Post # 17
My senior year of college (2002) there were 18 of us girls and we did a 10 day All Inclusive at the Montego Bay Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort and to this day it was one of the best trips I have ever been on. We enjoyed all the food (there were 3 diff restaurants on the property) and all the evening activities. We enjoyed the different pools on the property and the daytime activities out at the pools. We went out to some bars and clubs at night. We took a day trip to Negril and the falls. We felt safe and everyone was friendly. There was not a single thing that I could complain about…I would go back in a hot second if FH wanted to go, we’re trying to travel places neither one of us has ever been…
Post # 18
To each their own, of course. I was simply venting and possibly trying to save another newlywed couple from having a bad experience. Jamaica as a country was amazing. And please, take this all with a little grain of salt, just like any other review. 🙂
Post # 19
It is horrendous what Jamaican people deal with daily BUT I don’t see the reason to post that in this thread to berate the poster.
Post # 20
I didn’t think I was berating the OP. If it came across that way, my apologies, however, I was trying to point out that there is a clear distinction between “poor Jamaica” and “poor parts of America.” I was also trying to point out that there were indeed valid concerns but that some could have been prevented… or should have been if the Travel Agent did a better job. Most things were the fault of the Travel Agent giving wrong expectations and not informing her clients to “quirks” of the nation… and not the fault of local Jamaicans working a “no dignity” job for measly pay.
I’m sure the OP learned a lot and hopefully, as the OP pointed out, others will avoid the same experience. The only way, is through knowledge… But again, the travel agent could have helped them have a much better honeymoon by being truthful and giving them information about where they were going…
Post # 21
Agreed. I am NOT angry at the resort, really, except for the things they could have prevented, like the messy beach. I have written a fairly angry email to the travel agency I booked with… no response yet. From now on, more personal research and booking on my own for me!
Post # 22
You will LOVE Couples Sans Souci!!!! We stayed there for our honeymoon in July – FABULOUS!!!!! Cannot say enough nice things about it. Jamaica in general is GORGEOUS!!! Loved it – now the ride from the airport to the resort – just a little scary!!! But once you get to the resort you will never want to leave! We did Dunn’s River and yes – the vendors are a little pushy – but just keep walking! And do not tell them your name or let anyone hear your name as you are walking through because they will engrave your name in the wood and want you to buy it! Just a bit of advice we got before going!!! Have fun!!!
Post # 23
YAY! Im so excited!!! You look youg – do you mind me asking how old you are? We are a little concerned that there wont be anyone even close to our age!!!
Only 13 days until we are there and we are ecstatic!!! Did you guys have the honeymoon package with the couples massage?? Do you have any tips, suggestions, ideas or warnings for me?? Ive heard I should bring my own conditioner and hair dryer – should I bring my own shampoo as well? How bad were the bugs in your room and on the beach? We bought bug spray (25% DEET and 100% DEET) do you think we will need it? Do you think we should bring a citronella candle for sitting on our balcony??
AH! I might have more questions – could I PM you or email you?
Post # 24
Jamaica is absolutely beautiful and the people there are warm and amazing iv been there several times and i decided to get married there. Some of you should blame your travel agents for promising you things that aren’t there. It depends on where you stay. and that post that showed where employees live and pictures of houses and children in jamaica. Jamaica is a third world country America is first world they should be the ones pointing fingers at us for the way many of our citizens are living as we have the resources to improve conditions of our citizens while in jamaica they probably dont. The island is great iv been to montego bay ocho rios trelawny and negril. Every country has its downfalls but i think jamaica has more positives than negatives. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 25
We stayed at Secrets St. James (they’re the same property essentially) – you will love it!
Post # 26
to you and Treasure43… thoughts and opinions on the Secrets resort?? We are considering going here for our honeymoon and I would love to know what you thought. How was the food? Entertainment? Bars? We really want a resort that obviously we can relax at, but we are very social as well and want to make sure there is plenty to do at the resort. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!