I booked a trip from August 6 to the 13th. We have never been to Jamaica but travel in the Caribbean a lot so we were surprised by how much we loved this resort! It truly is a bang for your buck!
Transportation: All transportation to and from airports, and to and from excursions are done at no extra cost. If, for example, you plan an excursion to Dolphin Cove, you pick what time you want to get there and what time you'll get back and the bus will be there to get you right on time!
Food: Incredible! Unless you're the stingy type that don't like organic foods, you'll love it! Food is always available, nearly 24/7 (exception: between 6am-6:30am). There are 5 different restaurants: Eleanor's (Caribbean Cuisine - dinner), Bayside (Buffet - select hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner), BBQ Park (your go to place for burgers, jerk chicken, pizza, hot dogs, fries, etc. - lunch and early dinners), The Venetian (Italian - dinner), and Arizona (steak!!! - dinner). My children loved BBQ Park and had lunch there every day. There was only one breakfast restaurant, and that was Bayside, the buffet. They have plenty of favorites that please even the picky kids, as well as more adventurous breakfasts for adults. They also had a chef there that made personalized omelets. Eleanor's is only for adults (12+), not only as a sensitivity thing but also because the menu doesn't have a single kid friendly choice. I took my two eldest daughters (14 and 17) but neither enjoyed it and stopped by Bayside for another dinner on the way to the room! Food and drinks are completely unlimited, so eat and drink to your heart's desire.
Accomadation: The rooms are great, but not perfect! The bathroom fans do not work, nor do the locks on the bathroom door. The minibar was stalked every morning, the room was cleaned exceptionally and with great detail (the maids tucked my youngest sons toy into the bed every time they came in to clean!). Towels were always changed and the beds were extremely comfortable (even the sofa bed, to my surprise.) All first time guests get a free upgrade to a bigger suite.
Service: UNBELIEVABLE. They have the most amazing people working there and they all go the extra mile to make sure you're happy. Throughout my entire stay, I never met a single employee that didn't say "hello" or "good morning/afternoon/evening". They were exceedingly friendly, always asking you about your stay and what you had done. I was given the best advice by some of the people working at the resort (i.e. where to visit, possible excursions...). If you call for the elevator but when it opens it's full (whether by people or by things such as the cleaning trolley), the employees insist on stepping out of the elevator and letting you in. The incredible thing is that all of this is done with genuine love. They don't ask you how your day is because they have to, they do it because they want to. There is a great respect and adoration between all the people staying at the resort and the people that work there. They truly are hard workers.
Entertainment: Every night there is something new! All my children were usually asleep before 9:00pm out of sheer exhaustion, but my husband and I did go to some of the nightly shows. Every night sees a different show on the stage by the main pool. One night it may be karaoke, to tribal dancers the next. They brought in an incredible singer on our last night. She preformed a mix of classic reggae songs to pop and R&B songs that my kids knew. She had something for everyone. The resort also has a club (Liquid); I have never gone but I heard it was fantastic. During the day, they also have entertainment for kids and adults. They do daily activities, such as water volleyball, dance games, bingo, etc.; each activity you participate in earns you points and if you get over 150 points by the end of your stay, you are given a complimentary souvenir. They had a few cooking shows by the head chef, in which he taught how to cook Jamaican dishes.
Pool/Beach: The pool is cleaned twice a day and has a comfortable amount of chlorine in it. My kids usually have red eyes after spending a few hours in a pool, but this had never happened here. The beach is amazing! They have lots of beach chairs, as well as huts if you get there early enough.
Policies: The resort has a "No Cash" policy meaning you aren't supposed to tip anyone or pay for things in cash. Everything you spend (i.e. gift shop, excursion office, spa, etc.) is billed to your room. At the end of your stay you are given the option of paying for the additional costs with cash or a different (or the same) credit card you used to pay for the resort.
Spa: My husband and I did a massage together that was very enjoyable. The facials, however, we're not that great.
Activities: The resort offered many activities (glass bottom boating, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, canoing, sail boats, hobiekats, these odd waterbikes, and scuba diving. If you are NOT CERTIFIED for scuba diving, you must complete your certification before going diving. It costs $80 for a temporary certification, and $300 for an international one. If you have a certification prior to arriving or do it while you are there, you do not have to pay any additional fees for the scuba diving trips.
The resort also has a X-box garage (a huge room filled with dozens of x-box's and assorted games) as well as an arts and crafts class (this has an additional fee of $10).
I did not use the fitness center but my husband said it was great!
Extras: The resort has photographers rooming the grounds; if they come across you, they ask to take a picture of you, and this picture can be then bought (IF YOU LIKE IT. No additional costs if you do not want it). You can also schedule a photographer to come and take pictures of you and your family for a few hours. These can then be purchased if liked.
Value: The greatest you could possibly find! ENJOY!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Minutes away from the newly renovated Ian Fleming International Airport•Kids Camp with certified nannies to pamper the kids •Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV’s•Kids can enjoy fun and games with Elmo & friends in our Sesame Street Caribbean Adventure•Adults-only El Dorado bar located on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea •A state of the art “Liquid by Beaches” Disco •Pirates Island Water Park offering eleven slides for all ages•Voted Beaches Resorts ‘World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive’ 14 years in a row ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
- Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club Hotel Boscobel
- Beaches Boscobel Hotel
- Beaches Boscobel Ocho Rios
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