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Anniversary at Sandals Royal Plantation

I was so thrilled when given the opportunity to help our long time family friends, Mike and Denise, plan their 25th wedding anniversary vacation. The best part? Denise had no idea it was even happening. Mike and I worked together to pick out a perfect spot for their budget, preferences and needs (Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica!) – and he surprised her with the trip a week before they left! Denise kept me in the loop the entire time they were there with fun texts and messages as the team at Royal Plantation went above and beyond to celebrate them and create a fun, meaningful getaway. Read on for Denise’s feedback upon their return! 

When Mike surprised me with the trip to Jamaica, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about it. I didn’t know anything about it but that it was beautiful and a lot of newly married couples went there on their honeymoons. It took us 25 years to get there and it was worth the wait!

The resort was fabulous. We loved having breakfast brought to our room in the mornings and eating on the veranda over looking the ocean. Tea time was another fun thing they offered. They provided you with tea and a tiered stand full of yummies to enjoy with your tea. All of the restaurants were top notch. I ate Lobster almost every night. It was delicious !!


Our butlers – Neil and Orlando were very accommodating. They took care of our dinner reservations and escorted us to the restaurants every night. They also saw us off yesterday after we left. You can really get attached to the staff while there. It was a really neat experience. We also took advantage of The Sandals Ochi property next door. We had lunch and went to an awesome show that featured the Silver Birds. They were an awesome steel drum band that was truly entertaining.


I am fascinated with the culture and how happy people are there. The Bob Marley tour was amazing. We learned so much from the tour guide who was so informative while traveling up to the mountain that was way above sea level. It was a real treat and we came back with a wealth of information about the country. Very fascinating!!

This is the day that we were surprised with the disco light bulbs in the lamps that created colors all over the ceiling. It was hoot!!

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The Dunn’s River Falls Tour was a blast too. We took the party boat over to the area. Mike and I felt very accomplished and proud to have completed the entire thing together and on our 25th anniversary mind you 😉The guides called Mike Kenny Rogers and would sing his songs while we pushed through. It was comical. The boat ride back to the resort was a real party equipped with a bumping DJ, food and drinks. The crew really did a great job.


I could go on and on with so much more but wanted to highlight some of our time in Jamaica. Everyone was so friendly.

You did an amazing job with taking care of all of the details of us. Everything from when we walked into our room and found our wedding pictures on our night side tables, the drawn bath with flower petals, an iced bucket with champagne, a yummy chocolate dessert and the kissing turtles made out of bath towels to getting us back to the airport safely on the day we came home. We couldn’t have been more pleased. So proud of you and all that you have accomplished. You definitely know how to take care of your customers!

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To make your next getaway to Sandals Royal Plantation extra special, give us a shout! Lindsey@epperlytravel.com

Kelsey Hendrix

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