Experience the Irie vibe of the new Moon Palace Jamaica Grande!

Experience the Irie vibe of the new Moon Palace Jamaica Grande!

Ahhh! Jamaica! If you’ve been following my travels, you might have noticed that Jamaica holds a very special place in my heart. I have travelled multiple times to this gorgeous island and still can’t get enough of it’s Irie culture and vibe. Having the opportunity to experience resort life at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios as an exclusive group of travel agents through our Palace Resort representative, this gave me the perfect opportunity to share my experience with you. Palace Resorts has put extensive work and refurbishment into the property to make it a luxury 5* resort. The Palace Resort chain is very popular in Mexico, specifically the Riviera Maya and Cancun area. They have multiple All-Inclusive 5* Luxury properties, both adult’s only and family resorts, with one of them being one of THE top resort in Cancun – Le Blanc Spa (this one has been on my bucket list for a while!). The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande property has been totally re-furbished to bring it to the Palace Resorts standards and it did not disappoint!

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Located in downtown Ocho Rios, approximately 1.5 hours from the Montego Bay airport, this resort is in a perfect location for the curious soul. A hop and a skip from markets, water and land excursions to restaurants and bars, all can be done without spending two to three hours a day commuting to popular attractions.

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As you enter the property, big gates open to let you in this gorgeous property. Welcomed with a fresh cold towel and a glass of champagne, it’s the perfect way to start your holiday. The staff welcomes you with a smile and a professional, yet personal attitude and this follows you throughout the duration of your stay. As you enter the lobby area, it is Grande! The décor has been thoroughly thought of, from lights to furniture and décor, it gives a sense of a modern inviting place to feel at home for your vacation.

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And then, there’s the smell…yes, I said smell! Palace Resorts have their own unique touch when it comes to inviting you home…they have come up with a way to make the lobby, the elevators and even the hallways smell like you’re in a beauty salon. I personally fell in love with the smell. While it might be overwhelming to some who are majorly allergic or sensitive to such smells, I found it took the “moldy” or humid smell that you usually get from the tropics out of the equation. It made it that much more inviting to explore inside the buildings.

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As I entered my room, everything was clean, fresh and simple. I had two double beds which took most of the space in the room. The rooms are small, but functional. Extra amenities are included, such as CHI hair and bath products, a garment steamer, room service, free Wi-Fi, and more.

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My room had a small balcony which faced mostly the mountains/town area. I had a glimpse of the ocean, but really had to stretch to get that view. As my room was facing more the town area, the weekend nights were a bit noisy due to the music that was played in town. So when you are sitting out on your balcony, it can be noisy. As some of my colleagues had rooms facing the ocean, they said theirs was more quiet. One thing to consider when booking this resort is that not all rooms have balconies. One of the building is equipped with French balconies, so if this is important for you, always specify and book your preferred room location so to avoid disappointments. A large Smart TV is included which can be used for ordering room service and is available 24hrs a day! You’ll never go hungry here!

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Speaking of food…Jerk Chicken anyone? From the famous Jamaican cuisine to Sushi, crepes and pizza, food options aren’t lacking here. It boosts a wonderful No reservation policy with four different A la Carte Restaurants to choose from for dinner, so you can eat when and where you want without being on a schedule. This is a major positive attribute when I personally choose my vacation week at an All-Inclusive resort. As for daytime options, there are snack bars and restaurants at every corner.

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Another Grand amenity of this resort is the spa, the Awe SPA! You will be totally immersed in a sublime relaxing environment with a varied choice of blissful treatments or thermal baths and water circuit. Let’s just say that I took advantage of using the water circuit treatment a few times. Nothing better than to melt the stress away from our bustling lifestyle. It is also a great way to spend a few hours with your partner in a totally romantic atmosphere. Aawwwe!!!

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Travelling with children? No problem! I’ve never seen a Teen’s club AND a Kid’s club as cool as this one. Does your child love to sign? Let them take stage at the Kid’s club signing karaoke! From a major play area to a small kitchen for the young cooks at heart, your child will not experience boredom here! And on top of it all, there’s the water sports area and a Flow Rider for the more adventurous kid or big kid out there. And if you’re into swimming with the dolphins, that option is also available on site.

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As for nighttime fun, there is always something going on at the Moon Palace. From the Piano Bar to the Loud bar and the hip Club Noir, there is music to cater to every taste. Looking for a bit more fun? You can find it here! The Moon Palace Jamaica Grande hosts regular big star concerts, such as Sean Paul, Survivor and many more! If you’re a concert fan, there is no better way than to experience it in beautiful Jamaica!

