Traveling with a group is a great way to share the costs of a vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It means that large family groups or those on a girls getaway will be able to stay in the same place and everyone will have their own space. However, traveling in a large group can also make it harder to keep everyone happy and things can get a bit chaotic. This is easy to avoid with some good planning.
<em>Choosing Your Villa>
The best group accommodation option in Ocho Rios is to book a vacation villa. The key when choosing the perfect place for your vacation is space and amenities. You will definitely want to book a villa with more than one bathroom. It is also important that there is enough space for everyone to spread out, be it by the pool, in a recreation room, or the living room. A place that has more than one TV is also a good idea, especially if you have teenagers with you. There should be enough bedrooms for everyone to have their own, or still be comfortable if they have to share. A pool is usually a must when there are kids with you. It will provide them with endless hours of fun, while you get a chance to relax. Important amenities that will make things more comfortable are laundry and kitchen facilities, game consoles, books, and DVDs. The advantage of booking your Ocho Rios vacation villa is that you get to deal directly with the owner, who will be able to answer any of your questions.
For this to work one person needs to be put in charge or organizing the booking, otherwise things can get chaotic with no one agreeing on anything. You need to set out what dates you want to travel and if there’s any flexibility with them. You will also have to determined what everyone who will contributing to the costs want to spend. And of course you need an official head count, so you know how many bedrooms you’ll need. You will also need to agree when and how everyone will pay their share and keep track of it so there aren’t any disagreements. Finally, find out if anyone in your group has special needs, such as a high chair, etc; so you can discuss them with the owner.
Book Well in Advance
Booking group accommodation takes longer to organize. You will need to start planning much further in advance than you would if there are only a couple of your traveling. Everyone will need time to organize time off work and it may take longer to find the villa you want that can accommodate everyone.
Set Up a Group
A fun and good way to get everyone’s ideas in one place is to set up a Facebook page for your trip. It’s possible to set up a private page that only those you’re traveling with can see. Here everyone can put their ideas about what they want from accommodation and share details of Ocho Rios’ activities. This can be a much easier way to keep everything in one place than trawling through emails, notes, and texts.
Avoid Bedroom Mayhem
Who gets what bedroom and who has to share can often be a point of tension. Make sure the bed count for who has to share matches. One way to settle any issues is to swap rooms half-way through your trip, kids especially could find this fun. It is a good idea to determine who is sleeping in what room when you book, so no one ends up sharing with someone they don’t want to because of the bed arrangements.
What Services Do You Want
Some Ocho Rios villas offer additional services with your booking, either included in the rental rate or at extra charge. Services like a driver can be invaluable, as can someone who will do the grocery shopping for your group and even cook your meals. Also someone on hand that will help you book excursions can ensure that you get the best group price and that your group can be catered for when you arrive.
Know What Activities You’ll Want to Do
Have a good idea of what activities are available in and around Ocho Rios before you travel. You should also then get an idea of what each person in your group wants to do. Sometimes when traveling as a big group, you will need to book activities in advance to ensure they can take you when you want to go. If some people want to do different things on the same day, you will need to be organized with how you will achieve it, so everyone can get to where they want to go.
Give Everyone the Plan
Make sure everyone in your group is on the same page. Give them copies of any booking confirmations and any itinerary that’s been put together. Include any timings, such as what time everyone needs to be at the airport, how everyone is getting there, and everyone’s contact details in case you get separated at some point.
Keep track of all costs before and during the trip. Don’t throw away receipts and keep them together in one place. This is the most important when you are splitting costs amongst the group. Some group members may want to work out their contribution themselves or double check the figures.
Agree and make clear what tasks everyone will be responsible for before and during the trip. Make sure to share the tasks out fairly. If one person seems to be stuck doing most things, they won’t enjoy the trip as much and can bring a grumpy vibe to the group. If you have kids with you take turns looking after them, so the other adults can get some quiet time, or go off and do something kid free.
Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your Ocho Rios/Jamaica travel questions and/or any special requirements. We are just as excited as you are when it comes to Ochi, so send us your questions, inquiries or make a reservation whenever you’d like.