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Best Sandals Resorts (UPDATE 2023)

What is the best Sandals Resort to stay at and how to find an appropriate one for yourself? We will show you here how are Sandals resorts rated from best to worst. Since every single Sandals resort has its pros and cons, every single person has different priorities and expectations, wish list and budget, it’s a tough question. According to this, we made a list of all the resorts with all the information you need in order, to make your decision easier.

Sandals is a chain of all-inclusive resorts on 7 of the most amazing Caribbean islands including Jamaica, Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Barbados and Curaçao. All resorts are located directly on a stunning beach, famous for its crystal clear turquoise water and gorgeous white sand beaches. These luxury vacations are an excellent choice, especially for couples, honeymoon, wedding celebrations or anniversaries. If you want to go with your family we recommend you then Beaches resorts. You can read our article about All inclusive Beaches Resorts in Turk and Caicos.

Top 17 Sandals Resorts:

  1. Sandals Montego Bay – Jamaica
  2. Sandals Royal Caribbean – Jamaica
  3. Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa – Jamaica
  4. Sandals Royal Plantation – Jamaica
  5. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort – Jamaica
  6. Sandals Carlyle – Jamaica
  7. Sandals South Coast – Jamaica
  8. Sandals Royal Bahamian – Bahamas
  9. Sandals Emerald Bay – Bahamas
  10. Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort – Grenada.
  11. Sandals Grande Antigua – Antigua
  12. Sandals Regency La Toc – St. Lucia
  13. Sandals Grande St. Lucian – St Lucia
  14. Sandals Halcyon Beach – St. Lucia
  15. Sandals Barbados – Barbados
  16. Sandals Royal Barbados
  17. Sandals Royal Curacao ( NEW!)

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Sandals Resorts in Jamaica

1. Sandals Montego Bay

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Sandals Montego Bay is a good option for a couple looking for an all-inclusive, luxury vacation, with various activities and dining options. There is plenty to do, you can visit downtown Montego Bay, experience local attractions, make tours around the island, visit shops and attend shows. This is one of the best Sandals resorts in Jamaica and in the Caribbean. We have stayed in this resort twice and our experience was incredible. As regards entertainment and recreational activities, we couldn’t be more satisfied. We can say that this resort provides everything a couple needs.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Montego Bay:

  • This resort is approximately 10 minutes from/to the international airport and offers a free shuttle to/from the airport.
  • Large property with numerous of amenities and activities (land and water sports, evening entertainments, spa treatments, fitness center).
  • Set on the best private white-sand beach in Jamaica. The beach is clean and well-maintained.
  • Modern, luxury rooms and suites, very clean and tidy with a breathtaking view of the beach.
  • Available also butler suites with a private butler.
  • Pools with one swim-up bar as whirlpools overlooking the ocean.
  • The spa is awesome. It is possible to have a message on the beach.
  • The fitness center is offering quality equipment.
  • The food is very delicious.
  • There are many restaurants.
  • Other services: photographers, rentable beach cabanas.
  • Free “restaurants, bars and activities” options at the resorts Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Carlyle.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Montego Bay:

  • Due to its proximity to the airport, it can sometimes produce noise from the airplanes.

2. Sandals Royal Caribbean

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Sandals Royal Caribbean resort is located just a short drive from the downtown, between several other resorts. What makes this resort stand out is its private island with a Thai restaurant, an additional beach and pool amenities. You can get there by the hotel’s boat, kayak or paddle-board.

A good choice for a couple who wants an all-inclusive package and prefers smaller and private accommodation.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Royal Caribbean:

  • All-inclusive private offshore island with several sandy smaller beaches by piers.
  • Free shuttle from/to the airport (15 minutes away).
  • Over-the-water private island accommodations make your experience unforgettable.
  • Some accommodation options include swim-up rooms with butler service.
  • A private island has a pool with a swim-up bar and with available hammocks.
  • Various land and water activities.
  • Free “restaurants, bars and activities” options at two Sandals properties in the area with a free shuttle.
  • Daily and nightly entertainment with fun activities.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Royal Caribbean:

  • Noise from the airplanes due to the resort’s proximity.
  • An extra cost of beachfront cabanas.

3. Sandals Negril

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Sandals Negril is nestled on the longest stretch of Jamaica’s famous and beautiful Seven-Mile Beach. The resort is tucked away from the road, but still close enough to tourist attractions like Rick’s Cafe and the cliffs, shops, nightclubs and restaurants. The property is spacious and luxurious with all the relaxation and entertainment options you will need. This is one of the cheapest Sandals resorts.

Sandals Negril is a perfect resort for those seeking a large all-inclusive with plenty of activities and amenities and a laid-back vacation. The beaches here are a paradise on earth, and some of the best we have ever seen.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Negril:

  • An all-inclusive luxury resort set on the largest stretch of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.
  • Beautiful wide variety of rooms to choose from four-poster beds, modern amenities, whirlpool tubs, large balconies and some with private pools and gardens. Accommodation is just steps from the beach.
  • Many daily lands and water activities; nightly entertainment for everyone.
  • Nice spa with a well-equipped fitness center.
  • Numerous dining options.
  • Close to downtown, many local attractions, bars and shops.
  • Free non-stop trip airport shuttle.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Negril:

  • Free Wi-Fi only in Clubrooms.
  • The airport is like 3 hours away from the resort.

