Friday, June 26, 2015

Montego Bay, Jamaica {Part 3: Entertainment & Dining}

Today wraps up my mini review of our Jamaican vacation (Part 1 & Part 2), but first order of business is announcing our winner for the VersaLiving Carseat Cover.
Congratulations to Tracie Cattanach! You are our winner! 

Tracie said, "My car is always a disaster! This would be amazing. I can't clean my car during the summer because it's too hot outside in Florida! This would be a lifesaver!" 

Shoot us an email so we can get your information, and we will get your new carseat cover out to you. We know this will make messy car clean up so much easier, even in the Florida heat. Yay!

Now back to Jamaica Mon! Sorry just can't help myself. We heard it - a lot!

Dining during our stay was always pretty easy. There were multiple restaurants to choose from on site. From casual beach side fare to upscale fine dining, there was a little something for everyone. Breakfast was always a buffet in the morning and I am hating that I didn't take a photo or two, but seriously best french toast ever! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

A few nights we also opted for the buffet for dinner as well. Each night was themed and they went all out. It was one of the few dinner options that didn't require a reservation and with littles who wanted to soak up as much water sliding as possible it was easy to shower quickly and head back down to enjoy an easy dinner. 

There were always tons of options and for children usually a few standards to choose from (i.e. pizza, chicken fingers, etc.). My personal favorite might have been the dessert buffet. How can you say no to that? 

The kids loved buffet nights and quickly learned there was always an ice cream bar set up. 

Some nights we even snuck in and just participated in the ice cream bar. It was quite yummy for all!

One of our favorite meals was at the golf course restaurant Three Palms. It was for the most part open air and displayed wonderful gardens and golf course views. 

The restaurant has an extensive wine list available and excellent dining options. It became a little dark to photo, but I ordered the filet and it was excellent.

Men are required to wear pants or dress shorts at this restaurant and while temperatures were pretty moderate it became hot pretty fast. Word of warning when you pack your bags to include lightweight dress shorts and bug spray. Lots and lots of bug spray. 

A second restaurant that was quite delicious was the Seaside Bar & Grill. This restaurant overlooks the ocean and provides a wonderful atmosphere matched with great food. 

The food here was excellent and we had a wonderful waiter, but oh my we could not cool off. This day there wasn't a breeze in sight and even being directly on the water everyone was quite toasty.

We ate and dashed to one of our favorite nightly routines, which was a necessity after a meal we literally sweated through, night swimming! 

The pool located just off the hotel lobby was perfect for night swimming. It was always lit up and you were able to watch/hear the nightly entertainment going on the patio.

Every single night there was some sort of live band or dance party going on. It was so fun and the littles LOVED this. Every night after dinner they would check out who was singing and regale the crowd with some very interesting moves. 

Each band we heard was excellent and whenever there was downtime there was always a fun comedian or trivia going to entertain during down time. It was so much fun, and everything was pretty family friendly so we had no problem letting the littles stay up late to enjoy. 

In fact, they often had an activity or two for late night littles to participate in. S'mores will always win over a child's heart. 

Who am I kidding? S'mores will always win over my heart. :)

Overall, we loved our stay in Jamaica and can't wait to go back one day. It was a super easy trip with kids, and those who vacation with children know that sometimes traveling with children seems like more work and less vacation. The hotel made it super easy at every turn, and often went above and beyond to help entertain the kids and keep them happy. 

If you are childless, I could definitely see this being a fun resort to visit as well. I might wait until school is in session, but there was plenty of adult friendly entertainment and private areas on both the beach and pools to enjoy a "quieter" trip. 

Have you been to Jamaica? Did you enjoy the experience? Have a favorite place to stay? 

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