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Franklyn D Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Runaway Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Prince George, Canada
1 review
“Fell in love with everything about this resort!”
Reviewed May 23, 2010

I cant say enough about how wonderful our vacation was to the FDR resort and spa! We loved our room, it was like a condo! The food was amazing, the staff were wonderful....from the waitress's to the life guards to the gym instructor, Donovan.....even the owner would b around to talk to everyone and make sure we were all having a great time! Our nannies were so fantastic! we have 2 small kids, 2 and 4. we decided to get 2 nannies, that way the kids could do what each of them wanted to do. If u have 2 nannies, they cover for eachothers breaks, this way.....if u want to be kidless from 9am till 5pm....its possible lol. we also hired them sometimes at night, this way we could have a nice dinner and actually have our meals while they were still hot, and adult conversation....a luxury when u have small kids, lol. The nannies would feed them bath them and put them 2 bed.....u cant ask 4 much more than that! Anytime we wanted to play with the kids, we would just go and get them, it was wonderful! Before we arrived, i was nevous about leaving my kids in the care of someone we didnt know, but after realising how wonderful our nannies were, i had no issues at all! The resort is small and intimate so u can always see other nannies with kids. i felt like everyone was watching out for everyones kids, we never had any problems, and our kids LOVED our nannies, prob not more than we did, lol. We met some amazing ppl at the resort.... staff and other families. us adults hung out together and some of our kids became best friends. We know that we have made some life long friends, and plan to travel back to FDR together. I must say, there is a woman that makes woven braclets at the resort.....she is such a wonderful woman, she remembered all of our names, and was just so wonderful....so if u go to this resort...which i think u should....go get a braclet done!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

Short and sweet --

We stayed here for a week with our young daughters -- ages 2 and 4. What a terrific resort when traveling with young kids!

Here's what's great about the resort: 1) NANNIES!!!!, 2) rooms are huge, 3) the scenery is beautiful, and 4) the kids are kept busy and happy with terrific activities just for them.

Here's what I wish was better about the resort: 1) Food was AWFUL and 2) rooms were run-down and could have been much more beautiful.

For us, this was a wonderful way to travel with young kids. The nannies really were as great as everyone says they are. (Hurray for Jewel and Sherdine!) And my husband and I enjoyed the pretty scenery while reading in a hammock and had a terrific time.

We loved our Suite 2 -- a giant two-bedroom with the perfect location.

Next year we'll be back -- hopefully with a group of friends this time.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2010

Just returned from a wonderful week with my wife and two young children (4, 1) at FDR. Thanks to the Trip Advisor reviews my expectations were in check and I was pleasantly surprised. First things first, I agree with almost everyone who has written a review…our Nanny (Kerise) was absolutely the highlight of the trip. She was wonderful with our kids, gave us the opportunity to have some alone time and enjoy some of the adult activities. Would highly recommend requesting Kerise to be your Nanny.

Yes, the place needs some updates, but it is always clean and the staff goes above and beyond to make you happy. The food was great. Had the opportunity to eat at both adult restaurants and enjoyed both. Night activities are not the greatest, but enjoyed seeing my kids perform in the talent show and other children activites. Would highly recommend participating in the Booze Cruise, you will love it.

I would without question highly recommend going to the FDR…you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Toronto, ON
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2010

This was our 4th visit to FDR, and this time we extended our stay to 2 weeks. Talk about relaxation!

NANNIES: The nannies are the lifeblood of FDR. Where else can you go and have your own vacation nanny from 9AM to 4:40PM (with a break for lunch)? It takes no time whatsoever for your kids to get to know and love your nanny. We have requested the same wonderful nannies each year, but we have gotten to know so many other nannies, and they are all terrific and will care for and even love your kids like their own. You will FINALLY be able to go on vacation and truly relax, because your nanny will take care of the kids and get them involved in whatever activities are happening that day.

