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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Ranked #11 of 61 Hotels in Montego Bay
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Toronto, Canada
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“Snorkeling at Secrets”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

Snorkeling at Secrets is great fun, especially if you have your own gear. Watersports runs free guided snorkel trips, meaning you swim out to the reef following a guide on a kayak. They supply the gear, including life jackets if you like. We did this the first day then just swam to the reef early each morning on our own. Later in the day the boat traffic and waves made snorkeling difficult. We did not pay to go on the boat snorkel trips.

The reef is huge and wonderful. The swim is about 200 yards out and takes about 5 minutes from the swimming areas. It is shallow most of the way and only about 10 feet deep near the reef. When you get to the far edge of the reef, it may be 20 feet deep.

The fish are small and not too exciting. We did see lots of immature parrotfish and tangs. We saw few mature fish, few trumpetfish. Damselfish and chromis and hamlets were abundant. We snorkeled every day and saw only one flying gurnard, one eel, one barracuda, and one trunkfish. The only stingray, which we saw was in the evening, when we were looking down into the bay near the outdoor stage.

There were lots of moon jellyfish. They are not supposed to sting but you may get a rash from touching them. Watersports staff were catching and burying them.

Room Tip: We liked 2223 overlooking the pool on the second floor because we did not have to take the elevator...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

Great 7 night vacation at Secrets Wild Orchid. We have mostly been to all-inclusives in Cancun and Riviera Maya ... we were surprised to find that Jamaica and Secrets Wild Orchid exceeded all previous experiences. The people are really friendly and if you speak English there is no language barrier.

We debated Wild Orchid versus St. James ... they are both part of the same property. All of the property is relaxing and not a "wild" atmosphere ... you can participate in activities or not; however, the Wild Orchid pool area seemed to be a little more active than the St. James side, although the Barefoot Beach area is directly in front of the St. James pool area.

As others have mentioned, there are plenty of lounge chairs both at the pools and on the beach; however, if you want a particular spot (which we did), I recommend grabbing some towels from the towel shed and putting them on your lounge chairs before 8:30am (then go to breakfast and come back).

Restaurants: World Cafe is the daily buffet breakfast and is very good (made to order omelettes and eggs were our favorite); Bordeaux (surf & turf, house salad, lobster bisque); Portofino (pork with potato cakes; grilled tuna); Friday nights are surf & turf night at the World Cafe (lobster tails on the grill); Himitsu japanese (the hibatchi grill was just OK, and they'll hurry you out; you can get a table away from the hibatchi and take your time). Dinner dress code: slacks for men, if you want to eat inside, shorts are OK if you eat outside (all restaurants have indoor & outdoor dining, and only Bordeaux has air conditioning). And yes, the Jerk Chicken cart that comes along by the pools/beach area is a must!

Nightly Entertainment: this was one of the best surprises of the resort ... entertainment was really, really fun ... no so much that it was all super professional, but just super fun ... the people heading up the entertainment make it lots of fun and obviously enjoy their work. The music was good (indoor and outdoor), although the indoor was too loud for our tastes. They had a guest talent show one night, and the winner got 5-free nights at Secrets on a return trip! There was some great talent (all singers) the week we were there.

The spa: we went 3 times (two times for couples 80-minute aromatheraphy massages and once for 25-minute neck,shoulders,back massages). The 80-min massages were THE best ... and the facility is very nice. Go an hour early and enjoy the spa facilities (sauna, steam room, hot tub, plunge pool, etc).

The resort location is an easy 15-20 minute ride from the airport (maybe 5 miles away), and it is a very secure location on a peninsula in the bay. There were two gates to pass through to get into the resort which gave us a great sense of security. We encountered no one soliciting any goods/services on the beach, as locals cannot get there. On Wednesday evening they did bring some local vendors onto the property and we purchased some nice bracelets and necklaces (prices are negotiable).

There is an outdoor, covered recreation area with 2 ping pong tables and 4 pool tables as well as a large chess set. Next to that is a nice little coffee shop (included in your price) and then some shops (the prices are high, even higher than the airport gift shops).

We did tip here and there, and it was appreciated; however, there was no expectation of tips.

Our room (#2309) was on the 3rd floor, corner room looking directly out to the beach straight ahead and then over toward the restaurants to the left corner (see pictures). We did not upgrade to the Preferred Club and did not feel that we missed out on anything. The regular Wild Orchid area has a larger pool and is a more active area, which we wanted. We did pay for a week of wi-fi ($90 for 7 days purchased through their business center, or $15 per day if you purchase single days), and it worked pretty well (a little slow at times, but not too bad) ... and it was cheaper than using our phones and incurring international charges (we wanted to keep in touch with home and office).

All in all, a great trip and we would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Almost all rooms are ocean view, except some of the side rooms on the first floor (blocked by trees...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

We had such a great time here! Our room was very clean, service was awesome, great food selection, and overall perfect!!
There was always an activity to join if you wanted. The night entertainment was exceptional!
We visited the spa twice! Great massages and a wonderful experience all around!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

My husband and I just spent a week at Secrets Wild Orchid and had a great experience. We enjoyed the scenery, with blue water and white sands. The staff is extremely friendly and eager to help. The room had an ocean view of the entire bay. We definitely look forward to returning to Secrets Wild Orchid!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Kelly M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

We stayed at secrets for 10 nights and couldn't fault a single thing! From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave you are treated like royalty. Staff are so friendly, the hotel and grounds are kept immaculate and the food is gorgeous! We would deffinatly return :)

  • Stayed September 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2012

We visited this property for work in September and was by far my favorite resort of them all. It was elegant, modern, clean, beautiful, good location, great staff ecerything was great. The only difference between St. James and Wild Orchid is pretty much the color scheme. They also have some swim up suites over on the Orchid side. Other than that the rooms are identical. great resort I would recommend this one to anybody.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2012

I stayed at Secrets Wild Orchid with my girlfriend last month,as a first trip to Jamaica our experience has been awesome.The hotel location is perfect for sunbath lovers and hideaway couples with large pools, colored watered Jacuzzi and a beautiful white sand beach.The Jamaican people are fantastic and the hotel staff is overall friendly while tipping is widely appreciated.We tried all of the restaurants on property but we were not very thrilled with the Asian restaurant "teppaniaki" we found it too loud, noisy and not an original Japanese style cook show;however our favorite was the Italian restaurant Portofino,original Italian food and very good service we dined there four times during our stay and every time was even better we want to express our sincere gratitude to Alan the manager and to Simon the chef which they've made our vacation simply perfect at Secrets Wild Orchids,we also liked the food at the Mex-Tex and at the Jamaican restaurant where they cooked for us fresh grilled lobsters and shrimps.we really want to thank everyone and we'll definitively return in this beautiful resort YA MON!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay
Address: Lot 59A | Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint James Parish > Montego Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Montego Bay
#8 Family Hotel in Montego Bay
#9 Spa Hotel in Montego Bay
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Montego Bay
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Montego Bay
#11 Luxury Hotel in Montego Bay
#11 Romantic Hotel in Montego Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 350
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