We just returned home from IRHS last night. We were 2 family groups traveling together with kids ranging from 7 to 13. This was our first time to Jamaica, but it probably won't be our last.
When planning this trip, we were looking for an all-inclusive in the Caribbean that was easy to get to, fairly priced, with good food and a nice pool area. Last year we vacationed at Beaches Turks and Caicos, and though we enjoyed it, it wasn't in the budget this year. Ruth DeMuth, at TripGuy helped us last year, and because we were so happy with her services, we asked for her assistance again this year. She was able to match pricing that we found on the online travel sites, and made advance dinner reservations for us. Thank you, Ruth!
Our United flight from Newark arrived on time, but we had to wait about 45 minutes to clear passport control. Reggae Tours was professional and friendly, and quickly had us out of the airport, served us cold beverages and safely delivered us to IRHS in 15 minutes.
Arriving at the IRHS reception area, we were greeted and served a welcome drink. The lobby smelled very fresh and was nice and cool. The check-in process was quick and effecient and we were escorted to our room by the very friendly Avon. Our famillies had adjacent rooms with beautiful views of the pools and ocean.
We had a great time and really can't complain about anything at this resort.
Pools- the lazy river was very lazy as there is no current. The kids didn't seem to mind and still enjoyed it. The activities pool was usually very quiet, but would obviously change during an activity like water polo or volleyball. My husband enjoyed playing volleyball one day. The infinity pool is the main attraction and it is very nice. Throughout the day there are different activities here lead by the Star Friends. The music is not too loud and there are plenty of chairs. If you want chairs in the shade, you should be at the pool by 8:00.
Restaurants- we ate at Aunt Ruby's on our first night. Seated on the porch, we enjoyed our meals and my rib eye was delicious. Christopher, our server was very attentive. During the day, a lunch buffet is served here. We ate dinner at the Miranda Hill Buffet twice and they have a great variety. One night there was an asian station and it was very good. The jerk chicken was also very tasty. In the morning, the breakfast buffet is served here. The fruit station usually had exotic fruits like passion fruit, mango and star fruit, and we are going to miss that every morning. The Japanese hibachi was good. We enjoyed the show and the food was not bad, although it didn't compare to the hibachi we have in NY. The Mexican Restaurant, Maria Bonita was very good and we loved the grilled lobster! Our server Kevon was great and even did a magic trick for the kids. On our last night we dined at the Calabash gourmet restaurant. All of the food, including the lamb, was delicious and the presentation was beautiful.
Beach- from a distance, the beach is very pretty. However, it is very rocky in front of The infinity pool. If you walk down near Aunt Ruby's, there are fewer rocks, but a fair amount of seaweed. We really didn't stay on the beach, and preferred to spend the days at the pool. The beach in Negril is far superior to this beach.
Star Friends- they work so hard to make sure everyone is having a good time. They are not pushy, just very friendly and seem to genuinely want to make a connection with the guests, especially the kids. They really make this resort stand out and bring a fun vibe to the pool area that makes up for the lack of a great beach.
Overall, the IRHS is a wonderful resort with spacious rooms, great food, fun entertainment and is a great value.
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