We escaped to Jamaica for a wedding and this was the chosen resort by our family. The grounds were nice with a busy beach (Cuban ones are in my experience better). We stayed in room 3111 and were disappointed with the severe musty smell, especially when the door was closed with the AC on. ( I wonder whether there was mold in the AC ducts). Also, most of our friends/family were tormented by numerous mosquito bites throughout the week which we determined were occuring during our sleep. There were often many mosquitoes lurking in our bathroom.
On a positive side the food was surprisingly good with unlimited choices. The best was the amazing jerk chicken which was served in the afternoons in the beach hut. A must try!
The pools were very busy and it was difficult to find a spot, however, we never found problems finding a spot on the beach.
Snorkling was ok, although there seemed to be significant coral destruction. BVI and Hawaiian snorkling is much better. But for resort snorkling, I was actually surprised. Bring your snorkal gear!
If you're not one for dealing with heckling from the locals, stay away from the right hand side of the beach, especially in the morning. I was offered weed on many occasions and even cocaine and hash on others.
Overall, Jamaica was expensive for what you get. Day trips are very touristed and seem overrun and regimented. Other caribbean islands offer more, in my opinion.
The booze seemed watered down and wasn't of high quality but not different from my other all inclusive experiences. I couldn't drink the gin....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in northern Jamaica, on the beachfront. Two 6-storey buildings and one 5-storey building. Surrounded by 90,000 m2 / 107,000 sq. yards of lush gardens. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 10 km / 6.2 miles to Ocho Rios. 4 km / 2.5 miles from various shops. 105 km / 65 miles to Montego Bay airport. 600 m / 1,970 ft. from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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