Ocean and wind was perfect for music. Staff is very friendly, and the whole process is easygoing. Zaria and Junior were friendly and helpful!
Apr 5th, 2023 9:54:06am
Love this resort! This was a last minute, first-time teaching experience that I will never forget! It was perfect all week and I would love coming back to this beautiful place!
Group Ex teaching schedule:
7 or 7:30 am Power Walk
9:00 am Pilates/Yoga
3:00 pm Cardio Class
On Saturday, you only teach morning classes.
There is an awesome resident instructor, Junior, who also does classes. If you sign up for aqua, you will likely do 10 am instead of the 9 am class. They do not change the schedule to reflect the type of classes you will teach so be prepared to go with your participant’s needs/wants. The posted schedule alternates yoga/Pilates in the morning and bootcamp/kickboxing/cardio in the afternoon. There are 7 Spinner bikes, but they are not used so do not plan a cycling class.
Power Walk: Intense, challenging, with beautiful views! Meet in the lobby, have participants sign in. Encourage but stress the intensity of the walk. Bring shoes with good grip. It can be slippery. Junior leads the walk with a very fast pace. He expects you to keep up with him. If your companion joins you on the walk, Junior may expect that you lead the group at a fast pace (15 minutes/mile) and your companion stays with those at a slower pace. If you are doing the 9:00 am class, you’ll need to keep pace with Junior to make sure you have enough time to prepare for your class. Check the activity schedule by the lobby each night as they can change the time last minute. The last day I went at 7 am to meet and tell participants the walk was changed to 7:30 am.
9:00 am Pilates/Yoga: Meet in the gym, class is in the gazebo by the ocean. Make sure to ask for extra mats as others usually join after you’ve started. I used downloaded music and my own Bluetooth speakers. I did a 40-45 minute class of Pilates/yoga mix (aka PiYo). I had 2-6 people depending on the day. Tuesday/Saturday were the busiest.
3:00 pm Cardio class: Meet in the gym, class is in the gym. I had no one attend any day. Stay for 15 minutes if no one shows. Be prepared to use a smaller space if you do have participants. There is a stereo system in the gym but no aux connection that I saw. The music they played would work for a HIIT or bootcamp class.
Resort: Wonderful, clean, accommodating, and beautiful! I am used to adults-only, larger resorts. This is a very kid-friendly, smaller resort. They were at full capacity but never seemed busy. The resort is separated by restaurants and pools that keep the busy/loud areas separated from other parts of the resort so you can always find a quiet spot.
Staff: Wow. I cannot say enough about how wonderful all the staff were. Many of them knew our names and preferences. They go above and beyond whatever they are doing!
Beach: lots of chairs, shade, and warm water. They work really hard to keep the beach clean. If you like to relax on a lounger all day, this is the beach for you! I have never seen so much available seating at a resort before! There are two swimming areas and nonmotorized sports. Definitely do the sailing!
Pools: I’m not a pool person but used the pools almost every evening at sunset. The larger one is almost empty in the morning and evening. There is a lazy river and two slides that are a must! We had so much fun – around 4:00 they are not very busy so you can take your time!
Restaurants: Lots of options and there is always a place open for food. Salads are great here at any restaurant! Jamaica is very relaxed, but the food options were great that you could always get something quickly! Favorites include the Moonstone and Seaside.
Rooms: clean, housekeeping every day. We had a room facing the water park and it was amazing! We don’t spend much time in the room but it was never loud in the morning or evening. We were on the second floor which is where most things are – highly recommend!
Mar 18th, 2023 11:24:15pm
I was a bit nervous not knowing what to expect so asked lot of questions to be prepared, thank you for your patience in answering them as I felt very comfortable as I arrived. Hotel staff was great. I did not meet Ricardo personally until Wednesday afternoon, which was fine, he has many things going on. I meet Junior for the first time at 7 am on Monday morning when power walk began. Junior was great! He just let me do my thing, and didn't micromanage or even come to things I did. It was a wonderful experience. There was no interaction with entertainment team, just Junior. This was a perfect resort for a first time experience! It helped me to know what to expect next time. Resort was laid back and so was Junior, we got along very well! Favorite was the power walk! A beautiful way to start the day. Thank you for the opportunity!
Dec 27th, 2016 4:33:36pm
Great 1st experience to Jamaica
Dec 15th, 2015 9:48:12am
Another great experience here. Beautiful resort, great staff, schedule as expected. Will be returning for my 3rd time next year.
Dec 19th, 2014 6:15:14am
This was my fourth time teaching, by far the best. Sherelle (Entertainment Manager) emailed me a month before - she came to the desk to meet me and show me around when I checked in. Everything was very organized, I was even introduced to the management on Monday morning and entire entertainment staff!
