I just returned from a 5 night 6 day trip to the Iberostar Beach resort in Rosehall/Montego Bay!! My husband and i went with two other couples we are good friends with and had an extraordinary time!! This was my first all inclusive experience and i couldnt be happier. One of the couples we went with are experienced travelers who have stayed at several all inclusives and said this was one of the nicest and they would definitely return!
The food was great in my humble opinion but i am an adventurous eater and not very picky. there were several restaurants to choose from and my favorite was the Japanese hibachi (incredible!!) and the steakhouse (fabulous and my husbands favorite as well) i thought the cajun was very good too and the waiter ricardo at the cajun was the best waiter i have ever had he was so wonderful and attentive!!! the buffet was great (breakfast was my favorite buffet everyday) they had alot too choose from and also had alot of comfort food for those less adventurous eaters. I was hoping to have more native food that i cant have in new york but overall my dining experience was excellent!! we did leave the resort to go to local eateries for lunch so may i suggest scotchies jerk chicken and their "festival" which tasted alot like a zeppole its only 10 minutes from the resort and on the mainroad!
the resort was incredible!! the beach was beautiful and the water was so blue and clear even in 25 feet of water you could see straight down to the bottom!! we went parasailing which was a bit more money but worth every penny!!! it was so incredible i wish i had brought my camera up with me!! you can see the other two parts of the resort iberostar suites and soon to open vip which look incredible!! they had canoing and water sports available for free but we spent most of our time in the pool - i have seen complaints about missing pool tiles which i find humorous since the tiles are tiny only about an inch each. the pool is an infinity edge pool overlooking the beach with a swim up bar and two sections, one for the bar the other for water sports (basketball, volleyball, and free scuba dive tutorials). the pool has a deck dividing the two sections and lined with palm trees its absolutely gorgeous!!
We also did the cool runnings dunns river falls catamarran (sp?) excursion which took us scuba diving, climbing the falls, and a party boat. it was wonderful!! dunns river falls is incredible!!! i am glad we did the boat excursion though because it only took about 30 minutes to climb so it was nice to have other things to do also. if you are going to the falls bring water shoes for the climb we had to rent them from the boat and it would have been more comfortable with your own shoes, also have a disposable water camera because you will get totally soaked and cant bring your regular camera and the experience is so incredible i wish i had photos!! the falls are gorgeous!!!!
i wish we had more time to do more things they had so many exciting and wonderful excursions but it was also so wonderful to just relax at the resort!! the staff was unbelievably nice and just so incredible!! the entertainment staff were so wonderful they had so many events scheduled and worked so hard to make sure everyone was having a wonderful time!! they also spoke several languages and made it a point to learn everyones name to address you by your first name and treat you like old friends!! they definitely had something for everyone!! and the waitstaff were phenomenal!! i have to mention ricardo again because he was just so incredible!!! and of course gary the poolside bartender was fabulous!!!
the rooms were beautiful each setup like a suite with a pullout couch sitting area near the balcony. they were large with comfortable beds and the bathroom was huge. the shower was wonderful i loved the shower head its was like showering in a light tropical rain! there was a stocked refrigerator included for free with softdrinks water and beer, a coffe/tea pot, and room service for no extra charge. they were clean and so comfortable i loved it!! we had no problems checking in either and they greeted us with mixed drinks for the girls and red stripes for the boys in the main lobby while john the bellhop got our bags!! the staff was excellent in the lobby as well. when checking in my friends were teasing each other and the woman at the desk was concerned they were upset with each other and called the room later to make sure they were okay and if there was anything she could do! travel to and from the airport was all included and arranged by the hotel so we had nothing to stress out about. check out was at 12 and our flight was at 4:45 however they were so accommodating checking our bags and allowing us to hang out at the hotel and have lunch, to keep our rooms only would have been an extra $10 an hour if we chose too. they even gave us drinks to go.
they had their own club the "jammin bar" and also a kid friendly cabaret kind of club with a different performance each night. both were very nice. they also had karaoke but if you want to sing along to billy joel you'll need to bring it with you. again they had different activities at both clubs to keep you entertained and the service was excellent!!
all in all a 5 star review i would love to go back and definitely intend to try other iberostar resorts around the world!!