Stayed at the Sunset Beach in October. Travelled with Sunwing on an early morning flight so we arrived in Mo Bay around 10:15am. Going through customs at the airport was fine except for a rude agent. Short trip to the resort, got there early and had to wait for a room. Knew that this might happen so we were prepared to wait a little while. We walked around the resort then had lunch and went back to check for our room around 1pm, but still was not ready. We had to wait until around 2:30 to finally get a room and were a little disappointed with it.
We stayed in the Sunrise A tower and our room really needed some TLC. Over the time we stayed there, the shower curtain rail broke and it took 3 days and several requests to get it fixed. As well the counter in the bathroom was coming away from the wall and bits of metal fell off. It got progressively worse each day, to the point where I was afraid to even touch it. Again, we informed the hotel, but nothing was done about it.
Room was kept clean and AC worked fine. Had a nice view of the bay and the beach. We were also near the main reception so luckily we got some WIFI reception in our room, which was the main reason I did not want to switch. Paid $30 US for a week of internet which was the best deal as it was around $5 per hour otherwise!!
Food was good for the most part. Lunch was a little boring most days as the main dish was always some form of chicken. We joked about what kind of chicken it would be for lunch each day. However, there was also fish and vegetarian options as well as the beach grill with yummy jerk chicken or burgers, hot dogs, nachos and fries. Breakfast and dinner was much better- fresh omlettes at breakfast and a variety of North American and Jamaican options at both meals. We had an amazing buffet on the Saturday night gala dinner and for the beach party! Italian and Asian a-la-carte restaurants were also very good.
Beach was okay depending on where you went. We always tried to find a spot close to the beach bar as the ocean near there was clearer and the sand not so rocky. There were lots of weeds though the further you went out into the ocean and some jelly fish after it rained. But overall the water was clear and nice to swim and snorkel in. Lots of beach chairs so never worries around finding any.
We only went on only 1 excursion as the prices were too high. Everything was $100 US or more per person – even a taxi to the city was $20 US each way (for a 10 min ride). I understand that people are trying to make a living, but I hate feeling that I’m getting ripped off at every turn. We did the JUTT Village tour with Larry which was really good and a good price $65 each with lunch. If you do it make sure to bring some supplies for the school kids – they have just one building (more small house) which is the only primary school in the mountain community and they are badly in need of supplies and resources.
We were on a peninsular but the stores were only about 10 minutes away by car. However, the hotel staff did not recommend walking to tourists! So options were a taxi (expensive unless you were sharing a ride) or the hotel shuttle for $10 each. The resort allowed vendors to come onto the grounds to sell so we did not have to go out and buy stuff. They were not pushy at all and seemed willing to negotiate. We did a little shopping in Mo Bay and I found people to be a bit more aggressive. Even when you said no they would keep coming at you. Prices were outrageous for most things like kids t-shirts for $24 US!! We ended up buying gifts at the airport on our way back as it was cheapest.
I enjoyed our vacation as it was restful, which is what we needed. I don’t think I will be back to Jamaica anytime soon. The Resort was a 3 star at best and we got a good deal so we were not expecting much more but we found most things in Jamaica way too expensive!
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- Consists of two 10-story Sunrise and Sunset Towers. ... more less
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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