Looking for a perfect honeymoon spot or romantic getaway? Why not escape to paradise and travel to the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica where your dream Caribbean vacation awaits?
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or seeking fun in the sun, this all-inclusive resort offers the perfect environment for a love story to evolve. As Sandals Ochi is an adults-only resort, it’s the perfect place for relaxing and spending time with your loved one(s).
You will find my honest review of Sandals Ochi in Jamaica below. This includes everything you should know about the resort’s accommodations, activities, excursions, onsite restaurants, and more.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
From the moment you step foot on the resort’s pristine grounds, you will be greeted with high-end amenities that will impress most travelers.
When I arrived, I was greeted with cranberry-kissed champagne and a refreshing cold towel.
What makes Sandals Ochi unique is that the property offers both beachside and mountainside room and villa experiences on its 100-plus acre resort. No matter what you choose, the views are stunning; and the staff will do everything to make you feel welcome.
Accommodations at Sandals Ochi Resort
There are two areas of accommodations at this property to choose from–hillside or oceanfront and you can request butler service at either. When it comes to the rooms, you will find 19 categories, ranging from romantic honeymoon suites to luxurious villa suites.
I was booked at the Riviera Beachfront Tower overlooking the beach and ocean so I got to meander through the luscious gardens to arrive in the Riviera area of the resort.
Dotted alongside the path are the spacious Butler Poolside Villas which feature four-poster beds and mahogany furnishings. Beyond the beach are piers and cabanas where you can have privacy and sip your favorite hand-crafted cocktail by the sea or unwind with a glass of wine.
All of Sandals Ochi’s rooms and suites are well-appointed. The room I stayed in needed updating, so when you book your trip, ask for a room that’s been recently remodeled.
I noticed there were a lot of contractors remodeling certain areas. The new ones are beautifully decorated and offer plenty of amenities like a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator with beverages, air conditioning, a hair dryer, a coffee maker, a safe deposit box, and more. A lot of the villas even have a private pool!
At Sandals Ochi, you have access to a wide range of activities that will make your Caribbean vacation truly unforgettable.
Water sports on the property include snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding and you can take a sunset cruise on the crystal-clear waters. Scuba lessons can be arranged as well.
I appreciated the Red Lane Fitness Center and lifted weights a few times while I was on my trip. It was well-equipped and had every type of free weight and/or machine to create a substantial workout while you are on vacation. Group fitness classes are also offered on the property and range from strength conditioning and ab classes to pool aerobics.
Some of the other activities that you can do include golf, tennis, table tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, and squash. There are many more, though.
If you’re more of a night owl, you might want to head to one of the resort’s beach parties with fire dancers. If this isn’t your thing, it’s good to know that you will also find talent nights, karaoke evenings, live shows, and live bands at the resort.
On top of all that, spa treatments are available at an additional cost too (make sure to bring your credit card, though, because you can’t pay with cash).
All in all, there are plenty of fun activities at Sandals Ochi – this is not a destination where you will get bored easily!
Swimming Pools and Beaches at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
There are a whopping 105 swimming pools at the resort. This includes 7 shared pools and 98 private or semi-private pools that come with some of the rooms and suites.
Manor Pool, one of the shared pools, is a favorite among guests. One day while I was eating delicious Jerk Chicken at the Jerk Shack nearby, they had a DJ playing reggae music and tons of people were enjoying the large swim-up bar.
One of the best things to do when you’re visiting the Caribbean is to spend time at the beach, so it’s good to know that there are three dreamlike beach areas at the resort. While two of the beaches are a bit louder by the bar, the water sports beach is more quiet, and I ended up relaxing on the dock in that area.
Apart from its pools, beaches, and a large variety of activities, Sandals Ochi also offers plenty of fun excursions on the island. From horseback beach riding and catamaran cruises to hiking in the Blue Mountains and treetop ziplining, options are abundant.
You can book your excursions once you arrive at the resort or a day (or even a couple of hours) in advance. There’s no need to book them before your trip.
Food and Beverages
Food and beverage options are dotted all around the resort with 11 bars and 16 restaurants to choose from. There are many curated dining experiences where you can take in breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. I loved eating fresh mahi mahi tacos or having salads with sumptuous grilled shrimp.
One evening, we dined at Kelly’s Dockside, an over-the-water and over-the-top romantic setting, and enjoyed exquisite cuisine prepared by chefs using only the freshest ingredients. As I feasted on filet mignon, the waves lapped over the dock just feet away and the ocean breeze created the most magical setting.
In my opinion, the most unique, quaint, and coolest place on the whole property is The Rabbit Hole. It’s the Caribbean’s first Speakeasy.
Its setting is near the main pool at the Manor House and the “rabbit hole” you enter is surrounded by ivy so it blends into the environment so well you’d never know a top-secret bar is tucked into the resort. We were entertained by a remarkably talented female entertainer who belted out everything from beloved Broadway songs of the past to pop favorites of today.
Other Things You Should Know Before Visiting Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica
Before completing this review, here are some other useful things to know if you’re planning on staying at Sandals Ochi in Jamaica.
- Caribbean temperatures stay the same all year round, about 82°F during the day, but the dry season (mid-December to mid-April) is the best time to visit the island.
- Sandals Ochi is an adults-only resort.
- There’s a dress code at the restaurants in the evening – proper attire is required.
- Private airport transports are available at an additional cost. The resort is a 90-minute drive from the airport.
- Except for the butlers, tips are prohibited.
- It’s good to reserve a table in advance if you would like to dine at one of the resort’s most popular restaurants.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica Review: Final Thoughts
So why wait? Treat yourself and your lovebird to an unforgettable experience at Sandals Ocho Rios, where romance meets luxury in the heart of the Caribbean.
I hope you have found what you were looking for in this review of the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica and that it will give you a better understanding of the level of quality to expect at Sandals.
If you’re asking me, Sandals Ochi is an amazing place to stay if you’re looking for a luxurious adults-only resort in a magnificent setting by the beach…or its natural rainforest in the hills!
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