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10 Best Sandals Resorts Ranked For 2022

Q: Which Sandals is the best resort overall?

A: Sandals Royal Plantation, located in Ochos Rio, Jamaica, consistently gets top reviews from guests. It is a luxury all-suite resort with just 74 ocean-view suites, each with butler service.

1. Sandals Royal Plantation

Ochos Rio, Jamaica

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking (Best Sandals Resorts International): #1

Awards: Fodor’s Choice, AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021, TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Hotels for Romance – Caribbean Best of the Best Awards 2021, TripAdvisor’s Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts – Caribbean 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Royal Plantation is Sandals’ only all-butler, all-suite resort. With just 74 ocean-view suites, this resort is the perfect quiet getaway where you can relax by the pool with libations brought to you by the beach butler, or take advantage of nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, where transportation and green fees are included in your stay. You can also enjoy Jamaica’s only champagne and caviar bar.

If you still want more, a stay at Sandals Royal Plantation provides complimentary exchange privileges to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, which has an additional 16 restaurants.

2. Sandals Grenada Resort & Spa

St. Georges, Grenada

Sandals Grenada ocean view, beach and resort

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #2

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Grenada Resort is the place to go if you want to relax. Located in the heart of Grenada’s exclusive Pink Gin Beach, here you can enjoy a truly romantic and exotic Caribbean experience. Personalized butler service is available in 69 suites, which will include Swim Up Pool Suites, Rondovals, and Skypool Suites. In the Italian Village (one of four villages available), you can enjoy romantic tranquility soaking tubs. There are 10 restaurants to choose from, including a world-class steakhouse.

3. Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia

Sandals Grand St Lucian Over-the-water bungalows

Google Rating: 4.6

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #3

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts – Caribbean 2021,

Resort Highlights: If you’re dreaming of over-the-water bungalows, Sandals Grande St. Lucian has your name on it. This resort is often described as “the closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” With 12 restaurants at this resort and 15 at a nearby Sandals resort, you’ll never run out of dishes to try. You also have access to 2 golf courses, The Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Club and Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate, with complimentary transfer and green fees included. You can extend your diving experiences to exotic underwater playgrounds at both Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach.

4. Sandals Montego Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals motego bay beach front view with bungalows.

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #6

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Montego Bay, the very first Sandals resort, has been totally modernized to include a fabulous over-the-water bar and an over-the-water chapel for an unbelievable experience. Here you’ll find 12 on-site restaurants, with access to 9 more at nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean. There are four swimming pools and a private beach so you can make the most of your time in and out of the water.

5. Sandals Negril Beach Resort

Negril, Jamaica

Sandals Negril Beach Resort

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #7

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Stay in one of the signature swim-up beach suites at Sandals Negril Beach for a truly romantic and private experience. Reviewers rave about the 7 on-site restaurants, and long, pure white sand beaches. This beautiful resort is Sandals’ most green, having been awarded an EarthCheck Double Platinum Certification for an unwavering commitment to environmental excellence for over a decade.

6. Sandals South Coast

White House, Jamaica

Sandals South Coast Resort - Over the water bungalows in the shape of a heart

Google Rating: 4.5

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #9

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals South Coast resort is Jamaica’s #1 all-beachfront, all-oceanview resort. The over-the-water bungalows are gorgeous, and the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. At night, you can enjoy bonfire areas and fire pits for even more memorable experiences. Along with all the water and land activities available at Sandals Resorts, you can dine at 9 on-site restaurants, from Italian cuisine, to Asian and Mediterranean, to Caribbean, Jamaican and more.

7. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Sandals Ochi resort with a couple watching on the beach

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #10

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Ochi has 11 bars (including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy), a hot new beach club, and 16 restaurants to enjoy. If you’re looking to enjoy a good time, this is the resort for you. But don’t worry, if you’re looking for some privacy and relaxation, there are plenty of private and serene areas to get that R&R in. Green fees are included at Sandals Golf & Country Club, plus unlimited land and sea activities.

8. Sandals Barbados

St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Sandals Barbados pool overlooking the sea.

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: 11

Awards: Fodor’s Choice, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Barbados touts world-class cuisine at its 11 on-site restaurants (including Sandal’s first Indian restaurant), plus 9 additional restaurants at the nearby Sandals resort you’ll also have full access to. Take a dip in one of two beautiful beaches or five pools. When you want some more private relaxation time, most patios and terraces have private Tranquility Soaking Tubs.

9. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort over the water bungalows in the shape of a heart

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #13

Awards: AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2021, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: At the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, the Gregorian-style Great House displays the decidedly British heritage, which is also noted in unique traditions you’ll find here such as afternoon tea and a rousing game of croquette. Just a few minutes away on a private off-shore island, you’ll find luxurious over-the-water bungalows. Enjoy global gourmet at one of nine on-site restaurants, or explore one of the 12 restaurants you will also have access to at a nearby Sandals resort. One experience you won’t want to miss is riding to one of the offshore restaurants called Royal Thai by hopping aboard an authentic dragon boat.

10. Sandals Halcuyon Beach

Castries, St. Lucia

Halcuyon Beach Sandals - view of the shore, beach house and St Lucia

Google Rating: 4.4

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5

US News Travel Ranking: #17

Awards: TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021

Resort Highlights: Sandals Halcuyon Beach is described as a true Garden of Eden due to the lush, majestic islands, the pristine beach, turquoise sea, and majestic mountain view. Enjoy dining at one of six on-site restaurants, or one of the other 21 restaurants available to you at nearby Sandals resorts. Plus, if golf is your game, you’ll have complimentary transportation and green fees at both The Sandals La Toc Golf Club and Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate.

Best Sandals Resorts in Jamaica

Jamaica is home to 5 Sandals resorts, each with its own flavor and vibe.

Sandals Royal Plantation

Ochos Rios, Jamaica

Sandals Royal Plantation Resort - Butler pouring champagne in a room overlooking the sea

Across the board, Sandals Royal Plantation has received the highest customer ratings amongst Sandals resorts. Vacationers love its relatively small number of rooms for a more intimate setting, with full butler service so you don’t have to lift a finger. Here you’ll have exchange privileges to all Sandals resorts (from this resort only, not from the other resorts to Sandals Royal Plantation). This includes complimentary transfers to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, where you’ll find 16 resort options, in addition to the five you’ll find here. Sandals Royal Plantation also features the Caribbean’s only champagne and caviar bar. Transportation and green fees are included to Sandals Golf & County Club.

Located 90 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and 15 minutes from the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel.

Sandals Montego Bay

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals Montego Bay room suites with pools and an view of the ocean

The beauty of the water is front and center at this resort, with a long private white sand beach, a nearby coral reef allowing for calmer waters and leisurely swims, a new over the water bar and an over the water chapel. Enjoy full exchange privileges with Sandals Royal Caribbean, so you can have the best of both experiences.

Located in Jamaica’s main tourism hub, five minutes away from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and 10 minutes away from the town center.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa

Negril, Jamaica

Sandals negril beach resort and spa - a couple enjoys the pool in their swim-up resort suite.

This is the perfect destination if you’re looking to lay back, relax and enjoy nature. In fact, this resort was awarded an EarthCheck Double Platinum Certification for an unwavering commitment to environmental excellence for over a decade. There are seven delicious restaurants for you to enjoy. We love the swim up crystal lagoon beach front one-bedroom butler suite, perfect for pampering and relaxation.

Located 75 minutes away from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast Resort - over the water bungalow suite shown

Sandals South Coast is Jamaica’s #1 all-beachfront, all ocean view resort. There’s not a bad seat in the house! You’ll be closer to the water than ever, between the over-the-water bungalows, an overwater bar, and a romantic over-the-water chapel. Plus, 20 rooms feature swim-up suites. Relax by one of the three pools, or enjoy one of nine global gourmet restaurants.

Located 75 minutes from Sangster International Airport and 60 minutes from Negril, one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Sandals Ochi beach view with buildings

This resort is great if you love a good time but also want some private relaxation because it can offer both! There’s a hot new beach club, 11 bars – including the Caribbean’s first speakeasy – and 16 restaurants. Plus, transfer fees and green fees are included at nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club. You can also enjoy the Caribbean’s largest rock climbing wall. This resort is built on over 100 acres of a lush hillside, so there’s plenty of room for privacy.

