The Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay combines family fun with a budget-friendly price. Adults traveling with small children will especially love this kid-friendly hotel.
The rooms are standard Holiday Inn fare: Rooms are spacious and conservatively decorated, with large comfortable beds, air conditioning, WiFi access, and a large flat-screen TV. The food was great at this resort, no complaints from anyone in our group in that respect. The lunch and dinner menu is very kid-friendly. For snacks, there is a poolside stand that serves hamburgers, french fries, and ice cream. The resort has two a la carte restaurants: Kenko, which serves Japanese cuisine, and Sea Breeze restaurant. Drinks were very good for an all-inclusive resort, not watered down at all. And Jamaican white rum, usually considered premium, is included in the all-inclusive package.
This is not the resort to stay at if you like water sports. In fact the beach overall left much to be desired. We found that travel photos we’d looked at prior to our trip were misleading. The water isn’t as deep or blue as pictures suggest. In designated swimming areas, the water comes up to only thigh level. The beach isn’t very wide either, forcing most hotel guests to crowd one side of the beach. It’s virtually impossible to get a spot on this tiny patch of sand after 9am. As a result, we ended up spending most of our time at the hotel around the lagoon-shaped pool. There were no water sports, but plenty of family-oriented activities around the resort.
If you’re staying at this hotel, do yourself a favor and catch a cab to the nearby Doctor’s Cave Beach, which is only about 15 minutes away. You’ll pay only $5 U.S. or so to access this gorgeous world-famous public beach for the day. Other attractions are a little farther, but worth the trip: if you’re feeling adventurous, try an excursion to Dunn’s River Falls.
The shows are top rate. From contortionists, to African dance to a Michael Jackson tribute performed by a dance troupe, every night was a new experience to behold. One thing I didn’t like about the hotel is that there is no disco. There is a piano lounge, but no dancing. We were traveling with two teenagers who found there was little to do after the nightly show. Fortunately, Margaritaville – a bar that’s more like an amusement complex, complete with a 120ft water slide – provides local drinking and dancing. There is a bus that leaves from the hotel to Margaritaville twice a night from Thursday to Sunday.
For the price, the Holiday Inn Sunspree Montego Bay offerrs great comfort, food, drinks, and nightly show. This resort is perfect for families traveling with small kids. Singles, Couples, and families with teenagers will still love this resort, but should plan for some extra outings in their vacation budget to keep everyone entertained.