While every adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resort is designed to deliver a luxurious, romantic experience, they each have their own atmospheres. Some of the Sandals resorts in the Caribbean are more lively than others, making them a better choice for couples who want a vibrant nightlife scene.
If this is you, read on to learn all about the best Sandals resorts for nightlife and socializing.
Best Sandals Resorts for Nightlife Overview
Our picks for the 5 best Sandals for nightlife/partying are Sandals Ochi and Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica, Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia, Sandals Royal Barbados in Barbados, and Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas.
These Sandals resorts’ nightlife scenes are more active, offering a party vibe and plenty of choices. To enjoy the liveliest atmosphere, you’ll want to visit between December and April. This is the peak season for the resorts, so you’ll find the most people there during that time.
And best of all, it’s all included, all the time. Your rate at any Sandals resort covers unlimited alcoholic drinks, a minibar in the room, and a huge assortment of daily and nightly entertainment (in addition to all meals and snacks, water and land sports, a fitness center, airport transfers, WiFi, and all taxes and tips).
Not only is Sandals Ochi the cheapest Sandals resort, but it’s also the largest and one of the most fun. Is Sandals Ochi a party resort? Definitely!
The resort is split into two sides: the hillside and the beachside, which is home to the lively Ochi Beach Club. This is a nonstop party scene, with daytime and nighttime events like beach parties, pool parties, karaoke, a DJ, and more. There are covered daybeds on the sand for lounging, 7 waterside restaurants, and a beachfront pool with a swim-up bar. There’s even a mechanical bull!
How many bars does Sandals Ochi have? There are 11 bars at Sandals Ochi (the most of any Sandals resort) so you can always get a great drink and find something happening. Bars include 3 swim-up bars and a piano bar with live music and singalongs. Plus, Sandals Ochi has the Caribbean’s first speakeasy, The Rabbit Hole.
Nightly entertainment here includes shows, live music, a piano bar, a chocolate buffet, talent night, karaoke, and beach parties with fire dancers.
Sandals Ochi also offers 16 restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisine including gourmet French, Italian, Asian, Caribbean, sushi, Southern, Mediterranean, seafood, pizza, and tapas. Many have water views, some are beachfront, and one is even over the water.
Sandals Ochi features a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, including some that are in separate villas tucked into a lush hillside. Swanky options here include the Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Bedroom Villa Suite with a Private Pool Sanctuary, featuring a walled courtyard with its own pool and hot tub, as well as an outdoor rain shower.
There are also beautiful beachfront, poolside, or secluded garden suites available. The Riviera Honeymoon Beachfront Bedroom Butler Suite is beautifully arranged for maximum space and luxury plus excellent ocean views. These suites feature an enormous living room with a wet bar, a spacious bedroom with a king four-poster bed; and a spa-like bathroom with a sunken whirlpool tub and walk-in shower. French doors lead onto an oversized furnished balcony. Both of these suites include personal butler service.
Sandals Montego Bay
This is one of the best Sandals for nightlife and partying because not only does it have a lively atmosphere at the resort, but it’s also close to all the activities, clubs, and bars in Montego Bay. This is Jamaica’s biggest party scene.
Plus, when you stay here you get free transportation to nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean to enjoy the nightlife options there: 5 bars, including a swim-up bar, as well as nightly entertainment.
Sandals Montego Bay has 6 bars (including swim-up bars and a piano bar) and 12 restaurants, many of which overlook the beautiful beach. These include an elegant Old Jamaican restaurant, a seaside bar, and grill, Italian, Japanese, a steakhouse, a waterfront restaurant serving international dishes, a sushi bar, a Caribbean jerk shack, a British pub, a casual pizzeria, a Parisian café, and a toes-in-the-sand open-air restaurant serving fresh seafood and local dishes.
At night, you’ll enjoy shows in an amphitheater, live music, a piano bar, a chocolate buffet, and talent night, as well as theme nights, Jamaican Jamboree, and beach parties.
Sandals Montego Bay offers amazing oceanfront swim-up rooms. The Beachfront Swim-up Butler Suite features a retractable glass wall that slides open so you can step right into the pool and go for a swim, lie in the sun on your private in-pool lounger, or enjoy the Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, with a view over the pool and to the sea.
Other romantic options at Sandals Montego Bay include Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with a balcony that overlooks the Caribbean and has a Tranquility Soaking Tub; Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Elite Luxury Rooms with a private patio and direct access to a swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens; or Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Elite Junior Suites, located just steps from the beach and featuring Tranquility Soaking Tubs with ocean views. Private butler service is included in all butler-level suites.
