My Fiancee and I, with another couple, went to SRC in September 05. SRC isn't the best but not the worst, the food is ok and the cocktails are good too.
We went to the Thai restaurant one evening and we were on the menu too, the Mosquitoes really loved us, the mosquitoes really spoilt the evening, after that we called the island Mosquito island and didn't go again. Saying that, the food was lovely and many other people we spoke to later in the holiday didn't have the same experience as us with the mossies.
Special thanks to the dive team (Ray & Damian), we did the Padi couse and got the Padi advanced open water certification, the diving is well worth going for alone, the sea is amazing. We did a night Dive and a Wreck Dive as part of the course (the wreck was a old DC3 plane).
We stayed in room 96, the room is not quite 5 star, Bathroom was small and very tatty, the whole room was very tired but the view we had made up for the room, the room is the last room on that block so we had sea views from our bolcony and two end windows (we could sit up in bed and look out of the windows and see nothing but blue sea and sky).
We also went to Montego bay a couple of times and found it much louder than SRC, Montego bay has a more party atmosphere, whereas SRC is more laid back and quieter. Montego bay is also RIGHT by the runway, the planes are really loud because they are either at full thottle on take off, or full reverse thrust on landing. SRC is futher along the island, the planes do fly over SRC but nowhere nearly as loud as MB and you tend not to notice them too much.
The beach is ok, nothing like it is in the brochure, the sand is a yellow colour (not white) but the sea is really warm and doesn't get deep really quickly which is good i suppose. Couldn't snorkel off the beach, the sea is to murky, but the snorkelling is really good on the snorkel boat. The beach doesn't ever get packed and there are always plenty of sunbeds.
The only bad thing about the beach are the vendors selling 'stuff'. This you have probably already read in many other reviews but once they know you are not going to buy 'any stuff' off them they tend to leave you alone (after a few days of saying no!)
The other couple we went with had a better room than us, they had a jacuzzi (room 321 Kensington block) which was good beause it was their honeymoon. This was a consierge room and was bigger with a table and chairs although their balcony was nothing like as big as ours, so swings and roundabouts.
The main pool is quite small (no bigger than Montego bay's pool) and does get busy, especially when the pool volley ball starts (3 o'clock) but then just go to the other smaller pool which is a lot quieter.
The dress code is a kinda strange, you have to wear long trousers and shoes for the Thai Island, but people were going there in shorts and sandals. It was like that at most of the other restaurants too but better to be safe than sorry because one night our friend had to go back to the room and change his shoes to get into the Courtyard Restaurant.
A lot of people have talked about stray cats, we stayed for 2 weeks and only saw 2, and that was as a passing glance.
The things we got more concered about were the Sand Flys and Mosquitoes, we both got bitten to pieces.
I wouldn't pay full price for a Sandals hoilday, I would only go to Sandals on an offer, I would go to a Sandals again but not MB or SRC, maybe try another island too.
We went to the Maldives last year and that is true paradise, the sand IS white, the sea IS torquoise blue, it is true paradise, the food is the same standard too. So much so, we are booked again for June next year!
SRC didn't feel very 5 star, it felt more like a posh 18-30 resort, we ate at the Regency one night and that was a buffet meal, I don't know any buffet 5 star restaurants!!! when you pay 5 star prices it would be nice to have 5 star rooms and restaurants.
The staff are all very helpful and freindly, always up for a joke and a smile.
We did love our SRC Hoilday, and so did the couple we went with, we have lots of good memorys of SRC and Jamaica, we did fall in love with Jamaica and the Jamaican people.
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