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Top 3 Excursions in Jamaica

December 5, 2018 | By |

ADVENTURE ALWAYS AWAITS IN JAMAICA. ALWAYS.

Pristine beaches and secluded escapes aren’t the only ways to fill one’s days in Jamrock. Culturally rich and mesmerizingly beautiful, Jamaica is a preferred playground because fun is just as easy to find outside the comfy confines of a Sandals Resort, if you know where to look…

Black River, Ys Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Crossing paths with a crocodile or a chestnut-bellied cuckoo is par for the course while you drift down the Black River, a long, lazy waterway flanked on both sides by dense and vibrant tropical vegetation. Unspoiled and spectacular, the river run gives way to the natural wonder of YS Falls, spilling seven waterfalls into tranquil pools all seductively girded by lush forest. After that, it’s on to a luscious lunch and a tour of the world-renowned Appleton Estate — where welcome samplings of some of the very finest rum ever aged is assured.

Island Routes Reggae Sunset catamaran cruise

Experience the magic of the MoBay coastline from the casual comfort of the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruiseliner. You’ll even have time to stop in Margaritaville, literally! Made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s hit, this liquid locale comes complete with water trampolines, floating obstacle courses, and a 12-story waterslide designed to drop you right into the Caribbean drink. Dry off back aboard with DJ-spun music and savoury snacks as the setting sun disappears over the ocean horizon.

MINI routes

Jamaica ToursTake the wheel of a MINI Cooper for some mega fun with a local guide: your backseat chaperone will show you all the hidden gems of Jamaica. Pit stops for traditional island snacks, both sweet and savoury, between quick scenic road trips taking you from markets and monuments to expansive beaches and refreshing waterfalls, slots this Island Routes adventure high on every traveller’s to-do list. Buckle in to see, taste and touch all the authentic stuff that puts the Rock on the map.

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05 Dec

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Sandals: the Top Caribbean Resort

December 5, 2018 | By |

HOT WHITE SAND. COOL BLUE SEA. BIG GREEN HEART.

Jamaica Sandals

Ever the iconic getaway for lovers—and the reason Jamaica’s been burned into the mind of every wanderer as a coveted paradise—Sandals truly has no equal.

Consistent culinary excellence through their 5-Star Global Gourmet™ program; singular Over-the-Water resort design merging ocean bliss with architectural beauty; and a generous spirit exemplified by their Stay at One-Play at Six resort policy—Sandals has emerged as a hallowed holiday hideaway.

Recognizing that cocktails don’t have to be toxic for Mother Earth, Sandals was the first all-inclusive to pair up with Oceanic Global and commit to skipping plastic straws to save the sea. The mindful mega-brand is also part of the scientifically rigorous EarthCheck program.

Unsurprisingly, they’ve been voted the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 25th year in a row by the World Travel Awards. If their pristine properties are any indication, the next quarter century will shine just as bright for this 5-Star, beachfront hotel chain where fun and luxury are always included…

Sandals South Coast

ALL BEACHFRONT. ALL LUXURY. ALL ON JAMAICA’S SOUTH COAST.

Sandals South Coast

Want to get rocked to sleep by warm, salty sea breezes and an oceanic lullaby? Silly question. Sandals South Coast’s new Over-the-Water Bungalows are living monuments to the jaw-dropping, natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea; and they manage, almost magically, to soothe and restore any traveller who slumbers within. Once rested, you’ll be sprightly enough for a day-long playdate spent trading time with sun, sea and sand—this is Jamaica’s premier all-beachfront, all-oceanview resort.

Sandals  Montego Bay

A TRUE BEACHFRONT RESORT ON JAMAICA’S LARGEST EXCLUSIVE WHITE-SAND BEACH.

The flagship of escapist, adults-only fun and the first of its kind, Sandals MoBay pampers every Club and Butler guest right from the runway all the way to their reef-protected beachfront resort and back again with luxe BMW transportation. Once there, authentic Jamaican fare can be had seaside at the Jerk Shack, or if sipping above the waves is more your cup of relaxation, there’s the new Latitudes Overwater Bar. Ever evolving, more eateries and amenities are being added all the time. Those about to take the plunge would do well to keep the upcoming Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel in mind.

