15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
beaches boscobel resort @ golf club
"this resort sells it self on the inclusive but will try and sell you items from 8 am till late the one pools has pool games all day but for one hours at lunch the noise from this will stop you have a relax if you are not into the silly games that can take over the pool and stop this from being a relaxing time. There is over one hundred steps from the beach to the main area so that will keep you fit also at the bench as all the local trying to sell you item by shout at you, if you have chirden they will try all day to brad there hair. There are four dinner resaurants that all do NOT take resivations and are smaller that the buffet. some people come in group of 25 so it are hard it were you want to eat some times. There are also local wedding with the guest using the resort which some parts of the hotel is closed of for on these events. The scuba that is free there is only one boat for 14 people that is booked each day for the next this is done at 8.30 am so you will have to que each day to try and go diving i was there before 8am each day and lot of people did not get on. The scuba gear is mostly old and in bad condition BC leak O ring missing dive briefing very poor. Some days we could not take the boat out as they were doing so many course there was not gear for the boat. The boat do not carry water for you to drink and there is no food make sure you use the loo as there is not one on board. Will not be going back to this resort there is better beaches resorts out there this is one to miss out the room was ok other than the beds had to be changes out the shower was broked the had rail had to be removed there was no room book to show you want was avialble no TV guide "
- Travel date: 15th August 2011
this hotel was amazing. there was loads ...
"this hotel was amazing. there was loads to do there and the staff were great especially rolsten in the piano bar me and my friend were under 18 at the time so got chucked out of the disco earli which was a bit rubbish but then we got to go for a sing in the piano bar because we had nothing else to do. when we stayed there was a hurricane 'hurricane dennis' but fortunately it didnt hit the hotel bad. During this time the staff couldnt do enough for you they evacuated the ground floor rooms and put on extra entertainment for us.the hotel was really clean and the food and drinks were amazing and so was the hair and beauty salon!! i would reccomend anyone to go here, youll all really enjoy it!! "
- Travel date: 1st May 2008
Me, my mum, dad, younger brother, granny...
"Me, my mum, dad, younger brother, granny and granda went to Beaches Boscobel 2weeks ago... it was our 2nd time going to Jamacia. ENTERTAINMENT: Beaches is great for all ages... all though the entertainment (Seseame street) which is the only entertainment, really wasn't very good. The entertainment for older people finished at 10:30 and it wasn't up to much though! The disco is OK... the music is good and stuff but everyone under 18 got chucked out after 11:30. FOOD: The food here is amazing! The Bayside buffet is good when your starting to get bored of the other restaurants. The Arizona is great for steak but the menu gets boring after a while! its on the beach and if you get take-out you can go and eat on the pier which is amazing! The Venetian is really nice too! The Crostinni is a must for an appetizer :P The bbq park during the day is also really good for snacks n all! DRINK: The cocktails are amazing,! they stock all british branded alcohol! The bar staff are soo funny and nice! carlyle and Godfrey are living legends!! lol Ask for a 'dirty banana' or a 'bob marley' if you want to get really smashed!! haha ACCOMMODATION: We first got a room near the disco which was kinda noisy and there wasn't enough beds, so they brought down a camp bed for the night which we didn't mind because we were so tired haha! But the next day they moved us and my grandparents to adjoining rooms over looking the pool which was brilliant!"
- Travel date: 7th September 2007
We used air Jamaica to fly to Kingston a...
"We used air Jamaica to fly to Kingston and quite honestly we have never experienced such a dreadful airline, our flight was cancelled and we were told to go home and return the next morning and we would be compensated, the next morning we arrived and were told the flight had been cancelled again! This was at 8am the next flight would be 6pm as we were so far from the airport and fast running out of cash we waited, not a good start to our holiday, and we were never compensated I wrote letter after letter, sent emails and telephoned these were never answered. However when we reached our beaches hotel they could not do enough for us my husband and I were upset at losing 2 days of our holiday and complained. They were brilliant and gave us an extra 4 days free holiday to compensate and arranged all the flights for our return flight and even got air Jamaica to upgrade our seats for free, so even though the airline service was so poor, it pays to tell your hotel as soon as you arrive and see what they can do for you."
- Travel date: 25th July 2006
Accommodation: We stayed in a basic fami...
