17 Things that will Pleasantly Surprise you About All-Inclusive Resorts

December 7, 2016

Views from the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica All-Inclusive ResortI recently was able to attend Click Retreat Conference for Bloggers in Jamaica.   The conference was located at the beautiful Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, an all-inclusive Resort in Montego Bay.  The Resort was absolutely gorgeous!  The pools, the ocean views, the beach.  It was truly Caribbean Vacation heaven!  *Be sure to enter the Dream Vacation GIVEAWAY below for a chance to experience a little slice of heaven for yourself!Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

Walking down the grand staircase at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

It was my first time in Jamaica, as well as staying at an all-inclusive resort.  I have always been curious about the all-inclusive route for travel, and to be honest I haven’t heard the best reviews, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m more of a go-go-go type when it comes to vacations.  I just love to explore, and immerse myself in local cultures, I love to see new things, so the relaxing all-inclusive resort life was all new to me.  And, guess what?  I loved it!  Maybe this mama really needed a break, but sitting around eating and relaxing couldn’t have been a better option for me right now!  I don’t think I have felt that relax in a really, really long time. If ever!  This mama needed this!

Fez Moroccan Style Rooftop Lounge at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Resort Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

With my travel plans already being taken care of for me by attending the Click Retreat conference, it was nice to just sit back and enjoy the research someone else had done in order to find a great location and accommodations.  Usually that is my job when I travel with my family, so I was thrilled to not have to worry about any of the details, and know I was in good hands!  I was also able to easily set up my flight plans from Salt Lake into Montego Bay with Funjet Vacations.  I briefly spoke with one of their agents, and we quickly set up my flight plans, and I was good to go!

I had been so busy previous to heading out to the conference, and making all the arrangements and logistics for my kids and family back home, that I didn’t even get a chance to really look into the details of where we were staying for the conference.  I didn’t even realize it was going to be an all-inclusive Resort until a few days before.

Honestly, I have heard some mixed reviews on All-inclusive Resorts, so I really wasn’t sure what I was going to expect, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised!  That being said, I don’t believe that all of the all-inclusive Resorts are created equal, so selecting the right all-inclusive is key.Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Playa Resort Jamaica

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Playa Resort Jamaica

I was lucky to have a great experience my first time at an all inclusive resort.  I can imagine I now have a pretty high standard when it comes to Resorts with the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica as my first experience with an All-Inclusive!  The grounds were gorgeous, and I was well attended to, and had an amazing time there!

If you have ever thought about going the All-Inclusive Resort Route, then I wanted to share  with you a few things that I was pleasantly surprised with!

Views from the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Resort

17 Things that Pleasantly Surprised me about staying at an All-Inclusive Resort (Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall):

  • Unlimited Food/Beverage Choices:  I should have known that All-Inclusive means All-Inclusive, but the first time I went over and ordered some Nacho’s by the pool, I was still taken back by not having to pay a bill!  I know some All-Inclusives may not include drinks or have some kind of exceptions, but it really was All-Inclusive!
  • Variety of Restaurant Choices: I honestly don’t know what I was expecting, maybe just a big cafeteria style with all you can eat buffet food open 24/7 but, it wasn’t like that at all! I loved having some nice sit down restaurants as well as some casual dining options, or being able to stop by for some little snack at the Snack huts, Coffee shops, or Sandwich bar and grab something to go!  I even packed a little bag of sandwiches and snacks from the Coffee shop when we headed out to explore the town!

Room Service Breakfast at the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica

