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Written by Bobby and Meghan Koivunen.

My husband and I recently spent eight nights at Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We had an amazing time, but could not have done it without the help of our fabulous travel agent, Tamara. She was able to set us up with first class flights and a butler, semi-private pool suite.

We didn’t know if we would like having a butler or if we would really need to have one, but it truly helped make our vacation completely stress-free. We love trying all different kinds of food and like to eat throughout the day. Our butlers took care of all our dinner reservations and provided a great variety for us. They would call us randomly in the middle of the day, ask where we were, and surprise us with drinks and lunch. How cool is that? We also like having a late night snack. We would pick one of the smaller restaurants to try, place an order, and our butler would pick it up for us and leave it in our room for when we got back for the night.

They also helped make sure we were all set for our excursions and just made sure we always had everything that we needed. The excursions we did were Dunn’s River Falls and Mystic Mountain- airlift, bobsled, and zip line. We would do both again!

The resort itself was great. It had multiple pools and a gorgeous beach. There were always plenty of lounge chairs to pick from so we never had to worry about not getting a spot. They had a variety of evening performances and activities that were a lot of fun. Our favorite was the Beach Party. They set up a huge buffet on the beach and had someone cutting up coconuts on the spot for us to have fun coconut drinks.

We also highly recommend Club Mobay for your trip home. This was a last-minute purchase for us and we are so happy we did this. We didn’t need it for arrival because the bus picked us up very quickly. However, on the way home, the resort drops you off three hours before your flight. The security lines are very long. We were able to walk right through the lines and then relax in an air conditioned private area with free food, drinks, open bar, and free Wi-Fi. We would do this again in a heartbeat! It made our long journey home much more enjoyable.

We cannot wait for our next Sandals vacation!