Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast

Two of the most romantic Sandals resorts in Jamaica, Sandals Royal Plantation and Sandals South Coast are very popular for honeymoons and couples’ escapes. If you’re trying to choose between these two Sandals resorts, we’re here to help with our comparison of Sandals Royal Plantation vs. Sandals South Coast.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast Quick Take

Both are beautiful, peaceful resorts. Sandals Royal Plantation has all butler suites and is small, but has access to everything at nearby Sandals Ochi. Sandals South Coast is secluded and has overwater bungalows and other amazing accommodation options.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast Overview

Both Sandals Royal Plantation and South Coast are some of the more peaceful Sandals resorts. SRP is the smallest, at just 74 suites, and South Coast is set on a secluded and pristine beach in White House. While they both have a lot to offer, there are some differences.

Perhaps the biggest is that Sandals Royal Plantation is an all-butler-suite resort, while South Coast has a full range of rooms and suites that include the incredible overwater bungalows. SRP is also more centrally located, in Ocho Rios.

Another is that you can golf at Sandals Royal Plantation, but not at Sandals South Coast.

While SRP is smaller than South Coast, you get complimentary access to everything at nearby Sandals Ochi, which is the largest Sandals resort.

Sandals Royal Plantation is better rated although there isn’t a big difference (4.7 vs. 4.5 for South Coast)

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast: Location

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

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

Sandals South Coast is set in White House, on Jamaica’s pristine southern coast. It is 30 miles from the airport in Montego Bay, but the drive goes along winding and rough roads so be prepared if you get motion sickness.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast: Price

While rates can vary, Sandals South Coast is less expensive than Sandals Royal Plantation; SRP currently starts at $349 per person per night and South Coast starts at $239 per person per night.

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

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast: 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 lovely pools and whirlpools; South Coast has more, including the Caribbean’s longest river pool.

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

You’ll find nightly entertainment at both, but these are fairly laidback resorts. There’s an onsite spa at both as well, which costs extra.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast: Food and Drink

Both offer a variety of gourmet dining options and cuisine choices; South Coast has more restaurants onsite. There are 5 restaurants at Sandals Royal Plantation, but with the access to Sandals Ochi (via a free shuttle) you get a total of 21 restaurants and 13 bars.

Sandals South Coast has 9 restaurants, many of which are beachfront or overlook the water.

Each resort has a selection of bars as well, but South Coast has more, with 7 (including swim-up bars and a really cool overwater bar). There are two bars at Sandals Royal Planation, including Jamaica’s first champagne and caviar bar.

Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast: Accommodations

The main difference here is that SRP has all oceanfront suites that come with 24-hour personal butler service, while South Coast offers a range of choices including the super-romantic overwater bungalows. It also features unique swim-up Rondoval butler villas with private plunge pools as well as beachfront swim-up suites, beachfront walk-out suites, oceanview rooms and suites, penthouse suites, and more.

After reading our look at Sandals Royal Plantation vs. South Coast, 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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