Stayed at Secrets Wild Orchid from 6-11-18th. Love Secrets resorts as we've stayed at 3. so far. We were greeted with "Welcome Home", cool towels and a drink of your choice. Check-in was quick and efficient by our concierge, then the Vacation Club (timeshare) sales pitch starts. If you're not interested, just say "no thank you" firmly and leave to go to your room.
Our room was beautiful with a perfect oceanfront view. Nearly every room faces the ocean so everyone has at least a partial ocean view.. We were on the 5th floor which was perfect (both for the view and noise level b/c the swim up bar was just below). We didn't do the preferred club this time which is a quieter pool and beach area, but never regretted our decision. as everyone was so nice and service everywhere was incredible.. Tons of palapas available all week-never a problem getting towels or drinks on the beach.
Beach was beautiful with clear turquoise water and soft beach sand, but there's lots of small pebbles/shells in the water that can cut your feet. We brought beach shoes and glad we did .Also, rocks near the gazebo where you can feed the fish; they will eat right out of your hand.
Grab some bread from breakfast & throw small pieces in the water and you'll be surrounded by lots of small fish (4 different kinds).
There are 2 beautiful parrots in a cage outside World Café and lots of peacocks roaming freely throughout the resort.
RESTAURANTS no reservations needed for any restaurant ever.
Our favorite was the Italian-Portofino- great lasagna, eggplant parmesan appetizer
& minestrone soup.
French was also excellent with a great steak & lobster and onion soup.
Himitsu was a bit disappointing , but they did have an awesome spicy soup.
Blue Mountain was also very good.Jamaican grilled, curried fish and jerk chicken.
Mexican was also pretty good.
Lunch restaurants were just Ok.
We wanted to go to Oceana for dinner till we found out their surf/turf was shrimp and bacon. Back to Portofino we went!
Seaside at St James did have a good grilled fish sandwich.
Barefoot grill had hot dogs, burgers, nachos and Bams (bombs which are delicious spicy fritters and great.
Best option for lunch is the Jerk Chicken cart that arrives about 12:15. Excellent marinated chicken. Be sure to get the Magic sauce and get lots of it. Delicious. Also, there was a cooking class on the beach and recipes for jerk chicken.
Breakfast was fantastic- anything and everything you could possibly want and it's always HOT when you get back to your table. Also open for lunch.
LOBSTER NIGHT AT WORLD CAFE FABULOUS! DO NOT MISS!!!!
Every Saturday from 6-10:30
Best buffet ever! Lobster cooked at least 3 different ways- all excellent! Also, a 25 lb turkey which was also fantastic! plus rice, eggplant, jerk pork, chix. Tons of desserts!
This was our 3rd time to Jamaica so the only thing we needed to do was shopping which was the biggest mistake we made.-A 2 hr.taxi tour that cost $30pp and made 1 stop, then back to hotel in 1hr and 15min. If you need a taxi, go outside the hotel and everything is half price! Total RipOff!
Also, if you buy anything at the hotel shops, you can only pay credit
card or charge to your room-NO CASH.
We were there for opening day of the World Cup games! Totally Carnival atmosphere; beads, bands, dancers- Unbelievable!1 Also, a great carnival show at night.
Other nights we sat outside at the Piano bar with the Secrets Band or a steel band - not much else to do unless you go to the disco. or watch a movie outside.
Pools were clean, but very noisy, especially the swim up. We're mostly beach people so that's where we stayed. Hot tubs were nice, but not always working!
Grounds are perfect! Someone always working to keep them that way.
My hubby is a mosquito magnet and if there is one anywhere, he will get bit. Bring Raid an repellent with Deet to keep them away. They do spray but not enough.Also, there are "no see ums" You won't feel the bites but you'll notice welts where they found you!
Everyone at Secrets Wild Orchid was wonderful! Very hard working and deserve every tip they get. Everyone always had a smile and all were so friendly, courteous and helpful.
Our only complaint was the mattress!! Time for a new one! We had to sleep atop pillows to be comfortable.
Bring insect repellent with DEET and Raid
Bring a raft for beach/pool use
Bring extra sunscreen with a higher spf than usual
BRING BEACH SHOES
Loved and enjoyed Secrets Wild Orchid
Go, and enjoy
rocks near the gazebo where you can feed the fish. Grab some small pieces
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