4. Sandals Royal Plantation

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The resort is located amid many other hotels and resorts and is only 10 minutes by car from downtown. The resort is situated an hour and a half from the international airport in Montego Bay. This resort is also considered one of the best for older couples.

Due to the property’s quiet and relaxed space, it is perfect for a couple who is looking for relaxation and a more private area.

Advantages of staying at the Sandals Royal Plantation:

  • All-inclusive with elegant and sophisticated style resort.
  • Elegant large rooms with four-poster beds, many with balconies, and whirlpool tubs; all rooms have wonderful ocean views.
  • Plenty of water activities and land activities (golf club, fitness center, pool tables, board games, tennis).
  • Red Lane Spa with a menu of massage and beauty treatments.
  • The most beautiful private beach in Jamaica with chairs and umbrellas, swinging beds, and in-water hammocks.
  • Afternoon tea service.
  • “Stay at one, play at two” exchange privileges – access to the other nearby Sandals Resort (Ochi), its restaurants, and amenities.
  • Free shuttle service to/from the airport.
  • 5 restaurants with international cuisines; Jamaica’s only Caviar and Champagne bar.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

Disadvantages of staying at the Sandals Royal Plantation:

  • A small pool with no poolside drink service.

5. Most affordable sandals resort: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

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This property, which is surrounded by tropical gardens and ocean views is located 5 minutes away from the downtown Ocho Rios. This is one of the cheapest Sandals Resorts.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort:

  • All-inclusive service.
  • Several outdoor pools, some including swim-up bars.
  • Plenty of outdoor, water and land activities.
  • Nightly and daily entertainment and theme parties (do not miss night movies played outside).
  • Sandy, a private but small beach with wooden docks with a roof.
  • No tipping policy.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Free shuttle to/from the airport.
  • The spa offers beach massages.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort:

  • Small beach for the size of a property, not long enough for a stroll along the beach.
  • Extra fee for cabana rentals and spa services.
  • An hour and a half away from the airport.
  • Not appropriate for people with disabilities; the property is huge and confusing to navigate.
  • Extra fee for caddies at the golf course.

6. Sandals Carlyle Inn

Sandals Caryle Inn Resort, Jamaica

Sandals Carlyle sits in the heart of Montego Bay and is a short walk away from many restaurants. This property is the smallest Sandals Resort with only 52 rooms.

This resort is ideal for couples looking for an intimate and budget vacation.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Carlyle Inn:

  • Charming all-inclusive resort in the main downtown area of Montego Bay.
  • Convenient location – only 10 minutes from the airport.
  • More intimate and quiet than other Sandals Resorts.
  • Free “eat and play” at other two nearby sister resorts (restaurants, activities).
  • Choose between 3 restaurants and two bars.
  • 24-hour room service.
  • A large pool and whirlpool with loungers and umbrellas.
  • Daily entertainment and sports activities.
  • Free shuttle to/from the airport.
  • Fitness center.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Carlyle Inn:

  • A public beach is across the street and is very small, sometimes can be very crowded.
  • The resort is on a busy street and can be very noisy (recommend a room facing the garden).
  • Some rooms are dated and need renovation; most rooms do not have balconies.
  • Limited activity features are offered.
  • Butlers are not available at the resort.

7. Sandals South Coast (formerly Sandals Whitehouse)

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Nestled within a nature preserve, along a long stretch and private beach, alone, with no noise from nearby buildings, towns, cars or airplanes.

Advantages of staying at Sandals South Coast (formerly Sandals Whitehouse):

  • The 2-mile stretch of white sand private beach offers you long romantic walks and spectacular views of both the sunset and the sunrise.
  • Isolated all-inclusive resort for absolute relaxation.
  • The resort features three European villages: Italian, French, and Dutch.
  • Choose different types of rooms: over the water butler bungalow, penthouses, suites. All of the rooms have an ocean view.
  • Plenty of land and water sports.
  • Variety of nightly entertainment, from shows, parties, and theme nights to different games.
  • Variety of pools and swim-up bars.
  • There are seven different restaurants
  • Red Line Spa offers different services.
  • Free shuttle from/to the airport.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals South Coast (formerly Sandals Whitehouse):

  • 1,5-hour ride from the airport to the resort.
  • The resort is spread and you need to be prepared to walk.
  • Wi-Fi can be available only in some parts of the resort.

Best Sandals Resorts in the Bahamas

8. Sandals Royal Bahamian

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This resort is considered the most elegant resort in the Sandals chain.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Royal Bahamian:

  • A glamorous all-inclusive resort.
  • Easy access from the airport, only 15-minutes away. Butler guests receive transportation via Rolls Royce and Mercedes.
  • 2 large pools; one is more for relaxing, the other pool is active with activities.
  • Exclusive private Offshore Island with two cove beaches is like a piece of heaven. One beach is for relaxing and snorkeling, the other is for other water sports. There is a pool with a swim-up bar, Red Line Spa and a restaurant. The island is a perfect spot for exploring panoramic views and enjoying nightly entertainment on the island. You can reach the island by boat, kayak or sailboat in some minutes.
  • This is one of the best islands for snorkeling.
  • Plenty of land and water sports.
  • Variety of room-type options.
  • Red Lane Spa with indoor and outdoor treatments.
  • Nightly entertainment with a piano bar, fire pits, and late-night pub.
  • Choose from 10 restaurants and 8 full-service bars.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Royal Bahamian:

  • The pools can be cold in winter.
  • The beach area is not big enough and there are limited chairs and umbrellas.

