We just returned from Club Ambiance (April 22 –28, 2009); we stayed in Honeymoon Suite 4 and loved it! We found this to be an outstanding resort for relaxing, unwinding and recharging the batteries. Here you can do as much or as little as you want. We want to say hello to all of our Trip Advisor Friends and to our new friends as well (we did make it home).
For our transportational needs, we hired a private driver, Paul Williams, and he was excellent. The airport can be busy so expect delays. The drive to the resort is easy (one hour) and Paul is a wonderful guide (stop at Discovery Bay to see Columbus landing point and enjoy a cold Red Stripe)
We could repeat in detail many of the same wonderful things that are already posted here but why take up the space. Yes, the rooms are clean, the staff is very friendly, the food is outstanding, the grounds are small but very well maintained, the beach is very small and the readily accessible seawater is only about knee deep. The breakfest foods are outstanding and the staff will go out of their way to get you anything you want (including ice-tea upon request) and that lovely syrup for the great American pancakes (if you are really nice to them you get fresh fruit as well). The main dinning room is excellent for all meals and an optional location for lunch and dinner, the Terrace Club is available and offers grilled lunch items such as chicken wings, hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and sides (no extra charge) and al-a-carte steak/lobster dinner ($30 US per/person) in nice open air facility.
The hotel attracts a varied and eclectic group of singles, couples, young, middle aged and retired guests from all over the globe (mainly Great Britain, Canada, and the US) and that is truly the main attraction of this resort. You can enjoy private moments or join in lively conversations, there are activities, sports, dancing and there are wonderful lounges, palapas and hammocks for quite times. The beach scene is as mixed as the guests; nude, semi-nude, sometimes nude, fully covered, etc. The one thing we noticed is, no one really pays any attention to the variances. Maybe the United Nations could take a lesson here.
The resort is one hour from Montego Bay International Airport by car (some buses take longer) and about 20 minutes from Ocho Rios. Runaway Bay is a relative rural area with very little attractions immediately adjacent to the resort (yes there are some local bars and even an exotic dance club directly across the street from Club Ambiance). Local shopping is very limited, even though a young man known as Ziggy does run a small roadside shanty that sells basic tourist items such as wraps, shirts and hats. There is a grocery and liquor store well within walking distance. The roadway is nice, complete with paved sidewalks. The locals are friendly, not pushy and except questions.
The Honeymoon Suites (also noted as Deluxe Rooms) are standard US style hotel rooms located in the center (main section) of the resort directly above the main dinning room. Other than when the entertainment shows are going on (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM) the rooms in this area is very quite. There were no bugs in our area and we did not get any mosquito bites when we ventured out at night. The disco is fun and is also located in the main portion of the resort (but it is well insulated and the rooms are not effected by the music).
The pool is nice, it is kept very clean and the poolside bar is convenient (not a swim-up bar). The hot tub/Jacuzzi is nice; it is located on the opposite side of the resort from the pool near the Terrace Club and Coconut Bar; it is very comfortable and relaxing and the temp is just right for the tropical environment (nightly dips are also permitted). Bars are well-staffed but a little slow with service but you really will not notice after you get your watch set to island time. Mostly Jamaican rum, Canadian Club and some Russian vodka and, of course, Red Stripe (and only Red Stripe) are served somewhere from 10:00 AM to at least 2:00 AM. The bars work on a rotational basis with the main gathering point being Coconuts (center of resort near beach and Terrace Club) starting at 10:00 AM. The Legends Bar (end of pier and great setting for sunsets) opens at 5:00 and is staffed until near 9:00. Entertainment area is next to Coconuts Bar, with a nice open-air stage and sitting area, and runs to 11:00 most nights. Disco (with bar) normally opens at mid-night and is open as long as the guests want to dance and party (dress is causal, as much or as little as you want - check informational boards in dinning room for daily and evening planned events and themes).
If you have any specific questions or some other information is needed that you don’t see here or in other reviews, just send us a private message (IonicCpl) and we can answer most everything about the resort and activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shuttle Bus service attract an extra charge. Airport Transportation attract an extra charge. Free internet service only in lobby area. ... more less
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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