"The rooms are extremely nice and ALL the resturaunts serve excellent food. I temporarily gain weight each time I come here.They are always improving t ... " More

By KATHYT, from Chicago, IL on Wed 30 Oct 2013

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Montego Bay awaits you at Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find Blue Diamond Shopping Centre and Whitter Village. Highlights at this all-inclusive resort include 8 restaurants, 7 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

LED TVs with cable channels are featured in all 215 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, balconies or patios, and iPod docks. Refrigerators and room service make in-room dining convenient. You'll find nice touches like free toiletries and premium bedding to enhance your stay. Additionally, coffee/tea makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are available.

A day of pampering at Red Lane Spa can include beachside massages, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy along with access to the sauna and spa tub. The restaurant, Royal Thai, serves Thai cuisine and is open for dinner. With 5 bars/lounges and a beach bar to choose from, you can enjoy a drink at the resort. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find cabanas, and enjoy the onsite 24-hour fitness center and sauna. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a coffee shop/café. There's also the convenience of a free airport shuttle.

With a stay at this 5-star Montego Bay resort, you'll be 19.1 km (11.9 mi) from Rocklands Bird Sanctuary.

Caribbean Deluxe

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Caribbean Premium

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Royal Sanctuary Grande Luxe

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Beachfront Grande Luxe

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kensington Cove Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Royal Sanctuary Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive ratings based on 236 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 0.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Love the food and entertainment

The rooms are extremely nice and ALL the resturaunts serve excellent food. I temporarily gain weight each time I come here.They are always improving the landscape. I've been to the Riu in Ochos Rios and Negril?? But at least once a year we come to the one in Montego Bay since its opening a few years back. I love the proximity to the airport. The only problem I have is that I know all the nightly entertainment acts. I love the Michael Jackson show. I love the steel drum band that they bring in. I love the nightime beach parties. I love the bands that play before the night club Pacia opens. Don't care for the fire eater. There seems to be a cutback in the staff of entertainers and waitresses. You now have to get your own drinks and miss part of the nightly show. I've seen Grease at least 4 times. I guess they don't expect repeat guest. Why do the entertainers practice since they always do the same acts every year? There are two acts that are the same acts at the Grand Pallidium. The daytime entertainment is much better at the Iberostar Resort. (I visit Jamaica often). They need to improve the daytime entertainment. AGAIN, I love the Michael Jackson show. I think they should put up those bug zappers to kill the MANY mosqiutos. There used to be an opera singing bartender (I thought that was pretty neat). The fact that they have nightly entertainment puts them way above the rest. I've been to resorts with no nightly entertainment and thats a HUGE mistake. When I go on vacation, I just want to sit back RELAX with good food and be entertained.

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on Oct 30, 2013

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4 out of 5

Great Place

Bought a vacation package to attend a friend's wedding.

Posted by , from NY on Oct 23, 2013

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5 out of 5

Excellent place!

So happy I chose Riu for my first trip to Jamaica.  Everything about this place was great, especially the staff.  You really can't go wrong here, and I will definitely be staying here again in the future.

Posted by , from Conroe, TX on Aug 24, 2013

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5 out of 5

great vacation

MY SON AND I DECIDED TO TAKE A TRIP TOGETHER I'M GLAD WE PICKED UP RIU MONTEGO AS OUR HOTEL IT'S LOCATED SO CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT THE PLACE WAS GREAT, HUGE POOL, LOVED THE WET BAR THE FOOD WAS EXCELENT,THE STAFF VERY FRIENDLY, ROOM KEPT VERY CLEAN,

Posted by , from Little Rock, AR on Aug 15, 2013

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4 out of 5

Great vacation spot!

