Posted by: aboveandbeyondtravelblog | November 5, 2013

Sandals Royal Caribbean: A Little Slice of Paradise and a Private Island

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I will be perfectly honest, in that I have stayed away from the Sandals Resorts in Montego Bay, mostly because of their proximity to the airport.  You’ll hear planes flying overhead from time to time (I did hear quite a few more at Sandals Montego Bay than I did at this resort) and that can take the peaceful, island feel out of your vacation.  Nevertheless, the location of these resorts is nice because you are about 15 minutes or so away from the airport.

Outside from the slightly dated buildings, we were pleasantly surprised with Sandals Royal Caribbean.   There’s no long stretch of beach here, but more small scalloped beaches, so you almost feel like you have your own beach for the day.  The water is some of the most amazing that we’ve seen and the pictures don’t do it justice.  The rooms have been refurbished and we had the opportunity to see the Crystal Lagoon Suites, which offer zero entry or access by private staircase to the building’s lagoon; a beautiful, quiet area to relax.

There are 8 dining options available, including Cricketers Pub, which offers more beer selections and British Pub Fare.  Only two restaurants require reservations and one is a Thai restaurant on the resort’s private island.  Of course, you have access to the 11 other dining options at Sandals Carlyle and Sandals Montego Bay.  Transfers are complimentary and you can stay, eat and play all day long!  Just refer to the transportation schedule available at each resort.  None of them are too far away from each other.

On the private island, which is just a small boat ride away, you’ll find a small pool and bar, the Thai restaurant, and outdoor Jamaican buffet for lunch, spa treatment areas and the au naturel beach.  Don’t worry if you choose to use it (or not), as it is secluded from the other beach and pool areas.  The water is beautiful around the private island; it was difficult to stop taking pictures.

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