We are not first timers to Jamaica, so we understand the pace of how things go. After all one of the reasons we keep coming back is exactly for that. It's slow down time which is why I don't understand some of the things others mention. Why I am giving a 4 star review is that I want to be fair and give clear expectations for why this property should be considered by those who want a more modern, maybe upbeat environment. Our previous visit was to the Jewel Dunn's River and our experience was fabulous. ( I have posted a review here as well if you care to search for it). We decided to try the newest property since the majority of reviews were so positive. I can't really say anything bad about this place but I don't think we will choose to come back. Nothing to do with the resort itself and it's greatest asset is their staff who we found to be so friendly and attentive. I feel it's the atmosphere and vibe which is more modern and less traditional and elegant. I guess because we felt so spoiled at the Dunn's River location our experience there will always be hard to surpass.We found the rooms to be comfortable and well appointed. We did enjoy the big walk in glass shower and our room was kept spotless and well supplied. The style here is quite modern compared to Dunn's River. I guess I missed the more romantic ambiance, four poster carved bed, extra little touches like a flower on my pillow and our room with the mountain view and generous private balcony. Our room here overlooked a pool in the center of four buildings with balconies all around. So what we saw were the balconies across from us. For the most part if you are out and about it really doesn't matter, but it would have been nice to not just see this and the balcony was a little small. Jewel properties do a good job of providing lots of options when it comes to their restaurants and we did try them all. Their buffets are a great way to try some local cuisine and new things along side the familiar. The bartenders are always generous with the pour and make some really delish drinks. Caution: some are a little potent! The stars here truly are their staff who we found to be so very nice and accommodating. I would recommend carrying a few dollars with you from time to time to say "thank you" to those who go above and beyond. A five here and there is so appreciated and it's really not much. I wish I could recall all the names of those who especially stood out because they are so hard working yet always have a smile and warm greeting. Our funniest encounter was with the little hibachi chef at the Jade Samurai. Where but in Jamaica can you get a really good Japanese hibachi, cooked by a sweet, comical young lady who got our table laughing by joking and even singing Kenny Rogers songs while she whipped up our dinner. I'm not saying don't go here but think about the vibe you are looking for. If you are looking for modern, more upbeat atmosphere then this is for you. If you like a little more romantic, traditional feel and gentler pace try Dunn's River. IMO, we will go back to Dunn's River next time. But in either case The Jewel group has not disappointed us.
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