Review of Sunset Beach Resort – Montego Bay

by GO GlobeHopper
Ah… Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Travelers know this is the place for rest and relaxation. But it’s also a place of exploration and fun.  So, when choosing a hotel destination, it is important to get it right — not only for comfort and cleanliness but also for convenience. Sunset Beach Resort is situated on a private stretch of beach in Montego Bay so it could not be more convenient considering its proximity to Sangster International Airport, as well as attractions like the Aqua Sol Theme Park, Cromwell Gardens, the Craft Market, and the Hip Strip (a great area for shopping).  Nearby historic sites include Catherine Hall and Bellefield Great House. Set on Montego Bay Marine Park beachfront, this resort is a family-friendly destination with popular wedding facilities included on the grounds.

Though most travelers and critics would agree the property does not rank among the most luxurious of resorts in Jamaica, it does offer much of the same thing that other all-inclusive destinations offer and does so more affordably.

This property was formerly the Sunscape Splash resort, which was formerly The Seawinds, so it dates back a while.  To that end, guests will immediately note that the architectural design harkens back to the early 80s with its dual towers hotel-like layout.  However, with most resorts in the Caribbean offering ‘resort’ experiences, this property has been updated considerably in order to compete and is now considered to be a 4-star resort.

As for accommodations, there are two 10-story towers — Sunrise and Sunset — containing 430 recently renovated rooms offering unforgettable views of your choice of the poolscape or the Caribbean. Standard rooms are clean and comfortable, decorated in lively island hues and each unit has a balcony that oversees the beauty as well as the action of the grounds below. Standard rooms include LCD flatscreen TVs, a coffee maker, and a sofa bed.  There is also free wi-fi available in all rooms. Each unit is attractive and well maintained. If a standard room is too cramped for a family vacay, the resort also offers some suites.

Sunset Beach Resort features an on-site waterpark for the kids, complete with a vibrant pirate ship making this a highlight of the property, especially for families.  There is also a spa and fitness center, yoga, a games room, mini-golf, tennis courts, non-motorized watersports, a nightclub, and a casino.

For dining purposes, free continental breakfast is included. Onsite restaurants are available, along with a coffee shop, a poolside bar, and room service.

PROS:  Reasonably priced.  The property is clean, attractive, and well-maintained.  Pools, a water park, and the beach are beautiful and clean.
CONS:  Notably slow elevators. Unpredictable buffet quality (sometimes quite good, others times merely passable).  In all fairness, however, this is true for many all-inclusive Caribbean destinations.
Everything considered; Sunset Beach Resort is a good resort choice in Montego Bay, particularly for families.

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