Jamaica all-inclusive child friendly holidays: check out the gorgeous Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, in Montego Bay

Jamaica all-inclusive child friendly holidays: check out the gorgeous Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, in Montego Bay

When you’re choosing between all-inclusive resorts for kids, what should you look for? In my view, the best all-inclusive child-friendly holidays should be about easy relaxation, served up on a bed of luxury. With a side order of adventure. After reading about Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, a five-star resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, I think a holiday there would have all those ingredients. Accompanied by a mango-flavoured cocktail, to make the flavours even more delicious.

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A dreamy trip to Jamaica – staying right by the sea

Iberostar run over 120 hotels and resorts, in Europe, the Americas and Africa. 80% of them are next to the sea, like Rose Hall Suites. The Jamaica luxury resort is just footsteps away from Rose Hall Beach, where pale caramel-coloured sand lines the shore, and holidaymakers sip cocktails under coconut parasols.

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Iberostar Rose Hall Suites is right next to the Caribbean Sea.

Of course, the warm Caribbean Sea isn’t just for relaxation. It’s for playing, too. The PADI Certified scuba centre at Rose Hall Suites takes ocean-lovers diving in the deep waves, to seek out tropical fish, or the occasional turtle. Snorkelling and parasailing are also popular with marine adventurers.

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Ocean-lovers can go adventuring in the waves off Rose Hall Beach.

It’s not only beach-bums who can kick back next to their favourite patch of clear blue water. There are plenty of pools to choose from at Rose Hall Suites. With an infinity pool, lazy river, activity pool, kids-only swim zone and Aqua Fun Water Park, families could splash around for hours.

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The Rose Hall Suites infinity pool overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Blue upon blue!

Things to do in Montego Bay and nearby

The lively area around Montego Bay, Jamaica, is crammed with places that are ideal for shopping, dining, and family excursions. An hour’s drive takes you to Ocho Ríos, where a chairlift whisks you up 700 feet, over tropical forest to the top of the Mystic Mountain. The bold and the brave can come back down via bobsled, like the characters in the film Cool Runnings. Or push adrenalin levels to the max, with a secure zip line ride over the treetops. Nature-lovers can take in the stunning Dunn’s River Falls, also at Ochos Ríos.

One hundred Jamaican dollars

Dunn’s River Falls is a national treasure, and features on the Jamaican one hundred dollar note.

There’s so much to do in and around the Montego Bay area. Just check out the Visit Jamaica website for inspiration. You can also read on their site that the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall, Rose Hall Suites’ adult-only sister resort, recently won the Apple Vacations’ Golden Apple Award for best all-inclusive hotel. The resort’s success was credited to their focus on exceptional standard of quality, service and value.

Entertainment for kids: Star Camp at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

While it’s good to go out and soak up the local flavour, the  best all-inclusive holidays for kids also give mini explorers the chance to have their own adventures right in the resort itself. And Iberostar’s new Star Camp programme does just that. It’s built on the theory of multiple intelligences: the idea that youngsters learn and grow by cooperating with each other. At Star Camp, children can play at being mini journalists, chefs, artists or film directors. It’s a fun experience, that gives parents some kid-free time, to relax in the spa, or to just sit quietly, enjoying the sea view.

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The all-inclusive Montego Bay resort includes a spa.

Star Camp kids are divided up into age groups. The Monkeys group targets children aged between 4 and 7 years. Dolphins is for those between 8 and 12 years. 13 to 17 year olds are catered for in the Eagles. Star Camp will be rolled out to all Iberostar hotels from summer 2019, but some resorts, like Rose Hall Suites, already offer the full activity programme.

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Children can find plenty of fun at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites.

Star Camp’s not the only children’s entertainment on offer at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites. Every night, talented actors, dancers, and singers put on two shows, one specially for the kids, the other for the whole family to enjoy together. And a babysitting service is available for parents who want an evening to enjoy the resort’s kid-free entertainment.

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Parents can use the resort babysitting service if they want an evening out by themselves.

Local gastronomy

At Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, the all-inclusive package includes meals at a selection of restaurants and snack bars. These cater for everyone, from the pickiest eater to the gourmet who savours everything.

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Iberostar Rose Hall Suites has the best five-star à la carte and buffet restaurant options.

Aunty Ruby’s steakhouse cooks up tender cuts, while Sole Mio serves delicious, popular Italian dishes. A daily buffet at Miranda Hill offers international cuisine. For those who want to experience the jesty, fiery flavours of the Caribbean island, Calabash is a gourmet restaurant, where diners dress to impress. People looking for a more casual dining experience can snack on burgers or hot dogs at the poolside Aunty Ruby Buffet. And it wouldn’t be an Iberostar seaside holiday without the chance to savour the freshest seafood, which is available at Mare Nostrum mediterranean restaurant.

