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ok saturday night around 330am we left the house and headed to the airport. got on our plane at 7 am, slept a little bit and then landed at detroit. had a little time to spare but not too much so basically peed and then bought our duty free cigaretes for the week. that means tax free and cheap, you can only buy those things if you are flying out of …
Well I didnt write yesterday becuase it was a VERY long day. We got up at 2am and left for the airport at 3am. We waited until about 3:30am to check in then we ate in the airport at a deli (bagles & cream cheese). Then we sat around and waited until about 6am to board our 6:40 flight. We ended up leaving early and got to Jamaica around 9:40ish …
Ok, I know I went to Jamaica in 2005 for my honeymoon, but I've also been there in 2006 (that will be a seperate entry). We loved being at Sandals for our honeymoon. It was awesome. We loved the all-inclusiveness of the resort, the drinks were great. The sun was warm. If you want other information about Jamaica, please visit my blog for Jamaica 2006.
... with hip hop on top of it which no one really enjoyed except the dance crew.
So, then we decided to call it a night.
It was fun and warm in there and I didn't have a headache the next morning. Which boded well for me considering the lack of sleep I had starting this trip and the late night I didn't know I was about to have the following night.
Jamaica you're hard to say no to!
We visited the Bob Marley mausoleum today. The road to get there was bumpy and winding, but it didn't bother me any. The ride up was about an hour and a half, and it was just the six of us to one tour guide. Along the way, she taught us some Jamaican words and gave us some facts about Bob Marley and the area he lived in. The mausoleum was built around Bob's grandparents house, and the house that he grew up in. Our tour guide, Captain Crazy, was a riot! He ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort Ocho Rios
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort Ocho Rios
I stayed at Sandals Ocho Rios in December 2001. I was extremely disappointed with the overall condition of the facility and the property. Prior to my trip, I looked at the website and brochures for Sandals, which described the resort as a 5 star accommodation. When I arrived at the resort, I was shocked to find that the resort was run down and dirty, especially the floors, carpets, walls, and furniture. The resort is in desperate need of remodelling and renovations.
We had a wonderful time. We were not on the beach, but the resort had shuttles going all the time. It was wonderful. I would recommend the booze cruise to Dunn's River Falls. The food was excellent. They upgraded us from the Manor to a little villa that had it's own pool. The people over the entertainment are a blast(Paul, Perry, Michael, & Sasha). They have a beach party on Tuesday night. That was really a great time.
Best ever vacation
We were 4 chicks who lost their jobs due to a bank merger and had the best vacation ever!Everyone and everything was wonderful at Beaches Grande Sport!
My wife and I spent a week (4/26 - 5/3)at this resort and were overall very pleased with the experience. Impressively beautiful gardens, a kind caring staff, terrific weather and above average dining contributed to one outstanding week.
We loved it!!
We just returned from Beaches Grand Sport yesterday and we LOVED it! We were married there and the wedding was absolutley beautiful. All of the staff members were more than nice. We brought 17 people with us and everyone had a wonderful time. The food was excellent. There are some renovations going on now but everything seemed perfectly okay to us. We stayed in a villa that had a full kitchen, living room, huge bathroom, and a huge bedroom. The villa's were so private we even had our on pool. We would go back to this resort. We had services from the spa and we both thoroughly enjoyed them. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful wedding or honeymoon. I would recommend this resort to anyone who was looking for a wonderful place to go.
My husband and I honeymooned at Ciboney and it was AWESOME. The villa was gorgeous, the food wonderful and the service top notch! We did not have to carry around any money and the beach was lovely.
Staying at Beaches, Ochos Rios. It's one of those trips you're glad you did, but care never to return. We stayed in their private villa with pool, sounds great, doesn't it?? But the morale of the people that work there tends to dampen your experience. At the spa my massuese hands me greasy, dirty slippers to put on, later the manicurist informs not once but four times she has a splitting headache. The male staff seem to have a bent on ignoring Females, also. I have to ask four people just to find the closest pool on the property because the only response I could get was a point and "down there." A significant portion of their water sports were not up and running half the time we were there, and the food poolside in their all inclusive meal by the beach was less than exciting. My shoes were stolen straight from the lobby front desk when they were supposed to be watching my luggage. It's been over a week and many phone calls and I have yet to get any response other than "we have never seen them." $120 later I guess I can kiss those goodbye. The staff is harried and unhappy, they feel like they are being watched all the time. This is what they told me. Paul, from the activities desk, is extremely dismissive to sole female tourists, and does a better job ignoring you than helping you. Let's face it, all inclusive with no tipping may sound good to you, but there's no incentive to treat kindly, courteously or otherwise unless you throw them a few greens, but they've been staunchly warned if they keep a tip and don't throw it in the pot to share with of the rest of the hotel staff they will be fired. Who needs that? I say save your money or go somewhere else. Air Jamaica also was no prize. They damaged the one souevenir I treasured and no one has returned my phone calls. They call themselves a four-star hotel, but by whose standards. If you don't value your personal items or want to feel unwelcome by the staff, this is the place for you. Have at it.... On a scale of on
We are two married w/children women in our late 30's,looking for an ESCAPE from our daily grind.
The Grande Sport filled all of our expectations!
It was very relaxing, beautiful and lots of fun.
We enjoyed the food, the people and the general atmosphere. EXELLENT!!!
As a timeshare owner at what is now Beaches Grande Sport, I still miss the old Ciboney..Although Beaches has made some improvements since they leased the resort for 3 years with an option to buy it, they lost the ambiance and spirit that was the originally Ciboney...the main area is in the food...the food was superb when it was Ciboney..When the staff was let go during the renovation period, many of the fine chefs and waitstaff found other employment and that affected the food at the main restaurants at BGS. The menus used to change daily at Ciboney but they are stabdard at BGS..although the food is still very good, if you know what to order..like the Manor steak or the shrimp in coconut butter sauce at Orchids...it is not the same gourmet dining that Ciboney boasted..this is a shame..however, the rest of the resort is pretty much the same except for some improvements and upgrades and the addition of a jacuzzi at the beach, a scuba pool at the beach, a rock climbing wall and a few other apparent changes..it is still a very good value for the tourist dollar and I agree with other reviewers that Sandals/Beaches is relying on their past reputation to carry them and let service and quality slide at many of their resorts..their next property to downgrade is now Dragon Bay in Port Antonio...
Upon arriving at Beaches Grand Sport resort, after that trecherous ride across hill and dale in a tour bus, we get to the resort and mind you, there are about 120 of us in our group and we have had reservations through Apple Vacations since September and what should happen, but they are not ready for us. We are told there are no rooms in the Grand House as we were told by our travel agents that was where we would be staying, and they would put us up in villas, which are nicer. Well, this took the majority of our afternoon. WE didn't get checked into those villa's until almost 5 pm. and we had arrived at 2:30. It was a nightmare. The villas were somewhat nice, but too far away from everything, very quiet and you felt like you weren't even in the resort. That was not fun so we requested a room in the Grand House once they had one available, which was the next day. The Grand House was very noisy. Echoed everywhere. Then the beach was way too small. We decided they should call the resort Beach Grand Resort as it is very tiny. But as always in Jamaica, the people were very friendly and happy and tried their best to make us comfortable. Several of us on the trip got sick from the food, we think and had luckily brought immodium along. The entertainment could have been better in the club. So I would rate this resort a 4 Apple at the most. Don't let Apple vacations sucker you in. It isn't a 6 Apple at all!!