We enjoyed our vacation so much in Dec-08 that we decided to return Mar-09 and here was our experience the 2nd time around.
We were greeted with warm smiles and a “welcome to Jamaica” by the bellman and received Rum Punch by the hostess. There was no other guest checking in when we arrived, and the registration clerk was courteous, prompt & professional which made the check-in experience FLAWLESS.
After check-in, we were driven via trolley by the bellman to our villa titled “Birth of Paradise” and the name could not have been more fitting. We opened the door; and there was a fruit platter awaiting our arrival, towel art and a fully stocked mini bar. The room was impeccably cleaned everyday by Jennifer and towels were provided daily. We never experienced a shortage of hot water and or any other issues during our stay.
Our Romance Villa was located approximately 25 feet from the ocean with the adult beach in front of us and a pool/bar behind us and with another intimate beach to the far right.
IMAGINE waking up and the first thing you see is the sky meeting the ocean without your feet touching the floor. The view was simply breathtaking.
We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub which was large enough to seat 4 people and the outdoor shower was just another added bonus. IMAGINE showering by sunrise in the morning and by the stars at night. SOOOOOOOO ROMANTIC!
The resort was just as remarkable as was our first visit in December. Panoramic views throughout this property are ABSOULUTELY AMAZING. Open Air Views overlooking the deep blue ocean, the intimate beaches and the fabulous infinity pool. The Inside of the resort is equally beautiful.
Excellent Stewed Chicken
Superb Calico, Honey Glazed Plantains, Ham, Marlin, Bacon, Breakfast
Sausage, Fresh Fruit
BLUE LAGOON (5*)
Fantastic Seafood Salad, Garden Salad, Bami Bread, Fresh Fruits
SNACKS – SUNSET COVE(5*)
Outstanding Jerk Chicken w/Sauce & Yams
ALA CARTE RESTAURANTS
INDIAN - Hindi – Bhogali (5 *)
Shish Kabob, Butter Chicken, Mulligwany Soup
ORIENTAL - The Lotus House (4*)
Crusted Tofu, Buffalo wings, Beef Tips, Shrimp & Curry Chicken w/Noodles
SEAFOOD - Poseidon (5*)
Seafood Soup, Cheese & Garlic Bread, Garlic Shrimp, Fried Tilapia, Octopus
CREOLE - Xaymaica (5*)
Island Lamb, Crusted Tilapia, Seafood Gumbo, Coconut Shrimp
RENOVA SPA (5*)
We treated ourselves to a Swedish couple’s massage which truly felt like a combination of Swedish and a deep tissue massage. In any event it was EXCEPTIONAL.
We also enjoyed the lap pool, steam room, the sauna, and the dipping pool was so exhilarating.
We enjoyed hanging out at the different pools and beaches, but our favorite spot is SUNSET COVE.
We didn’t utilize the bars that much, mostly for Ice because we came toting our favorite drink: Yes You Know!!! BAILEYS.
We found the entertainment to be lacking especially in comparison to our first visit; but, the entertainment crew or lack thereof did not hamper our vacation in any form or fashion.
WIFI worked perfectly in the upper & lower lobbies in both Jamaica & Lady Hamilton.
You may purchase a card for $20.00 for 24 hour usage which begin upon activation and expire within the 24 hour period.
You may purchase a card for $8.00 for 1 hour usage which begins upon activation but you can use Example: 15 minutes one day, 15 min. the next day etc.
The above options were not feasible for us so we chose the Free WIFI which worked out very well.
The Grand Palladium Resort Management & Staff exceeded our expectations once again. We came with smiles, patience, and expecting to have a grand time and we received it back ten-fold.
We met other guest from Russia, England, Canada, New York, Florida, Maryland, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and Wisconsin; and everyone we spoke to were very pleased with the property, rooms, dining choices and customer service. In fact, many were pleasantly surprised because the negative reviews on Trip Advisor were in total contrast with their experience.
However, I did meet one lady that was not having a favorable experience at the resort, but what I found humorous was her issues were of a personal nature and had nothing to do with the resort itself.
We have traveled extensively to other islands and I was reminded that this trip was our 15th visit to Jamaica not 14th as previously stated, but nevertheless, this was By-far the BEST VACATION WE EVER HAD and are PLANNING to RETURN in the FALL.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.