Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay

Two of the 7 adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resorts in Jamaica are Sandals Ochi and Sandals Montego Bay. While these popular resorts have some similarities, they are also different in a few ways.

This article compares Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay so you can choose which one is best for you.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Quick Take

While Sandals Ochi is the largest Sandals, there is plenty to do at both of these resorts. They also each have good nightlife. Sandals Ochi is the cheapest Sandals resort, and Sandals Montego Bay is the closest to the airport.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Overview

Sandals Ochi is the biggest Sandals resort, covering 100 acres, and it’s also the cheapest. This makes it extremely popular and lively. It has the most restaurants and bars (16 and 11), multiple pools, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

Sandals Ochi is divided into two sides, one along a hill and one along the beach. The quieter hillside area is home to the butler villas plus the Main House and biggest pool. The beach area is busier and has the Ocho Rios Beach Club.

The very first Sandals location, Sandals Montego Bay has been completely renovated for a modern and upscale look. Practically everything overlooks the water here, from the gorgeous open-air lobby to most restaurants to the overwater bar. It also has an overwater wedding chapel.

There are 12 restaurants, 6 bars, 7 pools, and 3 whirlpools at Sandals Montego Bay, and guests here also get access to all the amenities at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean via a free transfer service.

Montego Bay Airport

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Location

Sandals Montego Bay is located very close to the airport, so you can get your vacation started as quickly as possible. It is set in Montego Bay just 15 minutes from Sangster International Airport.

Sandals Ochi is located in Ocho Rios, about 90 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay or about 30 minutes from Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios.

As at every Sandals, airport transfers are complimentary.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Beaches

Sandals Ochi has a lovely long white-sand beach that is divided into three areas. The water is calm and perfect for watersports. There is a beach club as well as a pool with swim-up bar nearby. There’s also a beachfront restaurant.

The second stretch of beach is in the Riviera Seaside Village and features multiple dining and bar options. The third area, in front of the Riviera Beachfront Tower, is the longest and is where you can find all the watersports equipment.

Sandals Montego Bay has a long stretch of beautiful white-sand beach with offshore coral reefs that keep the water nice and calm for watersports. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas as well as private cabanas available. Some of the pools and whirlpools are beachfront.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Rooms and Suites

Sandals Ochi offers a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, including some that are in separate villas tucked into the lush hillside. Top options here include the Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Bedroom Villa Suite with a Private Pool Sanctuary, featuring a walled courtyard with its own pool and hot tub, as well as an outdoor rain shower. It comes with private butler service for the ultimate luxury.

There are also beautiful beachfront, poolside, or secluded garden suites available. The Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Bedroom Butler Suite offers plenty of space and excellent ocean views.

It also features an enormous living room with a wet bar, a spacious bedroom with a king four-poster bed; and a spa-like bathroom with a sunken whirlpool tub and walk-in shower. French doors lead onto an oversized furnished balcony, and it comes with butler service as well.

It’s all about the beach at Sandals Montego Bay, which features a variety of luxurious beachfront rooms. The Beachfront Swim-up Butler Suite gives you access to a river pool through a retractable glass wall, plus a private in-pool lounger and a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two with views to the ocean. It also includes 24-hour private butler service.

Or choose a Beachfront Honeymoon Suite, which has an oceanfront balcony and a Tranquility Soaking Tub; a Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Suite just steps from the beach; or Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Rooms which have private patios and direct access to a pool surrounded by lush gardens.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Activities and Amenities

Both Sandals Ochi and Montego Bay have plenty of complimentary unlimited activities including water and land sports. Even scuba diving is included; certified divers can dive up to twice a day at either resort.

Water sports at Sandals Ochi include aqua trikes, kayaks, windsurfing, sailboats, snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddle boards. Land activities include beach volleyball, day and night tennis, table tennis, shuffleboard, lawn chess, bocce ball, squash, horseshoes, rock climbing, pool tables, board games, and a fitness center.

There are 7 pools and multiple whirlpools, with swim-up bars at 3 of the pools, including the oceanfront pool at the beach club. Sandals Ochi is known as more of a “party resort,” and with the beach club and 11 bars, there is always something going on. But you can find peaceful spots to relax here as well.