We went to the RIU Montego Bay with some trepidation, the reviews from various sites are somewhat mixed. We left he resort wondering what all the fuss was about! Yes, the RIU is more of an economy resort. Yes, some resorts offer more amenities -like free scuba and transportation to and from the airport included, but the RIU excels in customer service, friendliness of the staff, a welcoming atmosphere, great drinks, good food, and a desire of seemingly everyone there to ensure that you have a great vacation in Jamaica! The PROs: * The Food - Despite what you will read in some of the reviews, the food was quite good every night. The lamb and the grilled tomatoes were excellent! The steakhouse restaurant was god (except for the appetizers which were pretty bad - fried frozen onion rings and wings -the mushrooms were good though). The jerk chicken and pork on the beach were great as was the red beans and rice. * The rooms - We were in building 6 on the beach. We had beautiful views of the ocean and sunsets and were far enough from the pool that the noise wasn't an issue. The room was clean and the fridge and liquor were kept filled (they say it is filled every two days but the guy will fill yours if you ask him as he is working the other rooms. * The pool - Beautiful huge pool! The staff at the swim-up and at the main bar were great. The drinks were great (if you want more/less/no alcohol just ask -they are more than willing to fix drinks to your taste! The pool staff are quick to control obnoxious drunks and keep the rowdier elements under control. * The beach - The beach is not world class (not bad, just not a lot of it) but there are plenty loungers and it is very clean and mostly stone free. * The water - Beautiful! CONs: * The beach - There just isn't a lot of beach here. There is enough but not great expanses of white sandy beaches. Also, the beach sand only goes out about 20 feet into the water, then you get that yucky beach-mud stuff that squishes between your toes. It isn't that way up closer to the pool side buildings but down around buildings 5-6 it is pretty gross. * The pool - The pool and the pool bars close WAY too early! It's a resort for goodness sake, the pool is closed at 6:30pm? Seriously?? * The entertainment - They try but they are just not very good. * The restaurants - They require reservations and are quickly booked up. It is unlikely that you will be able to set up reservations for anything closer than a couple days away (for example, we went Saturday to see if anything was available for that night and were told that there was nothing available for any of the restaurants until Tuesday!). That said, go ahead and get dressed, go to the first seating (7pm) and ask the hostess if you can get in. We were able to get 2nd (9pm) seating for the steakhouse with no trouble. Being nice to the staff helps! * The beds - The hardest bed I have ever slept on! I liked it because I had a sore back when we arrived, my wife equated it to sleeping on a park bench. Also, the "King" was actually two twins pushed together with one headboard and no anchor strap. It was awkward! ADVICE: Tips - Take a minimum of couple hundred dollars U.S. (you WILL NOT need to exchange at the airport regardless what they try to say when you get off the plane!) in small bills! The wait staff doesn't ask but they do accept tips, so do the bartenders -and the way they treat you, they deserve them! Everyone offsite (drivers, guides, tour guides, whatever, are VERY upfront, they expect a tip for doing everything and anything. There isn't anywhere to get cash after you leave the airport so bring it with you. It will cost you $20 U.S. to take a taxi from the airport. If the resort sets up a taxi for you, it costs the same. The return trip costs the same. * Tours - DO go to Bob Marley's AND to Dunn River Falls. DON'T do the both-in-one-day trip that is sold at the tour desk out front. We did and there just isn't enough time to do it all right. We wound up at the falls very late in the day and had to rush the climb. The falls could be a whole day trip alone. For reference: the trip to Bob Marley's house on the mountain roads is like a thrill ride! Narrow mountain roads and jam packed towns are worth the trip along. The guide you will have at the Marley compound (Benjamin, if you are lucky!) is a blast -remember, he isn't allowed to smoke on the tour but you are encouraged by him often should you so desire (we didn't)! There are a lot of interesting things to see there and the guide does make it a lot of fun. An FYI in case that last part wasn't clear enough - yes, there are drugs there for sale and those who buy DO light up as soon as they purchase them but No you are not required to purchase them. It's quite a cultural experience! Remember, IT IS illegal in Jamaica so if you do partake in the "amenities" don't be dumb enough to try to bring them home and get nailed by the dogs in the airport -Jamaican jails are not as hospitable as the RIU! Another tour is the snorkel/Margarettaville catamaran trip. We did it, it was fun. DON'T buy any of the stuff at the store they take you to though! It's a rip off! No, the watches are not real no matter what they tell you! Remember, if you sit up front and there is any chop, you WILL get drenched! OVERALL: The resort was great and we had a blast. We had very little to complain about. I would seriously recommend the RIU to my friends ... and you to!

