a VirtualTourist member asked on Jun 5, 2014
Has anyone been to two of the Jewel Resorts so they can offer a comparison within the Jewel ownership? I am planning a trip with a timeshare exchange and all three (Dunn's River, Paradise Cove, Runaway Bay) are available. I would love opinions on quality, rooms, food, excursions etc. There are MANY reviews available online for each but none compare one property to the other. Thanks in advance!
Well, I have really no idea what really matters to you when it comes to time share travel, and know very little about such exchange. However I know quite a bit about quality hotels/resorts, and again the differences in these three resorts would be a personal choice.
I can say that the best of them is the Jewel Dunn's River, more choices in restaurants, but no tours included. The others have one Dunn's Falls tour, (not needed at Dunn's River since they are right there), and a shopping tour with a stop at a raging tourist trap called Margaritaville.
Now here is my reason for vagueness. I personally don't like AIs, but I understand the reasons for booking such places. Some folks have a hard time going off site, since all is already paid for, and a great number of guests never see anything of the country or culture, because they don't venture anywhere, - and the underlying reason is ".....but dinner is already paid for......", or the most common excuse. Take your pick.
Guaranteed, somewhere along the line you will be warned about venturing out, and don't go to Kingston, ".....crime don'cha know, and OMG blah blah......" Don't believe it. Just like anywhere else that is unfamiliar, simply have your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings, and for pete's sake don't wear a fannypack. it is an instant target, - in any country.
However, if you are of the mindset that you don't care about the cost of a meal or paying for drinks elsewhere, I would take the one in Ocho Rios at the Dunn's River. If you are into fishing, Ocho Rios is the place to be, and if you tell me that is something you like, then I have some fishing info that you might want.
Either take a tour or rent a car and go to Mo Bay, (Montego Bay), about 65 miles west of the resort. Spend an evening on the Hip Strip (Gloucester Avenue), or even drive to Negril, my favorite place in Jamaica, except for Kingston of course. if you have not been to Kingston, you have not been to Jamaica, but I am a bit biased, - there was a time I lived there for a while back in the day..........d:o)
Hope you enjoy yourself in mi Jamaica. One love.........d:o)