The Melia Braco Village Resort, situated on its own private beach, is a hidden gem among Jamaican resorts just outside of Montego Bay. Since it’s part of a collection of resorts based out of Spain, you get a mix of European hospitality and influence with a local Jamaican touch. The resort is a perfect vacation spot for the family looking for a great value with all the bells and whistles, for a girlfriend getaway with its fabulous spa, or for a couple looking for a great escape. It’s also an all-inclusive resort, so you have one less thing to worry about.
Jamaica Resorts Hidden Gem: Melia Braco Village
I recently had the opportunity to visit Melia Braco Village on a press trip to discover this island, thanks to the Jamaica Tourism Board. Once I returned home, my husband and I found we had about 6 kid-free days, so we quickly booked a trip to enjoy this hidden gem together.
The property is situated between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, making it easy to get out and explore. On my first visit, I did just that, so on my return trip, we didn’t leave the property at all. We enjoyed the spa, the beach, and the many water sports, and of course, the cabanas and Caribbean cocktails!
When staying at the Melia Braco Village Resort, you can really do it all or do nothing…
What Works For Families At Melia Braco Village
- The property is perfect for families, with activities offered all day long.
- An onsite supervised Kids’ Club includes an adventure course. The staff is there to have a great time and will challenge you to a game of giant Connect Four or start a beach volley ball game.
- With the property being set away from other resorts and with their dedicated 24 hour security always present, I felt very safe. I wouldn’t be concerned with older kids wandering about.
- The all-inclusive price includes all meals (both buffet and a la carte), wifi, drinks, snacks, water activities, the adventure club, staffed health club, kids’ club, activities, events, and so much more.
- If you have little ones, the resort is happy to help you arrange an on-site nanny if you need one.
- Once you arrive, you have arrived. The property has multiple pools, beaches, public areas, and enough activities to keep you busy for days. If you choose, you can also just have the staff set you up like we did in a cabana bed for the day and do nothing.
- The resort has a room type to meet each family, couple, or groups’ needs and/or budgets.
- There are almost always package specials.
What Doesn’t Work
This is really tough for me as most everything works. The one issue for families could be that there are no adjoining rooms for families that want this feature.
Melia Braco Village is a small resort, just 45 minutes east of Montego Bay airport, located on acres and acres of land and beachfront property. The grounds are beautifully manicured and you never feel crowded. The style has the Jamaican Colonial influence with a lush tropical feel. The products are high end and the rooms are modern, yet cozy and warm.
Getting to the resort is easy. There are multiple daily flights to Montego Bay from around the country. We use the Arrivals and Departures service offered by Club Mobay, where a representative meets you at plane side and escorts you to the arrivals lounge. But you can also rent a car, arrange private transportation, or request assistance from the resort.
Village or Level Side?
The property is divided into two sections, allowing you to meet both your budget and travel preferences. For those who like a larger resort atmosphere with lots of activities, The Village side will be a perfect match with just over 150 rooms. For those who prefer a more boutique resort with concierge service, The Level side will meet your needs. Having the two sides on one property make it perfect for a multigenerational trip to meet everyone’s desires and budgets.
Staying on The Level side has these additional perks:
- When you check-in, they give you a local cell phone to use. You can make local calls as well as have 24 hour access to room service, a concierge 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and can contact the onsite management when needed.
- The concierge handles booking services and arranges private transportation to the resort for you. Our driver was waiting right at the lounge. We freshened up, grabbed a drink, and hopped in the car. When we arrived, we were whisked away in a golf cart to The Level lounge for a private check-in.
- You receive a daily amenity, which ranged from a cheese plate to cookies and milk.
- There are treatment rooms in The Level suite, along with round the clock snacks that are not only plentiful, but always changing and very yummy.
- No vendors are allowed on the Level side beach for even more privacy.
The Rooms at Melia Braco Village
The room types vary from garden view to beachfront to deluxe to suites. A typical suite has a queen or king bed and a couch that will pull out. On my first visit, I stayed in a Level Beachfront room. It was spacious and had a walk-in shower. On our return trip, we reserved the top room – The Level Royal Suite – and it was more to our liking. With its pull-out sofa, 2 TVs, and spacious floor plan, it would give a family plenty of room. We loved the porch with 2 rockers, a fully stocked mini bar, and the window seat in the master bedroom.
When we return with our kids, we will get the same room as well as the room next door. Although it doesn’t connect, you can open both doors and close the main door to them to have a second full bedroom and third bath.
Rates and Specials
Depending on when you travel, all-inclusive rooms for two people start at $250 a night, with the most expensive room $355 off season with its 36% discount. During high season, the most expensive room for a family of four is just over $700 a night, all-inclusive in The Level Royal Suite.
