I just returned from Grand Sirenis with a group of 14 people. 6 kids(5 -17) and 8 adults and we stayed from Dec. 30th - Jan 6th. Well, let me say first that I recently vacationed and reviewed the Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios so I may be a little bias towards Jamaica. That being said let me start with the good parts of this resort. The Grand Sirenis is a large resort with lots of walking to get around. There is a good reason they have shuttles/golf carts moving people around. It is a very beautiful resort !! The grounds, pools, buildings all look new and are well kept. The rooms are large and gorgeous. The bathroom is very large. The beaches are also very nice. Even though part of the beach is very, very rocky, the other portion further to the left is great. That portion of the beach is sandy, with no water shoes required, and in my opinion has the best snorkeling of any resort I have ever stayed at. I have been to Jamaica, DR, St Lucia, Aruba, Puerto Vall, and none of them compare to the squid, huge amount of fish, reefs, and sea turtles that I saw right off shore. It was amazing. I saw as much sea life snorkeling as I did during my dive there.
The restaurants/food I would rate from above average to very good. The buffet had a wide variety of fruits, veggies, salads, fruits, bread, meat, and fish. The NY's eve buffet was loaded with lobster, steak, and crab legs. yummy !!!
Okay, now for the negative items.....
I felt it was difficult at times to communicate with the staff. Of course everyone spoke Spanish most spoke very little English. Although, the concierge desk right outside your room spoke good english. Oddly enough, the more you tip the better service you received. So with those issues, it really hurts there quality of service. Also, make sure to bring long pants and closed shoes as it is REQUIRED at the nice restaurants and they do not budge. I didn't see this on the website, so I either missed it or it just wasn't there. Although when you see what some of the ladies wore, my nice shorts and closed-toe sandals should have been appropriate. There were not many pool games and things to do for the kids that are under 10 years old. The teens ere fine with the pools game, ie, volleyball, water polo. I guess I expected more having just been at a Beaches Resort.
Scuba Diving was good. The divemaster were very helpful, knowlegeable, and made the dive easy. Regarding dive lessons... Our friends tried to get the free lesson but got conflicting info. Apparently the free dive lesson people are contracted. So stick to diving with the resort employees. If you use the service by the pool, they will only give you a free lesson if you reserve a dive with them, even though their sign says “free lessons”
Overall, I really enjoyed our trip at this resort and would defintely recommend it to friends. Although, if you have small kids(10 and under) it may not be the best spot. But awesome snorkeling right on the beach, beautiful pools, nice large rooms, and good food/drinks. This is a nice resort. Hope this helps you choose your next vacation spot..
We stayed on the Mayan Beach side on the 1st floor (Llek Buidling 2700). That is located very close...
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