My husband and I got to have our first experience away from the kids at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, and I am not sure how we are going to ever even come close to matching the trip. We’ve done an all inclusive vacation before, but it wasn’t the Sandals experience. This was paradise, on every level. I probably took 300 photos of plants, birds and flowers, but there was just so much beauty and so much to see and enjoy. For a vacation as parents sans kids, an adult getaway, Sandals Ochi had everything we could think of…and then some. We’ve been spoiled!
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
Before I get too far, I want to reassure all of you who, like me, aren’t magazine-model height, shape, color or age. I’m a regular woman, overweight, yes… and I won’t lie, I wondered if I was going to spend several days in paradise surrounded only by magazine-like people all over the resort.
So if you are worried you might not “fit in” or feel comfortable, push those concerns aside. We are normal, just like everyone else, and I can promise you that I saw people of every color, every race, every size, shape, and combination you could think of. I’m fairly sure that every age group was covered at the resort while we were there, from 18-88. It was wonderful and refreshing to see others just enjoying one another.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort sits on the Northern Coast of Jamaica on over 100 acres. The top of the resort offers sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, with gardesn, flora and fauna to delight your eye all the way down to the beaches along those beautiful turquoise waters. This 5 start resort includes 529 villas, suits and luxury rooms. The rooms are spacious, with a balcony or patio to let that amazing Caribbean air waft through your room. We opted to enjoy most of our breakfasts on our private balcony, just enjoying quiet togetherness before heading out to explore for the day. There are not one but 2 spas on site- Red Lane Spas, 105 pools (the villas have a semi-private pool for each), 22 hot tubs, 17 restaurants to satisfy your gastronomical tastes.
Resort guests can enjoy complimentary green fees at the Sandals Golf & Country Club, climb the Caribbean’s tallest rock climbing wall, or head down to the Ochi Beach Club for a live entertainment, games, music and dining options.
Head just down the beach and find fun watersports to keep you busy, or just grab a chaise lounge and soak up some rays. Not into “doing” much on your vacation? You’ll find countless spots to spend your time, both in the sun and out, and, surprisingly to me, a lot of places where you really can have some quiet, alone time, even in the middle of this bustling luxury resort.
There are 17 dining options at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort with offerings from across the globe (and if you are fans of Chef Staib, you’ll recognize some spots from earlier episodes) and 11 bars. Very few restaurants require reservations, but you’ll want to make those early in your stay because they do book up. Every bartender is purported to have a signature drink, so if you are feeling like you want a cocktail, ask them for their specialty!
I totally suggest going to Kimono’s at least one night, and prepare for chopsticks…and be sure to have one night that you eat at Neptunes. There’s just something so wonderful about sitting with your toes in the sand looking at that beautiful Caribbean water and enjoying a fabulous meal with your loved one.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury living on your vacation, you’ll find it at Ochi. They’ve completely renovated all of the rooms to suit any style or budget, and they even have an All-Butler Village. You seriously never have to lift a finger for anything. Ever. With this VIP treatment, you’ll feel like a celebrity from the start! They’ve thought of everything down to terry cloth robes, Egyptian cotton duvets, and plasma TVs for those times when you just don’t want to do anything.
Sandals pays a lot of attention to detail. We had a nice little corner of the beach that we spent a lot of our time in, a place where I could enjoy some sun and my husband could enjoy some shade. Several times each day we observed staff happily! tending to details like straightening chairs and raking the beach. If there happened to be no towels in the shelves, at least one person would offer to go off and locate some for us, and they always delivered them with a smile.
Nightlife and Entertainment
The Ochi Beach Club has entertainment all the time- from fun dance parties to theme nights, bartenders who love to sing and dance along, volleyball, cornhole… it’s all there, and it’s all included. There’s also The Rabbit Hole up at the top part of the resort- the Caribbean’s only speakeasy. You will absolutely feel like you’ve stepped back in time, providing you have the password to gain entry… the only thing that gives modern times away is the air conditioning in the speak easy. There’s also live entertainment frequently, and you really want to head over to check it out – the Calypso folks were simply amazing and it was such a treat to enjoy the music and watch them dancing!
Awesome entertainment. Really. Engaging and it’s clear the performers are having a blast up there! love the steel drums! @sandalsresorts #sandalsochi #discoverydining A photo posted by Brett Martin (@brettbmartin) on
Sandals Ochi truly is a luxury experience. It’s got something for everyone, and then some. I would- and will! go back in a heartbeat. Next time, I’m staying longer. In fact, we loved our trip so much that when I was invited to the Beaches Social Media on the Sand Conference, we decided we needed to do a family trip – stay tuned for that later this fall- we can’t wait to experience family travel a la Sandals.
So much fun! Never biked on the ocean before #sandalsochi #closeryoulook #livefunner
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Thanks so much to our friends at Sandals for inviting us to experience Sandals Ochi Beach.
