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Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

Keswick, Virginia
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Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

We are going to Jamaica Oct 1 - Oct 6 but can't decide where to stay. We have been to Negril before, so we were thinking of staying in Montego Bay, or somewhere between there and Ocho Rios. But the resort I like best is in the other direction, between MB and Negril - Grand Palladium. We want to go to Dunns River Falls.

Any suggestions on where to stay would be greatly appreciated!! I have the best prices at Royal Decameron MB, Grand Palladium, RIU MB, Breezes Resort & Spa Trelawny. Of course there are good and bad reviews about all of them. Thanks for your help!

suz
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1. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

I love RDMB - smaller place, but good food and great location - I have heard good things about Breezes Trelawny - If you want to do Dunns and head towards that side, did you look at Royal DeCameron Club Caribbean? Also not sure if you are adults only or not, but Club Ambiance would be another lower cost option

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2. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

It will just by my husband and I. But we don't care if there are kids around. I did look at both of those. There are just too many to choose from!!

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3. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

Can anyone also tell me how long the trip is from the Airport to Grand Palladium AND from the ariport to Dunns River? Thanks!

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4. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

the Grand Palladium is 45 minutes west of Montego Bay. Dunn's River Falls is 1 1/2 hrs east of Montego Bay.

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5. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

Do you all think RIU MB is worth the extra $200 that it costs over Royal Decameron MB? Might rule out Grand Palladium.

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6. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

I am having a hard time deciding b/c I don't want to be disappointed. Having stayed at Beaches Negril and Sandals Royal Bahamaian (in Nassau), I like those places a lot! But the Sandals/Beaches resorts are much more expensive than these others! Thanks again for all the help!

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7. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

We loved Couples Negril having been to Sandals Montego Bay, Couples is the place we will return too!

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8. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

If you've stayed at Sandals and Beaches you will be disappointed with the likes of Breezes Trelawny. Been there, no thanks. Spend a bit more up front, go to Couples, either Tower Isle or Sans Souci and your visit to Dunns Falls will be included with your stay along with a lot more. Cat cruise, golf green fees, shopping trip, Margaritaville. What you spend tipping and paying for the excursions at many of the resorts you listed will easily make up for the cost difference on the room. Both have amazing service, food, rooms and no kids allowed, Couples only.

Edited: 26 July 2011, 04:19
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9. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

thanks marnieToronto! I just checked out those places, wow they are nice. But a lot more than we were looking to spend. I do like all of the extra tours that are included. We would do them all. I just wonder how much they cost and if it's really worth it to spend that much more.....this is making deciding even harder. But I just don't want to be disappointed with where we stay. I will mark Breezes Trelawny off my list though. Do you know anything about RIU Ocho Rios or Royal Decameron Club Caribbean?? I really appreciate your help!

Thanks!

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10. Re: Can't decide where to stay!! Help!

Breezes Trelawny is the complete opposite of a Sandals or Beaches. It is what it is. A 3* (barely) family resort with a nice beach for the area but nothing like a beach of Negril or Nassau. However it also is less then 1/2 the price of Beaches/Sandals.

We are returning to Trelawny for our 4th visit in a couple of weeks for a family reunion. While this is NOT our resort of choice it is a compromise that DH and I can afford to take 20+ people without breaking the bank. We would not consider staying there if it were just the two of us.

Take a look at Ibeostar Beach Rose Hall as well. This may fit into a more budget minded price range.

If you want to go a bit higher then I highly recommend Couples Resorts, The Jewel or maybe Breezes Runaway Bay.

There are a lot of options our there. If you go with a 3* property that is GREAT! Just keep in mind that it will NOT COMPARE to a Beaches. IME that is where people become upset and disappointed in vacations. They pay for a Ford Escort but expect a Cadillac Escalade.