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JAMAICA HOTEL REVIEWS AND PICS...and the inside scoop on....Jamaica




First Choice Travel Travel Planners were recently in Jamaica



Hi Gayle,

Brian and I had the best time in Jamaica at the Excellence Oyster Bay resort. Thanks for recommending it! The staff were very friendly, and the resort was fabulous! We had so much fun at the swim up bar in the pool, the infinity pool, and relaxing by the ocean. The food was delicious, my favorite was The Lobster House and Brian’s favorite was The Grill (steak house). We also really enjoyed the drinks! 🍹 We loves going to the martini bar at night. The coffee house was also great. We spent our evenings enjoying the nightly entertainment. It was an absolutely wonderful vacation and so blessed to have had that time with the family. 
Talk Soon!
Gayle and Nicki, the trip was great and the accommodations were fabulous!
Thanks so much for suggesting and organizing a wonderful vacation.  Best, Ann
Another Excellence Oyster Bay testimonial

Hi Lisa,  Our trip to Jamaica was wonderful!!  Perfect weather.  The resort was beautiful....the staff was amazing.  They couldn't do enough for us, they were friendly and very attentive.   

The food was delicious....we enjoyed all of our meals.  We ate breakfast at The Kitchen Table each day....very good buffet.  We had dinner at The Lobster House, Spice, The Grill and Chez Isabelle.  I think our favorite was the Hibachi  at Spice.  

Club MoBay was the way to go.  We were met as soon as we got off the plane and guided through the airport to the Club MoBay Lounge. It made things very easy!

Thank you for all your help in making it a wonderful (but too short) vacation!

Mary and Chris Bedford


Bianca's clients Tijuana and Tyrome  just came back the  Riu Negril in Jamaica and had an amazing time!

 Here's what they said:

"The trip was wonderful!  The food was great.  The two excursions we did were snorkeling and the waterfalls.  The hotel was exceptional, they made sure we had all the information we needed for the Covid test to leave.  

Thank you for the follow up this trip was truly amazing."🤩


Iberostar Rose Hall

Hi Lisa, it was a very nice trip! Most of the employees were super pleasant and friendly to deal with. The entertainment group and servers are so much fun to talk with, they really enjoy there jobs and it shows. The sales department is pretty rude, if you elect not to take a tour or listen to there “Vacation Package” deals, they immediately become rude.  (TIME SHARE OR VACATION CLUB???)
We ate at all 3 of the specialty restaurants and enjoyed the food. This was the best buffet food i have had at a all inclusive resort. There are so many options of different foods i really enjoyed the selection. 
Although the beach bar was under construction, they had a temporary bar set up. At this bar they had only limited drinks and quantity available but at least they had a temporary bar. My wife and others really enjoyed the “Dirty Banana Drink”…LOL.  A better selection of some premium alcohol would have been nice through out the entire complex but we made due.
Our room was very clean and comfortable. The made service did a nice job with cleaning and turn down service every night. The rooms are old and could use some upgrades but as i said it was clean.
The weather was great and we enjoyed the breeze during the day. We did many excursions including, deep sea fishing, 7 Mile Beach, Ricks Cafe and a Catamaran cruise that included snorkeling and a stop at Margaritaville .
Overall Chris and I really had a great vacation, thanks for your help and interest!

Hi Lisa,

     We had a great time in Jamaica!  We agree with all that Craig said in his email.  Phil & I watched a few you tube videos people posted on Iberostar Rose Hall Beach and basically went there with low expectations so we were pleasantly surprised at how nice the property was, the delicious food and good entertainment. 

     Phil & I would like to plan a 2 week trip to Italy (it’s on our bucket list) for September, October or November 2019.  We aren’t sure exactly where we all want to go or even if we want to include a river cruise as part of the vacation.  Is this something you could help us plan or can you recommend an agent who has extensive knowledge in this area?

      Looking forward to hearing from you.



