We recently visited Sandals Montego Bay to see if it would make for a perfect honeymoon getaway and found out why so many people love it.
Sandals Montego Bay is the original Sandals Resort, opened in 1981, and has since been completely renovated to become what many consider the best all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay.
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Sandals Montego Bay Overview
Sandals Montego Bay is set on a long stretch of private, white sand beach along the turquoise Caribbean water. While this is where the Sandals brand started—the original location—the resort feels modern and fresh after its renovations, including a major renovation in 2019.
The sleek open-air lobby overlooks the Caribbean, many restaurants are waterfront, and there’s even an overwater bar. You don’t have to lose sight of the ocean here if you don’t want to.
A bonus to staying at Sandals Montego Bay is that you get complete access to all the amenities and restaurants of the nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean (easily reached via a free shuttle service).
One thing to know about Sandals Montego Bay is that it is very close to the airport. So close in fact that the airplane noise is loud. This does not bother most guests and flights are mostly leaving from 11 am to 4 pm. But if this does bother you Sandals Royal Caribbean is nearby without as much plane noise.
Arriving at Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Montego Bay is located very close to the Montego Bay airport aka Sangster International Airport. After arriving at the airport we made our way to the Sandals lounge before getting on a shuttle to go to the resort.
I do recommend you look at how many arrivals will be coming to the airport around the same time as your flight. If you are arriving in the middle of the day, consider purchasing access to Club Mobay which gets you through customs quickly.
If you book a butler suite at Sandals Montego Bay it includes a private BMW transfer instead of a shared shuttle bus.
Sandals Montego Bay Rooms & Suites
After arriving at the resort, we checked in and were taken to our rooms.
At Sandals Montego Bay, there is a wide range of lavish rooms and suites, many of them set just steps from the beautiful beach and sparkling sea.
Our choice is the swim-up rooms that overlook the ocean. You can stay in a Beachfront Swim-up Butler Suite which features a retractable glass wall that slides open so you can step right into the lagoon-style pool and go for a swim, lie in the sun on your private in-pool lounger, or enjoy an oversized Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two. Since these rooms are beach front you are also a few steps from the beach as well.
Other romantic rooms 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. If you stay in a butler-level suite, you get the services of your own private butler during your stay.
Sandals Montego Bay Food & Drink Reviews
After checking in, getting dinner reservations should be next on your list.
As at every Sandals resort, you can enjoy unlimited fine dining, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, and dinner at Sandals Montego Bay.
Sandals Montego Bay features 6 bars (including swim-up bars and a piano bar) and 12 restaurants, many of which overlook the beautiful beach.
For breakfast, you can go to a buffet or a la carte restaurant and you can go to Cafe de Paris for specialty coffee, crepes, and pastries. They open early and we would go almost every morning.
For lunch, the restaurants serve a casual meal. We enjoyed the burgers, quesadillas, fresh-baked pizzas, and jerk chicken.
In the evening there are plenty of choices for where to dine. Our favorite was Oleanders. If you arrive at 6:30 you can get some of the best sunset views from the deck.
The Soy sushi bar is always a favorite of ours as well as Tokyo Jo’s where you can build your own entree at the Wok station. Butch’s is another Sandals staple with great meat quality, and there are several other cuisines available.
One of the coolest features of Sandals Montego Bay is the Over-the-Water Bar, where you can sip a refreshing drink surrounded by the Caribbean. You can even laze the day away with your sweetie in one of the overwater hammocks for two!
You also have access via a complimentary shuttle to Sandals Royal Caribbean, which has 9 restaurants and 6 bars, including swim-up bars and a piano bar. We highly recommend going to the Thai restaurant and Bombay house if you have the time.
Sandals Montego Bay Beaches & Pool
The beach at Sandals Montego Bay is a very long, making it easy to find a chair along the beach nearly any time of day.
The photo above is taken from the Sandals website. This is the beach but expect there to be a lot more people around. You can get a better idea from our video.
There are 7 pools to choose from that vary from having party vibes and fun activities to being quiet and relaxing.
