Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals Royal Caribbean may sound similar in name, but they do have some key differences.

Our comparison of Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean can help you decide which one is best for you.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean Quick Take

Sandals Royal Plantation is smaller and has all butler suites. Sandals Royal Caribbean has overwater bungalows and a private island. Both offer access to all facilities at a nearby Sandals resort.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean Overview

Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals Royal Caribbean are two of the seven Sandals resorts in Jamaica.

Sandals Royal Plantation is the smallest Sandals, with just 74 suites. One of the main differences between it and Sandals Royal Caribbean is that it is an all-butler-suite resort, while Sandals Royal Caribbean has a full range of rooms and suites that include the incredible overwater bungalows.

Another difference is that Sandals Royal Plantation is located in Ocho Rios and about an hour and a half from the airport, while Sandals Royal Caribbean is located close to the airport in Montego Bay.

Both of these resorts offer access to another Sandals via a free shuttle: SRP guests can go to Sandals Ochi, while SRC guests can go to Sandals Montego Bay.

You can golf at Sandals Royal Plantation, but not at Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Plantation is slightly better rated, with a Google rating of 4.7 vs. 4.4 for Sandals Royal Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean: Location

You’ll get complimentary transfers to and from the airport at both resorts.

Sandal Royal Plantation is in Ocho Rios, and you can get to it from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay in about 90 minutes. Or you can choose Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios, which is just 9 miles from the resort.

Sandals Royal Caribbean is in Montego Bay, just about 10 minutes from the airport.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean: Price

While rates can vary, Sandals Royal Caribbean is less expensive than Sandals Royal Plantation; SRP currently starts at $349 per person per night and Royal Caribbean starts at $243 per person per night.

Using a certified Sandals travel agent can help you save money at either resort.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean: Amenities and Activities

Both of these resorts have beautiful white-sand beaches with calm water perfect for all the complimentary watersports they offer. These include snorkeling, scuba diving, paddleboarding, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, and more. There are also multiple pools and whirlpools, but Sandals Royal Caribbean has more options.

The private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean is a unique amenity that features a pool with swim-up bar, a whirlpool, a gorgeous beach with thatched-roof cabanas, and a restaurant.

Each resort also has land sports including tennis and beach volleyball, as well as a fitness center. Sandals Royal Plantation offers access to complimentary golf.

You’ll find nightly entertainment at both. While neither is a “party” resort, Sandals Royal Caribbean has beach bonfires on the private island and is close to the nightlife in Montego Bay.

There’s an onsite spa at both resorts, which costs extra.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean: Food and Drink

While Sandals Royal Caribbean has more restaurants and bars onsite, you actually have access to about the same number at either resort once you factor in the other resorts you can visit.

Sandals Royal Plantation has 5 restaurants on the property, but with the access to Sandals Ochi (via a free shuttle) you get a total of 21 restaurants and 13 bars.

Sandals Royal Caribbean has 9 restaurants, and you get access to everything at Sandals Montego Bay for a total of 21 restaurants and 12 bars.

There are two bars at Sandals Royal Plantation, including Jamaica’s first champagne and caviar bar.  The 5 bars at Sandals Royal Caribbean include swim-up bars.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean: Accommodations

The main difference here is that Royal Plantation has all oceanfront suites that come with 24-hour personal butler service, while Royal Caribbean offers a range of choices including the amazing overwater bungalows (which are on the private island). Some of the overwater bungalows here even have private infinity pools. Other popular options at SRC are swim-up suites and beachfront walk-out suites.

After reading our look at Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Royal Caribbean which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! And if you’d like help planning your trip, feel free to contact one of our expert travel advisors!

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