Post # 1
We are taking a short minimoon in August (3 nights, two full days, M-Th) and are looking at Jamaica. We are pretty set on the location (trying to use Southwest points and not spend the trip flying, which is what knocked St. Lucia out). We have not been to an all-inclusive. We are looking at Sandals and like Royal Caribbean and Negril. We want to relax by the pool, the beach, do the water sports, and Dunn’s Rivers Falls was also recommended. Does anyone have recent experience at either of these resorts? What would you recommend? We are leaning towards the butler rooms to not have to deal with making reservations for our two days. Negril we were thinking the beachfront walkout room. Negril seems more our style, with the decor and layout. Royal Caribbean we like the private island aspect. Any suggestions would be great.
Also, are we totally off the mark and would Bahamas or Cancun be better? I have been to Aruba and don’t need to go back. We have been to Puerto Rico.
Post # 2
I have been to Jamaica and love both the areas of Montego Bay and Negril which is where the resorts you are talking about are located. As far as the resorts themselves, Royal Cariibean is a little better in my opinion; however, because it is located so close to the airport–planes flying overhead can be an issue! I would classify Montego Bay as having a more modern feel where as Negril has more of a classic caribbean feel to it. Negril’s beaches win hands down though-7 mile beach is stunning!!! As far as the room categories go, if you do choose a Sandal’s–make sure to stay in a concierge room or higher as sometimes Sandals does not treat their guests below those room categories as well as they do the ones that are in it. Have you thought about the Couple’s Resorts in Negril–there are two–Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril–both which I would prefer over Sandals. Also, in Montego Bay, I stayed at Secrets St. James and was blown away by the resort, service, food, etc!! One final note, if you do want to do Dunn’s River Falls while in Jamaica (I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT-LOVED IT) then you probably would not want to stay in Negril as it is about a 3 hr drive each way to the Falls–so you would be spending 6 hours in a car for a 1-2 hour experience. Montego Bay is only about a hour and 15 min to the falls and Ochos Rios is where the falls are located. Hope this helps!
Post # 3
Thank you so much! I think we are now leaning towards Secrets St. James.
Post # 4
We went to Jamaica earlier this year. It’s a beautiful country with it’s problems, but what country isn’t.
Everything is very touristy, so be prepared. When my FI and I go on trips we like to get out and explore. We didn’t think a lot of their attractions were worth it. We enjoyed Dunn’s River Falls and Dolphin Cove. I swam with a dolphin, :)! The snorkeling was bland. No beautiful coral, no beautiful fish… just a boat they sunk themselves. The glistening lagoon trip was a waste. You, seriously, get 10 minutes in the water. 80% of the people on our crowded boat chose to stay on the boat. Our driver for the majority of our trip told us that there are much more beautiful places that the locals used to go and show the tourists, but that their government had closed them off and built houses and buildings for themselves on the land.
I hope you have fun, but bring a book.