Roy­al­ton White Sands

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - TRAVEL -

A long­time Cana­dian favourite, per­fectly lo­cated as a base of op­er­a­tions for North Coast tour­ing, has been re­born as an “All-In Lux­ury” oa­sis that re­tains its strong ap­peal to fam­i­lies.

While ‘Mon­tego Bay’ is ap­pended to its new name, the 350-room re­sort ac­tu­ally sits 40 kilo­me­tres east of the air­port, past the Trelawny par­ish cap­i­tal and cruise-ship port of Fal­mouth.

That’s a good thing, be­cause it’s both close to MoBay’s din­ing, shop­ping and beach­side lures and also a third of the way to Ocho Rios and its tempt­ing at­trac­tions about 60 km fur­ther east.

Known in past in­car­na­tions as the Trelawny Beach, Starfish and Breezes Trelawny, the property was pur­chased by Canada’s Sun­wing Air­lines and re-opened in Novem­ber af­ter a %50-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion.

“We have com­pletely trans­formed the old property from the lobby com­ing back to the beach.,” said Sales & Mar­ket­ing man­ager Kerry-Ann Quallo. “Ev­ery­thing is brand-new — the lobby, all restaurants, bars, all four pools, Kids Club, En­ter­tain­ment Plaza, Spa. The over­all con­cept is now con­tem­po­rary, but lux­u­ri­ous.”

All of the rooms have been dra­mat­i­cally up­dated, the two main build­ings re­fur­bished in pale white and glass-railed bal­conies. Two new beach­front wings now of­fer lux­ury and hon­ey­moon suites, as well as the two-level ne-plus-ul­tra Chair­man’s Suite.

The re­sort boasts an ar­ray of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing three main pools plus a chil­dren’s splash pool and wa­ter­slide park; five reser­va­tion-free restaurants, six bars (in­clud­ing a sports bar), a gel­latoserv­ing cafe and 24-hour room ser­vice; and a fit­ness cen­tre and a beach­front spa with jacuzzi and six treat­ment rooms.

There’s even a pri­vate beach and walk­out sun­bathing is­land.

“We have a to-die-for kids club, with 12 wa­ter­slides,” Quallo said. “We also have an in­side kids’ club with sev­eral touch-screens and ma­chines and some Star Trek-bucket

seats. The two-year-olds to 12-years can knock them­selves out with all the most up-to-date video games.

And fi­nally, for all those pray­ing for re­lief from hefty ho­tel In­ter­net and phone charges, the Roy­al­ton says it’s the first in Ja­maica to sweep all that away with “All-In Con­nec­tiv­ity” for the Wired Trav­eller — those who want fast, 24-hour web and phone con­tact with home and/or of­fice, and to plan and book their Ja­maica ex­cur­sions.

First, there’s free wi-fi every­where on the property — in­clud­ing the beach — as well as Blue­tooth dock­ing and USB charg­ing sta­tions in all rooms. And it doesn’t end there.

“We’re the only ho­tel in Ja­maica that of­fers free in­ter­na­tional calls to the USA, Canada and Europe,” Quallo said. “We have a Roy­al­ton app that you can down­load to your smart­phone and make calls from your own phone free. Or you can call sim­ply call the op­er­a­tor.

“It goes fur­ther. You have free tex­ting any­where in the world from the app while you’re here. You can stay con­nected to your fam­ily, your friends, your busi­ness part­ners, your sup­pli­ers, your con­sumers.”

While this old favourite is de­cid­edly up­scale now, it re­tains its out­door per­son­al­ity, gen­uine Caribbean feel and laid-back fam­ily am­bi­ence.

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