Post # 17
I definitely can say that my sister and bil would tell you to go to Round Hill which is right outside of Montego Bay. They had the all inclusive plan and all the suites are decorated by Ralph Lauren with lots of clean white beachy colors and just utter relaxation. Food they said was impeccable and they go each year now for their anniversary trip, in fact, we’re considering going for our post wedding (we’re doing a week at the beach before our wedding) honeymoon there or in St. Lucia.
It’s gorgeous. You should have seen the pictures of my sisters’ villa there with its own pool. My sis and bil went on excursions to both Negril and also to YS falls and loved it. Little slice of heaven is Round Hill according to them! And they are very well-travelled.
Post # 18
For our honeymoon, we are going to Couples San Souci Resort. I booked it through a travel agent and I was so sold on the whole “Sandals” experience that you see on TV – but she said for the money that Sandals charges a lot of times – it’s not really worth it. Some friends of ours recently had their honeymoon in Negril and said the Sandals on that side didn’t look as nice as what it claims to be. I am so excited – all inclusive and the pictures look amazing! I have heard nothing but great things from people about Jamaica!
Post # 19
@bellenga: I will definitely check out Round Hill, I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!
@brittanym: I haven’t heard anything bad about Jamaica either. Planning our honeymoom was sort of at the bottom of my list, but now I’m getting way too excited! I wondered about Sandal’s prices, thanks for the info!
Post # 20
Jamaica is highly enjoyable, gorgeous, but it is poor and dangerous. Even men should not walk around alone… which is why I say, never spit up.
Most resorts there considered 4 star are more like an american 3 star. It IS a 3rd world poverty stricken nation… over 90% of mothers don’t know who their childs father is and by the time a girl is 10, 9 in 10 of them have most likely already been raped by a man they know. It’s really truly sad. I was getting so mad when I was in US customs lines listening to people call their travel agent yelling about how “poor quality” their vacation was because it wasn’t “american” enough. And we wonder why people think American’s are rude? As long as you realize that you are going to a foreign country you should be fine 🙂 Also, sticking to a quality place like Iberostar, Sandals, etc… you’ll get much better and closer to american style accommodations than you will at random “jamaican” resorts.
For the Blue Mountain coffe tours, you will want a tour guide, group, or something of that nature. Your travel agent or hotel concierge should have the best and most reputable tours. I traveled by back of pick-up or horse and cart 🙂 A great way to drink your blue mountain coffee is to spoon in some good ol evaporated milk. It sounds disgusting, but for people where refrigerators are not the norm, it’s cream and sugar in one! and mmmmmmm good!
Another really crazy thing in Jamaica, but not really something you can experience as a tourist, is the German settlement in Seaford Town. It’s really amazing. It’s history dates back to the abolition of slavery. These days, not many “pure” german’s exist, as most married interracially, but, there are a few blond haired, light skinned Germans that have thick Jamaican accents that boggle the mind. But as much as they “stick out” they blend in 110% which is awesome and we american’s can probably learn a lot from the complete acceptance of them as “jamaican’s” even though they are there mainly because of slavery.
Sorry, I can go on and on about Jamaica. My heart longs to go back so much!
Post # 21
I use the TripAdvisor website all the time to find nice places to stay, which is how I decided to book our honeymoon at Couples Tower Isle (Ocho Rios). They have a lot of excursions that are included in the price of your room booking (it’s an adults only, all inclusive resort chain exclusively in Jamaica). They have horseback riding, a trip to Dunn’s River Falls, catamaran booze cruise, a trip into town to go shopping, and for honeymooners they throw in a free massage and some other treats. I feel like we’re going to get a lot of value for money, and they have rave reviews on the accomodations and customer service.
Post # 22
@KLP: OMGosh! How can you not fall in love with those kids! Did you meet/work with these kids while you were staying there? Great photos!! I can see why you would be so fond of Jamaica. I am certainly not used to being pampered or living the good life, so I’m thinking the accommodations would be more than good enough. I can’t believe they were complaining to their travel agent! If I wanted an American experience, I certainly wouldn’t go to a foreign, 3rd World country, I’d stay in the US…some people. So sad to read your stories of young girls being violated. It’s been years since I’ve had Blue Mountain coffe and it sounds delicious with evaporated milk!
@bananafishfever: When are you going to Ocho Rios? I’ll check out Trip Advisor, I sort of forgot about that source.
Post # 23
I’ll second the Couples recommendation. FI’s brother and SIL went to Couples Swept Away for their Honeymoon and loved it so much that they convinced us to book with the company. We’re going to Couples Tower Isle in Ocho Rios in April and I’m so excited. If you read up on any of the 4 Couples resorts on Trip Advisor most of the reviews pretty much sell the resorts. Good luck with your research and let us know what you decide!
