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The beautiful resorts that Sandals offers across the Caribbean (and soon to launch in Mexico on the Riviera Maya) are both renowned and highly regarded for their top-notch, all-inclusive vacation offerings.
Best suited to couples looking for a romantic or active week or two getaway in the sun, this iconic and award-winning travel company has a wealth of properties from which to choose on a variety of Caribbean Islands including Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and The Bahamas.
Based in Jamaica, home to the family who owns Sandals Resorts and sister brand, Beaches offering family vacations, this is where most of the Sandals hotels are located. Whether you decide on exotic Negril, Montego Bay, (or Mobay as it is called by the locals), Ocho Rios further along Jamaica's lush north coast, or Whitehouse on the south side of this Island in the midst of a 500 acre nature preserve – there’s a resort that's right for you.
Courtesy of Sandals - Overwater Suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay
And Sandals is always pushing the envelope to create better and more fabulous holiday experiences for its guests. Take the new and stunning overwater suites that are being introduced at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. These 5 innovative and luxury Suites will debut later this year and are located on a private island just off-shore from the main resort. A first in the Caribbean! Each has an outdoor jacuzzi, a hammock for two over the water and steps leading from the sundeck right into the ocean. These offer a perfect honeymoon spot or anniversary celebration with their 1400 Sq ft interior which includes a large soaking tub, a walk-in shower and a glass floor to view the marine life below.
Other hotels on Jamaica include Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa which offers the distinctive feature of 3 separate villages in the style of France, Italy and Holland as well as boasting Jamaica’s largest pool and the feel of an all-beachfront oasis.
Negril is the ideal playground for a carefree vacation with Sandals Negril located on a part of Seven Mile Beach which is legendary on Jamaica. As with every other Sandals vacation just about everything is included as well. Unlimited, fine dining with extensive choices, unlimited premium brand drinks, unlimited Mondavi ® wines, unlimited land and water sports as well as unlimited Scuba ® diving as well as free Wi-Fi in each guest room and in public areas. Butler service is offered in certain accommodation categories and at Negril there are also swim-up suites to choose from.
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Over in gorgeous and very popular Ocho Rios there are more resorts for your pleasure – either Sandals Ochi or Sandals Royal Plantation and if you are travelling with the family then Sandals Beaches may be your choice. At Royal Plantation you can truly be royally spoiled as all oceanfront rooms are Butler Suites at this beachfront boutique resort and it’s the only hotel in Jamaica that offers a champagne and caviar bar. The nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club is ready to host you for a round of golf too – also included in your vacation.
Each resort offers the Red Lane Spa for a variety of treatments – all at an extra charge. And when you choose to stay at Sandals in Jamaica you can Stay at One – Play at All. In total there are 9 resorts, with 26 pools, 10 beaches, over 50 restaurants and more than 35 bars and lounges. Diverse nightly entertainment including shows, poolside cocktail soirees, piano bars and bonfire parties are just part of the experience too.
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So choose Jamaica - a naturally beautiful island with spectacular beaches and crystalline, turquoise water, as well as numerous choices for adventure-filled activities on land or in the ocean. And these truly all-inclusive Sandals resorts offer so much choice in four great locations. Whether you want a small, intimate hotel near to bustling Mobay, a more secluded and romantic spot or a fun-filled resort with 16 on-trend dining choices and swim-up pool bars, Sandals fits the bill.
Originally published in Vacations Magazine, Spring 2016 issue.