We are regular visitors to the Royal Plantation. We have been coming here since the 90s, before Sandals took over. It is a magical location. It has little to do with Sandals. It’s the location, it’s Jamaica, it’s especially the staff.
Sandals has the staff badges wrong. Sandals should be the sub-text, not the super-text. The staff names should be highlighted. Once you are on the resort, which is all enclusive, guests see Jamaica through the staff. And it’s the staff that keeps us coming back.
We really are disapointed when, on returning, staff members are gone; for whatever reasons ( we miss you Junior).
So, the RP, is great for us. We’ll keep coming back as long as God allows, since we are nearing 70.
If I had the resources, I’d take a plane load of people to the RP. There are other places where the food may be better ( though we love chef Martin), service may be faster, rooms may be ‘nicer’, but if you want a vacation that is memorible, come to the Royal Plantation.
I need to mention some of the staff by name. I appologize for those I miss, please forgive me, I ‘m old:
our buddy, we miss you on the beach; bar tenders Angie, Bobby, Crocodile and the number of trainees; and of course Gladstone and Sherril our butlers. Thankyou one and all.
C u in May
Return visit did not disappoint
Nov 25, 2022
Our butlers, Robert and Anthony, did an outstanding job. They delivered our lunch on the beach, afternoon treats to our room, and did the extra things that make a stay at Royal Plantation a special occasion. The service everywhere was top notch. The food was delicious and we tried to stay with local dishes as much as possible. Jamaica Night was extra special (curried goat and braised oxtail) and the evening entertainment was fantastic (Nataki and Co.). The room was clean and comfortable with a great view of the East beach. No complaints about the service at all levels.
The property is showing its age though. We did not get to dine on the Papillon patio as it was out of service, not quite sure what that meant. We dined twice at Le Papillon during the week, to the accompaniment of the pianist. Friendly and attentive service was provided by Joseph and Keenan. We ventured over to Ochi to visit the resort shops as the shop at RP is small with a limited selection. We dined one evening at Ochi as well (Kelly's Dockside), again no complaints. The shuttles were on time and efficient. Powerboat excursion was a blast, Carl and Gregory were excellent guides/hosts. Jodi-Anne's Raspberry Collins in the Wobbly Peacock deserves a special mention.
Overall a great vacation and looking forward to returning again.
Nov 23, 2022
First let me say Jamaica is beautiful and would 100% go back. This was our first all inclusive and Sandals trip and were very underwhelmed. Our butlers were great but rest of staff seemed like they couldn’t care less and just wanted to have their shift end. Most of the time the food was mediocre. The facilities are very dated and not in line with what I would expect for the price we paid. Every day we were constantly being upsold or asked to buy additional services. It’s amazing at how much needed to be bought at an all inclusive. The best parts of our trip were the excursions which we paid for separately.
Perhaps it was the property we stayed at but I doubt we’ll be back to a Sandals any time soon.
32 years of Marriage… why didn’t we do this sooner ??
Nov 22, 2022
What a FABULOUS resort and stay!! We stayed for 6 nights and had a wonderfully amazing time. Our friends (butlers) Anthony and Robert were outstanding and I cannot say enough good things about ALL of the employees ??.
We felt pampered and relaxed at our second home. The facilities were always clean and the food was great!
We loved how friendly and intimate Royal Planation was. We can’t wait to go back!!
Here we are with Anthony >>>
(Cypress, Texas, United States)
Nov 22, 2022
If you’re looking to relax and be pampered this is the place for you. Everything is top notch and the staff and the best!! Small, quiet and relaxing resort. We had two butlers that made sure we had everything we wanted all the time. We will definitely come back.