Sandals, Montego Bay: A perfect beach getaway for two!
Updated: Jul 20, 2018
In 2015, Jason and I had the opportunity to spend 3 nights at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort in Jamaica, and it was a wonderful trip and a beautiful resort....even better, the trip was free and those are the best kinds of vacations to take!
What a beautiful resort! We were so fortunate that Jason received this mini-vacation as a bonus with his former employer and it was one of the first times I really felt pampered on a trip. Seriously, we had our own BUTLER! For real....24 hours a day, on call with a special cell phone to have them come take care of our needs (not that we were those type of people who called at 2 am asking for something stupid). It was NICE, but I must admit that I kept wanting to call her "Benson", as I loved that show and if I ever had a butler, I would have wanted them to be like TV's "Benson" or "Mr. Belvedere", but I digress.
We were given suite 851, a beachfront "One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite" described as "These extraordinary Love Nest Suites are located directly on the beach. The suite's spacious bedroom boasts handcrafted mahogany furnishings and world-class amenities including a king-size, four-poster bed, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, and a bathroom with a shower and whirlpool. A separate living room area offers a wet bar stocked with premium spirits and access to an extended patio. Butler Elite and 24-hour room service are included."
If we booked this trip today for a mid-March vacation (the same time we went there), it would run approximately $3200 for 3 nights for 2 people, excluding airfare. Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle! That's a lot of money, but when you break it down, that included EVERYTHING (food, drinks, entertainment, water activities, to/from airport ground transportation) so other than a few extra tips give to our driver and as an extra thank you to our butlers, there were no additional expenses.
Our suite was well appointed, came with a stocked bar and was very comfortable, romantic and in very well kept condition. It was one of the nicer places we've stayed and the quality & cleanliness was worth the price. The resort grounds were very well landscaped and the entire property was fenced in with bougainvillea covered iron fencing that didn't make you feel like you were in a prison.
Sandals Resorts are great for people who want the all inclusive experience. It's sort of like being on a cruise but on land. You are not limited to just the one resort you are booked at either. If you're in Jamaica and there are other Sandals resorts on the island in your area, you can go there free of charge (transportation provided) to utilize the restaurants, bars and activities there, so it's not like you are just stuck at the one resort you choose.
Just a few of the activities provided:
Scuba Diving (must be certified, but training and certification available for $100)
Snorkeling & Snuba
Golf (Unlimited play including greens fees)
Hobiecat Sailing & windsurfing
Complimentary Fitness Classes
Aqua Trikes, Paddleboarding
With nine restaurants on property at the Sandals Montego Bay location and another 11 at nearby locations, you are never lacking for places to eat. there are 4 bars on property which make some AWESOME drinks, so you are never lacking for a cocktail or something to eat. We really enjoyed the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant that was practically on the beach, so the ocean breezes while having a dinner show as the chef was cooking was a fun experience.
There is ALWAYS something going on at a Sandals resort, be it a pickup game of volleyball in the sand courts, to music trivia at night in the main bar area, you can do as little or as much as you want. If sitting around chilling out listening to reggae music is your thing, go ahead and do that. We watched a couple get married on the beach and as they ere headed back up to their villa next to us, we gave them a bottle of champagne that was given to us when we checked in, since we are not champagne drinkers.
I know late one afternoon Jason and I sat in our beach side loungers and watched the "shell salesman" pull up to the piers in their little kayak and wait for "customers" to come out to greet them. Yes, these were the guys selling ganja. Pot. Mary Jane. After all it is Jamaica! After a few cocktails we began to make up little stories about them as one boat would pull up and then the guy there would then move to the other pier. We called it their "Shift Change"..."Evening, Sam"...."How's business today, George?" and they'd hang out there until the security guards would go out there and shoo them off.
If you wanted to go off property and explore the island, the concierge (or your butler) would be happy to make the arrangements, but I highly suggest that unless you arr familiar with the island, the crazy traffic and roads that are comparable to that of Michigan or Boston after a hard winter, I suggest you stick with structured tours with reliable companies.
It was a wonderful vacation and I hope to go back one day. This time, though we will have have to pay for it ourselves. Boo-Hiss.