Let me start by saying that I just got back from the best — and I mean best — trip ever. Bobby and I decided a few months ago that we wanted to go on a beach trip this fall, and the destination we picked was Jamaica! My mom’s side of the family is from the West Indies, so I was excited to visit the land of my matriarchal roots. Plus, Bobby jokes that he is Jamaican at heart, because he is so laid back and lives by their motto of, “no problems, mon.”
We arrived on Monday morning at the Secrets Resort Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, and we were astounded by the hospitality! Once the automatic wooden doors to the lobby of the resort opened up, it was like we’d entered a whole new world. We were greeted with cold towels (to cool down from the heat we’d just been in outside), champagne, and they even had fresh cookies! Our room wasn’t readily available as we’d arrived a little before check-in, but they instructed that two of the restaurants on the resort were open for lunch and that we were free to eat there. (Side note: there were no wristbands at this resort even though it was all-inclusive, and that was a nice touch that we loved.)
We had lunch at the Oceana restaurant, which is a cool outdoor patio restaurant nestled between the pools on the premises. I had an awesome burger and sweet potato fries, while Bobby ordered a jerk pulled pork wrap with fries. Everything was delicious, and we ended up eating there on the last lunch of our stay as well. All of the food was surprisingly delicious, which was a nice change from other all inclusive resorts that both Bobby and I have been to. I think that it was the combination from the resort being upscale as well as the Jamaican culture consisting of really impressively flavorful cuisine.
The drinks were awesome as well! There were some delicious signature drinks that we indulged in all week, and some classic drinks we were used to in the states were made with a fun spin in Jamaica! Beyond the food and drinks, the activities were also so fun! (Special shoutout to Chase in the entertainment department!) There was a schedule posted throughout the resort each day with fun activities, from cornhole tournaments on the pool deck to beach volleyball and soccer. In the evenings, they had sports nights, talent shows, and beach parties! I have never been to a resort with such constant and seamless entertainment for everyone’s tastes!
We went off the resort once during the trip to visit Dunn’s River Falls. It was a really unique excursion where you get to hike up a waterfall in the middle of the forest! You hold hands with the other people in your group and climb up the rocks together as the waterfall gushes down on you. The day we went was pretty busy because two big cruise ships had docked in Montego Bay that day, but we made the best of it…and the 2 hour drive there and back. The experience itself was awesome, the tour guides there were great, and I’d totally do it again.
All in all, I had an excellent time at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and I highly recommend you consider it for your next tropical vacation.
Here are some more photos from our trip:
Have you ever been to Jamaica? Let me know!