2021 Rated: The Best Sandals Resorts For Every Traveler & Current Specials

Choosing the best Sandals Resorts is an almost impossible task – all 15 have so much going for them: idyllic beaches, where you can stroll along the picture-perfect sands and dip your toes in the crystal blue sea, amazing restaurants, bars serving premium brand drinks, pools, whirlpools, spas, golfing greens — the list goes on! Book right now as the Summer Kick-Off Sale is going on! Click here to take advantage of the rates.

We just can’t choose an overall winner from the best Sandals resorts on offer – but we can tell you what makes each Sandals Resort special. That way you can pick which resort fits the vacation you’re looking for.

Sandals Resorts Current Sales  & An Additional 7% Off Current Specials 

Are Sandals Resorts open with COVID-19? Yes, but not all Sandals Resorts are currently open due to COVID-19. See opening dates below by resort.

Which Sandals Resorts are currently open with COVID-19? See the complete list of Sandals Resorts COVID-19 opening dates below. All resorts are scheduled to be open by November 4, 2021.

Free COVID-19 Testing: Now that the US requires a negative test to fly back, Sandals Resorts will be providing all guests free COVID-19 tests on the property prior to your departure. Please make sure to check the latest COVID-19 travel guidelines for the country you are traveling to and the current requirements to enter back into your home country. 

List of all Sandals Resorts

How many Sandals Resorts are there?

There are 15 different Sandals Resort properties, with 3 new Sandals Resorts in progress.

  1. Sandals Montego Bay – Montego Bay, Jamaica
  2. Sandals Royal Caribbean  – Montego Bay, Jamaica
  3. Sandals Negril – Negril, Jamaica
  4. Sandals Ochi -Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  5. Sandals Royal Plantation – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  6. Sandals South Coast – Whitehouse, Jamaica
  7. Sandals Grande St. Lucian – Gros-Islet, St Lucia
  8. Sandals Halcyon Beach – Castries, St Lucia
  9. Sandals Regency La Toc – Castries, St Lucia
  10. Sandals Grande Antigua – St. John’s, Antigua
  11. Sandals Emerald Bay – Great Exuma, Bahamas
  12. Sandals Royal Bahamian – Nassau, Bahamas
  13. Sandals Barbados – St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
  14. Sandals Royal Barbados – St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
  15. Sandals Grenada – St. George’s, Grenada

Sandals Resorts Opening Dates After COVID-19

  1. Sandals Montego Bay – NOW OPEN
  2. Sandals Royal Caribbean  – NOW OPEN
  3. Sandals Negril – NOW OPEN
  4. Sandals Ochi – NOW OPEN
  5. Sandals Royal Plantation – NOW OPEN
  6. Sandals South Coast – NOW OPEN
  7. Sandals Grande St. Lucian – NOW OPEN
  8. Sandals Halcyon Beach – NOW OPEN
  9. Sandals Regency La Toc – NOW OPEN
  10. Sandals Grande Antigua – NOW OPEN
  11. Sandals Emerald Bay – NOW OPEN
  12. Sandals Royal Bahamian – November 4, 2021
  13. Sandals Barbados – NOW OPEN
  14. Sandals Royal Barbados – NOW OPEN
  15. Sandals Grenada – NOW OPEN

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Sandals Resorts FAQ:

What was the first Sandals location?

Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica was the first-ever Sandals Resort in 1981.

Are Sandals Resorts adults only?

Yes, Sandals Resorts are 18+ only. If you are hoping to bring the kids check out Beaches Resorts which is part of the Sandals family of resorts.

What Countries are Sandals Resorts located in?

Sandals is a Jamaican company that initially just had properties in Jamaica but in 1991 it opened up Sandals Antigua its first property outside of Jamaica. They have been expanding ever since and now are in six countries.

