I 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!
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!
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.
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!
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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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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:
Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Rose Hall
Rose Hall Rd.
Montego Bay, St. James
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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)