They also run wonderful specials where you can also get a resort credit. In fact, I suggest signing up for the brand e-mails so that you can see specials that are offered. I traveled the fist time at the end of hurricane season and the rates were much lower. When we visited in December during the high season, we stayed in the most expensive suite on The Level side and paid under $3000, all-inclusive for two people. This included in-room wine and drink service, beach concierge, drinks, food, snacks, on property activities, and so much more. We are used to paying over $500 a night for just a room, so to us, this was a steal. Even better – the service, drinks, room, and food were leaps and bounds above what we thought it would be.
The resort has many amenities as well, but one of my favorite things about Melia Braco Village is the private beach. No one is wandering the beach trying to sell you things. Preferred, vetted vendors are on site, but they are only allowed on the main beach.
The Spa and Wellness Center is located by the main pool and I can personally vouch for the massages! A full gym with fitness personnel allows you just to get a workout in.
On the property, you have a ton of activities to choose from, including exercise classes, yoga, snorkel with a guide or by yourself, dance parties, tennis, and more. Certain activities and amenities require an additional fee, but very few like the spa and motorized water activities. Off the property, you can do anything from river tubing, horse back riding, and ATVing to a Great House Tour or Falmouth Food Tour. You can book at the booking desk or with your concierge, if you are staying at The Level.
A really fun event is theme night. Each night has a theme with various activities. For instance, one night was a traditional Jamaica Street Party. We dined in the center courtyard and enjoyed traditional entertainment, a pig roast, and lots of lots of Jamaican jerk.
For the Kids
But, the big attraction has to be the Kids’ Club and the new adventure park. There’s an obstacle course, zipline, rock climbing, and a giant trampoline. The Kids’ Co. adventure program for ages 5-12 is the perfect place for your children to have fun and let their imagination loose with activities designed especially for them. You can relax on the beach knowing your kids are having amazing supervised fun.
All-Inclusive Dining at Melio Braco Village
The food and cocktails at Melia Braco Village are diverse and good. With 4 bars and 6 restaurants, there’s something for everyone. One main restaurant, the Market Place, opens for all meals each day. The Jerk Grill by the main pool is open for lunch. For dinner, there are a la carte restaurants to choose from in your all-inclusive package, including Italian, a steakhouse, seafood, and a sushi and traditional Japanese grill that is always a show.
I have to say our favorite was breakfast. A buffet with a fresh egg station, as well as fresh juice and smoothie stations, including adult drinks, is always a great eye-opener. There is more food than you will ever need and something for everyone. It has a European breakfast feel with fish and meats, but also classic Jamaican food like bean and fish dishes, as well as kid-friendly offerings.
If staying on The Level side, you also have access to the food there and a pool side grill as well as room service. If you’re not staying at The Level, snacks are available all day at the pool side grill. And you can get fresh cut fruit and fresh coconut water from the coconut stand.
Jamaica Resorts Quick Notes
- During my first stay, we faced a hurricane. The incredible staff started preparations many days before. They provided daily updates. They assisted in making arrangements for those who decided to leave the island early. For those who stayed, they began safety measures.
- Tipping at an all-inclusive can be tricky. We tend to tip, but not for everything. We are honest and ask staff if they will be here for a few days and if we can take care of them before their day off or before we leave. Often, for others like bartenders, we ask if they will be working the beach all week and will tip heavy upfront as well. For concierge service, we ask at check-in if we can tip at the end of our stay for the team. We often add this to our bill, if possible, due to exchange rates being better. For meals, we tend to tip each time, even at the buffet. The staff remembers and appreciates it so much. Remember this is a service industry.
- Jamaica has its own dollar, but the US dollar is accepted almost everywhere.
- One note when traveling internationally – when leaving the airport, your driver may not be allowed to handle your luggage until you pass outside airport security, so don’t be offended if your driver passes your luggage back to you as you exit.
- Melia properties have a great reputation around the world, but their hotels and resorts vary greatly in level of luxury. Make sure you research them carefully before you pick the hotel or resort for you.
- Most Melia management staff have worked for the brand for years. You can always count on a high level of customer service at all of their hotels and resorts.
- One piece of advice is that although the rooms are all smoke free, the property does allow smoking outside. I personally am very sensitive to smoke, but never had an issue. We request a room as a beach walk out, since smoke travels up and on a corner, so we don’t have to worry about neighbors.
- No matter where you are traveling to in Jamaica, I recommend starting with the Jamaica Tourism Board to help plan your trip.
When will we see you at Melia Braco Village?