Excellence’s newest resort in Oyster Bay, Jamaica, just opened last year, so we sent luxury traveler @JetsetChristina down to explore the property and tell us all about the brand new resort and her best tips for planning a trip to Jamaica.
If you’ve ever searched for a sunny Caribbean getaway with friends or loved ones, or the perfect place to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday, chances are you’ve heard of The Excellence Group’s luxurious adults-only all-inclusive resorts. The Excellence Group consists of three high-end all-inclusive hotel brands: the adults-only Excellence Resorts with all-inclusive properties in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Punta Cana, and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Beloved Hotels for boutique adults-only all-inclusive escapes; and Finest Resorts offering modern all-inclusive luxury for all ages.
Excellence Oyster Bay is a picture-perfect Caribbean vacation. All-inclusive food and drinks, gorgeous coastal views, and beautiful, spacious, expertly-designed rooms with private balconies, ocean-views, and swim-up pools. Does it get any better? The new Excellence Collection resort is located on a pristine private peninsula of aqua-blue Caribbean reefs and boasts beaches full of palapas and palms that belong in a postcard.
But, aside from Excellence’s picture-perfect location and flawless modern-colonial architecture, one of the very first things you can’t help but notice about Excellence Oyster Bay is just how happy everyone is at the resort. Not only the staff, who beam happiness and a don’t-worry-be-happy attitude in true Jamaican fashion, but all of the vacationers! Everyone at this resort just radiates relaxation. Smiles, drinks in hand, mingling with other happy vacationers. Whether they’re getting ready to take part in the upbeat poolside activities (like pool olympics, aqua aerobics, or a dance-off), relaxing in the spa, lounging by the beach, paddle-boarding along the shore, or just posting up at the bar before dinner, everyone is in their happy place.
The Spa at Excellence Oyster Bay is sure to be a highlight of your vacation to Oyster Bay. The Mille Spa is a haven of Caribbean relaxation with seven indoor treatment rooms (including a Spa Suite with couples hydrotherapy tub, a bridal suite, and an outdoor oceanfront treatment cabana). When you need a break from the sun, opt for a couples massage with your loved one, or a 50-minute Spanish hydrotherapy treatment—included with any spa treatment, join a signature guided Hydrotherapy session, including a Steam Room, Sauna, Tropical, Mist, Bi-thermal and Rustic Shower, followed by the benefits of water jets and a warm whirlpool to relax and stimulate circulation, skin and muscles, which all make for the perfect start for your spa day.
The Excellence Club at Excellence Oyster Bay
At any of The Excellence Collection’s resorts, you have the opportunity to be a part of The Excellence Club—an exclusive “resort within a resort” offering even more luxury services and privileges than the rest of the hotel. Those staying in the Excellence Club enjoy exclusive suite categories, a private lounge with bar and snack buffets, 24 hour concierge service, and a VIP-beach area (with a better bar selection of higher-level alcohol!). Excellence Club benefits also include a private check-in/check-out, as well as dedicated concierge desks on every building and at the lounge.
The food & drinks at Excellence Oyster Bay
With eight all-inclusive à la carte restaurants, as well as a big breakfast buffet, you can choose from everything from Asian teppanyaki grill, Spanish tapas, French cuisine, seafood, steak, or Italian to keep you satisfied throughout your vacation. You also have 24-hour room service, so you can sneak some midnight snacks or a romantic dinner for two in the privacy of your own suite.
What’s included in “all-inclusive” at Excellence Oyster Bay?
Excellence’s 24-hour, All-Inclusive Luxury service includes:
- A special welcome cocktail and cool towel
- Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: 8 à la carte options for dinner, 2 à la carte lunch options, 1 buffet, takeaway wood oven pizza
- 10 bars & lounges
- Unlimited natural fruit juices and soft drinks
- Unlimited international premium and domestic alcoholic beverages
- 24-hour room service
- Pool and beach waiter service
- 3 swimming pools & 4 outdoor hot water jacuzzis (as well as private ones in certain room categories)
- Non-motorized water sports (sailing, sea kayaking, paddle board, snorkeling gear, introductory scuba lesson)
- Daily activities and nightly shows
- A fully equipped, state-of-the- art fitness center
- Free wireless internet
- All taxes and gratuities
Excursions at Excellence Oyster Bay
During your stay at Excellence, you can opt for some excursions for an extra fee. From a snorkeling and waterfall excursion, to a moonlit dive in a bioluminescent bay, there is a ton to choose from for your vacation in Oyster Bay. Just talk to your concierge before or during your trip!
Getting to Excellence Oyster Bay
American Airlines, United, Southwest, Air Canada, Delta and many more airlines have direct routes to Montego Bay, Jamaica from the U.S., Canada, and even London! Jamaica is just a few hours from the states (less than 2 hours from Miami), making it an easy Caribbean getaway.
When it comes to arranging your airport transfer, contact Seasons Tours (or the concierge through Excellence) to arrange your ride from the airport to the resort.
When your days start with sunrises on the beach, are filled with fun in the sun, and end with feasts at the hotel and a luxurious bubble bath in your suite, it’s hard not to have the time of your life at Excellence Oyster Bay.
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This blog is written by Christina Vidal, @JetsetChristina, luxury travel blogger & Expedia correspondent. Christina Vidal is the travel blogger and Instagrammer behind the award-winning luxury travel blog Jetset Christina. She has been to 61 countries and counting and her swoon-worthy Instagram @jetsetchristina (ranked in the Top 8 Luxury Travel Instagrams to Follow by Travel & Leisure) is all about showcasing the world’s most exotic and luxurious destinations.