Perched atop a 25-foot bluff and overlooking two private Caribbean coves, Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios offers you a return to the past with an authentic British Colonial retreat in the heart of Jamaica. Constructed in the 1950s, Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, formerly known as the Plantation Inn, was a sanctuary for old Hollywood glamour including members of the British Royal Family, Sir Winston Churchill and acclaimed authors Noel Coward and Ian Fleming of James Bond fame.
Purchased in February 2000 by Gordon “Butch” Stewart, founder and chairman of Sandals Resorts, the legendary property underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and was re-introduced in 2004 as Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, and joined the Luxury Included® Sandals Resorts brand in 2010.
Restored to its former glory as one of the most elegant beach boutique resorts in Jamaica, Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s only member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, is comprised of 17 manicured acres, 74 all ocean view suites each featuring personal butler service, and the private Villa Plantana, a 3,000 square-foot, three-bedroom villa with a private pool and dedicated household staff.
“As a child I was always fascinated by the classic elegance of resorts such as the Plantation Inn,” says Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts. “It seemed only natural that we make this storied estate a part of our Sandals Resorts brand. It is truly a special place – one can feel the rich history and stories within its walls while walking through the corridors and gardens. We have worked tirelessly to maintain the authentic feel of this resort while providing our guests with an unparalleled level of service and luxury.”
Upon arrival, you are welcomed with traditional Jamaican breadfruit or coconut chips and a signature sugarcane champagne cocktail. All Sandals Royal Plantation suites offer the services of a personal butler, trained to exacting standards by the prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers, and are decadently appointed with sumptuous Italian bed linens and boast panoramic ocean views of the Caribbean Sea. Custom services including a ‘pillow menu’ and 24-hour room service.
Ranging in size from 400 to 1,160 square feet, each suite category features custom-crafted mahogany furniture, king-size beds, individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room bar, sitting and dining area, data port, private bath and shower, safe, 32-inch flat screen television, CD player and iHome docking station.
Sandals Royal Plantation offers a variety of fine dining options that range from French and Mediterranean cuisine to more traditional beachfront Jamaican fare. Excelling at every culinary level, there are four exquisite à la carte restaurants, each with a unique atmosphere, an exceptional menu and a wine list to match. At Le Papillon, the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, award-winning chefs consult on a menu of Jamaican and Jamaican-French fusion dishes prepared by an award-winning collection of local culinary talent. The Terrace specializes in the freshest à la carte Caribbean, Italian and Mediterranean dishes with an island touch served under the moonlight. The resort’s
Royal Café is a casual spot, offering fresh grilled fish and seafood specialties along the beach with live daily entertainment by the Happy Smilers, a famed traditional Jamaican mento band. The Wobbly Peacock Pub serves up traditional English pub fare in a casual atmosphere each afternoon and evening. Inspired by the British-colonial era, daily afternoon tea and scones are served in the traditional manner along with delicious Jamaican treats including coconut gazzadas, rum cake and banana bread. A special offering exclusive to Sandals Royal Plantation is the C-Bar, Jamaica’s only caviar and champagne bar, featuring white-gloved service and Veuve Cliquot champagne, served alongside the finest Iranian caviar packaged exclusively for Sandals Royal Plantation*.
Relaxation and rejuvenation can be found at the exclusive Red Lane® Spa, Jamaica’s only member of the Leading Spas of the World, offering a wealth of treatments based on Red Lane’s award-winning signature scrubs, massages, facials and indigenous Jamaican specialties. Not strictly relegated to the spa, treatments are also available both in-suite and beachside at this intimate oasis, providing the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. For guests looking to keep fit, Sandals Royal Plantation Ocho Rios features a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center and daily exercise classes that range from nature walks to yoga and Pilates on the pier. In addition, private training and nutritional services are available for those seeking to customize their fitness regime during their stay.
The resort’s two private beaches offer activities and instruction for everything from canoeing and windsurfing to excursions in the hotel’s private glass-bottomed boat. Guests are provided with Royal Beach Butler Service on a daily basis, providing a full food and cocktail menu, in addition to refreshing amenities such as mangosas, chilled towels, refreshing rosewater face and body mists and cucumber eye cooling masks and fresh fruit. A freshwater pool, two heated whirlpools and two lighted tennis courts are also available.
Golfers staying at the resort enjoy complimentary access to Sandals Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole championship course considered the island’s most elite and picturesque. Nightly entertainment ranging from jazz trios to calypso and reggae bands is located on the terrace at Sandals Royal Plantation every evening for dinner and dancing.