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“Destination Wedding & Honeymoon” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Ranked #9 of 68 Hotels in Montego Bay
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Pennsylvania, United States
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“Destination Wedding & Honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Secrets Wild Orchid & St. James in Montego Bay is wonderful! We had a destination wedding there. We had 22 guests attend our wedding. Our family and friends stayed on the St. James side. We stayed in the Wild Orchid Preferred Club. The wedding coordinators- Rocio & Simone were fabulous- very professional and helpful. Rocio was so calming and really helped the day go smoothly. The ceremony was wonderful. Terrence- the minister, was funny and kept us both calm and relaxed. The photographer and videographer (Tony & Oscar) were the best. They took great shots of us and the video is wonderful. The video is well put together and has the music we wanted in the background. The food at the wedding was delicious. Everyone loved it! We had the buffet. The DJ was also great- I think his name was DJ Blue. We sent a list of all the songs we wanted and he played them all! My sister and I went to the Spa for our makeup and hair. Evette did a wonderful job on my hair and make up! I was very happy and pleased with her work. Joyce did my sister's hair and makeup and it was also beautifully done. Our wedding was perfect! Better than I ever could have imagined!

The resort itself is beautiful. All the restaurants are excellent. Our favorites were HIMITSU (Asian Hibachi) and Bordeaux (French Cuisine). At Bordeaux there is a strict dress code- men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves. They must also wear closed toed shoes. With our group we found that it was very difficult to get seating for a large group. The breakfast buffet was great. They also had Mimosas and Bloody Mary's ready before you went in and sat down. The food here is great! In the Preferred Club it was nice to have access to snacks and the bar. Room service is available 24/7. The fried provolone was amazing. One order include 2 pieces. The club sandwich was good as well. The food is really good. You will not starve! The drinks are also delicious. We enjoyed the Rum Runners, Rum Punch, Bob Marley, Miami Vice, and of course Red Stripe!

You must try the Jerk Chicken. It was delicious! The best jerk chicken I've ever had. There is a cart in the early afternoon. There is also a cart with fresh fruit and coconuts.

The rooms were nice. The bed was comfortable and the Jacuzzi was nice to relax in. Our view from our balcony was beautiful. We didn't get a chance to use the Jacuzzi on our balcony. The room was always tidy and clean when we returned. The TV shows were great. We got to watch Friends, Seinfeld, sports, and the news.

The pools and beach were great. We spent most of our time on the St. James side since that's where our family was. The pools and beach on that side are more loud and lively. The swim up bar on the Wild Orchid side was great. They guys there made great shots and were very entertaining!

We were able to go on the snorkeling tour at the resort. It was fun- there was a big group of us and they provide all the equipment. It is a long tour so make sure you wear a life jacket. It was tiring even with one on. We did not get to kayak, but our family members did and had fun.

The entertainment was great. We hung out a lot at the Piano bar. That was very nice. The outside stage had live music- PACE band and other performers. We attended the talent show and that was great. First place receives a few nights free on a return trip! We made friends with one of the workers from the Entertainment team- Inches. He was a lot of fun and greatly added to our experience at the resort. We also invited him to our wedding. We had a great time with him!

We were able to do one excursion- Dunn's River Falls and Swimming with Dolphins. That was so much fun! I would highly recommend this excursion. The Falls were not hard to climb. Bring water shoes or you can buy them on the way to the Falls for $10. If you plan on doing this excursion I would buy a waterproof camera and bring it to Jamaica. The camera we purchased in Jamaica was not good quality and broke before the roll was finished. If you go to Dolphin Cove for swimming with the dolphins you have to ask someone to swim with the sting rays. We did not get a chance to go on the small boats or kayak.

Tips are highly appreciated in Jamaica. I would suggest that you bring down a lot of small bills. We heard from family members that the ATM surcharge was very high.

We signed up for Club Mobay at the airport. I would highly suggest doing this if you are flying out on a busy day. We left on Saturday and it was very busy. If you sign up and buy Club Mobay you get to bypass the security line and there is a nice lounge with food, drinks, bathroom, and a Spa. The only thing to keep in mind is the time of your flight and when it will board. They did not announce this in Club Mobay and we were the last two people to board our flight home!

Overall, our trip to Secrets St. James/Wild Orchid was the best! The people of Jamaica are so friendly and welcoming. We will definitely return! You will not be sorry if you come to this resort. It is well worth it. I can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

This is a great resort and value for the money. This was our first time doing all inclusive and there is a good selection of choices for any palate. There is a small area for shopping and a mini casino on sight. There is also a place to register for excursions. We did the horseback riding, we even got to go in the water with the horses. Nightlife, there is a small club like area for dancing. The beaches are gorgeous. Nice calm, clear water great for relaxing.

