Royalton White Sands Montego Bay Review

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Mountain Spring, Trelawny, A1, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Editor’s Review of Royalton White Sands Montego Bay

Most Canadians have heard of the Royalton hotel group, known for its escape-winter outposts in warm and sunny destinations like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. But for U.S. travelers, the hotel chain's name recognition is not so strong.

Royalton is part of Blue Diamond Resorts, and its Royal White Sands Montego Bay in Jamaica opened in late 2013 (another Royalton property will open in Negril in 2016).

The first thing to know about this 352-room property, however, is that it is not in Montego Bay, despite the hotel's misleading name. You will fly into Montego Bay's International Airport, and then travel by car a good 22 miles (about 35 minutes) east of Montego Bay to reach Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, which is
... more located much closer to the town of Falmouth (just 5miles away). It's important to know that you aren't staying in Montego Bay when you book a room at this hotel.

Logistics aside, once you get here, what awaits is a classic Caribbean luxury all-inclusive experience with amenities to appeal to the toddlers, teenagers and adults in your party -- and most everyone in between.

Set on a spectacular cove of white sand beach, the contemporary hotel has clean-lined towers, modern rooms, beautiful swimming pools (including one for adults only) and a water park with some exciting slides that will keep the kids entertained all week. Construction is ongoing throughout 2016 at a plot of land next door, where the Royalton Blue Waters is going up with an additional 600-plus rooms due to open by the end of the year. Plan on some construction noise at times, but nothing to overshadow the White Sands experience.

The all-inclusive rates include three meals daily at restaurants that include Japanese Teppanyaki, Italian and a classic steakhouse, as well as all beverages, including alcohol. And non-motorized water sports are also included.

Parents appreciate the chance to enjoy some down time while the kids are in the kids' camp, available from early 'til late for no additional charge. And there's nightly entertainment and themed nights that get everyone together for Jamaican-style celebrations and beach parties.

While the modern look of the resort makes you feel you could be anywhere -- Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando -- guests who want to get off property into the real Jamaica can book tours to see the historic town of Falmouth or visit waterfalls and other attractions.

Most families, however, just hunker down here for most of their vacation -- the food is good, the staff are welcoming and there's always a planned activity or the beautiful beach for passing your time. less
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  • All-inclusive rates
  • Complimentary kids' camp
  • Water park with slides
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  • All Inclusive
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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Terri Peterson
Great place for families
Reviewed on 03/07/2016
My husband and I just returned from a long two week stay. The hotel and complex was beautiful but it needs some overhaul. The room was small , the fridge didn't work, the shower head was half broke. All night long all you ...
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The property's 352 modern guestrooms are spread between two towers branching off from the main lobby on either side and leading to the beach. All rooms and suites have balconies with either ocean or garden views. All beds are ultra-comfy pillow top "Dreambeds." Coffee making facilities and electronic safes are standard and mini-fridges, in all rooms, are restocked daily with beverages. Luxurious rainhead showers are also standard in all rooms. If you upgrade to the Diamond Club level of rooms, you get amenities like butler service, preferred dinner reservations and access to the Diamond Club beach.

One rollaway or crib can be added to the rooms for no additional charge. Note: None of the rooms cater to those with physical handicaps.

Luxury Rooms
The hotel's entry-level room, on the small side, has a double sofa sleeper bed and your choice of either one king bed, two twin beds, or one full and one twin bed in an open plan. Views are facing away from the ocean, toward the resort property and mountains beyond. This room sleeps either three adults, two adults and two kids or three adults and one child.

Luxury Oceanview Room
These rooms are the exact same as the luxury room, but with ocean views. You can upgrade to Diamond Club services with these rooms.

Family Jacuzzi Oceanview Suites
Larger families should opt for these suites, equipped with a king bed, double sleeper sofa and a set of bunk beds for two kids. The bathroom is large, with a nice Jacuzzi great for bathing a crowd. And the two living areas overlook the ocean and resort. Capacity is either four adults or two adults and four kids. You can upgrade to Diamond Club services with these rooms.

Diamond Club Luxury Jacuzzi Pool View Swim Out Suites
With either one king bed, one full and one twin bed or two double beds, as well as a double sleep-out sofa, the perk in these suites is the swim-out pool accessed from the ground floor terrace. These rooms can sleep four adults or two adults and two children.

Diamond Club Luxury Presidential Swim Out Pool View One Bedroom Suites
You get a good deal of privacy in these suites, with a king bed and a double sofa bed in a separate living area. There's a swim-out pool. These can sleep four adults or two adults and three children.

Diamond Club Honeymoon Jacuzzi Oceanview Suite
You get an indoor Jacuzzi, as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi in these suites, with a king bed and a double sofa sleeper. The terrace overlooks the ocean. It's perfect two adults or two adults and two children.

Diamond Club Honeymoon Jacuzzi Oceanview Swim Out Suite
Get your choice of a swim-out pool or outdoor Jacuzzi in these suites with a king bed and double sleeper sofa. The terrace overlooks the ocean. It's perfect for two adults or two adults and two children.

Diamond Club Chairman's One Bedroom Oceanfront Swim Out Suite
The property's finest accommodations are these two-level beauties -- corner suites with a king bed, a double sofa, an indoor Jacuzzi in the bathroom and a wraparound swim out pool. The terrace overlooks the ocean. These can sleep four adults or two adults and three children.

Connecting Rooms
Luxury rooms can be connected to other luxury rooms to sleep six adults or four adults and four children. Luxury oceanview rooms can also be connected to sleep the same amount of people. Other than those categories, no other Diamond Club rooms or suites can be connected.

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