Sandals Royal Caribbean Review

A Top Honeymoon Resort In Montego Bay

Reviewed by Nicole Rosania | Updated on July 17, 2024

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Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean is a perfect destination for luxury-seeking honeymooners, blending international stylings with the breathtaking beauty of Jamaica. The resort offers a private island experience that feels like something out of a Hollywood romance movie, while the pristine beaches showcase nature at its most stunning.

Catering to adults only, the resort provides premier luxury accommodations, including the exquisite Over-the-Water Villas and Bungalows. Couples can also choose from Beachfront Walkout and Swim-Up Suites, which combine attentive service with creative amenities to create an enchanting experience. It’s no surprise that Sandals Royal Caribbean was awarded “Jamaica’s Leading Resort” by the World Travel Awards.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with luxury as they check-in at the elegant Great House, showcasing stylish Georgian architecture. The resort’s ideal location offers easy access to the best activities in Montego Bay while providing the peacefulness of an island paradise. Beachfront restaurants provide a delightful dining experience, allowing guests to embrace the serene ocean breeze and enjoy sweeping coastal views. As you wander through the resort’s idyllic tropical gardens, you may even encounter colorful peacocks adding a touch of natural beauty.

Sandals Royal Caribbean creates an ambiance of pure luxury, where couples can immerse themselves in a captivating and romantic atmosphere.

Recommended Accommodations

Here are our recommended rooms for each of Sandals room categories.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow

The Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort offers the first over-the-water bungalows in the Caribbean Sea. If you choose to stay in an Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow, located just off the resort’s private island, you can enjoy views of marine life from the comfort of your suite, outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, or from an over-water hammock.

Every bungalow includes king-size beds with soft linens and plush pillows, along with a smart TV and large ceiling fan. Spa-like bathrooms have his and her sinks and a walk-in rain shower. Outside, your private Butler suite includes a private patio, equipped with an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, and bistro set for two so you and yours can enjoy meals outside. Speaking of meals — this suite comes with a Butler Elite service, which includes 24 hour in-room dining and a private water taxi to take you to and from the mainland.

This category also includes an airport welcome and round-trip Private BMW Luxury Airport Transfers from Sangster International Airport (MBJ) & Norman Manley International Airport (KIN).

Windsor Beachfront Walkout Club Room w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

At the Club level, we recommend honeymooners enjoy the Windsor Beachfront Walkout Club Room at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort. Located directly on the beach at the ground level of the Windsor building, these newly renovated rooms include a patio and signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. The bedroom features a king-size bed and fully stocked bar, and the en-suite bathroom has a rain shower.

Guests can enjoy the Club level’s concierge service.

Caribbean Poolside Luxury Walkout with Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

In the Luxury category at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, we recommend the Caribbean Poolside Luxury Walkout. This newly renovated room is located on the ground level of the Arundel building, just steps away from one of the resort’s semi-private pools. Enjoy a Sandals signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two or enjoy a meal on the bistro set outside. Each suite has a king-size bed, large HD Smart TV, and sliding door into a modern bathroom. The refrigerator will be continually stocked with bottled water, juices, sodas, and local craft beers + wines.

Restaurants at Sandals Royal Caribbean

There are 9 restaurants at Royal Caribbean Resort, and a total of 21 if you count the additional 12 at nearby Sandals.

Bombay Club

Offers flavorful Indian cuisine in an open-air setting. Enjoy the tropical ambiance while savoring dishes like Butter Chicken and Veggie Samosas. Bombay offers breakfast and dinner daily. Dress code is Resort Casual and reservations are required.

Royal Thai

This offshore island restaurant can be reached by authentic dragon boat. This one-of-a-kind restaurant offers exotic cuisine like spiced beef and porkloin in ginger sauce. Dinner is offered here from 5:30 – 9:30 pm daily. Dress code is Resort Casual and reservations are required.

Le Jardinier

Taste traditional French cuisine in the midst of an island paradise. Dinner is offered here daily from 5:30 – 9 pm. Dress code is Resort Evening Attire and reservations are required.

