Sandals Montego Bay Review

If you’re looking for the perfect resort to visit on your next trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, consider Sandals Montego Bay. This luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resort is a popular choice for couples and honeymooners and could be the best Montego Bay all-inclusive resort for your next vacation.

In this article, we have unpacked everything there is to know about Sandals Montego Bay so you can decide if it is the best Jamaica resort for you.

Sandals Montego Bay: Overview

As the first-ever Sandals resort (opened in 1981) Sandals Montego Bay is an extremely popular choice for visitors to Jamaica. The posh resort has undergone extensive renovations to keep it up to the Sandals standard and is now considered by many to be the best all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.

Nestled on a stretch of private white-sand beach with tranquil turquoise waters, the stunning open-air lobby–and much of the resort–overlooks the Caribbean. Many restaurants sit along the waterfront, and the overwater bar is a truly unique way of enjoying the surrounding waters day or night.

Sandals Montego Bay is perfect for those who want to get a lot for their money, as not only is this resort all-inclusive, but you’ll also be able to enjoy all the amenities and restaurants of the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Sandals Montego Bay: Getting There

Since Sandals Montego Bay is conveniently close to the main airport in Montego Bay, Sangster International Airport, getting there is a breeze. Guests simply make their way to the Sandals Lounge at the airport before hopping aboard a complimentary shuttle to the resort.

If you’re going to be arriving at a busy time of day or during peak season, you may want to consider purchasing access to Club Mobay. This way you can get through customs quickly and be one of the first to hop aboard the shuttle transit to your resort.

Should you be staying in one of the exclusive butler suites, you will receive a private BMW transfer to your accommodation.

Sandals Montego Bay: Rooms & Suites

Sandals Montego Bay offers a wide selection of luxurious rooms and suites, many of them located just steps away from the gorgeous white beach and sparkling sea.

Some of the most popular choices are the Beachfront Swim-up Butler Suites. Located on the beach, these swanky properties feature a sliding glass wall so you can step from your room directly into the lagoon-style pools and go for a swim! Each of these comes with a private in-pool lounger and a classic Tranquility Soaking Tub for couples to enjoy, and they’re just mere steps from the white sand beach.

Other popular room choices here include the Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites, which also boast a soaking tub, a balcony overlooking the Caribbean, and 24/7 butler service.

The Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Elite Luxury Rooms are a little more affordable than some of the others. With a private patio and direct access to lush gardens and a lagoon swimming pool, this room type is a favorite of many.

Sandals Montego Bay: Food & Drink

Sandals Montego Bay offers unlimited dining, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and dinner at all of the restaurants, as well as access to all the dining options at the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean. You’ll also get complimentary transportation there and back.

At Sandals Montego Bay there are 6 different bars (including swim-up bars and a piano bar), and 12 restaurants, many of which offer beautiful views of the beach and ocean. One of the best bars sits over the water, so you can enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the spectacular views.

Cafe de Paris is a great specialty cafe, offering coffee, crepes, and pastries. Opening early, it’s perfect for all those early risers who like to get up and go! You can also enjoy a buffet or a la carte restaurant at breakfast.

Casual eateries are available for snacks and lunch, offering mouthwatering burgers, freshly baked pizzas, tasty quesadillas, and traditional Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

There is a huge range of options when it comes to dinner. Whether you want a casual or gourmet restaurant, there’s something for everyone including sushi, Japanese cuisine, classic Caribbean, or delicious international fare.

Sandals Montego Bay: Beach

If you’re looking for a beautiful beach, the one at Sandals Montego Bay is simply spectacular. With a long stretch of soft white sand and clear water, there are plenty of chairs dotted around for guests to relax on.

There are also lots of watersports, all included in your rate.

Sandals Montego Bay: Things to Do

You will be spoiled for choice at this resort, as Sandals Montego Bay offers a huge array of onsite activities.

Of course, there is the splendid beach, as well as seven pools to enjoy, each with a different vibe and atmosphere so you can find just the right environment to suit your mood.

