To start with, this was our honeymoon. My husband & I are in our early - mid twenties, we like being alone together and aren't big into parties. Having said that, I'll give you the good and the bad. First the good:
The beach is incredible! The water is fantastic and so incredibly clear! I couldn't have asked for a better beach, and the lounge chairs are ALL OVER the place and always empty! You will never have a problem finding a chair on the beach.The drinks are good. I just started letting them make me anything they wanted (as long as there was rum in it) and they all turned out amazing! So yummy. They definitely know their rum drinks. The excursions were fantastic and so easy to book. Just call the front desk and set the time and day you want to go, and they do the rest. We did the zip line, bobsled, river tubing, horseback riding on the river and shopping. Skip the horseback by the river, it isn't so great. You just walk on a paved road among trees for 45 minutes, blah. Everything else was fantastic! If you do the ocho rios shopping, be prepared to be out on the town for about 4 hours. A lot of the shops had the same merchandise so it got old kind of fast. Otherwise, a good experience. We had a massage while there, and it was great also, though they were a little rough for my liking, I think that's just me. The massage parlor is great, very serene and calm. The food at the buffet is awesome. It's a little different every day, and they always come around and ask if you would like wine or something from the bar. The reggae cafe had good food and it was an easy alternative to a more formal, sit-down dinner. We had a plunge pool suite, and the little pool was awesome! We spent the majority of our time out there on our private patio. They do their best to seclude it from everyone else by putting trees and bushes in front of the walkway so that people can't see into the pool. Loved it! We didn't use any of the free water sports equipment so I can't really comment on it. If you're in a suite, the fridge it great. They keep it stocked daily with water, 7-up, Pepsi and Jamaican beer. The people who are nice here, are super nice. There is no in-between. The people are either super-duper nice, or they are super-duper rude. The bus drivers to & from excursions are so nice and friendly. The photographers who roam the resort are also awesome (Casper is the absolute greatest).
So, here's the bad:
The service. I'm not sure what everyone is talking about when they say that "everyone on the staff" is SOOO nice. They aren't. Only about 1/4 of them are super friendly (again, namely Casper) and the rest seem unhappy to be there serving you. They act like you're putting them out by making them work. We aren't high maintenance people and don't expect a lot. But the service (especially at the reggae cafe) is pretty poor. The starlight grill wasn't very good. The experience was nice, but the food wasn't so much. We didn't get to try munasan or pastafari because we didn't have the appropriate attire. The reason no one sits on the beach is because locals walk by and try to sell you any kind of drug you can think of. We only laid out on the beach twice and both times we were hit up to buy drugs more than once. It gets annoying, and they don't take no very well, they pressure you for a while. Some of the mixed drinks are a bit strange. The liquor is good, but the mixers are different than what we use in the states. The room was a BIG disappointment. If you're going on your honeymoon or for a super romantic getaway, then don't stay here. The rooms don't put you in the mood at all, in fact they do just the opposite. It's a big turn off to look at cracked, baby-puke colored walls, hard as a rock bed, old-old furniture, and a bathroom that isn't quite up to par. Like I said, they are clean though. Also, this place is a party resort. We aren't into partying or being loud & obnoxious. So of course, the people who are that way tend to get on your nerves pretty quickly (if you're like us). However, if you're into participating in activities, this place is definitely for you. The walls are a little thin, so you can hear your neighbors pretty well. I don't mean to complain a lot, the good far outweighs the bad, but I wish I would have known some of these things before hand. Especially about the room.
In conclusion: if you're looking forward to a romantic room, this place won't give it to you. The grounds are romantic though, so spend a lot of time outside. The activities are awesome (bring your own towel! I can't stress that enough, it came in VERY handy). Drinks & food was overall an A-. Do the sunset photo session. The photographers are great and the pictures turn out amazing (though the pics are a bit pricey to buy, totally worth it). This place is nice though, and I'd recommend it to most of my friends. Overall, we had an amazing honeymoon and though there were some problems, I wouldn't change any of it!
K & T of Oklahoma =)
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- Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort Jamaica
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- Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort, one of the most complete all-inclusive resorts in the world. Located on 22 lush, oceanfront acres of Jamaica's famed north coast, this spectacular resort offers some of the best SCUBA and golf on the island. Unwind in our new plunge pool suites. Indulge in our new full-service spa. Dine around at up to 5 different restaurants and 5 different free-flowing bars including a swim-up pool bar. ... more less
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