Sandals Ochi

TRENDY WHEN YOU WANT IT, PRIVATE WHEN YOU DON’T.

Switching between sun-dappled days and the quiet comfort of an oceanside cocktail club come nightfall is a cinch with a quick hop over to the Rabbit Hole, the Caribbean’s very first speakeasy bar. Just make sure you get the secret password before stepping into the past to tipple a little while watching live entertainment. Nestled in the heart of Ocho Rios’ rolling hills and flawless seascapes, it’s plain to see why this Sandals setting is the top honeymooners’ retreat of the Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

BRITAIN TO BALI –  ADVENTURES IN JAMAICA.

Garnering top honours as Jamaica’s leading resort, the Royal Caribbean remains the very zenith of idyllic, tranquil isolation. How idyllic? Private island idyllic. Tucked away offshore on a secluded sandbar in Montego Bay, no desire goes unsatiated here. Of course, luxury private BMW transport service is also included for all Club and Butler guests. And yes, those dreamy Over-the-Water Bungalows and Villas live here too.

Sandals Negril

THE LONGEST AND BEST STRETCH  OF NEGRIL’S SEVEN MILE BEACH.

Sandals Negril

Arguably the coolest hot spot for  sun-hungry satisfaction seekers, Sandals Negril stacks stylish  two-story Villas against a breath-stealing backdrop of lush tropical forest right on the cusp of a 7-mile stretch of unparalleled powdery-white, turquoise-blue perfection. With sea mist making your wake-up calls and the ocean as your front yard, spend your down time lazing in a beach lounger or water skiing on the surf. Here, your days, like your nights, truly belong to you.

Sandals Royal Plantation

AN ALL BUTLER, ALL SUITE,  ALL OCEANVIEW BOUTIQUE RESORT.

This is where luxury truly lives. An exclusively small batch of ocean-facing, beachfront suites all serviced 24 hours a day with white-gloved care by attentive butlers. Grand, manicured gardens punctuated with roaming peacocks and the only champagne and caviar bar in Jamaica make this an opulent oasis like no other. Its ranking on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotel list is well deserved. Oh, and the beaches have butlers here too, so a Caribbean cocktail while wavelets lap your toes isn’t out of the question.

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17 Sep

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Top 3 Excursions in Montego Bay

September 17, 2018 | By |

All day adventure, always…

Secluded stays and seascapes aren’t the only ways you’ll satiate your senses in the Bay—more adventure always awaits inland. And that remains true all over the mesmerizing island of Jamaica.

Black River & Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Black River & Appleton Estate Rum TourCrossing paths with a crocodile or a chestnut-bellied cuckoo is par for the course, while you drift down the Black River, a long, lazy waterway flanked on both sides by dense and vibrant tropical vegetation. Unspoiled and spectacular, the river run gives way to a luscious lunch and a tour of the world-renowned Appleton Estate where welcome samplings of some of the very finest rum ever aged is assured.

Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass & Adventure Falls

Ultimate Thrill Seekers Pass & Adventure FallsA 2,000-acre plantation playground punctuated with river canyons and rainforests is yours to explore from up high by zipline or down low, while tearing through mega-fun mud trails by ATV. After an authentic midday snack of Jamaican jerk, ice cream and peak Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee blend, wash off the day’s playfulness at Adventure Falls, with its 50-foot cascade of fresh water and 300-foot water slide. Don’t miss this monumental island experience.

Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruise Montego Bay

Island Routes Reggae Sunset CruiseExperience the magic of the MoBay coastline from the casual comfort of the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruiseliner. You’ll even have time to stop in Margaritaville, literally! Made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s hit, this liquid locale comes complete with water trampolines, floating obstacle course, and a 12-story water slide designed to drop you right into the Caribbean. Dry off back aboard with DJ-spun music and savoury snacks as the setting sun disappears over the ocean horizon.

17 Sep

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Sandals Montego Bay: The Hottest Resort in Jamaica

September 17, 2018 | By |

New. Hot. Authentic.