Looks like a great place to base yourself for an adventure. Did you get a SP board or a surf board into the water when you visited? Although the Caribbean island of Jamaica is best known for its calm seas, laid back atmosphere, white sand beaches and all inclusive jamaica resorts, the island of Jamaica is becoming known as one of the premier surfing location in the Caribbean.
Julie @ Girl on the Move says
So gorgeous…I want to go there now!!! Thanks for linking up with Travel Tales!
Samantha Angell says
My husband and I considered Sandals Ochi Beach this past year for a vacation, but decided to head to Punta Cana instead. Jamaica is definitely at the top of our list though! You took such great pictures, the trip really does look amazing!
Tammy Woodall says
The pictures of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort are great. It looks like a great place to get away from the kids. The bed is so pretty the way its decorated and the food looks like a work of art.
Beautiful pics! I’ve never been to a Sandals resort before, and I travel a lot. I need to add that to my travel bucket list.
Yona Williams says
I love traveling to places that have a beautiful natural setting. This looks like a gorgeous place to vacation. I am the same way – taking millions of pictures of nature. When I went to Hawaii, I fell in love with all of the flora. The meal on the beach looks incredibly romantic.
Omg looks like y’all had a pretty fabulous time!! I haven’t been to a sandals myself, but I have a few friends that have and nothing but raves from them!
Bradley Finnearty says
Jamaica looks like such a wonderful place to visit. I would love to see those blue ocean waters with my own eyes.
Bonnie @ wemake7 says
What a gorgeous looking place to stay. I would love to have a getaway there by myself. =)
What a nice resort. The water looks so inviting. I would love to visit Sandals with my family one day.
What a lovely place! My husband and I are overdue for a vacation and I’ve actually wondered about this exact place. Nice to read your review on it!
How gorgeous! That water looks so invited. I have never stayed at a beach resort before, but I’d love to!
I have heard great things about Sandals. I would love to go one day. It looks truly beautiful.
Wow! I seriously need this trip in my life. I’d be the happiest happy ever! lol!
Chrystal | YUM eating says
It has been a dream of mine for quite some time to stay at one of the adults only Sandals resorts. They all look gorgeous and have amazing night light and food.
lisa @bitesforbabies says
My friend is a Sandal’s resort as we speak…on her honeymoon! She keeps sending me pics…just like yours! Stunning!
Shaney Vijendranath says
This place looks breath taking! Eeeek I’m so jealous, I wish I could be there right now. Perfect for some time out from work.
Uplifting Families says
I want to go here. Its been a long time since we have had a chance to go on vacation. Maybe I can get a nice trip like this for our ten year anniversary.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I stayed at a Sandals resort a few years ago. It was one of my best trips ever. I would definitely go again.
I would love to go there! Those photos are gorgeous! Now this would be an amazing place to go and relax. My husband and I could certainly use a little getaway!
Your photos are gorgeous! That would be the perfect place for a getaway for me. And how cute is that bed? Love those swans! 🙂
I have never been to a Sandals resort before but your pics are amazing!! I need to check into going soon!!
Jesica H says
Wow this looks so beautiful! I would love to take a trip like this to an all inclusive resort in paradise!
Wow now this looks like paradise. My sister got married in sandals. I’ve never been but would love to stay here!
Mistee Dawn says
Wow! Gorgeous! I can’t even tell you how badly I need a vacation sans kids. It has been 10 years!
Chubskulit Rose says
How gorgeous that is. Love the details on the bed, so romatic and beautiful!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
Sandals Ochi Beach is so beautiful. I was looking at the photos and I immediately felt relaxed. I need to get there and soon!
What an amazing resort to visit!! I haven’t had the Sandals experience before but that looks amazing!
Oh, I hope you get to, Tam. I’m sure you and J would have a wonderful time!! Lots of fun, and luxury and romance…
Liz Mays says
Gosh Sandals always looks so nice. I could really use a vacation at a place like this. I’d never want to leave.
Joanne T Ferguson says
What a great review and this looks to be exactly the place I would like to stay! I think I need to get away!
Pictures look great. Would love to stay there. Thank you for sharing.
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
Since we live near the beach, we hardly travel away to one, but this sounds lovely.
It looks like you got to soak it all in! We stayed at Sandals for our honeymoon 13 years ago and they sure know how to make you feel special, don’t they? I have dreamed of going back, especially because cameras were not what they are today and I would love a re-do! I’m seeing that Beaches is a great option for a family trip and talking to the husband about which one we would rather do, with or without kids haha!
Oh man I am so jealous of you! I would love to check out this place! What a beautiful restful place!
Looks amazing and peaceful. I never been to any Sandal Resorts, sounds like a pretty good resort for couples and family
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I need a solid two weeks of that in my life! I can’t imagine a more restful beautiful place. I love it!