After going through immigration and customs and baggage claim at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, we were directed to the SuperClubs lounge. Upon arriving there, we were greeted with small bottles of water, and were instructed to fill out a registration card. This made check in at the hotel very quick. The taxi ride is about one hour and provided by the hotel. We got in before check-in time (3:00), so our room was not yet ready. At 3:00 we went back to reception, and our room was ready. A bell hop walked us to our room, and brought us up to our room.
The hotel is made up of 2 and 3 story buildings, with no elevators. The hotel is very handicapped accessible, but make sure that if you are not good with stairs, or cannot do stairs, request a first floor room.
We were in room 3228, the second floor of the 200 building (A “luxury room”). We had a view of the main pool, buffet, and Munasan restaurant, as well as a little bit of the ocean. Our room had one king bed, and one twin (not a cot, although I think that the bed was brought in especially for our 17 year old son). We also had a small couch (not a pullout), with ample drawer space, a desk, and a large balcony. The balcony had two chairs, and a small table. The room had a nice new flat screen TV with lousy reception (not a big deal) and about 50 channels (actually over 60, but when you scrolled up through the channels, it would skip channels that did not exist). The rooms had been renovated as a part of the huge renovation that took place in late 2006. The bathroom had a shower/tub combo with not very good pressure. Amenities, such as soap, shampoo, and lotion, were all available in a dispenser in the shower. Ice is available down the hall to fill the ice bucket. There was also a closet, with a safe (make up your own 4 digit combo), and plenty of shelves that could fit luggage, etc. Nightly, we heard the shows from our room because they were so loud.
The air conditioner was loud, and beeped every time it went on (approximately every 15 minutes). This led us to turn off the air conditioner when we slept, because the beeping sounded like an alarm, and kept us up all of one night.
Based on what we saw, no one uses the plunge pools, and the rooms are no better or bigger. It’s not worth the extra money (unless you want to be in the ocean front block…don’t buy a garden view plunge pool).
Breakfast is served from 7:30a to 10:30a in the Beach Terrace restaurant. It is buffet style, including items such as French toast, pancakes, and Jamaican specialties such as Jamaican Fried Dumplings. There is a “make your own omlette” station, as well as many baked goods. Cereal, yogurt, and oatmeal are also available. Generally breakfast was good here.
You may also choose to do continental breakfast room service (we did not). You are given a thing to hang outside your door if you choose to engage in this service. You choices are a few types of juice, and a pastry assortment.
REGGAE CAFÉ-Open from 11:00a to 6:30p. Right off the beach, a grill serving Jamaican specialties (beef patties, jerk chicken and pork) and American ones (hot dogs, hamburgers, fries). This is done with waiter service. Food is generally cooked relatively quickly. Lunch here is very good. Our only problem here was one day when they ran out of jerk sauce for the chicken and pork, and they ran out of rice, and patties. I’m not exactly what they thought they were serving…
BEACH TERRACE-Open from 12:30p-2:30p. Buffet style, sometimes featuring made to order panini’s, and pasta. There is always some type of chicken (bbq, jerk, fried, etc), and some type of potatoes, as well as a selection of rolls and the soup of the day. Desserts included cakes, and cookies and ice cream. Lunch here was generally okay, not the greatest. We generally preferred the Reggae Café.
BEACH TERRACE-Open from 7:00p-9:30p. Buffet style, featuring made to order pasta, a grilled fish, soup, rolls. Typical buffet faire. Generally not that spectacular food. Monday night is their beach buffet (we missed this). Friday night (and New Year’s Eve) they have a pool buffet with shrimp, and rolls, and stir fry, and lots of good desserts. The Friday meal was easily the Beach Terrace’s high point for the week. No reservations required.
STARLIGHT GRILL-Open 6:30p-9:30p EXCEPT Wednesdays, weather permitting (they moved to the Reggae Café one night). Mongolian Barbeque style food. You select your raw meat, shrimp, and chicken, and add it to pasta, and rice and vegetables, and they stir fry it for you. You are also given soup, salad, and dessert if you so choose. This was delicious. No reservations are required, but the wait during Christmastime was often over 30 minutes, so make sure you get your name on a list early.
PASTAFARI-Open 6:30p-10:00p EXCEPT Mondays. Dress code is casual elegant, with dress pants required for men. This was Italian food with the smallest portions I’ve ever seen. There is an appetizer bar (mostly salads) set up in the middle of the restaurant. The rest of the meal is waiter service (I don’t think our waitress was too thrilled about her job). It was nice to get away from the buffet, but it was not really worth returning to. Reservations could be made by dialing the extension on the telephone in your room.
MUNASAN-Open 6:30p-9:30p EXCEPT Fridays. Dress code casual elegant. Hibachi (Japanese) style food. If you are in a group of less than 8 people, you sit with people that you don’t know. You are given miso soup, and share an appetizer plate with your neighbor (consisting of some sushi and tempura). You then get to choose between chicken, steak, fish, or shrimp (or all four!) for your dinner, steamed rice or fried rice, which is prepared in front of you. Dessert is then provided by your waitress. This was very good. I recommend making a few reservations here at various points in your stay, and if you don’t enjoy it, you can always cancel. There is also a sushi bar which you can make reservations to sit at (we did not). Reservations could be made by dialing the extension on the telephone in your room.
