We stayed at Beaches Ocho Rios from Feb 23 - Feb 27 2014. Room 1339.
Before travelling I usually read the reviews on trip advisor and try to weigh the pros and cons.
After reading the reviews on here, the resort sounded right up our alley. It is now difficult to plan family vacations with children's ages so spaced apart (13, 4 & 1).
Beaches Ocho Rios had something for EVERYONE.
My 4 year old loved everything, from the Sesame Street characters, the waterpark, the water bikes, the nightly shows, the staff (EWART his new bff @ Bayside), the staff (including an impromptu dance lesson), the dancing, the craft club, baking cookies with Cookie Monster, face painting, balloon animals, a parade, the XBOX room and of course the beautiful weather. He is a very active boy and there was ALWAYS something for him to do and he loved every activity.
For the older kids there are larger water slides, lounging pools, local artists (if your kids like shopping), Xbox room, unlimited snacks and drinks, paddle boarding and so many other water sports. There are kids clubs for them too, but our's didn't partake.
The waterpark is perfect for the really young ones, as it has a shallow walk-in end with large (but soft) animals that squirt water. The babies can sit or stand in the water and chose to get wet if they want or not, and they don't need to be held constantly, as some kiddie pools are actually 3 feet deep. My 1.5 yr old was afraid of the characters, but I'm sure some kids would love them.
I must say the cons I was prepared for after reading the reviews were: Loud night life, No smoking areas and No vegetarian meals. NONE OF THESE WERE REMOTELY A PROBLEM.
When CHRISTOPHER showed us to our room, I immediately noted that it was close to the main stage and I had requested that it not be, as my 2 younger children are very light sleepers.
Christopher said he would have no problem changing our room, but I said why don't we try it for a night and move if it's a problem. NO PROBLEM.
There was a sound machine in our room and we listened to "Oceans" every night and my kids have never slept better.
Were people smoking ? I didn't even notice.
I am "vegan-ish" so more often than not I choose not to eat meat or dairy. I had read one review on here that said their children didn't eat meat and lived and PB & J for the majority of their stay.
There was so much I could eat and enjoyed eating.
BREAKFAST: LOVED the smoothy bar for breakfast. Fresh fruit, toast, bagels, cereal (I brought my own almond milk, perfect in their coffee). They may have dairy free milk there, I didn't ask.
LUNCH: Delicious Veggie burger and Nachos with Guacamole & Salsa at BBQ.
DINNER: Endless supply of grilled veggies, meatless pastas, rice and a huge salad bar.
DOWNSIDE: My husband and step-daughter became very ill while we were there.
At first we thought they were both very dehydrated, but now I believe my youngest was ill before we left and they just happened to contract it on the trip, as it made it's way through our family back home while we were away.
They both visited the nurses station at various times for IVs and regular check ups.
LATANYA the nurse was the nicest person ever. She made frequent room visits and phone calls and did everything in her power to help them get well and stay comfortable.
She even arranged a private shuttle back to the airport, filled with water & juice, for just our family in case we needed to stop. She was the sweetest person and you could tell she really cared. If you have to be sick on a vacation. This is the place to be sick.
With my husband and step daughter ill, that left me alone on vacation with 2 small kids.
Did I say alone ? because truly I was NOT.
DAMION & CARLOS at the Bayside actually sat with my boys so that I could go get their meals (and my own) and when I returned CARLOS had cut up my 1 year old's meal and was spoon feeding him !!! So nice. When I told him he didn't need to do that, he said it's okay, and that I needed to eat too. SO SWEET. It's too bad tipping isn't allowed because they would have got a big one.
Everyone was so accommodating with me having to bring food back to our room for the sick ones (yes they did offer to bring it for me, but there was no need).
CONS: (Not related to the resort) FILL OUT YOUR ENTIRE CUSTOMS FORM ON THE PLANE!! THE WHOLE THING!! We were turned away 4 times. If they just said fill out the whole thing, we would have.
Long shuttle ride from the airport - however, our driver "SHORTY" chose not to stop for a break, so our ride was only 1.5 hrs. Not too bad.
If it's possible to just show you to your room when you get there, that would really help. After the long plane & shuttle ride, once we finally got to the resort, they give everyone a sweet drink and go through the registration process. Well my kids went squirrely and were climbing the furniture and trying to run away. I didn't hear much of what was being said as I way too busy trying to contain them.
Speaking of keeping kids contained. There needs to be child safe locks on the doors. My 1.5 year old could open the door to our room no problem. Even if you lock it, it just unlocks when you turn the handle. We stacked our suit cases in front of the door, to stop our little ones.
OVERALL: Amazing family resort with everything so close, so much to do, no-one can complain the they are "bored", delicious food, beautiful weather, friendly and helpful staff everywhere. Perfect for families of all sizes and all ages. Would love to go back (and be there there right now)
- 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 & Golf Club Hotel Boscobel
- Beaches Boscobel Resort And Golf Club
- Beaches Boscobel Hotel
- Beaches Boscobel Ocho Rios
- Beaches Ocho Rios