  • 24 Hour Room Service:  I was really surprised to see that they had 24 hour room service available!  It was so nice to be able to call in my breakfast before heading over to workout, then it would arrive right when I was done and ready for breakfast!  And, let’s be honest. I ordered a few snacks to the room too between meals!
  • Quality Food: I have heard mixed reviews about the food at All-Inclusive Resorts.  But, I will say I loved the food at the Hyatt Ziva!  With the exception of one dish I didn’t really care for, I was very happy with the food!   I was able to try almost all of their 9 plus dining options with casual and sit down restaurants.  I really liked Fuzion, and Jamaican Rootz at Horizon and Urban Heat by Flavorz over at the adult only Hyatt Zilara the sister resort next door to the Ziva.
    Jamaican Barefoot Jerkz Jerk Barbecue at the Hyatt Ziva Rose HallHyatt Ziva Rose Hall Playa Resort Jamaica
  • No need to pull out my wallet: Pay one price, then leave the wallet.  I couldn’t believe that other than excursions and other activities I planned, I really never pulled out my wallet.
    Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica ResortBeach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort
  • No need to plan:  In Jamaica, they are big on, “No worries!”  And, it is true!  With an All-Inclusive it really is all about convenience!  Everything is taken care of! You really could stay in the Resort the entire time, and have everything taken care of. 
    Montego Bay JamaicaViews of Downtown Montego Bay Jamaica
  • Traveler vs Explorer vs Tourist:  There is something for everyone!  If you want to hang out at the Resort, and never leave.  That works.  If you’re like me and you’d like to get out more, and experience the culture and the area, then you can easily plan some excursions with the help of the hotel.  I was very happy that we explored Montego Bay and we also went to the Luminance Lagoon at night!  It was a once in a lifetime experience!
  • No need to change currency: I was surprised that I never had to convert any money over to Jamaican currency.  I tipped in United States currency, and we I went around town to buy some souvenirs they accepted US Dollars.
    3-jamaica-hyatt-zivaHotel Room at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall JamaicaHotel Room Bathtub at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall JamaicaViews from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort
  • Large Ocean View Suites: The Rooms were beautiful and a lot larger than I was expecting, and they were very clean and modern!  Some of them even had swim-up suites!
  • Complimentary Fully Stocked Bar in the Room.  I don’t drink alcohol, but I was surprised that all of the drinks in the fridge (including water), and all of the snacks were also included, and were re-stocked every day!
  • World Class Spa Treatments.  The Resort had an in-house Spa with a huge offering of relaxing treatments.  Even massages on the beach!
    Fire Dancer at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall JamaicaEntertainment at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort Jamaica Entertainment at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Resort Jamaica
  • Entertainment/ Activities: I was surprised that the Resort provided lots Entertainment!  There were some fun Evening Performances, including dancing, fire dancing, singing/ music, and even water dancing!  They also did some poolside Reggae dancing lessons, and trivia!  The locals that worked there were so fun, friendly, and were just beautiful!  It was fun to watch them dance!  Jamaicans were just born to dance and move!
    Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort
  • Fitness Classes/ Fitness Center:  I figured that there would be a fitness center, but the resort also offered some fitness classes like Yoga at the Beach or Zumba. I absolutely loved doing Yoga with the sounds of the waves hitting the beach nearby.
  • Kid Friendly/ Kids Club:  I didn’t have my kids there, but I was excited to note that the Resort was a lot more kid friendly than I was expecting.  I was expecting All-Inclusive to be more of an adult scene, especially with the alcohol included, but there were many things I saw that made me think my kids would have a good time there!  They have a Kids Club as well if parents want a little alone time!
    Shop and Apparel Striped Dress Downtown Montego Bay Jamaica
  • Excursions: You’re not a prisoner at the resort. You can get out, and see the area!  We were able to ask the hotel to arrange a guide to drive us and show us around town.  He didn’t recommend getting out and walking around the downtown area with the locals, but we were able to drive around and observe day to day life in Montego Bay.  We also went to the touristy area, bought a few souvenirs and talked to a few locals at the beach.
  • Security:  I felt very safe and secure at the Resort. They had Security and a gate at the front of the hotel.  I also noticed there was security stationed throughout the grounds, even at night where it can get dark in some corners.  I was happy to feel very safe and secure!
  • Easy Airport Access transportation:  I was surprised at how easy the transportation was from the Airport!  There was a room at the Airport for the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara.  We met up there and a short 10-15 minute drive, we were at the Resort! Really convenient and quick!

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by my first All-Inclusive Resort experience!  I feel lucky to be able to have experienced such an amazing time in such a beautiful country at such an amazing Resort!

For even more information about the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica, check out their social media channels and websites:

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Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall 
Rose Hall Rd.
Montego Bay, St. James
Jamaica

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Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica ResortDREAM VACATION GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!