Couples Swept Away Anniversary

Hi Gayle!
We had a fantastic time!  I am so glad we opted for the beachfront verandah suite.. it really made the vacation!  We were steps from our lounge chairs, the beach bar, the swim up bar.. the beach grill.. and the OCEAN!  It was so nice to be able to just walk out our French doors and be on the beach.  They had us all set for 2nd floor and I said 'oh that's too bad we really hoped for 1st floor' and he immediately changed us!  Also we got a key to the French doors so we could enter and leave that way which was so nice!
We did meet our friends on the beach the first afternoon/ evening.  We didn't go to their hotel at all... We had a rum punch at a little bar down the beach then then came up to our 'beach' and we hung around there for about an hour.. it was nice to see them albeit briefly.. then we basically just enjoyed our resort the rest of the time.  Ate at Lemongrass.. lovely.. enjoyed the beach BBQ the first night we were there.. watched uninterrupted TV before bed.. had a really neat shower in our bathroom!  You could just walk in and out of it.. like it was part of the room.  They are very accommodating there.. I wanted soy milk for my coffee at breakfast and they didn't have any.. when I got back to my room there was a carton for me!  Also we did the catamaran cruise on our last night there.. which was super fun.
One thing to note:  THEY HAVE THE BEST FRENCH FRIES EVER at the little poolside grill!  I'm not sure what they are doing there.. but SO GOOD!  :)
It went by super fast.. and we miss it already!  THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything !!!
Honeymoon at Sandals Jamaica Grande
Sandals Grande was where Amanda and Dan stayed for their amazing Honeymoon!
Hi Gayle!
Thanks so much for helping us out with our honeymoon. We had a wonderful time and we were so RELAXED! It was great! Attached are some pictures we took on our trip if you would like to share in your newsletter.
We really liked the Sandals Grande Riviera property! Everyone was unbelievably nice. Our luggage got lost on the way there, and the staff was so accomodating and helpful. The resort was very clean and bigger than we expected. There was always something to do, although we found ourselves not really knowing what time it was so we spent most of our time lounging on the beach or by the pools and swim-up bars, which was great :) The beach was on the small side, as we knew it would be, but it wasn't ever crowded (we guessed it was maybe the time of year?) so we loved hanging out there. It rained almost every day but only for an hour or less in the afternoons so it never got in the way of any plans. The food was awesome! We definitely never went hungry and we really liked the variety of cuisine at all the restaurants.
We did two excursions: the catamaran cruise to Dunn's River Falls and a deep sea fishing trip. The Falls trip was so much fun! I would definitely recommend that to other couples. The deep sea fishing trip would definitely have been fun on better fishing day- we didn't catch anything :) Still was nice though!
Overall, we would definitely recommend it to other honeymooners.
Thanks for the well wishes and again for your help! Glad you liked the wedding pics. It was a wonderful day!
Couples Tower in Ocho Rios for our Anniversary!
Our VIP repeaters Tom and Sue love Couples Resorts.







It was very nice.  All the public spaces were great.  We were a little disappointed with the rooms.  We had moldy lamp shades and chair cushions.  Also, the piano bar was so musty, we and many others could not stand to stay in there.  We had cocktails in the lobby.  The martini bar was fun.  We also enjoyed the veggie bar and the spa. We didn't think the food was as good as Sans Souci but still delicious.
Friday night was lobster night in all the restaurants. 



Imagine this view instead of snow!The view from our room!
Staying for 10 days was the best; our first few days were rather cool, cloudy and windy.  We were glad for the extra days.  I guess the two weeks before us had very little sunshine.  We did the catamaran ride.  That was very interesting.  We had done that before.  We really had a wonderful, relaxing time.  Tropical vacations are the best! 



The Peterson's try a different Couples Resort each time they celebrate their anniversary.









Our daily spot on the beach!  Your idea about insulated cups is the best.  They hold two rum and cokes perfectly!

Couples Swept Away in Negril


Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing and we loved Swept Away, we will definitely be going back!

The resort has so much to offer that we only look their shopping shuttle off the resort, no other excusions this time.  We also did not visit the sister hotel, I am sure it is wonderful to.

Thanks again for everything! 


Couples Negril this time!
This was Couples Resort number three for us.
We definitely will be going to number 4, Swept Away next!

Susan and Tom Peterson  (Our own ....COUPLES VIP EXPERT REPEATERS!!)


Secrets St. James/Wild Orchid

Sariah and Aaron at the Dunns River Falls



Hey Tana! 

Yes, home sweet home - I guess :)  The trip was so………wonderful.  I loved everything about it.  The hotel was excellent, the beach was nice, and the scenery was beautiful!  The people were very welcoming and sweet.  We went snorkeling right off the beach @ the resort and it was very scenic with a beautiful reef and colorful fish.  We went to Dunn's River Falls which was cool and zip lining which was also awesome.  The weather was nice and sunny with very little rain.

Love, love, loved the trip!  I wish I was going back next week :) I would definitely recommend the Secrets St. James/Wild Orchid hotel to anyone.  


Anyway, thank you so much for booking the trip for us you did an amazing job!  

