Five Things that We LOVED About Sandals Dunn’s River Falls

The private river attached to the Coyaba villas at Sandals Dunns River Falls

Sandal’s Dunns River Falls is, as of when we are writing this, the newest Sandals resort. It is located in popular Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the activity capital of this friendly Caribbean country.

This Sandals is the ultimate couple’s retreat! If you are looking for a classy, updated, fresh resort with a wide variety of activities and entertainment, a beautiful pool and beach, and top-notch food and service, this is a great choice for you.

Here are a few things that we loved best about Sandal’s Dunn’s River Falls:

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The Coyaba Skyview Swim Up Rondoval Villas  

These villas offer the ULTIMATE couples retreat!  They are tucked away in their own little village, separate but not far from the main part of the resort.  The villas all share a river-style pool that each one offers swim-out access to.

There are two different styles of Rondoval Villas at Sandal’s Dunns River.  The most epic is the Coyaba Sky Villa Swim-up Rondoval Butler Suite w/ Private Pool Sanctuary.  These opulent suites have a private swim-out pool and shower located right off of the bedroom.  They also feature a rooftop terrace with an outdoor soaking tub for two, a dining space, and comfortable outdoor furniture to enjoy the expansive views.  This rooftop sanctuary would be a perfect spot to have your butler set up a romantic candlelit dinner.

Our favorite feature of these villas (and something that is not listed everywhere) is that each one comes with its own telescope for viewing the heavens from your rooftop oasis.  The resort even has a “telescope” concierge that you can book to come and help you use it and to locate and identify various celestial features!

This is the ULTIMATE escape if you love tubs and pools…you have your private plunge pool right outside your bedroom door…a private outdoor shower and a soaking tub right next to that. There is ANOTHER private soaking tub on the roof, and a swim-out river with two gorgeous lounge chairs to relax next to it.

Here is an Instagram video tour of these stunning suites!

The Dunn’s Rum Club

The Dunn’s Rum Club offers an extensive list of local Carribean rums and craft cocktails for your enjoyment.  You can also enjoy a delectable selection of small plates and nibbles here (just enough to get you by until your next tantalizing meal at one of the resort’s 12 restaurants).  This classy space has pool tables to enjoy while you sip your rum, and often features entertainment in the evenings.

The EPIC Skypool Butler Suites

Sandals is known for its over the top suites.  Sandals Dunn’s River has another category of suites that will make your jaw drop.  The rooms themselves are beautiful, and have a lovely two person tub inside as well as another on the balcony, but there is no question that the transparent edged pool on the balcony that is the real star.

The Skypool Butler Suites at Sandals Dunn’s River have epic views of the beautiful blue ocean, which you can enjoy from your balcony soaking tub.  The views are even more beautiful from your glass edged pool which looks out over the resort.

If being closer to the beach and being able to see the ocean is important to you, you should consider this suite over the Skyview Rondovals, as the rondovals are not near the beach or the ocean.

Here is a quick Instagram video tour of the Skypool Suites at Sandals Dunn’s River Falls


This Sandals Resort is situated on a stretch of private, white sand beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  While technically not a “private” beach, the resort has jungle on one side of it, and a large pier at the other end of the beach making it less likely that anyone will wander in. We did not see any vendors or anyone else wandering through.

Want a peek at the beach? Here is a quick video…

Sandals Dunn’s River has a really nice beach bar right at the heart of the resort on the edge of the beach and next to the pool which is one of our top choices for great places to hang out (the top deck of the bar gets some great breezes in the afternoon)!

If you are a beach/ocean person, this Sandals Resort is a great choice for you, because the water here is beautiful, multicolored blue and the sand is soft and not rocky.  We have seen reports that the beach can be windy here, so if water sports are important to you, you might want to make sure you hit them in the morning or consider whether there might be a better Sandals resort to fill your watersports needs.

Intimate Resort Layout

This Sandals resort is on the smaller side compared to some of the other Sandals properties.   It is perfect if you prefer a smaller, more intimate feeling resort where it is easy to access the beach and pools, and you are never really that far away from anything. The majority of rooms at Sandals Dunns river are close to or facing the ocean and the beach.  This also makes this Sandals more easily accessible to those with certain disabilities or mobility issues.

Despite it’s small footprint, this Sandals resort doesn’t disappoint when it comes to variety.  12 restaurants and a nice selection of bars and entertainment nooks give this resort a lively atmosphere without being loud or rowdy.  It is the perfect middle ground for couples who want great entertainment and dining in a smaller footprint. 

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