Yes, your luggage may take a little while to get to your room. Your room may not quite be ready when you arrive either. Pack a change a warm weather clothes and sandals in your carry-on bag so you are comfortable as you wait by the bar or take the resort tour (which I HIGHLY recommend doing). Delays may be 5 minutes or half and hour, but once you get there, you really won't care too much. Pack just a few can't-live-without-essentials in a bag/oversized purse and you'll be fine. I always pack too much but am not really interested in paring it down either. I like choices. Best advice - bring comfortable and cute shoes you can walk around in. The grounds are so gorgeous, I always find myself taking the long path back to our room. The flimsy flip-flops I took one year were pointless. I always have a pair of beach sandals/crocs and a pair of wedges for evening attire.
Tuesday night is the Beach Party buffet dinner and Friday night is the Gala, which includes a HUGE buffet dinner on the lawn. You can order room service instead, but I always enjoy both nights food and entertainment.
The menus are fairly accurate, but there may be other choices.
I do NOT recommend renting a car and driving yourself. If you really don't want to take the bus, which is not bad at all, you can hire a private driver or even a flight to Ocho Rios. Flying tends to be too expensive for us, but the private car was a bit quicker and more pleasant. I would rather spend my vacation dollars on excursions, spa treatments and Blue Mountain coffee than on a ride which I already have paid for (as part of your ALl-included price).
We have always stayed on the resort unless going on an excursion and then let Couples arrange our transportation to and from without any problems.
Read over the activities schedule when you arrive and see what calls you. I love the Grotto and like to spend time at the Mineral Pool on my "Spa Day". Try to eat at each restaurant. Lobster night (wed) is fabulous, make your reservations for dinner early if you have a preference for timing/outdoor/indoor seating. Try out SSB if you are so inclined. Relax. Order the drink of the day. Have an omelet made to order. Whatever you do, I am sure it will be fantastic!
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