-Arrived at Resort, lined up in a short line to check-in, one of the staff members came over with a tray of ice filled glasses of fruit punch for those in line to cool off with a yeah-mon and a smile.. (Nice touch felt welcomed right off the bat)
Check-in was smooth, got our wristbands for the all inclusive, room not ready as we arrived at 12:30pm and check-in is 3pm, "no problem" the staff put our suitcases along a watched area wall, we pulled out some swim gear and suntan lotion, changed in the lobby restrooms and headed off to the pool, swam until 4:30pm went back to the front desk and room was ready.
-Room: Was just right for 3 adults and 1 child, a little tight, but hey how much time are you really in your room? Room was spotless clean, 42 inch LCD flat screen with DTV satellite, Ice box with spare cups,tea and coffee along with a small kettle. Closet with hangars and 1 dresser, iron and iron board in closet, safety box with key and lock provided upon check-in. Bathroom standard with sink, tub and shower, Balcony nice size (ocean-view room on 8th floor building A we had was breath taking view and amazing sunsets).
-Resort grounds: 4 pools, 1-water park theme with 2 fun water slides, lazy river, a lifeguard on duty from 10am when the slides are turned on until they close at 6pm he sits right beside the exit of the slides monitoring every kid or adult that comes down into the water. Both my kids loved this pool the most, the wife and I loved it too, deck chairs and large umbrellas to be had everywhere....The other pools were 2 separated swim up bar pools and 1- volleyball pool, again lots of chairs and umbrellas to be had. The beach was broken off into different areas, all with shaded huts or tree lines for a break from the sun when needed, again lots of chairs to be had. Bring water shoes for the beach as the shore was a bit rocky. Snorkeling gear is available on the beach, lots of reefs to explore right on your beach, fish to see everywhere other water activity's also available, There were 3 bars accessible from the beach and the pools one was at the far end of the beach in a hut.
Also on the grounds were a putt-putt course, over sized chess and checkers, full indoor gym for those that wanted to workout, no working out for us, but the equipment looked very new and great layout. Tennis courts were at the front of the resort.
One little store for snacks and drinks, also had suntan lotion, Tylenol etc... Beside that there was a gift shop with some nice shirts, hats. crafts etc...
The buffet area was very large with lots of seating, 3 other restaurants that had to be booked included Italian(good food), Asian and Jamaican. **Dinner attire
There were 3 main bars open at different times of the day and night pending where the entertainment was that night. There was also a little room with a few slot machines (that we went to twice at night and won a few bucks) there was also a pool table.
-Food: Buffet breakfasts were amazing, fruit, cereal, omelet and eggs station made to anyway you like them, pancakes & french toast made fresh by the batch at another station, sausage, bacon, hash-browns,
scrambled eggs, Jamaican specialties. Toast, bagels, cream cheese, tons of pastries, morning cakes etc.. Orange juice, pineapple juice, fruit punch,coffee tea.. Let me add that there was also a coffee machine that made cappuccinos, lattes and more... The lattes were good.....started every morning at 7am with one of those..
Buffet lunches, were again really good, fresh made sandwiches, wraps, burgers, lots of salads, fresh fruits, pastries, sweets and cakes etc...
Buffet dinners, mixed selections to choose from, (if I give this resort a 98% grade the 2% was lost because of this) the food was really good for dinners, but the kids just don't have the acquired taste for a lot of the evening offered food, though there was a special area for kids meals, my little girl on a few nights Jamaican food nights) didn't want spaghetti and meat sauce or pasta and fries etc... it wasn't that big of a deal as she ate plenty throughout the day, but that would be where some non- spicy burgers or hotdogs or even cold sandwiches for the kids would have come in handy. But here's how great this resort was, one of the chiefs had seen my wife struggling with my daughter for something to eat, he left his station fired up the grill and made her a grilled cheese and fries.. "Respect" For the most part there was always chicken in really good sauces,beef, pork, (jerk style) variety of rices, vegetables, salads, breads, amazing deserts, for my wife, son and I the dinners were really good.
Snack Area, was open at 10am closed again at dinner time and re-opened at 10pm until 1am serving burgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, jerk chicken, nachos and the best fries I've ever had. There was a soft ice cream machine vanilla and chocolate and a soft drink machine for pops and cold water also...
-Service: All the Sunset Resort staff were really nice, polite and friendly. we know it said "no tipping" but we just had to shoot a few bucks here and there for those that went out of their way for us, or just were doing their job and making us feel welcome.
Maids were fantastic, each day our room was spotless, the little things that jumped out were my daughters stuffed dog always propped up on pillows of the made bed... We always noted the little things.....:)
-Entrainment : Each night the bands were really good, lots of variety, reggae, calypso, steel band, limbo etc.. Fun and games all day, crab races, the daily board by the entrance to the buffet gave you the line-up from 8am until 10pm..
-Tour Desk : Right in the resort, very helpful, book anything to do in Jamaica right there..
-Photographers: The Resort have staff walking around taking pictures of families and couples day and night with props etc.., then you could go to the photo hut and pick out pictures you liked to purchase. We bought few too many but the slots my wife won on paid for those ;)...
All in all, fantastic Caribbean holiday in Jamaica, Sunset Beach in Montego Bay won't disappoint you!
*Get an oceanview room, the sunsets and view of the mountains were pure tranquility and second to none
*The Water slide/Lazy river pool was perfect for the kids and us, we were there everyday.
I took the time to post this review for two reasons, one, for those like us that were going in circles where to stay in Jamaica and two because this was the family resort I thought it would be....
Booking a vacation can be a tough thing to do, especially when you have never been to the destination and the confusion and frustration sets in...... We recommend this resort for families.
Thank You Sunset Beach Mo-bay Jamaica for a vacation to remember.....
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Resort Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Montego Bay
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Montego Bay
- Beach Resort Sunset
- Sunset Beach Resort And Spa Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Resort Montego Bay Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Jamaica
- Montego Bay Sunset Beach Resort