#Coyaba #Hotel & #Resort: Review

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#Coyaba #Hotel & #Resort: Review

My husband and I have been making some decisions recently that effect our future. Like most people our age we have been focused on saving for retirement. We have done a great job and are in good shape. We have also been reviewing what we still want to do – a bucket list if you will. Something that is important to both of us is traveling. We have both been to many places, but there are still many left yet to see.

I would not classify myself as a ‘Travel Blogger’, but you can look forward to more posts about our travel adventures. This post is the first of many that I hope you will find both enjoyable and perhaps give you some ideas about places you might want to visit yourself.

Research

We research everything we do and everywhere we go extensively before making any decisions about where to go or where to stay. One of our ‘go to’ resources is Trip Adviser. When we decided we wanted to visit Jamaica we began to read reviews of the most popular hotels and resorts. Although they are rated on a scale we still look at those further down the list to see what people have to say about those as well. We also like to see how many people are repeat visitors to a hotel. The hotel must be doing something right if people continue to come back to stay with them.

Coyaba

Photo Credit: Coyaba Website

Photo Credit: Coyaba Website

Coyaba Hotel and Resort is just such a place. It is a small family run resort on the beach near Montego Bay.

From the moment we arrived we noticed the difference between staying here and staying in other hotels. We were personally greeted and provided with a ‘welcome’ drink. Our bags were taken to our room and the person reviewed all aspects of the resort as well as the room. There was a welcome basket waiting for us containing a bottle of water and a loaf of onsite baked banana bread. The banana bread was delicious!

Tip: Taxi fare from the Montego Bay Airport to Coyaba Hotel and Resort will cost you $25 US. You only want to use JUTA approved taxis.

We spent little time with putting our things away. In fact we didn’t bother. We changed and went down for some nice pool time. After spending an hour going through immigration at the airport we had need of some relaxation time. The water was warm and soothing. Oh yeah…

Dining

The resort has 3 onsite restaurants. All have limited menus and all are very expensive. Guest rooms do not have microwaves, but you can get a small refrigerator. We chose to go shopping at the local supermarket and purchased some breakfast foods along with snacks and drinks. This cut down on our food bill tremendously. The resort staff are absolutely wonderful and they really do love their jobs. I did not even have to ask for help with our shopping bags, it was offered immediately. If you choose the all-inclusive vacation, then this food issue is a moot point.

Resort Activities

Let me pause here for a moment and clarify an important point. This is a quiet resort. Yes. There are activities, but nothing like larger resorts that cater to those who are looking for a more action filled vacation. Those that come here, and come back here again, are those that enjoy the atmosphere this resort offers.

Amenities that this resort offers:

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Gear for water sports
  • Spa – get yourself a massage
  • Fitness center
  • Tennis court
  • Special area for weddings
  • Gift shop
  • Excursion desk
  • Great Customer Service

If you have read this far, perhaps you are interested in a few photos of the resort. Bear in mind that I am no photographer. ūüôā

This is the lobby / reception area

coyaba lobby

Concierge for scheduling off site activities

concierge

This bar area is right off the lobby.

You are greeted with a ‘welcome’ drink when you arrive.

Lobby Bar Area

Everything is well marked, both paths & buildings

Signage

 

Fitness Center

This fountain marks the center for all the surrounding buildings

Fountain

They have an onsite gift shop for gifts, snacks & other needs.

Gift Shop

A beautiful dock area to enjoy

Dock area

We took advantage of some off site excursions – snorkeling, climbing the Dunn’s River Falls and visiting Rose Hall.

Matthew & I

Dunns River Falls

Rose Hall

I took many photos during our stay. These are only a sample.

Although we enjoyed our stay very much I doubt we will ever return to Jamaica. Why? We chose to explore outside of the resort areas and what we found was disturbing. There is a dramatic difference between the tourist areas and where most Jamaicans live. You might say that you find these conditions¬†no matter where in the world you visit. True. But the extent of the poverty we found in Jamaica was striking. It’s as though¬†there is no middle class. One is either wealthy or destitute. There is no middle ground.¬†We learned about their lifestyle and¬†education systems as well as the work force. It’s really¬†sad.

We enjoyed meeting all the people we came in contact with during our visit. Their living conditions have not made them any less friendly.

If you choose to visit Jamaica, take heed and do not venture off on your own. Stay within your resort or with your excursion group. You will have a good time and you will be safe. I don’t recommend renting a car. Driving is very dangerous and the roads are in need of repair. Use the¬†JUTA approved taxis if you need to get around, like for exploring local restaurants. All resorts have taxis available.

Have you been to Jamaica? What did you think of it? 

Until next time…

Geek Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. jacquiegum says:

    Okay I have to admit that I really loved the pictures! LOL I have never been to Jamaica for the reasons that you describe. Friends that have visited were also disturbed by what they found outside of the resort areas. But it looks like you chose the perfect place for the two of you…it looks delightful! I'm looking forward to reading about your travels! I love that you do all the research. I tend to do that, too:)

  2. Cheryl says:

    We definitely chose the right resort for us. Small and unique with pleasant staff. It sounds like your friends had a similar experience to ours. It's really too bad. Jamaica could be such a lovely place.

  3. JeriWB says:

    I'm not a tropical island type of person, but would go if the price was right ūüėČ I always tend to avoid hotel restaurants in favor of getting out and sampling local dishes that are much more affordable. Looks like a great stay overall.

  4. Susan Cooper says:

    Seems like everyone who visits Jamaica says the same thing the overwhelming poverty once you leave the resort is enough to make you never want to return, no matter how nice the resort is. It is sad that there is such a huge disparity between the classes there.

  5. Looks like a great place for a resort, but as you found out so many of these luxurious resorts are in otherwise poverty stricken countries, so it's a bit of a double edged sword. Glad you had a lovely trip.