  1. Jamaica
  2. Antigua
  3. Bahamas
  4. Barbados
  5. Saint Lucia
  6. Grenada

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Current Sandals Resorts Summer Kick-Off Sale

Book now to take advantage of the current Sandals Resorts specials. These are some of the best rates for the year with some amazing freebies. You can combine it with current resort promotions. Resort special varies by resort and travel dates. Here are some of the current specials at Sandals Resorts:

  • 1 Free night in select room categories
  • Get up to $1,000 booking credit
  • Get up to 65% off rack rates
  • Plus save an extra 7% off on top of all promotion

Click here to check rates for your preferred dates & Sandals Resort. Here are a few sample rates per person per night of how good the deals are right now if you take advantage of the current promotions:

  • $221 PP/PN Sandals Jamaica
  • $235 PP/PN Sandals St. Lucia
  • $284PP/PN Sandals Barbados
  • $281 PP/PN Sandals Antigua
  • $312PP/PN Sandals Grenada
  • $342 PP/PN Sandals Bahamas

*Please note Sandals Resorts sales are constantly changing and we’ll update the above current specials and soon as we are notified of new resort specials. For an exact price and rate per Sandals property click here. We are constantly updating this post to bring you the most accurate information and get you the best prices available.

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What is the newest Sandals Resort?

Sandals Royal Barbados is the newest property opened in 2017 which is an all-suite property with only concierge and butler suites. We’ve stayed in 2018, expect to be pampered.

When you stay at Sandals Royal Barbados you can experience two Sandals properties as Sandals Barbados is just next door and you will find yourself walking between both properties all the time. If you like newer rooms with all the latest amenities and design then choose Sandals Royal Barbados.

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Where are the Sandals Overwater bungalows?

If staying in an overwater bungalow in the Caribbean is on your bucket list don’t worry Sandals has three properties with overwater bungalows.

The first overwater bungalows were at Sandals Royal Caribbean located on their own private island. Sandals have since added overwater bungalows to Sandals St. Grande St Lucian and Sandals South Coast. We personally have spent 4 nights in each of the overwater bungalows at St Lucia and South Coast.

Brand New Over-The-Water Villas include a private infinity pool, hammock over the water and so much MORE. Book now for 65% off and much MORE.

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Best Beach – Sandals Negril – Jamaica

Sandals Negril – This is the perfect place for beach lovers, with a prime spot on the seven-mile-long sands. Seven Mile Beach is one of our favorite beaches in the world and where we got married!

In an exotic setting in Negril, Jamaica, this resort has a chilled-out ambiance and, without a doubt, it’s one of the best Sandals resorts in the Caribbean.  It also has impressive eco-friendly credentials, winning a Green Global Award for its efforts. The building has been created to fit in with the glorious setting; it sits below the swaying palms rather than towering above.

There are four pools to choose from or take time out in one of three whirlpools. You will also find five bars and seven restaurants, each offering delightful fare. If you love long walks on the beach Sandals Negril is for you, it’s located at the end of Seven Mile Beach where you could spend the entire day walking the beach or checking out some of the fun things to do in Negril.

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Best Scenic Views

Sandals Grande St Lucian – The resort is located in Gros-Islet, St Lucia, and with its stunning views — mountains, ocean, and the far-flung shores of Martinique — it’s a picturesque setting.

The resort is set on its own peninsula and there’s plenty going on, with six bars on offer (one of which is a British pub), twelve restaurants, and five pools. You can also try out one of the whirlpools; there are four dotted around the resort. If you like to get as close to the ocean as possible, stay in one of the bungalows perched above the water.

Don’t forget your travel insurance! We suggest travel insurance with World Nomads.  Coverage includes medical, trip cancellation, your belongings from theft or damage, baggage,  car rental coverage, and more.

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Best for Party People

Sandals Montego Bay – Located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, this was the original Sandals resort and it’s perfect for those that like to party. It’s had a bit of a makeover in recent times, and now you will find a great choice of accommodation, suites you can swim-up to, romantic rooms, and suites that have butler service included! All very stylish and guaranteed to make your holiday special.

