What’s up in Jamaica
At last, families looking to travel to Jamaica will have quality options beyond just the Beaches Resorts! This is great considering the wonderful (and calm) beaches that Jamaica offers, and the great assortment of day excursions available for the active travelers.
So, here’s what’s new for Jamaica in 2014:
- Royalton White Sands – just east of Montego Bay (but not as far as Ocho Rios) sits this fantastic property perfect for families and couples. This resort opened this year after a massive renovation, and is hardly recognizable as the old Trelawny Starfish. It is medium in size with a great kids club, water park and spa (look for me in the spa). The resort is relatively compact, so getting around is easy. The less expensive rooms are on the small side but are smartly appointed. An excellent resort for reunions and destination weddings.
- Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall – currently underway is a massive renovation project at the former Ritz Carlton Rose Hall. When complete (late 2014) the property will emerge as two properties – all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara. One side will be adults only & the other side will be family friendly. Expansion includes new pools and a dining and shopping area promenade. I anticipate it rating as a 5 star, and near some excellent golf options.
- Azul Sensatori Jamaica – hugely successful in the Riviera Maya area, Karisma Resorts has landed in Jamaica. Azul Sensatori Jamaica is the end result of a gut & rebuild on beautiful Negril Beach. Recently-opened Azul Sensatori Jamaica gives us a much-needed luxury resort to the Negril area that is perfectly suited for families as well as couples. An elegant, boutique feel with 136 rooms.
- Riu Palace Jamaica – located in Montego Bay and just minutes from the airport is the new Riu Palace Jamaica. This opened earlier this year. The property has a fresh, South Beach boutique feel to it. Quiet during the day, but may be loud in the evenings since the property backs up to the Riu Montego Bay. Perfect for the upscale, nightclub type of adult. An excellent choice for a friend trip or a romantic getaway. About 230 rooms.
Happy Travels! ~Cindy Grant, CTA Travel Consultant at Expert Family Travel. Located in the Dallas metro area Texas (The Colony/Frisco). 972-625-6200.