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Sandals Ochi Beach Resort
The Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet
Sanctuary One Bedroom Villa Suite with Private Pool.
Almost every time a staffer in a golf cart
passed me while I was walking to/from my
butler suite at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, he
or she offered me a lift. Why? (a) The resort
covers a lot of ground. (b) The employees
really know how to provide service.
(c) I looked incapable of walking without
Class, your job is to pick the two
Hint: Sandals Ochi, covering more than
100 acres, is the largest of all Sandals, with
529 rooms/suites, 105 pools, 16 restaurants,
11 bars, and 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
It didn't strike me as crowded, though, even
during a sold-out weekend. It helps that when
Sandals converted its Grande Riviera Beach
& Villa Golf Resort into Ochi it invested
more than $60 million.
The Great House lobby-restaurants
complex and the Butler Village, where I
stayed, lie across the road from the beach.
My Butler Village Honeymoon Poolside OneBedroom Villa Suite, one of four such suites in
a 2-story villa with its own pool, had a living
room, balcony, mahogany furniture including
a four-poster bed, Jamaican Blue Mountain
coffee, USB ports, and WiFi. And it had a
- Sandals-Beaches specialist Kim Goldstein
14 march 2016
I like to book Ochi
for active clients who want a
variety of activities,
most importantly, lots of fun!
butler: Suzie-Ann, who met me in a golf cart
she called her "Jamaican limo."
What could be better? Perhaps the Butler
Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Sanctuary
One Bedroom Villa Suites with Private Pool. Each
Sanctuary is enclosed by a wall behind which
lies a bedroom, living room, kitchen (guests
can enjoy in-room breakfasts), and courtyard
with pool. The staff strews hibiscus flowers on
Sandals Ochi offers "enticing price points,"
too, says travel consultant and SandalsBeaches specialist Kim Goldstein. The
Sanctuaries start at about $5,880 per couple per
week, including taxes and gratuities, or you
could book a week in the Great House for as
little as $2,866.
On my first morning, I had breakfast at
Southern Table in the Great House. Omelet
stations are de rigueur in the Caribbean, but
this one was exceptional because the cook
didn't squeeze the fluffiness out of the eggs.
When I was finished, a waiter asked, "May I
take your plate?" I said, "Yes, please," to which
he said, "Yeah, Mon; awesome!"
Now, that's enthusiasm, and the drivers
who shuttled guests to/from the beach, where
there are also rooms in high-rises, had it, too.
Divided into sections, this beach will not
upstage Sandals Negril, but it's still big enough
for guests to have personal space, and the pool,
entertainment, and parties (Sexy Sundays,
anyone?) at the Beach Club were fun. "I like
to book Ochi for active clients who want a
variety of activities, entertainment
and most importantly, lots of fun!" says
Now, I could have gone to the Red Lane
Spa, played volleyball or tennis, gone scuba
diving (included), played at the Sandals
Golf & Country Club (greens fees included),
participated in group games, or just hung out
at my villa pool. Or I could have taken some
Island Routes excursions because, notes
Goldstein, "Ochi is so close to Dunn's River
Falls, Mystic Mountain, and other attractions."
However, I kept returning to the beach for a
kayak, a stand-up paddleboard, a sailboat.
I also kept eating. Many of Ochi's
restaurants are on the waterfront. I never got
to Soy, but I did enjoy coconut red snapper
fillet with ginger sauce at Neptune's, on
the beach. At Kelly's Dockside, on a pier, I
devoured the sampler, with conch fritters,
cured Italian meats, artichokes, fried rice
noodles, and a Robert Mondavi cabernet.
When I couldn't decide between the snapper
and clams with lime broth and the swordfish
with squash puree and Kalamata olives at Sky
Terrace, the waiter said, "I'll bring you some of
both!" Back at the Great House, the Manor's
haute Caribbean cuisine (e.g. guava BBQ pork
ribs) was sublime.
On my last night I entered the Rabbit Hole
(another Goldstein recommendation), the
first speakeasy in the Caribbean, where the
bartenders kept people's glasses full and the
singer performing 1920s and '30s hits had a
voice like Bessie Smith.
Note to Butch and Adam Stewart: Any
chance I can talk you into opening a Rabbit
Hole in New York City? ■
Sandals Ochi Beach Resort:
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