Sandals Grande St Lucian
One of three Sandals resorts in stunning St. Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is the largest and offers the most to do. There are 6 bars here, including a piano bar, a beach bar, 2 swim-up bars, the Palladium nightclub, and an authentic British pub. There are plenty of entertainment options after dark, from live music to beach and dance parties to theme nights like Caribbean Carnival.
The resort features 12 restaurants, offering gourmet cuisine, fresh seafood, local flavors, Asian, Indian, sushi, Italian, French crepes and pastries, English pub fare, pizza, Caribbean, and other international dishes. Many of the restaurants have water views or are on the water.
Another plus to these Sandals is that you can enjoy everything at the other two St. Lucia Sandals resorts. Free transfers between the resorts are included. This means you can access 21 bars, 3 beaches, 2 golf courses, 11 pools, and 27 restaurants on your St. Lucia vacation! This is the best choice for couples who don’t want to get bored.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian also features some of the most romantic and unique accommodations: 9 Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows. These deliver a true luxury experience, as not only do you get gorgeous accommodations, but you also get your own private butler.
These overwater bungalows have hardwood floors with glass floor panels so you can see exotic marine life without even having to get in the water. However, should you want to get in the water, you can easily do so from your private extended sun deck, which also has comfortable furniture for lounging and a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two.
Other amazing accommodations at Sandals Grande St. Lucian are the unique Beachfront Grande Rondoval Butler Suites with private patios featuring plunge pools, a jacuzzi, an outdoor shower, and a hammock, located just steps away from the sand; the Caribbean Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suites with private balconies and Tranquility Soaking Tubs; and Lover’s Lagoon Swim-Up Club Level rooms, with easy access to a lagoon pool from private patios. There are also Caribbean Beachview Walk-out Rooms which allow you to head directly for the sand from your furnished terrace.
Sandals Royal Barbados
An elegant all-suite resort, Sandals Royal Barbados features unique aspects such as Sandals’ first-ever rooftop pool, restaurant, and bar; first craft beer bar; first bowling alley; first gourmet doughnut shop; and two new restaurant concepts.
There are 6 bars at Sandal Royal Barbados, including the rooftop bar, the craft beer bar, swim-up bars, and a piano bar. The Sky Rooftop Bar features a glass-edged zero-entry infinity pool and a whirlpool so you can party with a view.
Daily and nightly entertainment includes theme nights, a piano bar, beach parties, chocolate buffets, Barbados Day and street jamboree, and live music. For something different, head to Lovers Lane Bowling Alley and Bar.
Sandals Royal Barbados is also located close to all the nightlife opportunities in St. Lawrence Gap.
Plus, when you vacation or honeymoon at Sandals Royal Barbados, you actually get two resorts in one. It’s right next door to Sandals Barbados, and you’ll have access to all the facilities and amenities there as well, bringing the total to 20 restaurants, 14 bars, 11 pools, and 5 whirlpools. Can you walk from Sandals Barbados to Sandals Royal Barbados? Yes, you can, making it extremely easy to enjoy any of the pools, restaurants, or bars on the adjacent property.
Restaurants at Sandals Royal Barbados include a few firsts, including the first Sandals rooftop restaurant (which serves French cuisine), the American Tavern serving traditional American food, and the Chi Asian fusion restaurant which combines the flavors of Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and China.
There’s also a steak and seafood restaurant, a beachfront Mediterranean seafood restaurant, a farm-to-table restaurant, a Caribbean jerk shack, a gourmet doughnut and coffee shop, and a deli that serves healthy sandwiches, soups, salads, and smoothies.
Every room at Sandals Royal Barbados is a suite, and you have a wonderful variety to choose from. The amazing Skypool Suites are beachfront and on higher floors, featuring jaw-dropping views from the room and balcony, which has a private infinity edge Skypool as well as a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two. These suites also come with personal butler service for the ultimate pampering.
Beachfront Prime Minister Suites are on the ground floor just steps from the sand and offer private plunge pools, a large patio with Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, and butler service.
The incredible Rondoval Suites also have a private pool, a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, and butler service. Millionaire Crystal Lagoon Swim-up Suites have private patios with a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two and direct access to the swimming pool, as well as a separate living room and butler service.