9. Sandals Emerald Bay

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The resort sits on a hillside overlooking the ocean, on the Emerald Bay Beach, Exuma Island. The property is secluded and is about 30 minutes away from the main city.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Emerald Bay:

  • A pristine mile-long, private beach. You will be able to take walks on the long stretch of white sand.
  • All-inclusive resort with modern 249 rooms and suites with king-size beds and many with private pools. Some rooms are beachfront or a short walk from the beach.
  • A must experience is  Exuma Swimming Pigs.
  • You will be entertained day and night from different shows to piano bars, and live bands.
  • 3 pools (active pools with music and several quiet pools) with pool bars, 2 whirlpools and Zen gardens.
  • Red Lane Spa features massages and other beauty services.
  • Free non-stop round trip airport transfers.
  • Seven restaurants offer spectacular sunset views.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Emerald Bay:

  • In winter the water is chilly.
  • As the resort is secluded there are few activities available off the resort.

10. Sandals LaSource Grenada

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Located on the tip of this small and friendly island, on a Pink Gin Beach and next to the airport. This property is one of the newest properties in the Sandals resort chain, which opened at the end of the year 2013. Nestled in a private area with no other resorts close by. Check our review of Sandals Grenada here.

Advantages of staying at Sandals LaSource:

  • All-inclusive resort with the Caribbean’s most innovative and modern rooms and suites with balconies with soaking tubs, and swim-up suites.
  • Water in winter is warmer than in other resorts in Jamaica and the Bahamas.
  • The resort includes 4 villages: Pink Gin, South Seas, Lover’s Hideaway, & Italian Village.
  • Dining at 10 outstanding restaurants and 6 full-service bars.
  • There are two main pools and many others of different shapes, sizes, waterfalls, and 2 whirlpools. In the largest pool are organized main activities. Don’t forget to enjoy a pool located on the beach
  • Land and water sports.
  • Nightly entertainment; experience romantic fire pits in the evening.
  • Best Huge variety of tours available.
  • 5 minutes away from the airport.
  • Free non-stop round trip airport transfers.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals LaSource:

  • The beach is small for the size of the property with designated areas for swimming.
  • The water is rough.
  • Chilly pools at night.

Best Sandals Resorts in Antigua

11. Sandals Grande Antigua

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Sandals Grande Antigua is voted the world’s leading honeymoon resort and most romantic resort in the Sandals chain. It is set on Dickenson Bay, one of the best beaches in Antigua. The property is close to other resorts. You can be sure if you stay here that you will be on one of the safest islands in the Caribbean.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Grande Antigua:

  • The most beautiful and longest white-sand beach in Antigua. The beach features cooling trade winds and the calmest waters.
  • Good location: close to the capital city (10 minutes by car) and only 20 minutes ride to the airport.
  • All-inclusive resort with lush gardens and two unique villages (one is a Six-star all-suite Mediterranean Village with the style of South of Italy, other is Caribbean Grove with colonial-style buildings).
  • Luxury accommodation from standard deluxe rooms to Mediterranean Villa Suites tucked into hidden gardens with private pools.
  • Nightly entertainment from live bands and shows to theme parties.
  • A variety of cuisines at 11 restaurants and 7 bars.
  • Free non-stop round trip airport transfers.
  • Plenty of land and water activities.
  • Enjoy a double hammock along the beachfront area.
  • Enjoy the evening with Firepits.
  • If you would like to discover Antigua, choose local tours.
  • The resort offers 6 pools with a swim-up bar and 6 whirlpools.
  • It is the best Sandals Resort for honeymoon

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Grande Antigua:

  • The beach is not private and is shared by other resorts and can be busy. It is also populated with vendors.
  • The atmosphere is noisy, so this resort is not a good choice for those looking for secluded accommodation and a quiet vacation.
  • The lack of shade on the beach and no umbrellas.

Best Sandals in St. Lucia

12. Sandals Regency La Toc

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The resort sits on a secluded half-mile crescent-shaped beach and a coral bluff. The property is considered as the most glamorous resort in Saint Lucia.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • The water is sparkling emerald-green and unique among the Caribbean sea.
  • Convenient location: only 15 minutes drive to the airport.
  • All-inclusive resort with traditional and modern colonial Caribbean-style rooms and suites. The spectacular Sunset Ocean Bluff Suites with breathtaking ocean views, butler service and many private pools and terraces.
  • The resort features 3 pools. The main oceanfront pool offers a swim-up bar and a waterfall with a lot of activity and music during the day.
  • Daily and nightly entertainment from karaoke, different shows to many theme parties.
  • The property features a 9-hole golf course with an ocean view.
  • Land and water sports.
  • Free non-stop round trip airport transfers.
  • Enjoy access amenities at two other Sandals resorts free of charge.
  • Red Lane Spa with massage and other beauty services.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Regency La Toc:

  • The water can be rough and may hamper swimming and make water sports unavailable. Pay attention to red flags.
  • A limited number of pool chairs and umbrellas.
  • The main pool can get noisy and crowded.
  • The property is spread out hence be ready to walk a lot.

13. Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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This is one of the Sandals hotels in St Lucia. Set on its peninsula, the property offers grand views of the Atlantic and the Caribbean and is six miles away from the capital city.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • Sits between the Caribbean Sea and Rodney Bay – considered as the most beautiful bay and the calmest waters on the island.
  • All-inclusive resort with Caribbean-style rooms and suites. Other accommodations they offer are The President Clinton Oceanfront Suite, Beachfront Rondoval Suites, and the over the water bungalows mixed with exotic and luxury style architecture.
  • Free non-stop round-trip airport transfers.
  • Plenty of land and water sports activities.
  • Several pool areas. The main pool has a swim-up bar. Others offer more privacy with a quieter atmosphere.
  • Daily and nightly entertainment activities.
  • Restaurants from the barefoot beach to fine dining; bars including an English pub.
  • Stay at 1, Play at 3 Exchange Program (visit other two sisters’ Sandals on the Island with free of charge amenities).
  • Walking to Pigeon Island, where you can climb and hike. The spectacular views are well worth it.
  • Enjoying romantic surroundings – manicured gardens and spectacular views and relaxing by Fire Pits
  • Red Lane Spa.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Grande St. Lucian:

  • The main pool can get crowded and noisy; pool chairs can be difficult to get.
  • Private beach cabanas come with a concierge but cost extra.

14. Sandals Halcyon Beach

Sandals Halcyon Beach

Set along with one of the Island’s busiest roads, it is only a 10-minute drive away from the capital city.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Halcyon Beach:

  • Sits on a stretch sand beach and is insulated by thick tropical greenery, from palms, shrubs, and trees, with plenty of shade to escape the harsh sun.
  • Quieter, more intimate and least expensive of the Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia.
  • All-inclusive resort with cottage-style rooms with stone terraces and all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with a private pool and cascade water.
  • 2 pools with swim-up bars, one is more active, another is quiet.
  • Land and water sports activities.
  • There is plenty of outdoor lounge space to relax and enjoy – Fire Pit, several cabanas, day beds and hammocks.
  • Red Lane Spa.
  • Free non-stop round trip airport transfers.
  • Stay at 1, Play at 3 Exchange Program – you can access amenities at two other Sandals Resorts for free.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Halcyon Beach: 

  • The airport is over an hour drive’s away from the Resort.
  • Located close to a busy road.
  • Some rooms need to be updated.
  • Rooms close to the pool can be noisy.
  • The resort is quieter with fewer activities than the other resorts in St. Lucia.

Sandals Resorts in Barbados

15. Sandals Barbados

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The resort is located on the island’s southwest coast, close to the international airport.

Advantages of staying at Sandals Barbados:

  • All-inclusive resort with beachfront luxury accommodation, suites with beach and garden views, and new swim-up suites.
  • Set on a private stretch of Dover Beach and lush landscape.
  • Lots of restaurant choices and bars.
  • Numerous land and water sports activities.
  • Free non-stop round-trip airport transfers.
  • Close to the international airport.
  • Walking distance to the nightlife of St. Lawrence Gap.
  • Nightly theme entertainment.
  • 3 pools and 2 whirlpools.
  • Most of the beach area is shaded.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Barbados:

  • The water can be very rough.
  • Difficult to find chairs by the pool – reserve yours early in the morning.

16. Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados is one of the newest Sandals resorts. Opened in December 2017 and is located in the St. Lawrence Gap area.

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Advantages of staying at Sandals Royal Barbados:

  • Outstanding new, all-inclusive resort with all-suite accommodations, including Skypool Suites, Millionaire Suites and Swim-up Suites – all with soaking tubs.
  • This is the Sandals’ first rooftop pool with a bar, overlooking the ocean.
  • World-class international cuisine at five restaurants, five service-full bars including Sandals’ first
    craft beer bar.
  • Sandals’ first men’s only barbershop.
  • Free non-stop round-trip airport transfers.
  • Red Lane Spa with different beauty and relaxing treatments.
  • Stay at One, Play at Two Exchange Privileges – free access amenities at two other Sandals Resorts.
  • Enjoy Sandals’ first 4-lane bowling alley.
  • Experience luxury adventure tours.
  • Plenty of land and water sports activities.
  • 2 pools and 2 whirlpools.

Disadvantages of staying at Sandals Royal Barbados:

  • There is a lack of shade on the beach, only a few Palm trees.

Sandals Royal Barbados has been recently modernized and now has 50 top luxury suites. It has now a total number of 552 of suites offering the highest level of service.

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17. Sandals Royal Curacao ( Newest Sandals Resort)

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As summer gets closer, Sandals Resorts, the leader in all-inclusive resorts, is putting the finishing touches on its brand-new Sandals Royal Curaçao, which opens on June 1. This will be Sandals’ 16th property overall and its ninth location in the Caribbean.

The brand-new resort is in one of the most beautiful parts of Curaçao. It is on 44 oceanfront acres inside the Santa Barbara private estate, a 3,000-acre private protected preserve. It faces west, and its design is meant to show off one of the Caribbean’s most magnificent sunsets.

It has 351 beautiful rooms and suites that stretch along the beach of the Caribbean and the calm, sheltered Spanish Water Bay. They have a modern look inside, with blue and green botanical details that match the lush, tropical surroundings of the island.

There are 24 different types of rooms on three different category levels, including two brand-new types of signature suites. The latest Kurason Island Poolside Butler Bungalows and Awa Seaside Butler Bungalows offer high levels of privacy, private patios with an extended sun deck, sun loungers, and a Tranquility Soaking Tub, and a bistro set, as well as personal butler service and 24-hour room service.

