Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Pros

  • Large private beachfront property designed for families
  • Located close to Ian Fleming International Airport and Dunn's River Falls
  • Contemporary rooms with tropical touches are some of the largest for this brand in Jamaica
  • Five swimming pools and two whirlpools with one swim-up bar
  • All-inclusive dining includes premium liquor and cuisine options ranging from seafood to barbecue
  • 27,000-square-foot Pirates Island Waterpark on-site has several water slides
  • On-site Red Lane spa has numerous treatment rooms and a well-equipped fitness center
  • A variety of activities for all ages, including an XBOX Garage for teens
  • Water activities like kayaks, scuba diving, and paddle boards are free
  • Additional freebies include Wi-Fi, airport transfers, self-parking, and golf on a private course

Cons

  • Some rooms can experience noise from pools and restaurants
  • Family pools can be crowded
  • Some water sports and restaurants must be booked in advance

Bottom Line

With a water park, golf course, a variety of restaurants and bars, land and water sports, and a number of unique areas and activities, Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is a fun destination for families and groups. Great for kids of all ages, the all-inclusive, luxury resort includes an XBOX garage for teens and tweens, as well as Camp Sesame (where Sesame Street characters can be found), and babysitting services. And there are activities for adults too, with golf and scuba lessons, the Red Lane Spa, and an adults-only piano bar. Since the majority of guests are families, the resort can be noisy. This Beaches property has a private beach, unlike Beaches Negril Resort & Spa which only has access to a public one.

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 Scene

Garden grounds with ocean views and Sesame Street characters

Featuring elegant furnishings and vibrant colors, the lobby at Beaches Ocho Rios is open and spacious, with a large front desk and plenty of seating on upholstered striped and floral sofas clustered around dark wood coffee tables. Vases filled with tropical flowers and silver sculptures add interest to the space. Brochures and tour information are available, as well as a concierge desk to arrange special activities and reservations. Guests may be greeted by a variety of Sesame Street characters, as the kid’s camp is right near the entrance. The open doorways lead to several of the restaurants out on the terrace, which features a beautiful view of the hotel property, the gardens, and the water. Glass elevators overlooking the beach are a scenic touch. The hotel largely caters to families, with its numerous kid-friendly amenities, but couples can be found among the crowds as well.

 Location

Quiet and secluded, right on the beach

Located about 30 minutes away from downtown Ocho Rios, this resort feels secluded and private. The hotel is right on the Caribbean, with most rooms offering beautiful views of the water and beach. Guests who want to explore the area can visit the nearby town center for shopping and activities, or go a bit farther to visit the city of Ocho Rios or nearby attractions like Dolphin Cove, Blue Hole, and Dunn’s River Falls. Most of these popular spots are 30 minutes or fewer by car, and the resort can set up tours and transfers for guests in advance for an added cost. Parking at the hotel is free.

 Rooms

The 233 suites and standard rooms have upscale Caribbean style.

With a wide variety of suite and room categories, Beaches Ocho Rios is designed to accommodate a range of group sizes. Most rooms can fit four or five people, and are decorated in upscale Caribbean style: earthy colors (brown, white, sage), sturdy wood furniture, and tile floors. All rooms include air-conditioning, stocked mini-fridges with free booze and beverages, coffeemakers, microwaves, amenities kits, and patios or balconies; most have pull-out sofas. Concierge Suites are also available for guests who want extra help booking tours and making reservations, and include extras such as champagne on arrival, guest orientation, and a weekly private reception event. While all rooms are large, the more expensive rooms include seating areas and ocean views, while lower-tier rooms have views of the gardens surrounding the property. For butler service, book a Butler Suite at Beaches Negril Resort & Spa.

 Features

Spa, fitness center, and resort shop, to name just a few

Beaches Ocho Rios is a large and expansive property with some great features for hotel guests. The Red Lane spa provides fun treatments, like bling manicures or facials using botanical ingredients, in the indoor facility as well as outside. The spacious adults-only fitness center is clean and has LifeFitness cardio equipment and strength training machines. Guests can browse the resort shop for pricey souvenirs and last-minute toiletries. Laundry services and cell phone rentals are available on-site.

