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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort Family Tips

Identifying your family's travel style is the first step in planning a successful family vacation. As the offspring of two high-strung individuals, my kids have ants-in-their-pants syndrome in their DNA. Knowing this about my family, means we plan our vacations accordingly, and look for resorts that will keep our restless spirits happy. At the end of our holiday, knowing we've tried everything we could at a resort is worn like a badge of honour in our familywe came, we conquered, we did it all.

Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in Jamaica, a part of Sunwing's Smile Resorts™ left me and my girls breathless on a recent visit with all there was to do. Not happy with the run-of-the-mill activities, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach is on a mission to help your family create lasting family memories with fun and unique options for the whole family. Here a few ways this incredible resort keeps active families on the go!

Laser Tag

One of the most unique features at the Jewel Runaway Bay is the Red Ruby Ranch. Kids (and kids at heart) can take a wagon ride to a sprawling ranch with horses and a petting zoo among other things. There, youll find an abandoned bus and an obstacle course that serves as the backdrop for an epic game of laser tag. On Friday nights, things get even more fun with Zombie Laser Tag.

Quick tip: It might seem counterintuitive to pack long pants and covered shoes when youre eager to shed your winter gear, but you will need them in order play laser tag.


My young Katniss Everdeen fans eyes lit up when they spotted the archery bullseye at the Red Ruby Ranch. Under the watchful eyes of trained staff, kids can pick up this fun sport and return home with a new skill.

Quick tip: Make sure kids have a wide brim hat and sunglasses in addition to sunscreen with them before heading to the ranch. While there is shade to be found under trees, some activities are in the wide-open and kids will need the protection from the sun.


Most people think of golf as an old person's sport, but I prefer to think of it as an ideal family activity. Hours spent on a golf course, free from outside distractions, give families time to connect and talk in a way other sports dont allow. At Jewel, your whole family can book some time in with a golf pro to brush up on skills before hitting the greens for a game.

Quick tip: Dont forget your camera. The golf course at the Jewel is breathtaking and youll want to make sure you get some shots of the lush green landscape of Jamaica that surrounds it.

Water Park

I joke that I came home with buns of steel after making the trek to the top of the water slide at the Jewel Lagoon over and over and over again with my girls. I never noticed the workout I was getting going up those stairs though because I was having too much fun to care. The Jewel Lagoon is one of the best waterparks Ive seen at a resort. With two slides guaranteed to make kids squeal, a lazy river, and a splashpad for younger kids, families will have the time of their life splashing under the brilliant sun in Jamaica.

Quick tip: : There are loads of chairs in the Jewel Lagoon to spread-out on, but for the ultimate in relaxation, book a private cabana for the day at the shop located in the waterpark. When I couldnt make it up the steps one more time, it was the perfect place to relax in the shade with a good book.

Candace Derickx
Life in Pleasantville