Enjoy dinner in one of the nine restaurants or sip a cocktail or seven in one of the four bars (including a British pub). You can also swim in one of the six pools and relax in one of the three whirlpools.

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Best Luxury

Sandals Barbados – Irrefutable luxury greets you at Sandals Barbados, which can be found in St Lawrence Gap, Barbados. This is one of the best Sandals resorts for those who enjoy gourmet cuisine; there are eleven restaurants to choose from, including an Indian eatery. This was our personal favorite restaurant onsite. We’ve been to India and the garlic naan and butter chicken tasted straight out of India.

This place has a romantic ambiance and lively nightlife. Stay in one of the swim-up suites and dip in and out of the largest lagoon pool in Barbados. There are three pools to swim in and there’s also a couple of whirlpools.

Prefer the motion of the ocean? Then you’re in luck, as you are right on top of Dover Beach one of the best beaches in Barbados. End your day with a cool drink in one of the seven bars. Our favorite bar was the Merry Monkey, they have a great beer selection.

If you like to get off the resort for a day or two we suggest renting a car and exploring the island. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Barbados.

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Best for Spa Lovers

Sandals Royal Bahamian – History, culture, and a hint of the exotic — you’ll find it all here at this resort in Nassau, Bahamas. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a regal retreat in a stylish setting (nobility has stayed here and if it’s good enough for them it’s certainly good enough for us)!

The resort is located on the best beach in Nassau, so if sun, sand, and surf are your things, this is one of the best Sandals resorts to visit. When you’re not lounging on the picture-perfect sands, you can swim in one of seven pools (some are cleverly hidden away) or relax in one of six whirlpools.

Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. If you’re feeling peckish take your pick from ten restaurants. There are also eight bars to choose from and one is a British pub.

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Best Outdoor Spaces

Sandals South Coast – This wonderful resort is located in Whitehouse, Jamaica, and if you adore sea and surf, this is the place for you. Sleep in one of the bungalows perched above the water and look out across the waves — all accommodation here overlooks the beach and sea.

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You can sip a cocktail in the bar that also overlooks the water, and you can even get married in a wedding chapel that sits over the waves! Oh, did we mention that the resort has the biggest pool in Jamaica? There are four pools in total and four whirlpools here too.

Still, want more? Tuck into great grub at one of the eight restaurants, before heading for drinks; there are seven fully-stocked bars to choose from.

It’s also super close to the famous Pelican Bar which is a thatched roof bar in the middle of the ocean, it’s the coolest bar in the world! Sandals South Coast has catamaran trips out to the bar several times a week.

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Best for Love & Romance

Sandals Grande Antigua – If love is in the air, then this is one of the best Sandals resorts for you. Based in St John’s, Antigua (on Dickenson Bay — one of the best beaches in Antigua), it’s received accolades for being a fantastic resort for honeymooners.

Take a dip in one of the six pools or chill-out in one of the six whirlpools. You get to dine in style (there are eleven restaurants) and drink premium spirits (in one of the seven bars) to your heart’s content. There’s even a British Pub on site!

View from the roof top pool at Sandals Royal Barbados - Most luxurious and newest Sandals resort

Best for Exclusivity

Sandals Royal Barbados – Exclusivity oozes from the pores of Royal Barbados based in St Lawrence, Barbados. This resort will enchant you and keep you busy in equal measure. White sands framed by sparkling seas, subterranean caverns, and forests — this is a pretty special place to take a vacation.

The resort has a rooftop pool for you to enjoy, but if you’re feeling a little more active (and competitive) make your way to the bowling alley. There are also six restaurants to choose from.

Sandals Ochi at night - resort light reflecting off of the water - best nightlife of Sandals Resorts

Best Nightlife

Sandals Ochi – If you are seeking energy and want to feel the pulse of Jamaica, this Sandals resort in Ocho Rios is a great place to stay. It’s got a hip, on-trend vibe and sits in just over 100 acres of lush vegetation.

