Montego Bay Travel Guide
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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
When we were shown around the suites at the all-inclusive Secrets Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, we knew the dark square on the wall was some sort of door. But it was too small to be a closet, and because it was just behind the front door, that wouldn’t have made sense anyway. Unable to stand the curiosity any longer, we flung open the door and found…nothing. Nothing but a big empty space. We had to investigate further.
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Jamaica has been on fiyah more than usual, that’s because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the island's independence from Britain. Official Jubilee celebrations started this week, but will be absolutely bananas this weekend until to Emancipation Day on August 6th. Last month, the antics were warmed up with Reggaefest and many celebs came to jam, including headliner Nicki Minaj.
We thought she would have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall or the tony Half Moon Bay, but no, she went the all-inclusive route and made the all-suite, adults-only Secrets Wild Orchid Resort her home. Sure, she stayed in the Preferred Club’s Presidential Suite, but we kind of dig she picked this accessible-to-the-people, two-year old resort.
Minaj and her entourage were seen being escorted to the luxury suite via golf cart, were she looked pretty tame in a demure floral outfit (but with some crazy orange wedges).
Current temperature in Montego Bay, Jamaica: 85 degrees. Current temperature on the East Coast of the US: Not nearly warm enough.
Jamaica sounds nice and, hey, you never did take that Spring Break, did you? And you got a nice little tax return, didn't you? There's a pretty good deal happening down at the Ritz-Carlton Jamaica: booking four nights with the Escape to Luxury Package scores you a totally free fifth night, and all-inclusive rates per night start at $409. And included in this package, in addition to being able to spend a work week in the land of the beautiful sunshine, is the following:
· Overnight accommodations in a garden view guest room
· Daily breakfast at Horizon restaurant or continental breakfast from in-room dining
· Lunch at Mangos restaurant or the Reggae Jerk Center
· Dinner at Horizon or Mangos restaurants
· Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
· All taxes and gratuities
· Service charge, which includes amenities such as access to the Spa, Fitness Center, high-speed internet access in all guest rooms and wireless connection in public areas, sailing and windsurfing lessons and use of non-motorized water sports equipment
Yeah, it's like an all-inclusive sorta thang.
As all kids know, there comes a time in every young life when it's unfathomably uncool to be seen with your parents...unless you and the units are down in Jamaica, and you're traveling for free, mon.
The Half Moon Resort has a new package, "Hangin' With the Rents," that lets your rugrat stay free, as long as he/she is under 18. There's also 50 percent off meal plans for kids aged 3 to 11.
This is a massive resort sitting on more than 400 acres, with endless stuff to do, either as a family or just for kids--from tennis courts and horse-back riding to close encounters of the third kind with dolphins at the Dolphin Lagoon.
There's free snorkeling, kayaking, and floatie things available, and tons of sailing lessons, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and scuba, if you want to pay extra.
Or just play along the beach, or in the three huge pools (the hotel actually has 51 pools but most are part of villas, suites or cottages...but still...)
Suites are as low as US$380; two- bedroom suites start at $1,060, and the imperial suites are $1,100.
If you're looking at a stay in Montego Bay in Jamaica, the Coyaba Beach Resort comes up tops according to TripAdvisor reviews, and there's a few reasons we like it too. First, it's pretty small--just 50 rooms--which means you can avoid that overcrowded, too-busy feel of many larger resorts. And despite the small size, guests report that Coyaba Beach isn't lacking anything:
All the facilities of a large resort without the crowds. If you want a rest - this is the place. Food was good in all the restaurants and the staff very friendly and helpful.
Each room has large French doors that lead out to your own balcony, overlooking either the gardens or the ocean. There are three restaurants and bars on site, some casual and some finer, and the resort usually holds Seafood Night and Native Night (Jamaican cuisine) on two nights during the week.
Winter season rates run until April 15, and range from US$320 per night for the Garden Deluxe room through to $420 for an Ocean Junior Suite. You can add various meal packages to that or get all inclusive for an extra $115 per person, which includes all meals, all bar drinks and some of the sports facilities too.
Jamaica has already been in the path of a hurricane this season, getting the island all over the news, which means hotel deals there are now coming out at a gale force pace to lure travelers back.
Half Moon Bay Resort is offering up special fall deals through October 31. This popular resort in Montego Bay offers a dolphin lagoon, golf course, equestrian center, tennis, and a variety of water sports over 400 beachfront acres.
The rates for two start at $149 a night for a standard, $179 for a deluxe, and $349 to $599 for the various one-bedroom suites. These include use of tennis courts and fitness center, managers cocktail party, kayaks, and more.
Children 3-12 sharing a room with two adults are free with a maximum of two children per room. The voucher code for Fall Break is HMFB07. To book call 1-800-626-0592 or visit www.halfmoon.com. (Note that it is still hurricane season throughout the length of this promotion, so you may want to get trip cancellation insurance.)
Angela Bassett played a 40-year-old stockbroker/cougar headed to Jamaica for a much-needed break...only to fall for a 20-something local, played by Taye Diggs. While the movie is a bit cheesy (the book was even worse), the film's beautiful, nature-made set makes for a great warm-weather getaway with its open window breezes, private beaches and hot, humid nights.
Shot on location at Montego Bay's Round Hill Hotel and Villas, we can only imagine every grip and production assistant in Hollywood was trying to get a job on "Stella."
Crew members stand riveted as she unties her skirt. A production assistant about to offer mango juice sinks, mesmerized, into a beach chair; the prop man, three straw bags hanging off each arm, freezes. Guests at Jamaica's Round Hill resort lean out of their windows, waving glasses of free champagne offered by the hotel...
Sounds like a good gig. Hey, we wonder if villa owners Ralph Lauren or Bob Pittman snagged any of the free bubbly.
[Photo: hale mason]
At Round Hill Jamaica the two bedroom villas will run you around $765.00/night, and that is the summer rate!
Sure, sure, not even a trustafarian could afford those Jamaican resort rates, however the three remaining Amazing Race teams were lucky enough to check in to Villa 16 for a night of luxury on race finale eve.
Final Round-Up After The Break
[megn323's visits Montego Bay. Enjoy.]
There is no doubt the Tryall Club holds a fair share of my heart's greatest passions, so I feel it only fair I admit my bias upfront. But, let me follow that with saying I am not one to be without a very discerning eye and heart.
This resort offers more that any other resort I have ever been to in terms of comfort. And by comfort I don't mean there are amenities that will overwhelm you or where the beach waiter is never more than 3 feet away but the kind of comfort - the best kind of comfort in my book - the kind that only comes naturally.
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Wanna hit all the Kokomo Islands by year end? Or maybe you have a honeymoon to plan by year end.
If you are in either of the above situations, Expedia is promoting a cool deal at a handful of hotels in the Caribbean. Here is a link to the deal:
If you book at one of these resorts by April 15 you get $250 credit at these resorts to use as you wish. Dinner, drinks, spa treatments, golf, you get the gist.
So if you are a dude tasked with planning your honeymoon, why not look into these deals? You book a room at the Ritz Montego Bay, then once you get there you explain to your new wife that you absolutely must play golf--cause how else are you going to use that $250 credit? She may suggest a nice dinner out, or a spa treatment, but with $2250 to spend you should be able to play golf and do a spa treatment...compromise...get use to it.
· Ritz Carlton Jamaica Reviews [TripAdvisor]