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The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Mammee Bay | PO Box 858, Ocho Rios, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 39 hotels in Ocho Rios
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“Don't miss this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2010

My girlfriend and I booked 5 days thru Jet Blue Vacations. A nice 1:38 flight to Montego Bay and 2 hour ride to Jewel Dunn's River. We were very excited as this was our first time away for a vacation and hope not to be dissappointed. Guess what it exceeded our expections.

From the staff to servers to even the groundskeepers they were all marvelous!
Check in. The staff greets you in the lobby with a cool lemon towel and the gem (drink) of the day. Very tastie

Room. Rooms are very accommodating. Ask for ocean view. We did have a hiccup as toilet did not work properly and we switched rooms. Cleaned every day with new sheets and great towels.

The Grounds. Well maintained and landscaped. My g/f took severals pictures as she thought it was paradise. Thanks to Maxwell and others. One couple said to contact the groundskeep and he can explain every plant on proprty. Bring some bread for the turtle pond.

Pool Area. The pools were clean and fun, later in the day when "shorty" would come out and play music and start games. At no time did they try to corral you into playing games or contests. There are 2 pools. The main pool on your left as you walk out of the hotel and on right a more secluded pool with piano bar played at night. Also, hot tubs were next to pools. Both pools had swim up bars for your pleasure and the servers were great.

Bars There are several bars located on property server top shelf brands. Try some of the tropical drinks or a Red Stripe

Beach. Beach was perfect for us. Not overly crowded as this will most likely change when season comes and more people discover this Jewel. Bring snorkel gear if you want but didn't see many fish. There were a few topless women on beach not at pool which does not bother us. Enjoy it if you want to go topless. Water is clear and warm. The sand is clean and raked every day. you can use kayaks ot paddle boards or Hobie cat's. If you need lessons they start at 9am for sailing. Also, no one was hawking the wares on the beach which is comforting.

Food. Go to any restaurant but definitely try Platinum and Moonstroke. At Patinun we had the Surf and Turf excellent. Try the appetizers as well. Montgomery was a great server for us. At Moonstroke the fish was outstanding and my rack of lamb was perfect. Chance cooked 2 great meals for us. For lunch try the Curried Chicken Roti at the pool restaurant. Great!!!! Breakfast was a fine sampling for any taste. Excellent pastries.

And last. Spa. We did take in the Spa for massage. Sophia you were great. Thank you and my g/f thanks her masseuse as well. Good gym for workout as well.

Always smiling and eager to help and please the staff was the finest I've ever encountered. I asked the bartender Uton why people we so good at their job he replied "they think they are owners and you are their guest and want to make sure you are happy every minute here" I wish I could remember all their names and thank them here, This is why you will want to come back. Great service, great smiles, great food perfect time.

My g/f said it was her best vacation and I can concur wholeheartedly.

So go and enjoy the Jewel!!!!! Carol Burke keep up the fantastic job!!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

This was the first trip to Jamaica for my wife and my second (though it was 18 years ago). To say that we were thrilled with the Jewel is an understatement. During our bus ride from the airport in Montego Bay, we stopped to drop people at both the Grand Bahia and RIU. Both of these resorts were beautiful and we began to wonder if our place would be just as nice. When we pulled in, we both let out not only a sigh of relief, but a gasp of amazement at just how beautiful the Jewel was.

It is a large resort but does not feel "enormous". From the layout of the entrance to the patios and the pool area, you never feel overwhelmed, but rather very intimate and cozy. The grounds are spectacular and clean. We loved the poolside grill and the jerk chicken. There is also a pizza cafe outside that starts serving at 12:30. You name your pizza, and they'll make it for you (including a chocolate pizza).

There are two pools and two hot tubs. Both pools offer a swim up bar. They are both beautiful and crystal clear with a water temp of around 84.

There is a great "night club" area and the entertainment was really great.

The restaurants are top notch. Most all-inclusive resorts offer a buffet that can sometimes give you the feeling that you are in a cattle call. The buffet at the Jewel was the perfect size and the different selections of food were awesome. There was truly something there for every taste. Our first night we ate at the Jade Japanese restaurant which was very fun. If you go, make sure you try Platinum for at least one meal. One night we splurged and had a candle light dinner for two on the pier with white glove service. This five course meal was one of the best I've ever had and it was just my wife and I and our awesome server Akelion. It cost $100 and was worth every single penny.

Several evenings were spent at Jasper's piano bar, listening to Franklin play every tune imaginable and being entertained and served by our bartender Cornell and his sidekick Christian.

Which leads me to the best part of our trip - the people. The level of service was impeccable. Every employee, whether bartender or hostess, groundskeeper or entertainment staff, when completely out of their way to ensure that we were taken care of and had everything we needed. At one point, the head chef came to our table to introduce himself and make sure we were enjoying our meal. It was the absolute best part of the Jewel.

We met some great friends and look forward to returning to the island soon. If you are planning to go, the Jewel is a perfect choice - five star food, surroundings, amenities and most of all service. Wow, I sound like a commercial.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa

Address: Mammee Bay | PO Box 858, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Ocho Rios
#3 Business Hotel in Ocho Rios
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ocho Rios
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ocho Rios
#6 Spa Hotel in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa 4*
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 Hotel Ocho Rios
The Jewel Dunn`s River Beach Resort And Spa
The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa Jamaica/Ocho Rios

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