This resort is under construction in off season- to be expected. There are restaurant closures due to limited guests and this happens on every resort. So be warned that if you go during off season this is what will happen. But that will happen anywhere.
This was my first trip to FDR, and I would say that I enjoyed it in most part because of the great attentive staff, and nanny. Not just the nanny is caring for your child. As you eat at the beach buffet the other staff will absolutely watch/try to occupy your children and keep them from causing havoc. The suite was decent, clean, and well appointed. Nothing fancy but plenty of room for a family. The resort itself and the common areas are a bit run down. The deck needs redoing as the wood is a bit thin causing it to bend and the nails are rusty. But if your nanny was great, and ours was (Calima was awesome, my son bonded with her and wanted to call her on the toy phone when he came back) you have nothing to fear. You can take your nanny with you on excursions if you wish or rest assured the full menu of kiddie activities will be experienced by your child starting with feeding the bunnies in the morning :) . The beach next door at breezes was heavenly and the beach at FDR was shallow and appropriate for children. The food was decent and I didn't feel the need to stuff myself silly. No complaints. Coffee was insanely good. If your expectations are to have a relaxing time at a simple resort with excellent staff WITHOUT having to keep 1 eyeball on your children at all times (moms know what I am talking about) this is the place to go. The nannies have been working here for years. They are not transient staff. This is important to me. If you want 5 star luxury and buffet stampedes every day, never to venture out of your resort, go somewhere else this is not the place for you. Keep in mind if you are at a 5 star hotel with small children you will not enjoy it to the fullest anyway. As well thee 5 star hotel version of 'nanny' care is finding someone from the front desk to watch your child at an additional (high) cost that changes every time you ask (ex, at the RIU) . Been there done that. If I had to do it over again on off season I would still stay at the FDR but go on more excursions :) Maybe a day pass on another resort for some variety. We needed to be there at least 3 more days for full relaxation. A week was not enough!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique all-inclusive family Resort where each family is assigned a dedicated Vacation Nanny to care for the kids from check-in to check-out. One upfront price includes accommodations are in large 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suites with iPOD Docking Stations and DVD Players, Continental, Italian and Jamaican cuisine from a choice of 4 restaurants, top shelf bar, kayaking, snorkelling, tennis, 3 pools, 100' waterslide, separate kids, pre-teens and teens programs with supervised daily activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Franklyn d Resort And Spa
- Franklyn d Hotel Runaway Bay
- Franklyn d Resort All Inclusive
- Franklyn D Resort & Spa Jamaica/Runaway Bay