I'm writing this review while we're still here! What a great place for families, especially with younger children.
The ride from the airport was about two hours but the bus was air conditioned and fairly comfortable. When we arrived, we were sent to the main lobby and our bags were taken directly to our room. In the lobby, we were offered a drink (rum punch or champagne for the adults, fruit punch or water for the kids). A staff member took the time to explain the basics of the resort and then showed us to our room. Tip: Take the time to go to the orientation offered daily at 9 am and 4 pm. It's only 30 minutes and gives you a good overview of restaurants, bars, activities, entertainment, etc.
My husband and son have golfed twice so far this week ... short shuttle ride to the course and the rounds are quick because it's not busy. They've enjoyed it. Walked it once and took at cart the next time, and they're planning their next round. Tip: There is no ATM at the resort. You can get a cash advance but it will be Jamaican money. You don't need really need much money here as almost everything can be charged to your room (and most things are included) but you do need money for the caddies at the golf course and water etc.
The water sports are great! The family has been on the banana boat and the kayaks. The guys have been snorkelling. Planning to use the aquatrikes and hobiecat today. Lots of scuba divers, and we've been overhearing positive comments about their experiences.
The beach is small but not overcrowded (and the resort is at full capacity this week). It's perfect for young children as you can always keep them in sight. I haven't heard anyone complain. In fact, exactly the opposite. Everyone we talk to can't say enough about how wonderful the resort and the staff are.
The food is really great! Our kids are a bit picky but they're not having any trouble finding things they enjoy, in fact, they're trying new things. The breakfast buffet has a smoothie bar, lots of cereals, yogurt, cheeses, breads and bagels, oatmeal, eggs, bacon and sausage and they cook eggs and omelettes to order. There is also a kids' section with french toast, chocolate pancakes, vanilla pancakes and sometimes a separate omelette bar for the kids. Lots of selections at lunch and dinner. We had a very nice meal at the Venetian (the Italian restaurant). Haven't tried the others yet but again, have heard lots of positive feedback. One family told us that they went to Neptune, the seafood restaurant, and the kids were able to get steak as they weren't seafood fans.
The kids club is really great. They have several different clubs and really cater to each age group. Our daughter (age 8) made a lot of new friends the very first day and stayed right from opening (9 am) to closing (5 pm). They take a one hour break, and then start again at 6 pm (dinner) and continue to 9 pm. I've watched the counsellors with the little ones in the pool and they are very attentive and careful. You can just sit back and relax without a worry. All of the staff are wonderful with the children and go out of their way to make sure they're participating and having fun.
The main stage is right near the pool and there are things happening all day long. It never seems to get really noisy though. The waterpark is a blast! There are slides of all different sizes so there is something for everyone. Our daughter spent the whole day there yesterday (10 am to 5 pm) and never got bored. It is right near the BBQ Park, so the kids can walk over and get ice cream, nachos, burgers, pizza, etc any time.
The resort is smaller than others we have been to, and for my taste, just the right size. It's not a long trek back to the room and the kids are never too far away.
I was a bit worried about being bothered by people selling things on the beach, but when we went down, it was not a problem. They don't actually come onto the beach, so it's easy to keep to yourself if you don't want to shop. There are some shops behind the watersports area, and they'll call and invite you over, but it's easy say no if you're not interested.
The entertainment has been great. There are shows every night at the main stage. Last night was a talent show for guests to participate in. I was expecting something very amateurish and boring, but they really put on show! Guests were mixed in with "pros" and some of the guests actually did have talent!
We went to a beach party/bonfire one night - great evening - be sure not to miss it! They mixed in professional entertainers (fire eater and limbo dancer) with games where they had all ages up partipating. And they handed out sticks with marshmellows for roasting. Kids loved it!
And I can't forget to mention the staff. I've seen it in the other reviews and they really are exceptional. So friendly and helpful! They really seem to enjoy their work and have fun doing it.
This is definitely a great place for a family vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Minutes away from the newly renovated Ian Fleming International Airport•Kids Camp with certified nannies to pamper the kids •Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV’s•Kids can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in our Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure•Adults-only El Dorado bar located on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea •A state of the art “Liquid by Beaches” Disco •Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages•Voted Beaches Resorts ‘World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive’ 14 years in a row ... more less
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- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
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