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WHICH SANDALS RESORT IS THE BEST?

We frequently hear the question, "Which Sandals Resort is the best?" Our answer is always the same: every Sandals Resort provides identical inclusions while offering unique experiences shaped by each resort's distinctive vibe and style. What appeals to one person might not appeal to another, and vice versa. Just as every person has a different travel style, each Sandals property has its own individual ambiance. The true question should be "Which Sandals Resort is best for us?"

For over 16 years, we've specialized in paring our clients to the best Sandals Resort. Our insight is derived from our own personal visits to every one of the resort properties as well as feedback from thousands of clients over the years. We even took that knowledge and made a "Find My Sandals Quiz" for the fun of it. Below we will breakdown all of the 18 Sandals Resort and 3 Beaches Resorts with some resort facts and a few pros and cons.

 

 

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Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals Montego Bay
Jamaica Sandals Resorts Map

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Resort mood: Active, Social

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 10 min

Type of beach: Private

Pros:

  • Close to airport for short transfer time

  • Overwater bar

  • Overwater chapel & garden wedding chapel

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Royal Caribbean

Cons:

  • Close proximity to airport means regular airplane noise

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Caribbean
Jamaica Sandals Resorts Map

Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Resort mood: Relaxed

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 10 min

Type of beach: 2 Private Coves + Island

Pros:

  • Close to airport for short transfer time

  • Overwater bungalows & villas

  • Private offshore island

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Montego Bay

Cons:

  • Smaller sized beaches with not much room to spread out

Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril
Jamaica Sandals Resorts Map

Location: Negril, Jamaica

Resort mood: Active, Laid Back

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 15 min

Type of beach: Long, Public

Pros:

  • Located on famous 7 Mile beach

  • Brand new swim-up & Skypool suites

  • Picturesque sunsets

  • Calm, clear, shallow water

Cons:

  • Located on a public beach with vendors

Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast
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Location: Whitehouse, Jamaica

Resort mood: Relaxed

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 15 min

Type of beach: Long, Private

Pros:

  • Overwater bungalows & swim-up rondovals

  • Overwater bar

  • Overwater chapel

  • Horseshoe shaped beach for long walks and views of both sunsets and sunrises

Cons:

  • Water shoes may be needed for some areas in the ocean.

Sandals South Coast
Sandals Ochi

Sandals Ochi

Sandals Ochi
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Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Resort mood: Active, Social

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 45 min

Type of beach: Private Cove

Pros:

  • 16 dining options

  • Caribbean's only speakeasy bar

  • Overwater wedding chapel

  • Golf included

  • Great for travelers on a budget

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

  • Small beach areas for such a large resort

  • Resort size requires a resort shuttle to get around

  • Some areas of the resort are not good for guests with mobility issues

Sandals Royal Plantation

Sandals Royal Plantation
Jamaica Sandals Resorts Map

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Resort mood: Relaxed

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 30 min

Type of beach: 2 Private Coves

Pros:

  • Small, boutique resort with private beach

  • All rooms are beachfront and butler level

  • Golf included

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with Sandals Ochi next door.

Cons:

  • Long drive to the airport

  • Not good for guests with mobility issues

  • One small pool on property

Sandals Royal Plantation
Sandals Dunns River

Sandals Dunns River

Sandals Dunns River
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Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Resort mood: Luxury, Social

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 25 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

  • Brand new resort​​

  • Skypool suites and swim up Sky Rondovals

  • Golf included

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Ochi

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sandals Royal Bahamian
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Location: Nassau, Bahamas

Resort mood: Luxury

Flight time: 55 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: 2 Private Coves + Island

Pros:

  • Easy to fly to - just minutes from Florida

  • Quick transfer time

  • Newly renovated resort

  • Private offshore island

  • Clear customs & immigration on the island when flying home

Cons:

  • Pools and ocean can be chilly to swim in during the Winter months

Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay
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Location: Great Exuma, Bahamas

Resort mood: Relax, Luxury

Flight time: 1 hr 15 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

  • "Swim with the pigs" location​​

  • Golf included

  • Gorgeous long stretch of beach with vibrant blue water

Cons:

  • Quiet island with not much to do off resort

  • Pools and ocean can be chilly to swim in during the Winter months

Sandals Grande St Lucian

Sandals Grande St Lucian

Sandals Grande St Lucian
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Location: Castries, Saint Lucia

Resort mood: Social, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 30 min

Type of beach: Private Cove

Pros:

  • Best beach of the three

  • Overwater bungalows

  • Overwater wedding chapel

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Halcyon

  • Golf included

  • Hiking available nearby

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

Sandals La Toc

Sandals Regency La Toc

Sandals La Toc
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Location: Castries, Saint Lucia

