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Everything You Need to Know About Sandals Dunn’s River
If you’re looking for the best Sandals Resort in Jamaica, you’ve probably stumbled upon Sandals Dunn’s River, Sandal’s newest resort in Jamaica. Sandals Dunn’s River is Sandal’s seventh resort in Jamaica!
Today, I will share everything you need to know about Sandals’ NEWEST resort Sandals Dunn’s River.
Sandals Dunn’s River opened on May 24, 2023, after a few delays, and it’s sure to be one of the best Sandals Resorts in Jamaica!
I also have posts with all the Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, as well as:
- Everything you need to know about Sandals Royal Plantation
- Everything You Need to Know About Sandals Royal Caribbean
- Everything You Need to Know About Sandals Montego Bay
- Everything you need to know about Sandals Ochi
- Everything you need to know about Sandals Negril
- Everything you need to know about Sandals South Coast
Everything You Need to Know About Sandals Dunn’s River
Sandals Dunn’s River is located on the northern shore of Jamaica in the heart of Ocho Rios. Complimentary exchange privileges with nearby Sandals Ochi mean you can experience all of the restaurants, amenities, and beaches with transportation included.
Between the two resorts, you’ll have access to 28 restaurants, 13 pools, and 20 bars.
Accommodations at Sandals Dunn’s River
You will never be disappointed when it comes to accommodations at Sandals Dunn’s River. With three room categories (learn more about them here: Sandals Resort Room Categories – Luxury vs. Club vs. Butler) Sandals Dunn’s River offers something for everyone.
The Coyaba Villa Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary is highly recommended, but I’ll share the other room types below listed from Butler suite down to luxury.
- Coyaba Sky Villa Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary
- Tufa Terrace Swim-up One Bedroom Butler Suite w/ Patio Tranquility Soaking Tub
- Coyaba Villa Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary
- Tufa Terrace One Bedroom Skypool Butler Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
- Mammee Bay Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
- Mammee Bay Oceanview One Bedroom Butler Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Travertine Beachfront Penthouse Club Level Room w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Travertine Beachfront Club Level Room w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Mammee Bay Oceanview Oversized Club Level Jr. Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Mammee Bay Oversized Club Level Jr. Suite w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Mammee Bay Oceanview Club Level Room w/ Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub
Mammee Bay Club Level Room
Travertine Luxury Room w/ Tranquility Soaking Tub
Travertine Luxury Room
What are the best rooms at Sandals Dunns River?
As I mentioned above, I love the Coyaba Villa Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary at Sandals Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios. All the butler suites at Sandals are quite spacious. Plus, they each have a king-sized bed, walk-in shower, and 24-hour in-room dining.
Add in your own private pool, which is accessible from the bedroom, and you will quickly be living the life you want while vacationing in paradise. Oh, I forgot, your very own butler will take care of all your needs during your visit!
All the rooms and suites at Sandals Dunn’s River are incredible. So, don’t think you need to stay in the most expensive room to really get the most out of your time in paradise, especially if you don’t plan on spending much time in your room during your stay.
Butler Service at Sandals
Did you know that tipping is strictly forbidden at Sandals Resorts? The only exception is the Butlers. So if you do opt for a Butler suite, make sure to tip your Butler well. They do so much to ensure that your honeymoon or vacation is perfect! Learn more about tipping at Sandals with Everything You Need to Know About Tipping at Sandals Resorts.
Want a candlelit dinner? Your Butler will make the arrangements.
Want to go out on an adventure? Your Butler will take care of all the details!
All the accommodations at Sandals Dunn’s River are excellent! So, don’t think you won’t enjoy yourself if the room of your dreams is sold out. You can still enjoy every moment in a different room that is just as spectacular.
What Is Included During Your Stay at Sandals Dunn’s River
There is so much included during your stay at Sandals Dunn’s River. They do take their all-inclusive status seriously! If you want to know what is not included at Sandals (spoiler alert, not much), you can check that out too.
- Unlimited fine dining at 12 restaurants
- Unlimited premium liquors at 9 bars plus stocked bars in the room
- Access to 5 swimming pools and three whirlpools
- Watersports and land sports
- PADI certified Scuba diving, plus equipment
- Glass bottom boat rides
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- Entertainment, including live shows
- All taxes, tips, and gratuities
- Roundtrip airport transfers
- Free weddings for guests who stay at least three nights
Dining Options at Sandals Dunn’s river
There are twelve restaurants at Sandals Dunn’s River. Each restaurant serves dishes made from the freshest ingredients.
Saltaire is an open-air eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. You can sit at a table near the ocean and listen to the waves crash along the shoreline. All this while enjoying a Caribbean-inspired meal from the buffet.
