A home away from home; that’s what the Holiday Inn Resort became for us during our stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica. When we arrived, we were greeted with music, smiles, and drinks. I could tell right away it was going to be a great weekend.
After a smooth check in, we were shown to our suite. It included a good sized living area, as well as a huge comfy bed (with awesome pillows!), and a giant bathroom (whirlpool anyone?). The suite had an ocean view, and when we walked out of our private balcony, we could literally take a few steps and walk out onto the beach. We were also given a very tasty plate of fresh fruit.
Remember, vacation calories don’t count! And that’s a good thing when you have so many dining options. The Portside Buffet is the resort’s main restaurant and offers a variety of food along with great views of the pool and ocean. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and requires no reservations.
There are also three other restaurants that are included with the all-inclusive meal package. They require reservations and have a nicer dress code. On our first night we ate at the Seabreeze Restaurant which serves mostly seafood. The tropical decor and laid back ambiance set the mood for the the relaxing weekend we were about to have. The views from our seats on the outdoor patio were great also.
The second night we ate at Sorrento Italian. This restaurant is a bit more upscale with delicious Italian cuisine.
The third night we ate at de Terrace, my favorite of them all. This open-air restaurant looks over the pool and ocean and serves Jamaican and Caribbean favorites. Just FYI, all of the food was amazing!
The Pool and Beaches
The resort has two pools along with half a mile of beautiful beaches. Something else they have which I really loved was a private island you could walk out to called “Tek-it-Easy.” The pool area always had something fun going on, while the beaches were a great quiet place to relax. I loved that whatever your mood, there was a perfect spot for you to hang out at.
There is a spa on site called Sol-Mer which is absolutely heavenly. I’ve had a lot of massages in my life (you might recall that I’ve gotten a chocolate scrub in Bali), but this may be one of the best massages I’ve ever had. For this trip, we decided to indulge and get a wrap and massage package. Our masseuses were Christina and Audia, and they did such a spectacular job. For the first half of our treatment, we were rubbed down with a milk and honey blend. I thought it smelled amazing! A warm towel was placed on us and then the plastic that we were laying on was brought up around us for a nice snug wrap. I was so cozy I fell asleep within seconds. After about 45 minutes (I was told) we were unwrapped and able to shower. When we came back to the tables, they were redone and ready for the massage portion of our treatment. Another 45 minutes of pure bliss.
Besides all of the impressive amenities mentioned so far, the resort also boasts four bars, a pool-side grill, a gym, tennis court, mini golf, casino, kid zone, and an adult-only area.
During our stay, we met people that had been returning to the resort for years because they loved it so much. I can definitely see why! I would return in a heartbeat as well. It’s got a little bit for everyone; singles, couples, and families. The staff was always friendly and helpful, the food was delicious, and the amenities are outstanding. I can’t recommend the Holiday Inn Resort enough.
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** A big thank you to Steve, Sherry, and the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay. We were offered a room upgrade and a spa discount, but as always, all opinions are our own**