My Couples Retreat to Jamaica (with My Girlfriend)

Sandlas Ochos Rios Sunset I had the privilege of kidnapping one of my BFFs and spiriting her off to the land of beautiful sunsets, warm water, and rum punch for five luxurious days at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica.

A land of sunshine Sandlas Ochos Rios Beach

and rainbows
Sandlas Ochos Rios Rainbow

and fresh food
Sandals Ochos Rios Food

and love.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Jaime and Macki Who says you have to bring your husband to a couple’s resort?

Let me tell you more about my romantic getaway with my dear friend Macki…

We arrived and checked into our semi-private villa. Our suite had a gorgeous living room, a four poster bed covered in rose petals, a bottle of champagne on ice, and a private pool we shared with the other three units in our villa. Oh, and our very own butler to tend to our needs (more Pinot Grigio please) and drive us around the resort in a golf cart at our whim.
Sandles Ochos Rios Private Pool

Our villa was near the newly remodeled Great House, with a stunning pool.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Great House Pool

We enjoyed our luxurious free time by the pools, and also lolled away many hours on a swinging bench gazing at the Caribbean sea from the beach pier.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Pier

The beach club offered both high energy nighttime entertainment, and peaceful relaxing days by the sea.
Sandals Ochos Rios Beach 2

The Sandals catamaran took a sunset cruise.
Sandals Ochos Rios Catamaran

And we hired a local to take us sightseeing on his boat. We had such a blast with him.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Boat

We visited Dunn’s River Falls.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Dunn's River Falls

You can hop off the boat and climb to the top of the falls if you desire.
Dunn's River Falls

We also hired a private car to take us into Ochos Rios where we visited the craft market. This man made Macki three bamboo straws just by cutting bamboo off the nearest tree. Her kids LOVED them.
Jamaica Bamboo Straw

The lobby at the Sandals beach front hotel is newly remodeled in full modern Jonathan Adler-esque style. It was really stunning.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Lobby

And peaceful hammocks were littered throughout the resort.
Sandlas Ochos Rios Hammock

This resort had more food options than I have ever seen at an all inclusive before! There are 18 restaurants, all of which are included (no hidden fees anywhere at Sandals Ochi). Our favorite was the hibachi restaurant, where we had a blast, made new friends, and I caught a shrimp in my mouth. Sandlas Ochos Rios Hibachi

Random grills with delicious skewers popped up throughout our stay.
Sandals Ochos Rios Food

And we loved the speakeasy-style bar (which requires a password to enter). It had me and Macki’s signature cocktail, the French 75!
Sandlas Ochos Rios Rabbit Hole

Sandals Ochi Beach offers lots of activities, including water sports like windsurfing and sailing, but Macki and I chose snorkeling on the stunning reef.
Sandals Ochos Rios Boats

We had such a relaxing time at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort that we fell in (friend)love all over again. I advise everyone to try to get away as a couple with a friend you adore, and if you can, visit a Sandals resort to do it, you won’t regret it!



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