We were at Beaches Boscobel starting May 20, 2008 for 10 nights. I would suggest a longer stay if possible. This was our 3rd time to Jamaica and we knew that the drive was close to 2 hours from M.Bay to Ocho so we wanted to relax and not stress over getting there and leaving quickly. Staying 10 nights was the perfect amount of time to unwind!
We were given an upgrade without asking and had a large room divided by a half wall. One side was the king bed and the other was the pull-out sofa that our kids shared (it was plenty big and comfy for them). The rooms are not super luxurious but it is a "family resort" with lots of people coming and going. It was well kept and cleaned daily. We also had turn down service at night, a fully stocked frig (cokes, water, juices, etc that were included in the all-inclusive). We also had Red Lane bath products (this is their spa line).
The pools are wonderful. One large pool with a waterfall (fun for in the morning and in the evening). The other pools were kid pools with multi-levels of waterslides and ropes to climb, etc. This area didn't open until 10:00 am, so we would start at the large pool and then move up to the waterslides at 10:00. Then when they closed at 5:00 we would eat dinner and head out to the large pool once again for the evening. It was truly great!
Yes, their is lots of stairs. The resort is spread out and built into a hillside. If you don't like exercise I would advise not to go. If you stay up around the main pool you have to trek to the beach (or take a 4 story elevator). If you stay on the beach then you have to go up to the pools. We always enjoy cruises or places with stairs...we figure that that is our workout!
The beach is small. But, people do not realize that for Jamaica that is a benefit. There are a lot of drugs and other things in Jamaica and it is nice for the resort to be "blocked" off from the outside. The beach was plenty big for our family to enjoy. The other 2 resorts we have stayed at (Couples and Rose Hall) also had small beaches...it is the norm. So don't go to Jamaica if you are looking for a beach like in Florida.
We were told that the people over at the dock area trying to get you to come around to look at their goods (around the corner of the resort, outside of the resort area) were also offering cocaine and pot. So, having security at the beach and having a "private" beach was well worth any concerns of a tiny beach.
Were we ever worried or concerned for "what was going on" with some of the people there, with safety, etc.? No! Absoultly not! We just know to be careful and to stick with excursions with the resorts and not to "venture" out on our own. That's the way to stay safe! The bus rides, etc. are totally safe. The resorts are a big business and you are going to be totally fine if you are going over to Jamaica...just use common sense!
We enjoyed the food. We think on our last Norwegian cruise we did have better food...but the food at B.Bosc. was great. The lunches had fresh salads, pasta, tomatoes, fruits, etc. They had a sandwhich making station (loved it). For breakfast they had a fresh smoothie station and an omelet station. The Arizona for dinner was the best restaurant. Tex-Mex, steaks, shrimp, etc. The buffet also offered some great meals. The italian was not our favorite.
Everyone was incredibly friendly. Don at the beach took our son out several times to teach him to sail the hobie cat's (my son is 9). We kayaked and did the water bikes. The trampoline was not there. We didn't ask why it was no longer there.
We built tons of sand castles and truly had a blast.
Yes, there is vendors with little boats selling stuff in the water at the beach. They bother you the 1st day but once they've seen you they back off. Remember this is not the U.S. and they are just trying to make a living (I did also here from 2 couples that they had offered some drugs to them...so the advice is to just stay away). But, are you safe at the beach? Absolutly!
I think many times we want to compare other countries to the U.S. We however don't do that and we try to take our kids and make it an adventure to a place that is run differently and that 5 star is a different 5 star then the U.S. It's great to experience what the rest of the world is truly like!
To sum it up: Beaches Boscobel is wonderful. It is not a Ritz or Iberostar but it is a "beachy" resort that is used for fun not for being a "who's who". It is wonderful to have all activities included in the fees (snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, scuba, etc.)...many other resorts do not offer this. It is also nice to have bottled water's, drinks, etc. included (other resorts do not include drinks in the mini-bars, and bottled waters, Beaches includes it all).
It is truly a place you don't have to dress up for dinner (this is the 1st time that we didn't take dressy clothes and we truly enjoyed just bumming around). There is an adults only restaurant that requires resort casual clothing...but we had our kids with us and they did not want to go to the kids program (they are at the age that they were turned off by sesame street...but they had fun making jokes!) So, we did not make them go to the Kids club.
This is a place to take the kids and truly just let your hair down and have some fun.
For luxury I did hit the spa for a massage. It was a wonderful place to get a massage (1st class) and it was a true treat.
We met wonderful people and our kids found plenty of kids to pal around with.
Go and have fun...it is worth the trip. We are ready to try out a new Beaches...however we would totally go back to Beaches Boscobel!
- 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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