My boyfriend and I just returned from Grand Palladium yesterday from a quick 3 day vacation. We booked here because it was one of the few places that offered a short stay vacation (all we could get away from work).
The grounds are beautifully kept, and I would agree with some of the others that say the resort is too big. It is about a fifteen minute walk from one end of the resort to the other. We were told that we could get a golf cart to come get us, but when we had the scuba hut call for us, we were told to walk to meet it by building 35 - but when we got there and the cart was there - he just honked and drove away. They did come immediately when we were ready with our bags - so it's okay - we just planned to stay out of the room for the day.
I did see a couple of feral cats - but that's to be expected in places like Jamaica - and to be honest - they looked well fed, and healthy - just shy.
The food was very, very good - and just about any restaurant choice was good. I would say that the one exception to that was the sports bar - we wanted a quick snack at about 4 pm and nothing else was open at that time except the jerk hut (15 minute walk there and again back) and the sports bar (where food was available almost 24 hours per day). There was a buffet with hot dogs, burgers and a "salad bar" on the hot table and you could order a la carte. The sterno in the burgers had burned out, and when we told them - we didn't see them change the burgers or re-light the sterno. Oh - and for the record - chicken nuggets of processed chicken (worse than golden arches) are not the same thing as chicken fingers. So - stay away from the sports bar - or order the quesadilla - it was yummy and fresh!
The service is a tiny bit hit and miss - some servers and staff were great and others seemed too busy - maybe they were short staffed because I saw a number of trainees (who actually were quite great).
The spa was fantastic - couple massage, pedicure and 'foot stress' treatment. Special shout out to Janelle, Oretha, and Nicole at the spa. They were just lovely! Also the housekeeping staff in our building (17) were very nice!
And if you have some kid-free time - check out the hydrotherapy area at the spa - it was very relaxing and a nice set-up.
We didn't swim in the pools because it was too cold - rained for three days while we were there.
And one note to management - you might want to re-think the entertainment. Granted we were only there for three days, and the shows were very good - there are some very talented dancers at the resort, but the shows were too sensual/sexual for a family-resort.
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- Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa Lucea