 Food

Six all-inclusive restaurants, plus premium liquor

This Beaches property doesn't have quite as many restaurant options as its sister hotels in Jamaica, but the options here are varied and get high marks. Dress codes, hours, and reservation requirements vary so its best to check in with the concierge beforehand, especially if you have a large group or are planning something special. Eleanor's is the fanciest restaurant, yet the Caribbean-inspired menu still caters to little ones. Bayside offers an international breakfast buffet in it's open-air dining room. Pop into Josephine's Creperie throughout the day to nibble on desserts and coffee. Room service and candlelight dining services are also available. Note that all Beaches properties pride themselves on serving unlimited premium liquor and cocktails.

 Family

Family first with almost endless free activities for children and teens

Camp Sesame is a huge hit with little ones. They can spend a few hours or the entire day with Elmo (and certified nannies) while participating in organized activities indoors and out. Older kids (if you can tear them away from the water park and snorkeling gear) can hang out in the XBOX 360 game garage. In-room babysitting services are provided for a fee. Together, the whole family can enjoy Sesame Street parades, beach bonfires, talent shows, and cocktail parties.

 Destination Weddings

Cookie-cutter and hassle-free on the beach

Planning a wedding in another country can be stressful, but many guests rave that the staff at Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club makes the process streamlined and relatively simple (depending on the size of your party and requirements). The wedding planner (who's services are provided for free) talks couples through all the details and logistics so everything from music to cake to photography is planned well in advance. Note that none of the ceremony sites are private so other resort guests might be watching your wedding.

 Pool

Multiple swimming pools, plus Pirates Island Waterpark

Pirates Island Waterpark is a major draw at this resort. The 27,000-square-foot park overlooks the Caribbean and includes nine twisting water slides plus soft padded areas for kids who crawl. Cushioned sun loungers, white umbrellas, and drink service, plus a swim-up bar makes the pool and park a comfortable place for parents to spend the day while kids splash. The vibe is definitely loud with lots of kids running around -- even in the whirlpool. There's a specialty pool for scuba-diving training as well.

 Golf

Unlimited free golf for kids and adults -- but a fee for the mandatory caddie

Sandals Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole, resort-style course. The course gets accolades from Golf Digest: narrow fairways and small drop-off greens offer a challenge while views of the Caribbean are a great backdrop. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the course from the resort via a free shuttle. Guests golf free but mandatory caddie fees, along with club and cart rental charges and meals at the two golf-themed restaurants, can add up. Lessons are also available for a fee.

 Beach

Private white-sand beach with free water sports

One of the best features at Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is that it's located on a private strip of beach, which means guests here won't have to ward off the vendors encountered on public beaches. The sand is sugar-white and soft, while the calm blue water is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, and taking a spin on a standup paddle-board. Scuba diving is free for certified divers; those who want to become certified can do so but have to pay for the service. The glass bottom boat ride and snorkel excursions are popular water activities as well.

 Bottom Line

With a water park, golf course, a variety of restaurants and bars, land and water sports, and a number of unique areas and activities, Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is a fun destination for families and groups. Great for kids of all ages, the all-inclusive, luxury resort includes an XBOX garage for teens and tweens, as well as Camp Sesame (where Sesame Street characters can be found), and babysitting services. And there are activities for adults too, with golf and scuba lessons, the Red Lane Spa, and an adults-only piano bar. Since the majority of guests are families, the resort can be noisy. This Beaches property has a private beach, unlike Beaches Negril Resort & Spa which only has access to a public one.

Things You Should Know About Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club

Address

  • Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Beaches Boscobel
  • Beaches Boscobel Hotel
  • Beaches Boscobel Ocho Rios
  • Beaches Ocho Rios

Room Types

  • Deluxe Family Room
  • Grande Luxe Oceanview Suite
  • Honeymoon Beach Suite
  • Honeymoon Grande Luxe Oceanview Suite
  • Honeymoon Luxury Suite
  • Honeymoon Ocean Front Terrace Suite
  • Luxury Family Suite
  • Oceanfront 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Oceanfront Terrace Suite
  • Oceanview 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Owner's Penthouse Oceanview 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Premium Family Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 224
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Address: Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
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