You sign up for these activities at the water sport shed or down by all of the equipment on the beach. They offered the following activities, all with instruction if necessary…
~Hobie Wave sailboats
~Glass bottom boat rides
~Scuba diving (dive lessons are included, and I believe dives are included if you have the appropriate certification)
Towels cards are granted upon arrival (1 per person) and can be exchanged for fresh towels whenever you wish. These cards must be presented upon departure to avoid a fee of $20 per missing card.
There were several tennis pros there, as well as four tennis courts. All of the courts were hard courts, lit for night play. There were rackets available, as well as balls. Rackets were in good condition, all Wilson rackets. Even if you are an avid tennis player, the rackets were perfectly usable (although my wife thought they could have been restrung). All of the grips were perfectly usable as well. Lessons were free, and clinics were available in the morning and afternoon split up by ability. Tournaments are held twice weekly.
There was a fitness center located above the game room. There was an arc trainer, treadmills, stationary bikes, several weight machines, as well as several free weights. It was never very crowded. It was also not air conditioned, which made it very difficult to exercise. They also did water aerobics, and other exercise classes throughout the week. Open 24 hours a day.
Located off the lobby. There were some slot machines (not included), as well as some skittles tables (no idea what this game is), ping-pong, and pool tables.
There is a golf course right across the street, accessible to guests via a tunnel (with shuttle service). The tunnel can be accessed near the tennis courts. Green fees are included, but guests are responsible for caddy fees, which are mandatory, and club and cart rentals. It is 18 holes, par 72, 6884 yard. Golf school is available Monday-Friday, from 9:00a to 12:00p. The pros were not very helpful, but it was still nice to be able to hit on the driving range (which was a bit small…very talented golfers might be able to hit the back fence).
There were three. A small one by the new oceanfront block, an infinity pool with a swim up bar, and a main pool with a volleyball net.
Several located throughout the property. One is swim up. All of the bar tenders were friendly and were very willing to serve. This resort was a heavy drinking resort. Beer games are played often, as is “rum mixology,” although these games were easy to avoid if someone wishes. Because this is a 14 and older resort, everyone has access to alcohol, and my 17-year-old son was often offered alcohol at meals. I didn’t hear of anyone being denied service.
There were always plenty of lounge chairs, so we didn’t have to get up ridiculously early in order to claim a beach chair. The beach was large, and it never felt crowded, even when the hotel was at 100% capacity. There is a volleyball court right in the middle.
Twice daily was the circus clinic. They had a trapeze, as well as stuff to juggle. They helped teach everyone how to do a “knee hang” and they helped by 17-year old son juggling clubs (they showed him a few cool tricks). They were very friendly and helpful.
The hotel has several bikes (probably 20 or more), that are used for a bike tour in the afternoons. You get to ride around the Cardiff Hall area of Runaway Bay (the upscale area), which was fun. It is hilly, and the roads have many potholes, so this is not good for beginner bikers. Omercye, the bike man, filled his tours with history of the area, and explained many Jamaican trends and facts.
Everyday, an activity schedule was posted in the lobby. This ranged from mini-olympics, to goat races, to rum mixology. The entertainment crew was always very helpful, and fun. They held bingo a few times weekly. The nighttime shows generally consisted of a local singer or musical group coming in to perform with the house band. Everyone did the same songs in a different order, thus you only need to see one show for the entire week otherwise you were repeating the same stuff. The shows were very loud, and we could hear them all from our room. The Hurricane’s Disco was open every night at 10:30p and closed when the last person left. Each night there was a different theme (disco night, pajama night, toga night). The house band performed during dinner starting at 7:30p. The circus crew performed generally once or twice weekly.
HORSE AND BUGGY:
Available three times daily every day but Sunday. You are served white wine on the 30-minute tour of the Cardiff Hall area. It was a nice way to break up the afternoon.
There definitely were some, as we did get bitten, but it wasn’t awful.
17 YEAR OLD SON:
Although many people on the site advised us not to bring our 17-year-old son, he had a good time. During the week, there were several teenagers and college-aged kids who were on Christmas break. He was nervous he would be the youngest one there, but he didn’t feel too young for the resort. We avoided the drinking games, and he had a blast.
There is a spa on site; the no tipping policy carries over to here. The spa menu is available on the Breezes website. It is all for an additional charge.
You must be out of your room by 12p, and they will collect your bags for you from outside your room. They would offer you a courtesy room if the hotel was not at 100% capacity. They will inform you of when your shuttle bus will leave a day in advance.
~If you absolutely need to get away from little kids, be warned, FDR next door does not have a beach, and some little kids come with their parents and nanny’s over to use the beach.
~The hotel has a photographer who takes pictures at dinner. You can purchase them in the photo room across from the tour desk.
~This hotel did not really have one target group of people. There were older couples, young singles, families with college kids, families with kids in their 30s, multi-generational families with old grandparents…and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
In all, we had a good time, and would definitely consider going back again. The only reason that we would not is because of the poor quality of some of the food (which was just okay overall…no one went hungry, but no one found the buffet or Pastafari exceptional, but the other restaurants were good).
If anyone has any questions, you may feel free to message me!
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