The stunning Kurason Island Bungalows have a tropical garden view and are set up in Sandals’ signature heart shape around a semi-private lagoon pool with a man-made island in the middle. The beautiful Awa Seaside Bungalows are right on the beach and have stunning sea views. And each has its own private infinity pool that looks out over the calm Spanish Waters.

Another first for the Sandals brand is that guests of both of these signature suite types can use a stylish and sporty MINI Cooper for free to get around the island as they wish. Other types of guests can use free Dutch bikes to discover the 3,000 acres of lush, tropical land that surrounds the resort.

Sandals Royal Curaçao has more “firsts” than any other Sandals property. For example, it’s the first Sandals property on an island where the primary language isn’t English. The resort also has Sandals’ first two-level infinity pool, called Dos Awa. Its azure blue waters seem to flow right into the azure sea beyond. Another unique and first-of-its-kind feature is the natural saltwater pool with a sand bottom that is cut into the rocks along the coast and filled by the ocean.

Guests can eat and drink as much as they want at any of the resort’s 13 unique bars and eight world-class Global Gourmet Signature restaurants. Eight of the restaurants are brand-new concepts that are only available at Sandals Royal Curaçao.

Outside of the formal dining areas, there are three food trucks, which is another first for Sandals, that serve Curaçaoan food, Spanish tapas, and Asian fusion dishes. An ice-cream cart also serves creamy signature flavors to appease a sweet tooth.

Sandals FAQ

Are sandals all inclusive resorts for adults only?

All Sandals resorts are adults-only.

Where can I find Sandals resorts’ best deals?

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What is the most affordable or cheapest Sandals resort?

According to our experience and from people’s review:

  • Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside One Bedroom Villa Suite – Sandals Ochi Jamaica.
  • Caribbean Village Deluxe – Sandals Barbados.
  • South Seas Premium Room with Outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub – Sandals LaSource Grenada.
  • Carlyle Premium Room – Sandals Inn Jamaica.

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Reviews and testimonials from Sandals Resorts

Tracy M says:

We visited Sandals Barbados in 2015, some of the negatives I can see, the butlers reserving chairs that are never used is very unfair. Other chairs that are not butlers were cleared after an hour of non use though. Barbados is gorgeous and the food was excellent, butch’s do a great steak. The staff in the Merry Monkey are great and its a nice cool place to hang out if your over heated.
We staying in the crystal lagoon room and its stunning. Its a small resort yes, but it’s expanding hopefully with more pools. We are hoping to visit Grenada this year.

Chad says:

My wife and I have been to Sandals twice. Both times we have been to Grand Riviera also know as Ocho Rios and now Ochi. Don’t know why they keep changing the names. Anyways we both had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty. The resort was always very clean, rooms were good. We stayed on the ocean side, never was bored. The food was good, the only thing I wished for was bigger portions at some of the restaurant’s. We were there in 2010 as well as 2014. The reason we went back was there was a lot of remodeling going on in 2010 that we wanted to see if completed. We are actually going on our 3rd Sandals trip in the next 10 days. We will be going to Sandals Halcyon in St Lucia. Hoping that we have just as good of a time in St Lucia as we did in Jamaica.

Sandals Resorts with private pools

As you already know Sandals resorts are all-inclusive resorts on the Caribbean meant only for couples. Besides dreamy beaches and a number of luxury you are going to experience, there is also a romantic atmosphere that is the final touch. Private pools are one of the favorite areas among couples and the heartbeat of the Sandals resorts.

Not all Sandals resorts feature private pools, that’s why we’ve made a list of resorts for you. You will find private pools at seven resorts mentioned below. These resorts are usually sold out quickly, so better book it on time.

Sandals Resorts with private pools

Sandals Negril Resort (Negril, Jamaica)

Millionaire Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool and whirlpool tub

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Over the Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool

Sandals Royal Barbados Resort (St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados)

Beachfront Prime Minister One Bedroom Butler Suite with Private Pool and Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub

South Seas Royal Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

Sandals Grenada Resort (St. George’s, Grenada)

Italian Oceanview PH. 1 Br. SkyPool Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

South Seas Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Villa with Private Pool and private plunge pool

Italian Oceanview 1 Br. SkyPool Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub and private pool

South Seas Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool and private plunge pool Sanctuary

South Seas One Bedroom Butler Villa with Infinity Edge private pool

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort (St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda)

Mediterranean One Bedroom Butler Villa with Private Pool Sanctuary

Caribbean Honeymoon Butler Rondoval with Private Pool Sanctuary

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort (Gros-Islet, St. Lucia)

Beachfront Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary

Sandals Regency La Toc Resort (Castries, St. Lucia)

Sunset Oceanview Bluff Millionaire Butler Villa with Private Pool Sanctuary 

Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool

Sunset Bluff Oceanfront Two Story One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool

regency la toc private pool

Besides private pools, some Sandals Resorts offer also swim-up pools. These kinds of pools are not exactly private but also popular. Swim-Up suites are connected to the pools from a balcony/patio. In other words, a suite gives you access from your balcony/patio into the pool. Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Ocho Rios and Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados all have swim-up suites.

Resorts with semi-private pools: Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Negril, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Grenada, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados.

There are also sky pool suites that offer plunge pools, as part of your bedroom, featuring a spectacular ocean view. Resorts that offer sky pool suites are Sandals Grenada Resort and Sandals Royal Barbados Resort.

Sandals Resorts with Golf

Are you searching for the best Sandals resorts with golf?