Sand so silver-white it shimmers. Crystalline aquamarine seascapes that look like they were filtered by cosmic forces. Lush and verdant tropical forest canopies. The finest (and spiciest) flavours in the Caribbean. People as warm as the Jamaican sun—both of which will leave a golden X on your heart, forever. There is truly no place like Jamaica.

Stay in Montego BayNestled in the northwest of all its life-affirming wonder is the quintessential luxury sanctuary for lovers. Is it romantic? Well, there’s a proper Love Nest Suite®, if that’s any indication. No other resort does sensual, adults-only experiences better than Sandals®—unsurprisingly, their Montego Bay hotspot, where it all started, is no exception. And good news, paramours! This flagship escape is now fresher, more fabulous and, if you can believe it,
hotter than ever.

Restaurants Montego BayA Day in MoBay at Sandals
Luxury shuttles with select rooms will usher you from the airport to a premier, private beach of pure powder and incredible accommodations in mere minutes. Every possible all-inclusive amenity is yours here—even full-access play passes to Sandals Inn and Sandals Royal Caribbean, should a playcation from your playcation be in order.

Luxury Suites SandalsSink into the Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two, and watch sun meld with seascape, or swim right up to your room in brand new luxury suites, while the Butler Elite service easily attends to your every whim with white-gloved precision, 24-7.

If you manage to leave your bed for some flavour instead, your taste buds will have unlimited entry to impeccable eateries, some of which will have you savouring authentic Jamaican fare right on the beach while your sand-buried toes curl in ecstasy. If that’s not enough gustatory goodness, there are three more restaurants on the way.

There’ll also soon be an Over-the-Water Wedding Chapel for next-level nuptials. Have your sacred vows consecrated by the sanctity of the sea and consider that every Sandals Resort allows you access to the signature “Aisle to Isle” program, with plenty inspirations to design your celebration of love so it’s as unique as you are. Your gathering would be incomplete without a little media magic? The new fully stocked multi-media conference centre will easily seat 300 guests for any event.

Weddings Sandals Montego Bay

Sunup is fun up at Sandals

From ultra-fun tubing and serious snorkelling to satisfying sailing and playful paddle boarding, Sandals Montego Bay offers a gateway to the calm, reef-rich waters that define the Caribbean. Still, energy-intensive activities are as plentiful here as lazy days spent relaxing in restorative rays of sunshine.

Scuba Diving Montego BayWant a massage seaside? Done. Or melt your stress indoors at the signature Red Lane® Spa offering mindful self-care and welcome rejuvenation—body, mind and spirit. Of course, four freshwater pools are yours at all times if you’d rather soak your troubles. You’ll also enjoy unlimited access to three soothing whirlpools should your brand of stress need something of a twist. Landlubbers seeking leisure activities can hit the courts, shoot hoops or shoot pool, play board games or challenge each other (or other couples) to prestigious, high-stakes ping-pong matches.

Pool Sandals Montego BayTypical day at Sandals Montego Bay – Sundown, live it up

If you want to go extra and glow up come sundown, after-hours parties are always going off between the sand and the stars at Sandals. So are weekly theme nights in the wildly fun carnival style—fire breathers, more epic eats and fanned, feather headdresses colour midnight-blue skies as music fills the ocean air. For expertly poured cocktails, there will soon be Latitudes Overwater Bar, where you’ll walk, or dance, on water as you sip the night away. Of course, darts and a dram of whisky will complement everything on tap at The Cricketers Pint, a proper English pub where freshly pulled conversation is available every evening.

Sandals Montego Bay Sunset

02 Aug

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Best Reason to Visit Jamaica: Jamaican Food!

August 2, 2018 | By |

Vacations often leave you looking slimmer, from all that on-the-go action and exploration. A trip to Jamaica might not be so kind to your waistline, considering the country serves up some of the best dishes in the Caribbean. Here are our picks of the Jamaican cuisine you need to try!

Jerk around

Jamaican allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg–these are just a few of the ingredients found in the jerk seasoning that defines one of Jamaica’s most iconic dishes: jerk chicken. Sweet and spicy, perfectly grilled, the flavourful meat is traditionally served with rice and beans or bammies, a tasty fried flat bread of sorts. Of course, you can also get jerk pork, jerk fish, jerk…lobster (!). Find jerk dishes anywhere, from street vendors to your resort’s restaurant.

