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Thanks Beth for recommending upgrading to the oceanfront suite, and upgraded seats on Air Canada Rouge. It was well worth it!!
Paul, London, ON (trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Travel consultant: Beth Baskey, email@example.com
We had incredible weather for our week at the Iberostar Rose Hall in Jamaica and there were a lot of Canadians there too. I'm so glad we went with the oceanfront suite, and upgraded the seats on Rouge. It was well worth the extra!
The resort had our request in for high level with a crib, and on arrival, the room wasn't available because of a mechanical issue. So we only spent one night on the ground level then they sent some apology amenities (sparkling wine and fruits) and put us in on the 4th floor.
The staff were all so friendly and got to know Emma as she ran around the resort saying Hi! They really worked hard to make sure everyone was more than satisfied with every part of our stay.
Food was very well done; so much to choose from at the buffet, and they had daily lunches at the beach including Jerk chicken of course.
Just to be picky, out of the 3 restaurants my favourite was the outdoor steakhouse and I ordered a really tasty tenderloin. The Japanese was a great concept and had decent tasting choices also. The Jambalaya food was my least favourite, and the wait there was about an hr and a half before we ate.
I made use of the non-powered watersports and sailed their catamaran boats as much as the weather allowed (too windy 2 of the days and rainy weather the other). To be allowed to sail it you have to have experience, otherwise they charge 45 USD for a course before you are allowed on your own. I have previous sailing experience but it had been a while so talking to the right person, I got them to take me out for 15 USD then they gave me a quick refresher.
They have professional photographers that take photos throughout the week and you can purchase best 10 at the end of the trip, so we had about 80 to choose from to get 10 good ones put on a cd.
The only real negative of the entire trip - Apparently the "planning staff" who book your 3 meals for the week get points for trying to get you out to a presentation, so they were really pushing for us to go for breakfast at the Rosehall Suites next door and have a presentation for 90 min. But from what we heard from others it was more like 3 hours of sales pitch and touring. We didn't have time for this with Emma's nap schedule and they did try calling at like 8am every morning until I unplugged the phone.....haha.
The resort is showing its age in certain areas but the rooms were clean and resort well maintained. The ocean temperature was like a hot tub, and it was a really nice beach. I saw the staff raking daily in spots.
Thanks again Beth for helping make this an enjoyable vacay for the family. We really needed that and I can honestly say it is the "best overall" all inclusive experience I have stayed at so far.
We had a wonderful vacation at the Iberostar Punta Mita in Puerto Vallarta
Marg and Lee, London, ON (trip to Puerto Vallarta Jalisco Mexico)
Travel consultant: Michelle Toth, firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a wonderful vacation! Hotel Punta Minta was nice and the staff were very attentive and pleasant. Enjoyed our rounds of golf and thought it was well priced through the resort. Plenty of pool activities if you cared to join in and lots of lounge chairs. Long stretch of clean beach to walk and very clean. Water is somewhat rough but that is to be expected on the Pacific coast. We did not do any tours. Food was satisfactory with the exception of the Pacific Express restaurant (which is their high end restaurant )it was excellent. We would return. Thank you Michelle!