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The Caribbean was not known for having overwater villa resorts stretching out over glorious blue lagoons - until now that it is. Introducing Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island. Find out why Montego Bay should be your next luxury holiday destination.

Your heart is set on a stay on an overwater villa, sipping sundowners perched above the bluest of lagoons under the clearest of tropical skies. However, there’s just one problem. Your preferred destination – the island rhythms and tantalising aromas of jerk cuisine that is the Caribbean – is not known as a haven of overwater villas – until now: Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island could be the answer to all your holiday prayers. Here at Hayes & Jarvis we certainly think it is.

Take one look at the stylish villas, with their glass floors, floating water hammocks and those uninterrupted ocean-meets-horizon views and you’ll understand why this is one of our most treasured of tropical getaways – it oozes island-life and is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

An offshore slice of Jamaican paradise

There is no greater luxury than having your very own butler. You deserve it. Please allow me to explain why.

When you work hard, catering to the needs of others in your day-to-day life, it’s such a refreshing change of scenery to have someone who is intent on providing you with life’s little luxuries.

So… that chilled sparkling wine you enjoyed as the sun set the night before, has been discreetly replaced the morning after. When you’d like to reserve a shady cabana on the resorts’ private island, mention this in passing and the service you receive will exceed expectations. Your personal butler will always be one step ahead of you.

Trained to exacting standards, they cater for your every need, ensuring your happiness is their focus throughout your stay. From the moment you arrive at the airport your personal aide will be at your side with a private luxury transfer to check you in and escort you to your suite (where, by the way, soothing music arises from your Exclusive House of Marley sound system).

Of course, you’ll want to explore the surrounding region, including colourful Montego Bay to haggle for carved wood and batik fabrics on Market Street or perhaps to purchase that exquisite pouch of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee – one of the rarest in the world – you’ve always longed for.

Fascinating heritage tours will also catch your eye, or treks through the vivid Jamaican rainforest to spot exotic fauna and flora.  It may be on your wish-list to set sail on a sunset cruise around these iconic white sand shores. All this will be arranged effortlessly with your butler.

Yet as fascinating and as culturally colourful as Mo’Bay can be, we know that you’ll be drawn back to the unparalleled luxury of your overwater suite. Trust us when we say that you will not want to be parted from those dreamy views for too long. It is the type of holiday we all yearn for.

Perfection in the Caribbean

The overwater villas come in a stunning range of configurations. One that caught our eye was the Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalow (of course, you can use it for whatever occasion you wish).

The slowly-revolving ceiling fan softly whirring above, while the waves gently lap against the pillars of your suite, and glimpsed through the polished glass floors – a constant parade of colourful fish pass by beneath. This will rival anything your flat screen TV has to offer.

a pool next to a body of water

Below the vaulted ceilings of your elegant villa you’ll find a Tranquillity soaking tub-for-two. Set in a polished hardwood floor, imagine your footprints leading off in a watery trail across the decking as you try to decide which reclined area offers the best views: your private plunge pool, your overwater hammock, the sun deck situated a few feet above the turquoise lagoon, or the plump pillows on your Egyptian linen-covered bed? Hmmm…  

Indoor plus outdoor bathrooms feature walk-in rain-showers and whirlpool baths. Underneath your suite, lagoon-facing lights make night-snorkelling a dream come true in the warm Caribbean Sea. In-villa dining brought with a recognisable knock on your door by your ever-attentive butler; are you as taken with this resort as we are?

At your service?

We’ll hand you over to Charles. He’s a butler at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island.  He spoke to us about the incredible service he provides at Sandals and what makes it so special.

“Guests in our butler suites receive 24-hour Elite Butler service during their stay. We are all trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers so it really is top notch service. You are given a cell phone on arrival so you are in constant contact with your butlers throughout your stay, whether it be a drink you require or a more unusual request.

At Sandals and Beaches Resorts all gratuities are included so that you can leave your wallets in your room. Meals, snacks, drinks, watersports and land sports are complimentary as part of our Luxury Included® offering. Give me a call and I’ll arrange everything for you.

The soul of discretion

As butlers, we have our unique knock for entering your suite which you automatically identify with. We also announce ourselves before we enter with a distinguished butler salutation, so you are always aware that we have entered your space. As butlers we consistently strive to maintain…

a group of people on a beach

…Maximum service with minimum intrusion

We take pride in observing our guests so we are able to pre-empt their needs without them having to ask us. It’s all part of the WOW factor we provide all day, every day – whether it’s delivering a bottle of champagne when you’re returning from an excursion, running a mesmerising bath in your balcony Tranquillity Soaking Tub with rose petals, or decorating the room for your special occasion.

a blue pool of water

For me, it’s extremely gratifying when a couple returns and request that I be their butler again. The most difficult aspect of my role is having to say goodbye when your holiday comes to an end. But I’m pretty positive with the service I deliver; one day you’ll be sure to return.”

Written by: Alisha O'Malley
Posted in: The WOW factor

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