Travel: Iberostar Grand, Montego Bay

20 Jun

For Memorial Day weekend, Pablo and I got away with some friends (that’s right! no kids!) to the Iberostar Grand all-inclusive adults-only resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

It being an all-inclusive, my expectations were low but the resort was exactly what we needed: sun, sand, lots of frosty beverages, and good times with friends.

Since I was busy enjoying my vacay, I didn’t photograph everything but I did get some nice shots of our trip.

Our ride from the airport featured the first of many Red Stripes.

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The view from a balcony off of the lobby.

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The pool was huge: it was like several cascading infinity pools pouring into each other.

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This was pretty much my view for 4 days.

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The swim up pool bar. (The food was just ehh–it’s an all inclusive, what did you expect?–but the drinks were delish. I recommend the Jamaica Smile. It’s like a combination of a pina colada, a banana daquiri, and a strawberry daquiri and there is nothing wrong with that.)

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A view of the resort from the pool area.

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The water.

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Some of our friends scored ocean front rooms over there on the right. And one couple even got  a room over on the side that shared a small semi-private pool with about 5 other rooms. You walked out to your balcony and then straight into the pool.

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Pablo and I got a basic pool view room but it was very nicely appointed.

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I’ll describe the decor as “decent with touches of kinda weird” but the beds were super comfortable (they even had a menu so you could pick your pillow) and the room was huge and laid out very nicely.

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I loved these deep two-person swings on all the balconies. I kinda want my mom to put one on the porch in their new house!

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The bathrooms were all marble and glass and they were enormous. This is only half of it. The other side has the same layout but the shower is where the toilet is in this pic. Please note that means that not only are their two sinks but they’re on opposite sides of the bathroom. I mean, isn’t that the perfect master bath layout?

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Happy 40th Pablo, Diana, Andrew, Jeff and Joanne! (The rest of us already there!)

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So, here’s my 30 second hotel review:

Pros: beautiful resort, not crowded even though it was full, yummy cocktails, all-inclusive so you don’t have to worry about every bottle of water you take from the mini bar, accommodating staff, golf at a surrounding club was included, no kids allowed (including mine!), and close to the airport.

Cons: Food is just “okay” (not bad but not amazing). Restaurants are painfully quiet. (Not only could we hear every word the person at the other end of the table was saying, so could everyone else in the restaurant.)

Overall, it felt very luxurious and upscale. And you gotta love a place that has lots of cushy lounge chairs, plenty of plush towels (take as many as you like) and complimentary sunscreen so you don’t have to bring it yourself!

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. Before you think I’m a terrible mom for wanting to get away without my kids, I’ll have you know that were enjoying a vacay of their own at Mimi and Papa’s house complete with a trip to The American Girl store for lunch and shopping!

Lily at American Girl

Sophia at American Girl 

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One Response to “Travel: Iberostar Grand, Montego Bay”

  1. ashton manswell June 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    nicely captured…

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