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Aunty Ruby buffet is by the pool at Rose Hall Suites.

Kid friendly accommodation

Even the best all-inclusive child friendly holidays can fall down if the accommodation isn’t right. But with 11 types of suite to choose from, Rose Hall caters for families of different shapes and sizes. Every room has free Wi-fi, and its own terrace overlooking the beautiful tropical scenery. The Presidential Suite even gives the grown-ups access to the adult-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.

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The Presidential Suite’s wraparound terrace features a whirlpool tub, and a heart-stopping view of the Caribbean Sea.

Caring for the seas: Wave of Change

Iberostar is a holiday company that cares for its environment. So to help protect the oceans that lie next to 80% of its hotels and resorts, it launched Wave of Change. This initiative aims to drive sustainable tourism, by reducing plastic consumption, and encouraging local partners to maintain healthy marine ecosystems. Iberostar has become the first hotel chain to replace single-use plastic products with more environmentally-friendly materials in all the rooms of its 36 hotels in Spain. Over the course of 2019, it will roll this out to the rest of its 120 hotels and resorts. Its hotel restaurants aim to only cook seafood that has been fished responsibly, without harming endangered species. And Iberostar works with local research units to make sure the footprint left on the coast around its hotels and resorts, is as small as possible.

Bravo, we say. It sounds as though Iberostar are top of the tree when it comes to resorts for kids (and adults, too).

 

What do you look for when considering all-inclusive child friendly holidays?

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17 Comments

  1. January 17, 2019 / 9:52 am

    Wow how fantastic does this resort sound? My mam swears by Iberostar hotels and will only stay with them when she visits the Caribbean.

    I love all of the watersports on offer and the pool scene – perfect for my three.

    As I’m sitting here watching it snow outside, I’m dreaming of booking some sunshine in next Feb Half Term and here ticks all of my boxes!

  2. January 17, 2019 / 1:47 pm

    This looks absolutely stunning! My two would love it there especially the mini water park. I could definitely use a bit of that sunshine on a cold day like today. Claire x

    • Nell
      Author
      January 17, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      It really does look as though it has bags of stuff for families. And sunshine!

  3. January 18, 2019 / 9:51 am

    This looks utterly dreamy! Take me there now. And the kids club sounds so MUCH MORE than your usual kids club.

    • Nell
      Author
      January 18, 2019 / 10:59 am

      I know! It sounds so beguling, on a frosty morning like today’s….

  4. January 18, 2019 / 10:27 am

    Oh my gosh, that just looks incredible. My sister used to work booking travel for famous peeps and has been all over the world. Jamaica still remains one of her favourite trips, I would love to go! 🙂 x

    • Nell
      Author
      January 18, 2019 / 11:00 am

      Me too. It sounds like such a beautiful, interesting place.

  5. January 18, 2019 / 10:32 am

    Gosh, this sounds (and looks) SO good!! Especially as I’m looking out of the window at a dusting of snow this morning!

    It’s fab to see such good kids’ activities — I was an ambassador for Mark Warner and their kids’ clubs are great — but I wondered whether any other companies had anything comparable. This has just proven that they DO! Fantastic — thanks for sharing xx

    • Nell
      Author
      January 18, 2019 / 10:59 am

      I know what you mean. We went on a Mark Warner blogger trip a few years ago, and the kids’ activities were excellent. And it does look as though Iberostar takes it even further, with the chance to become a filmmaker, journalist, etc….plus they get to spend loads of time on the beach! Who could argue with that….

  6. January 19, 2019 / 6:30 am

    Wow the facilities at this place look amazing for families

    • Nell
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      Don’t they??!

  7. January 19, 2019 / 9:13 am

    We’d love to go to Jamaica on holiday at some point, it looks like there’s so much to do and utterly beautiful too x

    • Nell
      Author
      January 20, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      It does seem very appealing. Forests and blue seas – and lots of lively entertainment, too 🙂

  8. January 19, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    Ha — pick a pool, any pool. Yes to great kids clubs, always! I hadn’t heard of Iberostar — great to know about them!

  9. January 21, 2019 / 11:30 am

    We’ve never been on an all-inclusive holiday since having kids but they sound very appealing – as do warmer climes than the ones we’re in now!

    • Nell
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 11:37 am

      I know what you mean!

  10. January 29, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    Oh wow this looks and sounds amazing! We have been looking for somewhere nice for our family honeymoon next year and this looks totally perfect, child-friendly and a bit of luxury for the grown ups. Jamaica is top of my partners travel bucket-list too x

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