A week at the Grand Palladium in Montego Bay, Jamaica with a newborn.
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North America7 days / January 2018
Highs & Lows
The resort grounds were beyond phenomenal! There was so much to do, so many restaurants to eat at and the views were stunning
It rained a lot and Montego Bay beaches are quite rocky so we loved having the beautiful pool on the property.
The reason why we love all-inclusive trips is because you pay for it when you book and then you do not worry about a single thing during the trip (although tipping is highly appreciated). We reached Montego Bay late in the afternoon and had a shuttle ready at the airport to take us to the resort. The resort was a 2 hour drive but sitting in an AC coach and taking in the tropical views, you really do not feel this drive much. Plus, we had our 3 month old in a carrier the entire bus ride and she slept throughout - the bumps on the road definitely did not bother her.
Upon arriving at the Grand Palladium, each guest was greeted with a welcome drink. Check in was fairly quick and we were in a gorgeous room in no time. It was our first time travelling with a baby - ever - and we had hauled so much luggage this trip (we actually paid for an extra bag for her) but the resort was kind enough to help us and we got a Bell Boy very quickly to get our bags to our rooms. When you have a baby, people are extremely helpful and thoughtful and they want to make it easier for you.
We had dared to travel to Jamaica with a newborn because our closest friends were getting married there and because my husband was part of the Bridal Party. After debating for months before she was even born, we made the decision to go and it was by far our best decision. Little did we know that this was just a start to our travel adventures with kids and this trip would shape our future trips.
We never knew, after this trip, we were going to be pros at travelling with a little one. If you told us then that this was going to only be a start to many many more trip to come, I would have only laughed.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
This was the first time we were travelling with the baby and as soon as it was the baby's sleep time, we would run to the room. Halfway through the trip we realized that she was content to sleep anywhere and we can stay out longer. This was definitely a game changer for us. We would have also packed much less but again, it was something we learnt this trip and it was very important for us to have this lesson because it shaped all our future travels.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Honestly, nothing I can think of! This trip was perfect with all its ups and downs because we evolved so much as parents and as future family travellers.
How was the food?
All the restaurants at this resort are worth a try! You will not be disappointed with where you choose to eat.
What tips would you give a friend?
Definitely visit the Luminous Lagoon. We went there late one night (again we had someone watching the baby while she slept). It was an extremely short excursion but after sun down, you are taken on a ferry into the water. You cannot see anything but you stop at one point and you are asked to jump into the water. You jump into something that feels like much but you have no idea what it is but what you see is pure magic!
Since it is an all-inclusive, make sure you pack some good evening dresses because people do dress up at the a la carte meals! Lots of sunscreen and lots of memory space on your camera!
The resort covers your trip to and front the airport. All excursions include transportation as well so you literally do not have to worry about anything.
At the start, I was a little upset with the beach not being very swim friendly. The rocks definitely did not allow it. Even though I knew from before, I only believed it once I was there and saw for myself how it was. But by day 2, I was enjoying the pool way too much and never missed the beach even for an instant.
We booked with Sunwing vacations through www.itravel2000.com