Last year when we stayed at this resort and there was an error in our reservation. We had paid for the preferred section and they were out of preferred rooms. We were supposedly given all of the "preferred" amenities as well as a free return trip certificate for two for 6 nights, all we had to pay for was the flight. Sounded too good to be true but our return trip ended up being better than the first. Since our first visit a lot of improvements had been made to the resort and the food was better, especially the room service. It's not the best food/drinks in the world, but it's all-inclusive, and better than other all-inclusive we have stayed.
In our opinion, paying for the preferred club was worth it. Amazing view and you receive a bottle of wine, vodka, rum and brandy in our room, as well as peanut m&m and banana chips. There is also a full self-service bar in the preferred club lobby that also has food throughout the day. The food selection is not the best, but if you need a snack and a drink, you can't beat it.
Be sure to check out the jerk cooking classes. We did both the chicken and red snapper class. The red snapper class was much better and was probably one of the best meals we had during our stay. The "lessons" are very drawn out, but great when you need a break from the sun.
Our main compliant was the air conditioner in our room. Didn't seem to work consistently and made for a very warm nights sleep. Other thing is that several of the restaurants require men to wear long pants for dinner. I understand them wanting it to be upscale, but it is HOT in Jamaica. If you wear shorts you will be seated outside, which is usually cooler than the un-air conditioned restaurant.
FYI the restrooms in the room are not very private, not sure why they would use frosted glass for a bathroom door.
On the plus side the room service food was much better this time and quicker. The restaurants food was better as well and they had a new "snack bar" over closer to the St. James side (this is where the cooking classes are two days a wk) which has "American type" snacks and beer on tap that you can serve yourself.
I was also a big fan of the coffee bar, drinks all kind of taste the same, but they are all good : )
Overall we had a great time and I would recommend this resort to anyone!
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