Sandals Ochi Beach Resort – Trip Report
Recently, we travelled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. We chose Sandals Ochi Beach Resort because of the wide variety of pools, restaurants & bars available on property.
Arrival – Club MoBay
We left on a Friday morning and upon arrival at the Montego Bay airport, we were greeted by staff from Club MoBay with a sign with our names on it which is a very nice touch and a great way to start the vacation!! Club MoBay staff checked our Jamaica Immigration documents and escorted us to the express lane at the Customs desk. After clearing Customs, Club Mobay staff escorted us to Sandals Arrivals Lounge.
Transport To The Resort
Sandals Arrivals Lounge has ice cold Red Stripe on draft and right next door, is Club MoBay’s arrivals lounge. If you opt for the service, Club MoBay has drinks & snacks available if you need a quick bite but you won’t be there very long as the ground transportation is pre-arranged. Normally, within 20 minutes max you will be on the transportation and heading to the resort.
Arrival At The Resort And Check In
Arrival was also very well organized. The resort staff uses iPads where you input your information, sign your name and if you want to, you can place a credit card on file for incidentals like Beach Cabana rentals, massages, photo shop and gift shop purchases. After check in, you are escorted to your room or suite by the bellman.
Suite 7317 – Butler Village – Honeymoon Oceanview One Bedroom Poolside Villa Suite (HV)
Our Suite in Butler Village on the hillside was in a great location. From our deck we had a view of the sea. The suite comes with a wet bar area where you have a sink, glassware, coffee maker, stocked refrigerator (Beer, assorted juices, coke, Sprite, bottled water) and premium liquor store (Absolute, Johnny Walker, Tanqueray Gin) You also have a living room/sitting area with a flat screen tv, desk & table. You also have a patio door that leads out to a patio with a table & two chairs to enjoy our morning coffee! The patio also overlooks the semi-private pool we had access to.
The master bedroom comes with a four-poster king size bed and end tables on both sides. They also have a nice flat screen tv inside a dresser tv stand combo. Plush robes are also there for your use. The bathroom was a single sink with a tub shower combination and looked recently remodeled.
There are three distinct areas to the property being the Hillside, Riviera Side and the Ochi Beach Club. It is a large property overall but the resort has smaller transports that will take you up into the butler village area or in between the three main areas using their on site “Hop” busses. It’s very well organized and you don’t wait very long at all. Food Choices
There are 17 different dining options on property. From Sushi to Italian, French and Caribbean, Tapas & Seafood. Lunch options are also plentiful, but be sure to check out Bella Napoli for their chocolate & fresh fruit Stromboli – it was outstanding!! We also enjoyed the Southern Table’s breakfast buffet. Lots of options including made to order omelets, bacon, sausage, eggs and my favorite, smoked Salmon & smoked Marlin.
Several bars at the resort but our favorite was the Rabbit Hole. This is a 1920’s themed Prohibition era Speak Easy bar where you have to know where it is first off because there are no signs directing you to its location. Upon approaching it there are no well lit paths and you have to give the password to the doorman to gain access.
Sandals Ochi have gone to great lengths to re-create this iconic part of Americana and it’s a must visit on your next trip down. Once inside the Rabbit Hole, you will find the Speak Easy has been artfully constructed with all sorts of historical recreations from the era. The barmaids are dressed in flapper outfits and the bartenders come dressed in Bowler caps!
The drink selection. Is also unique and you won’t find the drinks featured in the Rabbit Hole in any other bar on property. Drinks like the Blackberry Bramble, the Ball & Chain, and the Moscow Mule were some of our favorites. Hendricks Gin, Knob Creek Bourbon Ole Smokey Moonshine & Makers Mark Bourbon are just a few of the featured liquors in the Rabbit Hole.
If you go, make sure you visit on a night where Mama is the featured performer. Mama sings some of the Blues favorites from the era along with several others from Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and more. Nightlife at Sandals Ochi Beach Club – The resort hosts several theme nights but every night you can find a lively crowd down at Ocean Beach Bar down on the riviera side. Dancing in the bar often turns into dancing in the sand and sometimes down into the water! Karaoke is also featured in the Riviera Bar & nightly shows are available in the amphitheater. Ochi Beach Resort also prints a daily newspaper available in the lobby’s that give a nice rundown of the daily & nightly activities.
Beachside Cabana Service at The Ochi Beach Club
For our anniversary, we opted to rent one of the cabanas at the Ochi Beach Club. The cabana comes with your own Cabana Butler and the butlers are also trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers so you are getting the same outstanding treatment Butler Guests have come to appreciate. The cost is $125.00 for the day and it also came with a neck, shoulder & back massage from the ladies at the Red Lane Spa in our cabana. Michael & Sharon, our Cabana Butlers took great care of us all day. Our drinks were always replenished and snacks just kept coming and coming! We can’t say enough good things about them. Daina, Natalee & Darren also took great care of us and even remembered what we liked to drink! Now that’s service!!
Suzette & the Night maid took great care of us during our entire stay however our 24th anniversary night was over the top. We came back to the suite around 6pm to get ready for dinner. Upon entering our suite we noticed rose petals on the ground leading into the master bedroom. Upon entering the master bedroom we found that our bed had been adorned with more rose petals, a bottle of champagne, two glasses and special lighting in the room! Soft music was playing in the background also.
In the bathroom, the tub had been drawn and more rose petals were placed on top of the bubble bath.
After dinner, we enjoyed more of the property and came back to the suite and it had been made up again – this time with a nice after dinner cake with “Happy 24th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Brown written in chocolate on the plate.
Checkout – The checkout process is also very simple. Check over your end statement to make sure all the charges are accurate, pay with cash or your credit card on file & off you go! Transport back to the resort is also arranged and our driver was prompt.
Club MoBay Departure Lounge
Another must do and a great way to end the vacation, was Club MoBay’s departure lounge. In the lounge you will find an upstairs area and a larger downstairs area where all the drinks and food are included. The bar staff there takes great care of you . On the buffet menu you will find Jamaican Chicken, Pork & Vegetarian patties. You also will have sushi, barbecued chicken sliders, and macaroni salad along with a selection of dessert items. We had a great time on the trip & the staff made all the difference. The people of Jamaica are warm, friendly and eager to share their beautiful country with visitors.
For more detailed information and to book your next trip down to Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, contact us today at 517-917-0510 or email@example.com