Located about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Best Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Sandals Grande St. Lucian over the water bungalows

You’ll love the exquisite over the water honeymoon butler bungalows, lagoon swim-up rooms with direct access from the patio, or one of the 311 suites offering ocean views on both sides of the resort. Here, you’ll have exchange privileges with Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, and Sandals Halcyon Beach.

Located about 90 minutes away from Hewanorra International Airport and 20 minutes from George F.L. Charles Airport.

Sandals Halcuyon Beach

Castries, St. Lucia

Sandals Halcyon Beach suites  overlooking the pool

Sandals Halcuyon Beach is a beautiful place for serenity and relaxation. This resort is reported to be “entirely friendly” to the physically challenged due to its low rise architecture. Here, you’ll have exchange privileges with Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa, and Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Located five minutes from George F. L. Charles Airport and 75 minutes from Hewanorra International Airport.

Sandals Regency La Toc

Castries, St. Lucia

Sandals Regency La Toc pool overlooking the ocean

The most glamorous of the three resorts in St. Lucia, Sandals Regency La Toc is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. If golfing is your passion, there’s a nine-hole course on-site that you’ll have full access to. But you’ll also have access exchange privileges with the other two St. Lucian Sandals resorts, Sandals Grande St. Lucian and Sandals Halcuyon Beach, which means you can enjoy all 27 restaurants.

Located 10 minutes from George F.L. Airport and one hour from Hewanorra International Airport.

Best Sandals Resorts in Barbados

Sandals Barbados

St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Sandals Barbados, a couple relaxes in their en suite tub overlooking a pool

This beautiful, newly renovated resort spans three unique villages. You can 11 on-site restaurants, including the fan-favorite on-site Indian restaurant. Or, venture to the nine restaurants available at Sandals Royal Barbados. Relax in one of 280 suites with beach and garden views, or splurge on a swim-up suite.

Located 15 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport.

Sandals Royal Barbados

St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados pool view

Here you’ll find the largest glass-fronted infinity pool in the Eastern Caribbean, Sandals’ first rooftop pool and bar, the first bowling alley, and first gourmet donut shop (yes please!). There are nine on-site restaurants, including Sandal’s first health and wellness inspired restaurant concept, and you’ll have full exchange benefits with Sandals Barbados so you can try the 11 restaurants you’ll find there.

Located 15 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport.

Best Sandals Resorts in the Bahamas

Sandals Emeralds Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort

Great Exuma, Bahamas

Sandals Emeralds Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort

If you love golf, you’ll love the 18-hole, 7001 yard, par 72 golf course designed by Greg Norman. It features six beautiful oceanfront holes on the peninsula. When you’re not golfing, you can take a dip in the Caribbean’s largest zero entry pool, or relax at the Red Lane Spa. There are 12 five-star gourmet dining options, so you’ll never run out of ways to enjoy yourself.

Located 15 minutes from the Georgetown International Airport

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Nassau, Bahamas

Sandals Royal Bahamian sky view of the resort and pool.

This resort also features an exotic offshore island adventure including a private beach, pool, Jacuzzi, seafood restaurant, entertainment and more. There are two sky-sized pools, 10 gourmet restaurants, and like all Sandals resorts, unlimited land and sea activities.

Located 15 minutes from Lynden Pindling International Airport, 20 minutes from Downtown Nassau and Bay Street, and 30 minutes from Paradise Island.

Best Sandals Resorts for Seclusion

Ochos Rio, Jamaica

Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation - a romantic couple is hugging on the grass leading up to the beach

Sandals Royal Plantation touts relatively few suites (72, to be exact) which means there just aren’t as many people around. Located between the beautiful mountains and tranquil waters of Jamaica, seclusion is guaranteed. Plus, there are two private beaches with personalized service, which you’ll be sure to enjoy. Visitor ratings put this resort at the top of our list overall, but you’ll also have full exchange privileges to all other Sandals resorts.

Best Sandals Resort for Foodies

Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation - a couple enjoys breakfast in a private room looking outside

It’s no wonder Sandals Royal Plantation received high highest reviews across the board – food is so important to your overall experience! When it comes specifically to the food, customers also rated this resort the highest across the board, with an 86% positive sentiment rating, per Google. Here, you’ll enjoy 5 onsite restaurants, along with 16 others you’ll have full access to at other nearby Sandals locations, bringing the total number of restaurants to 21. The standout feature is the champagne and caviar bar!

