Caribbean Dream

Sandals South Coast raises the bar for all-inclusive resorts with its overwater bungalows, swim-up suites, and seamless butler service.

Article by Erica Moody

Photography by Courtesy of Sandals South Coast

Originally published in Potomac Lifestyle

“Welcome home” is spelled out in rose petals on the floor of my sea-facing suite at Sandals South Coast, a bottle of chilled Champagne and two glasses beside it. These touches are part of what keeps guests faithful to the trusted all-inclusive brand. 

From the moment you arrive at Montego Bay airport, the attentive Sandals team is there to spoil you, greeting you with a Red Stripe and a smile at its private lounge before driving you to the recently renovated, adults-only resort situated within a lush 500-acre nature preserve in Whitehouse, Jamaica. 

Once on-site, there’s no shortage of things to do. Nine restaurants provide plenty of dining variety; I loved Sushi on the Sand for its fresh sashimi and Eleanor’s for Jamaican specialties like ackee and saltfish. At Jamaica’s largest zero-entry pool, trivia games and a swim-up bar keep the party going, while other pools offer a more peaceful atmosphere (whatever vibe you want, the resort has it). Other highlights: an over-the-water bar with hammocks to sit on and watch the fish swim below you, sports including pickleball and scuba diving, and Caribbean-inspired spa treatments.   

Butler service is a worthy splurge if you’re looking for a completely hassle-free vacation. Guests are provided a phone to contact their butler with any needs—including booking activities, making dinner reservations, and reserving a spot on the beach. Each one of the resort’s 372 rooms is excellent but the swim-up suites and overwater bungalows are exceptional. Sandals boasts the only overwater bungalows in Jamaica, and the 12 at South Coast are stunning; think private outdoor soaking tubs, glass floor panels, and exclusive in-room dining, ideal for a honeymoon or milestone anniversary. You won’t want to go home.

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