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Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village

I’m typically a solo traveler but when my grandparents mentioned leaving cold, wintery New York behind for a tropical getaway in the Caribbean, I couldn’t say, “SIGN ME UP” fast enough. One of my younger cousins, Alicia, was also in for the getaway so we had our friends over at Tom Flies do some research on what island would be hot in January, boast an all-inclusive resort and direct flights from JFK.

We had an early morning JetBlue flight from JFK to Montego Bay, Jamaica followed by a 35-minute car ride that placed us at Melia Braco Village in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, Jamaica. Since we arrived before noon we weren’t expecting our rooms to be ready but in the interim we were given a private, golf cart tour around the property – showing us both sides of the resort (Melia + The Level) as well as where all the dining options were, and where the list of daily activities and entertainment was.

We were then escorted to The Level reception area. The Level is a VIP branch of the Melia brand and at Melia Braco Village it is home to two buildings of two-room suites, its own private beach and pool (accessible to only guests of The Level) as well as a slew of awesome options including a pillow menu, light bites available throughout the day, our own private concierge, and the best part – all guests at The Level have oceanfront views from private balconies.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieThe Level reception area was more like its own small restaurant.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieA few of the small bites available until midnight at the Level reception area.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieI mean, if you have-to wait to check into your room, could these views be any more beautiful?

After having our passports scanned by reception we were served coffee and small snacks and only had about a 15-20 minute wait before we were escorted to our suites. Alicia and I shared a suite and my grandparents had their own suite and during the room tour we were THRILLED to find out our suite had TWO FULL-SIZE bathrooms!

I don’t know if you know anything about young women who travel, but, we tend to have a lot of bathroom products and not having to worry about “who’s side of the counter” we were on was such a pleasure. This also was extremely convenient for ‘getting-ready’ purposes. Post-beach and pre-dinner, we both needed to shower, get our hair and makeup together and it was nice to be able to do this in our own space without having to figure out bathroom time schedules.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieThe living and dining room area of our suite.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieThe interior view overlooking the balcony from the living area of our suite.

Our room came equipped with a TON of amenities. On top of the fastest, most reliable wi-fi signal I’ve ever signed on to in any hotel, the room had top-of-the-line soaps, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, plush robes and slippers, an iron and ironing board (so rare in hotel and resorts nowadays!) a fully stocked (and all-inclusive) mini-bar, 24/7 (also, all-inclusive) room service, hair dryers and a TON of bed side outlets, perfect for someone who has to work on the go and will typically find herself in bed, working (and needing to charge), at night. One special treat that guests at The Level are treated to is a “daily amenity”, one day it was a fruit platter, another it was a gourmet cheese plate and one of my favorites was white chocolate covered green apples (yum!).

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieOur HUGE king size bed with the complimentary LEVEL beach-bag waiting for us (bonus: we got to take the beach bag home!)

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieThe palm tree views and hues out of the window opposite the bed in our bedroom.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieThe fruit platter that was one of our daily amenities.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieIf you look closely you can see Alicia and I on our balcony on the second-floor corner suite!

The property itself, as well as the staff, was impeccable. I don’t think there was a single Melia employee that wasn’t smiling ear-to-ear and the amount of security, servers, as well as maintenance workers was astounding. There wasn’t a square inch of the (huge) property that wasn’t perfectly manicured and taken care of.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieSome of the tropical flora around the pool at The Level.

What was even more impressive was the ability of the employees to remember all of the guests’ names! I sat at the swim-up bar at the pool and the bartender, Alex, asked Alicia and me for our names and he remembered everytime he saw us for the remainder of the week! He also introduced us to a couple traveling from Alberta, Canada and had no issue remembering their names (the way I’m at a loss in memory now, LOL). The same for Ricardo, the young man who served our coffee upon check-in, we bumped into him five days later and he remembered us both by name!

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieAn aerial view of The Level’s private beach area.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieSome of the tropical flora near The Level’s HUGE hot tub.

There is also always something to do at Melia Braco Village. Besides lounging on the beach or enjoying the swim up bar in both of the pools there also have daily entertainment (fun games such as dominos and life-size connect-four), a full service spa (for additional fees), and even a cart with an attendant who can help to acquire fresh sugar cane, pineapple, or coconut water (served right in the coconut shell)!

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieMarlon, the coconut man!

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieFresh, chilled, coconut water – straight from the source!

Dining at Melia Braco Village is not only all-inclusive but also all-delicious. There were multiple restaurants to choose from including two buffet options Golden Sands (which is exlcusive for The Level guests) with international selections, The Market Place which serves international selections for all guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There are also the casual options O’Grille which is outdoor, beachfront dining serving Jamaican/Caribbean options and Rasta Pasta which serves Italian cuisine, some options with a local twist!