Thank you!

Sariah & Aaron




Josh and Erin King loved their trip to Secrets Montego Bay!





Thank you for making our wonderful vacation happen. I don't think we could be happier with our selection. We have already recommended Secrets to others and will continue to do so. The water was gorgeous - it was crystal clear, warm; and, being in the bay, it was relatively calm. The Secrets property was very spacious with more than enough things to do - several, very nice pools; snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, a top-notch work-out facility, tennis and basketball court, shopping, nightly live entertainment, and much more. The staff does an incredible job making sure all your needs are met and you're getting the most out of your stay. The dining experience far exceeding our expectations! Anyone will be able to find the food of their choice from the 7 different restaurants. The grilled, jerk chicken that was cooked daily right on the beach was almost the highlight of our entire trip!



Secrets Montego Bay

Thanks again!!!

Josh (and Erin) King















Thanks again for all your help in planning our wedding.  We truly
enjoyed Sandals in Negril and would highly recommend this resort.  If
you ever have clients that have questions about getting married at
Sandals Negril, Jamaica, they'd be welcome to contact me with


Our guests loved Sandals.  We all liked our rooms.  The staff their was very
accommodating.  We're all hoping to return there soon.

Thanks, Lori





We loved our stay at the Royalton Negril.  It was great!  Kids and their parents loved it here! Really thought the Diamond Club was a plus!

I would recommend this hotel for anyone! 
Dave and family!




Sandals Ocho Rios was great!







Hey Tana,

The trip was amazing.  We couldn't have asked for better weather.  Sandals Ocho Rios was great!  Thank you for getting us such a great deal and being so helpfull!  When we go again, we will give you a call!  

Brian & Megan Walulik of Delavan

Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Vacation

Tina and Darwin at Sandals Grande Ocho RiosDarwin and Tina having fun in Jamaica


We had a amazing time, everything was great. Excellent food, entertainment and great people. The resort was very relaxing and beautiful. We will be definitely go back to a Sandals resort. Thank you for all your help.

Tina & Darwin from Texas


Anniversary Celebration trip in Jamaica at the Lady Hamilton Palladium.
Anniversary celebration at the Lady Hamilton

Gayle, Thanks so much for helping up plan a fabulous vacation! Fantastic!  We can't wait to go again. 


Liz & Ken

Anniversary at Couples San Souci in Ocho Rios
A romantic Dinner for two for Tom and Sue Peterson at Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica!
A romantic Dinner for two for Tom and Sue Peterson at Couples Sans Souci in Jamaica!
Lets celebrate!

The new MR and MRS KUNESH

beautiful sunsets






Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing and we loved Swept Away, we will definitely be going back!


The resort has so much to offer that we only look their shopping shuttle off the resort, no other excusions this time.  We also did not visit the sister hotel, I am sure it is wonderful to.


Thanks again for everything!






OUR 5th Aniversary Vacation to Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica!

Hi Mary,

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say our trip to Jamaica and the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall was absolutely Wonderful.  It is an absolutely Beautiful property , the staff is so friendly and accomadating.                     

The the food  was Great with the  exception of the Buffets. The Alcohol is All Top Shelf.  Only short 15 minute ride from Mo Bay Airport. The Rooms are truly unbeliveable. I would definately recommend to others.

Our 5Th year Aniversary Vacation was  truly one to Remember for many years to come !!!  Thanks Again !!!  I have attached some pictures for you !!! 


   Rick & Cheryl Crivello



Iberostar Grand is a luxury adult only propertyKevin and Stephanie living it large in Jamaica at the Iberostar Grand!



Igor and Ericka said they had a good time at the new Secrets Wild Orchid.  The snorkeling was great.  Smaller beach with a lot of coral. They had name brand liquors at this resort.  Liked the no reservations needed policy. Most restuarants and acitivity was at this resort in Jamaica.

Igor has traveled quite a bit and said he liked the El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya better but the price was right here right now.



Underwater magic!






"Couples Negril is a great place to vacation, especially to learn to scuba dive - warm water, beautiful beaches and great dive instructors. Thanks Tana for an awesome vacation!  We are looking forward to the next one!"


