We still have that happy vacation glow from our getaway to Jamaica a couple weeks ago!
Pretty much from the moment that we stepped foot on this beautiful island, we have said we wanted to go back soon. It was that awesome of a family trip.
We were so excited to stay at our partner, the new Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Ocho Rios, and every wonderful thing we heard was true. This resort is top notch in every way!
From the minute we arrived, we were treated like the only guests at the resort… as were all the other guests. Everyone felt very welcomed from the red carnation you receive as you exit the vehicle, to the cold washcloth (Emmy’s favorite thing about visiting resorts), all the way to the punch they bring you to cool off and start your relaxation.
As soon as we arrived at our room we were captivated by this view. We could see the pools, beach, blue waters, and even cruise ships coming into port in Ocho Rios.
We were also greeted with some champagne and a fruit basket. Each room was also stocked with beer, wine, and soft drinks. The family suites that we stayed in also had juice boxes which Emmy polished off. They were refilled each day too.
Our family suite had two rooms and two bathrooms with a adjoining door. When you are traveling with kids, and especially older kids and teens, this is the best way to ensure a relaxing visit.
Pete and I had a king size bed that was so comfortable. I always say that I judge a room by cleanliness, style, the comfort of the bed and the water pressure from the shower. All of those earned perfection scores from me. I loved the way that the resort was luxurious and still had the Caribbean flare.
The bathrooms are wonderful too, and we loved the CHI products they provide.
The girls room had no alcohol and had cookies waiting for them along with beach toys.
What Emmy and Ashley loved the most was the special kids room service menu. They just get kids at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande. So many special extra touches are done for the enjoyment of every member of the family. We didn’t end up ordering room service too often because there is so much food to eat. We were stuffed when we finally made it back to our room. When we did order room service, it was delivered very quickly. Here is one order Emmy and Ash made.
The rooms also have coffee makers and safes. I didn’t end up using the coffee maker instead opting for another one of my favorite things….room service coffee. Filling out that door hanger at night gives me so much happiness knowing a fresh pot of coffee will be waiting for me. I was prepared to have to drink my coffee black, instead of with my favorite soy milk and raw sugar… but Jamaica was very vegetarian and vegan friendly and they had soy milk everywhere at the resort. At the specialty coffee shop, they used a separate steamer and everything. Maddie and I lived there. We had soy lattes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not kidding. They were so good! There were also desserts and fresh crepes served there.
Isn’t this morning view perfection?
The kids room also had kid sized robes. Em never wanted to take hers off. The big girls took mine and Pete’s and they enjoyed their room service order while wearing them. I normally am the last to fall asleep, but after we placed the room service order, I sat down on the bed to finish some work on my computer. Pete said less than 30 minutes later our meal was delivered and he found me fast asleep. The beds are so comfy. I’m just bummed I missed taking pictures, thankfully Pete got one for me the next morning when Em had cereal in bed.
Here is some proof that I wasn’t the only one who loved the beds.
And then there are the pools.
They are wrapped around the whole resort. You can’t walk too many feet without another one to cool off in.
There is a water slide too… We all loved going down it…
Love swim up bars? Yep, they’ve got that too! Seriously delicious drinks for everyone in the family too!
Maybe you want some beach time? There is one of those too. The chairs are all waiting for you…
One of the benefits from staying at bigger resorts is that there are normally a lot of activities. Moon Palace Jamaica Grande was no exception. For an all inclusive resort, there was more than average. I think that most people think about all inclusive as food and drinks, but at Moon Palace, it also means activities, kids club, fine dining and more.
Pete, Ashley, and Emmy even went sailing. We put off sailing because we thought we had to do the actual sailing ourselves, and since it had been awhile since Pete and I sailed, we were not sure it was the best thing to do. Neither of us wanted to end up visiting Cuba unannounced. We were totally wrong about how it worked here. They take you out sailing. You just sit and relax. Maddie and I stayed on shore sipping lattes and taking pictures and videos.
There are also paddle boats, aqua trikes, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and more! No reservation was needed either. You just walk up, put on a life vest, and go! Look at how clear the water is!
We found a sweet little spot right past the volleyball court were we could look over the side and see fish and other creatures swimming by.
Emmy loved to gaze into the water whereever we were on the resort, and this picture was taken at the end of the wedding gazebo. This is one of my favorite wedding spots ever.
Here is another look at the gazebo…
The food is great too. There were a lot of options. More than we expected. From pizza, to panninis, to sushi and snacks by the pool too. That’s just the casual food you can find available throughout the day. Then there is the upscale buffet with options from stir fry to pasta bars for lunch and dinner, and an omelet station in the morning. Ash loved the oatmeal too. The salad bar had tons of fresh fruit and veggies which were missing from other all inclusive experiences.
The resort also features fine dining. Everyone was still in resort casual attire, but the restaurants are a la cart with table service. We were able to just walk right into Gondola to have an Italian meal one night. We weren’t even planning on eating at the fine dining options because the food at the buffet was great and there was something for all of us there… but then Pete went and looked at the menu and I knew we had to try it once. The food was so good. My only regret was that we didn’t try the other restaurants too. There is also a Japanese live cooking restaurant and a steak house that I heard wonderful things about.
In the evenings when Maddie and I had to have a latte, we would go to the espresso bar and Em would have ice cream and little cakes. Her favorite was the strawberry cake. They also have a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter too.
This is at the buffet… we loved sitting pool side with the beach straight ahead.
How about eating over the ocean… we did that too!
The drinks were wonderful…
Another latte break…
Every restaurant had kid friendly options too…
The inside of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande looks like a castle doesn’t it?
The resort is just as beautiful at night as it is during the day…
Here is our video tour of the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande:
Here is our family suite room tour at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande:
Here is the pool tour of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande:
We really enjoyed our stay at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande and would absolutely recommend this all-inclusive resort to anyone traveling with children and looking for a great big resort property with a little resort feel. They treat you like you are the only guest staying there while still having so many wonderful things to do, see, and eat!