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“Loved it!” 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

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!

Stayed May 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2008

My wife, 13 month old boy, and myself went in the 1st week in May for 1 week.

Airport

Upon arival at the Montego Bay airport, we were greted by the hotel's staff, offered snacks, and taken to the hotel shartly thereafter. The minibus drivers to and from the airport were really nice and informative( we gave them a tip-only time tips were give, since the resort is an all inclusive resort and tipping is not allowed).

Hotel
The hotel wasn't crowded nor was it empty. Upon arival our gardenview room was upgraded to a partially blocked pool view room with balcony.(That was generous by the resort). All the facilities were pretty much available anytime that you wanted them. The landscaping were well maintained (thanks to Nigel)grounds were well cared for. Thea pools(main, kiddies pool, 2nd pool, waterslides) were wonderful and there were lifeguards present throughout the day.

Restaurants

The staff in the Main lobby was nice as well as the staff in the main restuarant Bayside were really nice (especially Ricardo-waiter, and Peter-chef) we ate breakfast there everyday and sometimes lunch since there were different delicious foods there everyday. We also sampled the Arizona (on the water with cool refreshing breeze) for lunce a couple of times. Sampled the Venetian once for dinner(good Italian food) and the food at Elenor's was wonderful (Fine dining) although small portions, but surprisingly it was fulfilling. The BBQ Park was mostly fast foods, finger foods, ice-cream, hotdogs, etc. mainly for the kids (and adults) in the pool area.The The beach is a short beach, but nicely decotated with straw umbrellas and lots of beach chairs. There are alot of activities for kids ages 4-10 with Elmo and friends(zoe, Cookie monster, etc). Night entertainment were provided by the staff and would on occasions guests would participate. Didn't go to the club. We had breakfast with Elmo and friends one morning(exciting for kids 4-10).

Spa and ....

The drinks were top shelf liquer and were great (especially the Bob Marley). The staff at the SPA were nice also(mothers's day massage package was nice on the rooftop of the SPA facility(Beautiful oceanview and breeze). Had to cancel the downtown shopping trip because my son got sick. the lase 2 days of the vacation. But, all in all we all had a wonderful time at the resort and would visit ther again when our son is older. Very nice resort with great courteous service, and delicious food and good entertainment.

  • Liked — Staff, service, and delicious food.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Philly, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

First, as many others have also noted…this place is not at all as bad as some of the reviewers make it out to be, in my opinion…I think it depends on your expectation level and your experiences at other resorts…

Some say it is not worth the money…I am not sure what others paid but for us it was a bargain considering what we spend for a week at the Jersey shore!

Who – My wife and I (our anniversary was during our trip) and our kids (well not really kids)…girl, 20 (turned 20 during our stay)…boy, 15

When – Sat., 4/5/08 -> 4/12/08

Air Jamaica – Leaving Philadelphia International was very smooth…we actually departed early and arrived in Montego Bay ahead of schedule…Leaving Montego Bay was another story. Our flight was delayed 2 ½ hours. When we arrived in Philadelphia the customs agent actually noted to us that this is a common occurrence…leaving early and departing late…as once the flights arrive in Montego Bay they actually use the same planes to commute between the islands…which can cause delays on flights coming back to the main land. He said the better option (although not much better in most cases) is US Air for non-stop.

Montego Bay airport – The line was long going through immigration but moved very quickly as they have a lot of agents working. Customs was a breeze. After going through customs there are greeters to guide you to the lounge for your resort as all of the major resorts are represented. We were able to relax in the Sandals/Beaches lounge for about 20-25 minutes and have some complimentary, self-serve Red Stripe on tap before we were called for the shuttle to the resort.

Shuttle – Yes, the ride was a little over 2 hours but the time flew. Yes, they drive a little reckless, but it was actually kind of fun…but maybe that’s just me. And never having been to Jamaica before, we took in a lot of the culture as we went along. Our driver did not stop for a rest as others have stated. Maybe because it was pouring rain but I think it was better as we just wanted to get there and get settled in. But we did stop on the way back and the ocean view was just splendid!

