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When Andy and I decided we wanted to honeymoon internationally at a tropical location, we emailed my blog friend Casey, who happens to be a travel agent. Y’all. This was the best decision we had and Andy agrees that having Casey in our corner was such a stress-reliever. After the stress of planning a wedding, I knew the last thing I wanted was the stress of planning our dream honeymoon so I let Casey handle all the planning. (We both agree when we travel internationally again, we’re letting Casey plan the trip.) Casey suggested a few different Caribbean islands for us and we picked Jamaica. She suggested a few different resorts for us, and we settled on The Jewel: Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios.
When we arrived, we were ushered into an open-air lobby and offered drinks. I still have no idea what I was drinking, but it was fruity and delicious and the perfect start to our honeymoon. Our room wasn’t quite ready yet, so we explored the resort a bit and ate at the pizza restaurant.
Andy and I walked around the grounds, and we kept saying “Wow.” I mean, it truly was a dream come true! We were in paradise! When we arrived to our King Premier room, we were equally mesmerized.
There were a few things we learned about the resort that they didn’t advertise on their website: the locals would walk through the ocean and along the beach in the early morning and late night hours. The resort security would watch them, but never asked them to stay off the property for some reason. Thankfully, my husband was always with me so I didn’t feel unsafe. Also, the locals would stand on the other side of the fence next to the free water sports cabin and yell at every tourist to come over. It was a bit unnerving. Andy and I watched a couple go to the fence and buy some ganja although we (obviously) didn’t go to the fence.
The hotel also had many activities for the guests. From morning Aquasize to night-time parties in the courtyard, it felt like there was always something to do. We skipped out on most of the activities because we wanted to just sit by the ocean and the pool all day, but if you want to be entertained you won’t be disappointed. I’ll admit, it was a little frustrating when my husband and I wanted to go to bed at 9 pm and we couldn’t sleep because the loud music from the courtyard, but we quickly adjusted.
Oh, and the wildlife! The resort has peacocks that roam around in addition to many cats. (I loved the cats! The resort staff did not.)