You can also choose other swim-up suites, beachfront suites with soaking tubs on the private balcony, penthouse suites, garden view suites with balcony soaking tubs, and more.
Sandals Royal Bahamian
Sandals Royal Bahamian is a great option if you want to get the party started as soon as possible. Located on gorgeous Cable Beach in Nassau, it’s just an hour’s flight from Miami.
Its location near Nassau puts you close to all the bars and nightclubs there, as well as casino action. Onsite, Sandals Royal Bahamian has 8 bars (including 3 swim-up bars) and plenty of entertainment options including beach parties, theme nights, and live shows.
The new beachfront Coconut Grove area has food trucks and a lounge that offers live music and entertainment late into the night. Another unique offering at Sandals Royal Bahamian is the private offshore island with a beach, pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, and cabanas.
The 10 restaurants at Sandals Royal Bahamian include French, steaks and seafood, southern Italian, pan-Caribbean, Asian, seafood, sushi, a British pub, and grilled specialties. There are waterfront, beachfront, and overwater dining options.
Choose from a range of rooms and suites with ocean or garden views. The elegant West Bay Oceanview Swim-up Butler Suites have walkout patios with views of the ocean, direct access to the zero-entry swim-up pool, and a Tranquility Soaking Tub for Two; a master bedroom and separate living room; fully stocked bar; and walk-in shower.
The West Bay Honeymoon Hideaway Swim-up Crystal Lagoon Zen One Bedroom Butler Suites have private furnished patios with zero-entry access to the Zen Garden swim-up pool, a separate living room with dining area and full bar, and a walk-in shower. Or enjoy your own private pool with the Island Village One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite! These suites all come with personal butler service for the ultimate pampering.
There are also club and luxury level rooms and suites, including swim-up, oceanview, and walkout, with private patios or balconies (some with Tranquility Soaking Tubs for Two).
Sandals Resorts Nightlife FAQ
Which Sandals resort has the speakeasy?
The Sandals resort with a speakeasy is Sandals Ochi in Jamaica. This is the first speakeasy in the Caribbean.
Is Sandals Royal Caribbean a party resort?
While Sandals Royal Caribbean isn’t considered a party resort (unlike two of the other Sandals resorts in Jamaica, Ochi, and Montego Bay), it still offers plenty of entertainment opportunities and 5 bars.
Plus, if you stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean, you get access via a free shuttle to all the amenities and nightlife at nearby Sandals Montego Bay.
Does Sandals Ochi have a nightclub?
Yes, Sandals Ochi has a nightclub. The Ochi Beach Club offers all sorts of entertainment including music so you can dance the night away under the stars.
Is the minibar free at Sandals?
Yes, the mini bar is free at Sandals. This is true of every room level at every Sandals resort in the Caribbean. Your minibar will be stocked with complimentary beverages including water, juice, soda, Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks Wine, and local beer. It will be restocked throughout your trip. (Additionally, every room includes a coffeemaker with Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend coffee.)
Higher-level (concierge and butler) rooms and suites will have more options including premium liquors, with the most luxurious suites featuring full bars.
Are bars included in Sandals resort cost?
Yes, all bars are included at every Sandals resort. The all-inclusive packages at Sandals cover unlimited alcoholic drinks—including top-shelf spirits, local beers, and Robert Mondavi wines.
In fact, as part of the 5-Star Luxury Included® experience, Sandals only serves premium brand liquors. This includes Appleton Estate Jamaican rum! You can order whatever you would like at any Sandals resort bar, including specialties you would expect at a tropical resort like a Pina Colada, Margarita, Blue Lagoon, or a Bahama Mama.
And even the tips are included at Sandals, so there’s no need to bring cash or credit cards to the bar.
What is White Night at Sandals Resorts?
White Night is one of the many theme parties that happen in Sandals Resorts nightlife. White Nights are beach parties where guests are encouraged to wear all-white clothing. However, it’s not necessary, so if you don’t want to pack an extra outfit, no worries.
Other popular weekly theme parties at Sandals are Caribbean Night, Talent Show, and Carnival. Once you make your reservation, you can find out the Sandals theme night schedule for your particular resort so you’ll know what to expect.
Now that you’ve read all about our picks for the 5 best Sandals for nightlife and partying, do you plan to make reservations at one of them? Let us know in the comments! And if you want to help plan your Sandals honeymoon or romantic escape, we would love to help you! You can check out our article on working with a Sandals travel agent and fill out the form to request more info.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.