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Sandals St. Lucian - couples eating a at a patio restaurant overlooking the ocean

Another great foodie option is the Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which touts 27 restaurants you’ll be able to try (12 onsite and 15 others at nearby resorts). Google reviews also show a high positive sentiment rate specifically for the food at this resort, with 81% of food-related reviews being positive. A restaurant highlight is The Jerk Shack, where you’ll get to try delicious, authentic Jamaican jerk cuisine.

Best Sandals Resort for Golf

Sandals Emeralds Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort

Sandals Emeralds Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort - a man golfs a hole overlooking the ocean

Here you’ll find an 18-hole golf course, designed by Greg Norman with six beautiful oceanfront holes on a peninsula. It spans 7001 yards and has a 72 par. One reviewer said, “The bay has the prettiest blue water that we have ever seen. The Sandals employees are amazing. The food and atmosphere was awesome. The golf course is my all time favorite with terrific greens and fairways. The views from the back 9 are just beautiful. This was our 4th vacation at the resort and will definitely not be our last.”

Note that green fees are included with your stay, but there are additional costs. For example, golf carts are mandatory but are not included. We recommend bringing your own equipment if you can, but you will able to rent anything else you might need on site.

Best Sandals Resort for Luxury

Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation resort - a woman on a beach front hammock is served a drink by a butler, romantic partner stands behind her.

We consider Sandals Royal Plantation the most luxurious Sandals resort because it has it all: privacy, beauty, butlers, and great food. Any suite you choose will be serviced by butlers trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers. There are two private beaches with personalized service, and English afternoon tea service on the terrace. Plus, the Caribbean’s only champagne and caviar bar. If that doesn’t say luxury I don’t know what does!

Best Sandals Resorts for Beaches

Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa

Sandals Negril resort - couple walks along the beach

Located on Jamaica’s famous seven-mile beach, you’ll love the beautiful white sand and aquamarine water. Lounge under a palm tree, go scuba diving, snorkeling, sailboating, wakeboarding, or any of the other included water activities on site. Some suites include a private pool or a swim-up lagoon so you never have to get out of the water if you don’t want to.

Best Sandals Resort Suites

If you’re looking to stay in an amazing suite during your stay at a Sandals Resort, here are some show-stopping experiences you should consider:

Over-The-Water Bungalows and Villas

Inside view of an over-the-water bungalow at a Sandals resort

You don’t have to fly to the south pacific to experience these show-stopping accommodations! Your secluded room hovers over the ocean and feature see-through floors so you can make the most of your prime location. You’ll also enjoy an over-the-water hammock for two, a tranquility soaking tub, and personalized butler service.

You can find over-the-water bungalows and villas at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia, Sandals South Coast in Jamaica, and Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica.

Millionaire Suites

Millionaire suites are made with honeymooners in mind. They’re the perfect combination of privacy, luxury and experience. Their specific amenities vary by resort—for example, at Sandals Negril, you’ll have access to a private plunge pool, waterfall and outdoor shower— and they all come with personalized butler service. Our favorite Millionaire Suites are found at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica, Sandals Negril in Jamaica, and Sandals Regency La Toc.

Skypool Suites

These rooms are the pinnacle of luxury. Enjoy a king sized bed and private access to a private plunge pool with infinity edge. The balcony features an opulent soaking tub for two, and you’ll love the personalized butler service. Our favorite skypool suites can be found at Sandals Grenada in Jamaica and Sandals Royal Barbados in Barbados.

Most Affordable Sandals Resorts

Most affordable Sandals Resort - Sandals Ochi Beach Resort - bedroom view with a balcony.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica comes in at the most affordable, starting at $221 per night. At this price point, you’ll stay in a Great House Luxury room, which comes with its own balcony, a flat screen TV, and a fully stocked drink refrigerator.

You can also stay at Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa for the low cost of $226 per night. Here, you’ll stay in the Caribbean Luxury Honeymoon suite, equipped with a beautiful tiled bathroom, smart TV and fully stocked drink refrigerator. This resort has slightly better customer reviews than Sandals Ochi, and is our top pick for the Best Sandals Resort for Beaches, so if we were picking between the two, this would be our choice.

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