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackiePassion-fruit panna cotta from Rasta Pasta.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieBBQ Chicken ‘lollypops’ from O’Grille.

For more upscale dining options there is Nikkei, an Asian and Peruvian fusion restaurant which has Teppanyaki (“hibachi style”) dining options (with a reservation) as well as 876 Prime – a more contemporary option serving traditional steakhouse options. As I mentioned earlier, there is also 24/7 room service included with the all-inclusive package (an option I took advantage of during my stay!).

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieOctopus ceviche up front and sushi rolls behind it, from Nikkei.

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With JackieEgg omelet with bacon and hash-browns served on my balcony.

All in all my stay at Melia Braco Village couldn’t have been any more perfect. From the moment we arrived until the moment we had to (unfortunately) leave, we received Class-A, top-of-the-line service. No matter which restaurant we dined at, the servers were all attentive – my glass of water was always re-filled, before I even needed to ask for more. At the beach or pool area I was often asked if I needed anything or if there was anything someone could get me and no matter where we walked around the property – security was always there.

This was my second Melia experience (my first being four years ago in Bali) and I couldn’t be any happier with my stay – the fact that the property is all-inclusive drastically adds to the value of this vacation!

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With Jackie

Paradise in Jamaica – Meliã Braco Village - Get Lost With Jackie

 

 

*Disclaimer: I was hosted at THE LEVEL as a guest, my opinions, however, remain my own.

This article has 18 comments

  1. Noemi of Pinay Flying High

    Oh you reminded me of our honeymoon. We stayed in Melia in Dominican Republic and it was one of the best experiences we’ve had. The all inclusive package was a good choice for us specially since my husband is a huge drinker. Lol. The poolside bartender that we had also remembers everyone’s names! If that’s a requirement to get hired in Melia, I’m definitely not getting hired. :p

    • Jacklyn Shields

      LOL That all inclusive plan must’ve been great on your honeymoon and isn’t it so impressive how the staff can remember everyones names?! I’d never get a gig there either if that was the case lol

  2. Joella (RovingJo)

    The Melia usually has very nice accommodations but it seems you had an even sweeter deal with that Level suite. How wonderful to be able to have your own private beach area and so many other little details taken care of. Seems like it was a perfect warm getaway for you and just what was needed. Will have to take a look at this resort if I ever go to Jamaica.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      The Level was definitely a step above the average resort! I loved all the small details, they made the vaca better than I could’ve imagined.

  3. Ali May

    This looks like a beautiful place for a proper tropical holiday. The food and views look amazing, the fact that the staff remember your names, and two bathrooms?! Incredible. I will have to remember this place if I ever make it to that part of the world.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Two bathrooms really was the extra icing on a delicious cake lol

  4. Sylvanmist

    What a beautiful luxurious resort! I’ve never been to one but I bet it must feel good being pampered like that once in a while and soaking up all that sun. Truly looks like a paradise and the food too looks so tasty!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Getting pampered sure does feel great and I’m a total sun baby so I love relaxing in the sun!

  5. kathy (from walkaboutwanderer.com)

    Wow it really is the little touches that make your stay even nicer. Like the free beach bag, them remembering your name and fresh fruits. It sounds like such a beautiful place. I haven’t been to Jamaica but I am really keen on visiting. This would be somewhere I consider staying therefore I have bookmarked your page.
    Thank you for sharing this experience.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks for your wonderful compliments! I had a blast and those small details really made my stay the best possible!

  6. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures)

    Holidaying in Jamaica hasn’t been on the radar until recently exploring the Caribbean Cruises. Looks like you relaxed and took some amazing photos.

    • Jacklyn Shields

      Thanks so much! I had a blast and I couldn’t suggest Jamaica enough!

  7. Kristine AARSHEIM

    What a dream! I’ve never stayed at a Melia, but it sure looks classy and nice. And those food pictures make me hungry!! I went to Jamaica a couple of years ago with a group of friends (to Montego Bay). Loved it there. Friendly locals, good food, good cocktails, great service, great beaches..Yup.. Looks like you had a great time there as well 🙂

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I had a BLAST in Jamaica and I absolutely adored the Melia, classy and nice is an understatement!

  8. carlinn meyer

    This looks like absolute paradise! Everything is so colourful and gorgeous. I love that you got to keep the beach bag, for some reason little touches like that always make me like a place so much more. Its also impressive that the staff remembered your names 🙂

    • Jacklyn Shields

      COULDN’T AGREE MORE about the small touches making a big difference and it totally was impressive that they remembered our names!

  9. Katie

    Wow this really is Paradise!! The rooms look sleek and modern and the resort is just breathtaking! Would love to stay at Meliã Braco Village soon!

    • Jacklyn Shields

      I hope you get the chance to Katie! It was a great stay!!

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