We were at Tryall for a wedding. It's a pretty resort geared mainly towards golfers.
-- As with most Caribbean resorts, the grounds are beautiful.
-- Right on the beach, and in March, there were few others there outside of our wedding party. No problem getting spots at the beach to lay out.
-- For the most part, the staff is helpful and ready to assist you, however they may be sometimes on "Jamaican time."
-- Food in the Beach Club is delicious. We did not have a bad meal there.
-- Our villa (Calypso) had a well maintained pool.
-- Usage of the charge cards and payments at end of your stay is helpful. The resort takes American dollars which is also helpful.
-- The wedding services provided that we attended were nothing short of gorgeous. Rehearsal dinner buffet, the wedding calypso band, and the set up for the wedding itself was beautiful. I was not part of the planning for it, so I do not know how much was created by the bride/groom, but as an attendee, I attribute this all to Tryall -- it was absolutely gorgeous.
-- We stayed in Calypso, and have a feeling we got the short end of the stick villa-wise. Having visited other villas ours appeared basic and overly simple. Other larger villas and some smaller (Roundhouse, Sundance) seemed heads and shoulders nicer than ours. Our amenities and furnishings were also outdated in comparison to the other villas.
-- The bathroom was layout was frustrating in the villa - you couldn't use the sink without shutting the door.
-- The usage of the villa house staff is also confusing. We had a less-than-helpful Butler/ head of house, that made the whole ordeal uncomfortable. It seemed he was unhappy from the start and was even less happy when we let him know that there was no hot water in our villa. It seemed there was a hot water heater issue but there was little ability to communicate with him so we accepted the lukewarm-to-cold baths if we were not the first (of 8 people) to take a shower in the entire villa.
-- The on-site grocery price gouges like nothing I have ever seen. Coming from NYC and prepared for high prices, the cost for groceries was unacceptable. $6 for butter, $3 per apple. Etc. Considering there was not enough explanation as to eating options and we were forced many times back to this grocery store, we were not happy.
-- I do not like the idea of the cooking staff. This could be a personal preference but it seemed that we were forced to use this service and our options for eating outside of it were not properly explained. It was not clear the costs for the staff to buy food, versus us using the grocery. They would do better providing a menu of options with costs associated for the in-villa meals.
-- Golf carts are a precarious way to get around, and when it rains, this is not very fun.
-- Free kayaks, the water trampoline and 1 paddleboard (for the whole resort?) were nice additions... but nothing was explained to us. Were there other excursion/ sporting options available that we were not aware of?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive Caribbean country club resort, spread out over a lush 2,200-acre property on the quiet, pristine north coast of Jamaica.Add an 18th-century Georgian Great House, a celebrated golf course, a state-of-the-art tennis center and a white-sand beach. Complete the picture with 69 villas, all privately owned, tastefully decorated, and fully equipped with a welcoming staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tryall Club Hotel Sandy Bay
- Tryall Hotel Montego Bay
- Tryall Resort Montego Bay
- Tryall Club Jamaica/Sandy Bay