We came to Montego Bay for a destination wedding. My first impression was the hotel had this older, quaint feel to it. Quite different from the modern, huge, overpowering resorts that are all over the place these days. The first person to greet us was Monsieur LaPlante, the bellman. I immediately realized that he spoke French, and throughout the week we conversed in French. Such a sweet man. He took us to our room and we got settled in. My roommate and I liked the room. It was spacious, clean and best of all, we had an ocean view. Again, it wasn't modern and there were a few issues, which I will touch on later. The staff at the front desk, Peta-Gaye, (I think that's her name) in particular was professional and accommodating. The thing that struck us about this place was how friendly everyone was. Not just fake friendly but genuinely nice. A big shoutout to Shanika, our dining room server who always had a smile for us. She is an amazing person - we love you girl! We also love our amazing, funny and entertaining bartenders, Presley Jackson, Stainton and a few others, who made sure we got what we wanted each night. The ladies who cleaned our room daily when we were out, were amazing too. The executive chef, (I forget his name) was such a pro! The food was Jamaican food, just what I wanted. I didn't want to go all that way just to eat Canadian food, and I got my wish. The executive chef asked us what we wanted and we were able to put in personal orders. He had them make peanut porridge for me one morning because I said I had never had it. They also made cornmeal and plantain porridge for my roomie and one day we ordered escovitch fish and bammy for lunch. The food was one of the best parts of the trip! I got home and realized I had gained 4 pounds. This never happens - I always lose weight when I go to all inclusive resorts because I hate the food! The beach was literally across the street. It is a private beach and so cute. The water was warm. The beach was just right for us. Not too big, but then again, the hotel is still under renovation so it was not filled to capacity. The airport is five minutes from the resort, and when sitting on the beach you can watch the planes come in and land. The wedding was so gorgeous. It was by the sea, with lovely decor, and delicious food. I can't say enough about it. The only negative was because we stayed in a section of the hotel that was not yet renovated, our ac broke one night and partially flooded our room. We were moved to another room, which was not as nice as the original one but having only two days left at that point, it was fine. The showers were great, but the water took a while to drain, which was a little annoying because I had to make sure I cleaned the tub out before my roomie used it. We also lost our ocean view when we changed rooms. All in all, it is a gem of a resort, perfectly located on the hip strip which is busy, but in a good way. I loved the hubbub outside. I didn't feel isolated like I normally do at other resorts. We met the owner on our last day there - lovely man, and he said they hope to finish renovations by the end of the year and for us to come back again to check it all out. I would definitely go back, if only to see the wonderful people that we met there; it would be worth my while. Thank you for a great time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our all-inclusive resort which features lush tropical gardens and a private beach across the road, is located in Montego Bay, the tourism capital of Jamaica. We are conveniently located just 5 minutes from the Donald Sangster International Airport and walking distance to Montego Bay's exciting Hip Strip. Our Jamaican owned and operated family resort allows guests to experience warm Jamaican hospitality, culture and cuisine in a family friendly environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seagarden Beach Hotel Montego Bay