Asian cuisine fills the menu at Banyu. This restaurant is only open for dinner. This means you will need to wait all day to indulge on delicious plates that include sushi, sashimi, pad Thai, and chicken satay. I recommend staying until you have eaten mango pudding or a banana spring roll for dessert.
Romantic decor, European charm, and delicious Italian cuisine is what you will discover when you walk into Cascata for dinner. Start with an antipasto dish before diving into fettuccine alfredo, linguine ai scampi, or skin-seared salmon. Add in tiramisu or cannoli for dessert, as well as a few glasses of wine, and you will have a dinner to remember.
French cuisine is prepared using the freshest ingredients available from Jamaica at L’amande. Order your favorite French dish for dinner and see how the locals add a little Jamaican flare.
Zuka is another dinner-only restaurant at Sandals Dunn’s River. This restaurant focuses on Latin American cuisine. You can choose to dine inside or outside, where you can feel the Caribbean breeze. No matter which dining area you choose, order the shrimp ceviche to start and the tres leches to end your meal.
At Edessa, you can look out towards the ocean while eating Greek cuisine for breakfast and dinner. At breakfast, you can choose from light fare and classic dishes. For dinner, add a glass of wine to your order of Aegean slow braised prime beef, grilled lamb chops, or broiled lobster.
Have you ever just wanted to order a pizza while on vacation? Well, you can do just that at Sandals Dunn’s River when you visit Isola. This restaurant can be found down by the beach. The staff will make your pizza to order in the brick oven. So, choose your favorite toppings and then sigh in relief after taking your first bite.
You will have more than one place to order sushi for dinner when you are on vacation at Sandals Dunn’s River. Hanami is an izakaya-inspired sushi restaurant that also brings authentic Japanese dishes to the Caribbean. Order your favorites, as well as a couple new items to try.
Dunn’s Rum Club
You won’t find any big meals at Dunn’s Rum Club. But you will find delicious drinks, as well as snacks and small plates. As you drink your rum-inspired drinks, try to win a round of pool or a game of Jamaican-rules dominoes.
You won’t want to survive without your morning, or afternoon cup of coffee. And you won’t need to since you can visit Blum from early morning until late evening. While you are ordering your coffee, try a Jamaican pastry or patty. Either one will satisfy your cravings until it is time to eat again.
The Jerk Shack
The Jerk Shack is open for lunch every day. This is the best place to eat Jamaican jerk. All the dishes are prepared using Jamaican jerk marinades or pastes. So, you get the full flavor of the spices in everything you order.
Lunch will have a new meaning when you choose to dine at Galene. This restaurant is right on the beach. The menu is full of seafood, much of which comes right from the nearby ocean. Order the catch of the day if you want the freshest fish. Or try something new. It is guaranteed to be full of flavor.
Activities at Sandals Dunn’s River
There are so many activities going on at Sandals Dunn’s River. You will never have an excuse to be bored during your vacation.
Greens Fees at nearby Upton Estate Golf & Country Club are included with your resort stay. You can also use PADI-certified diving equipment if you’re certified or get certified (for a fee) if you are not.
There is a whole ocean waiting for you and the adventures you want to take. If you aren’t up for scuba, snorkeling is an excellent option. If you prefer to be near, but not in, the water, kayaking, paddle boarding, or a ride in a glass bottom boat.
There are five pools, including two with lazy rivers available for you. One pool also has a swim-up bar.
You can play beach volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, or basketball on land. Inside, pool tables are always ready and waiting, as well as a dart board.
Live entertainment is plentiful at Sandals Dunn’s River. They also have themed nights. So be prepared for Island Night, Jamaica Day, Caribbean Night, the Lovers’ White Night, and Chocolate Buffet.
The fun doesn’t stop there. You can get a workout in at the fitness center. Swim in the pool. Or head down for a swim at the beach.
The Red Lane Spa isn’t included in your stay. However, it is the perfect way to relax after a few adventures, and I highly recommend stopping in for a massage or another spa treatment.
Everything you need to know about Sandals Dunn’s River
This is everything you need to know about Sandals Dunn’s River. Hopefully, you can now see why it should be near the top of your list for the perfect honeymoon or other adult-only vacation.
I am a Sandals Certified Travel Agent, and I would love to help you plan your honeymoon, destination wedding, or another special event! Feel free to reach out via my contact form to learn more. Also, I’d be happy to help you choose which type of Sandals room category is best for you.
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About Amy | A Sandals Travel Agent
Amy Fillinger is the owner of Luxe Aloha Destinations and Luxe Caribe Destinations. I am a honeymoon travel agent and destination wedding specialist for Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico, working with busy professionals who don’t have time to do all the research needed to pull off the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding. I have over 12 years of experience in the wedding industry. Before starting my travel business, I was a wedding photographer for over ten years. I’d love to help make your honeymoon, destination wedding, or anniversary dream vacation come to life. Contact me for more.
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