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Club Ambiance
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Normal, Illinois
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“Small and friendly”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

Love staying at this hotel. Just a relaxing an easy place to be. We were only there a night, but managed to meet quite a few visitors. Everybody, including the staff, are just very friendly. Had an easy and fun times snorkeling from the beach, and some great volleyball as well.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Wentzville, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2013

We just returned from Club Ambiance and will return. The setting is perfect, small, quiet and relaxing. The food was outstanding! The rooms and the resort were clean. The band could have been better, they need to pick up the tempo and play to the crowd. They played the same beat over and over! The beaches were beautiful, staff was great and overall it was a wonderful time. We also met some great people during our stay. We have stayed at the bigger resorts and did not receive the service we received here.

Room Tip: All of the rooms have a great view of the ocean and a balcony to enjoy the view!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here in February of 2013 and really enjoyed it. It's smaller, as is described, but has everything you need. The staff was very helpful with things like when we couldn't get a chair on the beach and booking our ziplining adventure. The food was okay, but gets old after a few days. I recommend leaving the hotel at least once to try a different cuisine. Nothing is close to this hotel so you will have to get a cab to go anywhere (don't believe the front desk when they tell you it's a 5 minute walk). I loved the smaller atmosphere and could spend days sitting in the hot tub. Hint- order "white" rum in your drinks, it helps!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We have stayed at 5 star,,4 star and some 3 star resorts have enjoyed them all. We stayed at Club Ambiancs MARCH 5 to MARCH 13..Club Ambiance is 3 star and was GREAT,,the food,,the employees were VERY nice... The rooms and grounds are clean and neat,,the nightly entertainment was very good....They also have 2 beaches (prude and nude) for more excitment,try both,,,we didnt ha Heres a tip if this is your FIRST TIME to Jamaica,,,when you go out of resort and people want to sell you something= FIRST, never put it in your hands on it and than say "WE HAVE BEEN TO JAMAICA 5 TIMES,,,DONT NEED IT",,it works !!!!!! The resort has good food and good service with a smile.I can not say enought about great service !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say Hi to Lincoln for us...........Dunn River Falls,,,,golfing,Green Grotto Caves and Ocho Rios are close to enjoy...If you dont enjoy Jamaica ,,,YOU dont enjoy life,,HAVE FUN FOLKS !!

Room Tip: Room 54 was very nice,,,ocean and pool view
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

We stayed for a week Mar 1-8/13. We really liked this older but very private, safe and friendly resort! Food was very good, never went hungry. Lots of choices for breakfast, always salad bar and soup that my husband enjoyed each day! Most days was fries (which I loved) and burgers, but they had salad bar and soup and desert every other day for lunch. Had roast beef, mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding, lasagna, pastas, fish or many choices while we were there! People were awesome! Richard, Phillip, JR, Melanie, Omar, Storm, Katriana - you were extra friendly and wonderful! No TV to talk about, but we weren't in the room anyway, outside relaxing in quiet setting, nice clean beach that wasn't big but big enough for us to play a volleyball game on and relax. No nude people lounging around - just a few off to one side privately doing whatever they wanted not in our view. Always towels when we went looking, nice clean pool - looked awesome! 3 bars were open while we were there, and during most afternoons we went to all 3. Then went to the Lounge/disco after 11 pm - loads of fun there too dancing to great music! Drinks were great, room was cleaned wonderfully, water pressure great in shower, air conditioner worked perfect! No spa for us, but they went around 3 times for sure while we were outside and asked if we wanted a massage. Hey, there wasn't anything for us to complain about for our whole visit - it was great! Oh, just the waves.... but that was mother natures fault.... we wanted to snorkel more, but it was too rough most of the time we were there. We went around the inside area 4 times though. Got out quite a ways one day and there's lots of different tropical fish around the resort area! If they change in May 2013 to a lifestyle couples resort we won't be back, but if it stays as is with the great staff they have, we'll go again!! We still have more to see, but we did visit 9 Mile and Bob Marley's home and resting place, also Dunn's River Falls was great - we made it to the top!