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One last mention about this AWE some resort chain is their resort credits. If you book 5 nights or more, you are eligible to receive $1,500 resort credits per room. The more nights you book, the more credits you earn. While there is a small “tax” fee (20%) to pay when using the credits, the value far exceeds the fee. Those credits can be used towards spa services, golf, photo session packages, upgrades and many more.

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I hope I was able to give you a glimpse of what you should expect shall you wish to book your holidays with me at this amazing resort. To finish off my review, I’d also like to point out that the staff at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande were all welcoming, smiling and very Irie! They went out of there way to make sure we all had an AWEsome stay. They are truly shining stars ready to welcome you home.

Ready to book? Connect with me HERE.

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Resort Review: Couples Swept Away

Resort Review: Couples Swept Away

Are you looking for a picturesque getaway for your destination wedding or honeymoon? With it’s unparalleled romantic atmosphere, you won’t find any spring breakers here. The décor throughout this resort is unpretentious with a true Caribbean vibe. Tropical plants, palm trees, grape trees amongst beautiful tropical flowers and little koi ponds engulf the pathways and buildings of it’s surroundings. It is literally this inspiring! Visiting the same resort twice is very rare for me, as I love to experience different places. Admittedly, I have visited this one twice, and would go again in a heartbeat; I love it this much! Here are some highlights of this amazing romantic oasis located in Negril, Jamaica.

 

Romance Rewards Program – Once booked at this resort, you can access their rewards program to do your pre-check in, receive some rewards and resort credits based on the number of nights previously stayed. With this, you can pre-order your mini-bar and make your room requests. On my 2nd stay, my significant other & I received two t-shirts with the Couples’ logo, a resort credit of $300 which I used at the spa and my hubby used against his upgraded diving course fees. A great little bonus to make you feel special as a repeat customer.

Dedicated private airport lounge (Montego Bay) and private shuttle – at no extra cost! Here you can enjoy a cold red stripe on tap, change into lighter clothes while your private airport transfer becomes available. No matter how you book this resort, the airport transfers are all privately dedicated to Couples’ customers, either couples staying at Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away, so there are no other stops along the way.

The service – As we entered the lobby, we were instantly greeted with a cold towel and a glass of champagne. Although no one steps over your feet to wait on you constantly, the general service around the restaurants and bars were top notch. Beach service was a hit and a miss, so if you’re someone who needs this kind of attention, don’t be disappointed if no one waits on you every minute of the day.

Rooms – Although the rooms are very basic with a rustic flare, they all have amazing spacious balconies. There are multiple room categories, but my favorite is the Beachfront Verandah Suite. It is literally steps from the beach. Waking up and having coffee in my rocking chair on the balcony while looking and hearing the waves crash on that smooth sand was one of the highlights of my trip! Yep, I’m this simple…

Food – One thing that stood out to me was the freshness of the food. All prepared to order, from jerk chicken to sweet potato chips, everything was mouth watering. With 5 restaurants to choose from, you won’t go hungry here. The snack bar, which offers delicious jerk chicken and more fast food options, is open 24 hours; or you can choose to eat at one of the finer restaurants with a more romantic atmosphere.

Amenities – One of my favorite; the sports complex. A full blown sports complex located across the road from the resort with a lap pool, a running track, open air weight room, gym class room, tennis court and spa. It has a fresh juice bar on site, some loungers and a very serene atmosphere near the spa area. A great way to shed some calories from the indulgence of Jamaican food and Red Stripe beer!

All included activities – This is where the resort shines from the others. Everything, I mean EVERYTHING is included. From tips, snorkelling, diving, golf to the catamaran excursion, you won’t have to dish out your extra hard cash here. Unless you want to buy some souvenirs or indulge in a spa treatment, no money is required for the duration of your stay. The catamaran excursion is a great way to explore Negril’s sea side from the water, sailing along the coast up to the Cliffside area. The crew on board knows how to make sure everyone has a good time with rum punch, beer and some singing and dancing.

Beach – So, I’ve saved the best for last. There are no words to describe the beauty of the water and sand that make up 7 Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica. White powdery sand with crystal clear turquoise water is what it’s all about. As another bonus, Couples offers chair cushions that serves as a floating mat for your use in the warm Caribbean Sea. I mean, what more could you ask for? A drink in one hand while laying in this glistening sea! Pure Bliss!

At the end of my week ‘stay I felt like a new woman. Rejuvenated and relaxed. A true romantic getaway that couples need every now and then to re-spark that connection. If you would like to learn more about booking this resort, reach out to me HERE and I would love to plan your next romantic getaway to the beautiful Couples Swept Away!

P.S. I could go on and write more amazing things about Negril, but I’ll save that for another post – where I’ll share more great insights on my love of Jamaica. Stay tuned!

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