Wyndham Rose All Inclusive

Dec 11th, 2004, 02:59 AM
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Wyndham Rose All Inclusive

I will be travelling to Jamaica in February staying at the Wyndham Rose Resort for a friend's wedding. I will be doing their all-inclusive package deal, because I think this was the most convenience. Has anyone ever done this? How much money should I carry? And what type of free activities can I expect? I will be there for 7 nights, so should I plan on taking day trips to nearby attractions/sites?
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Dec 12th, 2004, 01:45 AM
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Dec 12th, 2004, 04:40 AM
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See Barrett Adventures' site barrettadventures.com for a private guide/exploration service with some of the more interesting trips island-wide.
There's a slide show feature on page 3 which will give you an idea of some of the options -- and there are many, outside the resort, you can and should sample. Figure probably 2-3 trips at most for a week's stay. If you're adventurous, a full day to Port Antonio and another to the South Coast, will take you to totally different parts of Jamaica in terrain, people and your experience on island outside touristland...
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Dec 13th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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We are staying at the Wyndam Rose Hall in May, so will be interested in a trip report of your experience when you return.

Right now we are looking ar A-Z Jamaica planners. We are interested in tubing at the YS Falls and going to the Mayfield Falls as well as Margaritaville. Through research on several boards I understand that the Wyndam tour desk host several varities of tours, but I wanted the things we really wanted to see planned up front so we wouldn't miss out.
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Dec 15th, 2004, 03:56 PM
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See Wyndham Rose Hall Trip Report below.
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Dec 16th, 2004, 01:51 AM
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Yes I saw the report jray, thanks I just need more info on the activities that are and aren't included in the all inclusive package. This way, I could plan ahead of time if I think that I'd like to do more since I will be there for 7 days.
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Dec 16th, 2004, 04:43 AM
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We stayed at the Wyndham on our first trip to Jamaica and used an excursion company that had a desk right at the hotel. We did a trip to Dunn's River Falls; rafting on the Martha Brae River; and a sunset cruise in Montego Bay. Each of these was in the range of $30 to $45 per person (7 years ago).

There are also "plantation tours," snorkeling trips, tours to other falls and other rivers.

We took taxis or shuttles into MoBay a couple of times to swim at Doctor's Cave Beach, which had much clearer, calmer water than the Wyndham. There's an inexpensive snack bar at the beach (which charges a few dollars for admission), and the famed Pork Pit is a short walk away.

I believe the sea kayaks are free to Wyndham guests but golf is extra (and pricey), unless you have a package that includes it. Tennis was free.



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Dec 16th, 2004, 05:58 AM
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A rule of thumb for all inclusives, all non motorized actvities are included, while motorised activities are extra. Also if it entails leaving the resort it will be additional.
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Dec 16th, 2004, 11:04 PM
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My wife & I have stayed at the Wyndham 3 times & plan to return in 2005. I always hire a driver for trips off the resort & avoid those offered at the desk. You will get an education, get help purchasing items, & go & leave at your leisure, not some tour guides. Prices, like everything, are negotiable. I highly recommend this mode, you won't regret it.
All-inclusive is the way to go & good service, I believe, should be awarded with a gratuity if you feel it is deserved. The staff doesn't make much and any extra is appreciated.
Glistening Waters is only about 30 minutes from the Wyndham & worth the trip.
I usually take $500 US for spending money & usually bring half back. Hope this helps........Dan
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Dec 17th, 2004, 05:33 AM
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Superdan - how do you locate these drivers? (not counting the ones Tivertonhouse is always recommending).

Although I'm usually not an AI person, I agree that it's a good idea at the Wyndham, as the location makes it awkward to access other restaurants.



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Dec 17th, 2004, 08:52 AM
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It's very important to make sure any driver you hire in Jamaica is PPV certified/insured, which means you're covered should any accident occur.
Flagging a taxi driver off the street
is not recommended on safety grounds and on knowledge of area beyond the obvious like Dunn's River.
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Dec 17th, 2004, 09:24 AM
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Ask one of the staff (bartenders, bellman, etc)if they have a car, or a friend who is a driver. Tivertonhouse makes a good point in checking out insurance, as it's one of the 1st questions I ask. I make sure the vibe is right & agree on a price beforehand. I usually know when I am being hustled & what is fair. It usually works out around $10 an hour. You won't regret the experience. Whatever you decide, make sure you get off the resort to experience some real Jamaica & all it has to offer.
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Dec 17th, 2004, 07:16 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies so far, I am definitely taking notes. It sounds like for 7 nights stay, I'd probably have to find activities outside the ones offered at the resort.

Dan: You mentioned that the cost approx. $10/hr for the driver if I wanted to go off the resort and take my own excursions. Is the driver responsible for the vehicle and fuel? Would the $10/hr cover everything? Do you have a name you can recommend?

Has anyone used Baretta Adventure? I think it was recommended in one of the threads here. I was wondering how much it would cost for an all day outing?

Thanks again everyone.
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Dec 17th, 2004, 09:16 PM
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Yes, the driver would provide the vehicle & fuel. Ask Kenroy, a bartender in the main lounge, if his friend Barrie is still available. I have hired him in the past & found him to be quite fair & a real nice guy. The choice is yours & I hope you enjoy the Wyndham as much as we do. Please post a trip report upon your return. Have a safe & memorable trip....Dan
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Dec 19th, 2004, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for your info Dan. I'll try to post a report when I return.
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