The Cricketers Pub

Craving authentic Shepherd’s Pie or fish and chips? Serving the finest Guinness ale, pub fare, and delectable desserts, don’t miss Sandals’ very own British pub. Dress code here is Resort Casual and reservations are not required.

Bella Napoli

Open daily from 11 am – 6 pm, this casual pizza joint offers it all. From jerk chicken and seafood toppings to even banana and dark chocolate for a savory dessert pizza, don’t miss this stop on your honeymoon. Dress code is Resort Casual and reservations are not required.

The Mariner

This seaside bar & grill is the perfect option for lunch or a late night bite on your honeymoon. They serve everything from wraps to famous Jamaican jerk chicken. Dress code here is Resort Casual and reservations are not required.

Jerk Shack

It wouldn’t be a honeymoon in Jamaica without some jerk cooking! Lunch is served here daily until 6 pm. Dress code is Resort Casual and reservations are not required.

Spices Caribbean Cuisine

Offers delicious breakfast options, a rotating daily lunch buffet, and Pan-Caribbean dinner options. Guests can watch sailboats pass by and the sunset over at this lively seaside eatery. Dress code is Resort Casual and reservations are not required.

La Tavola Italian Cuisine

Enjoy homemade Italian dishes with farm fresh ingredients at this dinner restaurant. Dress code is Resort Evening Attire and reservations are not required.

Activities at Sandals Royal Caribbean

The top activity to enjoy at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort is the property’s private off-shore island, located just a 2 minute boat ride from the mainland. Additionally, honeymooners can experience one of life’s greatest adventures together by earning their PADI Scuba Diving certifications, or enjoy watersports such as kayaking and waterskiing.

Prefer to stay on land? No problem. In addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort has table tennis, shuffleboard, lawn chess, croquet, and more for guests to enjoy, along with day and night entertainment.

The Best Island Route Tours at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Here are our top recommended excursions to enjoy in Jamaica from the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort:

ATV, Zipline, and Bamboo River Rafting Experience

This 8 hour combo tour includes an ATV off-roading adventure through the rugged terrain of a historic estate in the Jamaican countryside and the opportunity to zipline and soar through the treetops of a jungle canopy. After an included lunch, you can enjoy a traditional rafting experience down a tranquil river, complete with a captain pilot to steer as you soak up the views. Tours operate daily. Be sure to pack some cash, a towel, a valid Driver's license, sunscreen, hat, and water shoes for your excursion.

Reggae Catamaran and Snorkeling Cruise Montego Bay

Montego Bay is the hub of Jamaica’s tourist activity and the best way to experience it is on the water. Set sail and take in the views of the Bay’s coastline from a catamaran cruise. Tour includes a snorkel stop at a nearby reef filled with exotic marine life, an open bar, and light bites. Expect to dance to reggae music as you pull back into the dock!

Dolphin Swim & Dunn’s River Falls Experience from Montego Bay

Journey from Montego Bay to the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls. Interact with colorful birds, exotic snakes and iguanas, and swim with dolphins and gentle stingrays. After an included lunch, experience the majesty of Dunn’s River Falls, one of Jamaica’s most magnificent natural treasures. Tour operates weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Packing Guide

For your honeymoon in Jamaica, the most important thing you’ll need to pack is a passport! Not only is Jamaica a Caribbean island, it is an independent country.

Also be sure to pack 3-4 dinner outfits that would fit the resort evening attire dress code at some of Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort restaurants. Additionally, pack essentials for several hours in the sun, including 2-3 swimsuits, a cover up, beach shorts, sunscreen, and a hat. For your excursions into the jungle or visits to the tennis court, you’ll need a pair of sneakers and some athleisure clothing. Additionally, pack 5-6 t-shirts, 2 pairs of PJs, sandals, closed-toe or heeled shoes for the nicer restaurants, and finally, toiletries (although many of the Sandals bathrooms will provide the basics for honeymooners).

Sandals Royal Caribbean Map

Find a detailed map of Sandals Royal Caribbean below. For an interactive map, click here and navigate to "MAP" in the menu.