Out of all the wonderful beaches I’ve visited, Ocho Rios, Jamaica stands out as one of the best. The soft, white sand and beautiful blue-green Caribbean water invite you to relax on the beach. As soon as you set foot on the sand you feel your stress melt away. Just listen to one gently crashing wave at a time.
Relaxing in Ocho Rios
During this Caribbean getaway, we were lucky to stay at the Sandals Ochi Luxury Resort. This resort is adults/couples only and features 16 restaurants to accommodate any culinary whim. Our favorites were Valentino’s (an Italian restaurant) and The Jerk Shack (I love jerk chicken). Of course, Tapas on the Riviera was amazing, simply because it was right on the beach!
Additionally, there are a ton of activities available to fill your days and evenings. Sandals Ochi is home to Jamaica’s first Speakeasy. They also offer yoga classes while overlooking the lovely private beach. Red Lane Spa offers private massages on the pier, and believe me when I say there is nothing more relaxing than a massage with the waves gently crashing on the beach beneath you.
There are a variety of rooms available at Ochi. For this particular vacation, we stayed in a poolside villa. Nestled on a hillside, the villas provide you with a private balcony and a semi-private pool that you share with the other three rooms in the villa. To be honest, not once did we encounter another person at the semi-private pool. You have a fully stocked bar as well, but Sandals is all-inclusive, so if your room doesn’t have what you want, one of the many other restaurants or bars will.
To me, the best part of Ocho Rios was the concept of “Jamaican Time”. Good luck finding a clock, and when you’re in a beach paradise, who needs one? While there were more activities than I could participate in, we all know my heart belongs to the beach. I took full advantage of Jamaican Time by lounging on the beach, grabbing a drink at the closest hut, and appreciating the blissful spell the Caribbean waters put me under.
If you’re looking for a true getaway, Sandals Ochi Luxury Resort is the accommodation to seek out. Find your Jamaican Time niche, rejuvenate your system with a beach spa, and truly appreciate the beauty of Jamaica while relaxing on the beach!