Accommodation-wise, you have a hard choice; will it the vibrant beach club which looks out over a half-mile stretch of white sands or the hideaway villas and estate perched on the hill? Wherever you decide to rest your head, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to facilities.

There’s an astounding one hundred and five swimming pools and twenty-two whirlpools! Add to this the sixteen restaurants waiting to dish up appetizing cuisine and eleven bars – including a speakeasy. If you like to get off the resort and explore make sure to check out Dunn’s River Falls which is really close to the resort.

If that’s not enough, how about the chance to play golf as often as you like? Guests at Sandals Ochi are invited to play at the nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club.

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Best for Modern Chic

Sandals Grenada – Cool and contemporary, the resort is located in St George’s, Grenada. Stay in a room that has its own plunge pool or go and get sweaty in the gym! Relax in the spa or take a dip in one of five pools — there are a couple of whirlpools too.

When it’s time for a bite to eat, head to the restaurant; with ten to choose from you won’t go hungry. There’s no danger of getting thirsty either – grab a drink from one of six bars and enjoy a pint of beer at the onsite British pub. Recline on the sands of the exclusive Pink Gin Beach and let your troubles drift away.

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Best for Golf Enthusiasts

Sandals Emerald Bay – If you like the idea of a stylish break in a majestic setting, may we suggest you take a look at this resort in Great Exuma, Bahamas. There are eleven restaurants to choose from and six bars — one of which is a traditional British pub.

When you’re not busy eating and drinking, you could freshen up with a swim in one of three pools, or soak in one of two whirlpools. Emerald Bay is also one of the best Sandals resorts for golf enthusiasts. Enjoy the 18-hole golf championship course designed by none other than Greg Norman – it’s sure to delight and challenge in equal measure.

If you prefer a more horizontal approach to your holidays, then relax on the mile-long white sands of Emerald Beach. After a lazy day, retire to your suite — there are bay houses and beachfront villas to choose from, all are stunning.

Empty white sand beach at Sandals Halcyon Beach Luxury Resort in St. Lucia - Top Resorts

Best for Relaxation

Sandals Halcyon Beach – Head to Castries in St Lucia and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful resort. There are lush tropical gardens and cute as a button cottages sitting below swaying palms; no high-rises to spoil the stunning vistas here!

Pull up a chair in one of six restaurants or order your tipple of choice at one of the seven bars — this place has a British pub too!

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Best for Honeymooners

Sandals Royal Caribbean – Head to Montego Bay in Jamaica and enjoy a stay here.
The resort gives a nod to English pastimes of old when high tea was served and croquet enthusiastically played. Peacocks meander around the landscaped grounds as you sit back and sip your cup of expertly poured brew.

Old mixes with new here, in the shape of innovative suites that you can swim up to and suites that sit over the sea. You can dine in one of the eight restaurants or enjoy a drink in one of the five bars (including a British pub).

What about the secret surprise? The resort has its very own private island; it’s designed with romance in mind — there’s an idyllic hidden beach, a swim-up bar, and a Thai restaurant.

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Most Secluded Sandals Resort

Sandals Royal Plantation – Sitting adjacent to majestic mountains and tranquil waters in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, this place certainly makes the grade as one of the best Sandals resorts to visit. Seclusion is guaranteed, with two private cove beaches available for guests to lounge on.

There are also five restaurants to choose from and the butler service makes this resort feel exceptionally special. There’s something for golfers too — enthusiasts are invited to play for free at a local golf course.

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Best for Glitz

Sandals Regency La Toc – If you’re a bit of a glamour-puss, then step this way. Located in Castries, St Lucia, Sandals Regency La Toc is opulent and chic, complete with a top-of-the-range golf course and gourmet cuisine (there are nine restaurants).

