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Franklyn D Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Worth, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“If You Are Taking Your Family, Stay Here”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is the place if you are traveling with your family and have at least one child under 12. They have an activity director that has things going all day if you are bringing teens. The real treat of course is the nanny. I expected great care from our nanny and that expectation was surpassed. Remember this is not a 5 star resort . It is a boutique hotel with a great deal of space in the room. We had a 2 room suite which has a kitchen, a bathroom and large living room down stairs which can also sleep 1 person. Upstairs we had 2 bedrooms, each with a full bath. The grounds were beautiful and we saw someone painting every day. It is not as updated as a 5 star, but how much time do you really expect to spend in the room? It's a vacation!

Pros

Nanny - Donnette was with us and she is awesome. We referred to her as our 1 year old's Jamaican mother. The nanny is also your housekeeper. She went with us into Ocho Rios to go shopping, eat at a local restaurant and kept him at Dunn's River Falls while we climbed it.

Wait Staff - Very friendly and eager to please.

Space of suite - The size of the 2 bedroom suite is great. Easily sleeps 5. We had 3 plus a crib.

Value - Good price for an AI.

Location - You are close to several attractions in Ocho Rios. Try the tubing down the White River. Ask for George as your guide.

Food - This is your typical AI food. We ate at the adult only restaurants each night. The Italian restaurant was the best. The Jerk Shack is open all day and serves ice-cream.

Bar - Red Stripe on tap, cocktail variety was pleasant.

Transportation - We had a private driver take us everywhere. His name is Kevin Morrison and works for Juta which is one of the biggest transportation services in Jamaica. He has a website which is www.jamaica-travels.com.

Beach - The beach at FDR is small, but you have full access to the beach at the resort next door.

Security - Very safe with a guard at the drive and one at the beach where you go to the resort next door. No vendors at FDR to harass you.


Cons
As others mentioned, hot water is not available for showers at certain times. We found that late at night or in the mornings were the best times.



Jamaica is still a third world country. If you are lucky enough to have a job you rely heavily on tips to make ends meet. Yes it is an AI, but you will receive service worthy of tipping a little extra.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Our family just returned from our second trip to FDR and, once again were not disappointed! This time we stayed in a two-level two bedroom suite which was so spacious and very clean. It was more like a town home with an ocean view terrace! Upon our very late arrival, 11:00pm, we were absolutely touch to be greeted at the front desk by a chef who escorted us to our suite with a platter of that nights delicious dinner to enjoy in the privacy of our own dining room. I can't say enough about the warm and friendly staff who will go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant, enjoyable experience. Our children adored their nanny Lorraine who kept them very busy on the resort and anticipated our family's needs. She even accompanied our family off the resort to Dolphin Cove and for a meal at a local restaurant. We will definitely request Lorraine again and recommend her to our friends!

See you again next year FDR!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Arrived at FDR 4 days after Hurricane Sandy. Very happy when staff said the island needed tourist and wanted us to come. Impressed by their resilience. Only three families there during most of our week stay but still had a full complement of staff and services including a phenomenal nanny. Ended up having to order food off their a la carte menus instead of their buffets which was great. Lots of damage to the resort was being repaired including the a la carte restaurant, water front walkways, and the Jacuzzi which took a major hit. Major structures repaired over the week and the resort remained pretty much fully functional with the exception of the Jacuzzi. Went on great bike rides into the local community, snorkeled, and still had goat races for the children and major pool time. The Halloween Treat or Treat room crawl was supper fun and a great way to spend Halloween. Can not express how grateful we were that FDR remained open and took such care to keep my family happy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Just spent 4 nights at FDR. We had a bit of an odd experience, since we went in the off season and there were only ever 3 other rooms occupied during our whole stay.
We pretty much had the whole resorts to ourselves, which we enjoyed. It was very relaxing.
It was our first vacation away with our baby, who is just over 9 months old. Our vacation nanny, Loraine was incredible. She sensed that we were hesitant separating from our baby and took things very slowly. By the end of the trip our baby would even want to go to her. It was the first time in 9 months we were able to spend some nice relaxing time together.
The rest of the staff were also great. Even though there was very few of us they still offered activities and made us feel at home.
We knew what to expect thanks to TripAdvisor. The resort definitely is due for some updates. We were upgraded to a suite due to the low occupancy. The room was very spacious, but the bathrooms could use some work. The grounds themselves also need to be updated, and there were lots of safety red flags.
The food was okay, everything was pretty much served a la carte due to occupancy. The food at the Overproof was the best out of everything. We really liked that we could special order food/beer/drinks for our room. Our baby is an early riser so we were able to feed her in the room before breakfast.
We would definitely go back, but probably in November when it's a little busier. As much as we enjoyed the quiet time, we think it would have been more fun for our baby if there were other children around.

