We wrapped up our touring with Sandals Royal Plantation and Beaches Ocho Rios. Sandals Royal Plantation is a boutique style, ALL BUTLER, ultra luxury accommodation. The fortunate folks who stay at this small but stunning resort can party at their neighbor, Ochi Beach (but the poor saps from Ochi Beach cannot visit the Plantation).
The views from Royal Plantation were amazing – they were getting ready to set up for a wedding while we were there and MAN! I can’t even imagine what those pictures will look like. This even more exclusive offering from the Sandals brand hones in on the opportunities presented by having a small and more private experience. Each guest reservation is assigned not one, but TWO butlers – your Beach Butler and your Room Butler – Say What??? Talk about service!!!
Our last stop (other than a pretty fun golf cart tour of Sandals Gold Club in Ocho Rios) was the Beaches Ocho Rios Resort. This family friendly resort boasts a wonderful kids club and of course, Sesame Street characters! Beaches specializes in vacations for all families, with special training in autism and special needs, making the Beaches brand the perfect family vacation. Another cool fact – most resorts and resort brands begin to offer kids clubs at age 3 or 4; Beaches is from birth – with a 3 to 1 ratio for babies. Families will not find a more amazing opportunity for rest, relaxation, and memory making than a Beaches resort.
I loved the water park at this Beaches resort, and the service was fabulous and fun – but the resort itself was a bit run down and outdated. Its quirkiness was interesting, but it lacked continuity. It was created out of three different resorts in the 1980s and that is evident in the differing styles. Interesting facts – the Gift Shop is the place that used to house Liz Taylor when she came to visit the part of the resort that USED to be the Playboy Resort back in the day. In fact, the penthouse of this Beaches resort was Hugh Hefner’s penthouse. Kind of ironic, I think!
Strangely enough, there are NO Butler suites at this resort (not even the penthouse) – which I find a bit strange – but it is the lead in resort in this brand.
Overall – it is a fun resort but not one I would feel comfortable recommending unless certain criteria were met.
I know there are people that wonder what the heck I am doing traveling all over the place during a pandemic. Well, it boils down to the fact that this is my job and I believe there is still no better way for people to bond and have memory making experiences than through travel. I cannot and will not PERSONALLY live my life in fear. I will not allow What Ifs to determine my quality of life. I do not judge people who have other opinions – but these are mine and I stand by them.
Life is short. Make sure you are living it!