Post # 1
My fiance and I just booked out Honeymoon to the Sandals Grand Riviera resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, for our honeymoon in August. I was just curious if anyone else has gone there, and what your thoughts are on the resort.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I went there for the honeymoon for my previous wedding. I realized pretty fast that the whole all-inclusive cookie-cutter thing was not for me. The food is pretty good in the restaurants, just eh at the cafe-type places, and the alcohol tastes terrible except for at the nice bar, which opens one bottle of each top shelf a night, and when it’s gone, it’s gone (which takes about 20 mintues). It’s pretty, though. I also don’t care that much for Jamaica as a tourist because you can’t leave the compounds unescorted. I found that frustrating. I’d rather go somewhere that is safe for Americans to wander through on their own. But, yeah, super pretty.
Post # 4
I can’t say anything for that particular resort, or area in Jamaica. However we went to Negrol, and we did leave the compound ( resort) unescorted, many touristsdo. My experience was lovely and we can’t wait til we go back.
Post # 5
I have beem amd it was gorgeous. Both of my parents are jamaican natives so we saw lots of the island. If you go anywhere in the world nd re confined to a resort, it is a bit boring. See if you’re hotel can’t arrange a driver for you to tour the island, see what else is out there. But Jamaica is gorgeous place, well worth the trip.
Post # 6
jamaica is absolutely gorgeous! you guys will have a great time…we havnt been to that particular resort, but have stayed in negril at couples…F A B U L O U S!!!!! & so beautiful!
Post # 7
Thanks for the feedback! We have never done an all inclusive before, as we usually opt to do more of the traveling/backpacker type of excursion for our vacations, so I am interested to see what it will be like. We really wanted to go to the Negril resort, but missed out on the sale online. This seemed to be the next best bang for you buck, in the price range we were looking in.
Post # 8
I might be biased because I am Jamaican but you are pretty safe and as much as the locals will try to sell you stuff, a polite and firm NO works. My Fiance came to Jamaica for the first time in Decmber 2011 and he was out and about in the middle of a political rally and without any incidence. Jamaica is no more violent than any major US city. The violence here is mostly within inner city/ghetto communites and while like anywhere else you can have random violence, this is not a country where persons simply go around hurting people who are going about their business.
Jamaicans have a special place in their hearts for tourists and often will go out of their way to help them should they get lost. Do not be afraid to venture out of the resort. Keep your head and wits around you in the same way I do when I am in NYC or in London or even Bridgetown, Barbados. Do not listen to those in the all inclusives….they paint a bleak picture of what is outside the gate, but I believe might as well take a cruise if you are not going to experience the beauty of the island. Feel free to message me if you need any info on where to go. Juta taxis are a safe reliable way to get around so use them.
Post # 9
We just got back from Sandals Montego Bay and can not wait to go back! We’re hooked and are likely going to make it an annual thing. I read some negative things about it but trust me… different strokes for different folks. I can’t say anything bad about this place!
Sandals is amazing. We found it to be far from cookie cutter as the options (at least at MoBay) for activities were endless. The food was GREAT. Especially the buffets with so many options. We did a butler suite and they went above and beyond to make the week special for us. The ocean is GORGEOUS and the drinks were great! The bars are fully stocked with a variety so just know what you want and how strong you want it. Our preference was to tell each bar tender to make their specialty (definitely get dirty bananas, green goblins and rum punch though).. LOVED the rum cream too.
We did venture out of the resort and explored. We ate at a local place called scotchies which is popular with the locals. We went shopping to local places…. we weren’t scared/threatened at all. If you don’t want to buy whatever people come up to you trying to sell (yes you will be asked to purchase weed)…. just say no. They leave you alone. We’re SO glad we didn’t hide away at the resort and met the most wonderful people in Jamaica. Some I have already continued to keep in touch with. It’s a place we both can’t wait to return to. If you have ANY questions about Sandals MoBay from an honest and somewhat picky tourist who was thrilled with this resort, feel free to PM me.. my husband is NOT the type to gush about food or places and he did SEVERAL times through the trip. I will do a trip report with pics as soon as I settle in a bit more (just got back last Thursday night!)
Post # 10
I wanted to add it was the employees at Sandals MoBay who suggested places to go outside of the resort …
Post # 11
Awesome, Ladies! Thank you, Thank you for all your help!!! If I can think of any questions regarding things to do outside of the resort (i’m sure Fiance and I will want to venture out and explore the ‘real’ Jamaica), then I will definitely message some of you.
Thanks again 🙂