. French balcony provides views of the west beach and ocean.
  • (PRR) Plantation Oceanfront Butler Suite - east & west wings floors 1,2,3 at 395 sq ft. French balcony provides views of the beach and ocean.
  • (RO) Orchid Oceanfront Butler Suite - similar to (PRR) but slightly smaller at 365 sq ft.
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Sandals All-inclusive Includes: all meals, all drinks, anytime snacks, land/water sports, entertainment, complimentary wedding & honeymoon package, roundtrip airport transfers, tips, and taxes. More

Sandals Royal Plantation Facilities:
Fitness Center (air conditioned): cardiovascular machines and weight equipment. Room equipped with TV''s, radio, and water cooler

Landsports: tennis (day/night) - pool tables - board games

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 outdoor and indoor, conference center facilities, full wedding services and options

Spa: ($) full service Red Lane spa services along with both indoor and outdoor facilities