I would say this review is quite extensive; I have tried to describe my personal experience of my entire stay, reviewing the majority of details. Each section is labelled with appropriate headings for ease of reading; so don’t feel obliged to read it all. It does contain some ‘spoilers’ so if you like to go somewhere and discover the details yourself, I recommend not reading through everything. If anyone has booked or is looking to book this resort, and has any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me - I will be more than happy to share.
Why we chose Jamaica
My girlfriend and I had our first holiday together in November 2011; we stayed at the Royal Decameron Club Caribbean. Although she had no interest in going to Jamaica particularly I managed to convince her that it would be a good idea. After showing her pictures of sunny skies, white beaches, blue seas and describing the relaxed atmosphere, she agreed it was a great choice. The reason why I wanted to visit Jamaica is because I am a big fan of reggae music; I am interested in the life and music of Bob Marley specifically (whilst we were there we travelled to the Marley mausoleum, it was a great experience). Before going I read a book called “Reggae, Rastafari and the Rhetoric of Social Control”. It describes the link between reggae music the Rastafari movement and Jamaican politics in the twentieth century. I thought there would be no better place to go to re-read the book and experience its representation, than Jamaica.
Why we chose this resort
We chose this resort mainly because of the price; my girlfriend and I are both young adults; we live off a smaller budget, so the five star resorts were just a little out of our budget. Also because it is an all-inclusive resort, we did not want to have to worry about carrying around money, spending money.
My girlfriend was definitely attracted to the unique set up of Cottage style rooms, as opposed to the big blocks of individual rooms as in a conventional hotel. Additionally this hotel is situated around 10 minutes from Ochos Rios, a larger town with an abundance of shops and markets.
Experience Upon Arrival
We flew from London Gatwick, to Montego Bay airport, and then took a coach transfer to the resort in Runaway Bay, a very exhausting trip, especially for someone that’s never been out of Europe! The road trip from the airport took two hours despite our travel agent, First Choice; saying it takes 90 minutes, watch out for that one! After unloading our suitcases from the coach we stepped into the reception foyer, as our whole coach had to check in there was a delay getting to the desk, however this was obviously expected by the hotel and a tray of 30-40 cups of non-alcoholic fruit punch, garnished with fresh pineapple, were being offered to the new arrivals, they were very refreshing and much needed. At the desk we were processed very quickly, but this is not to say we were rushed in and out like cattle. We were made to feel very welcome by the receptionist; she made us feel as though it was a privilege for them to have us staying, it did not at all sound like she was reading from a script, everything was personal.