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Large and open adults-only resort
After driving through the towering arches that welcome guests to Sandals Montego Bay, the spacious, open-air lobby is easy to find. A large reception desk provides check-in and concierge services, and the lobby itself opens right into a large dining and entertainment space, with a stage, entrances to indoor restaurants, and a large archway that opens into the outdoor patio and Bayside restaurant. A coffee bar is also nearby, as well as desks to set up tours, taxis, and return trips. Decorated in calming tones with bright accents, the lobby is warm and welcoming, much like the rest of the resort.
Close to the airport, tucked between several other resorts
Just a 10-minute drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the resort is located right off of the main A1 highway. Set back a ways from the road, the gardens and greenery help to provide privacy from the main street, although the neighboring resorts and hotels are visible from the beach and certain other parts of the property. While the highway is too dangerous for pedestrians, the resort is a short drive from a number of shops and craft boutiques in the town center, the Hip Strip with a variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs, and plenty of local golf courses to suit any skill level.
Elegant cottages and suites with butler service; even standard rooms are beautiful
With suites, standards, and butlers at your service, Sandals Montego Bay has a wide selection of rooms to suit all types of couples. Decorated in dark woods and elegant, soothing neutrals with bright pops of color, even the most basic rooms feel luxurious and spacious. All rooms include air-conditioning, mini-fridges stocked with water and sodas, coffeemakers, microwaves, amenities kits, and patios or balconies. Club level rooms offer additional amenities like access to the Club Sandals lounge, private orientation, free Wi-Fi, a dedicated concierge for help with reservations and activity bookings, private room bars, and free room service. For guests seeking a truly luxurious experience, generously-sized butler suites are also available, providing guests with a private butler that can assist with almost anything they may require. These are the largest and most luxurious rooms, with the most space and the best views, but they are significantly more expensive.
Dozens of activities and amenities
The resort itself is enormous with eight restaurants, four bars, one swim-up bar, four pools, four whirlpools, and a large entertainment area. Spread along the beach, amenities and activities are sprinkled among the accommodations, giving most rooms quick access to dining or drinking options. A wide variety of water and land sports are available, including snorkeling, sailing, waterskiing, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, tennis, croquet, and billiards. Scuba lessons are offered, and divers that are already certified can dive for free. The Red Lane Spa features a modern fitness center and a large assortment of treatments, and guests can also have their massages on the beach. A stage and entertainment area host a variety of events, including talent shows, live music, cocktail parties, and theme nights. The wedding lounge can help guests plan their special day or anniversary events, and there is a chapel on-site as well as several gazebos and ceremony sites to choose from. Additionally, the resort offers laundry and dry cleaning services, photographers, gift shops, money exchanges, and rentable beach cabanas. And guests who wish to visit the restaurants, bars, or activities at the nearby sister resorts, Sandals Carlyle and Sandals Royal Caribbean, can do so for free.
For couples seeking a luxurious, all-inclusive experience, with plenty of activities and dining options on-site, Sandals Montego Bay is a beautiful option, though it definitely does feel like the branded resort that it is. Large and expansive, with a long private beach and list of things to do, the resort is close to both the airport and downtown Montego Bay. Guests can enjoy restaurants and activities at the other two Sandals resorts nearby, providing even more options. The resort’s sprawling layout can be confusing to navigate, and the proximity to the airport can make the property noisy when planes go overhead, but with plenty of tours around the island and a number of restaurants, shops, and craft shows nearby, as well as local attractions, there’s plenty to do both on and off-site.