All in all, we had a good time, would go again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Wild Orchid is a wonderful place. The food is great (super selection for every meal) and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. Our Butler Dalton made our stay so enjoyable and worry free. Every staff member encountered was smiling and ready to help. There is food and drink (including café mochas) available at every turn. Ours was a family vacation and we are already planning a return trip in the near future. It was love at first sight.

Room Tip: The swim up rooms are fantastic.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We had a group of 60+ individuals at this resort for a 4-day conference. Great staff, great views and clean! Absolutely loved the fact that there was a guy rolling around a cart in the afternoon with fresh off the grill Jerk Chicken. And at the beach, they had these small all you can eat beef patties. I also took a Jerk Chicken cooking class where Hanif showed us exactly how to cook and Sparks gave us a language tutorial on Patwa.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

There is not one thing I could say bad about this resort it really is amazing!!! Me and my boyfriend stayed here 6/11/13 - 21/11/13. From the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty, staff couldn't do enough!! Got to our room and we were not disappointed. Very clean, modern, huge comfy bed, tv, clean bathroom with a jacuzzi hot tub couldn't conplain about a single thing. Rooms cleaned daily and sheets changed daily, every night you get a little news letter to tell you things going on each day which was a nice touch. If you order room service you can request for it to be delivered into the privacy box which is really good if you want to stay in private. The restaurants were all beautiful!! All clean and amazing food! The Himitsu restutant was our favorite ! All staff was lovely and polite and really couldn't do enough for us!! Our favorite would definalty be Stacey at breakfast!! Always there to greet us and bring us my boyfriends favorite coffee!! She was lovely and we were both sad to say goodbye!! We tried every restutant and the food staff cleanliness were all 5*! We also tried the jerk chicken cart nearly everyday only thing I can say is amazing! Fresh jerk chicken brought to you what more do you want?! The restort has a few bars and each are really nice!! We liked the piano bar of a evening which got busy on a night with a great atmosphere. I can't say enough about this hotel and it's staff we will defiantly be returning! 2 weeks of pure relaxation. The only thing I could complain about it the prices of the spa were ridiculous!! We always have. A massage when we go away but the prices for just a hour massage were way to expensive there wasn't a treatment reasonably priced which we were disappointed about. Overall we had a amazing holiday it was perfect we've missed it since the moment we got home!!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Thank Emily3x
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I must admit I liked the unexpected greeting from the bellman "welcome home" and the glass of rum punch while checking in with Renae. Everyone is so friendly. We made friends quickly with the concierges Antoinette and Kimberly and Bernadette who manages the gift shop. The bartenders at the Sugar Reef bar are the best especially Alvin. He had no problem making my special request "lemon drop" martini. The beach is beautiful. They have plenty of chairs at the pool and beach areas. This is a big resort since both Wild Orchid and St James are on the same property and share restaurants, pools and bars. If you like coffee you must stop at CoCo's. They make the best hot and cold coffee. I'll even compare it to Starbucks. Don't miss the Jamaican Jerk chicken cart. The cart/cook comes out about 11 am and is out on the sidewalk between the beach and poolside. It's delicious! If you are used to a lobby that you walk in and it overlooks the ocean ...well this resort is not set-up like that. It's very closed-end. The rooms themselves are very nice. I have no complaints about accommodations, except you cannot change the temperature in the room. That was a problem for me since I like to sleep with the room cold. The bed is comfortable and I loved the pillows.
I did like the outdoor stage area and the entertainment particularly the steel band. They were incredible. Don't forget shopping on Hip Street. And ask the concierges to get Lincoln with Juta as your private driver. He took us shopping and he took us on a day trip to Negril. He was great and we were very comfortable with him especially since we were a mother and daughter traveling alone.

Room Tip: This resort has 5 levels. We were in room 2533. You must keep the curtains closed during the day whi...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

It was my daughter's wedding, why we went. Arrived Saturday, the wedding was Wednesday
We sat at the pool, our day was made by the best server ever, Kadisha,Tia Maria
Blue, Happy Feet, they made our day. ( I'm sure I've forgotten someone, the staff is fantastic, all of them,)Food was great, everywhere. The wedding was magical, thanks to my daughter's planning and the great staff.rooms are great, BEDS ARE SO COMFY!!! The only thing is the WiFi charge is OUTRAGEOUS, $25.00 per day. YIKES!!!
Anyway we all had a terrific time, will come back. YAH MON!!!!!!

Room Tip: The kid's rating is wrong, no one under 18. So there are no kid's activities
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Address: Lot 59A | Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#7 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#9 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#10 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#13 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 350
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