Sandals is not only a great spot for couples who want to spend their vacation only on the beach. It’s much more than this. Sandals resorts offer numerous interesting water and land sports alike.

Golfing is one of the activities you can enjoy. You’ll find some of the most challenging and prestigious golf courses in Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Bahamas. The good news is that you can play endless rounds without paying any green fees. If you add tropical landscapes, turquoise water and stunning views, then you can feel like being in the most beautiful place for practicing golf. Don’t worry about your skill level because at Sandals everything is under control.

Sandals Emerald Bay (Bahamas)

sandals resorts with golf

The resort is secluded, located directly on a pristine, mile-long beach of the Great Exuma.


  • The award-winning Sandals Emerald Bay golf course is recognized as one of the most stunning 18 hole golf courses in the Caribbean. It is designed by golf legend Greg Norman.
  • The accommodations range from beachfront villas to charming bay house settings.
  • The resort features 11 unique restaurants and 6 full-service bars.
  • It is one of the best sandals resorts with private pools. It has 3 pools including the Caribbean’s largest and 2 whirlpools.

Sandals Ochi (Jamaica)

sandals with golf

Situated in romantic Ocho Rios, this resort is considered the Caribbean Riviera.


  • The resort offers access to the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club with an 18-hole course. It’s about 700 feet above sea level. The location itself offers narrow fairways with sweeping views of the sea and mountains. Transfers included.
  • There are private golf lessons held.
  • Hillside villas with private pools each with personal butler services.
  • It has 16 restaurants with delicious food and11 bars.

Sandals Royal Plantation (Jamaica)

This intimate resort is located in a beautiful coral bluff in Ocho Rios.


  • Rolling fairways are lined by expansive views of the sea and mountains. It’s an 18-hole course that rises 700 feet above sea level in the lush hills of Ocho Rios. Transfers included.
  • The resort offers only 74 oceanview suites with oversized balconies and patios. It also offers Villa with private three-bedroom and private pool.
  • The location boasts two private white-sand beaches with tiki huts.
  • It has 5 restaurants and 2 bars including swim-up bars.

Sandals Regency La Toc (St. Lucia)

Sandals Regency La Toc

St. Lucia’s most glamorous resort is nestled on a half-mile crescent-shaped beach in Castries.


  • The resort features an executive-style 9-hole golf course, located in a stunning valley surrounded by lush hills.
  • It boasts oceanfront suites and Sunset Bluff village – a resort within a resort (with spectacular views; some are two-story villas with private pools) and most innovative rooms.
  • It features 9 restaurants with international cuisine and 8 bars.
  • It has 3 freshwater pools, 2 of which feature swim-up bars.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian (St. Lucia)

Sandals Grande St. Lucian golf

Set on its very own peninsula at Gros-Islet, the resort is a recipient of the 5-star Diamond Award. It’s also considered as a “picture-perfect location”.


  • You can access to 2 amazing and challenging golf courses. 9-hole Sandals golf club and 18-hole Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate (free transfer). 9-hole Sandals golf club boasts narrow fairways, surrounded by rolling hills and a jungle of bamboo, almond trees and white cedar. 18-hole golf club boasts green slopes with ponds and lush greenery.
  • It has attractive over-the-water bungalows with 24-hour room service, beachfront suites with private pools, oceanfront penthouses,… Luxury and unique rooms.
  • They offer 12 restaurants with extraordinary cuisine and 6 bars.
  • Set on a mile-long stretch of white-sand beach.
  • 5 main pools with the iconic Sunset Tower and swim-up bar.

Sandals Halcyon Beach (St. Lucia)

Located in Castries, the resort is known for its tranquil and peaceful essence, classic Caribbean architecture and topical greenery.


  • Enjoy 2 amazing golf clubs, one with a 9-hole course, the other with an 18-hole course.
  • The resort is located on a perfect white-sand beach.
  • Crystal Lagoon pool surrounded by waterfalls and greenery.
  • Beachfront swim-up butler service rooms, luxury rooms with soaking tubs,…
  • Dining at 6 restaurants with gourmet cuisine and 7 bars, including swim-up bars.

Sandals Resorts with over-water bungalows

These gorgeous suites are highly popular so make sure to book online in advance. Here is all that you need to know about Sandals overwater bungalows.

Sandals Resorts which have overwater bungalows

Sandals have overwater bungalows at three resorts:

  • Sandals South Coast (Whitehouse, Jamaica)
  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian (Gros-Islet, St. Lucia)
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Each bungalow feature:

  • hardwood floors,
  • king-sized beds,
  • spa-style bathrooms,
  • private patio with extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers and bistro set for two,
  • soaking tub for two,
  • glass floor panels ensure you can enjoy undersea views at any time,
  • overwater hammock,
  • butler elite service,
  • 24-hour butler room service.

Additional inclusions:

  • exclusive in-room dining and room service menu,
  • personal airport greeting,
  • expedited immigration,
  • private transfers to and from the airport in a chauffeur-driven luxury car,
  • welcome gift, including branded tote and towel set,
  • Molton Brown bathroom amenities.

Sandals South Coast overwater bungalows

Sandals Resorts with over-wa

Sandals South Coast, opened in December 2017, has 12 overwater bungalows that form a shape of a heart.

It’s 90 minutes away from Montego Bay International airport. The resort is located in a quiet area of Jamaica.

