#DryLandTouristChronicles : My Weekend At Sandals Ochi Beach Resort Part 1

 

I was blessed with the opportunity to enjoy a free weekend at any Sandals resort in Jamaica thanks to my coworker. He won the weekend in a raffle & gave me the trip as a 30th Birthday gift.

I was lucky enough to be able to get the weekend at my first choice resort which was Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann. I chose that resort because I remember seeing articles in the local media about its renovation & I was really impressed by the new look.

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Source: Sandals.com


Friday – November 20, 2015

The day that I was suppose to leave for Ocho Rios did not go as planned. I was suppose to leave work at 2 PM, I didn’t leave until 7 PM. Despite the work day going longer than I expected, I was determined to go on the trip. I was in NEED of the break!

They always say that everything happens for a reason & I believe that this was one day that unfolded the way it was supposed to unfold.

My friend Nicole & I headed to Spanish Town to get a bus or taxi to Ocho Rios which didn’t prove to be as hard as I anticipated.

We arrived at the resort around 9:30 PM. The young lady at the Front Desk was so nice! She encouraged us to get some dinner before the Restaurants closed.

She sent us to The Reef Terrace.

 

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My appetizer was the Island Garden Greens Salad (the last salad I vowed to have all weekend). For my main course, I ordered a nice well done Chargrilled Striploin steak which was exactly what I needed at the end of my work day. Desert was an Island Sampler spread which included a very delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake, Rum Cake & Sweet Potato Pudding.


Saturday – November 21, 2015

Saturday morning we got up early to explore the property. First order of the day was breakfast at the Vista Sky Terrace.

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Photo Courtesy of my Snapchat (@shannydelioness)

I did the usual Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon, Sausages, Fruits & Yogurt with a side of Orange Juice. It was a delicious start to the morning.

Here are some beautiful pictures of the restaurant.

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After breakfast we decided to go & explore the property.

The property spanned both sides of the main road. We were staying at the Caribbean Riviera namely the Riviera Beachfront Tower. Across the road was the All-Butler Village & Great House Estate.

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The Sandals Ochi Beach Resort|Source: Sandals.com


The Caribbean Riviera

We started exploring the Beach Front Tower. We found a nice open terrace with ample seating for cosy conversations.

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I think the reality of being at this splendid resort hit me at this moment.

Outside the Beach Tower I found this little basket hammock that totally reminded of Conference 2013 in Grand Cayman.

A majority of the property was a no smoking zone, so there were designated areas for smokers to light up. We found one which at first glance I though looked like somewhere you would find on a Hippie Commune which turned out to be a smoking section.

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The Smoking Section

Further exploration lead us to the Amphitheater, a Jacuzzi & another pool.

We then found an amazing little Gazebo next to the Beach Tower which had an amazing view of the Riviera.

 

 

Here are a few more beautiful pictures of the Caribbean Riviera:

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The view of the Promade/Boardwalk from the Vista Sky Terrace

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The view of the Riviera from the Vista Sky Terrace

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The view of the Promade/Boardwalk

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The view of the Promade/Boardwalk

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The Riviera

 

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The Riviera Beachfront Tower where we were staying

 

 

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One of the Villas on The Caribbean Riviera

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The main lobby

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Loved this centre piece

 

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After we finished exploring the Caribbean Riviera, we decided to head to the All-Butler Village & Great House Estate.

I will take you around  the All-Butler Village & Great House Estate in Part 2.

Also, stay tuned for a vlog of the weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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