The best Jamaica family all-inclusive resort is the Holiday Inn Resort All-Inclusive Family Resort. The Holiday in All Inclusive Jamaica is a great value. We love the calm shallow water for snorkeling, the small private island, and the swimming pool. As well as all the activities the resort has to offer. The avg price of under $200/night for 2 adults and 2 children (not per person) makes this an exceptional value.
We love finding affordable family destinations and this is one of those great finds that are worth checking out. If you are looking for a cheap family vacation this is the place.
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Tips for Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
- Bring your own snorkel gear. The resort rents gear, they do run out and no guarantee when they will be returned.
- Use the boats early in your stay. Weather can change and if it’s too windy or if conditions are not safe you will not be able to use the boats.
- Make a reservation when you arrive for the Italian Place. Note each restaurant is closed on certain days. The Italian restaurant is the only one I recommend though we didn’t try the Asian restaurant.
- No need to save lounge chairs by the pool with towels we always saw available ones.
- Snorkeling on the right side of the island has more fish (right side if you are facing toward the island back to the mainland).
- You can bring your own pool floats for the beach and pool if you would like. We didn’t miss them, but they are allowed.
- Bring a net if the kids like to explore sealife
Overview of Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
This vacation was exactly what our family needed and was a good reminder how entertaining even simple things can be.
Good for: Those looking for a fun family getaway at an affordable price. Those who are happy with shallow calm water and are fine with mediocre food.
Not for: Those who want high-quality food and luxurious amenities, waves, or deeper ocean.
The resort does not offer an expansive beach area for long walks and it is not the beautiful white sand you think of like Negril. Those who are sensitive to noise. We usually fit into this category and while we were woken up one night we were so tired from the day’s activities we went right to sleep. The walls are thin, and you can hear anyone walking by or talking on their balcony/patio next door.
We were looking for a cheap getaway. Requirements were: Family Resort with easy access to affordable food, walkable to a decent beach, and a nice pool. The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica All-Inclusive was all this and more. Snorkeling at the Holiday Inn All Inclusive Jamaica is great and easy for kids. The entertainment at this Jamaica All inclusive resort is great for kids. I love trying different jamaican food every day on the buffets or jerk chicken at the jerk hut.
Cost of Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
As low as $150/nt with AAA rate can not be beat! I went in with low expectations because of the rate and this resort surpassed my expectations in every area except food which was fine just not as great as everything else at the resort.
Rooms at Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
We were upgraded to bunk room and while not ocean view it was an ideal location and we could see the ocean from the patio a little. Room 2127 ground floor between the main pool and playground/snack shack. We had everything we wanted within a 1min walk. The room has been renovated so it felt new though you could see imperfections like a painted patch on the ceiling and the curtain by the sliding door was dirty-I never notice that until the last day so honestly could have been from my kids.
The front door would stick sometimes so we had to make sure it was closed and locked before leaving our room. My kids loved the bunks even though u could feel the springs on the mattresses. Our bed was comfortable, and I have a bad back, so I usually complain that beds are too hard. The bunk room gave a feel of a separate room and we liked the privacy.
Beaches and Ocean at Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
The beach was a plus for us but could be a con for others. The area is shallow in general. There are small narrow beaches along with the resort with an island opposite the main resort area. In-between is a lagoon that is clean sand and shallow water great for small kids, young snorkelers, or simply those that want to chill in calm water no waves, and never more than waist-deep. There are also some smaller side beaches. Snorkeling is great. Lots of fish especially on the right side if you are facing the island. We found a conch, sea urchins, and crabs too. Lots of different birds flying around. I could sit on the island and watch my kids snorkel and play in the sand. And there was always available lounge chairs no matter what time of day
The Pool at Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
There’s no water slide or lazy river but the pool wraps around the stage connected with bridges that you can swim under, which the kids enjoyed. They called it a lazy river because u could swim around it, though one part is blocked, and you step out, walk over a walkway to the start of the next section. The Pool has shallow parts and a zero-entry part there’s a side where there’s a second level ledge so you can sit in the water. There’s a small sprinkler pad too.
My husband asked the kids club about fish feeding and she told us they go out to the gazebo and if we couldn’t make it we could just bring bread over to feed the fish on our own- which we did, and it was great. They have basketball and tennis courts- they have tennis lessons for kids as part of the kid’s club.
ACTIVITIES / ENTERTAINMENT
I would say the resort far exceeded my expectations because entertainment wasn’t a requirement for us. Simply beach and pool. The resort has much more. They have a kid’s club which we didn’t use so I can’t comment on. It has a huge playground that families can take their kids to any time.
They have an entertainment schedule with activities like water aerobics daily at 10:30, some sort of game by the pool like ring toss, minute to win it, and bingo usually in the afternoon. On our first trip, My husband asked the resorts kids club about fish feeding and she told us they go out to the gazebo and if we couldn’t make it we could just bring bread over to feed the fish on our own- which we did, and it was great.
The kids looked forward to the afternoon games on the stage. Corn-hole competition, a balloon game water Olympics. They offer up prizes which often include items from the local vendors that are there selling items for the day. There was also crab racing with large hermit crabs that the kids really got a kick out of. it was $1 per bet.
Any time Sports
They have basketball and tennis courts- they have tennis lessons for kids as part of the kid’s club. There’s shuffle board and botchy ball and a very basic miniature golf course which my kids enjoyed a lot. The resort has pool tables and a ping pong table. They have peddled boats and kayaks and a Hobby Cat which they offer free rides on (my daughter said she felt like Moana).