"Accommodation: We stayed in a basic family room. It was simply furnished but clean, with towels and sheets changed every day and room made up and cleaned every day. We had 2 double beds and a sofa bed, which meant that 2 of our 3 boys had to share, but we had a quick word with reception and they brought us an additional single bed for the boys (yes the room was big enough) - so that was great. Air con as wonderful! Food: Amazing choice, quality and variety. We tended to eat at the Bayside buffet as our kids preferred it, but there was so much choice even there that it wasnât a problem. Friday night - all you can eat lobster! There was good quality salads, desserts and lots of main courses. Most evenings they also had a chef making special meals to order, like lobster, crab, pasta dishes etc. The Venetian was lovely. We sometimes fed our kids at the Bayside, and then ate at the Venetian. Not huge portions, but we prefer quality to quantity - and it was sufficient for us - but this is perhaps the problem with some people complaining about the food - not enough for greedy people :-) The Arizona was okay - standard TexMex stuff, ate there twice for a change. Eleanors (have to dress for this) - food good and ambience great, but only ate there once as it was over 16s only, plus we preferred The Venetian. The only place we didnât eat was the burger bar - why have burgers when you can have lobster?? Also for kids - ice cream and popcorn. In all - you could get something to eat around the clock if you wanted it. Drink: Wow - whatever you want, whenever you want it! Including branded drinks and reasonable quality wines like Hardys and Gallo, plus pretty nice champagne. Any cocktail you want - we tried to catch out the waiters by asking for obscure English cocktails - and they knew them all! Soft drinks, water and slush for the kids were also available, as were a variety of hot beverages. The resort: Very clean and constantly being tidied up. Pools were nice. Beach towels plentiful. They did run out sometimes, but were replenished within 30 mins usually. Staff: very friendly and helpful, particularly The Venetian and the bars. Only time I saw a staff member ignoring anyone, was an American guy who was very obnoxious and demanding. Water sports: We sailed - my husband was taught to sail by Don, who then let us take out the boat ourselves. Scuba - had lessons and my son also got his PADI certificate with Zia. Banana boat - went on it every day! Glass bottom boat - great fun! Yes you have to book, but we did everything we wanted, when we wanted it - usually booked the day before for the next day. Beach: Small but clean, and quieter than the pool. Yes there are some guys in boats selling shells, but they are good natured and funny! Plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. Kids clubs: Looked okay, but ours wanted to be with us - and we agreed as it was a family holiday. My eldest son used the teens evenings as a way to meet other teens - and he was happily entertained by some great lads he met from Boston. My youngest son got a lovely girlfriend from Ohio too! Beauty salon - expensive, but lovely. I paid $US90 for a full body aromatherapy massage. Golf - husband played twice and really enjoyed it. Lovely course, all fee. But you have to pay for AND tip the caddy - but it still costs much less than a good course at home, and the caddies are pros. My kids also had golf lessons - all free including balls and clubs, and their Pro Bill took them for a tour of the golf course in a buggy - they loved it. I tipped him $10. Tipping: Not allowed on resort, but expect to tip on trips and at golf course. Entertainment: We went for 2 weeks and the entertainment was repeated the second week, so a bit of a disappointment. Some nights were good like the steel band, but others a bit tedious like the "Who wants to be a millionaire quiz". The disco was a bit smelly, so we didnât use it. Trips: Were good but expensive, and were really the only way of getting out of the resort. We did mountain bike trail, horse riding and shopping trip. Note: if you go shopping avoid the craft market unless you are a brave person, my husband was offered a bag of white powder for $20! Currency: Use US$ not Jamaican - everywhere accepts American, and it is the best currency to use. Internet access: In the lobby, but very expensive, instead, ask them if you can use the internet room. There is a charge, but it is much less. Hair braiding: Got mine done on the beach by local Jamaicans. Cost US$40 rather than the $80 on the resort. You do have to haggle though, and you have to go off the private beach to the public beach, but donât be worried about it, they are very friendly, and just trying to make a living. There are some small shacks selling gifts too - but haggle over the price! Overall we had a lovely time, it was our first trip to Jamaica and first AI too. My kids made some great American friends and they are emailing each other already! "
- Travel date: 30th June 2005
Beaches Boscobel fun for everyone!!!!!
