So I went to Jamaica for a second time this year for a friends wedding. I actually helped them plan their destination wedding over the course of nine months. It was a lot of work and a lot of cussing, but we got it done and it was absolutely lovely. The ceremony started just a little before sunset and it was perfect. The bride and groom picked a perfect location to the start of their marriage. Unfortunately I did not get a lot of pictures like I normal do because I was behind the scenes with the wedding coordinator helping with the reception.
I flew from JFK to MBJ on Delta airlines. I know many of you do not like Delta, but I have no complaints and I even up graded my seat to first class going. I signed up for a VIP service with www.vipattractions.com. I choose Club Mobay because they offer service for Montego Bay airport. They also have a lounge in Kingston airport. Once you get off the plane and walk towards immigration and customs, a representative will be there with your name displayed and will fast track you through the process. Once you are through immigration the representative takes you to pick up your luggage and then escorts you to the lounge. In the lounge there are finger foods and you are offered a drink. This trip I just had a Red Stripe. The representative will help you find your transportation to your resort or hotel. I don’t have any pictures of the lounge, but it is very clean and they have Wi-Fi.
From the moment that you walk into the Iberostar Grand resort the view is absolutely breath taking. Everyone was extremely pleasant and welcoming and just extremely nice. Check in was a breeze. My room was not ready when I got there so the front desk informed me I could have lunch either on the beach at buffet or have lunch indoors at Cromwell buffet. I decided to have lunch indoors because I traveled in jeans since it was cold in New York that morning. They did ask did I want to change into something more comfortable, but I decline and said I would have lunch indoors.
Once I finished lunch I was escorted to my room and a couple of minutes later my Butler Stanley came to introduce himself to me and went over everything in the room. Yes all rooms have Butler service. My Butler Stanley was very sweet and very helpful to me through out my stay. I was also able to wish him a Happy Birthday before he left for his weekend off. The rooms are spacious and very clean. I remember after check-in when my butler came to introduce himself to me, he told me that if I needed anything, even a bubble bath he would do.
So after a long afternoon of wedding planning and a lot of walking back and forth, I asked my butler to draw me bubble bath (see above) . It was nice and hot and relaxing and I rubbed the rose on my legs, because my legs were killing from all the back and forth I did all day long. I was so relaxed after my bubble bath, I got a Red Stripe out of refrigerator and went on the balcony and sat on the swing. It was the best feeling ever. After my beer, I jumped in the shower and got ready for dinner. The group made a reservation at the Surf & Turf. From the appetizer the waiter recommend to my steak and lobster tail. Everything was so fresh and buttery. The steak melted in your mouth. For desert I had an apple pie with cinnamon ice cream that you have to eat together. Let me tell you this, TRY IT!! Everything about it was SO GOOD. After dinner we all just sat on the balcony outside the 24 hour bar for a little while and then we all went to the club. The club is really good and has different theme nights.
I was able to get a massage at the spa. I got a 50 minute sports massage with Danielle I believe was her name. ( I am sorry if I messed up your name) For those of you who don’t know I do Muay Thai. I had a lot of knots in my shoulder and neck. Those are the places I knew I had them, but when she started massage I realized that the knots were in my back and legs. She was able to get one particular knot out of my back and I instantly relaxed. After the massage the I visited the mineral pool. *sigh* It was so refreshing after the massage. The whole experience was just wonderful. I was so relaxed.
I wish I had taken more pictures, but honestly I was extremely busy helping my friends with their wedding. It turned out to be such a beautiful ceremony and reception. Since those moments are private to my friends I am not sharing any wedding photos with the exception of their ceremony site pictured above. Here are a few details about the wedding: The ceremony was at dusk and the sky was perfect. The private reception took place in one of their open restaurants call The Port Maria and it was a buffet dinner. The florist did an absolutely beautiful job with curtains, lights and center pieces. None of this would have happened if it was not for Syrecka the resort wedding coordinator. Syrecka is one of the sweetest most professional people I have ever meet. She work with me for several months via email with the details for the wedding. Once I meet her in person she gave me a hug like we were long lost best friends. Syrecka and her staffed worked tirelessly with us, with all the hiccups and changes and challenges she was always there to make sure we got what we wanted. I can’t describe how wonderful Syrecka and her staff were to the Bride and Groom and to me. I will always remember Syrecka and her kindness to us. Thank you!!
The Iberostar Grand Rose Hall is one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever been too. The staff was friendly and kind and very helpful all the time. If you want a resort for a girls trip or a romantic get away consider the Iberostar Grand in Montego, Jamaica. You will not regret this decision.
Happy Travels Everyone!!