We were at Secrets Wild Orchid from Feb 2 thru Feb 9. We stayed in the preferred building room 1414. It was amazing from start to finish, truly the best vacation of our lives. We have stayed at Secrets Maroma Beach and at the Aventura Spa Palace in the Riviera Maya before this but it was our first time in Jamaica and it will not be our last.
We arrived after leaving Snowy Chicago and were upgraded on arrival to the preferred club. There was a tray of fresh fruit and a chilling bottle if Champaign waiting for us in our room which was ready immediately. From there on it was amazing.
We tried several if the ala carte restaurants and of them we liked the French Bordeaux the best. The jerk chicken cart is not to be missed. So yummy! No matter the time of day you can find something to eat and there are lots of healthy options which I loved.
The beach is smallish but wonderful. I love to look for shells and found tons of them and a friend I met there found several urchin skeletons. There are tons of starfish along the wall to the bay, so pretty! It's truly paradise. There are macaws to see and also some wandering peacocks. The landscaping is gorgeous too with tons of palm trees and beautiful flowers all around.
We went to the Spa one day and did a couples massage and pedicures. So wonderful! It's a beautiful Spa and we had the pleasure of getting to know Phyllis a little. She is a wonderful kind woman and a super talented massage therapist. I highly recommend her and the Spa.
The staff here are so friendly and helpful. We never encountered anyone who wasn't. They are hard working so we tipped well because we appreciated everything they did for us. We met so many that were wonderful and I wish that I'd written down their names so that I could give each a shout out here. Next time for sure. One that stands out is the wonderful young man in the handicrafts store. He went out of his way to chat us up every time we saw him. Even told us how to cook with the items we purchased and about his life and family. Such a nice young man.
We were walking through the lobby one day and were asked by a friendly concierge if she could do anything for us. We had earlier told her no but she asked again and since we were having trouble finding beach shoes large enough for my husband. She told us that she could help. She gave us a free catamaran trip to Margaritaville that included snorkeling and shopping where we did find the beach shoes. We had a blast! Made friends - who i wish that i'd thought to get an email address for so we could keep in touch with, hi Sherry & Gary -and danced on the catamaran all the way back. Truly a wonderful fun trip. I can't thank Carissa enough for trying not once but twice to help us and giving us more than we ever dreamed of. She was so fun! Along with her was Kamar another concierge, he was hysterical! I need to develop my pics because I got a great one of him fully dressed snorkeling in the bay in an inner tube. So funny. Carissa and Kamar were one of the best parts of our trip and both deserve a raise! :)
We did book a day trip as well to see some of the island. We had heard of Dunns River Falls but knew if was pretty commercialized. We wanted something unspoiled and we found it. Mayfield Falls was AMAZING! Best part was we had a private guided tour just my husband and myself. It's a mineral spring and falls up in the mountains. Just gorgeous! Our guide showed us all kinds if plants along the way back that are used medicinally and for cooking. Super interesting. It was super cool. Our driver Henry was awesome too, told us all about the island and what we were driving past and best of all took us to Border Jerk which is a real Jamaican Jerk stand on the way back. Hands down the best food we had in Jamaica. He gave us his number for when we come back, and we will definitely be back.
Finally I see tons of people complaining about the vacation club that they offer buying into at the resort. We bought in Mexico and got a great price which included one free week. We used it in Jamaica and on this trip we only had to pay airfare. It has paid for itself with just this one trip plus we can go back another 10 times over the next 12 years at a 25% discount plus as members we are automatically upgraded room wise upon arrival. In fact this time we booked a regular room and were upgraded to preferred. We saw other couples checking in when we did and their rooms were not ready but ours was. We get 25% off at the Spa too. There are benefits. It's just about how you negotiate the terms when you purchase. It's not for everyone but for us it's worked out splendidly.
Of all the resorts we have stayed at SWO has the best entertainment. Hands down. Amazing. There really is something special going on here. I can't wait to go back. If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer. Happy travels!
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