Room Tip: It's not 5 star, but we knew that when we went. We really enjoyed setting and location. We had a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Owen Sound, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013

My husband and I were at Club Ambiance the week of February 23, 2013. We did research before we booked this resort. We have been to Jamaica before, to a five star resort, and that is not what we wanted this time. We wanted a cheaper vacation, without all the luxury that we were paying for, but mostly not using. So, we found Club Ambiance. It had a 3 1/2 star rating. This is what we were looking for, and we were not disappointed. If you want a five star resort, you have to pay for it. So I won't go into the resort being outdated like some other reviews have. In our opinion the room was clean, the staff were friendly, the food was more than adequate. Our room was number 34, overlooking the pool, and it was quiet.
When we were researching we were interested in finding information about snorkling, and we found a few conflicting reviews. I can give you our experience. We wanted to be able to snorkle from the shore and not pay to go out in a boat. We were able to do that at Club Ambiance, but we learned a few things. Take your own snorkle equipment if you can. The resort has good equipment, but you can only borrow it in the afternoon, and it has to be returned by 5 pm. You will miss the best snorkling if you rely on their equipment. They take snorkle groups out in the morning on the boat and need all their equipment for that. The best snorkling is early morning or after 5 pm, because the whole week we were there there were gale force winds every afternoon. The water was too choppy to go out past the barrier. Early morning was the best, calm water, higher water level. We had great snorkling. Club Ambiance has a unique waterfront. It is not an expanse of beach, it is three small beach area, with a rock barrier. It is sheltered and calm, which is nice. We snorkelled in the beach area and saw a ray, lots of puffers, colourful fish, crabs. Going beyond the barrier there is a small ship wreck you can find fairly easily, interesting coral and large schools of fish. We did go out on the snorkle tour on the boat, it costs money. We had a great time, and the coral reef they take you too is quite colourful. They fed the fish which attracted them.
We did try to snorkle when the wind died down in the evening, but the water was too shallow at that point, and you had to be very careful you didn't get scraped on the coral.
You can sign up to go for a bike ride at 4 pm to the local beach, which is about 10 min. Away. This was free. We really enjoyed it. The staff member who took us did tricks on his bike to entertain us, the local beach was beautiful, we played in the surf for about 1/2 hour. Some locals tried to sell us things, but they were very friendly and not aggressive. We enjoyed it. They had another bike ride to some caves that went everyday at 10 am. When you get to the caves it is $20 to get in. We didn't go but talked to others that did, and they really enjoyed it. Saw some big snakes and lots of bats. We also paid for a trip to the Ocho Rios Market, which was fun. The sellers there are very aggressive and there isn't a lot of variety, every stall seems to have the same thing. So look around before you buy, we did find some unique gifts in the end. I was there for my birthday and treated myself to a massage. It was wonderful.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay. My only warning, if you want five star you need to pay for it and go to a five star resort. If you want a nice small resort, nothing fancy, Club Ambiance is just fine.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amesville, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

We just returned from Club Ambiance for our second time. We just love it. The staff was the great very friendly and helpful. The food is the best we have had in our four visits around the island. The building is older and has great bones it was cleaner than some of the places charging a whole lot more. To get a true Jamiacian experience and feel safe, this was the one for our group. We'll be going back as soon as possible. Again the staff and the food made for a great time.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Club Ambiance
Address: Main Road | Saint Ann, Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Runaway Bay
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Ambiance 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shuttle Bus service attract an extra charge. Airport Transportation attract an extra charge. Free internet service only in lobby area. ... more   less 
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Club Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Ambiance Hotel Runaway Bay
Resort All Inclusive Ambiance
Club Ambiance Jamaica/Runaway Bay, Caribbean
Club Ambience Jamaica

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