Head to the Sandals Grand Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort to discover a sprawling paradise where you can escape from it all and enjoy breathtaking tropical vistas, white sandy beaches, championship golf, outstanding accommodation and a bevy of activities and past times that can make your Jamaican Golf Holiday as relaxing or fun filled as you wish.
The Jamaica Golf and Country Club, located in Ocho Rios, is formidable test characterized by narrow fairways and small greens with cleverly designed run off areas. A par-71 6502 yard layout, it stretches out over a verdant, rolling landscape with sweeping views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and nearby mountains cloaked in tropical vegetation. While there are no major forced carries and few fairways bunkers, precision is key as internal out of bounds can quickly add shots to your score. Watch out for the unassuming-looking par-3 13th. This little gem packs a real wallop with its treacherously shallow green fronted by a steep slope – think the 12th at Augusta – and backed by a hidden bunker. Escape this hole with a par and you have done well!
In addition to the excellent golf course, The Jamaica Golf and Country Club also boasts ample practice facilities, including putting & chipping areas as well as a driving range, a half way hut, the Sweet Spot Jerk Shack and a grand plantation style clubhouse where you can mull over the day’s events while enjoying a delicious meal.
Spanning a stunning stretch of the Jamaican coastline, Sandals Grande Riviera is home to two distinctive settings, the Riviera Villas and Great House Suites and the Riviera Seaside and Beach Club, each offering its own unique ambiance and amenities.
A relaxed, secluded and intimate setting can be found at the Riviera Villas and Great House Suites. Tucked in the lush hillsides of Ocho Rios, the Riviera Villas and Great House Suites are as luxurious as it gets. Ranging from ocean-view rooms to grand private villas, accommodations feature, among other things, stylish living areas, fully equipped kitchenettes, king-size four-poster beds, plasma TVs, private pools and hot tubs. The list of modern amenities and services, all geared towards your total comfort and enjoyment is nothing short of staggering. Butlers and 24 hour room service are notable features of the more luxurious accommodations while those who opt for the more affordable accommodations can expect private balconies overlooking the azures of the Caribbean Sea. The Great House itself also boasts four fantastic restaurants, a lively bar and a large communal swimming pool all of which are just moments away from your accommodation of choice.
Away from the accommodations, the Riviera Seaside is a great place to relax and enjoy the soothing rhythm of the Caribbean shores. A Grande Promenade stretching far over the sea allows you to stroll above the slowly undulating tides while you will find further relaxation at seven sparkling pools and the resort’s best-kept secret: a hidden grotto pool tucked into the dense shade of a secluded garden. Those looking to live it up and soak up the Caribbean vibe will enjoy the lively ambience of the Ochi Beach Club. The most exclusive club in Ocho Rios invites you to sip ice–cold dry martinis on the sun deck overlooking the sea by day and dance the night away to the sounds of reggae and ska performed by Jamaica's top performers by nght.
Choose from 15 casual and elegant dining options throughout the resort, from buffet breakfast spreads and beach-side grills featuring traditional Jamaican Jerk, to classic Italian, Asian or Western American. Enjoy a candlelit table for two on a seaside gazebo, or experience silver service at an Italian trattoria. Each restaurant has its own menu and ambience so matter your taste or mood, you are sure to find the perfect meal for you.
Your time spent away from the golf course can be as fun-filled or relaxing as you like thanks to the vast array of activities and facilities at the resort. Every water sport under the sun, well equipped games rooms, the Red Lane Spa and a championship golf course are all present and during the warm Caribbean evenings you can enjoy themed nights of entertainment such as BBQs on the beach, live shows, cocktail parties and street jamborees.