Post # 24
I’ll throw a nomination in for Sunset at the Palms in Negril. For us, it was perfection. It’s not strictly adults only, but we saw 1 toddler the whole week we were there, and no other kids. It’s super small and has a private beach. Also, we were very happy booking thru http://www.negrilonestop.com
Here are some pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeni_rae/tags/honeymoon/
and videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imxO_Yeu_Zs
Post # 25
@FutureMrsTal: Thanks! I started looking on Trip Advisor some last night. I’ll be sure to let you all know what we decide.
@JeniRae: Thanks for all the great sources! The pictures are amazing, it looks like a great time!
Post # 26
@wagswifetobe – check out cheapcaribbean.com…thats where we booked our honeymoon to Couples Sans Souci. It is a much smaller resort and a lot quieter (so says the reviews) and the beach is private so you dont have to worry about any other people on the beach. It is adults only all inclusive and like another poster said you get a free trip to Dunns River Falls, free couples massage in a gazebo on a cliff overlooking the ocean (as long as you show your marriage license), free champagne upon arrival, all watersports, glass bottom boat tour, etc. It is in Ocho Rios. There are a lot of stairs to climb but Ive heard that the grounds are the lushest gardens you can imagine with tons of secret spots to relax in! You should check it out! It was very affordable in comparison to Sandals and it got wonderful reviews! It was voted the #1 best resort in the caribbean for 2009. There is another post titled Sandals vs Couples and Ive written it all out on there about what Im getting!
Post # 27
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
Hmmm I’ll put in my 2 cents here! We were considering all inclusive versus a la carte (if you will) and decided that it wasn’t worth all the extra $ for the all inclusive, and that we could get nicer accommodations at a cheaper price if we went a la carte. Mr. B and I aren’t huge drinkers, and we are quite sure that we won’t necessarily be eating 3 meals a day…and if we went all-inclusive, we would definitely feel like we would need to (get our money’s worth!). Also, since we want to do some excursions outside of our resort, like yourself…we knew that that will be an added expense on top of whatever price we are already paying for the resort we choose. We decided on the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril (HoneyBear, KLP2010 and Melissabegins all recommended one of the restaurants there, coincidentally). Their food prices are very reasonable, and they have 3 restaurants on site. It has only 34 rooms/villas, so it is nice and private! I also liked how they have a foundation that gives back to the local community…and they are committed to protecting the environment – their spa uses a new line of completely natural products that are made locally with natural ingredients…pretty neat!
Ok, I’ll stop rambling now…
here is their website
Post # 28
I am going to Sandals Whitehouse. I have stayed at other sandals resorts and have been really happy. They just redid it too so its very new. It is a little further from the airport but I like that it is remote and you can still take tours to the other areas. They have great water sports so I am excited.
Post # 29
@clarebee: Thanks for the tips! I will definitely check out that website. Did you read about anyone having trouble booking the trip themselves? I would rather save money by not going through a travel agent, however, I wonder if it would be better to have the travel agent behind you if anything should go wrong with your flight, etc.?
@msbuttons: Thanks for the great info! Those photos are amazing! I like their eco-conscious approach as well. We’ll definitely explore this as an option.
@DVsMom: Thanks for the info, I’m pretty pumped myself!
Post # 30
I didn’t read through the others but we too wanted a Jamaican Sandals. Our travel agent is a platinum rep for Sandals so he basically figured us out and what would be best for us. The one near the airport, Montego Bay, he said is more of a party resort and less relaxing. Also- it’s RIGHT next to the airport… so you hear the planes. Whitehouse is the opposite- middle of nowhere, gorgeous… but basically all you have to do there is relax and sunbathe. We were in the middle and he reccomended either of the ones in Ocho Rios (Sandals Grande Ocho Rios or Dunn’s River Villaggio) We chose Villaggio because it was slightly less expensive and smaller – but we get free transportation to the other resorts so we can go to Grande O. R. if we want. I also loved the Italian Villa theme and 24 hour pizza oven!!!!
I don’t remember why but Negril was not on our list. Villaggio just grabbed us from the start.
My suggestion would ALWAYS be to talk to a travel agent or Sandals person so you can get the feel of which resort is right for you.
Post # 31
@wagswifetobe … through cheapcaribbean you dont actually have a travel agent. Its just that the website has GREAT deals! We just booked it directly through the website. We get hurricane insurance (full refund if there is a hurricane) and sunshine guarantee (free night at Couples for every day it rains)