EDITOR’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW:Sunset Jamaica Grand Resort & Spa also known as Moon Palace Jamaica Grande is a grand 750 room beachfront resort located on the northern coast of Jamaica. Managed by the parent chain Palace Resorts, it is their latest acquisition and first property outside of Mexico. It was reopened in 2015 after a multimillion dollar extensive renovation. As of July 2015, some parts of the resort are still undergoing the final stages of upgrade before being opened for use. The property is located just 1.6 km from the historic town of Ocho Rios, which has some of the best beaches in the country. The resort is 97.6 km from the Sangster International Airport (MBJ) and the scenic ride takes about 90 minutes.

Owing to the huge size of the property and availability of accommodations in multiple high and low rise structures they are able to offer many room sizes and types in several categories including couple rooms, larger family suites and partial/full ocean-view rooms. All rooms come with standard 4-star amenities as well as 24 hour room service.

Dining options include five restaurants and eight bars with several cuisine options including Asian, Italian and Caribbean. Again, not all the venues are functional at the time of writing this. The resort organizes frequent buffets including during lunch and dinner. Regular live entertainment is provided at the dining venues. They organize regular theme parties to allow residents to interact. There is a nightclub and a casino on premises with plenty of options for nightlife.

The private beach is rocky in places but offers ample avenues for non-motorized water sports. The property has five swimming pools, some with waterfalls, water slides, Jacuzzis and rope bridges. Again, not all may be functional yet. With so many accommodations the large resort can provide several activity options and since the place is quite lively, it is well suited for children. There is a kids’ activity club and a separate ‘teen center’ for older children. It can be considered a family-friendly resort.

The resort houses an equipped gym as well as day and night tennis courts. There is also a spa on premises as the name of the resort suggests.

The surrounding region presents additional activity options including water sports and excursions. Some of these are sunset cruises, plantation tours, snorkeling, a swim with dolphins, visits to other famous beaches on the island and exploration of historic sites.

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White sand


Sandy Beach


Active & fun, Luxurious, Family-friendly
total Nº of rooms 730
satellite TV
Nº of swimming pools 5
health club
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width of hotel at beach 1300
Nº bars 8
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internet access paid

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Relax among the Caribbean colors and a mellow island vibe at the Sunset Jamaica Grande. A spectacular open-air lobby links the resort’s two guestroom towers, which overlook the sparkling Caribbean Sea and Jamaica’s lush, green countryside.
air conditioning
balcony / terrace
satellite TV
hair dryer
in-room safe
ironing board
openable windows

Resort View

1 room

Ocean View

1 room

Ocean Front

1 room

Cabana Beach Front

1 room

One Bedroom Suites

1 room

With six restaurants to choose from, there's no room for hunger! Buffet-style meals await you at the open-air Grande Palm, while sandwiches and grilled favorites-including Jamaican specialties-are on top at the South Beach Bar & Grill and Lighthouse Bar & Grill. Make reservations for Asian favorites infused with Caribbean flavor at Ginger Lily, make it Italian night at the elegant LaDiva, or savor the Caribbean/New American fusion dishes al fresco at Dining on South Beach.

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P.O. Box 100, Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Ocho Rios town centre is within a 10 minute drive from the hotel.