This hotel is absolutely amazing. I travelled with my boyfriend from October 30th until November 3rd 2013 and it was fabulous. I have travelled to Cuba 14 times, to Varadero, Holguin, and Cayo Coco and my boyfriend has been to two different cities in Mexico, two cities in the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. We both have agreed to never travel anywhere other than Jamaica again!
First, the beaches. There were two smaller beaches on the right side of the resort, where the snorkelling was absolutely amazing but they weren't very good for swimming. I saw a needlefish, a blowfish, a barracuda, several different types of tangs, lots of butterfly fish, flatfish, two sea snakes slithering in the algae, two different types of urchins, an enormous sea sponge, and a bunch of other marine life. It was absolutely amazing. The larger beach that was all the way to the left of the resort was excellent for swimming, it was all sand and was beautiful. We didn't spend much time by the pool as we came on vacation for the beach, but the pool always looked clean and well-kept and there were always activities going on, with lots of music. We never had any trouble getting beach towels however we were there when the hotel was not very busy so we were able to exchange our beach towels for new ones every day.
Second, the food. My boyfriend and I have never experienced such great food at any Caribbean resort. The buffet was amazing, boasting with delicious food morning, afternoon, and evening. There was a kids corner, with small meal items such as sliders, fries, and hot dogs, and there was a Jamaican corner with a variety of traditional Jamaican meals available. There was also a vegetarian corner. Since we were there for 4 nights, we had the right to 2 A La Carte dinners with the choice of 4 restaurants. We went to the Grill Steakhouse, and Mikado, the Japanese restaurant. The rib-eye steak was good at the steakhouse, however the sauce on it was a little much so make sure to ask for it on the side if you're picky. The Japanese restaurant, Mikado, was absolutely amazing. There was a chef that came in and cooked the main course on the grill right in front of you and he was super friendly and nice. The food was absolutely amazing and we wish we could've gone a second time because it was such a great experience and the food was delicious.
Third, the entertainment. The entertainment was nice, with different shows every night. The Reggae show was really nice to see and the other shows were just alright. It was more entertaining than shows in Cuba and in the Dominican.
Fourth, the people. Jamaican people are absolutely amazing. This trip was the first where I felt like I really got to know the people and culture. You never felt pressured to give tips or not and the staff were never judging you or accommodating you based on whether or not you tipped them. Jamaican people are very laid-back therefore it may be annoying for people who are used to getting their drinks, for example, really quickly, but you are on vacation and should relax and enjoy. The people are all very nice and everyone is very genuinely kind and caring.
Fifth, the rooms. The room we stayed in was 22406, we had no problems with mosquitoes (like other rooms on the first or second floors did) and the maid replenished our towels and other needs in the room every day. Our mini fridge was refilled every day and our room was always neat by 2pm.
Lastly, the only problem we had was minor, with the safe, where we got a key for our safe (as you have to pay a $50 deposit plus $6 per day to use the safe). The key we got did not fit our safe as it was an older safe and when we called reception, we were told that someone would be up to help us soon. 20 minutes later, no one came, so my boyfriend called the reception desk and told them to not send anyone up as we were going to go to the beach and did not want to waste time waiting. A man came later around 6pm to help us with our safe and was very nice and helpful.
We did not go on any trips because we had 4 nights and 4 full days, so we did not want to waste beach time going on excursions. Maybe next time!
Overall, I give this resort a 5 out of 5. We can't wait to go back to Gran Bahia Principe.
BRING YOUR SNORKEL SETS!!!
Request anything above the 2nd floor to avoid mosquitoes this time of year!
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We are delighted reading your kind comments. It is a pleasure to know that we were able to surpass your expectations during your recently vacation with us. Our professional entertainers around the pool, beauty of the property, variety and quality of our cuisine, kid’s corner at the buffet, the snorkeling sport in our beautiful beach and the different types of marine species in our seawater captivated your attention.
Thank you very much for vacationing with us and we sincerely hope to be rewarded with your presence very soon at our Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica.
Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica
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