There’s a beautiful beach with stunning coral, and the backdrop is just as pretty – green and lush. Stay in a villa facing out to the ocean, or one located in the picturesque village. Swim in the three pools or laze in a whirlpool (there are four in total). You can grab a drink in one of the eight bars (including a British pub)!

Best time of year to travel to the Caribbean?

All of the Sandals locations are located in the Caribbean, certain islands are more prone to be affected by hurricane season than others. You never know what the weather is going to do so it’s hard to say exactly.

The safest bet would be to avoid traveling during hurricane season which typically is May-October. If you do travel during low season you’ll be treated with lower occupancy rates and attractive prices.

But with that being said some of our best trips to Jamaica have been during September and October. We typically travel to the Caribbean January-March not only because the weather in the Caribbean is at it’s best but we are escaping the brutal winters back at home.

When it comes to the weather, the Caribbean is renowned for having a wonderful climate, with a temperature of around 75-85 degrees year-round. December to April is generally considered the ideal time to visit, as it’s lovely and warm — but not baking hot — dry, and less humid. If you travel between May and November, the resorts will be quieter but you do run the risk of showers.

The Best Sandals Resorts are waiting for you!

Sixteen beautiful Sandals resorts await you – the only question is, which one will you choose? Each and every one offers unparalleled luxury and a fully-inclusive experience. Just don’t ask us how you will decide on which one to visit – they are all amazing. Grab your flip-flops and your shades and head for some serious fun in the sun. Bon Voyage.

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Which Sandals Resort do you think is the best? We’ve been to 7 Sandals Resorts and we enjoyed each one and we hope to check in soon to the other 9 properties! Share below which properties you’ve stayed at.

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6 thoughts on “2021 Rated: The Best Sandals Resorts For Every Traveler & Current Specials”

    • We love Negril, we actually got married there. It’s right on Seven Mile Beach so you could easily walk the beach and visit local beach bars.Plus flights to Jamaica are much cheaper than some of their other properties. Hope that helps.

  1. My wife and I prefer Sandals South Coast to all others mentioned. We have stayed at numerous properties but keep gravitating back to South Coast. Staff is exceptional in every aspect of hospitality. You can go wrong with South Coast.
    “TRY IT”,I’m sure you will love it.

    • We enjoyed Sandals South Coast very much – it was great for relaxing. It’s a very large and beautiful property and we wouldn’t hesitate to return. However, someone looking for a more lively atmosphere this wouldn’t be the place I send them to. I think everyone is looking for a different type of Sandals vacation and that’s why we wrote this article to help people decide which resort would be best for them.

    • Which Sandals Resort would recommend for myself and my husband? We’re polar opposites lol. I love to be a slug on vacation – pool, beach and spa is important to me. I have some mobility issues due to medical issues, but I’m not wheelchair bound, just can’t do a ton of walking.

      He’s all about seeing local areas, particularly historical sites and hiking. If given the choice between pool and beach, he’ll take the pool.

      We both love great food, but he’s a SUPER picky eater. We’d both be interested in exploring neighboring Sandals as well.


      • Hey Amy! I think the best Sandals Resort for you would be Sandals Barbados doesn’t matter Royal or not they are together. The property is flat and wide walkways for you. Gorgeous pools & spa, there is an elevator to rooftop pool.

        If you’re foodies you’ll love Sandals Barbados. When you say picky, does that mean he just likes standard American food? There is the American Tavern at Sandals Barbados that would fit that bill. I’d say the best food of all the Sandals Resorts was in Barbados.

        You can easily explore the local areas by taking tours or renting a car, that’s what we did and explored on our own. Really closeby is Oistin’s fish market, we suggest going on Friday night. Tons of locals, live music, and the best seafood you’ll ever have.

        The only thing it’s missing is hiking. If that is a must the next best option would be Sandals St Lucian Grande. That property is gorgeous too, great food, fun pool scene, and much more.

        Let us know where you end up booking. Safe travels.


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