Sea Garden Beach Resort
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
Any review of an all-inclusive resort should acknowledge that there are basically two types: 1) Large, corporate-chain type, and 2) small, local boutique-type. The SeaGarden is a boutique resort located just minutes from the MBJ airport. Whereas the chain type will offer more restaurant and eating options, boutiques offer set times usually at one location. We found the SeaGarden to be a wonderful boutique resort. For us the two main attractions were the beach and location. Some may not like being close to the airport, but we feel that we have more time to enjoy the resort and also save on hotel transfer. The SeaGarden teams up with Sunholiday Tours and offers transfer for $15 RT. When we exited customs, Sunholiday was right there at booth #5 to set us up getting to the resort. Again, one of the main things we look for in a resort is the beach. Most beaches end up being disappointing in that they are rocky and only good for standing for a period of time. However, the SeaGarden has a couple of lagoons that offer a protected, sandy environment and the beach area was only about 20 yards from the lobby. Snorkling and kayaks are offered and you’re not limited to staying in the lagoons. The service at the beach snack bar was great for sandwiches and drinks. We found the cuisine to be Jamaican-style and they offered dinner either in the main dining room, by the pool area, or even on the beach, weather permitting. If you are a young couple looking for other young couples to party with late into the night, this may not be the resort for you. The cliental is broad based, but leaning to the mature side. The staff were exceptional and the rooms clean. All in all, this resort was a great value and a great place to relax and unwind.
Christie, from Juta Tours, We were very fortunate to have found Christie of Juta Tours on our recent holiday in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He is very informative, honest, considerate and genuinely concerned that you have wonderful sightseeing tours while you are on vacation in his beautiful country. We highly recommend him because of his pure honesty and sincerity. This was our first time in jamaica and were so fortunate to have him as our tour guide.
LOCALLY OWNED, SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF JAMAICA AND STAY HERE!Length of stay - 5 nights/6daysViews - 5/5Food - 4/5Bar service - 5/5Cleanliness - 4/5Comfort - 5/5Noise level - 3/5Mood/Vibe - 3/5 (more background music would have been welcome. Musical soundtrack was cheesy and dated). Entertainment - 4/5 (local artists & dancers, but "T Rex" and his crew could be annoying especially when it was clearly an almost-empty pool area and no one was interested in noisy games). Overall service 3/5 (cleaning staff left our room unlocked after cleaning one day - so we didn't bother to have them clean it again)An old, "charactered" and interesting resort. So many gorgeous things such as old fountains, double staircase, chandeliers, architecture overall, paintings, the beach, extra large rooms, very clean, but a lot of "character" meaning if you're looking for a perfectly sealed, modern, air conditioned resort, this isn't for you. The rooms were ALL air conditioned, though - and everything was in perfect working condition - contrary to some reviews we have read. (We even snooped some rooms out and found consistently they were all large and cool. Lots of open air, ocean-breezy, laid back, relaxing spaces and spots for sitting, dining, coffee or wine drinking, nooks and balconies GALORE - you'll get lost in the history of this mansion-feeling space - IF that's what you're looking for. (We LOVED that part). Mediocre mood - some crabby staff who didn't GAF, some staff were pleasant, some were indifferent. Dining staff were for the most part lovely. Breakfast, lunch and dinner had some variances, but not tons on the day-to-day. Overall definitely tasty, but appealing to the masses and extra spices or flavouring could be accommodated by request. Italian restaurant has to be prebooked (we didn't bother), and a la carte menu MUST be booked a day in advance for a steak-house-like menu - this wasn't made known to us. Also - BOOK TOURS OR SIGHTSEEING IN ADVANCE. All tour staff leaves at 4pm and at the time we went, the main staff was not present so we were misinformed and missed our chance to book a tour we had wished to go on. Pool is gorgeous but noisy at times. Beach bar is cool and glass bottom boat/coral reef snorkelling was a blast. $20 each for an hour trip and we had a private tour. Street-side is the same as the ocean side and there will be locals with loud cars and stereos partying all night. It's the equivalent of the downtown/tourist part of any major city, so the usual rules apply. WARNING to families or sensitive people - to get to the beach you have to cross a public road. There will be drug dealers GALORE - mostly asking if you want weed - but if you decline they will persist and offer you any other drug under the sun. You will see homeless and perhaps mentally ill people, there will be people soliciting and making noise all night. Jamaica is a corrupt country with no changes or growth for the last 40 years yet almost every flight to Montego Bay is full. Think about it. The money goes somewhere - and it's likely to a corrupt government and NOT to the people. So SUPPORT THIS HOTEL, and the local people - but DO NOT act carelessly because crime is as much an opportunity here as anywhere. The downtown area is mostly slum, and some very poorly kept streets, roads and shops. Derelict parks with heinous amounts of garbage, people soliciting drugs in each alley and doorway - and aggressively so. Cab drivers, bus drivers and tour guides all "offered" us pot, and every single day we were solicited by people while crossing the road to the beach side of the resort. The ocean and positioning of the resort were stunning and offered views of the mountains and of the sea. The other guests were fun and for the most part respectful, too. The hotel would do well to clean up the road/walkway to the beach area so that patrons weren't harassed each and every time they tried to pass. Understandably, everyone has to make a living - but we work hard too and have earned a vacation that shouldn't be filled with annoyances and harassment.
