Royalton White Sands Resort Rating: 2.0 Pearls
Montego Bay, Jamaica

This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.

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Pros

Cons

  • Dirty, off-putting rooms
  • Worn furnishings in the lobby
  • No nearby activities or attractions

Bottom Line

THIS HOTEL, FORMERLY THE BREEZES TRELAWNY, HAS UNDERGONE A MAJOR RENOVATION AND REOPENED AS THE ROYALTON WHITE SANDS SINCE OUR VISIT. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AND PHOTOS AS SOON AS WE CAN. An all-inclusive beachfront resort in remote Trelawny (just outside Montego Bay), this Breezes resort keeps families busy with great pools, an 84-foot waterslide, and rock-climbing walls -- but there's nothing else nearby. While the kids sleep, the lobby bar gets wild. But the dingy rooms and mediocre food makes this resort less than ideal.

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 Scene

Plenty of kids (including locals), but things get downright sloppy at night at the bar and nightclub.

Guests at the family pool
Guests at the family pool

By day, the waterslides, climbing walls, and miniature golf make this Breezes Resort -- the former Starfish Trelawny Resort -- a kid's paradise.

By night, however, the lobby bar and Bubble's Nightclub can get a little crazy. You might hear guests stumbling across the Astroturf hallways, breaking glasses, and howling at the moon well past midnight.

 Location

A mostly rural area between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios; a free, 40-minute shuttle from the Montego Bay airport

The Breezes Trelawny Resort and Spa is located in Trelawny, a largely agricultural, hilly, beachfront area about 40 minutes east of the Montego Bay International Airport (the main point of entry into Jamaica for most tourists). In the immediate vicinity, there are fewer tourist attractions than at more central resorts in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, about a 30- to 60-minute drive in either direction. On the bright side, the area is very lush and quiet.

 Beach

Cramped beach with unwanted visitors selling marijuana and a small barrier island

The beach
The beach

The hotel's website boasts a three-mile stretch of white-sand beach. I found it to be narrow, cramped, and occassionally swarmed by pot-dealers (a common enough sight in Jamaica, but typically not at such a family-focused resort). Hotel security, however, does its best to keep the dealers away.

To make up for the small beach, Breezes also has a small, hotel-made barrier island, about 30 feet from the shore. It is outfitted with beach chairs and guests can reach the island by walking across a sandbar.

 Rooms

In need of a serious update and fumigation;rooms are subpar.

The Garden View Room
The Garden View Room

Made of whitewashed cinderblocks, the room don't look much cheerier than a jail cell, despite the colorful old bedspread. And unlike other all-inclusives, there is no alcohol (or even water) provided in the room -- it makes it a lot harder to ignore the abrasive fluorescent lighting and the bugs crawling on the walls.

In my room, the bright green and yellow chairs and matching bedspread were covered in stains, the sheets had cigarette burns, and the air smelled like the inside of a gym locker.

The bathroom, while it could use a serious scrubbing and a new shower curtain, was in better condition than the rest of the room. It had granite-like countertops and an in-shower shampoo and shower gel dispenser mounted to the wall.

 Features

Lots of great options for the little ones, plus some nice music at night and in-pool pool tables.

In-pool billiards
In-pool billiards

Unlike anywhere else, the hotel has in-pool pool tables. Yes, billiards inside the pool! Hedge-encircled hot tubs offer some quiet downtime away from the mini-golf, tennis, basketball, tennis, and waterslide mania.

For the kids, the resort has a kids clubs open daily, and a family pool with waterslide, fountain, and aqueduct that shoots water. For adult water sports, there are scuba diving (with instructional classes), kayaks, free snorkeling gear, and jet skis available.

The hotel also offers classes and competitions like trampoline lessons, flying trapeze and juggling class, and rock climbing.

 Cleanliness

The grounds are lovely, but the rooms are in pretty vile shape.

Insects in the Garden View Room
Insects in the Garden View Room

I forgot all about the clear pools and well-pruned if slightly worn grounds once I reached my room. There, I found stained furniture and torn sheets that gave the room a strong highway motel feel. The lobby's chairs were also stained, but that's not surprising since the open bar leads to toppled cups of Jamaican rum and Coke throughout the night.

