“Ok resort. Detailed description.”
All right, here I am paying back to our TripAdvisor community and give some extra info about this resort.
For those who are new to all inclusive thing: Jamaica part and Lady Hamilton part
of this resort share the pools, beaches, restaurants, bars, etc.
It is definitely a family oriented resort. Not even many couples without children.
Check-in. Do not trust those "private blah-blah check-in" things. 30 families from your bus will be staying in this lane. Lobby got internet, so just get you gadget out and prepare to wait.
Where to live: to me the Jamaica part and the Lady Hamilton part looked from the outside exactly the same. Allthough Lady Hamilton has exclusive villas that are more expensive obviously. I would say that some rooms were a bit far away from the main facilities, but it is more quiet there too. I was scared to see that some rooms (not very many, but still) overlook the highway.
All main facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Water has been excellent at the end of March. Warm. Some beaches are rocky, but we have not investigated the main beach. Have seen nice yellow and blue fish while snorkeling.
There are couple of adults-only tiny pools with loud, and not so engaging music. We did not venture to spend much time there.
The main pool is huge and does have swim-up bar. No entertaining near the pool like zumba or belly dance classes is happening.
Evening shows. Well, the hotel has not been full while we were there, so the entertaining team
has obviously thought they they can save up the effort. So all the week we saw nothing but "ideal couple" thing when they ask guests of the hotel to the stage and make them doing different things. All people are different and may like different things, but I did not see many people watching those shows.
Miss Lou Bar. Hmmm.. The idea was to make it like a "gentlemen-British-club", but it has never worked out. I cannot point a specific flaw though, just did not want to be there, although analogous places at other resorts are my favorite spots.
Sport Bar. Food till late. Table soccer, three pool tables.
Food. I cannot agree with other reviewers that the Jerk chicken at the jerk Hut that is on the
sunset cove beach is the one to dye for. Just ok, soft chicken.
We got much better chicken in our local grocery store :)))) Food is ok, not particularly good, not
A la carte: no reservations, you got to get a buzzer and wait. May be an hour or so.
Note: if you are a part of Palladium travel club, you get reservations.
Bhogali Restaurant: nice. It is beautifully situated. But wedding's dinners are very often happening at the nearby spot, and God... the music is so loud there. It is super loud!!
"Let me ... blah..let me blah.... let me ...." :) Actually I Iike that song. Cannot find it in the internet now. But why did it have to be SOOO loud. The waiter had a hard time to hear what we are ordering. The fun part is that in the Bhogali Restaurant they have been trying to switch on some classical music in parallel with wedding's madness :)
Lotus Restaurant: nice. They got some sushi and some modification of Beijing duck.
Again do not hope for anything fancy. But it is a nice change from the buffet dinners that serve pretty much the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinners.
Bubba and all others (have been in all of them) - ok. But I liked the Indian and the Asian the best.
My fav feature of this resort is the SPA. It is free to have your sauna and lazy river, and all those water pleasures.
Internet: free slow internet in the lobby. You can purchase expensive slow in-room internet too.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
April 9, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share with us your review which is based off your recent vacation spent here at the Grand Palladium Jamaica. We welcome the comments of our guests as it is your feedback which better assists us to improve the present product that we have.
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We are pleased that you enjoyed snorkelling and lounging by the pools. It is unfortunate however that some aspects of our Resort was not to your liking.This includes some meals and your dining experience at some of our a la carte restaurants and also the entertainment package that we have. Although these aspects were not favoured by you, majority of our guests enjoy these same aspects. As it is our aim to please all our valued guests we will take corrective measure to ensure that these which were mentioned in your review will not recur.
We invite you too visit us again in the near future so you may experience the changes that will be made. It was our pleasure hosting you on this visit and we look forward to your future stay.
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