Arrival at Beaches Boscobel – Because we had a concierge room, we were met as we got off of the shuttle by Shaw from the concierge service. He welcomed us, helped us identify our bags (they were delivered to our room a short time later), we were offered some rum punch, and then he escorted us to the concierge office where they assisted us in coordinating our pre-scheduled activities for the week. Shaw was a big part of making our vacation most memorable...he was always making sure that we were satisfied and made sure that all of our needs were met. He also turned us on to the Jamaican handshake and the phrase “Irie mon!” Thank you Shaw!...we will miss you!

Room – We had a Honeymoon Beach Suite (kids had their own) which is one of the rooms right on the beach…decent sized porch with table and chairs…literally steps away from the sand, which was very nice….and convenient for getting in line to sign-up for activities (as they were at the end of the walkway) and reserving chairs for the day. The room was nice. No problems. There was plenty of hot water and water pressure. Room was cleaned very well. Fridge was always stocked with beer, soda, and water. No thefts to report from the safe…and we had some valuables in there.

Beach/Pools – Beach was a little small but never seemed crowded…and was well-maintained. Seaweed was raked every morning and sand was raked as well. Plenty of chairs and thatch umbrellas. Water was clear and warm. Smokey Joe and Reggae Smokey just added to the whole experience as they were a mainstay selling conk shells and other trinkets in the water. They were very nice and friendly and were never annoying to the guests at all. We bought a few items. Main pool was nice…loved having the bar right there. Water slides were pretty fun too.

Water Sports – plenty to do…just note that you have to get in line in the morning (8:30) to sign up for the NEXT days activities…hydrobikes were broke but there was plenty of other stuff. We did glass bottom boat and hobie cats. Also had scuba, snorkeling, banana boats, windsurfing, canoes, etc. Props to the folks running the activities. They were always going around and trying to get people involved in the activities but not at all overbearing.…special shout out to A.J. and Gregory who were especially helpful and attentive to us including getting us drinks when we were “dry”.

Food – Plenty of choices and some were better than others. Eleanor’s – excellent food with high end service. The Venetian – Italian food that was OK…great atmosphere. The Bayside – mostly good buffet-style choices…some better than others…and always had fresh fruit choices. Arizona - decent food…great place to eat under the stars. BBQ Park – quick eating…food was so-so.

Bars – 6 bars and we tried them all! All of the bartenders were great and very entertaining. I was hooked on the Dirty Bananas!

Weather – We were a little worried as we checked the weather prior to our trip. We always saw chances of rain everyday. Then upon our arrival and into the evening it rained…sometimes very hard. But that was it. The last 6 days were warm sunny days and very pleasant evenings. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Extras – Beside everything there was to do (we never had to leave the resort), we also celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by renewing our wedding vows (thanks to Cavel and Suelann and for making the occasion very special). Even though it was only the 4 of us, it was handled with the same care and attention as if we had a 20-person wedding party! We also had the candlelight dinner on the beach (many thanks to Michael, our maitre d and Jamaican friend for life, for making this extra special!…K.I.T mon!) which was perfect! Great night, great service! It was also my daughters birthday during this week and she was serenaded multiple times with birthday wishes…thanks to all who made this extra special for her!...Xbox Oasis was OK

The People – For those I failed to mention…and you know who you are…thank you to you all for making this a most enjoyable experience. What can I say…there may be exotic locations that are just as nice or nicer but the people here put Jamaica over the top in my opinion. Everyone here was super-friendly, helpful, courteous, and personable. Tipping is not allowed…but we made it a point to seek out those that went the “extra mile” for us and rewarded them for all they did. For them, it truly was “No problem mon!”

The “other side” of Jamaica – On the side of the resort by the water sports there are locals trying to get you to come over and look the items they have for sale as well as offer hair-braiding services. We went over to see what they had and were quite impressed with the little shopping strip setup they had. There were bargains to be had and we bought some very nice items and shirts, etc. They are very nice and harmless people.