Sandals Ochi also gives you access to the golf course at the nearby Upton Estate Golf and Country Club, which is considered one of the best in Jamaica. Set high in the hills, this 18-hole championship course overlooks the ocean. Both green fees and transportation are complimentary.

Sandals Montego Bay has 7 pools and 3 whirlpools, some overlooking the ocean, plus watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cat sailing, and tubing.

Land activities include day and night tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, croquet, shuffleboard, table tennis, pool tables, lawn chess, and board games. Guests also have access to all the activities and amenities at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean (with a complimentary shuttle service).

For anyone planning a destination wedding, Sandals Montego Bay has an amazing overwater chapel where you can walk down a glass floor aisle and have your ceremony surrounded by views of the turquoise Caribbean.

Both resorts offer the full-service Red Lane Spa for a wide range of restorative spa services (at an extra cost). You can also book area excursions from both locations (also at an extra cost).

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Food and Drink

Sandals Ochi has the most restaurants of any Sandals resort, with 16 different choices, and 11 bars, including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy.

The restaurants at Sandals Ochi serve a wide variety of cuisine including gourmet French, Italian, Asian, Caribbean, sushi, Southern, Mediterranean, seafood, pizza, and tapas. Many have water views, some are beachfront, and one is even over the water.

There are 6 bars, including swim-up bars and a piano bar, as well as 12 restaurants at Sandals Montego Bay. Dining options include Italian, Japanese, a steakhouse, a waterfront restaurant with international cuisine, a sushi bar, and elegant Old Jamaican restaurant, a Caribbean jerk shack, a British pub, a casual pizzeria, a Parisian café, a seaside bar and grill, and a toes-in-the-sand open-air restaurant serving fresh seafood and local dishes.

At Sandals Montego Bay you also have access to all the restaurants at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean.

At both Sandals Ochi and Montego Bay you can also get room service or request private dining options like a candlelight dinner on the beach (for an extra fee). If you are in a club level room, you can get room service between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.; butler suites get 24/7 room service.

As at all Sandals resorts, your all-inclusive rate covers unlimited meals and snacks plus all beverages including premium liquors and Robert Mondavi wines.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Nightlife

Sandals Ochi is known to have a lively atmosphere. It has 11 bars, including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy as well as 3 swim-up bars and a piano bar. It also offers nightly entertainment including shows in an amphitheater, live music, a piano bar, a chocolate buffet, talent night, karaoke, and beach parties with fire dancers.

Sandals Montego Bay is also a great option if you like lots to do at night. It offers live music, shows in an amphitheater, a piano bar, a chocolate buffet, and talent night, as well as theme nights, Jamaican Jamboree, and beach parties. This resort is also close to Montego Bay’s active nightlife scene if you want to go out to local clubs.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Cost

Sandals Ochi is the cheapest Sandals resort, with current rates starting at $187 per person per night. Sandals Montego Bay is a good bit more expensive, with rates currently starting at $301 per person per night.

Stays at all Sandals resorts include all meals and snacks at all restaurants; unlimited non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including unlimited premium liquors and unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines; a minibar in your room that is refreshed daily, stocked with juice, water, soft drinks, wine and beer; a coffee maker with Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend coffee; unlimited nonmotorized watersports such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking, including equipment and professional instruction; scuba diving (including equipment) for certified divers; unlimited land sports including golf and tennis (at most resorts), beach volleyball, etc.; a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; daily and nightly entertainment; WiFi; roundtrip airport transfers; private airport arrival lounges at some locations; roundtrip shuttles to other resorts and access to their facilities (at some locations).

You won’t have to worry about tips and taxes because they are all included as well. Plus, stay a minimum of 7 nights in a club or butler room and get a free wedding, and if you honeymoon here within 30 days of your wedding you get a free honeymoon package.

Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay Conclusion

Sandals Ochi is one of the most affordable Sandals resorts and also the largest, so it’s perfect for younger couples or anyone who likes to stay active or wants a “party” vibe.

Sandals Montego Bay also has plenty of things to do and is centrally located near lots of attractions as well as the airport. You get access to all the amenities at another resort, Sandals Royal Caribbean, as well.

Now that you’ve read all about Sandals Ochi vs. Montego Bay, which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re ready to plan your trip, feel free to reach out to one of our expert travel advisors!

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