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Sandals Montego Bay - True Beachfront Resort

Sandals Montego Bay - True Beachfront Resort

In January 2021, I had the pleasure of taking my 6th trip to Jamaica to visit Sandals Montego Bay for the 3rd time and see the new renovations the resort has undergone.  Although Sandals Montego Bay is the first Sandals resort, opening in 1981, you would never know it with all the beautiful and modern enhancements. The resort has a gorgeous new open air lobby overlooking the Caribbean Sea, brand new swim up suites steps from the ocean, a fun overwater bar called Latitudes, and a new overwater Chapel for a truly unique place to tie the knot.  Each time I visit this resort, I fall a little bit more in love with its friendly attentive staff, wonderful cuisine and incredible ocean views at every turn.

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


Sandals Montrgo Bay is located on the longest stretch of beach in Montego Bay.

Photo Tour

Take a photo tour and see for yourself the beauty and luxury of Sandals Montego Bay.  ​All pictures were taken during my stay and none have been modified or enhanced..

Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Montego Bay boasts the largest private beach on the North Coast of Jamaica with fine white sand
The gazebo in the water is a fun place to hang out.
There are many lovely places to relax on the beach.
The piano bar doubles as the swim up bar
The gazebo on the water is one of many lovely places to get married.
Beautiful landscaping throughout the property
Stew Fish outdoor beach dining
The 24-Hour Fitness Center
The Departure Lounge is great for those with late flights.
One of four small to medium sized pools
Enjoy Asian outdoor dining by the water at Tokyo Jo's
The Bayside Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts beautiful outdoor dining by the sea
The new open air lobby bar serves top shelf drinks with gorgeous ocean views
Sandals Montego Bay is the only Sandals in Jamaica with a Wedding Chapel
Beachfront Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Butler Suite
Beachfront Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Butler Suite Bathroom
Beachfront Romeo & Juliet One Bedroom Butler Suite Balcony
Sandals & Beaches Airport Lounge
The complimentary shuttle bus travels between Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean every half hour
Beautiful beachside seating
Cafe de Paris has sweat treats and specialty coffee drinks
The top room category are the gorgeous Beachfront Swim Up Millionaire Butler Suites only steps from the ocean
The Sandals dive boat
The Crystal Lagoon Swim Up Butler Suites are conveniently located in the middle of the property and near the convention center
Fire pits are a relaxing place to have a pre-dinner cocktail
Enjoy Fish N Chips and the big game at The Cricketers English Pub
Mariner's Seaside Bar & Gill and Dino's Pizza are two great options for lunch on the beach
Latitudes is the new overwater bar with premium cocktails and endless views
Oceanfront Swim Up Butler Suites
The new Overwater Chapel
Inside of the Overwater Chapel
Soy Sushi Restaurant
The spa pool is open to everyone few people know about
The Beachfront Club Level Jr Suite are in a great location close to activities and restaurants
The Beachfront Club Level Junior Suites have giant balconies with a view that can't be beat
Beachfront Swim Up Butler Suite
Beachfront Swim Up Butler Suite
Beachfront Millionaire One Bedroom Butler Suite sitting area
Beachfront Millionaire One Bedroom Butler Suite bathroom
Beachfront Millionaire One Bedroom Butler Suite patio
The Oleander restaurant serves authentic Jamaican cuisine
Crystal Lagoon Suite pool

Resort Highlights

Sandals Montego Bay is a Couples Only All-Inclusive resort set on the North Coast of Jamaica's largest private white-sand beach and offers true beachfront rooms and suites just steps away from the ocean.  Sandals' flagship resort has recently completed a multi-million dollar transformation including a new open-air lobby & bar, spectacular swim-up suites, an over-the-water Wedding Chapel, Latitudes Overwater Bar. and 3 new restaurants.  This resort has a fun beach party atmostphere with magnificent sea vistas throughout and is set on 26 acres of beautifully manicured tropical grounds.  



  • 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 Canoeing, Kayaking, Hobie Cat Sailing, Paddleboards, Glass Bottom Boats, Wake Boarding, Knee Boarding, Water-Skiing, Snorkeling, Windsurfing and Tubing.
  • The resort has seven Freshwater Pools and three whirlpools.  Because it is an older property, the pools are not large.
  • Land sports available are Tennis, Giant Outdoor Chess, Basketball, Pool Tables, Croquet, Shuffle Board, Beach & Pool Volleyball, and Table Tennis. 
  • The Fitness Center is open 24/7 and provides workout classes by Certified Fitness Professionals.
  • Guests receive full exchange privileges with complimentary transfers to Sandals Royal Caribbean.
  • Fun nightly entertainment includes Island Night, Jamaica Day, Caribbean Night, Chocolate Gala, and more.
  • An air-conditioned Departure Lounge has changing facilities with showers, sofas and televisions.

Rooms & Suites

  • Sandals Montego Bay has 272 luxuriously furnished rooms and suites that include air conditioning, king-size bed, amenity kit, hair dryer, telephone, safety deposit box, iPod docking station, 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.
  • Because the resort is set entirely along the beach, it has many room categories with stunning ocean views and beachfront room categories are truly steps from the sand.
  • In addition to the standard room amenities, Club Level rooms & suites include:
    • 24 hour access to Club Sandals Lounge with tasty treats, an assortment of teas, and world renowned Blue Mountain coffee
    • Club Sandals Concierge to assist with reservations
    • Preferred Club Sandals Lounge check-in with chilled towel and the special Sundowner welcome drink
    • 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
    • Most Club Level rooms boast large balconies/patios with a tranquility soaking tub
  • 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.
  • New Beachfront Swim Up Butler Suites were built from the ground up and are close to the beach with gorgeous Caribbean views.
  • Also newly built are the extravagent Beachfront Romeo and Juliet One-Bedroom Butler Villa suites located directly on the beach.

Food & Drink

  • Guests will enjoy unlimited gourmet dining with no reservations required (reservations are required temporarily for social distancing purposes) at the 12 different restaurants, plus access to 9 more dining options at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean
  • There are 6 bars serving premium and top shelf drinks including a piano bar that doubles as the swim up bar, the new lobby bar with gorgeous ocean views, an English Pub, and the new Latitudes Overwater bar.
  • Most of the restaurants are located right on the beach with endless ocean views.
  • Butch's Steakhouse is the new Signauture Restaurant serving mouthwatering steak and seafood (especially the lobster!)
  • The new Jerk Shack serves authentic Jamaican Jerk specialties on the beach for lunch and snacks.
  • Guests can enjoy Jamaican seafood while dining barefoot on the beach at Stew Fish.
  • 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.
  • A centrally located Culinary Concierge Desk is available and 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 spend a romantic day by the sea in their own private Beach Cabana available for rental.
  • 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.
  • Sandals Montego Bay is ideal for Destination Weddings with the brand new Wedding Lounge and magnificent Bridal Suite, Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel, and newly renovated non-denominational Wedding Chapel.


  • Sandals Montego Bay is located on Montego Bay's largest stretch of white-sand beach with calm waters ideal for swimming.
  • Located in Jamaica's Main Tourism Hub, only 10 minutes away from the town center, makes Sandals Montego Bay ideal for active couples.
  • Full exchange prvileges to Sandals Royal Caribbean 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 5 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, however, this convenience comes with significant air traffic noise when the planes take off (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.


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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 All-Inclusive Resort reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Sat, Dec 31, 2016

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