In early June, I had the pleasure of spending four days as a guest at Meliá Braco Village, a small-ish resort between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica. We stayed in an Oceanview villa that was ideally situated near the center of the resort, where the bars, restaurants and spa are located. Our room was located at the end of the villa on the ground floor, with a paved pathway just outside that lead to the beach.
About the Resort
The resort has just 232 rooms, 52 suites in "The Level" with the remaining rooms on the main side of the resort. The beach itself is totally private. With no other resort on either side of the property, the only way to access the waterfront is as an employee or guest of the resort. No matter where you are on the property, you'll have a view of the water.
Meliá Braco Village has a "town square" design, mimicking the layout of Falmouth, with old school Jamaican architecture as a main feature. You'll find another charming touch of Jamaican culture on every balcony, where rocking chairs are placed for all guests to enjoy.
All rooms feature beautiful views of either the Caribbean Sea or the lush, tropical gardens. Robes and slippers are included for all guests across the entire resort, and healthy choices such as juice and water are stocked in the fridge in each room. The bracelet you'll receive at check-in will unlock your room door.
The Level at Meliá Braco Village is like a resort within a resort. All of the rooms in this exclusive section of the resort are suites, and guests have exclusive access to their own beach, pool and restaurant that isn't accessible by guests of the main section of the resort. Some suites are literally a few steps from the beach.
The Level suites feature king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa. All Level suites are oceanfront, with unobstructed views. Rooms on the ground floor walk right out onto the beach.
The Level also has a special welcome lounge with a separate bar and mini-buffet so you can start relaxing and enjoying the refreshments as soon as you arrive.
Restaurants & Bars
There are five restaurants at Meliá Braco Village:
You can enjoy any cocktail of your choice, including the resort's signature "Bob Marley" blended rum drink, at the pool's swim-up Wet Bar or at the main "Jigger Bar", which is open from 10 am until 10 pm. After Jigger Bar closes, guests head ovr to The Shaker night club-style bar which remains open until 2 am. On Friday nights, the restaurants are closed for a Jamaican-style street party, where guests will enjoy traditional Jamaican dinner options right on the main street of the resort. Entertainment is also provided during the street party.
Activities for Families
Meliá Braco Village has a small kids' club called "Kids & Co.", which is available for children up to age 12 to use. Inside there are toys, board games, puzzles, Wii and PlayStation consoles.
The star of the show for families, though, is the Adventure Park located at the entrance to the property. It's ideal for teenagers, but any kids who feel competent and are given permission to use the Adventure Park are welcome to try. There's an obstacle course, ropes course, ziplining and rock climbing wall, as well as a super jumper trampoline! All of this is included in your family's package at the resort.
The main pool is large, with steps in for kids to use. It's a shallow pool, with no diving permitted. However, the pool does not have any slides or water features that are popular with kids. Bring your own water toys to this pool.
YHI spa is on site, with two Thai massage therapists on staff. There's also a small, well-equipped gym on site.
Would I Recommend Meliá Braco Village for Families?
This resort is ideal for couples who want a quiet, private and relaxing getaway on a beach. The food is great, and the service is absolutely wonderful, with all staff taking great pride in the property and level of service they provide.
A week at Meliá Braco Village would be fantastic for families with kids, provided you're open to using the Adventure Park and spend time at the beach. Those with kids who prefer a lot of water slides and organized activities for children might find this resort to be too laid-back for their taste. I would bring my 8-year-old son and husband to visit this resort for a three or four-day getaway, confident we'd enjoy our time together.