Sandals Resorts International Unveils Next Big Thing In All-Inclusive Resorts

Five-Star Luxury Included® Resort Re-launches as Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, The Caribbean Riviera’s Newest Ocho Rios Hotspot 

 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Following a multi-million dollar renovation project, Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, announces the re-launch of Sandals’ largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to date, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

Previously known as Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort, the completely renovated resort was rebuilt to offer a dynamic beach experience complete with stylish beach club vibes, chic exclusivity and innovative culinary concepts. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will debut a fresh, modern design aesthetic along with seven uniquely new Gourmet Discovery Dining options, a fresh, trendy Ochi Beach Club, reinvented resort entertainment, upgraded luxurious accommodations and more.

“Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is a game changer for the all-inclusive resort experience in Jamaica,” says Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “With this re-launch, we’ve not only enhanced the resort, but did so with a reimagined guest experience in mind solidifying Sandals Ochi as Jamaica’s most comprehensive resort in the region.  We’re leading the next generation of resorts in Jamaica, and while others may try to follow, we will continue to do what we do best: exceed guest expectations.”

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s new additions, enhancements and offerings: 

Gourmet Discovery Dining: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort offers the most comprehensive dining program in Jamaica with 16 restaurants spanning all corners of the culinary globe and 11 bars throughout the resort.  Its Gourmet Discovery Dining program offers a complete immersion into the flavors of other cultures.  Among these restaurants, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is debuting new concepts for the entire brand including Southern, tapas and a speakeasy bar.  Restaurants include Tapas on the Riviera, an international tapas restaurant; Le Gourmand, a high-end French restaurant; Sky, a seafood beachside restaurant; The Southern Table, featuring Southern soulful cooking; Ocean, a beach bar reminiscent of the South of France; Jerk Shack, featuring authentic and casual Jamaican Jerk; and The Rabbit Hole, a new speakeasy bar.  Continuing to enhance its extensive culinary experience a step further, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will serve Robert Mondavi Wines, a new partnership for the brand.  Through the collaboration with the award-winning Napa Valley vineyard, guests will enjoy an expanded complimentary wine list as well as an enhanced Manager’s Wine List and on-resort programming including wine pairings and wine tastings.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s New Speakeasy Bar, The Rabbit Hole
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s New Speakeasy Bar, The Rabbit Hole

Accommodations: Guests will experience a whole new level of luxury at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort with completely renovated rooms to suit any style or budget.  The resort also expanded its exceptional butler service by introducing the All-Butler Village.  All suites located in the Village are now serviced by expertly-trained butlers to not only tend to guests’ every need throughout their stay, but to anticipate their every need.  With this increased full-service VIP treatment, more guests can vacation like celebrities from the moment they arrive.  These Love Nest® Dream suites and villas create the ultimate private romantic retreat for couples with pools, balconies, luxurious bathrooms and amenities such as plush terry robes, hand-embroidered Egyptian cotton duvets, plasma TVs and more.  In addition to the renovation of its Love Nest® Dream suites, the resort reinvigorated its luxury private villa blocks built for couples to travel with friends in tow.

