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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island

In January 2021, I had the opporunity to visit one of my favorite Caribbean islands, Jamaica, for the sixth time. While in Jamaica I stayed at Sandals Montego Bay and took the complimentary shuttle to spend a day at Sandals Royal Caribbean.  This was my third time visiting this couples only all-inclusive resort and as usual I was impressed with its sophisticated atmosphere, beautiful tropical grounds, and amazing overwater villas. 

We Recommend This Resort For:  Active Couples, Short Trips, and Divers


Sandals Royal Caribbean is home to the first Overwater Bungalows in Jamaica.

Photo Tour

Take a photo tour and see for yourself the British charm of Sandals Royal Caribbean.  ​All pictures were taken on our tour and none have been modified or enhanced.

One of seven swimming pools
Swim-Up Crystal Lagoon Suites
The Crystal Lagoon
Romeo & Juliet Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Romeo & Juliet Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Windsor Beachfront Walkout Club Level Room with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
Windsor Beachfront Walkout Club Level Room with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
Ocean View from the Windsor Beachfront Walkout's patio
Sandals private island is home to the new Over-The-Water Bungalows
The Sandals Royal Caribbean entrance
Club Sandals
The Cricketers English Pub
The Sandals Royal Caribbean Lobby
The outdoor stage features live nightly entertainment
The Over the Water Bungalow
There are 12 Over the Water Bungalows
The Over the Water Villas bedroom
The beach is not wide but very picturesque
Over the Water Villa chairs with a view!
The Over the Water Villa outdoor sofa
There are 5 Over the Water Villas that measure almost 2000 square feet of overwater paradise!
The Over the Water Villa outdoor seating area is spectacular!
The Over the Water Villa has a tub with a view!
Enjoy old-fashioned elegance at The Regency restaurant
Sandals Island has dining, snacks, beaches and a clothing optional beach
The Over the Water Villa infinity pool
Beach Volleyball is one of many activities offered
The Royal Thai restaurant on Sandals Island
Sandals Royal Caribbean Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite sitting area
Sandals Royal Caribbean Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite bathroom
Sandals Royal Caribbean Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite jetted tub

Resort Highlights

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island is located on the north shores of Jamaica with its own private offshore island.  Sandals Island is home to an authentic Thai Restaurant, private beach, swim up pool bar, and leads to the luxurious Overwater Villas and Bungalows.  The property grounds are manicured in tropical splendor and British charm is found throughout this beautiful resort.  As with all Sandals Resorts, couples will spend their time in pampered luxury so there is no tipping allowed and no towel keys or wristbands required.



  • Sandals has been voted one of the Top 5 Dive Operations in the Western Hemisphere by PADI and they include daily 2-tank dives to certified divers at no extra charge.
  • Other water sports offered are Kayaking, Hobie Cat Sailing, Paddleboards, Glass Bottom Boats, Snorkeling, and Windsurfing. 
  • Water-Skiing, knee boarding, and tubing are also included at nearby Sandals Montego Bay
  • The resort has seven Freshwater Pools, five Whirlpools, and one Scuba Dive Pool.
  • Land sports available are Indoor & Outdoor Chess, Bocce Ball, Pool, Croquet, and Volleyball.
  • Sandals Island is a private offshore island with a private beach, swim-up pool bar, whirlpool, cabanas and a Red Lane Spa.
  • Sandals guests get two resorts to enjoy with full exchange privileges and complimentary transfers to Sandals Montego Bay.
  • Daily & Evening Entertainment feature Contests & Tournaments, Jamaican Arts & Crafts Classes, Game Shows, Bands, Top Local Stars, and Piano Bar Sing-alongs.

Rooms & Suites

  • Sandals Royal Caribbean has 232 luxuriously furnished rooms and suites that include air conditioning, king-size bed, extra large amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, safety deposit box, iPod clock radio, cable TV, coffee & tea maker, iron & ironing board, and a mini-bar stocked daily with Robert Mondavi wine, local beer, bottled water, juice and soda.
  • In addition to the standard room amenities, Club Level rooms & suites include:
    • 24 hour access to Club Sandals Lounge with culinary treats, an assortment of teas, and world renowned Blue Mountain coffee
    • Preferred Club Sandals Lounge check-in with chilled towel and champagne
    • Weekly hosted activities such as a Cocktail party, a Martini Evening, Wine tasting, Snorkeling, and exclusive Island Routes Tours
    • In Room/Suite and Lounge bars with scotch, vodka, rum, whisky, wine, beer, juices, sodas and water
    • Room Service available from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily
  • Butler Suites are the ultimate in luxury and include the services of your own personal Butler, trained by the Elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, and BMW Private Luxury Transfers to and from the Montego Bay Airport.
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean is home to the first Overwater Bungalows in Jamaica, including 5 incredible Over-the-Water Butler Villas with their own Infinity Pools and 12 Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows. 

Food & Drink

  • Guests will enjoy unlimited gourmet dining with no reservations required (reservations are required temporarily for social distancing purposes) at the 9 different restaurants, plus access to 12 more dining options at nearby Sandals Montego Bay.
  • There are 5 bars serving premium and top shelf drinks (no upcharges) including a piano bar, beachside bar and two swim up bars.
  • The Cricketers is a fun and authentic British pub for dining or to watch the big game with a pint (or two).
  • British-style afternoon tea is served daily at 4:00 pm.
  • Two minutes away by boat lays a private offshore island with both an authentic Thai restaurant and Jamaican Jerk Shack.
  • Known as one of the best coffees in the world, Jamaica's Blue Mountain Coffee, is served throughout the resort.
  • Premium house wine from Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks include Cabernet Sauvignon,  Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz.
  • The Culinary Concierge Desk is ready to assist with any special dietary requirements.


  • As a Couples Only resort, romance and love are a central theme throughout.
  • Love Nest Butler Suites are Sandals' most romantic, unique, private & luxurious suites specifically designed for two people in love.
  • Couples can enjoy the pampering of a Cabana Concierge while spending a relaxing day in a beach cabana (available for rent).
  • The Red Lane Spa offers treatments specifically designed for couples inlcuding the popular "Scents of Love Couples Massage."
  • Enjoy a romantic four course candlelit dinner for two "al fresco" with white glove-waiter service.
  • Couples can get married in paradise with Sandals customized Destination Wedding packages.


  • Nestled on the northern shores of Jamaica, Sandals Royal Caribbean is located east of the city of Montego Bay, just 10 minutes from the popular Hip Strip.
  • Full exchange privileges to Sandals Montego Bay gives you the ability to stay at one resort and play at two plus offering a total of 21 dining options, all within 10 minutes.
  • It is only 10 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, however, this convenience comes with some air traffic noise (air traffic is down currently due to the pandemic).
  • The resort is located 90 minutes away from Ocho Rios and its world famous Dunn's River Falls.


Why Book With Us

  • We know the best resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean and can help you get the most value for your travel dollar.
  • You will always have a dedicated travel agent who cares about your vacation to call directly with questions or help with any problems that may arise.
  • Round-trip airport transfers are included with our packages so there is no need to worry about finding a ride at a foreign airport.
  • You can book your vacation with a low deposit and even utilize our no interest Payment Plan option.
  • We have partnered with the best Destination Management companies who will take good care of you from start to finish once in your destination.

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About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my Resort and Cruise Ship reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Tue, Dec 13, 2016

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