Beaches- the beaches were beautiful and peaceful, no need to wake up early in order to have a spot for the day! We were a big group and still always had a spot to sit. The water was clear and blue there were days where the water was nicer and others where it was less nice but all in all it was beautiful! There were a couple of rocks but it didn't bother us and if you walk further down there was no rocks. If you are planning to go on the beach early morning you might be surprised to see vendors selling crafts however if you ignore them or give them a simple no they will leave and don't bother you, however when people start arriving at the beach the vendors leave because they are not allowed at the resorts beach! The beach wasn't ideal for long walks especially if you have children under the age of 18 because they will not be able to walk past the grand since it is adults only however it is beautiful! The beach is much nicer than i expected and i have been to bahamas, cuba and many other places with fascinating beaches! The tides were low and there were practically no waves which made snorkelling that much better. There is no need to go deep to snorkel because it is very close to the water which is good for young kids who would still like to see fish. All in all the beaches were beautiful and clear with aqua blue patches they were quiet and didn't have many people on them which made it that much more enjoyable, and FYI there are no seagulls like in cuba and there are practically no mosquitos
Entertainment- this is one of the reasons why i would go back to Jamaica any day! The star friends made the trip so much more fun infact we actually cried when we left for how sad we were to have to leave some great friends and such amazing people! They are always there to brighten up your day, put a smile on your face and provide you with the activities you need to make the day enjoyable because after 2 weeks of beach and pool it can get quite boring trust me but with the different activities they have planned you will never experience a day with the same activities! The shows were alright we didn't enjoy the professionals dancers as much as when the star friends were hosting the shows! In my opinion if the star friends would host the show and perform every night they would have a bigger crowd however the dancers and singers were good too but the dances were quite repetitive! Whenever the star friends got on stage the crowd went wild they are such amazing dancers and truly know how to entertain any crowd! The tutti fruity show and ideal couple show were hilarious! I enjoyed the shows because they were quite different from the ones in cuba or Punta- Cana! From little kids to teenagers to adult everyone can have a good time at this hotel! There was a show available for kids which usually took place around 8:20pm then there was a show suitable for people of all ages which was available at 9:39pm and after that there was often activities in the blue moon lounge bar like crazy karaoke or live reggae bands which were fun for people who would like some action later on at night before bed since the shows ended around 10:15. The star friends were always ready to have a good time in the lounge bar even after a long and tiring day of work! The lounge bar usually closed at 12:00 at night. For the adult there was a disco that closed at 3:00am which we never went to because the lounge bar was just as fun and often more entertaining since the star friends were always present! There was also a mini arcade with slot machines and a pool room with a little lounge area for reading etc! I would like to say a big thank you to the star friends who made this vacation awesome i couldn't have asked for more entertainment, they were always up to something fun and were always willing to make our trip a whole lot better!Keep it up you guys are great at what you do we love you China,Sweetness,Sting-Rae , mo- mo, crazy Kenny,happy-feet, VIP, OMG, Roxy and the many others who helped entertain us! We love you guys and you are the reason we want to come back! A big hug from your canadian friends xox!!!
Food- the food was better than expected, the buffet had something suitable for every palet and was great for vedgetarians as well, it also had many healthy options if that is anyones concern, the famous jerk chicken was delicious however quite spicy! The
Buffet had a different theme ever night and always had new food to try! I am italian and the italian food was very good for buffet style especially in Jamaica! The pasta was always freshly made and the oven baked pizza was cheesy and delicious! The lunch was just as good and had more variety than the snack bar on the beach however it had less action and a more strict attire policy for after the pool and or beach! The snack bar was pretty good the only complaint that i have is that the food was the same everyday and got pretty boring after 5 days of the same food! My advice would be to alternate between the buffet and snack bar so that the options are different! However you must go to the snack bar when there is a beach bbq because the steal drums and beach view were breathtaking. The star friends are always there dancing and having a good time and are very fun to ear with! We ate with VIP, Mo-Mo and sweetness and had a great time they are hilarious! All in all the food was pretty good and the a la carte restaurants were delicious however there is not much choice on the menu compared to the buffet! I really enjoyed the breakfast because of the huge variety of foods ,there was everything you could ever think of from yogourt to smoothies to oatmeal to cereal to pastries, eggs , bacon, potatoes , toast with jam , Nutella spread and peanut butter and many more things that were delicious!
Cleanliness- I'm the type of person that is disgusted sleeping in hotels even if they are 5 stars because you never know what goes on before you go touching anything in that room! I usually sleep covered from head to toe no matter how hot it is, i even bring my own pillow cases! But this time the room was so clean i could even walk bare foot! The room was cleaned twice a day in the morning usually after we left the room and at night just before we got back. I assume that they clean the rooms at around 9:00 am and at around 7:00-8:00 pm, it all depends which floor you are on.A couple of times they came to clean the room when we were still in there getting dressed but as long as you tell them to come back shortly they will leave and come back. If you really don't want to be bothered put the don't disturb sign on the door. The only complaint i could have about the room which didn't bother me but however it did bother my family members was that the bead-sheets were a little humid but that happens at every tropical place, also around the food in the room there were a couple humidity bugs which is all normal, just remember to keep the food hidden and away from the clothes or beds if you decide to bring snacks. All in all the rooms were very clean and the service was very good we always had our room cleaned and were always able to get new towels, toilet paper etc... I also noticed that our hotel was closed al throughout meaning that the corridors were inside air conditioned which felt so nice after a hot day of sun, but at the beaches the corridors were opened so it might be hot in the hotel or maybe even in the rooms, we had this experience in cuba and let me tell you it was not pleasant sleeping in a warm room.
Others- many people said that the drinks were watered down however, if those were watered down than i don't know what it would taste like not watered down because they were pretty strong. I like that the bar tenders are always on the job, after the pool they go working inside the lobby where they close at around 1:30 am. The best part about jamaica is that they never ask for tips and don't show that they have less money than us when they really do,they definitely have more money than the staff and workers in cuba or Dominican republic because they have nice clothes and cell phones which i don't think are provided by the hotel. Even though they have those things you could tell that if only they would be able to have a life like us they would be so happy however they never show or tell you about there life back at home. They always have a smile on their fave and say " i love my job" which is so opposite from other places I've visited because they usually complain about how poor they are and how they need money and clothes which is very
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