Resort mood: Social, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 30 min

Type of beach: Private Cove

Pros:

  • Hillside butler suites with private pools

  • Golf included

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Grande St Lucian and Sandals Halcyon

Cons:

  • Beach is rarely swimmable due to red flags

  • Shuttle to Grande St Lucian for motorized water sports

  • Not a good option for guests with mobility issues

Sandals Halcyon

Sandals Halcyon
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Location: Castries, Saint Lucia

Resort mood: Relaxed, Laid back

Flight time: 3 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 15 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

  • Large River Lagoon Pool 

  • Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Grande St Lucian and Sandals Regency La Toc

  • Golf included

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

  • Shuttle to Grande St Lucian for motorized water sports

Sandals Halcyon
Sandals Barbados

Sandals Barbados

Sandals Barbados
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Location: St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Resort mood: Social, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 50 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

Cons:

  • Sargassum on the beach can at times be an issue during the year

  • Non-motorized water sports only.

  • Scuba and snorkeling trips require shuttle to harbor in town 

Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Royal Barbados
Sandals Barbados Map

Location: St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Resort mood: Social, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 50 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

Cons:

  • Sargassum on the beach can at times be an issue during the year

  • Non-motorized water sports only.

  • Scuba and snorkeling trips require shuttle to harbor in town 

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Sandals Grande Antigua

Sandals Grande Antigua

Sandals Grande Antigua
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Location: St. John's, Antigua

Resort mood: Active, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 20 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

  • Short transfer time

  • Gorgeous long stretch of beach

  • Private pool rondovals

Cons:

  • Beach is public and vendors do walk by

Sandals Grenada

Sandals Grenada
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Location: St. George's, Grenada

Resort mood: Relax, Luxury

Flight time: 3 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 5 min

Type of beach: Private Cove

Pros:

  • Short transfer time​

  • Skypool suites and private pool rondovals

Cons:

  • Some areas of the resort may be difficult for anyone with mobility issues

Sandals Grenada

Sandals Royal Curaçao

Sandals Royal Curacao
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Location: Santa Barbara, Curaçao

Resort mood: Laidback, Elegant

Flight time: 3 hr (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 30 min

Type of beach: Long

Pros:

  • Short transfer time​

  • Awa Seaside Bungalows

  • Off-site dining program

  • Mini Cooper rental included with top suites

Cons:

  • Swimmable beach area is man-made and facing an inlet with boat traffic 

Sandals Royal Curacao
Sandals St Vincent

Sandals St. Vincent

Sandals St Vincent

Location: Argyle, Saint Vincent

Resort mood: Luxury, Social

Flight time: 3 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 55 min

Type of beach: Private Cove

Pros:

  • Brand new resort & island

  • Two-story overwater bungalows

  • 1 and 2 bedroom beachfront pool suites

  • Beachfront two-tier infinity pool

  • Boat transfers for butler suites

Cons:

  • Car transfers can be rough for anyone with car sickness

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Location: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Resort mood: Active

Flight time: 1 hr 30 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 15 min

Type of beach: Long, Public

Pros:

  • Short transfer time​

  • 19 dining options

  • Biggest waterpark & lazy river with Surf simulator

  • Choo Choo Train rides for kids

  • Multi-bedroom suites​

Cons:

  • Large size of resort may make it hard for people with mobility issues or smaller children to get around quickly & easily

  • Public beach with vendors

Beaches Turks and Caicos

Resort For All Ages

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Beaches Negril

Location: Negril, Jamaica

Resort mood: Laid back, Relaxed

Flight time: 1 hr 40 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 15 min

Type of beach: Long, Public

Pros:

  • Smaller resort, easy to manage with little kids or mobility issues

  • Waterpark & lazy river

  • New kids camp building

  • New 3 & 4 bedroom beachfront suites

  • Great beach for little kids with calm shallow water

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

  • Public beach with vendors

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Resort For All Ages

Jamaica Sandals Resorts Map
Beaches Negril
Beaches Ocho Rios

Beaches Ocho Rios

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Resort mood: Laid back, Relaxed

Flight time: 1 hr 30 min (from Miami)

Airport transfers: Included, 1 hr 30 min

Type of beach: 2 Private Coves

Pros:

  • Smaller sized resort​ with private beach

  • Best pricing - entry rooms allow 5 guests

  • Waterpark & lazy river

  • Beachfront walkout suites

Cons:

  • Long transfer time

  • Lots of stairs that may be an issue for anyone with mobility issues or families with small children

Resort For All Ages

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