Looking for the perfect romantic getaway? Somewhere small and intimate, oceanfront perhaps, where you can lounge in the sun or sidle up to the pool bar for a cocktail? The Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, Jamaica, just 45 minutes from Montego Bay, checks all the boxes. Named “Best Romantic Luxury Hotel of the Year 2017,” winner of the World Travel Award’s “Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Resort 2017” and “All-Inclusive Luxury Resort of the Year Jamaica 2017,” Melia Braco Village is the perfect couples’ escape. Here are five reasons to whisk your loved one away to visit:
1. The Village
True to its name, the resort really does have a village vibe. The Victorian architecture coupled with the pedestrian-street lined with shops and restaurants certainly doesn’t feel like one of Jamaica’s all-inclusive resorts. It feels more like Main Street in a quaint little town than a beach destination. The resort’s 232 guest rooms and 52 suites are centered on either side of the village.
As an all-inclusive resort, guests can choose from six restaurants and four bars. There’s no shortage of dining options – the high-end 876 Steakhouse, the fun and funky Rasta Pasta, a poolside Ocean Grill serving Jamaican cuisine and Nikkei, a teppanyaki restaurant that specializes in fusion of Asian and Peruvian cuisine. And as with any beach resort, there’s no shortage of bars, including a late night Disco.
3. THE LEVEL
This the resort’s high-end, concierge level of service with its own private facilities. Guests of THE LEVEL have access to a number of exclusive experiences including a private check-in and check-out area, an open cocktail/snack bar with premium brand liquors and tapas, 24-hour room service, a private concierge (great for shuttling you around the resort or tending to special requests), turn-down service, 10% off spa services and a private restaurant, bar and pool.
It’s no secret that Jamaica is one of the world’s hottest destination wedding spots so it’s no surprise that the Melia Braco Village has a Romance Specialist on staff. Planning weddings is her prime role, but she can also arrange romantic candlelit dinners on the beach under one of the resort’s gazebos overlooking the ocean or the lush garden. For weddings and other romance-related events, the Romance by Meliá Bridal Suite is available, a beautifully designed space for guests to gather for cocktails with a dressing room and hair and makeup stations.
5. Jamaican Hospitality
If you’ve traveled to this island before, you know there is nothing like true Jamaican hospitality. They aim to please and that comes through in everything they do, from serving you Caribbean cocktails and local cuisine, like famous Jerk Chicken, to the treatments in the ultra-relaxing YHI Spa, those Jamaicans know how to pamper you.
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