I have just returned after a weeks stay at this resort with my husband and whilst I always think I am going to have a great time away this was probably a little like staying at Fawlty Towers.
Our bedroom was spotlessly clean with a 60's theme - this is because the hotel was built in the 60's and has probably not changed since the day they opened for business. The plus side you walk out of your room onto your patio and then straight onto the beach, and then into the sea just metres from your door. The beach and sea is the best feature of the hotel as it is so close and very shallow making it safe for swimming.
The 'all-inclusive' package was a joke! I assumed that we would have lots of menu choices and good fish offerings - fish was on the menu twice and always fried? Starter was always salad and soup - which was out of a packet, powder just add water and tasted disgusting and this hotel had no ice cream all week - is it expensive to purchase in Jamaica is that why we could not have it? Ironically the days I did not enjoy staying in the complex was the day the food was at its best - cruise liner day. Basically cruise ships turn up at the ports of Falmouth and Ocho Rios and passengers are then shipped out on busses and boats to hotel resorts to spend time on land. So we went from a lovely quiet hotel of about 30 guests to over 150 at lunch all trying to get a table. On these days we had three of them, the waiters were running around after them to sell cocktails and beer which we ran out of each time these people appeared. However ask your waiter behind the bar if you could see a cocktail menu and you were told they don't have one. You could have a gin but no tonic, a coke without gold rum, a Coke without whiskey, and no beer most afternoons. The owner was talked about but no one saw him, and the GM appeared during the second half of our holiday but would not make any changes. Although he parked his British jaguar car right outside the front entrance -was that to make a statement who knows but it would seem his main concern was interviewing pretty girls and not caring about the guests in general.
We visited Ocho rios town and it is safe in the day time. Be aware you may get accosted by sellers but they are friendly and just trying to make a living. I would not suggest you go out on your own in the evening just because the area becomes a little edgy although I am sure if you have a local taxi driver with you then you would feel more secure which we heard guests did do.
Do not get a taxi ordered from the hotel they are twice as expensive but if you do then negotiate a price with the driver and also most give you a business card so that you can book them direct on other days. We booked Jo Cool taxis from the airport and they were fantastic. We were late arriving into Montego Bay due to delays but the driver was waiting for us and it was a pleasant journey. We also booked them for our return journey to the airport as they charge 70 US dollars single journey and the hotel charged 135 US dollars.
I did have a massage on the beach by one of the spa ladies - Claudette and it was perfect over an hours massage under a shady tree I would recommend this. You can also go over to the spa and have your massage there or your nails done etc - it looks very dated but is very clean and the staff are lovely.
The highlight for both of us was blue dun falls it is amazing and well worth the visit. Do join a group as you will have lots of fun and the guides are full of good information and will look after your camera and take loads of pictures for you it's a good couple of hours of fun and I am so glad we did this.
We also went on a sightseeing and sunset boat ride from our hotel - a complete rip off as you see nothing however when I was ready to jump overboard with the boredom along came a pod of dolphins which was truly magical but I am not sure this is going to happen every time you get on the boat and at over 100 US dollars was just not worth it - oh and guess what no beer on the boat!?
I am glad I have now visited Jamaica but as the world is getting closer and closer due to fantastic travel options I will not be visiting again.
A lot of the staff were lovely, I even liked the 'grumpy' omelette chef - she had a tough time trying to cook on a two gas ring contraption that actually broke and she then had to cook on just one ring! Smiley the bar man was a sweetie too.
I enjoyed meeting new friends but I won't be going back.
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