One of the resorts that I got to visit this summer is the newly-renovated Sandals Ochi in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was easily one of the best vacations I have had so far and here are a few reasons why:
Amenities. When I first stepped into the resort, I was immediately impressed by the amenities. The resort has four public pools and another four whirlpools. If you want to take it slow and spend the day lounging, there are private cabanas with two comfortable beds. As if that wasn’t appealing enough, you will also be served by a cabana butler who will pamper you with towels, suntan oils, and hand-delivered food and drinks.
Restaurants and Bars. The resort has a total of sixteen restaurants that feature cuisines from all over the world. It provides a lot of options to the guests from fine to casual dining. A must-try is this casual restaurant called The Jerk Shack. Make sure to try their jerk dishes because one does not simply visit Jamaica without eating jerk chicken!
Land activities. One of the best things I liked about my stay in Sandals Ochi is that I never ran out of things to do even during the times that I didn’t really feel like going for the pool or the beach. The resort offers various courts depending on the sports that you like, be it squash, tennis, basketball, volleyball, or croquet. They even have a rock-climbing wall. Make sure to check out their world-famous golf course, too!
Water activities. The resort is just so majestic that I was kind of tempted to just lay down by the pool all day to admire the pretty. However, that would be a waste of opportunity to try out all the water activities that the resort offers! Aside from the classics like kayaking and snorkeling, a guest can also try some of the newer water activities like Hobie Cat surfing, wind surfing, and scuba diving. If you are the type who goes for more “chill” activities, I recommend that you try Aqua Trike peddling.
Unique features. The thing that sets Sandals Ochi apart from all the other resorts I have been to is its unique features. At first I was fascinated with the giant lawn chess set and the numerous pools peppering the resort (there are allegedly one hundred five pools and twenty two hot tubs, but not all of them are accessible to the public), but one of my favorite features is the speakeasy bar. It’s called the Rabbit Hole, and you can only get in if you know the password which changes daily.
In a nutshell, I definitely loved my stay in Sandals Ochi. I am glad that I got to experience this hidden paradise in the Caribbean. Will I consider coming back? Just tell me when!
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