Overview: We were there from 2/11/13 – 2/16/13. This hotel provides good value but there are various items to be noted. The hotel is about 45 minutes from the airport. I booked Grand Palladium because I was attracted to the villas. I wanted something more than the usual hotel room with a likely side ocean view. Be prepared to do a ton of walking. This facility is huge. It is a long walk from the villas to the main area with the restaurants. You can call the main desk and have a golf cart pick you up.
The Villa: The villa was excellent. Our villa was ocean front and only about twenty yards from the beach (get back to the beach later). We were in the third villa (#3032). Other villas to the left are further away from the beach and do not have direct access. It had a very large bathroom with a double size Jacuzzi. The "Mayan" shower is weird. It is partially outdoors; meaning that above the shower, the ceiling is half open to the sky. When showering, you can see the stars; get sunshine or rain, as did happen. There is no shower head. The water comes out of a lion's head with stream like a garden hose. Takes a bit to get used to but is OK. The patio is very nice to just hang out and see and listen to the ocean. It is very nice when waking up to sit up in bed and see the ocean. Right outside our patio is the wedding site and we saw a couple of weddings.
The Beaches: There are three beach areas, none of which have the white sand. The sand is a bit gravelly. The Sunset Cove beach is the best one if you want to do the water activities such as kayak, catamaran, peddle boat or snorkel. While most hotels will have Jet Ski for an additional fee, here they do not have Jet Ski. No waiter service for drinks or food at the beach.
The Pools: The main pool is gigantic and very nice although we did not use it. Near the villas, there is a small adult only pool which is fine. The Jacuzzi area in this pool was not working. No waiter service for drinks or food at the beach.
The Food: The food was OK but somewhat disappointing. This was the first time I ever did an all-inclusive so I cannot make an accurate comparison. When we were at Negril (see below), I was talking to some folks who were staying at the RIU in Negril. It sure sounded like a very different menu. They had lobster. The breakfast buffets were good with the usual fare. Two minor issues were that the desserts were basically squares of pound cake. Sometimes there were good chocolate croissants but no mini Danish or things like that. While there was lox and cream cheese there were no bagels. For dinner, the menus at the a la carte restaurants were very limited. For example, at the Italian restaurant, the only chicken dish was chicken parmagean. There were no other chicken dishes and no veal dishes. There was one shrimp dish with risotto which was excellent and the lasagna was excellent. At the Sunset Cove beach, there is the Jerk Hut which was terrific for lunch with Jerk Chicken (sauces very hot) and seafood paella. The steakhouse (Bubba’s) is the best of the restaurants. The filet mignon was good enough but the grilled lamb chops were excellent.
Bathrooms: All bathrooms, including by the restaurants and the pools were beautiful with granite countertops and were immaculate.
Excursions: We did two using Jamaica Tour Lines (JTL) located on the lobby. One to Negril which was from Noon to 7:30.OK but that is where I got to do Jet Ski. We spent two hours at the beach, then 1.5 hours at a shopping place (really nothing to buy other than tee shirts) then to Rick’s Café to see the cliff divers and a sunset. No sunset for us as it was overcast. The second trip was to Dunn’s River Falls. Although it is a long drive; about two hours each way, this was fun. We left the hotel at 7:30 and got back around 3:30.
Bottom Line: The package (air + hotel) cost $3,200 with no airport transfers. I am not sure but I suppose if I wanted all of the amenities, a package in the $4,000+ range would have done it. Next time, I think I will use the services of a travel agent. While booking through an online service may be the most economical, I think that a good travel agent would provide a valuable service in terms of overall guidance as well as making arrangements for transfers and excursions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium LadyHamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 Cabins Suites(adults only) each. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel Lucea
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa Jamaica/Lucea