Apr 30th, 2014 9:13:23am
We've been doing teaching vacations since 2009, both Adult and Family and the Hilton Rose Hall was a wonderful place to visit and teach! Our son is 13 and he had a great time on the water slides and in the teen club. They have dropped the afternoon classes and now the schedule looks like this:
7 AM Alternates power walk or stretch
10 AM Aqua (most popular)
12:30 PM Spin (hit or miss because it's lunchtime)
You're done everyday by about 1 PM and Sherrelle gives you a full day off (mine was on Friday).
Kamar is great to work with and we've become good friends!
We definately plan on booking this one again sometime.
Jamie & Chris
Jul 9th, 2013 3:50:25am
Great resort and wonderful staff! Third teaching vacation with Fit Bodies and tenth teaching vacation with various organizations. Never met Mustafa and met Andre once on Monday. Most of my interactions were with Kamar and Latoya who were awesome. My family and I went to a different resort for a second week and Kamar came to visit.
Power walk was well attended, great workout and beautiful views. Did have issues on two days with people of varying fitness levels. It is a loop without markings and had to return back on the loop to help people make their way back into the resort. One lady who was having trouble breathing I sent back on a golf cart that I flagged down. Two days the power walk actually lasted from 7-8:45 since I had to double back to make sure everyone was back safely.
I brought two teens and they had a better time than my 11 year old girl. My two teen boys played volleyball, windsurfed, kayaked and did scuba many days.
Food was good and varied, water park was fun, ocean was beautiful. It was VERY difficult to find seats so make sure you get towels the night before and save your seats BEFORE your 7 am power walk if you want a chair.
The Activities staff was awesome, but the front desk staff seemed very put out every time that I had to get the fitness closet key. I tried to kill them with kindness but it did not seem to help. Perhaps they were just overworked.
Make sure you bring CD's for Aqua. The standard ipod cords that I brought did not work with their system. I ended up using my portable beat pill that I always bring just in case.
This is my fourth time back to Jamaica and the first taking an adventure to Negril. Definitely best day adventure by far we have taken in Jamaica. Get a card from your airport taxi driver and he can take you for $140 for the whole day. We went to the seven mile beach, cliff jumping, cave snorkeling and to Rick's Cafe for the sunset.
Overall great vacation, would do again in a heartbeat!
Feb 23rd, 2013 7:47:32am
Beautiful resort, wonderful for families. Fitness staff (Andre in particular) was very well organized and professional!
Feb 12th, 2013 2:36:43am
This was my third teaching vacation at the Hilton Rose Hall. Amazing staff, great program and a lovely resort. I find the people so friendly and helpful that it makes for a great experience. The morning power walk is the best part of the week with amazing scenery and a challening uphill climb. The waterpark is lots of fun for the kids.
Dec 14th, 2012 1:11:22am
Beautiful resort, great classes (3 per day) and lots of fun for the family! The classes I taught were power walk and aqua every day and then cycle and yoga every other day...so 3 classes per day. If I could get time off from my other job, I would book this resort again next week!
Jun 19th, 2012 9:51:50am
Overall, a great resort for a teaching vacation. I brought along my 16-year old daughter and one of her friends. The resort is great for kids under 13,with the slides and activities; but there really is not so much for older teens to do. However, I felt they were totally safe to go anywhere on the resort. I did not meet Mustafa, but he was very prompt at exchanging e-mails prior to arrival. Andre was super easy to work with and insisted I take my day off on Thursday!! The powerwalk on the golf course has phenominal views and is very well attended. I had to do a bit of encouraging to get the aqua aerobics attendance up throughout the week. The Spin bikes are in good condition overall, and the fitness room is very nice. If you have young kids, I say definitely book this resort! Staff is attentive, helpful, and friendly. Lots of water activities (wind surfing, ocean kayaking, Hobe cat sailing, etc.), but beach front is limited. I'll be back and take my son and one of his buddies next year!
Apr 11th, 2012 2:01:42pm
First of all, I want to thank Denise for always being so helpful each time I book this resort. This was our 4th trip back to the Hilton Rose Hall so needless to say we love it here! The resort offers many activities for all ages. The entertainment staff is absolutely the best group of people. My entire family has become very close to many of them over the years, and this year we were fortunate enough to get to know several new staff members. The fit pro, Andre, was a pleasure to work with along with Mustafa who is over the entertainment group. You will do 3 classes a day and get one day off. The 7am power walk through the gofl course is always well attended, the 10am aqua class is a blast with 40+ in the pool and the noon or 3:30 class is in the gym with 5 - 6 guests. I can't say enough good things about this resort. The food is great with a lot of variety, the staff makes you feel right at home, the shows and live music are wonderful and there are no worries mon when you are on vacation! Once again, I am blessed to be able to travel with Fitness Pro Travel. I really enjoy sharing my passion for fitness and meeting new friends each time I travel. We have the best job.....Do what you love, love what you do:)