Sandals Montego Bay Things To Do
If you want to be active on your honeymoon or vacation in Jamaica, you’ll find everything you need here.
Sandals Montego Bay is the perfect resort in Jamaica for water activities. You can take advantage of the complimentary equipment and instruction for a full range of water sports including wakeboarding, tubing, and waterskiing as well as the usual scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cat sailing.
Sandals Montego Bay has a wide variety of land sports available as well, including day and night tennis in addition to beach volleyball, table tennis, lawn chess, croquet, basketball, pool tables, and a fitness center with exercise classes.
When you feel like relaxing, lounge on the stunning beach or by one of several pools. You can also indulge in a couples’ massage or other restorative spa treatment at the full-service Red Lane Spa.
Sandals Montego Bay Spa
For the ultimate pampering on your honeymoon or romantic retreat at Sandals Montego Bay, the Red Lane Spa offers Caribbean-inspired treatments with regional products and services including massages, facials, and body treatments. It also features a steam room, beauty salon, and yoga/Pilates studio, as well as plunge pools and relaxation areas in a secluded garden.
Sandals Montego Bay Excursions
You can go explore Jamaica on your own or book a wide variety of optional area excursions and adventure tours at Sandals Montego Bay, including ziplining in the jungle, horseback riding on the beach, ATV tours, a “drive-your-own” adventure to Negril or Ocho Rios, boat trips, river rafting, waterfall tours, mountain hiking, swimming in a luminous lagoon, rum tours, catamaran cruises, and more. (These are not included in your stay.)
Sandals Montego Bay Nightlife
As night falls, watch the sun sink into the ocean from one of several beachfront lounging areas or the overwater bar. Tiki torches, fire pits, and the whisper of the waves create the perfect romantic ambiance.
If you enjoy socializing and partying, Sandals Montego Bay is known for its vibrant atmosphere. It has plenty of nightly entertainment options, including live shows, music, a piano bar, beach parties, and theme nights. Sandals Montego Bay is also close to the active nightlife scene in Montego Bay, if you want to go out to local clubs.
How Much Does Sandals Montego Bay Cost?
A room at Sandals Montego Bay starts at $331 per person per night. It is more expensive than other Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, likely due to the popularity of the Montego Bay area.
Is Sandals Montego Bay only for couples?
Yes, Sandals Montego Bay 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 Montego Bay from Montego Bay airport?
Sandals Montego Bay is conveniently located very close to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Your complimentary transfer will take just about 5 minutes, so your Jamaican escape can start right away. To make your experience even more enjoyable, consider adding Club Mobay, an airport concierge service. (Learn more about Club Mobay here.)
Sandals Montego Bay Destination Weddings
If you’re planning a destination wedding in Jamaica, Sandals Montego Bay should be at the top of your list due to the incredible Over-the-Water Chapel, where you can walk down a glass floor aisle and say your vows surrounded by the stunning Caribbean.
As at every Sandals resort, you can even get a free wedding at Sandals Montego Bay! 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 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 Montego Bay with their customizable wedding packages.
Sandals Montego Bay Honeymoons
If you get married and then honeymoon at Sandals Montego Bay, 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 Montego Bay has been completely reimagined to be even more elegant, romantic, and welcoming than it was before. From the open-air lobby with views of the Caribbean to the waterfront restaurants to the giant hammocks at the overwater bar where you and your sweetheart can cuddle over the Caribbean, Sandals Montego Bay delivers the perfect luxe and intimate atmosphere for your honeymoon in Jamaica.
Sandals Montego Bay Inclusions
Sandals offers more inclusions than any other resort. When you stay at Sandals Montego Bay 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 Royal Caribbean; WiFi; daily and nightly entertainment; unlimited land sports; state-of-the-art fitness center; and all tips, taxes, and gratuities.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5
Google Rating: 4.5
Now that you’ve learned all about this amazing new adults-only all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, are you ready to book your vacation, destination wedding, or honeymoon at Sandals Montego Bay? Let us know what you think!
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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.