"I traveled to Beaches Boscobel in November of 2002. My entire family went, Myself and husband and children, my sister's entire family and my parents also. I cannot rave about the place enough. I have been on three other trips to Jamaica without my children, so this was the first trip with the hoodlems. We had a ball. The nannies were fantabulous to my children. My children still ask daily when we can go back!! I tried several times to have lunch with my children and they (the children) quickly told me I was interupting them and to "just go eat with Daddy." The food was delicious!! If you are hungry at Beaches it is your own fault! They have a huge variety of different foods, and you should always try at least a bite of something new each day! Don't leave Jamaica without trying a meat pie!! The bartenders were phenominal! I suggest at least once on your trip just tell them to "suprise-me" I guarantee you'll have a new favorite. If you get a drink you don't like-- discard it and try the next one on the list. One hint is the day you arrive you should go down to the beach and book your water activities. The spaces fill fast. If you wait until your last day to sign up -- you probably won't get to ride the "big bannana." The entire staff at Boscobel were overly ready to assist us in any way. My suggestion is to treat them as professionals and not servants. If you treat them with a smile they will go out of their way to accomodate your every need. The bus ride from the airport is long. We had a driver named Peter, who was awesome. He gave us a complete history lesson and had us laughing hysterically the entire route. Jamaica is a wonderful coutry. Keep in mind that is is not America, the customs are not American. You must go to the market and shop. Jamaicans expect you to barter. They are all very friendly and would never hurt you, they are just trying to make a living. Some Americans think they are too "touchy" Just remember you are in a different culture. They protect tourist in the market because it is their livelyhood. We are planning another trip back in May. This time we are taking 13 members of our family. I am looking forward to taking pictures of 4 generations of my family at Dunn's River Falls. Take plenty of sun screen, salt packets (their salt is a little different from ours), stash a bar of chocolate somewhere in your bags (i had a craving for plain chocolate) A tiny bottle of febreeze may be a good added item to your cosmetic bag. Being right on the ocean the rooms can be a little musty some times. If your room seems musty all you have to do is tell the front desk and they will take care of it. Being right on the beach there is no way to control the humidity all the time. Bring some good walking shoes and don't overpack!! All you need is a swim suit, a cover up, some swimmie shoes, one dress up out fit, and something comfortable and casual. Most of your day will be in a swim suit. Pack as light as possible --so you have room for all of your souvineris."
- Travel date: 12th November 2003
Absolutly the Best!!!!
"Let me just inform all of you who are worried about booking a trip to Boscobel.....DO IT!!! We were there in November of 2002 during the Thanksgiving Holidays (Yes, they had Turkey for us!) We stayed for a week there. It was my self, my husband our 2 children ages 11months & 4yrs. My sister and her husband & 2 children ages 4&6, and my mom and dad. I was hesitant about the flight to start off with..being my first plane trip not to mention my kids first time as well. I worried about the baby, being so small...was she gonna have a good time? was I gonna have a good time? Well..let me just tell you it was the best thing I have ever done in my life!!! Our arrival to the Jamaican airport was late at night and to my surprise, we wre greated by singing-guitar playing natives! We were placed on a bus with an awesome driver named Peter. He was so informative about everything! He taught us some of the language, taught us about the "clock towers" that were in each little town circle we passed. He taught us that the Jamaican people "communicate" by flashing their high and low beams...and big trucks have the right of way no matter what! The bigger your vehicle the more "respected" you are on the Jamaican roadways. We arrived at the beautifully decorated resort. We tipped Peter generiously, and was swept inside this lavish lobby. They brought us champane and a cool-damp towell to freshen' us up. We quickly went up to our rooms...stairs not a problem. We were on the 3rd floor. We threw our luggage in..and off we went. We were all pretty hungry, so we hit the buffet..I was afraid I was going to starve by the time we got home! I was not interested in much of anything they had to offer. We managed to find a little something and browsed around the resort. It was so late in the evening that we just had really missed everything. We were also very tired and we called it a night. Well my room smelled musky so we told the front desk and and they came and took care of it. Then our bed felt damp...from the humidity (just happens at the beach) I again told the front desk and instead of just changing the covers they changed the entire King size mattress!! Talk about customer service!!!! Well the next morning we went down to the buffet for b-fast and had a wonderful...I mean wonderful meal! The kids got signed up for kids camp and beleive me I was NERVOUS about leaving my children! Especially the baby. At that time I was a stay at home mom and had never been away from either of them! Well after that we signed up for all the water activities, and just relaxed. The pools and pool bars are great! ALL