Sandals Ochi Beach Club’s Beach Jouvert
Sandals Ochi Beach Club’s Beach Jouvert

Entertainment: Sandals Ochi Beach Club, Jamaica’s trendiest, most exclusive hotspot, received a restyling with new furniture and a chic deck lounge designed for seclusion and scenic views.   Sandals Ochi Beach Club is a stylish beach party by day and the hottest outdoor lounge in the Caribbean at night.  With a beachfront pool, swim-up bar, the Caribbean’s largest rock climbing wall and 10 waterside restaurants to choose from, guests will never want to leave.  Daily experiences will delight guests with cirque-like pop-up entertainment and exciting beachside activities, including daily themes such as  Sexy Sundays, complete with Bloody Mary’s, and a Mix + Blend Power Hour featuring the resort’s famed mixologists; Caribbean Carnivale Beach Party with live DJ’s and performers; Ho’ Down with a line dance class and mechanical bull ride; Beach Jouvert featuring a cavalcade of color that fills the air with hues of the Caribbean; retro Throwback Thursdays with guests’ favorite games from the past; Ultra Sizzle Pool Party where guests can enjoy a bonfire, guest DJs and fireworks; and Reggae Bonanza for guests to experience authentic Jamaican culture. And if this wasn’t enough, guests will also enjoy weekly events such as Jamaica Day, Hot White “Choc it Up” Night and Chocolate Buffet as well as Caribbean Pana-rhythm performances. And for those who want to wind down for some R&R with their loved one, guests can experience spectacular theater at Popcorn & Palms Cinema, featuring endless popcorn and movies under the stars.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s renovated  lobby.
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s renovated lobby.

Resort Features and Amenities:  The resort now boasts a new style of landscaping throughout including updated furniture, new lighting, Zen ponds and signature fire pits for guests to enjoy a romantic evening.  With more pools than any other resort in Jamaica, totaling 105, guests can cool off during the day at the newly renovated Oasis Pool or Main pool.  When guests arrive to the Great House, formerly known as the Manor, they’ll experience a beautiful revitalized porte cochere area that welcomes guests in style.  To make getting around the resort even more convenient for guests, a new transportation hub called The Hop has been added where guests can grab a jitney ride and be down by the beach in a matter of minutes. Additionally, the conference room received a fresh, new look with new drapes, tile and carpet in the corridor.

WeddingMoons®:  The most popular destination wedding location in the region, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will offer brides and grooms-to-be even more beautiful settings and improvements for their weddings.  Whether they choose to get married on the beach during sunset at the chic Ochi Beach club, or alongside the newly manicured lush gardens, there is something for every bride and groom at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.  Couples can now also enjoy the convenience of being escorted from location to location in style on their big day with the addition of specially customized Wedding Chariots.  Brides and grooms can take advantage of this complimentary new offering by coordinating with their personal resort wedding planner and dedicated resort wedding team to reserve the private Wedding Chariot according to their wedding day transportation needs.  From being whisked from the luxurious Red Lane® Spa back to the Wedding Lounge or departing the reception as newlyweds to one’s Love Nest® Dream suite, the Wedding Chariot is another Luxury Included® offering that delivers the Your Wedding.Your Style. promise.  Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s improved wedding locales, wide array of renovated suites and enhanced amenities make it the perfect location for friends and family to celebrate together. 

At Sea or on Land: From sailing to kayaking to tennis and beach volleyball, guests will find their perfect level of adventure as often as they wish at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort because everything is included in their vacation, even unlimited scuba diving in waters renowned for being among the world’s most spectacular.  Sandals Ochi Beach Resort’s diving program includes dives with a range of depth between 30 and 130 feet with top-of-the-line equipment and guided tours provided. Through its comprehensive AquaCenter, diving is included for divers certified by an industry recognized agency; non-certified divers wanting to experience diving for the first time can take the PADI Discover Scuba Diving course for a nominal fee in a special scuba certification pool and dive the same day. 

Golf: Located just minutes from Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and rising 700 feet above sea level with incomparable views, Sandals Golf & Country Club is one of the best golf courses in Jamaica.  As the private club for Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, this 18-hole, 71-par course offers soft breezes, narrow fairways, a driving range, chipping and putting greens, PGA-certified clinics and most importantly, complimentary green fees and transportation.  In this golfer’s paradise, each game promises to be a winning experience.

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is grandly set on over one hundred pristine acres of lush rolling hillside and tropical gardens on the beautiful North Coast of Jamaica.  Nestled between the verdant St. Ann’s mountains and the Caribbean Sea, the resort boasts 529 rooms and suites, 16 restaurants, two luxurious Red Lane® Spas and nearby access to one of the Caribbean’s finest golf courses, Sandals Golf & Country Club.


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