I am a huge fan of the AMResorts brands, I have stayed at Secrets and Zoetry elsewhere and have always been pleased with their Unlimited Luxury Program and service, but this trip was really over the top. It was my first time to Jamaica, I had brought along my adult daughter and her boyfriend to escape the frigid Great Canadian winter in Montreal and celebrate her 25th birthday. I was not sure that we would all find a great experience at the same spot due to our age differences, but it turned out fabulously. Beyond the clean, modern and comfortable rooms with a superb view and my personal favorite perk- the whirlpool bathtub- we had no problem doing our own thing and then getting together for shared interests like snorkeling and sailing- ask for Service - yes, that is his name- he is the best guide for both- and we all enjoyed the dinners together everywhere. The young adults really got a kick out of the pool bars where you can float in a mat and not even get up to be served a drink and also the cafe where they were always fueling up on amazing iced coffee blends. They also really enjoyed the 24/7 room service as they are not early risers so they had breakfast in bed just about every day! I liked the breakfast buffet where they make your own omelet to order but there are so many different foods to choose from there it boggles the mind. Service throughout the resort was among the best and friendliest and efficient I have ever encountered anywhere, they are truly a happy staff and so many of them sing- all the time! Our favorite hang out was the piano bar- three servers there in particular deserve a HUGE shout out- Danielle, Sue, and Shelly-Ann- but they were all fantastic, like Donovan at the Marlin bar, Gaynor at Oceana and Teneisha at Sunset Grill and bell-hop Christopher Rose always made us smile every day. And the beachside servers were top notch, too, you never had to wait for anything, ever! Was hard to keep up with them! Oh yes, cannot forget the amazing Marlin who cooks your food at the Asian table while performing an entire song and dance, I would pay extra just to see him do it again! On my daughter's birthday, the staff went out of their way to celebrate and also brought her a beautiful gourmet chocolaty pastry plate with her name on it without being asked. Incredible. I loved the fact that you can snorkel the three reefs right off the beach, bring your own snorkel and the folks at water sports are happy to lend you a life jacket if you need.
They also have free nightly shuttle to Margaritaville in Montego bay on the "hip strip" if you want to explore a little local nigthlife and they have guided bike rides into town with shopping stops as well.
My only complaint is that we did not have enough time to truly enjoy all this great resort has to offer, you really need two weeks! Guess we will have to plan a return visit next year. Kudos to all, this is a wonderful place and such a great introduction to Jamaica.
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