the staff was just to die for! I ended up having to drag my children from kids camp everyday.I would walk by, and peek in the windows and check on them and the nannies would let me know by gesturing that they were playing or sleeping or doing a craft...they were just amazing! Matter fact one day I went to pick them up early to spend some "quality" time with them and the nannie begged me to leave the baby! She had fallen in love with her! She insisted that I should go and get some time to my self and relax...that she was too a mother and knew how much we needed our "quiet" time! Well I took her up on the offer and went up to my room..thought maybe I could get a 30 min. nap, well when I got there the maid was in there cleaning. We ended up talking for about 45 minutes...she was SOOOO wonderful! The nightly entertainment was great! Loved the regge music. The weather was awesome! It usually rained everyday, but for a short period of time and the sun was right back out! The beach is small but you cant be on all of it at the same time so whats the big deal? The ocean looked like blue kool-aide!! The food places were wonderful!!!!!!!! Loved them all! The guy you keep hearing about on the surf board selling conch shells..he is cool! His name is "Smokey" He is harmless! The ladies that have the market through the fence, are harmless! They will braide your hair, sell you there things, and just talk with you about anything! You have to remember this is a 3rd world country and they are VERY poor. They mostly live in shacks and eat what they can get and they work day in and day out selling their goods to people like us...we ARE their income! Wouldnt you all do the same thing to make money to raise and support your families?! I would! As far as the pass the locals can buy and come into the resort...I think it is a great thing! You people who dont...well you must not have a heart! They didnt bother us at all! My nephew played for hours with one of the little boys and the best thing is..the little boys bathing suit was way to big, so my nephew said to his mom...mom I have a brand new bathing suit up in our room, and I know it will fit him, can we go get it and give to him? We did and his mother and him were soooo happy! You would of thought we had given them a million dollars. All the natives that came to the resort that day really just kept to their selves. Well for the entire week we were there we had a blast. We visited Dunns River Resort..FREE We visited Dunns River Falls for a minimal fee...we visited the craft market for a minimal fee to the bus driver.....and he took us up in the "hills" and we toured some of the "real" Jamaican territory. We in turn gave him a fine tip. The people at the market were great....just dont call anyone that is in your group by there name..cause once they hear it, they dont forget it! Yes, several people tried to sell pot on the street. No harm done. Just say no thank you and keep going. Most crime in Jamaica happens in Kingston..clear on the other side of the island. Not to say that things cant go wrong, but things can happen here in the U.S. too. We hear it everyday on the news! We went to the falls and the market without our children..which was a good idea, its alot of walking and you dont have to keep up with them and worry that they have wondered off. The falls is NOT for small children which is pretty much self explanitory. A good tip is if you have children in kids camp, give them a disposable camera and let them take it where ever they go, we did and we got some pretty cool pictures of our kids and their new friends and all the activities they done. I was in tears on our departure day. They almost had to drag me out of there by my feet! We have since planned a trip back to Boscobel and this time we are taking a few extra people, my grandmother and aunt and her friend, so it ought to be a even a little more interesting! We have planned a May 2004 trip. I cant wait and niether can my kids and family. Ask the bartender for a Hmmingbird...you'll absolutly love it! Any questons you may have you are more than welcome to e-mail me at [email protected] (Tracy)"
- Travel date: 7th November 2003
All in all a great family holiday
"departed Sunday 26 October and found these internet reviews the Friday before so rather apprehensive. Therefore we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of everything in the resort from food and service through to activities and amenities. Felt like we were in a different resort from those complaining about food standards/hygiene/miserable people. Our room was fine, not as luxurious as expected but cleaned every day by noon. Our four year old loved Kids Kamp and had a job to get her out of it, felt that the instructors were very good with the kids in general. We generally lazed around the (very nice) pool but didn't feel at all uncomfortable on the beach. You can ignore the hair braiders quite easily and the only other Jamaican touting wares is a very nice shell man. The spa was great I had a super luxurious facial and all the staff in the resort were extremely polite and friendly. Entertainment during the evening was a bit poor, don't go if you're expecting wild evenings, but if you have kids this holiday is ideal. We were told however that the resort was running at about 20-30% capacity - this would be a different holiday altogether if you experienced it at 100% capacity. Would go back to Jamaica as the people were so nice. The only complaints we had were that the tours were very expensive and it was difficult to get out to see life outside the resort itself. Oh, and the two and a half hour bus ride is VERY BUMPY!!!"
