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Review: Jewel Paradise Cove
Our personal review (not a business)

All- Inclusive, Adults Only
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Nine Nights - Feb 21 - 29, 2020

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Jewel Paradise Cove Adult vacation is located about one mile from the center of of Runaway Bay. This is an all-inclusive resort near Ocho Rios.

We timed this vacation well, because as unknown to us, we arrived home only 2 days before COVID virus broke out!

TRANSPORTATION: This resort does not include transportation to or from the airport, so how quickly you get there and back depends on your choice of options.We reserved a bus through JPC before we left home. When we arrived at Sangster, we walked out of the airport and boarded our bus. The ride should take about an hour, but it was longer because the bus would stop at various resorts along the way before arriving last at JPC. (Same thing on the ride back to the airport.) I enjoyed seeing these resorts front entrances even throgh I had no idea saof their reputation or reviews.

ROOM: We booked a Jr. Butler Suite after much online research of the rooms and reviews. After checking in we headed to our suite. It was a surprise to discover that there were no elevators at this resort, although upon inspection we found the large shaft area where an elevator should be. (There is a lot of cost-cutting going onat this resort.) This is an old resort and signs of age are everywhere. Do not assume anything! If questions pass through your mind that you may plan to use the elevtors to reach the higher room levels - or any other quetions - call and ask before committing to your vcation. Our Jr. Butler Suite waslarge and roomy, but my vision of a patio (or what it looked like one online) was shattered when reality set in. There is NO PATIO in this room...just a sdorect drop to the ground as you can see here. I think their promotion photos were misleading. However, everything in our room was neat, tidy, and in its place. The bed (pillows, sheets, covers) was just what you would expect in a high-end hotel. There is even a larsge open space level near the steps trhat was obviouslhy made for an elevator - but no elevators exisits.

WI-FI INTERNET: Wi-fi reception worked well both inside and ourdoors. You should have no problems with connection. The room however, lacked any way to make connections comfortably. It offered only two electric outlets behind the couch, and two others on a wall with no table. Wherever we vacation, we take 2 laptops, 2 Apple Watches, 2 iPhones, 2 Kindles and 2 cameras. This becomes difficult when you are cramed into in a small table with an unstable leg, or an old couch that wants to envelope your body when you sink into it. Along with other signs of times past, I must mention an old iHome radio next to our bed featuring a charging station that harks back to the introduction of the earliest smart phones. It actually made me smile because this resort "is what it is"]and the old iHome looked quite "at home" and comfortable there Just like a "blast from the past."

PAPER PRODUCTS, BATHROOB, SOAPS, ETC. Both the imitation Kleenex and the toilet paper need an immediate upgrade. Come on, Jewel! You can do better tthan this. There is no "oomph" or quality to the very thin so-called toilet paper, so I'll leave the result to your imagination. Seriously, if you are planning to visit this resort, ] when you pack you need to buy some small packages of Kleenex and drop them in your luggage. (You will thank me efor that!) And if you have any extra room, add a roll of your own favorite toilet paper. (I wish someone had told me this!) The bathroom offers products such as motel-sized bars of soap and very small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand cream (like you typically find in any moderately priced hotel.) Since we weere staying night nights istead of the normal 7, I wondered if these items would be replenished before the normal 7 days...and they were!

FOOD: We enjoyed the food, and if it not what you might consider high end" we had no complaints. Everything was properly gooked and tasted good. Wally loved the Smoothie Bar and the very nice seletions offered there. He would walk down a short path from the restaurant at lunch, then bring back "smoothie of the day." Never mind that they made smoothies right there in the restaurant ...he wanted his from the bar. It got to the point where the restaurant help would ask "Where's Wally?" then nod sagely and raise an eyebrow when I replied that he was "not to be disturbed" because he was with the Smoothie Girl. (All Jamaicans have a wonderful sense of humor! )

RETURN GUESTS: At this time Jewel Paradise Cove offers no incentives to returning guests. Nothing extra for how many nights you stay or added amenities would benincluded.

DAILY NEWS Every evening when we returned to our room, we discovered the "Jewel Times" outlining everything happening the next day. Andtake my word for it - plenty happens here every day including power walks, yoga, tennis, special pool activities, water aerobics, croquet, etc.

BUTLERS: We were assigned 3 butlers who dressed in ordinary clothes instead of the standard butler attire at other resorts we've visited. They rotated working hours,slo one was always available. We wanted to have butlers for ONE REASON ONLY... so when we got up in the morning, we would see our chairs marked with our names at the nearest pool. And this they did -every single day. All 3 were wonderful Butlers and we always enjoyed chatting with them.

DAILY: Each day a fruit bowl (and/or other goodies) were delivered to our room on a plate, usually around 4 P.M.

REFRIGERATOR: in our room. Someone came by daily tto check and re-stock if needed: Champagne, red and white house wines, rum, vodka, bottled water and juices, off-brand beer (not Red Strip, but it was on tap at the bars.)

Best thing about this resort? The staff, the Butlers, and the resort which offered a reasonable price. You cannot find a better, more friendly staff anywhere! Do we feel we got our money's worth? YES!

So what would give us an incentive to return??
1. A discount for "returning guests" and a room upgrade
2. Updated rooms. This would include desks with a drawer in every room, properly outfitted for laptops, cameras, etc.
3. All Inclusive should mean EVERYTHIGG is included - that would mean boat rides too!

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