We visited this resort for a family wedding. I was very excited since this was my first visit to Jamaica. I was definitely not disappointed in Jamaica, the property or the service. The food was excellent at all the restaurants. The bartenders were super helpful and always happy to "create" a new drink for you. The service staff, from maintenance to servers at restaurants to the cleaning service...everyone was wonderful! We booked through Air Canada Vacations, and I do recommend them. The rest of our party booked through other vacation providers and didn't get the great additional service we did. Our rooms were better, the on-site staff was very helpful and our check-in was very smooth.
So, here is the "but..."
1. The Grand Bahia also sells timeshares. EVERYWHERE you go, there is someone stopping you to make an appointment to see the "vacation property" opportunity. They are aggressive, and will let you know they are working off commission. It got to the point where I was very uncomfortable walking through the lobby because I couldn't stand being badgered anymore.
2. The property is beautiful, but the best spot by the pool, the one with the nice lounge chairs, is only for "members". So, you are made to feel like riff-raff while the members get a nice area. Don't get me wrong, the whole pool area is nice, but if you want a quieter area away from shouting children, in a comfortable chair, it would be nice to be able to sit at that end of the pool.
3. The property is HUGE! Be prepared to walk! Our room was at one end (newer end) of the hotel. We liked the far end of the beach, the opposite end. It was almost a 15 minute walk from one end to the other.
Aside from that, it was a nice vacation. If they stopped selling timeshares, I would definitely go back. Until then, next time I visit Jamaica I will look for another resort.
- Also Known As:
- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica
- Bahia Principe Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica Hotel
- Grand Bahia Jamaica
- Bahia Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay
- Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica Resort
- Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica Runaway Bay
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