- Travel date: 7th November 2003
"I was very apprehensive about going here because of all the negative reviews. We had an absolutely wonderful time. We went with 2 small kids, my husband and I, and my in-laws. We all had a wonderful time and had only good things to say about it. The beach was small but the resort was not crowded so it did not matter. At one point we had the kid's pool and water slide all to ourselves. My daughter loved it. The food we all thought was very good. The service we recieved was also above average. Everyone was very nice and always asking if you needed anything. The weather also turned out o.k. even though it is the rainy season. My husband went through the PADI scuba diving certification and was also very pleased with that. Overall we were all very pleasantly suprised and would recommend the resort to anyone that wanted to go."
- Travel date: 25th October 2003
worse than horrible
"Id like to know what beaches boscobell some of these people went to because it certainly wasnt the one I went to. The one in Jamaica.It was by far the worst resort I ever visited. And before I begin my ranting lets get one thing straight, They never serve lobster in any oftheir restaurants and anyone who knows anything knows that restaurants on the island are not five star, if you are lucky these restarurants are maybe one star thats it. All the glowing reviews, one cant help but think that maybe the employees are writing them, because we spent an entire week with miserable people. No one there was happy. the guests were miserable. The one reviewer hit the nail on the head when he said no one cares if you have to complain. your on a foreign island and they know they have you by your purse strings so really they dont seem to care. BEaches Boscobell was the absolute worst resort I ever visited and belive me, if the restaurants are so great tell me, why are people continualy getting sick at them?? Their hygene is horible in the restaurants and the food is disgusting. I myself lost five pounds the week i was there, and i llove to eat, but only when the food is appetizing. We were literally counting down the days till we were free to leave that dump. I wouldnt reccomend it to anyone. total waste of money."
- Travel date: 10th October 2003
For a free trip, I was happy!
"My cousin won a trip for two to the Boscobel Beaches resort through a radio station and invited me along. I was a bit nervous because of all the bad reviews that I read on this website but I must say that overall, the resort is clean, the employees were very friendly and the food was pretty good. I recommend eating at Eleanor's or The Vientian, the food was better than good in these two restraunts. The buffet is ok (if your really hungry). The beach was small, but luckily we went when the resort was not full so we had plently of room on the beach (but I could see it being to small if the resort was booked). The "petting zoo" was not really a "petting zoo" the only animals that I saw in there were chickens and ducks, I never knew that you could "pet" chickens :)) The only real complaints that I have are: THERE'S ALOT OF STAIRS, stairs EVERYWHERE and you have to walk alot to get to the restraunts and beaches, good exercise though, and there wasn't any night life on the resort. We were hoping to be able to hang out at night and hear some regaee and dance but the "Dance Club" was only open one out of the 5 nights that we were there. Overall, I would go back again, as long as it's free. I don't know if I would actually pay to stay here, I think that it's good for families with children but being a person who likes the night life, I think that we could find a place for the same money but with better evening activities! If your used to being "spoiled" or living in luxury, then this probably is not the place for you because it is just an average resort, but if your not overally picky or spoiled and just happy to be in Jamaica then you'd be happy staying here."
- Travel date: 6th October 2003
Fantastic time at Beaches Boscobel!! This is a must stay!!!