  • Liked — Proximity to the beach !
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything...
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

I was married at Beaches Boscobel on May 17, 2008. The resort was nice, the people were super nice, but the coordination between the WC pre-resort was lacking. There was alot of information that she had incorrect, or gave me misinformation on, or didn't pass along to the on-site coordinator. Even with the issues, the wedding went smoothly. There were various other wedding-related issues along the way (the front desk was sending all wedding gifts (champagne, towel shaped, rose petals) to my husband's cousins room), that took like 3-4 days for them to correct, which was annoying. Regarding the wedding, I wouldn't get advise to get married at Beaches unless having children there are very important to you. They were to us, so we made that choice and I wouldn't change that part of it. I just wish Beaches was more together.

Oh, and I def recommend the steel-pan player for during the ceremony! He was great. We also did a sand ceremony, which my guests really liked. They thought it added something special to the ceremony. Transporting the sand home was another story though, it didn't stay separate at all. But I guess that might be kinda the point too.

One other thing, the minister rolled up the marriage certificate and handed it to my husband right after the ceremony while our guests were congratulating us and now we can't find it. I don't know why they would hand it over right in the middle of everything like that, so if you can ask the WC to maybe hold yours until the next day, that would be a better idea. We now might not get ours for 12-14 weeks or something like that.

Regarding the resort, I have absolutely no complaints there. Everyone was so accommodating and they knew our names, which was nice.

Food -
Bayside (buffett) - We ate breakfast and lunch there almost daily. Nothing to rave about, but also nothing to complain about. There was a few times that we had dinner there and it was incredible! There was only one day at dinner and another day at lunch were there wasn't really anything I wanted to eat. They also open late night for after-bar cravings and their hot dogs taste great at 2am!

The Venetian was good both time we ate there. Once with a large party of 15+ and once with just 4 people. My husband got the lamp and said it was phenomenal. I ate salmon once and beef tendorloins once, both good.

The Arizona was really good as well. I recommend the marlin filet with corn ginger topping. Delish! There wasn't really any lunch options that were interesting, but the club sandwich was ok. It was also pretty cool to eat on the gazebo over the water, but the birds are pretty daring and practically chased us outta there like the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Birds".

The other place we ate was Eleanor's, and that was really good as well. Also, nice to sit out on the deck for dinner at sunset. (No children allowed in this restaurant)

Nightlife -
Appleton Bar until 10 - We only stopped by there one night to meet up with friends that we had met there, but it was kinda dead. I don't know what it is normally like, since we were there for 10 days and only tried this place once. Perhaps we caught it on an off night.

Bayside Bar until 12 - This is were we spent most of our time, I would say. They had SportsCenter on practically 24/7, and since there were quite a few important games going on here, my husband was interested in keeping tabs.

The Disco until 2 - I wouldn't recommend the Disco at all. We went one night and it was pretty gross. It smelled really bad in there.

The Piano Bar until 2 - The Piano Bar was nice, but rarely was anyone playing the piano. Not that that mattered cuz the best part for us was Godfrey the bartender. He is a more handsome not -dorky version of Carlton from The Fresh Prince. He was a very sarcastic and entertaining person to hang out with while there. He was my husbands favorite, since he had a handful of bar tricks that he did for us. I also heard that Marcelus was a great entertainer as well, but we never got the chance to check him out. This was our favorite place to go.

The only other complaint is how tiny the beach is. There were no long romantic walks on the beach for us, since it wasn't long enough.

