My husband and I stayed her for a week...September 9 to 13...and had a pleasant stay.
After some debate with the front desk, we were assigned a room in the deluxe wing. Make sure your reservation paperwork clearly states what you paid for(Ours didn't). With some insistence we were moved to the deluxe wing. In room free wifi, flat screen tv, key card, white fluffy towels, lovely bedding... Which is not the case on the other side. I burst into tears after seeing our room on the older side of the hotel and then returned to the front desk to request a change to the deluxe side. Fortunately we were moved. The junior suite is beautiful with ocean view from the balcony. Nice touch with the in room liquor. Rum, whiskey, beers...
Beautiful!!!!! Clear beautiful water!!!! Warm yet refreshing!!! Loved the beach!!!
Some staff are friendly. Our housekeeper was so pleasant! However the majority of staff across the resort just seem mad with the world... Little or no smile... Just a mean demeanor. The steak and gourmet restaurants offer great food and service with a smile.
Some bartenders are simply mean, with poor attitudes despite tipping. We tried to avoid the bar by the pool on the deluxe side as they were the meanest. We walked over to the bar on the beach next to the gift shop for drinks. Breakfast was ok. Only a few smiles from a few... Food seem to be reheated and re-served sometimes...I had oxtail sat the Italian restaurant for lunch as it was not warm. Seem it was taken from the refrigerator and not heated properly. The restaurant by the pool offered great food... Great Jamaican food for lunch! OMG!!! The jerk hut had the best jerk chicken ever! My husband loved it!
After dinner there were many bars to hang out. A great show then disco. The entertainment was great. We saw the steel drum band from Kingston. These young people are talented. Apparently they are the best in the world! Beach party, a tribute to Jamaica music history etc. The live band seem so sad/mad... No smiles or jamming to the beats of the music they were playing. But they sounded melodious just not pleasant to watch play.
The Beach Illegal Jet Skiers
Wow! They were like vultures on the beach. Selling rides, weed and whatever. Apparently the law cannot stop them from soliciting as long as they are in the water and not on the hotel property. I guess they have to make a living too. Just wish they were not so intrusive.
Must give a accolades to Donovan, our transport. Very comfortable, safe ride to airport.
Overall we had a good stay. Really enjoyed the beach. Probably will explore another resort or return to Iberostar next time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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