We stayed July of this past year with my parents, myself (21), and sister (19). We had an amazing time and enjoyed everything about the resort. We are a well traveled family (Florida, Hawaii, etc). Although we only stayed for 4 nights (I highly suggest staying for more) we did not need to leave the resort because there were always things to do and if we wanted to relax there was ample space to do that.
Just a preparation, the drive is about an hour and a half (with a stop), so if you have young children, bring snacks/activities for them to do. Although this is a long drive, it was amazing views to see the island. They say you are required to stop halfway, but if you ask your driver, he doesn't have to. We did stop at a little side of the road area, which doubled as a bar/grocery store. My mother and I had our first drink on the island. It was pretty cool ambiance.
The staff was amazing, every single person was accomodating, cheerful, and very friendly. Even the cleaning staff greeted us every morning with a smile. We truly enjoyed our trip.
We booked a Honeymoon Beach suite and there was a giant king size bed (long enough for my very tall father), pull out couch (which my sister and I could've fit on) but when we were brought to our room, the gentleman offered another cot for our comfort (which was free), and my sister said it was just as comfortable as a regular bed. As for the size of the room, it was huge and very open and spacey. The bathroom was adequate sized and we always had clean linens when we came back from the beach or pool. Some say the rooms are "worn" we most hotels you can tell have been used and this is the same, but they are very clean and to us, we didn't need a "brand new, modern" room, because honestly, the only times we were in the room was to change, shower, or sleep.
Now, for all the comments that said the beah is extremely tiny, are half truths, yes it is not seven miles of sand, but it is sugar white sand with enough space for kids to build sand castles, and their parents (or us) can either sit in the sun or shade with comfort. Also along with the size, the whole beach is "private". There is a pier on each side, blocking the "locals" from walking by and offering you their goods/drugs (like at other resorts with public beaches). I felt so secure because we were literally on our own beach. There was very little boat traffic, the only boats were when the scuba and snorkeling tours came and went and it was not choppy and no cruise ships within a large distance because you are in a bit of a cove.
Also on the beach, there was ladies either doing hair or massages which I thought was wonderful and the ladies were so nice. The great thing about it all is, you don't need to ever worry about carrying cash or credit, you charge everything on your room card and then pay at the end (so no losing wallets/cards/travelers checks).
Yes, there are stairs to be able to get from the main part of the hotel to the beach, but if you have a beach front room, it's literally 5 steps out of your room. (And for adults, there are two bars, one on each end) When you are by the pool, there are activities going on, but not all the time and it isn't always noisy. There were times when the "entertainers" were on the mics, doing trivia, etc. but then when there are no activities, it was comfortable, and you could have a nice conversation with a person. It was actually a lot of fun, because they always have prizes (bottles of rum) for the adults and "kid's packs". The swim up bar was a favorite with my whole family because my sister could share a "beverage" with us and it just added to the whole environment. The pool is very large and room for plenty of people, and if not, there is also a pool off of the water slides which doubles for a swim pool as well. The water parks were good for younger children. I am a bit of a thrill seeker, so they weren't amazing, but I'm sure if I was a first timer or a younger kid, I would have enjoyed it.
The food was all around wonderful. A lot better than cruise food. Arizona's was all of our favorites, because our family likes steaks a lot. However, Eleanors is more of a spicy, Jamaican style food. I had shrimp that was equivalent to a really hot chicken wing, but other than the heat it was really good. The buffett was great for breakfast and had different foods each day. The Venetian was Italian food and pretty much like Olive Garden with a nicer, more Rome like ambiance. The BBQ Park was nice because you could either sit down and eat or grab it and go. There was a self serve ice cream, slushie, nacho, and popcorn machines which it seemed like the other kids really liked. My sister liked it because she loves ice cream. Overall the food was very good and all the places had a wide variety to choose from.
The watersports were a lot of fun. We snorkeled and catamaraned. As a first timer for snorkeling, my dad, sister, and i had a lot of fun, however my mom is a bit claustorphobic and had a bit of trouble with the mask. She said she would've enjoyed it if she didn't have to use the flippers (she had trouble figuring out that you had to keep your legs straight). They allow children to participate and they seemed to really like it. We were also near a reef so there was no chop at all so you could relax and cruise along at your own speed.
For the adults:
There is adequate alcohol flowing everywhere and all the bar tenders were awesome. I wanted to try every drink possible and at the Appleton bar the tenders made me some of the most random but fun drinks ever. If you get the chance, have a Miami Vice, those were the best (besides the strawberry daquiris in my opinion, and the rum was the smoothest my father said he's ever had.) If you get a beach room, the Appleton is literally 10 steps away from the rooms on the one side and Arizona's is right on the other.
There is also a small bar on the beach, but no frozen drinks, just beer and basic stock.
The grounds of the resort were beautiful. The flora was beautiful and I thought it was pretty cool that most of the exotic plants had a name sign near them describing what they are. While we were there, I can vouche for myself, that I drank my fair share, but never even felt a buzz. When we got back our great grandmother told us that it was an old wives tale that below the equator, something with gravity, allows for people to drink and not get drunk. It was amazing.
We did not go off the resort, but summer of 2011, we already have reservations to go back, so we can see the island. One of the benefits is the fact that there is a desk, near the Bayside restaurant (the buffett) that is specifically for off resort trips. There is everything from scuba, swimming with dolphins, shopping trips, and anything else you can imagine. They are all available with safe transport too!
Overall this vacation was the most relaxing our family has been on. If you are a young family with young children, they will enjoy the activities and Sesame Street characters (parade every night), but even though we were older, we still enjoyed the activities, and there are always ADULT activities too. There are nannys and teen camps but we obviously didn't use them. If you are physically unable to do three flights of stairs, there is an elevator, but we felt that this change in levels added to the scenery, and we felt like we were in our own little world. On top of that, we were a bit thankful for the stairs in the end because we didn't gain any weight from all the food that was available. So if you are considering this hotel, and you're family likes to spend time together,t his resort would be a wonderful place for you to visit. It was well worth the money!!!
- Also Known As:
- Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club Hotel
- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
- Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club Hotel Boscobel
- Beaches Boscobel Hotel
- Beaches Boscobel
- Beaches Boscobel Ocho Rios
- Beaches Ocho Rios
- 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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