This locally owned trio of all-inclusive resorts is Jamaica’s homegrown answer to Sandals. Of the three Sunsets, this mid-range property stands out for its trio of beaches, relatively low rates, and impressive water park, with a lazy river, waterfalls, hot tubs, a sunken pirate ship (families will definitely want to hit this on a Tuesday, when the kids get to spend all day playing pirate), and waterslides twisting out of a faux Caribbean castle. There is also a “Fun Centre” aimed at the older kids with a games room, video games, disco, and activities from Beach Olympics and dance contests to poolside dive-in movies and dinner.
The guest rooms in the twin ten-story towers are fairly standardized but nice, with accents of Caribbean blues and earth tones, nice wood furnishings, and balconies (multiple balconies in suites). There is the usual selection of restaurants—Italian, Caribbean, pan-Asian—but also a Jamaican buffet at the nightly beach party complete with steel drum music and a bonfire. Not a true jump-up, perhaps, but as close as you’re going to get at a large resort.
- Reid Bramblett