Posted by , from Orlando, FL on Jul 27, 2013

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4 out of 5

Great hotel, nice pool, OK beach, good food

The RIU Montego Bay all inclusive resort is one of the nicer hotels in MB. We stayed here for 5 nights in Jun 13. Hotel is a very short distance from airport. The hotel in general is very nice; pool is clean, food is average, entertainment is good; staff is excellent and they encouraged people to do activities to have a good time. The mini bar in the room is very limited and they restocked every two days. I wished they had a game room with video, pool table, etc for the kids when they want to take a break from the pool/beach. There is a sport bar with pool table but you have to pay for it and it's mainly for adults. I love the jerk chicken at the beach for lunch. In all I would stay at this resort again if have a chance.

Posted by , from Davenport, IA on Jun 22, 2013

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3 out of 5

Nice hotel

Great service,people are very friendly, food was so so, same thing daily, got tiresome. Bed and pillows are hard. Rooms clean. Grounds are impeccable. Nightly entertainment was awesome. Overall good stay.

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013

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1 out of 5

We would not recommend this hotel.

Pros: theme restaurants were very good.
Cons: No free Internet
We paid for an ocean view room and there was no ocean in view. The bed and pillows were very uncomfortable. We had to look for pillow cases. We finally found someone with some in a cart. Also, for two nights we did not have face cloths and hand towels. Finally, the worst part was that there were ROACHES in the room! We asked the front desk manager to have the room sprayed. However, no one came. Now we are hoping we did not bring any home. We will not return to this hotel.

Posted by , from Cleveland, OH, USA on Apr 13, 2013

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4 out of 5

Some of the coolest and friendliest staff/people around!

Pros: Free breakfast
Greeted with rum punch in lobby. Registration a breeze. Took a 1/2 day to catch on to where everything was and learned what to do. Food available at anytime, day or night. Great drinks although I feel they could have had more alcohol. They pleasantly abliged when asked to add more. The first morning there, we went to pool at 8:30 am to find every seat taken. Some people never came back to their seats all day. That was frustrating. We learned quickly to put our towels at night when we went to bed - I dont agree with this but it was the only way to get a chair that we actually used! The jerk chicken on the beach was amazing! Shows were great! The resort was clean, rooms were clean but nothing fancy. The grounds were well manicured and Riu has the best staff ever! I loved all of them! The most facinating people I ever met. They are so laid back, fun and helpful! The only con I have is no bar for the beach and the pool bar sometimes took 5-10 minutes to get a drink. A great place, a great location and I would definitely go back!

Posted by , from Cincinnati, OH, USA on Apr 11, 2013

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5 out of 5

Awesome trip

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
Everything was perect and beyond expectation. Bring a pool float and own snorkeling gear. Get out by the island for good shells. Food was great and drinks were awesome. Clean with an awesome staff!

Posted by , from Monroe, MI, USA on Apr 8, 2013

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About the Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive

Location Mahoe Bay, Montego Bay, Saint James 167

All-inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
  • 24-hour room service
  • In-room minibar (non-alcoholic beverages included)
  • Meals and beverages at companion properties

Activities and facilities/equipment
All onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing

Land activities
  • Fitness facilities
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Lessons/classes/games
  • Aerobics
  • Dancing

Entertainment

  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Access to onsite clubs
  • Onsite live performances
  • Theme parties

Other inclusions

  • Roundtrip airport transfers

Not included

  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Tennis lessons
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Property Features

Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive is an all-inclusive resort. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Lie back and work on your tan with relaxing beach amenities like cabanas (surcharge) and umbrellas. At Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive you can cool off in one of the 7 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. Free breakfast is served. There are 8 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 5 bars/lounges, a beach bar, and a swim-up bar. Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. This all-inclusive resort also offers a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and a garden. You'll have access to the outdoor pool at a partner property.

  • 215 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 9 buildings
  • 8 dining venues
  • 5 bars or lounges
  • 717 sq ft of conference space
  • 65 sq m of conference space
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Bar on the beach
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Cabanas on the beach (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Conference center
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Onsite shopping
  • Elevator

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Transport

  • Airport: Montego Bay (MBJ-Sir Donald Sangster Intl.) (5.9 km / 3.7 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive offers 215 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and laptop-compatible safes. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Beds feature premium bedding. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. LED televisions come with premium cable channels. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottled water and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Guests are served free breakfast.

Royal Thai - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this restaurant specializes in Thai cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

The Regency - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Le Jardinier - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in French cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

Eleanors - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in Caribbean cuisine and serves dinner only.