If you’re looking for a range of other water-based activities, there’s plenty to choose from, including tubing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba diving, and waterskiing. Instruction is also included for everything except scuba diving.

Hoping to stick to dry land? Worry not, there’s an equally diverse range of activities for you to enjoy, including beach volleyball, croquet, day and night tennis, basketball, table tennis, lawn chess, pool tables, and a fitness center with exercise classes.

You can also head to the Red Lane Spa to indulge in relaxing treatments or take advantage of the steam room, beauty salon, yoga/Pilates studio, or plunge pools and relaxation areas in the secluded garden.

Sandals Montego Bay: Excursions

While there’s plenty to do within the grounds of the resort, you may also be interested in checking out attractions and activities around Jamaica. Sandals Montego Bay offers a wide range of offsite excursions to help you get the most out of your visit to Jamaica.

Some of the most popular excursions include lagoon swimming, river rafting, horseback riding on the beach, ziplining in the jungle, ATV tours, guided mountain hiking, “drive-your-own” adventures to other cities, boat trips, rum tours, waterfall tours, catamaran cruises, and more.

It must be noted that these come at an extra cost and are not included in the price of your stay.

Sandals Montego Bay: Nightlife

When it comes to the perfect adults-only getaway, the fun shouldn’t stop at sunset! Instead, once the sun goes down, you’re in for a treat at Sandals Montego Bay.

At nightfall, be sure to head down to the beach, where tiki torches, fire pits, and a gentle sea breeze create a romantic and electric vibe. Sandals Montego Bay is one of the Sandals resorts known for its vibrant atmosphere and offers a variety of entertainment options.

Guests can enjoy beach parties, music, a piano bar, theme nights, and live shows. 

If you’re looking to head out and party, this resort is located close to the nightlife scene in Montego Bay so you can easily enjoy the local bars and clubs.

Sandals Montego Bay: Cost

Sandals Montego Bay is one of the most expensive Sandals resorts in Jamaica. Rooms start at $331 per person, per night. However, this rate includes everything you’ll need for a fabulous vacation. 

There are generally plenty of deals available, including a fourth night free, to make your stay more budget-friendly. You can check the Sandals website or talk to a Sandals travel agent to make sure you’re getting the best price.

Sandals Montego Bay: Clientele

Like all Sandals properties, Sandals Montego Bay is a luxury adults-only resort aimed specifically at couples. This means the majority of guests are couples on a special romantic vacation or honeymoon.

Sandals Montego Bay: Destination Weddings

Not only is Sandals Montego Bay a great spot for a honeymoon, but it’s also an excellent choice if you’re planning a destination wedding in Jamaica.

It features an amazing over-water chapel where you can walk down a glass floor aisle with the colorful marine life and turquoise water below, and say your vows with a backdrop of spectacular views of the Caribbean.

Plus, you can get a free wedding here! When you book a minimum seven-night stay in a club or butler room, you’ll get a free tropical wedding, including an in-house wedding planning team, preparation of your marriage documents, and a 15% discount on spa services. Your bouquet, cake, cocktail reception, ceremony site, and wedding photos are included in this rate!

Staying longer? You can add Premium Perks to your wedding at no extra cost.

If you want that once-in-a-lifetime, tailor-made experience, then Sandals also offers customizable wedding packages.

Sandals Montego Bay: Honeymoons

As mentioned before, Sandals resorts are adults-only, all-inclusive, luxury resorts aimed at couples, which makes them a popular choice with honeymooners.

Another reason they are popular for honeymoons is the complimentary honeymoon package. Stay at Sandals Montego Bay within 30 days of your wedding day (or if you get married there) and you will receive breakfast in bed (on one morning of your choosing), a bottle of sparkling wine, fresh flowers, and a special turndown service with flower petals on the bed for your first night.

Think you might enjoy a stay at Sandals Montego Bay? Head over to our Contact Us page to get in touch with one of our Sandals specialists, who can help you score great deals and assist in planning your dream vacation.

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