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Sandals Dunn’s River Review: All-New Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Jamaica

The wait is almost over for the newest Sandals resort to open in Jamaica, one of the most popular vacation and honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean. While the Sandal’s Dunn’s River property has been part of Sandals since the 1990s, it has been completely reimagined to “embrace the essence of Jamaica’s natural wonders” and now takes full advantage of its stunning location on the northern coast of the island.

The lush landscaping, jaw-dropping design, and amazing amenities of the all-new Sandals Dunn’s River make it a new contender for best honeymoon resort in Jamaica. Unique touches create a sophisticated, magical ambiance inspired by the iconic natural attraction Dunn’s River Falls, such as a cascading waterfall in the lobby sourced with water from the river.

If you’ve been following the progress of this latest Sandals resort in Jamaica and wondering, when can I book Sandals Dunn’s River, the answer is now! They are now accepting reservations for trips beginning in late May of 2023.

With the opening of Sandals Dunn’s River, Sandals now has seven beachfront adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, with three in the Ocho Rios area (Sandals Ochi and Sandals Royal Plantation are the other two).

In this article we’ll tell you all about the incredible features of this romantic resort in Jamaica, from the one-of-a-kind suites to the thoughtfully designed layout to the brand-new restaurant concepts.

And to make it even better, when you stay at Sandals Dunn’s River you get complete access to all the amenities and restaurants of the nearby Sandals Ochi (easily reached via a free shuttle service), which gives you a total of 28 restaurants, 20 bars, 13 pools, and 22 whirlpools between the two properties.

Is Sandals Dunn’s River only for couples?

Yes, Sandals Dunn’s River is only for couples; like all Sandals properties, it is an adults-only all-inclusive resort designed specifically to provide a romantic atmosphere for couples.

How far is Sandals Dunn’s River from the airport?

Jamaica has three airports, in Montego Bay, Kingston, and Ocho Rios. The main airport (and the one served by most flights from the U.S.) is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, but your complimentary transfer from here will take about 2 hours. For a much shorter transfer time, you can fly into the Ocho Rios airport, which is served by flights from Miami.

Sandals Dunn’s River Beach

This Sandals location in Jamaica was chosen by the company’s founder (who grew up in the area) partly for its pristine beach, where soft white sand lines a vivid turquoise and blue sea. You can lounge here all day under shade umbrellas, sipping a refreshing tropical drink.

If you feel like being active, you’ll have your choice of complimentary watersports ranging from stand-up paddleboarding to Hobie Cat sailing.

Sandals Dunn’s River Accommodations 

The rooms and suites at Sandals Dunn’s River are truly incredible and include Jamaica’s first Skypool Suites. These luxurious accommodations, which debuted at Sandals Grenada, offer an elevated infinity edge pool that runs the full length of your balcony and overlooks the beach. You also get a Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two on your balcony.

In addition, the Beachfront Skypool Suites at Sandals Dunn’s River include a separate living room and spacious bathroom with second soaking tub and walk-in shower, as well as the services of a personal butler and in-room check-in, for the ultimate in relaxation.

But wait, there’s more! Sandals Dunn’s River introduces the first-ever Coyaba Sky Rondovals. These private, round villas have access to the river pool plus an oversized private swim-up pool plus a terrace that takes up the entire roof. On the terrace, you’ll find plush seating, a bistro dining set, a telescope, and a Tranquility Soaking Tub for two. Inside, there’s a separate living area and a lavish bathroom that includes a second oversized soaking tub plus walk-in shower. This romantic sanctuary also comes with butler service and in-room check-in.

Sandals Dunn’s River also features spacious swim-up suites that overlook the ocean; Swim-Up Rondoval Suites, beachfront suites; oceanview suites; and suites that overlook Jamaica’s lush mountains—all with oversized soaking tubs on private balconies.

Sandals Dunn’s River Restaurants and Bars

Foodies, prepare to be amazed at the variety you’ll find at this newest Sandals resort in Jamaica. Sandals Dunn’s River features 12 restaurants, many of which are new concepts. These include Edessa, a Greek restaurant; the Asian fusion Banyu; L’Amande, serving Jamaican and French cuisines; and Zuka, which features South and Central American dishes. You can also choose from international, Italian, sushi, pizza, Caribbean, and seafood. Plus, there’s a coffee shop serving Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (which is also provided in all rooms).