Sandals also has the first overwater bar, with a 360° ocean view. You can enjoy some drinks, lay back in a hammock over the water and catch some famous sunsets.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian overwater bungalows

Sandals Grande St. Lucian overwater bungalows

The overwater bungalows are located along the edge of the St. Lucian Resort. These 9 villas are out off of a peninsula at this resort.

The features of the bungalows are pretty similar to the Sandals South Coast overwater bungalows. The difference is that the views are beachfront, oceanview and oceanfront.

Sandals Royal Caribbean over-water bungalows

Sandals Royal Caribbean is located right in Montego Bay and a short ride away from the international airport.

These 17 bungalows (12 bungalows and 5 villas with private pools) are on the resort’s private island and like Sandals Royal Caribbean – form a heart. They are accessible by a short ferry ride which is available 24/7. On the island, there is also a restaurant and a beach bar. Some face the ocean, while others face the resort.

How much do Sandals overwater bungalow cost?

It’s quite clear that this kind of luxury accommodation is pricey. The price varies depends on how long you stay, which resort you stay in, the season you stay and current promotional rates.

Sandals Resorts for snorkeling and diving

Which is the best Sandals Resort for Snorkeling and diving? When you’re done with history, when you can’t stand the thought of going to another museum, and when you’ve seen every open-air market, the only thing left to do is go underwater.

If you want to go snorkeling, you don’t have to be a scuba diver to do it. It’s easy enough for kids, and even the most jaded traveler will enjoy it. Snorkeling is a great way to truly immerse yourself in nature, whether you’re taking your child to see an underwater ecosystem or just want to get up near and personal with a welcoming shark.

But unfortunately, climate change is putting the watery wonderland at risk. Coral bleaching has already hit many of the world’s reefs. Coral is disappearing worldwide, and some scientists think it could be gone by 2050. Starting to plan your dream snorkeling trip is much more of a reason.

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

1. Montego Bay, Jamaica

It’s one of the crowd’s favorite ways to have fun while on vacation, and there are a lot of great snorkeling spots on the island of Jamaica!

Jamaica is absolutely gorgeous all over, but it’s even more beautiful in the turquoise water. In Montego Bay on the north coast, you can discover a handful of the best snorkeling in Jamaica. The island is excellent for swimming, too.

Snorkeling in Montego Bay can be a lot of fun, but you should know that it’s going to be a lot of work. There’s a lot to see and do in Jamaica, from the beach to the sea. If you want to go snorkeling in Montego Bay, read on for all the information you need about the best places, the best weather, and the best depth for snorkeling.

Montego Bay is a great place to snorkel. Even though snorkeling in Jamaica is excellent all year round, a few months stand out above others as being particularly good for diving and snorkeling — such as between March to May.

All in all, Jamaica has a primarily sunny climate with temperatures that range from 73°F to 89°F, so you’ll have plenty of good days to go snorkeling.

You’re more likely to have strong visibility while snorkeling in Jamaica if the weather is good.

It all depends on where you decide to go snorkeling in Jamaica. If you’re snorkeling near the coast or around one of the more fabulous depth reefs, you’ll have more chances to see a plethora of sea creatures.

In general, when you snorkel in the clear waters of Jamaica, you can anticipate seeing things like sea urchins, angelfish, and parrotfish. Snorkelers may even see clownfish, large-eyed squirrelfish, dartfish, kingfish, jack, mackerel, whiting fish, tuna, and sometimes turtles because the northern coast is a place where turtles lay their eggs.

You may not often see stuff like the four-eye butterflyfish or sharpnose puffers, but they are still there.

The more colorful and flowery coral you might see around Montego Bay is likely to be soft coral, which involves bubble coral. Two main things set soft coral apart from hard coral: this species often looks like one big thing, while hard coral can be found in groups. Brain coral and elkhorn coral are two types of hard coral usually found in Jamaica. If you don’t see sea fans, star coral, or torch coral often, keep an eye out.

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Top Snorkeling Spots near Montego Bay, Jamaica

People who go snorkeling in the Bahamas will have some of the best moments they’ll ever have. Most of the time, when the best beaches and reefs in the Bahamas are talked about in the news, they talk about how great they are and how many exciting things you can see, like golden beaches, pink sands, and swimming pigs. The 700 or so islands that constitute the Bahamas are great for snorkeling or scuba diving, no matter what you do.

Most of the places you can go under the sea aren’t as memorable as those in The Bahamas.

When you go snorkeling in the Bahamas, it’s essential to know that where you go will affect what you see and do. Much tropical fish and coral can be found in some places, but you might see seahorses, angelfish, and lionfish in other areas. You might also see sea turtles, squid, and small stingrays while you’re out on the water.

Doctor’s Cave Beach

Sandals Resorts for snorkeling and diving

The first thing you can perhaps hear about Doctor’s Cave Beach is that the water has healing power. Because of this long-standing belief, even if there’s no truth to this long-running myth. Even if you just go in for a quick dip, this belief adds a self-care element to even the most casual dive.

Protected coral reefs are found at Doctor’s Cave Beach, and you can get to them on foot. Many people absolutely adore diving on this beach because the environmental rules have really helped keep the reefs here beautiful.

Doctor’s Cave Beach costs about $6 per adult per day and about $3 per child. That fee allows you access to beach bars, changing rooms, and a wide range of water sports, which you can pay extra for. Snorkeling gear will also cost extra, adding up to more funds for your beach day.