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I cannot wait to see who wins!!  You are going to have the dream trip of a lifetime!  I had an amazing time in Jamaica, and I can’t wait for one of you to enjoy some relaxation time too!

Best of luck!

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Disclosure:  As traditional with Travel Blogging this trip was hosted/sponsored by FunJet Vacations and Hyatt Ziva / Playa Resorts, all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  (All images by me)

Best Cyber Monday Deals

November 28, 2016

You guys!

I thought Black Friday was good!  But, there are so many good deals for Cyber Monday as well!

Best Cyber Monday Deals

This Kitchen Aid Pro Mixer is only $219 (60% off!)!  I have a feeling it will sell out quick!  Run don’t walk!

And, I haven’t seen a Blendtec this low!  Only $237 (41% off)!

Keep checking back, and I’ll be adding my favorite deals al day on this Cyber Monday!

Best Cyber Monday Deals on the web:

Gap is still having their 50% off your entire purchase sale!  No exclusions!  Use code: CYBMON
Anthropologie is having 20% off items and 30% off sale items with code: STACKS
ASOS is having 30% off your purchase!  Use code: THANKFUL30
Target is having 15% off your purchase site wide!!
H&M is having up to 30% off your purchase!
JCrew is having 40% off your purchase!!  The first time I’ve seen 40% off!!  Use code: MONDAY
Hunter Boots are on sale for up to 46% off at Nordstrom.com
Amazon is having some amazing deals of the day on luggage, electronics, toys, appliances!
Steve Madden is having 35% off your entire purchase! Use Code: CYBER
Old Navy 50% off your entire purchase!
Pottery Barn up to 50% off Cyber Monday Deals!
Minted is having 20% off!  Use Code: CM2016
Madewell is having 25% off your entire purchase!  Use code: CYBERMONDAY
Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your entire purchase! Use code: CELEBRATE
Banana Republic is having 50% off of up to 5 Items!  Use code: BRFIVE
Bauble Bar is having 30% off your entire purchase! Use code: THANKS30
Janie and Jack is having 35% off your entire purchase and Free shipping!

Black Friday Deals

November 25, 2016

Instant Pot on SaleHey Friends!  I just wanted to give you a heads up on my favorite small kitchen appliance!  I can cook dinners, even from frozen meats in less than 30 minutes start to finish in my Instant Pot! (affiliate)

Today only is it the Amazon Deal of the Day!  On sale for half of at $68.95!  I thought I was getting a good deal last year and paid more than that!  This makes for a great Christmas gift!

It is great for super fast pressure cooking  sautéing, browning.  It is also a steamer, yogurt maker, rice cooker, and slow cooker all in one!

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Here is a rundown of some of my favorite stores having some great BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Anthropologie is having 30% off your purchase with code: LETSGO (I Snagged some great deals!)
H&M is having 30% off your purchase with code 2873
JCrew is having 40% off your purchase!!  The first time I’ve seen 40% off!!  Use code: HOLIDAY
ASOS is having 30% your entire purchase!  Use code: THANKFUL30
Gap is having 50% off your entire purchase!! Use Coupon Code: TGIF50
Hunter Boots are on sale for up to 46% off at Nordstrom.com
Target has 30% off clothes, shoes, and accessories for the family!
Amazon is having some amazing deals of the day on luggage, electronics, toys, appliances!
Steve Madden is having 30% off your entire purchase! Use Code: Back in Black
Old Navy 50% off your entire purchase!
Pottery Barn up to 50% off Black Friday deals!
Minted is having 15% off all orders, or 20% off if you spend $150 or more!
Madewell is having 25% off your entire purchase!  Use code: THATSALE
Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your entire purchase! Use code: CELEBRATE
Banana Republic is having 50% off of up to 5 Items!  Use code: BRFIVE
Bauble Bar is having 30% off your entire purchase! Use code: THANKS30
Target has their iPad Mini’s on sale for only $199.79!
Wren and James is having 25% off! Such adorable little girls dresses! Use code: BLACKFRIDAY!
Janie and Jack is having 30% off your entire purchase!
Nordstrom is having an additional 20% off selected sale items! Just snagged these jeans for $40!

*I’ll be posting updates all day, so be sure to check back!

Happy Shopping!