~I received a trip from the Jamaican Tourism board to share my travel experience as a parent. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I absolutely love to travel and was so excited when I was offered the amazing opportunity to visit Jamaica for the first time. Although I’ve visited several islands in the past, this was a whole new experience for me! I hope to inspire you to visit the gorgeous island of Jamaica. Although what I mention is only a tiny fraction of the amazing things to see and do, I will give you highlights so you can learn more about what the country has to offer for the whole family. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on exciting things to do when you get there and of course, what to eat!
Jamaica definitely feels like the home to all-inclusive resorts. That normally means what you pay up front gets you your room, food and drinks for your entire stay. This is nice for budgeting because you know how much you are going to spend and because those resorts have plenty to do at the hotel itself. The RIU Palace Tropical Bay, located in Negril, is definitely like staying in paradise.
All Inclusive 24 hours (everything is included)
- All meals and snacks
- Optional dinner in their fine dining restaurants (reservations required)
- Sun loungers, towels, parasols
- Turn-down service
- In-room safe
- Room Service
- Daytime Kid’s Program (ages 4-12)
- Adult Entertainment
- Business Center with internet
There are plenty of places to lounge and relax while soaking up the sun. I could easily sit in one of their IN pool loungers for hours.
No need to get out of the pool to get yourself another cocktail…just swim on over to the bar and take a seat!
If you are looking to stay at a place right on the beach, than this is it. You can’t get any closer. Many of the rooms have direct ocean views and the buildings are literally steps away from the sand. The water is warm and calm and it is like having a cove all to yourself. There is nothing quite like having this sand between your toes.
There is plenty for the kids to do including the kid’s entertainment program or just letting them play with you at the beach.
If you want to stay somewhere with a more personal feel or stay at a place with a bunch of family members where you have the whole place to yourself then I would highly suggest renting a villa. Sea Island Villa, which is located up on a picturesque hillside in Montego Bay, is the ultimate in luxury.
You enter through an impressive gate and go down the drive until you literally find your home away from home (that you will never want to leave).
Sea Island is a fully-staffed luxury villa with over seven private acres and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. This 6,000 square-foot, 6-bedroom home is the perfect place to create memories that will literally last a lifetime.
The staff are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They bend over backwards to help you in any way that they can with a smile on their faces. They are like friends you never knew you had and ones that you will never forget. This property has a staff of 8 including a cook, butler, housekeepers, laundress, gardeners and a night watchman, so even while you sleep you know that you are being taken care of. Every single nook and cranny shows extreme attention to detail. It is cozy yet extremely spacious and super kid friendly. Kids can literally run all over the yard and the house and have endless fun, just like at your house (but in Jamaica)!
Each room has its own newly renovated en-suite bathroom and two of the rooms even have outdoor showers as well. There is just something amazing about showering outside on an island in the Caribbean.
Other amenities include:
- Private Pool
- Private Tennis Court
- Ping Pong Table
- Cable Television with DVD Player
- Sound System with CD Player and iPod Docking Station
- Handicap accessible
- Pool mats and floats and kid’s pool toys
- Two Safes for Valuables
- Tryall Club Membership
- complimentary beach, tennis, gym, pool, Hummingbird Kids Club, non-motorized water sports, internet room, Usain Bolt Game Room, jogging trail, afternoon tea & Manager’s Cocktail Party plus lots of spas, restaurants and more for an extra fee
I know your immediate reaction might be, “I can never afford that”, but think about sharing it. You can check out their rates and if you split this across the board with the grandparents, sisters, and cousins (plus go during the low season) this place is actually very affordable; especially when you compare it to getting 6 hotel rooms. Plus it has the added benefit of having paradise all to yourselves! I would absolutely pack up the whole family to spend it at the Sea Island Villa. Now I just have to find a way to con the grandparents into paying for a trip back. Can we say Holidays anyone?!
Book this truly one of a kind place to stay through Villas by Linda Smith. Established in 1985, they now offer over 100 of the best private staffed villas on Jamaica’s lush north coast. Conde Nast Traveler has named Smith the Top Villa Rental Specialist in Jamaica every year since 2007. They have also been listed on the Global Guide to the Top 40 All-Star Villa Agencies in the World by Travel + Leisure. If you think this villa is spectacular then you haven’t seen anything yet. They also offer ones that are even larger and more decadent!
These are just the two places I stayed at, but Jamaica offers places to stay for every budget and for every want and need. Check out my post on What To Do in Jamaica later this week. Sure you might want to stay pool or beach side your whole vacation, but if you want to get out and see the sites, than I have plenty of suggestions!