This was our first time to Jamaica and we stayed at the SeaGarden Resort. This resort is 5 mins from the airport and is a family run business. My family and I were at the resort from 31 Jan - 5 Feb. Roughly about 100 guests were there with us which was great...no line ups for anything. The staff were incredible! They were incredibly polite, professional and always willing to go out of their way to address any concerns we had. The rooms and buildings are in need of renovations and that's my only negative about Sea Garden...but we weren't there for the buildings and the rooms. That's why I gave the resort a 4/5. The beach is located across the street and it's entirely private, which was great! They have a snack bar/grill and we ate there for every lunch. Always a sun lounger around and the drink service was top notch. Entertainment at the resort was always fun and T-Rex takes his job very seriously and makes sure everyone is involved and having a good time. He was always wandering around and making sure everyone was having a good time and taking the time to get to know the guests. A great ambassador for the resort. We walked down the Hip Strip and to be honest...it wasn't that great. Go and see Sonny on the resort at the gift shop...he has everything you need and his prices beat the Hip Strip. As for money...exchange it at the resort. The airport was a rip off...exchange at the resort and the resort will exchange your Canadian money. I feel my money was well spent and I will recomend the resort to my friends. We will be back!
If you're looking for something reasonably priced with good food/entertainment then this is a good place to start. Rooms - a bit dated. Ours was larger than most of the ones we saw passing through the hall. We also had a large walk in closet and another smaller closet. However, I'm 5'7 and had to duck to get under the shower head, this didn't work as well with my husband who is 6'1. The water would change from very hot to very cold. But overall the room was nice, was always very clean and the bed was comfortable. Food - they alternate through the week of eating out by the beach, by the pool and in the dining room depending on the night and weather. All the food was very good and a lot of variety. They also had stir fry stations a few nights which was delicious. There is a main dining room is buffet style and where most of meals are eaten. Hours were early morning - 10, 12-2 and then 7-9 I believe. There is a small snack place near the pool that has fruit and some sandwiches which were alright. There's also a separate bar next to the pool for drinks. At the beach there's a bar/grill where you can choose from grilled cheese, burger, jerk chicken or jerk beef, all come with fries. We tried them all and they were all good. They have a restaurant where you can pay to eat but we didn't try that out. They also don't have room service which was kind of a bummer. Excursions - the best thing about staying here (besides being 5 minutes from the airport) is that we did a few excursions where they picked us up, we were always the last ones picked up and the first on a dropped off when it was over. We did dolphin cove Montego Bay (in hindsight would definitely have made the trip to ocho rios), and chukka horseback riding. Each trip took almost an hour to get to the destination but other people on the bus had been there twice as long and then they were last to be dropped off as well. Also, margaritaville is maybe a mile down the road, easily within walking distance. We went twice, once when a cruise ship was docked nearby and one day when it wasn't. It was almost empty the day the boat wasn't there. However, on the day it was docked they had live entertainment and men on stilts walking around, much better experience. There are plenty of shops on the way on both sides of the road. There's also a market on the way there off to the left where you can usually negotiate to get better prices on handmade and other souvenirs. People will stop you and ask you to buy things but we just got used to saying "no thanks" and they weren't too pushy. Doctors cove beach was our favorite beach we went to. It's closer than margaritaville. There are trampolines in the water and the snorkeling there is great. Everything costs to get in though and definitely try to go on days when the cruise ships aren't ported. Beach/pool - the beach is technically across the street but they have a crosswalk person who makes sure you get across and it's gated around to make it private for this resort. the beach was a little rocky but there were always enough chairs with mats available and lots of areas to move your chair to if you wanted a little more privacy. It was never very crowded. They only had one kayak. The two person canoe type boat was leaking they said. They did have quite a few snorkel masks. Inside the bouys of the resort there isn't really room to snorkel and it's all sand. The water went about up to my neck at the bouys and was very clear most days. Outside of the bouys was mostly grassy areas, there are a few good spots. But be mindful that boats and jetskis come through there. Down the street at Doctors Cove there are plenty of reefs to snorkel at for a fee (cost us each $6 to get in and $6 to rent snorkel gear). The pool is not heated and was chilly but still swimable. The sign says it closes at 5 but there were always people in there at night. There's a two foot area and then it goes to 9 feet. The whole time we were there we saw a max of two people in the pool at the same time so it was nice, and plenty of chairs around. Entertainment - nightly entertainment was fun. They have fire breathers, dancers, karaoke, live bands all outside by the pool or beach. They also had a piano bar with a pianist that plays and sings from a list of songs you choose. They also have a game room with pool, ping pong, basketball, darts, air hockey and board games. The shuffleboard has a crack in the ground so we weren't able to play that unfortunately. The staff there go out of their way to make sure you're time is fun and relaxing. We couldn't say enough good stuff about them. Overall we had an amazing time and would definitely recommend the resort.
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner (daily)
- Unlimited domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Concierge service
- Disco (admission, drinks included)
- Evening entertainment (twice/week)
- Non-motorized water sports (selected)
- 150 rooms
- 2 pools (including 1 for kids)
- Beach club
- 1 restaurant
- 3 bars
- Live music
- Spa (fee)
- Motorized water sports (fee)
- WiFi available in : Lobby, Pool area, Rooms
- Gift shop
- 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds
- Individual air-conditioning
- Run of the house View
- Balcony or terrace
- Cable TV
- Full bathroom
- Hairdryer (on request)
- Iron & ironing board (on request)
- 110/120 volts
- Up to 4 people : Maximum 3 adults, Maximum 2 children
Resort Location Map
Sea Garden Beach ResortMontego Bay,Jamaica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
8 Kent Ave, Montego Bay Jamaica
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