You’ll also have plenty of choice for that tropical cocktail; there are 9 bars at Sandals Dunn’s River, including a swim-up bar, a beach bar with beds to lounge on, a rooftop bar, a rum club, and the upscale Lapidus Lounge, named for the famous architect of the original hotel on the site.

There’s also in-room dining if you can’t bear to leave your luxury suite. If you book a room at Sandals Dunn’s River that includes butler service, room service is available 24 hours a day. For Club Sandals accommodations, room service is available between 7 am-10 pm. You can also book private dining on the beach at Sandals Dunn’s River for an extra fee.

As at every Sandals resort, you can enjoy unlimited fine dining, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and dinner at Sandals Dunn’s River. 

You also have access via a complimentary shuttle to Sandals Ochi, which has 16 restaurants and 11 bars, including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy. The 16 restaurants at Sandals Ochi offer a wide range of world-class dining, including French, Asian, Italian, Caribbean, seafood, Southern, Mediterranean, and tapas.

Sandals Dunn’s River Activities and Amenities

Sandals Dunn’s River offers a full range of complimentary water activities including equipment and instruction, such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing. You also get complimentary scuba diving.

Sandals Dunn’s River has a wide variety of land sports available as well, plus a full fitness center.

When you feel like relaxing, lounge on the stunning beach or by one of five pools—including two river pools, one of which is Jamaica’s largest and features an incredible glass panel edge overlooking the ocean. You can also indulge in a couples’ massage or other restorative spa treatment at the luxurious Red Lane Spa (see below).

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Sandals Dunn’s River Spa

For the ultimate pampering on your honeymoon or romantic retreat at Sandals Dunn’s River, the posh Red Lane Spa offers Caribbean-inspired treatments with regional products and services including massages, facials, and body treatments. Your cares will melt away with the soothing backdrop of waters cascading into plunge pools, evoking the nearby Dunn’s River Falls.

Sandals Dunn’s River Excursions

Sandals Dunn’s River is located just down the coast from the amazing natural attraction of Dunn’s River Falls, which inspired many of the design features of the new resort. You can easily visit Dunn’s River Falls and go rafting down the river, explore the waterfalls, and laze on the beautiful beach where the river meets the sea.

You can also book a wide variety of optional area excursions and adventure tours at Sandals Dunn’s River, including exploring Green Grotto caves, swimming with dolphins, ziplining in the jungle, boat trips, local guided tours, hiking, catamaran cruises, and more. (These are not included in your stay.)

Sandals Dunn’s River Nightlife

Sandals Dunn’s River has nightly entertainment, including live shows, music, beach parties, and theme nights.

Sandals Dunn’s River Destination Weddings

If you’re planning a destination wedding in Jamaica, you can get a free wedding at Sandals Dunn’s River! For a minimum stay of 3 nights, you’ll receive a Free Tropical Wedding that includes a personal wedding planning team, preparation of marriage documents, a 15% discount on spa services, a beautiful ceremony location, a bouquet and boutonniere, prerecorded music for the ceremony, a 5×7 wedding photo, a 2-tiered white fondant wedding cake, and a cocktail reception with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres (for a limited number of guests).

If you stay 7 nights or more, you can add Premium Perks to your free wedding, and if you book 5 or more guest rooms you can add Bells and Whistles.

You can also create your own perfect destination wedding at Sandals Dunn’s River with their customizable wedding packages.

Sandals Dunn’s River Honeymoons 

If you get married and then honeymoon at Sandals Dunn’s River, or if you come here within 30 days of your wedding date, you’ll get Sandals’ complimentary honeymoon package. This includes a bottle of chilled sparkling wine, a special turndown service with flower petals on your bed the first evening of your honeymoon, and fresh flowers and a decadent breakfast in bed one morning of your choice.

Sandals Dunn’s River Inclusions 

Sandals offers more inclusions than any other resort. When you stay at Sandals Dunn’s River you’ll receive complimentary airport transfers; all dining and beverages including unlimited premium liquors and unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines; a stocked minibar in your room that is refreshed daily; a coffee maker with Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend coffee; water sports and equipment plus professional instruction; roundtrip shuttles to the Sandals Ochi; WiFi; daily and nightly entertainment; unlimited land sports; state-of-the-art fitness center; and all tips, taxes and gratuities.

Now that you know more about the amazing Sandals Dunn’s River, the newest adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resort in Jamaica, do you think you’ll be booking your honeymoon, romantic retreat, or destination wedding here? Let us know what you think!

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