My review is a little late as we actually stayed from Wed 25th July for 2 weeks on our honeymoon and I have only just got round to writing the review now but I wanted to make sure I did as we thought the hotel was fantastic. It was our first time to Jamaica and we loved it, the people are so friendly and relaxed.
We had a little difficulty when we landed as it transpired that the holiday we booked did not include an excursion, the people at the coach desk sorted us out 2 seats on a coach and told us to go outside and wait, it turned out that the boss's car was going that way so we ended up getting a lift in the only Rolls Royce in Jamaica for no extra charge!
When we got to the hotel we were checked in quickly and helped up to our room with our luggage, I couldn't believe we were actually staying in such a nice place, it is massive and everything is kept very clean.
The room was fabulous with a sea & pool view, big bathroom with shower and hot tub bath, big comfy bed, seating area and balcony.
There is not just one pool area it runs around the whole of the hotel, even though we are a young couple we stuck mainly to the quieter area but there is music and games outside the bigger buffet restaurant.
The sea is just a few minutes walk away and do check out the free water sports for an hour a day, we went snorkeling a few times and there is a variety of fish to see, really worth while especially for kids (sneak some bread out from breakfast and you can feed them from your hand - just don't watch a piranha documentary the night before like i did as there are hundreds swarming around you)
There is also a beach area and further up a nudist beach - we never wandered far enough to see that area and we mainly sat by the pool during the mornings.
The food is really nice, there is lots of choice, we decided not to eat at the four themed restaurants as when we went to book the steak house they could only seat us at 9.30pm which is far to late for us to eat so didn't bother to book again, plus we don't really like sea food or Thai but people there seemed to think the food was amazing. This leads to one down point in that the second week was the same food from the first and when your eating in the same place three times a day it does get a bit repetitive but not really the hotels fault.
The resort itself is huge so yes there is a lot of walking but not majorly, we only found the entertainment square on are third night so read the information booklet given correctly as its right over the other side behind the beach. The shows were good and the drinks were nice, if you tip the staff they do give you a good service but are very friendly all round. The nightclub was ok but I found it to be very american style pop, great if that's your thing but I would of preferred it to be all reggae (they don't play much reggae on site at all which we later found out from one of the staff this is because it is run by Spanish owners - if this is what your looking for we were recommended the Rio in Ocho Rios). We also had an argument with one of the Privilege club members one night who was far to drunk and though he owned the place just because he had a gold band on his wrist, if we were in the UK my husband would have taken him outside!
Also the shops on site are very over priced, this cannot reflect the hotel as I imagine they are all privately run but I would please advise to get in a local cab (not the ones you can book in the hotel) and go down to the local town and spend your money there. Same with the excursions! Before we went we were told how dangerous it is and to stay on the resort unless your with a guard or tour guide! crap! this is a money making scheme that see tourists coming and has no effect of putting money back into Jamaica. OK so I am sure crime does happen out their, where doesn't it, but if your sensible... Nearly all the locals we spoken to said if they did not have tourists coming out there they would not have jobs, I think this says it all.
We booked the 9 mile tour through the hotel and paid over 120 dollars, plus another 200 dollars there, we could have got a local taxi for half the price as its still the same group tour once their. It is defiantly worth going! That used most of our money up so we couldn't do Dunns River or the Dolphin Park which both look amazing.
I have seen posts on here before we went about cats, yes there are cats on the site but they never bothered us, there actually really cute but very shy. Best to take lots of mosquito repellent if there attracted to you like me as I was bitten loads and I mean loads when flew back home I counted 24 bites from the last night when I did not wear protective spray, again no fault on the hotel.
Overall I think this is a great hotel, I would defiantly come back here and I would say I would def bring children here, it is all guarded and in a gated compound and people milling about all day and night. Lastly, local cab driver Mr Sylvester Roy Brown - ask for him outside the hotel, he took us to buy some fags down the local shop as we were paying £15 a day buying them in the hotel and also took us back to the airport rather than the coaches, lovely man!
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- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica Hotel
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