Patty cake, patty cake

What’s not to love about the Jamaican patty? It’s perfectly golden, flaky and filled with delicious, seasoned meat (or vegetables). This sublime snack is actually a product of colonialism: a derivative of the Cornish pasty brought over by the Brits, spiced by Indians with cumin and curry and kicked up by Africans with cayenne pepper. While awesome on its own, you can try it like a local and stuff a patty in some sweet coco bread for a unique Jamaican sandwich.

Feeling fruity

It’s not all starch and meats. Being a tropical island, Jamaica is ripe with exotic fruits you might have never heard of. Most often eaten with saltfish, ackee is the island’s national fruit, an alien-like cluster of black seeds and spongy yellow flesh. Kind of like a tropical potato, breadfruit can be roasted, steamed, mashed or fried and makes for a superb side-dish. There are countless others that sound as colourful as they look: the grape-like, gelatinous guinep, the juicy June plum, heart-shaped sweetsop, spiky soursop, and something called the Stinking Toe. Okay, we haven’t tried that last one, but you can do the honours!

Liquid lunch

You’ll need something refreshing to wash all that down. Try sorrel, a red drink brewed from hibiscus blossoms, often spiced with cinnamon and ginger, or punched up with some of that famous Jamaican rum, if you fancy an extra kick. Savour the soda suited for the sun: Ting, offering just the right amount of grapefruit-flavoured fizz to cool you down. Finally, you really can’t leave Jamaica without trying a hot cup of Blue Mountain coffee, one of the world’s best brews from Jamaica’s highest mountain.

What’s next

Yum, all this is Jamaican me hungry! Any of these dishes can be tasted in the Jamaican destination of your choice. Montego Bay, or “MoBay,” is a hip city and a popular spot for dreamy, waterfront hotels. It’s a great base to explore the spectacular shores and paradisiacal settings of the idyllic resort town of Negril or former fishing village of Ochos Rios. Meanwhile, Kingston is the cultural heartbeat of Jamaica, sitting at the foot of the dramatic Blue Mountains. Hot travel tip: Book your winter vacation to Jamaica with us by September 9 to get $600 off per family and 8 days of free airport parking!

Savour the flavours of Jamaica! 

28 Mar

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Jammin’ Jamaica

March 28, 2018 | By |

Welcome to Jamaica, “the Home of All Right.” With so much to see in Montego Bay, you won’t know where to start! Take a stroll along the resort-lined beaches overlooking the beautiful bay. Set out to discover all that nature has to offer including plantations, verdant mountains and trickling waterfalls. And don’t forget to visit downtown Mo’ Bay for fine dining and the world-renowned reggae-splashed culture!

Resorts

Our pick

Sunscape Splash Montego Bay
Welcome to a child’s dream getaway! Youngsters can play all day at the Pirate’s Paradise Waterpark featuring a pirate ship and fort, 40-foot plank bridge, lazy river and two waterslides. That’s not all! The resort is surrounded by Montego Bay Marine Park, a fully underwater national park with snorkelling and protected swimming areas. Who are we kidding? This is fun for everyone!

29 Aug

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Negril’s Best Activities

August 29, 2017 | By |

Perfect vacations come with perfect memories, which is why we’ve handpicked three of the best activities in Negril.

Lovers Rock Sunset Cruise
Take in the vibrant colours of the setting sun while cruising at sundown. You’ll sail a luxurious catamaran to Rick’s Café, famous for its unparalleled sunset views and named one of the world’s coolest bars by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

Reading Road Trip
An ongoing partnership between the Sandals Foundation and Scholastic Book Fairs, the Reading Road Trip is a unique opportunity to visit a local school in Negril, read to the children and help promote literacy. Feel free to donate new or gently used books, too!

Survivor Catamaran Cruise
Embark on an exciting adventure at sea inspired by Survivor, the hit reality TV show. You’ll stop at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to take part in games on the beach, and later enjoy an authentic Jamaican dinner under the stars.

