Jamaica resort adds teen center to kids club

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica -- The Renaissance Jamaica Grande relaunched its Club Mongoose children's center, highlighted by the addition of a teen center with computer stations that offer e-mail access.

Other new club facilities include a waterslide and puddle pool, a swinging-rope bridge, an outdoor and indoor stage and a kidsize snack bar.

Activities include steel pan drum lessons and a visit to a local school. Children also can participate in nature walks, reggae dance classes and arts and crafts activities.

Club Mongoose is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for kids ages 2 to 12. The newly refitted teen center is open to guests ages 13 to 19 from 7:30 a.m. to midnight.

The property is looking to lure families with its Sand Dollars Bonus package.

The inclusive package offers deluxe accommodations; a $200 credit that applies to the room rate; all food and beverages at select restaurants, with unlimited house-brand cocktails and wine and beer by the glass; room service; use of the tennis courts and health club; nonmotorized water sports, and all taxes and gratuities.

Up to two children under age 12 stay and eat free when sharing a room with a parent.

Rates for the Sand Dollars Bonus package start at $310, per room, per night, based on double occupancy. The package requires a four-night minimum stay for travel through Dec. 21.

The 708-room property has a casino, duty-free shops, five restaurants, eight bars, four tennis courts lighted for night play and a fitness center.

Scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing are available through the resort's on-site Jamaica Grande Watersports Center. Golf, horseback riding, polo and river rafting are offered nearby.

The Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort is a member of the Marriott & Renaissance Offshore Resorts group. Clients who take advantage of the Sand Dollar Bonus package also will earn Marriott Rewards points.

For information or to make reservations, call Renaissance Resorts at (800) 421-8188 or visit www.offshoreresorts.com.

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