a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 26, 2014
We need help choosing a resort in ochos rios for our honeymoon, it seems we cannot find one with EVERYTHING we want. We want to see Dunns River falls, snorkle, margaritaville, swim with dolphins, zip line, preferabling not paying any extra money and just getting it all inclusive with the resort. We are looking at the The jewel at Dunns river that has awesome reviews but it appears even simply snorkeling is not included. I know we can get it, but it costs extra. The jewel paradise cove has snorkeling and Dunns river falls included but it is way more expensive :( ?!? Looks liek couples San Souci includes a lot but i dont know if it is really our style.. we want big pools, a grand resort, and newer/modern. Any thoughts???? Of course Sandals Grand Rivera is also an option that incluedes a lot but I hear you are mostly paying for the names and Couples and The Jewels are just as beautiful for less money!! HELP!!!
Jewel is a better option since you will apend most time off the hotel for outdoor activities.
Couples San Souci is the best option for honeymooners and most of the activities are included in the package, but the pool is not so big, and the resort is not a megaresot like others in Jamaica. Have you checked Bahia Principe? It is a huge resort, but I am not sure of what activities are included in the package.
Hello Samantha, and welcome to VT........d:o)
As much as I love my Jamaica and the Caribbean in general, I have never been able to stomach the AIs, in any of these locations. I am of the firm belief, that if an AI is what I want, I will go to one that is closest to home as it is bound to cost less overall, and these resorts like Couples and Sandals etc., are so bloody generic that they all feel the same. not to mention how everything is second class and less.
In AIs everything is bought in bulk. Yes there is free booze, but what kind of booze is it? Certainly not the "good stuff".
Oh, buy the way, congrats are in order..........d:o)
One more thing on your wishes. Leave out Margaritaville. It is the premium ripoff place in Jamaica bar none. Again, like the AIs, Buffet's place is ultra generic, like his music, it is severely what could be called Carib Lite. Costs a fortune for less than you get in the local joints, of which there are many.
Ocho Rios, is the best place to stay, if you want to go fishing, but Negril is overall better than OR.
However, if big gaudy generic AI resorts is your cup of tea, then Margaritaville is probably your kind of place. It is however, a real shame to be so wrapped up in mediocrity, as to not experience the local culture, - the real one while there.
There are some really nice ones around, like this one in Oracabessa. You may have heard of it. It is called Goldeneye. It used to be the Ian Fleming estate, where he wrote most of the James Bond books. It was sold to Bob Marley, who sold it to his manager Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who has turned into a great hidden retreat, well worth looking at. Yes it was the source of the Bond film name, Goldeneye. Everyone remembers this scene from Dr. No. It has become truly iconic. It was filmed on the Goldeneye property.Take a look:
Here is the estate:
In Negril are the Caves, another Chris Blackwell property. Also my favorite the Nirvana.
I am probably not being much help. However if you are ready to shed the AI chains, I have a lot of information. Hope you enjoy mi Jamaica. One love........d:o)