My husband and I ventured off to Jamaica last week for what I like to call our “babymoon”. I was 22 weeks pregnant and decided that before baby arrives this winter, I’d like to go all out and be pampered like I’ve never been pampered before…. This may have been a mistake; because now it will be hard to lower my expectations for future vacations! So where did we choose to go? I am sure you’ve guessed it already, but if I haven’t made it clear yet, it was to none other than the luxurious Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This was our first time to Jamaica and to a Sandals resort. All I can tell you is that Sandals Royal Plantation is like no other resort we’ve ever visited before. Although the resort could use a few updates, this is truly a 5 star experience and the epitome of luxury and relaxation.
Royal Plantation is Sandals only All-Butler Suites resort. It is an intimate resort with only 74 oceanview rooms set on a coral bluff in beautiful Ocho Rios. Yes, you heard me right… every room has an oceanview and comes with your own butlers! Seriously, how could this place not be amazing? Honestly, the attention to detail in their service is unparalleled.
Unlike most resort stays, which begin upon your arrival at the resort, with Sandals Royal Plantation your vacation begins the minute you step out of the airport customs. Sandals has their own private lounge within the airport arrival gate. Once you arrive at the airport, head through customs and immigration, pick up your bags and you will then be greeted by a friendly woman who will check you in to the Sandals lounge.
Your bags will be taken to your shuttle for you while you are served a drink of your choice by one of the lounge attendants. They also feature little snacks, very nicely decorated washrooms to freshen up in, and comfortable chairs and couches to relax on while you await your shuttle. You will typically not wait any longer than 30 minutes for your shuttle which will bring you to your resort.
Approximately 25 minutes after our arrival to Montego Bay we were called to our shuttle. We were delighted to find out we were only sharing the van with one other honeymoon couple from Texas. They were sweet newlyweds who had just been married two days before! This was their first visit to Jamaica as well so we all chatted and got to know each other a little bit. Our driver was wonderful and gave us tidbits of information about Jamaica and answered all our questions as the beautiful scenery of beaches and palm trees passed us by.
We finally arrived at the resort an hour and a half later. Upon our arrival the reception staff greeted us with cold towels and flutes of champagne! I knew this would be my kind of place! They then seated us in the lobby sitting room while they prepared our check –in. One of our two butlers (who alternate days working), greeted us in the lobby and took us to our room. Audelle, showed us around our room, checked us in on an Ipad, and proceeded to take us on a tour of the resort to help orient us. With there only being 74 rooms, it is a small, intimate resort, so it wasn’t hard to find our way around, but we appreciated the tour nonetheless.
Since we were only there for a short 4 night stay we already knew everything we wanted to do during our visit. So with our butler, we planned out our stay. Audelle made our reservations for golf, dinner, and our maternity photo shoot… he didn’t write a thing down and I was skeptical about whether he would remember what we had requested. Well lo and behold, he knew every day what and where our reservations were for… have I mentioned that these guys are trained in partnership with the Guild of Professional English Butlers!? Oh and get this… before he left us to begin our babymoon he left us with a cell phone to call him on in case we needed anything from him. We were able to get in contact with him 24/7… not that we did lol!