My partner and I, along with 23 of our friends and family stayed at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach for our wedding at the end of Feb, what a wonderful vacation! The resort was the perfect size for this sort of thing- large enough to have variety in restaurants to eat and and plenty of activites to do, but small enough to still run into everyone in the group without having to track them down.
The staff were all very plesant, and the place was kept very clean. Tips are not necessary but seem to be very much appreciated, a little tip goes a long way. There is plenty to do around the resort, the Star friends go out of their way to try to get people to participate and everyone in our group had a blast.
The A La Carte restaurants were great, I didn't get a chance to go to the Cajun one, but others in our group enjoyed it. The Japanese is wonderful, teppanyaki style- which is entertaining. I am a vegetarain and there were very good about accomodating me, they made me some tofu with my veggies and rice, and everything was delicious! The steakhouse is nice, this is where we had our wedding dinner. Food is very good and service is top notch. Every time you take a sip of wine or water they are there to refill it! The main buffets were great too. The most delicious fresh made doughnuts every day at breakfast, and also a omelette station and pasta station, freshly made just how you want it! There was a crepe station one evening at dinner, so delicious! I was dissapointed they didn't have it again during our stay.
We didn't take in too much of the evening entertainment, but from what we saw it was pretty average. Some shows better than others of course. The resort offers a free bus into Margeritaville in the evenings, which will also bring you back at the end of the night. We didn't take advantage of this but did check out the disco (located in the Grand 2 doors down), and it was alot of fun, seemed to be pretty busy both nights we were there.
We did many excursions while down there- spent a day in Negril, checked out the world famous Rick's Cafe, went to Ocho Rios- climed the Dunn's River Falls, Ziplined, did the Black River Safari, Lumionous Lagoon, it was wonderful! Most of these tours we did with Ken Gracey of Doctorbird tours, he really made our trip so memorable. His prices are lower than the tours through the resort, and he does many little side trips and shows you lots of Jamaica's little "hidden gems". In addition he takes photos of your tour and burns and disc and delivers it to your hotel at no extra charge. We have hundreds of wonderful candid photos of ourselves and jamaican life thanks to Ken.
There were a few minor problems that occured during our stay- such as our room was not ready at check in... a little dissapointing after a long travel day. However, my husband and I got upgraded to an oceanview room so were happy with it in the end. Also we had asked our wedding coordinator if we could cut off our wristbands for the wedding, she told us no problem. Then when we went to get our new ones the next morning the front desk agent was telling us unless we had our old ones we would be charged $5 for each one. This infuriated me, as I was not told to save my old one, and we spent thousands of dollars at the resort between our wedding package and 10 day trip, not to mention that we brought 23 guests along with us. In the end we dealt with another girl who was much more helpful and didn't have to pay for the replacement wristbands.
As far as the wedding goes, everything was perfect. We used the terrace for the ceremony which was very beautiful and much more private than the beach location. The photos turned out great. The wedding coordinator Latoya, was very good and made sure everything was taken care of as I had requested. The steel pans band provided cheerful island music that really made it feel like a fun event. We seemed to get really good treatment our entire stay at the resort, we felt like celebrities!
Overall I would say this is a great resort, one of my favorite so far. We hope to be back some day to celebrate an anniversary!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This new 5-star- hotel is located in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. Directly on the beach. Elegant colonial design. Water sports galore. Scuba diving. 3 specialty restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Montego Bay
- Montego Bay Iberostar
- Iberostar Rose Hall Jamaica
- Iberostar Jamaica
- Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel Jamaica - Montego Bay