Beaches Boscobel Resort Targets Families

What was once the Playboy Club, Beaches Boscobel Resort and Golf Club in Negril, Jamaica, recently completed a $10 million renovation and is attempting to lure families. Sandals Resorts International welcomed the property last month to the Beaches Resorts family.

By: Richard J. Simpson

What was once the Playboy Club, Beaches Boscobel Resort and Golf Club in Negril, Jamaica, recently completed a $10 million renovation and is attempting to lure families. Sandals Resorts International welcomed the property last month to the Beaches Resorts family.

“The main target for the resort is family, and I would have to say families with children of all ages,” said Tiffany Wentz, spokesperson for the property. “It really has the feel of a family resort.”

The all-inclusive luxury property features 230 large rooms and suites. All include king-size beds or two double beds, air-conditioning, satellite televisions, in-room safes, refrigerators and private baths. There also are two luxury family suites, one grande luxe room and one premium room equipped for disabled guests.

Amenities include four pools, including a kids’ pool and Jacuzzis, land and watersports, a children’s petting zoo, age-specific children’s centers, a video center, five restaurants and bars, including child-size buffet stations, and golf at nearby Sandals Golf and Country Club.

Dining options include Bayside restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets; The Arizona Grill, offering snacks daily, and Tex-Mex cuisine for dinner; The Venetian, serving authentic Italian cuisine for dinner only; and Eleanor’s, an adults-only restaurant that serves Caribbean cuisine.

Land sports include volleyball, basketball, board games, billiards, outdoor chess, shuffleboard, table tennis, golf (caddies are mandatory and cost extra, as do rental clubs and carts) and four tennis courts with two lit for night play. Watersports include kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing, aqua trampoline, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling and paddle boats.

For parents who want a little time to themselves, the resort provides baby-sitting and nanny services. Families can try out a nanny and retain her services for the week if they are satisfied. The rate for nanny services is $7 per hour.

In addition, parents with teenagers will not have to worry about them being bored because the children’s centers offer activities for different age groups.

“The children’s center is set up so that it is age-specific,” Wentz said. “You don’t get a 4-year-old doing what a 12-year-old would do.”

For couples who wish to tie the knot, there is a wedding office.

“This is a very popular option for couples getting married for a second time who would like to include children from a previous marriage in the ceremony,” Wentz said.

Call 876-975-7777. Web site: www.beaches.com.

In other news, September is Single Parents Month at Beaches. Special activities and events include a cocktail reception for parents and children and a single-parent cocktail reception. The parents and their families will also save 35% in addition to Beaches waiving single supplement fees. The offer is available for booking now through September on stays occurring that month.

Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa is offering the Sunset Wedding Moon package, which combines guests’ weddings and honeymoons. The package includes a ceremony at sunset, a wedding dinner for six people with personalized menus prepared by the resort’s top chefs, five bottles of champagne, a three-piece Jamaican band and a spa attendant to assist couples with their appearance for the event. The package costs $2,000; a minimum six-night stay is required.

Web site: www.sandals.com.

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