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onsitereview J A N U A R Y 2 0 14 Iberostar's Rose Hall Resorts, Jamaica Poolside at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites. ed wetschler Passing through the lobby at Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, an employee waved at a guest and said, "See you at aerobics again tomorrow?" When the guest said, "We have to leave tomorrow," the staffer exclaimed, "Then come back soon, Catherine!" and the two women embraced. We are always surprised to witness such warm interactions between employees and guests at large all-inclusives, but we recently saw a lot of it at all three contiguous Iberostars in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In other ways, of course, affordable Rose Hall Beach, more upmarket Rose Hall Suites, and the Rose Hall Grand, part of Iberostar's Grand Collection, are significantly different from each other. More about that later; first, let's see what else they have in common: A white-sand beach that's so long and deep, it doesn't feel crowded, even with high occupancy. All three opened between 2007 and 2009 according to a holistic plan, so although the 6-story exteriors aren't identical, they're part of a whole piece and designed as such. All rooms/suites have balconies, and-a recent upgrade-WiFi. The three use the same day-tour operator (Chukka), PADI scuba facility and nightclub. They each focus on just one wedding per day. The three resorts' theaters offer the same shows, which rotate from one to the other. All rooms are non-smoking and handicap accessible; some accommodate wheelchairs, too. Each hotel features a buffet restaurant, a steakhouse that serves an outdoor buffet by day, and themed restaurants. Each offers multiple activities, including volleyball matches, games, exercise classes, etc. They limit each guest's use of the snorkels, kayaks, and Hobie-Cats to one hour per day, so they're not ideal for avid watersports types. And now, the good stuff: How are they different? affordable, family-friendly beach hotel Upon entering Rose Hall Beach's section of beachfront, we encountered two contradictory scenes. While some Lucy's Kids Club counselors were playing with children, as you'd expect at this family-friendly resort, other staffers were leading guests in a bootycentric dancercise that's decidedly not part of the Sesame Street world. We also noticed something rarely found at family-friendly or booty-shaking properties: Instead of "fun" decor, this resort's public spaces and guestrooms include subdued hues and grown-up march 2014 15 15-16 CB Ibero.indd 15 2/19/14 2:38 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2014

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: ME by Melia
Tour Talk: MLT Vacations
The All-Inclusive Rundown
Iberostar's Rose Hall Resorts, Jamaica
RIU Palace Mexico
What's New in Cancun & Riviera Maya
Great Britain Travel Planner
Turkish Delights
Cosmopolitan South Africa
Riveting Rhode Island
Okinawa: To Visit is to Love It
Un-Cruise Adventures' S.S. Legacy

Recommend March 2014