Sandals Royal Plantation
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Understated elegance and exquisitely private, this is Sandals Royal Plantation – an intimate all-butler resort of just 74 ocean view suites tucked into a magnificent coral bluff. You can spend your days lazing by the pool with cool libations delivered right to you by a beach butler. Tee off at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, followed by a spot of afternoon tea on the terrace. Renowned for unmatched attention to detail, this enclave of retro-chic sophistication showcases roaming peacocks and manicured lawns. This historic resort has long been a favorite hideaway for the international jet set and literary elite, with the likes of Ian Fleming and Noel Coward seeking tis casual island elegance and authentic Jamaican vibe back in their day. Today, exquisite original furnishings and new innovations – like Jamaica’s only champagne and caviar bar – are designed to impress.
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Important Info About Sandals Royal Plantation
Pack Honeymoon Essentials and valuable items in Your Carry-On
Pack any valuable items such as prescription medication, jewelry, electronics with you in your carry on. In case your bag doesn’t make your connecting flight, you may want to pack a swimsuit and other necessities you would need to hold you over for a bit, in your carry on.. We’ve had it happen, where our bags made it a day later and we were so thankful we packed our toothbrushes, swimsuits, cover up, and some flip flops! There is also a gift shop on each resort where you can purchase some items you may need as well (Most airlines will reimburse you for these items with lost or delayed luggage so keep the receipts.)
Don’t Forget your Beach Bag, Sunscreen, and Bug Spray
You don’t want to forget your sunglasses, sunscreen, and other odds and ends- this is all so much easier to carry when you have a beach bag! We often forget a beach bag, sunscreen, advil, tums and other odds and ends. It’s much easier to have little travel size items packed with you and to be prepared. It’s also much cheaper to bring these items with you, than to purchase it on resort! If the mosquitos love you, you may want to pack bug spray too and even a little benadryl itch relief stick.
Gentlemen’s Dress Code
There is a dress code for the gents at a few of the restaurants. Make sure to pack nicer pants (Khakis, linen pants, etc) Also a collared shirt (polo or button up) and some nicer shoes or dressier sandals.
Make Dinner Reservations early on in trip
A few of the restaurants at the resort require dinner reservations. Be sure to make dinner plans ahead of time to ensure it fits into your schedule. You cannot make dinner reservations until you are on the resort. You can simply call from your room to make reservations, stop at the culinary desk, or make them with club sandals or your butler if you have a club or butler room category.
The food portions are a bit smaller on resort, so, don’t be shy to order more! You may want to try more than just one appetizer and maybe even more than one entree. If there is steak and shrimp on the menu, order both and have yourself surf and turf! If you are intrigued and just want to try something because you never have before, by all means, do so. You are encouraged to dine around at Sandals/Beaches Resorts! Head to one restaurant for appetizers, and then head another restaurant for your main entree! There is no limit, and the food is AMAZING!
The only persons allowed to take a tip on the resort are the Butlers and spa personnel,l but it's not mandatory. All spa services carry a 12.5 % service charge even on promotional spa services. The other 2 persons who can accept a tip, would be the gentlemen who carry your bags to the shuttle at the airport and your shuttle drivers as they are not Sandals employees but contracted by Sandals/Beaches. So you may want to have some small cash handy. Otherwise, there is a strict no tipping policy allowed on resort. No need to bring your wallet with anywhere on the property!
Sandals/Beaches will ask for a credit card to have on file
When you check in online and at the resort, they will ask you for a credit card to put on file in case you want to charge things to your room (from the gift shop, spa, etc.) This is just a convenience thing...if you would rather not have a credit card on file, you may just tell them "No, thank you" and you will just pay for things as you purchase.
Download the Sandals App
With safety and sanitation in mind, Sandals/Beaches are trying to make things as contactless as possible. We recommend downloading the Sandals/Beaches app before you arrive. The app has all the dinner menus, entertainment schedule, spa services and much more helpful information on it.
Make a tentative Plan
Make a tentative plan early on in the trip. Check out the island routes desk (if you haven’t already planned these ahead of time) to see which tours are available on certain days, and check out the menus at the restaurants to see which restaurants are a must do while you are there. Some restaurants are closed 1 day of the week. Go to the water sports desk and schedule your snorkeling trips, scuba and other things you want to do right away as well.
Utilize Sandals Loop
As mentioned above, you can download the Sandals App before you go and this is great for many things while on resort. This loop feature on the app/internet, allows you to do things such as submit a compliment, submit a concern, or make a request. sandals.blazeloop.com
All Sandals and Beaches resorts have FREE Wifi. To avoid international data charges, keep your phone on Airplane mode the entire time you are on your trip. This only allows data to stream through via wifi. You won’t be able to make or take calls, avoiding high charges. So if you have an iPhone you can iMessage and communicate via wifi with family and friends. There are various apps that you can download so you can make calls and text via wifi as well! You may also set up international coverage on your phone with your carrier prior to leaving.
Take Advantage of the Free Photo Shoot
Sandals and Beaches resorts offer a free photoshoot, with their professionally trained photographers. You will see a SnapShots office near the front desk; head in there or call from your room to set up a photoshoot time. Take advantage of this! The photographers are amazing, and you just pay for what you like!
Be patient because they are going to be on ‘Island time’, not American time
So grab an extra drink and relax. Oh and ask for the name brand liquor you want or else you will get rail. Top shelf liquor is included, so feel free to ask for the good stuff when ordering drinks!