Oh, and the "floating pharmacy", as we began to call it. Those are the guys that sit on rafts selling seashells, starfish, necklaces, etc, as well as any drug that you are interested in. At first I was highly annoyed that they were there and so persistant, but they only care about "fresh meat". Once you have been on the resort for about 2 days, if you haven't bought anything from them or chatted them up, they will leave you alone. And then you are even able to talk to them without them trying to sell you anything, which was nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2008

We visited Beaches Boscobel from May 18-May 25th and had a great time!
At the airport, we did not have to wait long in the Sandals/Beaches lounge before they called us. It's a nice place to wait with free snacks & drinks. The ride from the airport is not as bad as I had read about. The roads are paved the whole way there. Our driver did stop about halfway at a little jerk stand on the water. We enjoyed the ride to the resort...plenty to see. I guess it took about 2 hours. Going back to the airport only took an hour and a half. No stop, as we didn't want one, and I think this driver maybe went a little faster.
Yes, this resort is an older property, but for the most part is in good condition. Every day there were things being fixed up or repaired, painted, etc. They were in the process of putting new covers on the pool lounge chairs the week we were there.They do make an effort to keep the place looking good. And most of the employees are very friendly and go out of their way to take good care of you.
Check in was fairly smooth. I had checked in online prior to leaving home and this seemed to help. We were offered fruit punch or rum punch as soon as we arrived at the resort.
Our room was a grand luxe oceanview suite. This was located in the main building on the 4th floor. We did have a view of the ocean, but there were palm trees right outside our balcony. Still a beautiful view. The room itself was very spacious...plenty of room for the 4 of us. Yes, what I read in some reviews was true; the sleeper sofa was not perfectly clean. OK...it's a resort for families;I wouldn't expect every piece of furniture to be in new condition when kids are involved. And the sheers on our windows were in bad shape. But that's really all I can fault in our room. These are not the kind of things that bother me and would certainly not ruin my vacation. Loved the mini fridge with cold water, juice and soda.
The resort itself is layed out on several levels and has a lot of stairs. My family actually liked this; it gave the place a lot of character. There are elevators for those who can't or don't want to do steps.
The beach is small, as many reviews have said. The Beaches website does not really show how small it is.It was fine for us. It is a little bit rocky at the shoreline, so I would recommend beach/water shoes for little ones. And the water is very shallow as well, but clear and warm. The locals selling souvenirs out in the water at the beach did not bother us either. They are not pushy and we bought some jewelry from them. We did not have an issue with seaweed the week we were there.
Beach activities; we did the glass bottom boat...it was OK. Also did the snorkeling. We enjoyed it, but it is probably not the best snorkeling experience I have had as far as what there is to see. Also did the banana boat....lots of fun! Tried to do the water trike, but was told they were not working. Kind of funny, since I had seen others using one of them the day before. We didn't do any other water sports, but saw others take out the kayaks, sailboats, etc. Looked like it was fun. They do have sand toys on the beach, so no need to bring any.
My two boys, ages 11 yrs & 14 yrs both enjoyed the resort. We did not utilize the kids club at all since the boys are older, but from what I could see, the staff interacted well with the younger kids.Things that the boys enjoyed; the waterpark....loved those water slides. However, the waterpark closes at 5:00 every day. The main pool stays open, but the lifequards quit at 5:00 PM every day and the waterfall at the pool is shut off at this time too. You can still swim, just no lifeguards. The Xbox room...not their first choice as far as games available, but good to get out of the hot sun. They also enjoyed the self serve ice cream and frozen drinks. The main pool was a big hit as well. Yes, it was clean the whole time we were there & I saw them regularly checking the water chemistry. Did not use the disco that teens are allowed to be in from 10:00 -11:00 PM. Took a look in there once, and it was a musty, smelly room that we had no interest in hanging out in. I was concerned that there wouldn't be kids there the same age as my boys. But there were several and they made friends with some and swam and played in the Xbox room with them. I felt very comfortable letting them go off and do their own thing. There was a guard on either end of the beach as well as roaming the resort.
Entertainment; Sesame Street for the little ones. Usually something on the stage early evening involving Sesame St. One day there was a parade that some families participated in with the characters. Later in the evening there was usually a live band/singer. Sometimes different games that involved participation from the guests. Every evening when housekeeping turns down the beds, they leave a newsletter detailing all the activities for the following day. That was nice. Most nights, the main stage wraps up around 10:00...sometimes a little later. Overall, entertainment was good. Nothing spectacular, but good enough.
Food; food was good, not great. I had expected better, but we certainly didn't go hungry. Mostly we ate at the buffet. We enjoyed Arizona. Did not care for the Venetian. And we did not get to Eleanors either, so I can not comment on that. The BBQ grill was good too. Again, my kids liked the self serve ice cream and I enjoyed the self serve sodas and frozen drinks as well as the popcorn machine.
Bars; There are several bars if you want to drink, as well as someone who will bring you drinks at the pool. The Appleton Bar closes early...10:00 I think. There were never many people there, but it was nice. Swim up pool bar always had a crowd, as well as the bar that was near the bayside restaurant.
Excursions; we booked 2 excursions through the tour desk. Dunns River Falls with the jeep safari tour and the canopy tour. Enjoyed both of them. The safari tour is about 3 hours of traveling around Ocho Rios and seeing a lot of Jamaica that you would not be able to see just staying at the resort. It is a beautiful country and I would recommend doing something more than staying the whole time at the resort. Safari tour may not be good for little ones as the ride can be quite bumpy. Same with the falls....can be a little tricky for little ones to climb.We enjoyed the safari, the falls, and the canopy tour.
I did use the spa for a massage. IIt was my first one, so I can not compare it with anything, but I did enjoy it.
I had read some reviews where people said they had money stolen. So I locked anything valuable in my suitcase when it was not in my possession. The exception to this was on our last day. Our bags had to be ready an hour before we needed to be on the bus. So I left my carry on bags in our room and we set the rest of our luggage in the hall so they could pick it up.while we had breakfast and took a swim. My carry ons were in our room for about an hour unattended. Upon arriving at the airport I went to get money to tip the driver and discovered that I was missing $2,000.00 in Jamaican money. This is about $30.00 US dollars. I know that it was there the night before, so I can only assume that someone entered our room and helped themselves to a tip. I hate to think this, but it is the only explanation I can come up with, as I kept a tight leash on that money until that morning. Lesson learned for me.
Overall, we had a fantastic time in Jamaica and enjoyed the resort. It is a beautiful country with many wonderful people. As one tour guide said, "There are no strangers in Jamaica, only friends who haven't met". I would stay at a Beaches resort again if I were to go in the next year or two, before my kids get too old. I think it is best for families with smaller children who can take advantage of the kids camp. I would also return to Jamaica again, no question.

