CJ First Look: The New Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

A major new all-inclusive in Ocho Rios

By Guy Britton

MONTEGO BAY — One of the most anticipated renovations and rebuilds in the Caribbean was finally unveiled earlier this summer in Jamaica.

Located in the heart of Ocho Rios, it’s a property that has always occupied a special place in the hearts of Jamaicans and a time honored place in Jamaica tourism history.

Now after a multimilliion-dollar transformation of the former Sunset Jamaica Grande by Palace Resorts, the renovations and new rooms at this property are nothing short of spectacular.

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Caribbean Journal recently took an in-depth look at the resort this week, which was operating with 350 rooms in a soft-opening phase.

When the resort is completed, there will be a total of 705 rooms.

Management told CJ that would be late October or early November.

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The restaurants and entertainment facilities are being brought on line in phases to match occupancy, with some construction ongoing in limited areas.

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So what’s it like? It’s an all-inclusive lifestyle resort — with food and entertainment so self sustaining you won’t want to leave the grounds.

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In addition to the all-inclusive food court, there are five restaurants, six bars, four pools, and a simulated wave surfing pool called a FlowRider.

And most importantly in the age of connected travel, there was spectacularly good Wi-Fi across the property.

This resort is part entertainment center, part water theme park, part beach club and 100% family friendly.  That means everything from a sophisticated martini bar, a sexy night club called Club Noir, the Wired teens lounge, the Playroom kids club and enough amenities to amuse even the hardest to please family vacationers.

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A nice feature at this resort comes in the form of a hefty resort credit of $1,500 currently being offered when you stay 5 nights or more.

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The resort credits can be used on spa and beauty salon treatments, chef dinners, wedding packages, and off-site excursions and tours.

This property is the company’s first resort outside of Mexico and its eighth property on the Caribbean Sea.

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The verdict? Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is a great new addition both for Jamaica and Palace Resorts.