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Montego Bay, Jamaica Vacation

I am still dreaming about our recent Montego Bay getaway…

Way back in January Matt and I decided to plan a vacation for just the two of us to spend some time together after a tough year. Right away we looked at the calendar and decided to book our trip for Labor Day weekend in September. Not only is September my 30th birthday month, we remembered from our last vacation how empty the resort was by the end of summer once school was back in session and families were done with summer vacations. Immediately I went into planning mode and began obsessively researching destinations that were 1. a short, direct flight from Charlotte 2. adults only, all-inclusive and 3. had a beautiful beach with soft sand and clear water! We set aside a modest budget to work with so I wanted to pick a place that would allow us to stretch our dime and stay as long as possible! After weeks of googling and reading trip advisor reviews we decided on a 5 day getaway at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

The trip was everything and more we could have asked for and we were so thankful that Matt’s parents graciously agreed to chase after our minis while we were gone. The kids had the very best time being spoiled by Mimi and Grandad while we relaxed.


We took an early flight out of Charlotte and by 12 pm we were being welcomed with cold towels and champagne in paradise. We wasted no time once we checked in and immediately grabbed a yummy lunch on the beach, cocktails for both hands and parked it on the beach for the rest of the day.

Sources: Selfie Stick // Sunglasses // Blue & White Waves Tank Bikini 

I am pretty sure I checked the weather report for the week almost as many times as I did for our wedding day. Each day we were forecasted 80%-100% chance of thunderstorms all day. Lucky for us we didn’t see a drop of rain or even a cloud our entire stay. 

We bounced back and forth from the beach to the pool each day. It was perfect.

Sources: Fedora // Bikini
Spliced Bikini

From housekeeping to bartenders, the service was really great at the resort. It didn’t mater if we were perched up at the pool or the beach there was always a butler checking on us and keeping the cocktails flowing. Our room fridge was constantly restocked with snacks and drinks and our butler even made sure to have a hot bath drawn for me in the evenings. And on our last night they surprised me with birthday balloons and a bottle of champagne. So nice!

We booked a standard suite and were super surprised and excited when we arrived to our room to find we actually received an ocean view suite! 



And every evening we enjoyed the most unreal sunsets from the swing on our balcony.

There were so many places to lounge throughout the resort and we never had to get up early to snag prime space which I appreciated.


Matt and I read several books (reviews here) and each day he competed in a volleyball tournament while I took a fun aqua gym class. The resort had really great entertainment too. Each afternoon we’d hang out at the edge of the infinity pool and watch whatever game or activity the entertainment team was putting on that day. The late night entertainment was also really fun.


High Waisted Bikini


The food was excellent. We were never disappointed! One of my favorite meals each day was our morning breakfast delivery.
Every morning we shuffled out to our balcony in pajamas to enjoy the view with a
cup of coffee, a packet of Drip Drop and a massive breakfast spread.

We ate most of our lunches at the beach buffet. One day they hosted a big lunch party on the beach and served a special Jamaican jerk chicken.

They also cut open fresh coconuts right on the beach – served with a splash of rum of course!

For dinner we dined at the surf and turf restaurant (twice!!!), the hibachi restaurant and the French restaurant (both of our favorite)!

 We left Jamaica happy, relaxed, connected, 5 lbs heavier, 4 shades darker and Zika-free!



Previous adult beach vacations

2011 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

2013 Riviera Maya, Mexico




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Saturday 24th of September 2016

Great sunsets ?

Caley-Jade Rosenberg

Monday 19th of September 2016

What an amazing trip - you look so relaxed and refreshed and loving all your bikinis. Always so important to take these trips together for some quality couple time x

Alexa Tolland

Saturday 17th of September 2016

Oh my gosh I didn't know I needed a vacation until I read this! This is so gorgeous and as jealous as I am, I'm so happy that y'all got to go, you deserve it! You look amazing and everything about the resort looks perfect... we went to an all-inclusive in Jamaica for our honeymoon and this makes me want to go back!


Wednesday 14th of September 2016

I need a beach vacation stat! It looks like you guys had the best time!

Lauren Honeycutt

Tuesday 13th of September 2016

Wowwww!!! You're making me want to hop a plane for Jamaica right now!!!