When we arrived we were to early to get into our room so they asked us to go and grab some lunch and come back to get the room key in a couple of hours when the room would be ready.
We had lunch at The Regency this was a buffet so we got some food and sat outside. There are 8 restaurant options Bella Napoli Pizzeria 11am – 6pm – freshly made pizza, Eleanor’s a la carte dinner – Pan-Caribbean cuisine, Le Jardinier – a la carte breakfast & French cuisine for dinner, Royal Thai – authentic Thai experience dinner, The Cricketers Pub – British pub food dinner, The Jerk Shack – lunch, The Mariner seaside grill – lunch & late night snacks, The Regency – breakfast, lunch & a la carte dinner.
After lunch we were taken to our room – Beachfront Grande Luxe room this was on the ground floor of the Sandringham building. It was in a great position just steps from the beach and most of the restaurants as well as Jacuzzi near by.
This room was a little smaller than the one we had at Negril but was still very comfortable with a king size bed. As this was a deluxe room this didn’t include the Club level perks so just soft drinks in the room – this didn’t worry us if we fancied a drink we had a few bar options close by.
We had a walk round the resort and found it more compact than Negril. Everything was within easy reach and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. We checked out the pool which was the hive of activity.
For dinner we went to The Cricketers Pub were we were greeted by the lovely staff and given a special cocktail made with Pimms. The pub was very informal it had tv screens with various sports on and a bar with stools if you just wanted a drink. We had a lovely meal and the menu had a lot of British dishes including fish and chips. The bartender was keeping everyone’s drinks filled and had a great atmosphere just what you’d expect from a great British pub!
The following morning we had our breakfast in The Regency Suite, this was a buffet and had lots of choice. After breakfast we sat on the beach and I chilled out reading my book and swimming in the sea.
For dinner we ate at Le Jardiner this had been moved inside due to the rain. I had Gratin de Moules et Petoncles which were Tender mussels and scallops, melted garlic, herb and Cognac butter for starter, Braised lamb shank for main and Crème Brulee for desert – a truly exceptional dinner our server was fantastic after we watched a bit of the entertainment where both guests and staff took part in a talent show.
Our last full day at the hotel so we wanted to make the most of it! I took a tour of the Over-the-water butler villas and bungalows. This was amazing to see these amazing rooms which had only been open since March 2017. We have had a few enquiries regarding these room types at the shop I work as there aren’t many over the water options in the Caribbean and are very popular with honeymooners.
We were taken to the private island by dragonboat and were walked along the jetty that takes you to the these luxurious suites and bungalows. “Wow” was the word everyone exclaimed as we walked through the door of the bungalow we were shown around. This room was the height of luxury every detail was fantastic. I have stayed in many resorts in the Caribbean but have never seen anything like this.
After the tour I went and found Ross to tell him about these great rooms and the island so we decided to go over and see the island together.
The island has its own small beach, a pool with bar and The Royal Thai restaurant which we had reservations for that night. It was a different type of restaurant from the others we had experienced but that is one of the many great inclusions at Sandals. The food on offer is varied with lots of different cuisines from around the world – who would have thought I’d be eating delicious Thai food on a private island just off Montego Bay in Jamaica?
Once we had finished our meal we got back on the boat to the main resort just in time for the chocolate buffet! We had some sweet treats and 2 or 3 chocolate martinis, the bartender told me how to make them at home which I have tried but they have never tasted as great as he made them.
The following morning we got up late and left our bags outside the door as instructed. We had a lovely last breakfast at The Regency on the outside decking overlooking the sea. Then we went for a walk around the grounds and saying goodbye to some of the fantastic staff we had met.
There are another 2 resorts owned by Sandals in Montego Bay – Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Inn both have different atmospheres and you can hop on the shuttles to use the different facilities and restaurants we would have loved to do this if we had stayed longer but Royal Caribbean had so many options we didn’t feel we needed to try the others with only staying 3 nights.
We were taken back to the airport by the hotel provided shuttle bus this didn’t take long at all as the resort is very close to the Montego Bay airport – so yes you do get some aircraft noise but it is short and not as frequent as I thought it would be.
We were sad to leave Jamaica we have always planned to come on our holidays here one day and the hotels and island didn’t disappoint! It is a beautiful island with gorgeous people I hope we will be able to visit again in the future.
So where next? Hopefully back to Sandals this time I fancy Barbados or Antigua so fingers crossed we will be back in the Caribbean soon!