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A look inside the Royalton White Sands in Jamaica’s Montego Bay

A look inside the Royalton White Sands in Jamaica’s Montego Bay
The 352-room Royalton White Sands hotel in Montego Bay.
Blake Wolfe

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One of the Caribbean’s most popular resort areas, Jamaica’s Montego Bay is home to a wide range of properties geared toward every type of traveller.

Opened in 2012 and part of the Blue Diamond Resorts collection, the 352-room Royalton White Sands offers something for all travellers to Jamaica’s northern shores, from luxury seeking couples to families looking for a Caribbean getaway. 

Attention-grabbing details 

Upon entering the lobby, a central glass sculpture immediately captures guests’ attention, holding it just long enough before the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the beach offering the property’s namesake come into view. 

It’s from the lobby that guests will get their first glimpse of the resort complex’s central area (which includes sister property Royalton Blue Waters), featuring several pools and restaurants. Guests have their choice of two room categories at the property (luxury rooms and family suites), available in ocean view and featuring amenities including access to a balcony or terrace, unlimited wi-fi and more. 

Guests looking to take their vacation to the next level can opt for the Diamond Club, which includes four room categories (junior suite, luxury room, family Jacuzzi suite and the luxury presidential one-bedroom suite) and several perks, including butler service; exclusive lounge, á la carte restaurants and bar areas; and access to pool and beach areas for Diamond Club guests. 

For an additional U.S. $60 per stay, guests can also select their room online before they arrive.

For an additional U.S. $60 per stay, guests can also select their room online before they arrive.

Fun for the whole family

Families vacationing in Jamaica will find no shortage of amenities at Royalton White Sands. 

Topping the list for kids is the property’s central waterpark, offering multiple slides plus a central pirate ship feature, along with a lazy river which winds its way through the complex. Kids can also take part in sports and activities at the Clubhouse Kids Club and throughout their stay, the whole family can enjoy live entertainment and themed activities with kids’ TV characters Max & Ruby. 

With 11 restaurants to select from, even the choosiest foodies will have trouble picking their favourite. Located throughout the complex, guests have a wide range of culinary choices, including Asian (Zen and Jade); Italian (Grazie Italian Trattoria); Mediterranean (Opa!); Tex-Mex (Armadillo); and of course, traditional Jamaican snacks at the Jerk Hut. 

Guests who book the Diamond Club will also have any restaurant reservations handled by their butler. 

Looking to unwind on your vacation? Royalton White Sands offers several options. The Royalton Spa offers guests a wide menu of services, including massages, facials and body treatments. 

And recently added to the property is the Royalton Fit program, allowing guests to stay in shape during their vacation. Taught by professional fitness instructors and included as part of Royalton’s All-In Luxury concept, Royalton Fit features offerings such as a fitness boot camp, yoga programs for all ages and experience levels, as well as kickboxing, Zumba and Aqua-Fit.

Planning a trip to Royalton White Sands

Located just east of Montego Bay’s main centre, guests of Royalton White Sands can book a transfer through Nexus Tours from Sangster International Airport.

Guests looking to explore outside of the resort have plenty of options to choose from, including Dunn’s River Falls located in Ocho Rios (45 minutes east of Montego Bay), Bob Marley’s birthplace in Nine Miles St. Ann and the Rose Hall Great House.

And for guests looking to see more of Jamaica, the country’s new north-south highway allows visitors staying in the northern resort area to easily travel across the island to areas such as Kingston.