"Before I booke our stay (Sept. 14-21 2003) I checked all over the internet. I found good reviews after I booked the trip I found some BAD reviews of Beaches Boscobel. We went anyway and are we glad we did. This place was a jewel. The food was fantastic and the service was incredible. But you have to remember a few things about Jamaica. #1 If you treat the people with respect then they will go absolutely out of their way to make sure you have a great time. And they share their information. One night my wife wasn't feeling well at dinner and the made it up for us to go back to the room. The next day no less than 6 of the other staff members asked her if she was feeling well. I am sure if you have an attitude and think you should be getting something for nothing or demand something you likely are not going to get it no matter what else happens. So be friendly! and you will have a great time. #2 Everything in Jamaica is soon come. That means it ain't going to happen real quick. It will happen but possibly not as soon as you want it. So, chill out. Ask politely again and you will be surprised at the results. Nod your head when you pass one of the workers, say hello, good morning, acknowledge that they are there and not just there to serve you and I guarantee you that the word will get around the property that you are a good person. And good people get taken care of. I was talking to one of the women who work at one of the restaurants one day. I told her that I read about the Jamaican Patty (this is like a Jamaican hamburger, it is what the locals eat for lunch all of the time. It is a flakey pastry like a fried pie but it is filled with a spicy meat (beef, chicken, or vegetables) like taco meat or sloppy joe THEY ARE GOOD, CHEAP, and FILLING). I also told her that I wanted to try one. She told me that she was off the next day but she would bring me one the day after at 11:00. She had it ready for me in the warmer. IT WAS GREAT! She went out of her way because we talked to her not at her!I have read the reviews about the elevator that takes you to the beach. It worked flawlessly. They said it was the 2nd elevator they have had installed. And there are stairs (very long and low steps) that will get you to the beach faster anyway!I also saw there was some concern about bees around the ice cream dispenser. I saw the bees when I went there but they never bothered me and the people who work there will get the ice cream or drinks for you if you don't want to deal with the bees! Pretty much nature works in its own ways and no amount of spraying will keep the hunting bees away from sweets.People also commented on the people who sell stuff from the sides of the resort or on surfboards in the water. There are security gaurds all over that these people will not harrass you because they will get thrown off their locations and they can't sell to people who want their stuff if they aren't in their prime location. We teased with the guy on the surfboard and everyone seemed to enjoy them being there. Everyone also bought something from them too. You can also use the line I tell you about at the bottom of this review. Once you say NO THANK YOU they will leave you alone. Or they have to leave the area completely. So these people know they don't want that to happen so they leave you alone.FOOD! 3 5 - star restaurants on site with a buffet bar that serves all you can eat GRILLED LOBSTER on Friday nights!!!!! It cost $25 US in Ocho Rios for Grilled Lobster tail! There are 2 other restaurants that serve fast food and buffets. The Venetian has a fantastic Grilled Swordfish and the beef tenderloins are to die for! There is also a little fast food court that serves an out of this world jerk chicken!!! ask for extra pieces there is no charge!!There are 5 bars that serve anything you can ask for. Try a Jamaican Delight. They are GREAT!!!!Night life - They have entertainment everynight which you can hear from most rooms. However, this dies down around 11:00pm Good Reggae!!Bottom line. HAVE FUN, take it easy mon. Get over that you had a 2 hour drive to the hotel from the airport. We looked at it as getting to see a lot of the REAL JAMAICA.ALSO I RECOMEND - Blue Mountain Bike Tour (ALL DOWN HILL RIDING no matter what your endurance level you will enjoy this one). Swim with the dolphins. It costs a lot but what stories you will have to tell after you do it. Have 2 dolphins pull you around a lagoon and then have them push you by the feet!!!! what fun!!!!If you leave this hotel and can say you don't know any of the names of the people who work there then they probably don't have much to say about you. I gaurantee you a great time if you take the time to be nice! Being so pissed off because you don't get your way when you DEMAND it is not going to get you anywhere and it will only spoil your own vacation. Let the small stuff go and have a great time. You will be surprised at how much more you will get by smiling, joking, and laughing with the staff. They are people too not servants.If you are planning a trip to Jamaica stay at Beaches Boscobel. We are already planning a trip back here. This time as a signature guest!!!!I can't wait.Oh, and one last thing! If you go shopping in Ochi or you are confronted by people who are trying to get you to braid your hair remember this phrase:I nya wan ting... yah mon.It means I don't want anything. The dealers will flip out. They will also leave you alone. We had one guy sell us an item we wanted at our price just because he was tripped out we knew that line!SO GO, RELAX, ENJOY, BE NICE, NO PROBLEMS!!!"
- Travel date: 22nd September 2003
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort & Golf Club is also called
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- beaches boscobel hotel
- beaches boscobel