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... excursion into a ganja field afterwards, as arranged by our driver, was quite interesting as well :) Tea, cake and other products were up for sail afterwards..
Having met a new group of people and it being a saturday we decided that it is only right to go out again. Off to Margaritaville this time, where we discovered that Jamaicans appear to only dance in a big circle and not mingle until about 2 or 3am when things get somewhat crazy ...
... and plenty of other damselfish. I even saw the odd banded butterfly fish (although it eluded my camera!) and one adult and one juvenile blue tang! After drying off on the beach with Sven, we went off to lunch at 1pm in the Orchid restaurant again. I made sure I took two rolls this time so that both me and Sven could go in the water again and he could experience the clouds of fish. Back to the beach! We left ...
... surprisingly a few russians. but now that I think if it, there were quite a lot of russians in margarita, so maybe not so surprisingly afterall.
tomorrow we head to negril for jamaica's best beach. we also go to rick's cafe for sunset. friday, jess' dream comes true: she gets to swim with a dolphin! I do as well. we're also going to climb dunn's river falls. how original are ...
... to go right at the end of the drive and into the New Town where there are all the posh gift shops and Malls etc geared up for the tourists and cruise liners. If you turn left out side of the hotel drive you end up in a less desirable mix of Jamaican shops, markets, traders etc. this was real Ocho Rios. It felt like true Jamaica and was fascinating to see, although a hat and shades would of helped. Having said how interesting I found it, I also did not feel ...
We thunder along the narrow roads at 50 miles per hour. Sometimes we stop for five minutes to let a load of kindergarteners and their teacher board and then we race on again for three seconds till the first one gets off. I switch taxis at least thrice an hour. Slashed together with the locals on a tight back seat I inhale the sweet smell of grass blowing in through the window. Sometimes there is a violent down pour when I step out to wait for the next cab. But ...
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What a honeymoon!!
We stayed at Club Ambiance on our honeymoon at the beginning of December 02. I think the word brilliant springs to mind. The staff were fantastic, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Accomodation was superb lots of attention to detail which made our honeymoon even more special. Being a fussy eater was nothing to worry about, we enjoyed fantastic food every day and night. I know I can speak on behalf of us both when I say that we will DEFINATELY revisit Jamaica and as far as I'm concerned there is only one place we would consider staying.
You Get What You Pay For.....
The Food and the Safari Club are great, but beware all thosewho are allergic to cats.They come out of nowhere at dinner time and if you're not an animal lover you won't like this place.Most of the staff members were nice,but had a problem with one who wanted me to "show how the ladies in Boston take their clothes off"; mind you,this was a comment made during one of the games guests participated in during a dinner show. I am not a prude but felt this was very tacky...went to Hedo III in April and wanted to get away in July, so I chose Club Ambiance because it was less expensive. Well, I went back to Jamaica in October and headed straight for to Hedo III. Now that's a real hotspot! Planning for next year already.....
Just got back from a very disappointing vacation to Jamaica at Club Ambiance. (December 2002) I will start with the few positive points. Yes the temperature is in the 80's and the nice breezes are welcomed. One of the local bands was very good. Some of the staff there are very nice. Jason and Lincoln to name a few. Others are only nice to you if they know you're a big tipper (even though tipping is not mandatory). Then they will always be in your face. Otherwise they will not go out of their way to be genuinely nice. Rooms are adequate. Do not take food or sweet drinks into the rooms. You will be swarmed with ants. Take your own face/wash cloth, because you will not be provided with one...only a hand and bath towel. Air conditioner worked fairly. Hotel came and swapped out the air conditioner with no change in the second unit. Don't know why they came to our room because we didn't make a complaint. After inquiring with the front desk about it, was told it was routine. Yes the room comes with an ironing board, but you are charged daily for the iron which you get at the front desk. Beach area is extremely small. Actually it's more like a small lagoon. Take your own snorkeling equip. Free rentals on their equip but when asked about sanitation methods they said sanitizing soap, but none to be found at equipment area. They have activities there, but not many people participating. You will be bored after the first couple of days unless you're willing to dish out the extra money for excursions. Rafting excursion is a joke. Forget any white waters. The river/steam is very calm and locals are trying to sell you things there too. Would not recommend excursions. However some of the staff at the hotel are willing to take you places for about $20.00 or so. May be your best bet. Make sure they stay with you during the outing. The drinks are fair but very watered down( which I didn't mind because I do not strong drinks.) The bartender made me a banana daquiri which was good. He p
Fine, not luxurious - problems with noise
plusses: clean, friendly staff, well laid-out grounds with a fair amount of activities, decent food (lotsa fresh fruit), located centrally to different excursions (Blue Mountain Tour, Dunn's River Falls)
negatives: the resort is situated right on the main highway and across the street from a very loud bar and go-go club. Our room, which faced the road, was *EXTREMELY* noisy. Usually we didn't get to sleep until after the bar closed (Sat. night I think that was 4am-ish) and then we'd be jolted awake by loud trucks and/or horns. Maybe some of the other rooms are quieter. Also, be forewarned that the town of Runaway Bay pretty much consists of a supermarket and a post office. The beach is pretty lame.
Club Amibance was really nice. I think that for the price and what we received for it, the deal was fantastic. Our deluxe room was very spacious, with a sitting area, king sized bed, french doors to the patio, view overlooking the sea, etc. So here is the lowdown on what we liked and didn't about the club . . .
Great if you like cheap
We stayed at Club Ambiance the first 2 weeks of Sept. 2002. It is not very clean (we had ants in our room, and friends of ours had a coacroach problem). The staff is very friendly, and laid back. The food was pretty good for such a c****y hotel. If you are looking for a cheap vacation in Jamaica, and don't really care where you stay...this could be the place for you.
If you like clean places, and good service (prompt, etc.) I suggest you go elsewhere.................
Delighted with club ambiance
surpasses the hype of jamaica as the "no problem" vacation spot-- an exceptional staff of warm-hearted, eager-to please -and assistrecreational assistants, housekeepers, kitchen, bar and waitstaff---- lovely views, romantic settings, terrific, bountiful food and drink, dynamic, humerous, fun in its variety of entertainment, spacious, comfortable accomodations-- not exactly handicap accessible but the most handicapped-friendly environment in a club i've seen in a long time. you will make friends, without question, and probably return, as i soon will ----- kenneth o.
Club Ambiance is Perfect
My wife and just returned from our weeklong honeymoon at Club Ambiance in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. This resort was not as modern or as fancy as some of the others around. What Ambiance lacked in lavishness it more than made up for in friendliness. The staff was the best. If they get your name once they will be calling you by name all week, remember what you drink, and who you have been hanging out with. We highly recommend Club Ambiance and when the opportunity presents itself, we will go back.
Simply the Best
I have been to Ambiance 4 times and planning my 5th trip soon.
I find the hotel and staff to be one of the best in the world.
Everthing about it is laid back, you can be active or lazy it is up to you how much you want to participate in.
Every member of staff rememeber your name from the maid in your room to the Manager Oliver.
I travelled twice with friends and twice alone, although this hotel is adults only not once do you feel like it is all couples like some of the adult only complexes. I feel safe and well looked after when I travel to Ambiance and cant wait to get back again.
When you arrive you will know excatley what I mean, everything in Ambiance is Irie, tell Oliver that Kelly sent you.