 Food

The resort has several food and drink options, and most don't require reservations.

The hotel offers several on-site restaurants like Breezes Buffet, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacking; the "gourmet" Jamaican-Italian fusion joint Casablanca, open for dinner; Japanese restaurant Munasan, open for dinner; and Seashell Bar and Grill for casual American fare, open lunch through dinner. Reservations are required at Casablanca and Munasan.

For drinks, the resort has Bubbles Disco Bar (with designated teen times), the Ocean swim-up bar, poolside Seashell Bar, and Siren Piano Bar.

 Destination Weddings

Though there's no maximum number of guests at these kid-friendly weddings, but the food is bad, the rooms are grim, the beach is narrow, and you can't hire your own photographer (at any price).

The Casablanca, one of two popular reception locations
The Casablanca, one of two popular reception locations
  • Wedding Size: No minimum or maximum number of people required; multiple weddings hosted daily (on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Extra Fees: $200 mandatory government and administrative fee and a $150 fee for a renewal of vows; $60 pass for non-hotel guests to visit the property during the day (the fee is $70 at night).
  • Wedding Packages: The basic package is if you book at least a three-night stay and it includes a marriage officer, a wedding cake and one bottle of champagne, the bride's bouquet and groom's boutonniere, a candlelit dinner for the bride and groom, breakfast in bed the morning after, and a decorated wedding area (just the gazebo).
  • Ceremony Locations: The fountain, garden, gazebo, or the beach
  • Reception Options: Most receptions (up to 20 people) are held at either the Casablanca or the Munasan restaurants, alongside the standard resort guests. Private receptions are also available in either the Great Hall ($200 for a minimum of 40 people) or on the beach (free for any number of people). Food costs between $45 and $90 per person; an open bar costs $15 per person for the first hour and $5 per person for each additional hour; champagne costs $25 per bottle (or $3 per bottle if you bring your own).
  • Photographer and Videographer: Photo packages range from $220 (for 12 5-by-7 prints) to $700 (for 48 5-by-7 prints); a videographer costs $312 for the first hour and $100 for each additional hour (no outside vendors permitted).
  • Music Options: A DJ costs $350 for the first four hours ($100 for each additional hour); a steel drum band or jazz band costs $350 per hour; a reggae band costs $450 per hour; and a soloist costs about $150 to $170 per hour. Outside bands are permitted, but there's a $300 extra fee.
  • Cocktail Parties: If you want hot and cold hors d'oeuvres after the ceremony, it costs $20 per person for the hour, as well as another $20 per person for an open bar.
  • Cake: A three-tier cake (chocolate or vanilla) costs $270; a Jamaican fruit cake costs $350 and up.
  • Spa treatments: The Blue Mahoe Spa offers hair styling (upwards of $50), makeup ($50 if you bring your own makeup and $100 to use the makeup artist's), and manis/pedis ($18 to $22).
  • Honeymoon Suite: In addition to the standard rooms, the resort also has 37 private cottages that are more popular with honeymooning couples.
  • Airport Transportation: Free hotel shuttle to and from Montego Bay Airport for all hotel guests

 Bottom Line

THIS HOTEL, FORMERLY THE BREEZES TRELAWNY, HAS UNDERGONE A MAJOR RENOVATION AND REOPENED AS THE ROYALTON WHITE SANDS SINCE OUR VISIT. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AND PHOTOS AS SOON AS WE CAN. An all-inclusive beachfront resort in remote Trelawny (just outside Montego Bay), this Breezes resort keeps families busy with great pools, an 84-foot waterslide, and rock-climbing walls -- but there's nothing else nearby. While the kids sleep, the lobby bar gets wild. But the dingy rooms and mediocre food makes this resort less than ideal.

Things You Should Know About Royalton White Sands Resort

Address

  • Trelawny, Jamaica

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Starfish Trelawny Hotel
  • Starfish Trelawny Resort
  • Starfish Trelawny Resort & Spa

Room Types

  • Cottage
  • Garden View Room
  • Mountain View Room
  • Ocean View Room
  • Presidential Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 350
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Address: Trelawny, Jamaica
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