My wife and I went enjoyed our Babymoon at the Iberstar Grand Rose Hall.
We found the hotel to be very quiet. We were there over the March Break and they were definitely not at full capacity. The structure of the three hotels is that the Adults Only hotel has access to the other two hotels, but the other two hotels do not have access to the Adults Only section.
Upon arrival, the staff had already arranged to upgrade us to an oceanview room. We were met at the concierge desk with a glass of champagne (they were quick to get a non-alcoholic drink for my wife when they realized that she was pregnant).
The hotel room was extremely large, double sinks, separate shower and large jacuzzi tub. Beautiful view from a large covered balcony with plenty of space. It looked like every room had a 2-person hammock and a chaise lounge on balcony.
Turn down service in the evening was excellent and the room was always extremely clean. Concierge service was excellent and were very accommodating. They were able to answer all of our questions about the resort, the amenities, and even the types of massage oils they used (my wife wanted to make sure they were okay for the baby in the belly) via phone and email prior to our arrival. Room service was a little disappointing, as it was slow and there were not a lot of choices.
There were two pools with one pool having a swim up bar being more occupied and, as a result, slightly louder. It was not a rowdy crowd by any means, but the normal sounds of people talking, calling to each other, a group of people laughing, etc. The other pool was much calmer and quieter (which is where my wife and I were) and usually consisted of people reading, relaxing, or sleeping on the beds or chairs. There was never a problem finding a place in the shade or sun to relax by the pool or ocean. There were also some beds in the main area just off to the side of the pools which was even more secluded.
Even the beach area was pretty quiet with the odd volleyball game or water exercise taking place (each may have happened once a day for 20-40 minutes), but you could barely hear it from the pool and it wasn't very noisy even at the beach.
It did get louder and busier the further along the beach you walked as you entered into the beach space for the other two hotels.
The hotel staff were incredibly accommodating and did not seem to be inconvenienced by anything that we requested. I'm sure they would do the same for them.
The restaurants were very good, but not excellent. We enjoyed the food and were pleased with the variety, but there was nothing that was so memorably great that we'd write about. However, there was nothing memorably bad that we feel we needed to write about.
The stay included two free rounds of golf at Cinnamon Hill (a beautiful course). Owen, my caddy, was great and very informative about the local culture and the land that the course was built on.
The spa was good, nothing fantastic, but was definitely still very relaxing. We had a few massages and one was better than the other, so, it probably depends in part on who you get. The environment was very clean adn the staff were very polite.
We were disappointed with the romantic dinner by the ocean, as neither the service nor the food were very good. With that being said, this was the exception for the entire week and everybody has a bad day (even wait staff and chefs). The concept and the ambiance was great. As well, when I explained what had happened to the concierge, they discounted the cost of the dinner since we were not totally satisfied with the experience.
We went on a sunset catamaran cruise. While I didn't enjoy it, my wife was pleased and found it very relaxing. I'm not a boat person, but, if you are, you may want to consider this.
Shopping was no different than my DR shopping excursion. Downtown strip in Montego Bay for rum, shirts, cigars. 270 shacks of people selling very similar "homemade" stuff. A very small shopping strip mall with some jewlery. It was okay.
All in all it was an excellent trip and we'd highly recommend it to couples who are looking for a nice, relaxing getaway.
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- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Iberostar Hotel Montego Bay
- Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall Jamaica - Montego Bay