My wife and I could not decide on a honeymoon destination, we were between Turks & Caicos, the Cayman Islands among others. Finally, we both decided we wanted a sure thing and went over the best vacations we'd ever had. My best was at Sandals Dunns River in 2006. She had never been to Jamaica and we found out the resort was no longer a Sandals. We ended up booking a butler suite (I had one previously when it was Sandals) for 10 days. Not only was it the time of our lives, it was better now than when it was a Sandals. There was more personal attention and the staff could not have been much more friendly. Our room was amazing, the resort was great, the options for excursions were more than we could do in 10 days, and above all, the butlers were perfect. Desmond and Larnell were so helpful, very curtious and very nice people. Larnell even called in the nurse (on her day off) our last day when I was running a fever. The two people that made our trip were Mario and Fabian. Mario was only our butler one day, but we saw him on the beach everyday. He made sure he took time to talk to us, get us anything we needed or even contact the working butlers when we needed something. I had met Fabian previously on my trip to Ocho Rios, he was briefly my butler and didn't get to know him too well. Fabian made us feel like Jamaica was our second home and made us feel comfortable enough to the point where we feel like we've known him for years. Even after I imagine his shift was over, he'd still come by the room or call to make sure we were doing ok. Our chairs on the beach, the excursions he arranged and even selecting a cab driver he knew to take us to town were all perfect. He even tried to teach me how to play the guitar after I briefly mentioned earlier in the trip I had always wanted to learn. When we left, we felt like we were leaving family. My wife cried when Fabian gave her a hug right before we got on the bus to leave for the airport. We would have had an amazing time without the butlers, but they really did make it the best time of our lives without question. We will definitely be back, potentially as soon as this Christmas. I'm even hoping we hear from some of the butlers (we left our email address).
Aside from the butlers, the butler suite was amazing. It had two balconies, one off the living room and one off the bedroom no more than 3 steps away from where we slept. It also had two bathrooms which were both kept very clean. Our balcony off the living room was right over top of the ocean and an amazing view. The room also had a fully stocked bar with local rum, vodka, scotch, and gin. The fridge had Red Stripe, Strip Light, and a bottle of champagne. We are big drinkers which the butlers learned quickly, they made sure every morning we had at least 1 bottle of champagne in the fridge. They paid such close attention, they found out my wife fell in love with rum cream (high proof Baileys) and started putting a small glass in the fridge for her coffee in the morning. They even put more Stripe Lights in there as well for the same reason.
Our chairs were set aside and labeled for us every morning on a prime spot on the beach. It was close to the bar, but there were so many people walking around trying to help us, we rarely had to get a drink ourselves...plus the cooler of beer the butlers packed for us didn't hurt either. Each pool bar had the nicest bartenders and would try to make anything you wanted. The food at the place behind the beach bar was amazing. The jerk chicken and pork wraps were unreal. Moonstone was ok, food was good, wine was iffy (they have better wine, but you have to pay a fortune for it). Platinum and Jade had amazing food (although I wish they both had a few more options on the menu, you only have 6-8 to choose from). Even the room service was good (I was sick the last night so they brought a ton of food to the room for us). For couples, they had special events each night, including contests, dancing, buffets, etc.
I heard the Cool Runnings booze cruise to Dunns River Falls got some bad reviews. We had a blast. We are adventurous though and sat on the mesh netting on the front of the catamaran, there were literally 10 people up there and the rest of the boat was packed. The employees kept giving us drinks and dancing and really made it a good time. They did not have the bar open until the ride home, but you can always bring something with you. The snorkeling was boring, not much to see. We did Mystic Mountain zip lining too. That was decent, although the chair lift broke on the way down and were stuck for 40 minutes without moving which was a downer...get ready to spend all day there.
We are definitely trying to figure out a way to go back. If you can help it, don't use AirTran, we had a 7 hour flight delay going home and their employees couldn't have been more rude or less informative. Also, if you want to do the adventurous mountain thing, go with Pukka, not Mystic Mountain. I can't recommend this place enough, and if you have enough money go with a butler suite, it's an unbelievable experience you'll never forget. If there's a way to contact me with questions please go ahead.
since this message was so positive, my only complaint, if I had one, I'd say I wish there were a few more menu options at each restaurant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Introducing The Jewel Dunn’s River, a new Jamaican beach resort located mere moments from one of Jamaica’s top attractions – spectacular Dunn’s River Falls. The Caribbean’s most romantic, adults-only Jamaican resort is the perfect spot for couples, honeymooners and idyllic weddings. Plus, our all-inclusive resort features the unique ‘Jewel Only’ exclusives you can only discover here. Imagine watching a movie from the comfort of a pool raft and dining by candlelight on a pristine beach – that’s just the beginning. Now visualize your first breath in the morning being filled with fresh ocean air from your room’s private balcony. Picture yourself sipping handmade rum punch served by a pool concierge. Anything is possible at The Jewel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Jewel Dunn`s River Beach Resort And Spa
- The Jewel Dunn`s River Beach Hotel Ocho Rios
- The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa Jamaica/Ocho Rios