From the moment your group is each handed cool drinks in reception, a feeling settles in. It’s in the warm smiles that greet you and the strains of traditional Jamaican folk songs playing just outside the door before you’re whisked away along curving garden paths to your tasteful, contemporary styled rooms, many offering patios that step right onto the beach.
But it’s worth it to tear yourself away from the understated luxury of your room to join each other in enjoying all this amazing property has on offer; lazing on the beach or poolside with a tropical cocktail in hand, learning to play Jamaican staples like ludo and dominoes while nearby a trivia game is punctuated with the sound of kids’ laughter. It is possible to get even more relaxed by heading to the spa but, if you want to work up an appetite, a ton of water sports and a nice game of beach volleyball are ready and waiting.
When lunchtime rolls around gather for the buffet, with a choice for everyone from healthy light fare to sumptuous entrees and decadent desserts, or choose the grill with Jamaican favourites. And that’s just for the midday meal. At night the bars and various specialty restaurants allow you to pick and choose according to your mood – you can relax with the kids in the casual setting of the Rasta Pasta Italian Jamaican spot, be adventurous with Asian Fusion (ever tried teppanyaki?) or celebrate a special occasion at the Steakhouse, 876 Prime. Like perhaps, a wedding?
Saying ‘I Do’ at Melía Braco is about more than the ceremony. With only a maximum of two weddings per day across the entire property, the on-site Romance Specialist is dedicated to your special day, as is a stunning stand-alone Bridal Suite for the bride to party in with friends before the day or just a place to relax, catch her breath and get ready for the big moment.
The Bridal Suite sits on a luxury private section of Melía Braco which offers a whole new ‘Level’ to the all-inclusive resort. The Level is the perfect solution if your family is along for the big day. You’re free to join them anytime while still having that ‘we’re alone on Cloud 9’ feeling.
However, if your group is there for a meeting, corporate retreat or conference, the packages offer classic spaces with evocative names like the Hanover room, or a customizable clear structure offering views of the expansive lawns. Then, for the perfect team building break, the on property ‘Adventure Park’ awaits, with obstacle courses, off road bikes, giant trampolines, zip line and more.
Sometimes though, it’s simply about family, friends and togetherness. And nothing brings people together more than good food and good music, the spirit of which is embodied in the popular weekly Jamaican Street Party. The excitement builds every Friday night as the Village centre is transformed into an authentic Jamaican street experience inclusive of food, craft vendors and more, bringing the heart of the island’s culture to Melía Braco. As night falls guests dine around the fountain, partaking of Jamaican dishes like peppered shrimp, traditional jerk pork and treats from the cart, like peanuts or sweet sugar cane, all while staff entertain with stick dancing, fire eaters, song and dance. The party goes on into the night long after the food is finished, with old friends and new, and the growing realization that you’ve discovered your home away from home.
by Deanne Allgrove
For more information or to book visit: www.melia.com or call 0808 234 1953