Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
With waterslides and Muppet sing-alongs, this kid-friendly resort is perfect for parents and their tots.
Kids are everywhere--and with good reason. The signpost on each corner reads "Sesame St." and the staff dresses up as Elmo, Grover, and Zoe for daily sing-alongs. Families with young children will find more than enough to keep the kids amused.
The hotel completed a major renovation in 2013, and an expanded activity roster was among the changes. New additions glass bottom boat tours and scuba diving.
The extremely polite staff serves up personalized service.
Everyone is extraordinary helpful. When I had trouble logging onto the hotel's Wi-Fi, the staff immediately called its IT specialist to give me personalized service. Whenever I asked for directions, staff members actually stopped what they were doing and walked me wherever I wanted to go!
It's a 20-minute drive to Ocho Rios, so this resort's not convenient for guests who want to spend lots of time in town.
On Moxons, but is 20 minutes from . It's definitely not the right place for guests who want to travel into town., the highway that hugs the coast and wraps around the entire island, Beaches Ocho Rios is a three-minute drive from
Spacious rooms accommodate a slew of people, but some lack a stellar view.
My large room was clean and comfortable. With a pullout couch, it's great for a group of friends. However, my view--of the Beaches gift shop--sucked.
Rooms completed major renovations in 2013, and the rooms now have upgraded decor, making them a better value than they were previously.
A lagoon-shaped pool, water park and Fun Club keep kids occupied. Adults will appreciate the swim-up bar as well as an expansive beach but should steer clear of the disco.
Beaches Ocho Rios is a huge property. Connected by multiple staircases, it requires plenty of legwork just to get around. Immediately outside the main building, the fountain in the courtyard is the central nervous system of the entire hotel. Walk down any of the paths radiating from this point to access the hotel's features.
First up is the main lagoon-shaped pool. Due to its swim-up bar, it's usually filled with folk, and it 2013 it was expanded to include a lazy zone for the kids and new cabanas. At the far end, the is where the staff performs its afternoon Muppet shows. Kids love them.
During my visit, a storm closed down the Fun Club, where they get their hair braided and tie-dye T-shirts., a complex system of slides that seems to be the domain of shrieking kids having a whale of a time! Once they're tired out, parents can take them to the
It's a workout getting to the hotel's gym, which is in a separate building far from the main property. It's also unsupervised, so lift those weights with caution.
For adult pampering, the Red Lane Spa is one floor up from the gym. Plus, its products are in every bathroom.
Snooping around the property, an "Adults Only" sign outside a building piqued my interest. Sadly, the door led to a tiny, empty, and pungent disco. Lame.
To bring in outside guests, the hotel charges $85 per person for a daily pass, and it only lasts from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. No bargaining here--I tried!
Children are everywhere, but the staff manages to keep this resort immaculate.
For a property this colossal (with a beach, multiple pools and hundreds of kids), it is incredible that I didn't spy a smidgen of dirt anywhere! Enough said.
A magician will fascinate kids at the otherwise mediocre Venetian restaurant. On-site restaurants offer a variety of cuisines (from Italian to Tex-Mex).
A staircase in the lobby leads downstairs to the Venetian, the hotel's only Italian restaurant. The food's not great, but the roving magician on staff is! And the sommelier tried her best to get us to buy a bottle of wine.
Next to the pool, Bayside is the only restaurant open for breakfast, buffet-style. In the evenings the bar at the far end is a popular poolside lounge. To the north, the adjoining BBQ Park has jerk-flavored fast food.
And then there's Eleanor's for Caribbean cuisine; open for dinner six days of the week (not Thursday).
No-hassle weddings, but the family-friendly focus of the resort means you may have Elmo crashing your beach ceremony
Weddings at Beaches are a bit cookie cutter -- you have six stock options, all styled by Martha Stewart, and it's hard to add a personal touch -- but this makes planning the big day easy, and this Sesame-Street-focused resort can be a great option for families. Just note that if any of your guests choose not to stay at the hotel -- or at the nearby Sandals or Royal Plantation sister resorts -- you'll have to pay an extra fee just so that they can access the property.
With Elmo and Grover wandering the beach, dancing, and hosting sing-alongs, Beaches' family focus is clear. Daily Muppet Fun Club can ensure happy, sound-sleeping kids. But for adults, there's nothing in particular but a spa, a swim-up bar, and a sad disco. Prepare to play along., a huge on-site , and hair braiding and beading at the