  • Liked — Family friendly resort in a beautiful country...great people!
  • Disliked — Size of beach.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thunder Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2008

My fiance and I stayed at Beaches Boscobel for a week in early May. We are a young couple (18 and 20), and after reading some of the negative reviews were a bit nervous.
The staff treat you amazing. We got to know all of the bartenders and waitresses and they all remembered us when we walked around the resort. We felt very "at home" while staying at the resort. I read some reviews about the beach being too small and the pool being busy, maybe it was the time of year that we went but we never had a problem with finding a pool chair or towels. There is lots to do for free at the resort, we stayed for seven days and only spent 30 dollars on crafts made by the locals.
I am a picky eater and still found the food amazing. There are many restaurants to choose from and I could not pick my favourite.

Stayed May 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

My wife, my four year old son and I stayed from May 16 to May 23. We book this resort right from the Beaches Website and were not sure what to expect after reading inconsistent reviews posted here. The bus ride was long but manageable. It took a solid 2 hours to get to the resort but it took only 90 minutes from the resort to the airport with absolutely no traffic. Once at the Mo Bay airport, they take your luggage and I never laid hands on them until they show up in my room. I tipped the airport porter only since everyone that works for Sandals/Beaches are not accepting tips. They have a lounge at the airport with a beer tap. You can have a few drinks prior to boarding the bus but do watch out on the liquid consumption as there are no service stations along the route for bathroom breaks.