Paul and Teresa Joachimczyk





Grand Palladium

Hi Gayle,
I've had several families return from the above hotel this winter.  All had very good comments about the exceptional food and cleanliness.
It opened last summer-there are 2 sides, located on a great point in Lucea, Jamaica.  Going towards Negril-about 45 minutes from the airport.
 I had booked all of my rooms on the Lady Hamilton side,  and they all had great rooms, they said.
Some of the rooms on the other side-the Jamaican side were fairly close to the highway.
One couple said the food was better than on a Celebrity cruise!!!  They were astonished that the quality was so good!!!
A suggestion would be to get to the evening restaurants when they open-if you don't want to wait.  Since they don't take reservations.  And, if they tell you to come back-it's very busy. Maybe, that will change sometime.
Just wanted to let you know.  And, the price has been very reasonable- great for families.
Cathy Eickhoff
PH: 262.938.9913




Hi Gayle,

The trip was great and we all had a wonderful time.     I’m going to first say we have no regrets and would do it again, but……

Some of the comments we read on line were fairly accurate.    For example, the air conditioning did not work the greatest.   We kept it on full blast the whole week and I don’t think the room ever got below 80.    The last 2 nights in particular were really hot.   Also, the comment on the cracked tiles was right on.    I would never post a comment on the web regarding something like that but there were quite a number of cracked tiles.   I probably wouldn’t have even noticed if not for the blog.    Lastly, the food in the ala carte restaurants was incredibly good.     I would consider the buffets average.   Once we realized that, we ate all of our evening meals at the ala carte restaurants and each one was better than the other.    

The one comment we read on line that I definitely wouldn’t agree with is the service.    I thought all of the staff were extremely hard working and willing to please.    I commented to Cindi that we in the U.S. could learn a lot from the attitudes of their people.    They don’t seem to have much but they enjoy life to the fullest and it comes across in their work.  

The resort was not crowded at all.    It seemed like there were lots of people but the resort is so large you never felt cramped.    We easily got prime seating locations by the pool and the beach every day.  

Regarding excursions, we went on the catamaran snorkeling trip and the Dunn’s River Falls trip.    Both were great.    We had a great tour guide on the Dunn’s River Falls trip who was able to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about Jamaica.    We discussed the history, culture, current events, Rastafarians, and everything else.     The snorkeling trip was beautiful.   My one complaint on that was it was more partying than snorkeling but the boat trip was beautiful and I really didn’t mind the drinks.  J      Cindi and I also broke out of our box and got our first massage and skin exfoliation treatment at the spa.    I have nothing to compare with but I found it to be one of the most relaxing things I ever have done.     I exercise every day and occasionally have sore muscles, but after the massage I felt 20 years younger.  

Finally, we are already looking ahead to our next trip.   We’re thinking June of next year and we would like to stay at the Riu in Negril.  Our informative tour guide said that was her favorite resort on the island.     I know it’s really early but please keep us in mind for that trip and keep your eyes open for good deals.  

I apologize for the lengthy email but I wanted to give complete answers to all of your questions.  You have been a tremendous help to us.   Thanks again for all of your help and despite my negative comments, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to the next one. 


Hi again Gayle,

One final comment...The vip status was terrific.    We were able to make reservations for the ala carte restaurants instead of having to wait in line.    Since we enjoyed the restaurants so much, it was a godsend.    Thanks again for getting that for us.   Tim




Adrian at the Riu Ocho Rios


We had a great time in Jamaica!  It was so relaxing being on the
Beach.  It was about a 1hour 15 minute drive to our resort since we
had to make a few stops at others on the way but that was ok.  We got
to see more scenery that way.  The resort was beautiful, but the beds
were just a little hard.  The food was also very good and all of the
works were very outgoing and welcoming.  We would definitely like to
go back someday!


Thanks again for setting everything up for us.  It was a great trip.




Certainly, we will take them up on the free night.  As we said, we
hope to go back again next year; if we can swing it. Can we use the free night at one of the other
Thanks for your help.  Here is one reason we like to use a travel agent.

Hi Mary!
Our trip was amazing and I really wish we were still there! :) We both really enjoyed it.
The weather stayed nice the whole time we were there (only rained for about 5 minutes on our way to Dunns River) and was around upper 80s the whole time. The RIU Hotel was also really nice and big and had great food options! It never felt really crowded and we really never needed to wait in line or fight for a beach chair. I would definitively recommend this hotel to others who are looking to travel to Jamaica. The only thing I recommend is booking the "Deluxe package" if travelers want WiFi in their room or access to both of the pools (we were only allowed to be by one pool as the other pool was fro deluxe package members only). We only went off of the resort one day to go on a Catamaran/Snorkeling/Dunn's River Tour and had a blast...even though Nick feel down part of the waterfall! (dont worry he is ok).
Thank you again for all of your help booking this trip! It really made everything easy!
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