Traveling over Thanksgiving is becoming a tradition, and that’s absolutely fine with me! This year our warm weather respite was in Montego Bay, Jamaica at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall. Neither of us had been to the Caribbean and after the mid-November snow dump I was looking forward to trading my bulky knits for sandals and swimsuits. Taking a week to unwind and unplug from work was a treat, but certainly a departure for both of us who are used to exploring far and wide on our vacations. Seriously, I think we were both a little stir crazy faced with a leisurely no agenda staycation.
Adults-only and all-inclusive is the way to go! During this offseason we encountered some overcast days and choppy surf that canceled our grotto excursion, but we read plenty, exercised our appetites, and soaked up the balmy weather.
The hospitality here was beyond measure…a pillow menu?! Our butlers remembered our tastes (even for Nacho Cheese Doritos in the mini bar- vacation food!) and everyone was so friendly. We had to laugh about our room service mishap when we were mistakenly given five margherita pizzas.
These cabanas were one of my favorite spots to kick back and read. Even for being 7:30am early birds many of them were claimed by the time we made our way to the pools.
We loved our porch and this reading swing! There were a few passing rain showers during our stay so we could retreat to our balcony.
The Dressel Divers offered free scuba diving lessons. Overcoming my anxiety and distaste for mouth-breathing was worth it. I want to take a stab at diving certification back in the mitten state so we can explore on future vacations.
We met some awesome people during our stay who renewed our urge to travel and have memorable trips as much as possible. I don’t know that resorts are for us (at least not for a long time) because we are eager to explore and immerse ourselves into the environment, but it certainly was a beautiful stay. Since our return we’ve revisited Parts Unknown and No Reservations feeling inspired by Anthony Bourdain to travel wider, to eat authentic cuisine, and to do more things that scare us in the new year.
What is your favorite warm weather destination?