Bamboo Shack - This beachfront restaurant serves lunch only.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Entertainment

  • Nightly entertainment themes:
  • Monday – All White Night Fantasy Party & Chocolate Buffet
  • Tuesday – Island Romance
  • Wednesday – Show your Stuff Talent Show (Guest and Staff)
  • Thursday – Musically Yours
  • Friday – Boonoonoonoos Beach Party
  • Saturday – Reggae Fest (Mainland) & Island Pool Party
  • Sunday – Caribbean Night
  • Cocktail parties are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

    Nearby Activities

    The majority of recreational activities and facilities described below are included in the room rate for this resort (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Details section for more information). Arrayed along the beach, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island also has its own private offshore island accessible via dragon-boat shuttle. The island features a secluded beach and an outdoor pool and spa tub. Stone-and-concrete piers divide the resort's main beach into scalloped coves, where the water remains calm in most weather conditions. Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, small sailboats, scuba gear, snorkeling gear, and windsurfers are available for guests. Basketball, croquet, horseshoes, shuffleboard, outdoor chess, volleyball, and tennis are additional activities. Both land and water aerobics classes are offered. The resort's fitness center includes treadmills, stair machines, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, free weights, and other equipment. Saunas and steam rooms are also available. The nearest 18-hole championship golf course is Ironshore Golf & Country Club, a five-minute drive away (charges apply). The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the resort; fees may apply.

    • Snorkeling on site
    • Safari nearby
    • Golfing nearby
    • Tennis lessons on site
    • Volleyball on site
    • Beach volleyball on site
    • Kayaking on site
    • Windsurfing on site
    • Ziplining nearby
    • Ecotours nearby
    • Sailing on site
    • Fitness classes on site
    • Boat tours on site
    • Basketball on site
    • Scuba diving on site

    Spa Services

    At the full-service Red Lane® Spa, traditional European treatments are infused with Caribbean flair. Tranquil treatments using natural botanical products include couples massages, body scrubs, lava shell massages, facials, and honey ginger body wraps. Services may be provided in the spa’s 6 treatment rooms with ocean and garden views or in an outdoor beachfront treatment area. A spa tub, sauna, and a tropical nail bar round out the full range of pampering spa services available to guests of Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive.

    • Number of treatment rooms 6
    • Outdoor treatment areas
    • Couples treatment rooms
    • Massages on beach
    • Manicures and pedicures
    • Body wraps
    • Body treatments
    • Facial treatments
    • Body scrubs
    • Aromatherapy treatments
    • Hydrotherapy treatments
    • Sauna in spa
    • Spa tub in spa
    • Massages

    Accessibility

    If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

    • Roll-in shower
    • In-room accessibility

    Hotel Policies

    Check-out

    • Check-out by 11 AM

    Payment types

    Children and extra beds

    • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
    • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
    • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

    Pets

    • No pets allowed

    Policies

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

    This hotel is exclusively for adult couples.

    • No rollaway/extra beds available
    • No cribs (infant beds) available
    • 24-hour check-in
    • Minimum guest age is
    • Caters to adults only

    Hotel Names

    • Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean Inclusive
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean Inclusive Resort All
    • Sandal Royal Caribbean
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive Montego Bay
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean Montego Bay
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort Jamaica
    • Sandals Royal Caribbean Hotel Montego Bay

    You should know

    • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.

    Awards & Affiliations

    Green / Sustainable Property
    This property participates in EarthCheck, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

    Promotions

    Catamaran Cruise for 2

    Book a 7-night minimum stay in any room or rate category for travel now - December 26, 2018, and receive a complimentary Catamaran Cruise for 2 adults (once per stay).


    Applicable for new bookings only. The cruise reservation must be made at the Resort. Cruise is only redeemable at an Island Routes Tour Desk and the tour must be taken during your qualifying stay. Free Catamaran Cruise is based on availability and suitable weather conditions. All excursion changes or cancellations are at the discretion of Island Routes Caribbean Adventures. Free Catamaran cruise is not redeemable for cash towards the balance of any bookings, cannot be used for any applicable tax, service charge, or gratuity, and has no cash value.

    Blackout dates: December 27-31, 2017; December 27-31, 2018. Other restrictions apply.