“Don’t worry be happy, everything’s going to all right,” is the mantra of Jamaicans a la the late but still beloved Bob Marley (see Obama video), and sounds like Melia Hotels International is going make tourists smile with its new all-inclusive Meliá Braco Village in Rio Bueno, which opened today. The 226-room, 61-suite property houses half dozen restaurants, three bars and two pools to keep guests fed and content. Rooms come in assorted styles from garden view to oceanfront all stocked with robes, slippers, Nespresso coffee machines, minibar, iron, 42 inch Flat Screen TV, and high speed Wi-Fi internet to make occupants even happier. Plus there is 24 hour room service.
Foodies can sink their teeth into delicious meals at The Market Place, an open-kitchen concept featuring an international buffet; 876 PRIME serving up steaks and chops; O’Grille, a beachside Jamaican restaurant that incorporates traditional Caribbean dishes made with authentic, locally sourced ingredients and Rasta Pasta, an a-la-carte Italian restaurant. Wait, there’s more such as Nikkei, a unique culinary concept of Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine served at Teppanyaki style tables; and Golden Sand, serving as the property’s beachside restaurant. Tippling millennials, and others, can take their adult beverages at three distinct bars: Jigger which is a piano bar that is perfect for a quiet, intimate drink; The Shaker, that offers what is now called a curated DJ experience complete with modern tropical cocktails in a vibrant seaside setting; and Chill Out Bar, which offers traditional jerk style roasted cuisine during the daytime and a relaxing cocktail experience at night.
High rollers will most likely opt for THE LEVEL—a lounge floor concept such as is offered at Ritz Carltons, Four Seasons and other upscale joints, that comes with VIP lounge with private check-in service and light bites in the afternoon.; the beachside Golden Sand restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; and exclusive designated areas for families, couples. There is also concierge service; top-category rooms; and premium alcohol service. Room choices include breathtaking oceanfront rooms and decadent beachside rooms, each option replete with magnificent views. THE LEVEL guests have access to YHI spa treatment suites as part of the fee and are also provided with complimentary sunscreen and cooling Aloe Vera lotion at a dedicated pool and daily turndown service.
Adults can drop kids off with a babysitter and Meliá Hotels & Resorts’ Kids & Co. concept for children ages five to 12. Melia Braco Village’s youngest guests can partake in a range of interactive games, arts and crafts projects and more.