We arrived yesterday! I am traveling with just myself and my. 6 year old son so figured I would more than likely have some time in the evenings for a live trip report. Background on us my son is a Jamaica veteran with 7 trips under his belt, me a little over 40 ( both in age and number of trips ha ha)
Used arrival sevice for club mobay. Was a bit useless due to there being absolutely no lines in I migration. I have been on the same flight arriving on a Saturday and waited in immigration well over an hour so it was a risk I was willing to take. Transfers were with reggae tours and as always it was great to see George, clean vehicle and friendly driver Jeffrey got us here safely. What more can you want?
Check in was a bit of a disaster, it was extremely busy when we arrived at 2:00. We had booked a one bedroom water view suite which includes in room checkin. Since our room wasn't ready yet (check in isn't until 3:00 so to be expected) the in room checkin is kind of a mute point. Since our room wasn't ready I stopped in the kids club to check it out. Let me preface this by saying with the exception of FDR resort with the nanny service I have never been able to get my son to go to the kids club at a resort in either Jamaica or several in Mexico. I don't know what it is about Lorna in the JRB kids club but he immediately took to her and before I knew it I was signing him in. Thirty minutes later I was down at the pool and I see him playing in the pool having a water balloon fight with the kids and ounselors having the time of his life. Well done JRB.
We finally got in our room aroun 4:30 ish and it was worth the wait. We were upgraded one level to a one bedroom beachfront plunge pool room. Ground floor as requested. My kid is in heaven. What we lose in some privacy.....it's room 1010 right on the corner by the back of the buffet we make up for in convenience. Quiet pool right in front if us, beach just steps away and convenient to lobby. Love it. Room is in good shape and everything is in working order. Our butler hamantro brought us to the room and took our requests for the mini bar.
After some more pool time we got ready for dinner. At this point we were both pretty exhausted from being up since 3am so we went to the buffet and had a salad, then left there and had a grilled cheese at the grill. When we went back to the room, our butler checked on us and when I mentioned we were going to find some dessert he offered to get it for us. Came back with ice cream and a mocha cake. I love this man. My husband is in jeopardy of being replaced.
This morning we of course were up at 5:30. I made some coffee and we spent a few hours in the plunge pool. Ordered pre breakfast at 7 and sat on our patio and enjoyed the novelty off it as well as the view. I mixed up mimosas with the orange juice and champagne from the mini bar. Aaaaahhhh.
A request to the butler for an early cleaning of our room as I anticipate early nap time hast been granted and the room is being cleaned as we speak. The child requested to go to the kids club....I just about fell over and I am relaxing on the patio.
Having been to this resort in the early 90's and then a few times since then the improvements are remarkable. I love the resort feel vs big hotel feel and the employees are SO friendly. So far I am impressed with the jewel experience and I came with relatively high expectations.Edited: 10:46 am, July 28, 2013