This all-inclusive represents an outstanding travel value for quality of the rooms, service, location, and excellent service. Having stayed at the "original" Jewel Dunn's River Falls in 2011 & 2012 (also a great experience), we booked the newly acquired Jewel Paradise Cove based on availability for 31 July - 6 August & reviews by TripAdvisor travelers. The property location had stunning views of the Caribbean and was immaculate. Snorkeling, glass bottom boat rides, diving, nearby excursions, & nighttime dinner events were all included or available. Newly remodeled rooms included king beds, flat screens, super cold air conditioning & contemporary bathrooms with walk in showers. Although not an ocean view, the "pool view" was just fine as we spent all day at the beach or with the water sports. A nice option was the smoothie bar on the beach plus great beach or pool service. There were multiple food venues allowing healthy options including a buffet style with table service (& chef stations) for breakfast/lunch/dinner, formal sit-down dining, Japanese style (reservations required), stone oven pizza place, Italian themed ocean side venue, & an all night grill for burgers, wraps, or jerk chicken with amazing views by the "quiet beach". Food was 4 - 4.5 stars & included Jamaican favorites. Platinum offered a superb resort formal experience with a contemporary feel including experienced wait staff, multiple entrees prepared in an open kitchen, and a wine list for additional cost above what was included (dined here twice - casual slacks for guys & resort wear for ladies). There were some nightly entertainment opportunities, a manager's reception with large poolside banquet featuring "Jamaican Night", & a "beach party" with fantastic food venues seated at tables followed by the live "goat races" after dark. Several spots offer incredible views of the evening sunsets including the 2nd story open bar area above Moonstone (Italian) & Jester's Pizza Kitchen. Although a slightly smaller property, there was lush landscaping, little seating areas, hammocks, coffee bar, & boardwalk for day or night strolls. The water sports staff was fantastic with the guest's safety and enjoyment always a top priority. For us, the snorkeling trips (included twice daily & a minimal charge for a "private" trip with smaller group) were super. There was a modern and more sophisticated vibe to this Jewel with every single staff member encountered wanting to make the stay memorable. The bars offered plenty of options albeit not always every super premium known to man, but we were very pleased & most had espresso machines. Internet access, billiard tables, & ping pong were located next to the gift shop. Additionally, there is a full service spa & exercise equipment. Check-in procedures with the transport at the airport have been streamlined and the hour ride to the resort offers a great glimpse of the countryside. The executive management staff was out on the property day & evening making sure to meet and mingle with guests. We found a nice mix of guest age groups from 20's & 30's to 40's & 50's - everyone encountered was cordial, friendly, & there to have a great experience. This trip represents our 4th to Jamaica and 3rd to this area of the country. We would highly recommend this all-inclusive resort & plan to return. For us, the Jewel resorts have proven their commitment to excellence and a memorable vacation experience.
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