One last thing that I really regret not mentioning to staff when I was there that bothered me was that there was a pond with fish that was stagnant and the fish were obviously struggling with the conditions.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Excellent - we had the place to ourselves!!! Chatted with Frank daily. Relaxed from the first second to the last of our 2nd visit to FDR in one year :-)
Thanks to Kyle our 4 yr old knows how to snorkel. Perry, Kyle and Kevin turned into 'babies' and wonderful playmates for my girls. Jamaician Scuba Divers Ltd. have a very fair priced serious dive set-up right on the ressort. Comey, Michele, Sabrina, Latoya, Marcy and Claudia were fun, helpful and always up to something. Rick, Andre, Oshane along with the Chef were great at dinners. Room #2 was perfect with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, and 3 porches all on the ground floor overlooking one of the lagoons. The only thing I would change is the volume of music when kids were around, both my girls complained it was too loud.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Scuba diving, snorkeling, kids playing in the pool and shores, eating, drinking, sleeping and relaxing - even with a 2 and 4 year old - simply great. However, over Easter it is quite busy....the bazaar 'fight' of 'territory marking' of pool lounge chairs starting at 06:00 made me avoid the pool. Also getting a drink at the main bar took too long. Comey, Sabrina, Kyle, Perry, Rick, Oshane, Claudia, and more added a pleasant Jamaician charm. Thanks, we'll be back!!! And we have recommended FDR to all of our friends with families!!!

  • Stayed April 2012
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3 Thank Schloomi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

I brought my girls(13 & 10) here for the first time in Aug 2012. We all had the most amazing week. Upon arrival I was not super impressed by the resort itself. It definitely could use a few updates. It is not a fancy brand new chain resort... however, the resort is super clean. My room was spotless everyday and we never had a problem with the pool. What makes this resort unique is the staff. By the end of the week everybody was treating us like family. The lifeguards, program directors and wait staff all knew our names. Everyday there are various activities all throughout the day for the kids and for families to do together. I personally loved the trivia games and playing Bingo. The kids were able to meet other friends and enjoy themselves away from me in a safe environment. I felt like we were all at camp. I would not recommend this resort if you are looking for a stuffy cold all inclusive 5 star resort. But if you are looking for a great place to take your family and have everybody enjoy themselves...this is the place to go. Oh and the food was great too! The only thing I would change is to make our stay longer!

Room Tip: A room away from the pool would be quietist. Def get a massage on the beach!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Franklyn D Resort & Spa
Address: Main Street, Runaway Bay 99999, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Runaway Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Runaway Bay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Runaway Bay
#4 Spa Hotel in Runaway Bay
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Runaway Bay
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Franklyn D Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique all-inclusive family Resort where each family is assigned a dedicated Vacation Nanny to care for the kids from check-in to check-out. All- Inclusive package includes accommodations are in large 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suites with separate living areas,kitchenette and balcony or terrace. Continental, Italian/French/ Indian and Jamaican cuisine from a choice of 4 restaurants, top shelf bar, kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, 4 pools, 100' waterslide, separate kids, tweens and teens programs with supervised daily activities. ... more   less 
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