They had a musician each night during dinner from about 6-8 usually a vocalist though one night they had a great violinist playing all modern songs. Then 8 or 9pm the evening show which always ended by 11pm if not sooner. We didn’t make it up for those as we were up at 6am every day and tired from the sun swimming and wine.
Food at Holiday Inn Jamaica Family All Inclusive
Options for picky, boring eaters but also some authentic Jamaica for the foodies.
Easy Access to Good Food
One of our requirements was easy access to cheap food and an all-inclusive def made it easy. 7am breakfast buffet started, 11am-6pm and 10pm-2am the grill is open with burgers fish fry grilled cheese and french fries. 12-6 snack hut with loaded nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and soft serve ice cream. 12pm lunch buffet started, 6pm dinner buffet and specialty restaurants started. Jerk hut opens at 12pm and the jerk chicken and pork is very good; chicken was very tender.
My kids are picky and my husband boring though he tries when we travel. He’s happy with burgers and fries; He said the burgers were pretty good. Breakfast was the best selection I’ve ever seen for a cruise/all inclusive. A carving station, some real dinner type entrée, a cooked vegetable and salad on the breakfast buffet. From my husband’s reaction the typical carbs waffles pancakes etc. were just ok. Omelets station, poached egged, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs (runny), bacon, sausage and more.
Lunch and Dinner Buffet
Lunch and Dinner were a variety and always included something at the grill. And usually had some Jamaica dishes which I was pleased with. The curries were not spicy to my disappointment. I thought the brown stew chicken would have more spice too, but the beef stew had great flavor. Most meals I found an entree and veggie that I really enjoyed but there were times I had an item and thought this is worse than cruise food because some items were down right terrible and usually because of poor preparated.
Overall, we were fine the food, and being able to find one enjoyable entrée is exactly what I need. We drank wine mostly and our kids loved the slushies: Pina colada, strawberry daiquiri and strawberry banana. Our first evening the bartender asked if they wanted a Mickey Mouse: Strawberry Daiquiri topped with Pina colada topped with a little cola on top. My son loved it so much he had it every day.
We drank wine mostly and our kids loved the slushies: Pina colada, strawberry daiquiri and a strawberry banana. Our first evening the bartender asked if they wanted a Mickey Mouse: Strawberry Daiquiri topped with Pina colada topped with a little cola on top. My son loved it so much he had it every day. This trip we learned about the Sponge Bob (strawberry Daiquiri, pina colada and topped with orange juice.
Our first trip we ate at 3 of the 4 specialty restaurants. The Japanese Restaurant we did not eat at requires a surcharge. The seafood restaurant I didn’t enjoy and would pass on though they do have a surcharge menu that we didn’t try which may have been good. The terrace Jamaican restaurant was just ok, but I would skip it as you can get a lot of what is offered at the buffet or jerk hut. The Italian restaurant was good and worth a visit or even 2. I had the filet and my husband had the shrimp Alfredo both very good. Kids ate their entire pizzas.
This second visit we only ate at the Italian restaurant. The seafood restaurant I didn’t enjoy and would pass on though they do have a surcharge menu that we didn’t try which may have been good. The terrace Jamaican restaurant was just ok, but I would skip it as you can get a lot of what is offered at the buffet or jerk hut. The Italian restaurant was good and worth a visit or even 2. This trip we both ordered the filet and ordered the shrimp Alfredo to share.
The service was very good. Upon check in we were sent to the special check in area. on our first visit they Upgraded our room- we do not have status at IHG and are just members. I recommend you sign up before you go as it was the first thing they asked when we checked in at the main desk. This visit we had an issue with our air conditioning and they tried to fix it and when they couldn’t they moved us.
From the bartender who suggested the Mickey Mouse to the servers always filling our wine, the house keeping on our first visit that left a towel heart with flowers one day, to the very end when the guy who took our bags offered to weigh our checked bag to see if we were overweight. We didn’t ask for anything outrageous, but they were great with what we did need.
What a typical Day was like at the Holiday Jamaica Family All-Inclusive Resort
We woke up each morning got dressed in swimsuits and cover-ups and headed to breakfast at 7 am. Then headed over to the island where we spent the morning snorkeling and playing in the sand. By 11 or 12 we headed over to the pool sometimes having lunch at the burger shack next to it, sometimes eating at the buffet.
The kids often wanted an hour in the room to relax so a couple of times we grabbed hot dogs and nachos for the kids from the snack shop for them to enjoy in the room while they relaxed. Afternoons were usually spent at the pool and often there was a game offered on the stage the kids (and us adults) participated in.
Around 4/5 pm we went back to the room showered and changed for dinner. We enjoyed the evening music offered during dinner time and did not stay up late enough to see the evening shows. Find out how you can fly for almost free with southwest companion pass and miles here. Click here to view photos of the resort and food, activity schedules, and menus.
Our Trip Costs
Traveled November 2018
- Flights:$570 Total with 2 Southwest Companion Passes & 53k SW Miles, for 4 people would have been $450 per person.
- Hotel: $560 Total($150/nt w/AAA rate went through ebates & received $47 cash back)
- Entertainment: Included
- Food: $50 Total for Food while traveling
- Taxi Service:$90 RT shuttle from Viator.com
- Airport Parking: $25 ($5/day eco parking)
Traveled November 2019
- Flights:$580 Total with 2 Southwest Companion Passes & 62k SW Miles, for 4 people would have been over $600 per person over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Hotel: $720 Total($180/nt w/AAA rate went through rebates. When our flight was canceled due to weather we paid $160 for an extra night.
- Entertainment: Included
- Food: $50 Total for Food while traveling
- Taxi Service:$90 RT shuttle from Viator.com
- Airport Parking: $30($6/day economy parking)
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