All Inclusive Montego Bay Jamaica Vacation of Ours

After close to 2 years of non-stop blogging and over 7 years of non-stop working, I finally exhausted myself enough to to take a break. No, not just some break, but a proper 10-day vacation on the beach! For the first time in seven years I left my laptop at home (huge step to making it a true vacation), got my girls (wife and little Princess) and left for… Jamaica!!

This was our second trip to Jamaica, and first time vacationing in Montego Bay.

I must tell you, our luxurious all inclusive hotel wasn’t exactly what we expected:

Jamaica building

Okay-okay, of course, this wasn’t it. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just a building I took a picture of while on the way to our hotel. Our hotel was quite a bit nicer than that! We stayed at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites (sorry, Hilton, you’ve lost your chance), and enjoyed every moment there. Iberostar must be doing something right. Having 3 of its hotels in the list of the top 10 Montego Bay hotels at (at the time I’m writing this post) is quite impressive. Having checked out all three of these (Beach, Suites and Grand), I believe that we made the best choice, getting the best possible price/quality correlation.

We’ve enjoyed the beach:

Enjoying Jamaica beach

Goofed off a little:

Three pairs of eyes

Had some amazing cocktails:

Sipping my Blue Hawaii cocktail

Enjoyed some good reading:

Books and Jamaican beer

…and gourmet eating:

Gourmet Restaurant at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

But here’s my favorite picture from this vacation:

She's flying!! ...on wings of joy!

It really expresses the joy, and the beauty of Jamaican “no problem” vacations.

Now that I’m back my daily blog posts will resume (starting from this one). It’s good to be back, and good to be well-rested…

By the way, we’re already thinking of where to go next. I’ve heard a lot of good words about Riviera Maya (Mexico), the Dominican Republic, as well as Turks and Caicos resorts. If you have any experience vacationing around the Caribbean (in places other than Jamaica), I would highly appreciate you sharing it in the “Comments” below. Many thanks in advance.

9 thoughts on “All Inclusive Montego Bay Jamaica Vacation of Ours”

  1. Hi Geno! It was a well deserved vacation I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the photo of your daughter mid-jump too. I have heard wonderful things about Iberostar resorts. We honeymooned at the Excellence Punta Cana in July 2009 (which is actually in Uvero Alto not far from Punta Cana).

    It was truly excellent — they don’t let you forget it either – every night the jazz singer sings the theme song – the lyrics are “Excellence, Excellence, Excellence…. Punta Cana” – how’s that for marketing? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The service was wonderful (ratio of staff to patrons was unbelievable) and I’d not hesitate to recommend it to anyone, however Excellence is adults only so great for some down time w/ the significant other but not family friendly.

    If you want/need family friendly (and I know you typically vacation w/ princess in tow) there a number of other resorts in the area which are family friendly. Trip Advisor is a wonderful resource! If you liked Jamaica you’d likely enjoy Punta Cana too. Subtle differences I’m sure to the resort experience between countries and the culture is different, but overall a similar concept and the beaches are wonderful. Glad you had a good vacation!

    1. Thank you for your comment, Liz.

      We were seriously considering the Dominican Republic this time, but with the current cholera threat (out of Haiti) glad we decided to go with Jamaica.

      As soon as the cholera situation resolves, we’ll seriously look at Punta Cana resorts, and Excellence Punta Cana looks like a great all inclusive to consider (great pictures too). By the way, how did you book your vacation with them? We’re still looking for the best (read: least expensive) way.

  2. Hey Geno,

    Looks like you had a great time in Jamaica – always great to get away after slaving away for years!

    My wife and I took two weeks in St. Thomas this past year and it was absolutely incredible. We stayed in two separate private villas. The first week was spent in a large villa with family while the second week was in a somewhat smaller villa for just the two of us.

    St. Thomas is a special kind of island and has some of the most gorgeous and authentic sites I have ever seen. Having spent two weeks there while exploring the entire island (and most of St. John), I would absolutely recommend staying in a villa and renting a Jeep for a lot of reasons.

    First, staying in a villa instead of a resort requires you to go out hunting for food and forces you to experience the island as a native. It’s truly an amazing experience. Second, having a Jeep (some of the roads are just not accessible with anything but a 4×4) allows freedom to explore the entire island at your leisure – and it really is an AMAZING island.

    I can go on and on about the island and our vacation as well as pointers in what and how to do certain things there so please feel free to reach out if you like!

    1. Arthur, thank you for sharing this. Definitely something to look into. Not sure my wife and daughter would be too excited about the “hunting for food and forces you to experience the island as a native” aspect of it (I would, but I’m a fishing guy, and love the outdoors), but I see that St Thomas has quite a number of interesting all inclusive family-friendly resorts too.

      How’s the ocean there? Calm like in Jamaica, or wavy like the Atlantic along the East Coast (of the Pacific over the West, for that matter)?

      1. The ocean is very calm and yes, there are certainly a lot of great resorts in the area. I would stay away from the Ritz Carlton resort however. It’s a man made beach (although quite nice) and is quite a bit out of the way from the central town.
        Still, I would definitely recommend a 4×4 rental so you can explore the island on your own terms.

        I would also look into staying at St. John which is a short ferry ride away from St. Thomas. It’s much more tourist friendly with a great shopping district and less “raw” than St. Thomas.

        Good luck!

          1. Hi there,

            My husband and I just booked a week long vacation at the Iberostar Grand. Sounds like it was a good choice from what you have to say. Any suggestions as to some of the excursions that we could take? I would be content to sit on the beach and read all day, but my husband probably would like a little more adventure. Are Dunn River Falls far from the Iberostar Grand? I heard they were very nice. Thanks, Rebecca

          2. Yes, the Grand is indeed a great choice, Rebecca. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. When you make reservations for restaurants, make sure you visit the Gourmet restaurant at the Suites (you should have access to all Grand, Suites and Beaches restaurants when staying at Iberostar Grand).

            Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to advise much on excursions. We didn’t leave the hotel (in part due for the safety reasons).

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