29 Aug

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What to do at Sandals Negril

August 29, 2017 | By |

The Finer Things in Life
Indulge in unlimited dining at seven gourmet restaurants, premium spirits at five chic bars, professional day-to-night entertainment and every activity under the sun, motorized or not. Then retreat to the comfort and privacy of your spacious, beautifully appointed room, suite or loft. Select accommodations even include the services of a personal butler!

Love Is in the Air
Spend quality time with your significant other enjoying a candlelit dinner for two, overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of Jamaica’s most awe-inspiring beach, or surrounded by the fragrant flowers and lush greenery of the resort’s beautifully manicured gardens. A Red Lane® Spa treatment or couples massage could only add to the romance!

Honeymoon Heaven
Revel in newlywed bliss with a complimentary honeymoon package and a top-tier Love Nest Suite®, offering the ultimate in pampering and privacy. With accommodations conveniently located just steps from the sea, Sandals Negril puts couples closer to the powdery white sands, aquamarine waters and legendary sunsets than any other resort in the area!

Say “I Do” to a Weddingmoon® Celebration
The dreamy design, beautifully manicured gardens and unspoiled beach make Sandals Negril a one-of-a-kind wedding venue with a fairytale-like setting. Couples hosting a destination wedding here can expect professional planning, high-touch service and delectable dining, plus romantic little luxuries reserved exclusively for the bride and groom.

Wedding Groups
Getting married in paradise surrounded by your nearest and dearest is now easier than ever with Sandals Negril’s complimentary Weddingmoon® packages. Book 5 or more rooms for minimum 3 nights and wow all your guests with a celebration fit for royalty!

29 Aug

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Fall for Sandals Negril

August 29, 2017 | By |

Seventh Heaven on Seven Mile Beach
Facing the most heavenly stretch of sand in Jamaica, Sandals Negril invites couples to experience the free-spirited personality of Negril and soak up the blissful ambience of a resort where everything is included, even gratuities. And with complimentary wedding and honeymoon packages, there’s no better place to celebrate love!

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27 Jul

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Jamaica’s Top Destinations

July 27, 2017 | By |

Jamaica is truly unique, with its gifts to the world including reggae music, fine rum, exquisite coffee and jerk seasoning. The island is also home to the widest variety of attractions in the Caribbean, with activities ranging from climbing stunning waterfalls to cycling in the Blue Mountains to golfing on some of the region’s best golf courses. Here’s a quick look at Jamaica’s top destinations.

Montego Bay
Mo’ Bay may be Jamaica’s premier tourist destination and the second-largest city, but it hasn’t forgotten its charm. Surrounded by great beaches, grand hotels, all-inclusive resorts and charming small hotels, Montego Bay is renowned for its beauty and range of activities.

Negril
Located at the western tip of Jamaica, Negril is about an hour’s drive from Montego Bay. Known as the “Capital of Casual,” this unspoiled paradise is famous for its natural beauty, free-spirited ambience and ribbon of white-sand Seven Mile Beach flanked by rugged limestone cliffs.

Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay
These gems are located in the heart of the north coast region, defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Known as Jamaica’s “playground,” both offer an almost endless variety of things to do. Accommodations vary from opulent resorts known for their privacy and impeccable service, to lavish all-inclusive properties or beautifully isolated inns and hotels.

South Coast
The winding roads through tropical forests seem to go on forever in this beautiful, seemingly untouched area known as the South Coast. Travellers in search of privacy and solitude will enjoy scenic seaside locations and isolated beaches, where the only footprints are their own.

Port Antonio
The quaint town of Port Antonio is a haven for visitors seeking quiet charm, natural beauty and lush surroundings. Port Antonio is where Jamaica’s tourist industry first gained international popularity, with the Titchfield Hotel established in 1905. This hidden gem is also known for its crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery and boasting a backdrop of the Blue Mountains.

Kingston
Resting at the foot of the Blue Mountains and overlooking the world’s seventh-largest natural harbour rests Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city. Kingston is the largest English-speaking city south of Miami and is the cultural heartbeat of Jamaica with its pulsating reggae rhythms, rich cultural history, sophisticated, upbeat nightlife and varied dining venues.