Room

We booked and paid for a Luxury Family Suite (in main building). 1 week prior to departure received a phone call asking if we wished to upgrade to Ocean Terrace Suite for $350 (a $600 value at the time). We declined and when we got there, they gave it to us anyways for free so that was a pleasant surprise. From my room it was 26 steps of stairs to the beach and the room came stocked with a wet bar with concierge service. It even has a microwave.



Food

I’d score this an ‘Average’. There are good days and there are bad days and the buffet (Bayside) is unpredictable. We were actually a little disappointed at the food knowing that this should be a 5 star resort. I ate at Arizona 3 times for lunch serving Tex Mex food. The BBQ park was so so and I’d stay away from the hamburgers as the colour of the patties don’t look right. Also, the pizzas are a bit under cook. Had dinner on the second day at Venetian and the food was okay. Did not try Eleanor since it is only for 12 and above. Not about to pay extra for nanny service just to dine there. However, with our package we got a candle lit dinner right on the beach and the food is from Eleanor so technically I ate there too. My ranking of the 5 restaurants are (1 being best): 1-Eleanor, 2-Arizona, 3-Venetian, 4-BBQ park and 5-Bayside.



Activities/Amenities

Waterpark was the best hangout. Main pool is of a fair size given the size of the resort. During our stay they weren’t fully booked so there were empty lounge chairs to be had any given time of the day. The beach is small but I did not find it crowded. There are workers combing the beach every morning and they even collect rough stones and shells (and literally haul them away in bags) to keep the sand smooth. The maintenance guys worked so hard to keep the place clean and I could see maintenance workers spending every daylight minute doing something. From painting and or installing hand rails to replacing canvasses on lounge chairs, I can see the effort to keep this resort looking like new. (Note: They moved the lounge chairs with new canvasses to the 3rd level of the Ocean Front Terraces and take the older ones to the pool. The older ones in the pool they move to the beach and the old ones from the beach gets new canvasses.



Kids Program

Nothing but praise. Spoke to a few parents while there and they all have the same comment. The counselors to kids are at most 1 to 3 and the daily program was packed from 9:00 to 6:00 (for kids the age of my son). They have so many activities (my son likes the baking with Cookie Monster best) that by the time I pick up my son at 6, he’s completely exhausted. The best news is that they take them to lunch too and they make sure everyone gets to eat. My son actually ate better with the kids camp than he would otherwise. I left him in the kids camp 3 days out of the 7 and he was quite happy. Character breakfast is a must (extra $$) if you have little ones. They hold the event twice (Weds and Fridays at the Venetian restaurant). The food was slightly below average but hey you are not there for the food. Each of the 7 characters took turn entering the restaurant and you get plenty of photo opportunities close up.



Golf

Only got one round in as we did not bring our clubs (too many pieces of luggage to handle) and it’s $60 for 2 bags each round. Cart was $45 and Caddy fee $25. I tipped my caddy $40 (general rule is $15 to $30 per bag) so all in for one round is $205. I’d strongly recommend a cart as you will only need to hire one caddy (for the twosome in a cart) as opposed to 2. Plus it really was too hot to walk. The course is fast (both playing speed and ball speed – dry fairways and greens). We finished 18 holes in 3 hours since the course was practically half empty. First time golfing in the tropics and not used to seeing fallen mangos and oranges around some tee boxes. The only down side was the food we ordered from the course was overcooked and it took way too long, not to mention the price you have to pay ($7 for a sandwich when you can get food for free back at the resort).



Not about to write a book about this resort but if you want more info on any particular activities, drop me a line via email. My overall experience is above average and I would come back here again.

I shot 200 + pictures and will likely have a picture of what you are looking for. Not about to post them all but feel free to ask via email.

  • Liked — Cleaniness, lots of space.
  • Disliked — Too many steps
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: St. Ann, Boscobel, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Mary Parish > Boscobel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Boscobel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 223
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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