Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
Located 45 minutes from the Montego Bay Airport is the new Melia Braco Village resort in Rio Bueno, Jamaica. An oasis of tranquility and picture-perfect scenery, Melia Braco Village caters to couples and families seeking relaxation and a beachfront escape. The hotel, built in 1990 but renovated and rebranded in 2015, is offered as part of Transat’s Distinction Collection and is open to visitors starting February 1, 2016.
The intimate property has 226 rooms and 61 suites. Guestrooms are equipped with cotton bathrobes and slippers, a coffee maker, frigobar, iron, 42-inch smart TV, and safety deposit box. Guests can splurge and purchase The Level upgrade, granting them access to perks like The Level VIP Lounge with private check-in and additional services.
What’s included in The Level:
✔︎ Upgrade to superior room or suite
✔︎ Top-shelf drinks, coffee and tea, and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge
✔︎ Access to additional restaurant
✔︎ Private beach and pool area
✔︎ Free Wi-Fi
✔︎ Sun lotions and aloe vera lotions
✔︎ Fruit skewer and ice cream service
✔︎ Welcome gift in the room
✔︎ Daily turn-down service
✔︎ Free use of business center
✔︎ And more
Between lounging on the beach and going for dips in one of two swimming pools, guests of Melia Braco Village can enjoy the resort’s varied activities and well-appointed amenities. Adults can unwind in the relaxing jacuzzi or visit the YHI spa and wellness center for rejuvenating therapies, sauna sessions, a beauty salon, and access to the fully-equipped gym, 24/7. Children will enjoy the kids club and playground. Activities like water sports (sailing, canoeing, snorkeling), tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, ping pong and more can be enjoyed by the whole family.
While mom and dad are indulging in beachside Caribbean cocktails, teens can chill by the pool tables, hang out by the football pitch, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi in the lobby, or experience R&R right alongside their parents. Sip on a refreshing beverage from one of the bars, found by the pool (Wet Bar) or beach (Chill Out Bar). Or, enjoy the ambiance and piano tunes at the Avenue Bar or socialize at the trendy Red Lounge bar with more bumping DJ tracks.
After a fun-filled day in the sun, refuel with cuisine from The Market Place international buffet with outdoor terrace or opt for one of the specialty restaurants. The open-style O’Grille restaurant is where you’ll find Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken and other Caribbean favourites while enjoying views of the sea and pool during lunch hours. For dinner, choose from 876 Prime steakhouse, Rasta Pasta serving Italian specialties like pizza, pasta, wine, and soup, or enjoy show cooking and a blend of Japanese, Cantonese, and Peruvian cuisines at Nikkei. There is also 24-hour room service for those romantic breakfasts or late night snacks.
At night, live music and shows entertain guests of Melia Braco Village while romantic sunsets and strolls along the beach make people wonder why they would ever leave.
The hotel also has two meeting rooms (to accommodate up to 200 people) and a gazebo for weddings.