Surely it’s a coincidence that Palace Resorts’ eighth all-inclusive will be in a destination whose name includes the Spanish word for “eight”: “ocho.” That’s ocho as in Ocho Rios, the Jamaican beach beauty that will be the home of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande beginning in early 2015. Palace Resorts has acquired the Sunset Jamaica Grande resort and will close it in September for a $50 million transformation to the new property.
This will be Palace Resorts’ first resort outside Mexico, where the company has seven all-inclusives.
“Launching our first property in Jamaica was a strategic decision,” said Sandor Winkler, chief development officer for Palace Resorts. “We believe this expansion will propel the Palace Resorts brand to new heights, as Jamaica is one of the most valued destinations for several of our key markets including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.”
Meetings and More
Located on the north coast of Jamaica, less than 90 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will feature 730 guestrooms and suites on a 17-acre beachfront. It will offer five swimming pools, waterfalls, plunge pools and swim-up bars.
Palace Resorts executives say Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will provide the most meeting space of any hotel in Jamaica: 30,000 sf of multi-functional space, comprised of multiple meeting rooms, ballrooms, exhibition areas, an outdoor terrace and more, with the latest audiovisual equipment and conveniently located rigging points throughout.
The entire resort is getting an extensive upgrade, including modernized guest rooms, overhauled meeting spaces, upgrades and redesigns of the common areas, restaurant updates and the addition of a FlowRider® Double wave simulator and Wired Teen Lounge. The resort will also feature an on-property nightclub for adults and a kids’ club, The Playroom, for guests 12 and younger. Attendees can choose from five dining venues and a gourmet market and café, and wellness will be covered with the 35,000-sf Awe Spa and state-of-the-art gymnasium.
Offerings will include Palace’s $1,500 Resort Credit for spa and beauty salon treatments, chef dinners, romantic dinners on the beach, wedding packages and off-site excursions and tours such as dolphin swims, snorkeling tours, river tubing, city tours, waterfall excursions and much more.
The new location is also an exciting one for the company, said Gibran Chapur, executive vice president of Palace Resorts.
“The natural beauty of Ocho Rios, combined with the appeal of the iconic property, provided an enviable launching pad for the next chapter in Palace Resorts’ story. As we look to the future, we believe Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will offer new and exciting opportunities and experiences for our valued guests seeking the highest caliber vacation experience. As we cement our footprint in the Caribbean, it is our hope that Moon Palace Jamaica Grande becomes Jamaica’s top entertainment destination, bringing economic growth and positively impacting the island.”