First time in Jamaica and found the experience was superb,we started off with a problem over our seats as we booked extra leg room and when checking ourselves on line,we found because we upgraded to Don Pablo few weeks prior to going that our booking reference changed we lost our seats,but we didn't want this to get in the way of our holiday.Great flight though on Dreamliner and arrived at hotel tired and weary but when we arrived at the Don Pablo greeted with cool flannels and champagne,nice touch and then allocated our room on the second floor overlooking the beautiful kept gardens.
Went to welcoming meeting with First Choice rep,Godfrey,top bloke always smiling and helpful,(always up at crack of dawn.....9:00a.m.)Never did find me the Catholic Church,no problem Though,The hotel itself was excellent ate in all the a la carte,found the Don Pablo the best ,service second to none and the Chateaubriand to die for!!!!Dolce Vita was the poorest with service and food fair to say at best!!!!We dined in the Palmyra most of the time and again service and food was great,special mention to Sasha,Patricia and tall Nick,trainee waiter,top bloke was Lemaro,the house man who did all the odd jobs around the Palmyra kept us amused and entertained for two weeks!!!
Pool facilities and bar were very good,Odain working hard with his waitress staff serving cocktails all day poolside and great to chill out.Beach space for Don Pablo is rather cramped but plenty of shade as the temp was in the 30s during the day,Atlantic was nice to cool off in where the locals sell their conchie shells from their rafts but they are no problem.
Went on a couple of trips to Bob Marleys mausoleum and the Cool Runnings Dune River Falls on the catamaran both were excellent value and well worth doing,special mention for Captain Bling Bling,no problem in Jamaica just situation!!!!
Overall had a great holiday,loved the Jamaican people so friendly and can talk all day long,would definitely recommend the Don Pablo to anyone,friends hoping to go to Jamaica in autumn and have already recommended it to them.
So thanks to all concerned and will be back one day maybe next summer,Irie Mon and One Love!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 3 lake-style pools 3 Jacuzzis Large sun terrace with gardens, sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towel service BAHIA SPA (20% discount on some treatments) Sports facilities: gym, 2 tennis courts, volleyball court, football pitch Water activity centre Motorised sports (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) 2 main restaurants 5 speciality restaurants 5 Bars 1 Snack bar Exclusive terrace bar serving Premium drinks Private check-in/out Late check-out subject to availability 18 hole golf course. Pueblo Principe: stores, live music, shows, bars and disco. Rooms 70 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: Four poster king size bed or 2 full size beds Pillowtop mattresses Air conditioning Ceiling fan Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Sitting are with sofa Balcony or terrace with sea view Fully-equipped bathroom with separate shower, hydromassage bath tub, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Bathro be and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Radio alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Ironing set Beach towels in rooms 24 hour room service Butler service in rooms (available on request) Evening turndown service Pillow menu Safe (no additional charge) Internet and international newspapers and magazines in the Club House WiFi (additional charge) Aroma menu Bahia 'au Naturel' (over 18s only): The hotel has a nudist bathing area apart from the other areas ... more less
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