My boyfriend and I returned from the Grand Palladium-Jamaica resort last week. We had a very nice time. This was our first time to Jamaica and we left with a great impression. We arrived to the resort with welcome drinks awaiting us.(about 45 mins from the airport) The resort is beautiful. It is kept up so well and clean.We were very impressed with how 5 star it looked. Our check in went rather quickly as well. From the minute we arrived, the staff was very friendly and more than willing to help us. AND, we were never once bothered with travel time share people. We were driven to our room via golf-like cart and we immediately noticed the resort was HUGE.
We stayed in villa 23 which was perfect for us. Just the right amount of walking to get everywhere.All the better for us, we didn't care what we ate/drank. The walking was a work out everyday. (Plus it was right next to the Relax Pool/Roselle Bar) Our room was on the 2nd level and we were impressed with it. Every room has a balcony, a very nice bathroom with jacuzzi tub and was nice all around. Every room has a mini fridge that is restocked every day- included.The rooms are cleaned daily, we never really knew what time it was going to happen though. It was usually after lunch and closer to getting ready for dinner time, however it was not an issue for us. We had not problem hanging out at the beach/pool all day :) NO PROBLEM MON!!
That first night we went to the beach party dinner which had plenty of food to choose from. The food overall is ok. Nothing to really brag about. The a la carte restaurants were nothing to brag about either. It is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. They open at about 530 and if you are not there early enough you could be waiting for an hour+. We tried the Mexican, which was the best; the Asian which was better, the steak house, which was ok and the Italian, not so good at all. There were 30 people ahead of us sometimes and thankfully, there were many bars to hang out at until our reservation was called.NO PROBLEM MON!! The buffet restaurants were perfectly fine for us. There was such a wider array of food to choose from than the a la carte restaurants, plus there was never a wait. We went to the buffets for breakfast and lunch everyday and there was plenty to choose from. Its nothing spectacular, but it is, we think, better than the a la carte restaurants. The Sports bar/restaurant has food all day/night which is good too. So for you party all nigthers- you wont go hungry :) DELROY is the best bartender there. We had so much fun with him. Thanks for all the rum punch. DELROY!!! OWEN is also good there. both are very accommodating and fun.
Throughout the day there is always someplace open to eat. The jerk chicken hut is the big hit which is on the lady hamilton side of the resort which is also where the less corally beach is. Def try it out. It is quite a walk to get there if you are coming from the Jamaica side.
All of the staff is very friendly and says hi every time they see you. day and night.
We tended to hang out at the bars most often. Our favorite had to be the Infinity Lobby bar. At night they have a live band and singer. They are GREAT entertainment. Feel free to get up and dance!! it is encouraged! There is also a cigar section open for a few hours as well right there. This bar is just a great atmosphere and very comfortable at night. JEAN is the best bartender at this bar. Her special drink is quite tasty. She is so kind and just a pleasure to hang with at the bar. During the day my boyfriend was a big fan of the swim up bar as well as the Las Brisas Bar next to the pool. ---This is also where daily activities take place, which are quite fun-- volleyball. salsa lessons. games etc.
** all the bartenders have a "special" drink. If you can't think of anything, go for their special. it is 8 times out of 10, GREAT.** If you want a shot instead, you have to the try the BOB MARLEY. OWEN made the best one for us, lets just say its STRONG, colorful and includes flames!!!
A hidden gem of the resort is the SPA. Most people think you have to pay extra for everything there, but that is not the case. (just massages, nails, waxing etc) They have an inifnity pool/lazy river, a really warm smaller pool with a little water fall like thing there, as well as 2 jacuzzi hot tubs, a sauna and a steam room. All at no extra cost. It is much, much quieter and relaxed here. It is also ADULTS only. We spent time there, once we found out about it, every day. We met a man who works there, WILLIS. He is absolutely amazing. He is one of the most accommodating, kind and hard working people we met at the resort. **Be aware, for the most part, the more you tip, the better service you get** WILLIS was the opposite, however. He worked, not for tips, (he doesn't really get offered tips, because he is mostly an upkeep employee) but because he needs to work and its his job. With or without tips, WILLIS is a great, hard worker. We had such a great time with him. He was a big reason we wanted to keep hanging out at the spa for a bit everyday. His smile is contagious! Thank you WILLIS, for everything. You made our vacation very memorable.
We went on three excursions which made our trip that much better. Dunns River (2 hours away), ZIpLining (about 45- one hour away) and Swimming with Dolphins (3 minutes away)---- so, so fun. We went through the agency on the bottom level of the lobby Jamaica side. We got great deals, but be prepared to shell out at least a few hundred for 2 people for at least 3 excursions. For us, it was totally worth it. We went the first three days of our trip (1/2 day) which was perfect because the rest of our trip was spent relaxing, hanging out, swimming, eating and having a ball.
The beaches at this resort are somewhat small. There are two beaches, the one a walk down from the pool and the Sunset Cove beach (Lady Hamilton side) which is where you will actually see people in the water because there is far less coral there. The water is glorious though. It was beautiful and once you're in, it feels wonderful. Negril is the place to go if you really want to hang out the beach. There are day trips available.
The pool was beautiful/spectacular. It is HUGE. They have in water lounge chairs and plenty of space to fit so many people. It is so big, i never once saw it totally filled. It doesn't get too crazy finding a chair until around 9-10 am. There is plenty of space for everyone but if you want a chair right next to the pool, its better to get out there earlier than later. Even to just leave a towel on the chair.If you don't want to be right in the sun, there are plenty of tiki hut like umbrellas around the area to shade you from the sun and just relax. The Blue Lagoon bar/restaurant is outdoors/overlooking the pool which is rather nice/pretty to eat at.
Overall, we had a great time. I'm not sure we would def go back to this resort, but Jamaica is a place we would love to travel to again. We met plenty of people who have come to the GP more than once, they love it so much. There is plenty to do there, or not do-- it is very relaxing. It is not really the type of place for spring breakers. We didn't see any at all--- we went one of the weeks of spring break. There is not much of a crazy wild scene going on here. There is a dance club, but we never saw it packed. We ran in to families and couples, mostly-- which was perfectly fine for us. The staff as well as the patrons were all quite wonderful and welcoming. We are happy with our vacation and came home with many great stories to tell and wonderful memories.
** bring quite a few $1 to tip. You will NEED it. I know it is all inclusive, but the staff really does work hard. and there are some really deserving staff people and you'll want to have some money to tip. **
Its Jamaica, all about no problems. just situations. It was a great way for us to unwind and slow things down. I never once knew what time it was, and that was priceless. I recommend this resort for families, couples and people who don't mind walking, a lot. The resort is beautiful and offers a lot. I would have to give it a solid 3.5-- the staff are a huge reason for the success of this resort. For the price, you get what you pay for.
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