Wagwan? Let me tell you wagwan....yes I know Jamaican thanks to all of you at the lovely and beautiful Caribbean location in Jamaica.
What can I say about the Grand Rose Hall, it's near perfection for an "all inclusive". Here is the breakdown of our week at IB Grand Rose. First off we were an entire "immediate family" oh wait, not just my family but everybody who works on staff their became part of the family. We were 6 of us, 2 kids 22 & 24, my husband and I (50's) and my folks (78 & 80). There really was something for all of us to do during the day as well as at night.
The IB has this so down that you really don't move a muscle all week unless you're going zip lining, playing Bocci, dancing, or raising your arm to your mouth at the pool bar. Upon arrival cold towels and mimosa's.
We were given a pamphlet upon check in and than were told that our butler would be up to tell us all about the hotel, make reservations, give us the lay of the land, etc.
Thank you to Okeine, yes he was fabulous. Got us champagne, fruit and drew a bubble bath/jacuzzi 2 of the nights. We asked for the "daytime" activities and every night he slipped it under our door. He really was fabulous!.
During the day, so many activities. Thank you Bubbles (sister from another mother)! She was one of the greatest (besides the others) who motivates you to play or partake in what is going on in the hotel outside during the day and evening as well. Bocci Ball, Zumba, cooking paella lessons on the beach, learning how to dance Jamaican style (disaster for me!) no matter what it was they never pushed but always friendly smiling and just FUN to be around!
At night, buffet is fabulous and so is the staff. The 4 restaurants are good too. Men need to wear pants and not shorts. So remember to pack a pair men!
HINT: 1. Upon arriving due your homework and figure out what nights you want to eat at what restaurant and make reservations prior to arriving or the day you arrive your butler can. If not, you might be forced out of a time, or can't get into a restaurant of your choice.
2. Vegetarians, tell your butler ahead of time so that the kitchen can staff and fill your need accordingly. We didn't and one night it took almost 2 hours. Wasn't fun, total misunderstanding.
Okay, most important is your swim-up bar. Wesley, Orville I can go on with the entire list. So friendly, so much fun and so entertaining. Have them make you up a Bob Marley or a Jamaican smile, you'll be smiling and just have one, trust me on this!
Another note: Tipping is not necessary BUT these people become your friends and bend over backwards for you, SO bring extra cash and take care of them. They don't beg they don't ask, but they so deserve it. One day at the bar I said I didn't have any change on me. Orville turned around and said "I don't care, I just want you to have a good time". They are all so sweet. They do become a family member you leave behind but no you're going to come back.
Do not forget to go up to the gym and most necesarrily the spa. Treatments are fabulous, staff is just as courteous and friendly as the rest of the entire hotel. Go try all the whirpools and saunas too. Especially the Rustic. It was a blast.
OK, onto excursions. The Appleton Estate is fun, but it gets hot. Mystic Mountain and Bob Sledding do NOT miss. The view in itself is incredible. YS Falls, pretty and bring your change, these people won't let you just jump in, they give you gloves, explain how and take your picture. Dunns River Falls, fabulous! Go into town to the Hip Strip, Margarittaville. REMEMBER: Tourism IS how they make their money. Be generous! There are more excursions not to miss but definitely not enough time, you're on vacation and there is plenty to do back at hotel too.
If you feel the need to go off premises to eat, do not miss The Boathouse Grille, just incredible. For authentic Jamaican Food you know Scotchies is a must! The Pelican is good too. So much more to write about. Not enough time. Can you tell I loved this vacation and ready (and willing) to go back. Ya Mon!
Oh please try the bread fruit...so delicious so glad I can get it back in New York and if you need a driver, please go out to the front and ask the guys to get you a taxi. Their all great, BUT George M (can't find his business card) to thank him and tell him we miss him already. One of the greatest guys in Mo'Bay! Hope this review helps you to finalize where to go and what to do! Sharon W.
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