You will depart Montego Bay Airport in an Air conditioned Motor Coach and drive 90 minutes East along the main coastal highway, past many other resorts and amazing scenery, to reach Ocho Rios. I highly recommend utilizing the Mo’Bay Arrival and Departure Lounge and Services as you are personally met and escorted past all line ups and into an air conditioned lounge with where snacks and beverages are included.
On arrival into Ocho Rios, on the left hand side ,is the bay. At the furthest point is the entire Moon Palace Jamaica Grande property. Access is through the fenced and gated property, which gives you immediate access to the middle of the town, local shopping and straw markets. One of the highlights of this prime location is that it is only a 4 minute drive away the main Tourist attractions of Dunn River Falls and Mystic Mountain, home of the Jamaican Bobsled ride.
The lovely, protected and shallow beach has a security guard at the property line, preventing anyone but Guests of the hotel from walking to the point, which holds the Palace Dive shop, water excursion area and the Dolphinarium, home of 3 resident Dolphins and a Nurse Shark.
The Cruise Port is located directly opposite the Resort on the other side of the Bay and offers exciting views when ships call at the Ochi port and along with the Mountain, provide an excellent wind break to beach users. It is the perfect location to enjoy your Salt Fish and Ackee a the buffet where an entire station is devoted to traditional Jamaican foods.
Once inside, guests are treated to a choice of refreshing welcome cocktails and a damp, cold scented face towel to refresh themselves as their luggage is removed and processed for room delivery, before they complete their check in, inside at the very large front desk with 10 guest service stations. The resort gift shop is located directly across from it. There are 3 elevators, each with a 9 person capacity for the 14 floor South tower.
Once in your room, you will notice that the décor is modern, neutral and minimalist with a very large widow covering the expanse of an entire wall, affording you views of the ocean, the bay, the resort, the pools and the town of Ocho Rios itself. There is a small seating area for dinners or working and waiting on the table will be a welcome platter of fruit and wine.
There will be either a King sized bed or two double beds in your room and with the Family suites, there will be a connecting door between them to accommodate a total of 6 family members. The beds themselves are absolutely noteworthy because the comfort is completely unparalleled. Not only will you get good nights sleep, it will be hard to get out of bed, even knowing the beautiful surroundings which await you.
The closet is equipped with a laptop sized safe, a steamer for clothes, 2 housecoats and pairs of slippers to utilize during your stay. The bathroom has a massive stand up marble shower and all the bathroom amenities, like lotion, shampoo and conditioner are CHI products, including the blow dryer and flat iron. This saves valuable weight while considering what to pack for your vacation as all these high end luxury products will be waiting in your room.
The large 42 inch wall mounted TV is wired for internet and as a smart TV has the Room Service menu located under the “Palace” tab on screen. Of course your stay at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, comes with unlimited access to the free WIFI throughout the resort which has perfect reception no matter the location. You also have unlimited calling to Canada and the USA by dialing *92, the area code and phone number.
The resort is a perfect mid size with a large variety of enclaves to tuck away into, which will provide areas for quiet reading, busy pool activities, music or sporting areas. There is a place for everyone at Palace to find contentment in the lifestyle which suits them best. The rooms with the higher numbers, located on the left as you depart 1 of the 3 elevators, have the best Ocean views. To the right side, the rooms face towards the Bay and over the town itself. As a result, the rooms at the front are much quieter at night time, as the building buffers the nightlife from the active Reggae nightclubs in Ocho Rios.
The resort has a natural and romantic ambiance but is also extremely child friendly; all of the children’s indoor daycare areas, outdoor playgrounds and water park features are located in front of the new building, just being finished and which will open in January 2016. This building is also closest to the water sports beach area and the beach volleyball court.
The area for teenagers, is located just down from the child’s area and can also be reached by paths in full sun or complete shade. There are multiple activities such as 2 ping pong tables, non motorized water sports, a flow rider and a teen lounge which has music, video arcade games and pizza. There is so much for them to do, it will be impossible for them to get bored with it.
The resort grounds are beautiful; from little bridges and river pools, the cement stamped cobble stone provides accessibility for people with limited mobility as well as for strollers.
The luxury pampering you expect from Palace Resorts in Mexico, is continued in Jamaica with their incredible AWE-SPA, which is the largest in the Caribbean with 34 treatment rooms. Not only does it house a salon for hair and nails, but a complete hydro therapy pool room, saunas, cold rooms and heated stone loungers.
This is an amazing location to explore the Ocho Rios area while surrounding yourself with luxury and pampering. The food throughout the resort is exceptional and the quality of service is exemplary. With the added bonus of a resort credit of $1500, this makes the all inclusive feature at the Jamaica Moon Palace Grande, the best value for your vacation dollar that is available in Jamaica. The best part is, you can actually book your vacation through TravelonywithJodi and I can make sure you get to experience the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort this winter.