Additional Tip: It looks like you’re getting ready for a trip to Jamaica that includes a lot of snorkeling. Sandals Resorts gives free snorkeling trips to all of its guests. The best part is that people who stay at both Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean all-inclusive resorts can use the same things. Enjoy unlimited food and drinks at 21 diners, an over-the-water bar, and many swim-up and beach bars. Getting to and from each of the two resorts is included, and the resorts are only a 5-minute drive apart.

Montego Bay Marine Park

If you’re going to Montego Bay, you should make sure you visit the Montego Bay Marine Park. It has some of the best places to dive and snorkel in Jamaica. In 1991, this was the first marine park in Jamaica. There are 12 miles of coastline inside the park. You’ll also find mangrove ecosystems and seagrass beds. Coral reefs are also found there. If you’re a diver, this is a great place to go. You’ll be allowed to snorkel here because most reefs are close to the shore. Under the waves, you’ll find healthy coral reefs and a lot of fish because of strict environmental rules.

Cornwall Beach

Cornwall Beach

Cornwall Beach isn’t far from Doctor’s Cave Beach. It’s one of those beaches where you can snorkel close to the shore, which is excellent if you want to. This is a great place for snorkelers of all age ranges because the coral reefs aren’t too deep. You’ll have to pay about $5 to get into this beach. It’s a small charge that goes toward the beach’s upkeep, but it’ll be worth it when you plunge into the serene environment. On some days, there are sunset parties on this beach with a lot of rum to get by.

Bloody Bay

Known as a “hidden gem” by some, Bloody Bay is a good place to go if you want to relax on the beach and do some snorkeling. A lot of Seven Mile Beach goes into Bloody Bay. This beach is right next to it. Here, under the serene and clear water, you’ll find a vibrantly colored reef that divers of all levels of skill can go to see. If you want to go snorkeling, you can take a catamaran trip into the deeper waters of this beach. As part of that trip, you can also look for caves in the vicinity or perhaps even canoe into the Negril Great Morass.

2. Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

People who go snorkeling in the Bahamas will have some of the best moments they’ll ever have. Most of the time, when the best beaches and reefs in the Bahamas are talked about in the news, they talk about how great they are and how many exciting things you can see, like golden beaches, pink sands, and swimming pigs. The 700 or so islands that constitute the Bahamas are great for snorkeling or scuba diving, no matter what you do.

Snorkeling in The Bahamas is best done during peak season, from mid-December to mid-April each year. Because the Bahamas is always sunny, you can go snorkeling there almost any time of the day.

Most of the places you can go under the sea aren’t as memorable as those in The Bahamas.

When you go snorkeling in the Bahamas, it’s essential to know that where you go will affect what you see and do. Much tropical fish and coral can be found in some places, but you might see seahorses, angelfish, and lionfish in other areas. You might also see sea turtles, squid, and small stingrays while you’re out on the water.

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Top Snorkeling Spots around Nassau, Bahamas

Gambier Deep Reef

Some of the best places to snorkel in Nassau may cost money. As part of the tour, this implies that it carries you to just the perfect destination. Because it could save you some time trying to figure things out on your own, paying extra isn’t always a bad thing. A place called Gambier Deep Reef is one of these places. It is on the northwestern edge of New Providence Island.

A boat is the only way to get to Gambier Deep. The beautiful snorkeling spot is about nine miles from the center of Nassau. The reef itself goes about 80 feet down, which is something that scuba divers like. It’s a great place to go snorkeling, and those who want to see the coral reef from above will be just as happy. There are a lot of different kinds of fish to see there.

The Andros Barrier Reef

The Andros Barrier Reef

In the Bahamas, the Andros Barrier Reef is among the best places to go diving. It is 190 miles long. It is one of the best places to snorkel in Nassau because it is the third biggest reef complex in the world. It flows perpendicularly to Andros Island and is positioned to the West and South-West of New Providence Island. The Andros Barrier reef can only be reached by boat, so you’ll need to plan ahead to go on a tour.

The reef is about 124 miles long, and it’s broken up into parts like the shallow lagoon, the back reef, and the inner fore reef. More than 150 kinds of fish live at this place, including marlins, tarpons, sailfish, and many other kinds of fish. There are also many kinds of coral. The Tongue of the Ocean “drop-off” is also part of the Andros Barrier Reef. It’s an underwater cliff about 65 feet below the surface, and it’s 6,000 feet down over the edge. A fast ferry takes about two hours to get from Nassau to Andros, and it costs about $45 every way.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

It will be hard to find a better place to snorkel in the Bahamas than the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park in the Bahamas. If you want to have an all-encompassing snorkeling experience while visiting the islands, this is the place to go. It’s a 22-mile long park with many other things to do. At the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, which is 176 square miles, you’ll find a lot of blue holes with freshwater, caves both on land and underwater, and a lot of jaw-dropping underwater drop-offs.

Near to Sandals Emerald Bay, this celebrity-inspiring location has been used in movies like James Bond’s “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again.” It’s a must-see if you’re planning to snorkel in this area. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the best place to snorkel. By ferry, it takes about 2.5 hours from Nassau to Staniel Cay in Exuma, which is in the Bahamas. The fare is about $45 for each trip.

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  1. Hi Lisa, We haven’t gone to this one. In general the reviews I have heard about it are very positive. Check at the top I added a special deal of $ 1000 booking credit valid till 30th April.

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