By Jen Lewallen
Melia Hotels International has finally touched sands on the beautiful Island of Jamaica, and Emmy Award Winner travel guru Ashley Colburn has given us an insider’s look in this Paradise Found.
“This small intimate resort has big luxuries,” reveals Colburn.
Since its opening in December, Melia Braco Village has created a look and feel all its own and is a unique gem in this all-inclusive mecca. The buildings and accommodations have a colonial Caribbean feel complete with a replica of Falmouth’s Town Square to give guests an authentic Jamaican feel.
“The property is very unique with a nice colonial setting and style which you don’t typically find a lot here on the island,” says Sheryl-Kaye Campbell, sales and marketing manager for Melia Braco Village. “If your clients are looking for something unique, something different with a village and true Jamaican concept and experience, then this would be the property for them.”
Looking for a luxurious getaway? Stay in The Level, Melia Braco Village’s upscale section with elevated service and amenities. From the moment you arrive, you’re personally escorted to the secluded lobby by a concierge. There the check-in is swift and caring, and the staff member is ready to share with you all the exclusive benefits that come with your Level stay. You’ll also receive your own cell phone to call your personal butler in case you’re craving a cocktail while taking advantage of The Level’s private pool and beach area.
“I loved having the cell phone, so I can call my butler anytime throughout the day,” declares Colburn.
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Although Jamaica is a popular destination for adults and couples, Melia Braco Village makes sure all guests feel included with age-appropriate activities around the resort day and night.
Kids & Co., Melia’s children’s program, ensures kids ages 5-12 have memorable experiences with an emphasis on fun and learning. With such a diverse and interesting culture, Kids & Co. wants their little travelers to leave the island with a piece of Jamaica in their hearts. Kids spend time both inside the resort and on outside adventures, and plenty of craft activities provide them with something they can take home as a keepsake from their family trip.
Dance lessons, live music, and nightly theme parties keep guests grooving during all times of the day. The iconic sounds of steel drums follow you around the resort, and entertainers teach you how to move like the locals.
Raves Colburn, “If you didn’t have rhythm before you got to Jamaica, they’ll make sure you have it before you leave.”
Positioned between popular resort hubs Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Melia Braco Village is in the ideal location to explore the country and its attractions. Dunn’s River Falls is a short ride away and sailing down the Martha Brea River via bamboo raft is an experience you can’t miss.
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After your day of exploring, kick back and relax at the pampering YHI Spa. From traditional therapies and massages to elite spa treatments and rituals, you’ll find it hard to pick just one, so we recommend truly indulging yourself and trying a few.
“Whether you want to relax with a loved one or have time all to yourself, a coconut pineapple scrub is always a good idea,” recommends Colburn.
If you’re looking for a unique resort that welcomes you into its authentic heritage, choose Melia Braco Village for your next Jamaican jaunt. Call your travel agent today for exclusive rates and savings, and let them make planning your next trip an island breeze.