Just got back from Sunset Beach in Montego Bay and i have to say i was more then pleasantly surprised. We had an awesome vacation. i was a little scared after reading some of the negative reviews but after having such a great time i knew i had to come back and write my own review of this place. 1st off, i am very well traveled, i go on a vacation at least 3-4 times a year inc islands, Europe, US trips, you name it. I like looking for a deal but im also very picky about where i stay when it comes to quality, safety and cleanliness. This trip was booked by my boyfriend as a surprise vacation for my birthday and i have to say he did a great job.
Ill start with the food: It was all inclusive which sometimes scares me because more then anything i appreciate good food. Now don't misunderstand, the food was not 5 star gourmet but there was always something for everyone and a wide variety, you for sure would never worry about being hungry. Only went to the Asian "restaurant" on site, it was ok, not great, a couple that we went with also went here, they are both vegetarians though and they LOVED it so i don't know, to each his own. but at the buffet, everything was fresh, the fish the meat the veggies and fruit. they changed their selection everyday but they always had a carving station, a pasta station and a grill. dessert was awesome and plentiful. there was also a grill onsite which stayed open till 1am where you can get hamburgers, grilled cheese, jerk chicken ect . only problem with food was that there was not something available 24/7. the grill closed at 1am bars around 2, i think the "disco" stayed open a little later, but im not sure. but overall, the staff went out of their way to ask if you needed anything at all.
We went to one restaurant off site called "the Native". this place has a car come pick you up and drop you off free of charge if you are staying at the hotel (ofcourse you pay for your meal once you are there though) this was a nice change of pace and wasn't very expensive.
Drinks- Great, make sure to have some rum cream it is awesome. You can basically get whatever you want from the bar the bartenders are very well versed in their drink knowledge.
Staff-I can't understand how people are saying that the staff was rude. i just felt that they ran on "island time" which is fine by me. The maids were so friendly and attentive, everyone smiled and said "good afternoon/evening/night" when you walked by, no one at all looked cross or like they weren't enjoying their jobs.
Facility- AMAZING, so beautiful. the grounds were great the beach was small, no waves, but im used to that from the Bahamas. the view could not be beat. they had several pools, all stunning, one with 2 great water slides, a lazy river and a pirates cove ship for the kids. No one ever told you not to do something, like swim late at night. pretty much if you are not causing harm then you are doin alright. "Jamaica, no problem mon" was very much the motto. every time i glanced around i was awestruck by beautiful scenery. the color of the ocean is unmatched. reminds me of Bermuda.
Rooms- we asked at the front desk upon check-in to please be upgraded to an ocean front (we reserved a garden view) she said that it would be $45 a night to upgrade to which we said "do what you can and we will take care of you" she gave us a room with a gorgeous 9th floor ocean front room for a nominal tip. the room itself was minimalistic but the balcony made it worth it. Overall the room was nice, clean, and a great air conditioner. but in this area, u get what you pay for, but again, i will not complain, if anyone has been to the Atlantis Beach tower the rooms are very comparable to this. No frills, but clean- only complaint is noise, gets a bit loud in the halls due all the tile, but again, im on vacation and so are all the people making noise so im fine with that too.
I really don't know how people came here and had so many complaints. they must be very picky, and people who are that picky should only stay at places that are 5 stars. this vacation was fantastic, i have already recommended the place to others and ive only been home a day. Great for people with kids (we don't have kids but it's nice to see them running around and playing). Never at any point while i was there did we feel overwhelmed by crowds yet we never felt alone. it was perfect, there was so much to do that no one was ever all in the same place, so you had plenty of time to relax. Oh they also had a great play area with mini-golf, giant chess and checker boards, basket ball volley ball and tennis, ping pong, you name it. Only problem with that you have to get a ball/towel/ping pong equipment before the towel huts close at 7 if you want to use any of these things late at night. it only took one day to realize this though so no problem there. Again i can't stress enough how wonderful of a vacation this was, and i know im forgetting to mention something. I find it odd too that people complain about giving a credit card for a deposit. i think this is totally normal you always have to leave a credit card on file, no one is trying to pull the wool over your eyes.
We went on a zip line tour which was fantastic too, the tour guides were fun and very professional , it was well worth the $90 US price per person.
Overall, the trip was wonderful. place was great people were great, island breeze was great. feel free to write me with any questions you may have. but i'll assure you as long as you aren't a snob, you will have a blast!!
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- Consists of two 10-story Sunrise and Sunset Towers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Resort Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Montego Bay
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Montego Bay
- Beach Resort Sunset
- Sunset Beach Resort And Spa Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Resort Montego Bay Jamaica
- Sunset Beach Resort Spa Jamaica
- Montego Bay Sunset Beach Resort