I stayed here for a weekend in 2009 with another female friend for a weekend. I just forgot to put a review up. Actually, since I had such a great time at Club Ambiance, I decided to come back to Jamaica. The staff is what really made this stay great. They were fun and really nice. A lot of them were the same age as I am and they recommended a lot of activities for someone in their early 20's. My friend and I were more of less going to relax. We were stressed from work and needed to unwind.
Most of our time was spent on the beach and snorkeling. My only real complaint is they made us wear life jackets when snorkeling. Which hindered me when swimming. I am excellent swimmer in real life and found the jacket was pulling me back with each wave. But I understand they do this for insurance reasons. I was glad that one of the snorkeling staff, was understanding and waited for me when I struggled. He commented he cannot swim with a life jacket on either. Other then that it was a great experience.
I am a big fan of the food on the island. I find at most of the hotel and resorts the food is pretty pure and natural. Close to what I eat at home. I actually loved the deserts. But most people from Canada or the USA would find them not sweet enough. I loved them. The coconut ice cream they served was AMAZING!
The beach was amazing. It was just a good place to sit back and relax. Keep in mind if you are a westerner and want to go off the hotel, you will be viewed as an wallet to the locals. They will try to sell to you. Just be polite. Selling to the tourist is apart of the culture here and people are trying to make a honest living. I've had to remind many American and Canadians this. Since, many complained about this while in Jamaica. You find this is the case in most other then, 1st world countries. And yes, the locals can always tell people coming from north America. But show them differently and engage a bit about them. When you do, you find the locals are people just like you.
I would totally stay at Club Ambiance in a heart beat. It's a quaint and quiet resort. Most people would probably find this hotel to be a dump. People who are use to more north American accommodations. However, this is considered a pretty nice place in third world countries like Jamaica. Which I personally love Club Ambiance. Just keep in mind, do not expect American accommodations unless, you are staying in a place like Sandals. This hotel is more for the "adventurous" types, looking for a more down to earth and true to Jamaica stay. You stay here to spend time on the beach and get in touch with the the warmness Jamaicans offer.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
- Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
- Resort All Inclusive Ambiance
- Club Ambiance Jamaica/Runaway Bay
- Club Ambience Jamaica