We decided to go back to Jamaica after a 14-year absence staying at a Sandals resort before. Beaches Boscobel was a great choice for my whole family including my three teenage boys. I heartily recommend Jamaica and especially Beaches for a family. The prices to go to Jamaica are the most reasonable, much less than Cancun for example. They also have a hurricanegurantee so if that happens, you dont lose your vacation.
You arrive in Montego Bay and can relax at the Sandals lounge until your shuttle arrives. I will warn you right now, it takes about two hours to get to Beaches Boscobel and the road is under construction in lots of places. Just sit back and the driver will point out things. They also stop about halfway for a bathroom break. The shop there is much cheaper than at the resort for souvenirs. We arrived late at about midnight and the manager had dinner sent to our room. The room was large and simple, yet comfortable. A fridge was in the room stocked with all types of drinks. Air conditioning works great.
1. Guest Treatment
The strength of the resort is their staff and their treatment of guests. I cant say enough how attentive and kind the employees were to us. Everyone greets you from attendants to waitresses to pool guards. Our housekeeper was impeccable in her care of the room. We struck up great friendships with many of the employees who always stepped up to see that you were taken care of. You were showered with attention every time you ate, someone was always there to fill your glass, take an order, take your plate etc. I honestly cannot provide one negative comment on our treatment at the resort. My wife “adopted” two of the lifeguards, Germaine and Prince, who were a delight to speak to. They called us mom and dad during the trip. There are so many employees we would like to mention as so many were so kind to us.
I saw several reviews showing disappointment with the food. We found it fabulous. Waiters at each restaurant were cheery and seemed to take pride in how well they pleased you. There is something for everyone. Our children loved the informality of the BBQ Pit with jerk chicken, hamburgers and fries. There is also the Bayside Buffet where we ate breakfast and lunch that provided high assortments of different things including a smoothie bar. My wife and I particularly enjoyed Eleanors for a quiet and elegant dinner with white-gloved waiters. The food was superb. There is also Arizona’s, a tex-mex restaurant with ribs, steaks etc. “Sheriff Bill” oversees the seating and will ensure your visit runs smooth. He always had our favorite table ready for us and was a delight to get to know. The Venetian rounded out the palette with Italian dishes.
The bartenders were attentive and each had a favorite drink which ingredients were a secret. Ask for the “dirty banana”, that was my favorite, my wife liked the “bad girl”. The swim up bar at the pool is very busy. I enjoyed the pool by the buffet. One thing to keep in mind. There is no embargo on Cuban cigars and a lot of people, especially the British love to smoke those and the bar attracts those types. If you hate smoking like I do, it could be a problem.
Lots of things to do at Boscobel. One thing you have to try is the scuba diving. If you ever thought about becoming PADI certified, this is the place to do it. My entire family, even my wife, got certified. The two instructors John and Baby J were outstanding. John worked one on one with my wife including her first dive when she was real scared. He was very patient and got her to do it. The entire experience was positive and it was a great thing seeing my entire family diving together, exploring shipwrecks and coral reefs. There are several dives a day as well as snorkeling and glass bottom boat trips. Signups for these activities are a day in advance. I recommend anyone getting in to the resort get down to the waterfront and try to get on for the next day. Signups start at 8:30AM so make sure your there at 8:00AM and you’ll have no problem getting what you want. Lines are heaviest on Mondays and Tuesdays but thin out during the week. If your there by 8:00 you’ll be one of the first in line. There is also windsurfing, banana boats, water bikes, sail boats etc. you don’t need reservations for those just go down and get your vest.
If you have a teenager and they are missing, chances are they are in the Xbox room, that’s where I found mine a lot. My kids are 15 and 13 and we felt comfortable in letting them spread their wings, eat when they want and do what they want. They had a blast and we loved the relaxation. We didn’t check out the little kid stuff as our kids are older but I saw the kids doing a lot of supervised activities with Sesame Street characters.
There is a show each night, music, and games. I would say about the resort is too much American music. I love reggae and would have preferred that as the music of choice. They do play it a lot but there is also the American music as well. They did have steel drums play as well as some of the newer reggae.
There isn’t much shopping near the Boscobel. Its about 20 minutes outside of Ocho Rios and you need to take a shuttle to get to it. Items are pricey in the gift shop and there is a little market next to the resort’s water sports area. People stand at the pier and entice you to come to their shops. They are friendly though so don’t worry about any harassment. They do try to get you to buy and their prices are expensive. A no thank you will get a thank you from them. We did buy some items from them as they were so nice to us. My boys all got their hair corn rowed over there. One day a week, craft makers get to show their goods in the resort at the pool area so you can check that out. Lots of woodwork, trinkets and handmade paintings. One artist will paint what you want if you give him a few days, not a bad price too. He made an 18X24 tropical ocean scene in my color choice with palms and my family swimming for $80.
I heartily recommend this resort as well as the whole Island of Jamaica to anyone who is thinking of going there. The people are great, their culture is wonderful, I love everything there is about Jamaica!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Minutes away from the newly renovated Ian Fleming International Airport•Kids Camp with certified nannies to pamper the kids •Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV’s•Kids can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in our Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure•Adults-only El Dorado bar located on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea •A state of the art “Liquid by Beaches” Disco •Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages•Voted Beaches Resorts ‘World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive’ 14 years in a row ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
- Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club Hotel Boscobel
- Beaches Boscobel Hotel
- Beaches Boscobel Ocho Rios
- Beaches Ocho Rios