FOOD: this year was the best ever for food at FDR. There is a new chef, and his creativity showed. The grill, which is open before lunch and late into the night, offers crispy fries (they got that right this year!), delicious beef patties and even Marshmallow Fluff sandwiches! Try the jerk pork...it's fabulous! That's another thing that's greatly improved: the jerk sauce is GREAT! (In years past, it was more like barbecue sauce...not authentic jerk.) The jerk chicken club sandwiches are what helped me gain 5 pounds this year.

Since these are the things that people seem most interested in, I am not going to dissect every other aspect of the resort. All I can say is, once you go, you really do know. You can talk all you want about facilities and activities, pools and excursions, and they are great, especially for families with small kids...but for us, what makes a great vacation is the PEOPLE. The staff at FDR is the best I have found anywhere. When you are handed a drink, you are looked in the eye and you feel a genuine kindness and caring. I have been to The Four Seasons and other similar resorts and have never felt that kind of rapport. There, the staff is standoffish. Here, you feel as though you are getting to know each person. They remember your name, and your kids' names. And year after year, you feel like you are returning home after a long year away. We love FDR. It is in our blood now and we will be going back as much as we can for as long as we can. Hope you get to experience it one day, too!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Montclair, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 2, 2010

After driving past and dropping tourists off at some of Jamaica's modern major resorts arrival at FDR was a little underwhelming: it's not a mega resort and its not very new.

However, the next morning when we met with our nanny it all began to change. Our kids were immediately at ease with the nanny assigned to us (and trust me, that's a feat in itself) and were into everything the resort has to offer (although they never actually made it to the 9am tennis lessons). The activities at the club, snorkeling, glass bottom boat trips and the eldest even started his Scuba qualifications. Even the dive school here is great with the kids.

Perhaps the best thing I can say about the whole vacation is that for the first time that we've been away with our 3 kids we all managed to relax and had fun. Everyone is already talking about a return trip - even if just to race a goat again!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Newburgh, New York
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Reviewed May 2, 2010

My family (myself, husband and 3 kids- ages 4,2 and 6 mo) just returned from a week at FDR in Runaway Bay Jamaica. I wanted to write a review right away because tripadvisor was extremely influential in our decision to go here. Let me start by saying that this past week was WONDERFUL!!!! This is the first vacation we've taken since having kids, where my husband and I spent hours and hours and hours of quality time together. The kids had an amazing time and we did many things together as a family, but with the nannies there all day and into the night if you want, you also get this amazing grown up time that is so hard to come by in daily life. We could have easily stayed for another week. I was actually sobbing when it was time to say goodbye to our vacation nannies. THEY ARE WONDERFUL!!!! We have never had a nanny so we had no idea what to expect. We chose to have 2 nannies b/c we have a 6 month old and I didn't want him running all over just b/c his older sisters wanted to. Best decision we could have made. Our baby's nanny, Phyllis, was wonderful as well as our nanny for the two older girls, Celine. They needed very little direction. They also cleaned up our room throughout the day, and stocked our fridge with whatever we wanted. We had a very spacious 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath duplex (with an extra twin bed in the living room) that was perfect for our family. There is free WiFi that was very fast and wonderful a/c in all of the rooms. The only problems- There were a few tiny ants here and there and the fridge and microwave were very dated. There was a balcony that opened up right onto the ocean and even though we found it too hot to hang out there for long periods, it was a great place to air dry our bathing suits and wet clothes. The service everywhere was fantastic. Everyone was polite and gracious. Even though we tipped a dollar a drink at the bar or left $2 at breakfast, we never felt like we had to (we are just used to tipping for everything). Even though this time of year is very quiet and I think the occupancy was less than 50%, FDR still went all out for us. The food was DELICIOUS and every meal had bountiful portions to choose from. A unique aspect of this place is that you can take as much food as you want from any meal back to your room, or to the pool, or bar- anywhere you wanted to go. A lot of places don't let you take back food to your room and with small kids, this is EXTREMELY important. Many days, we brought lunch back to the kids so they could cool down in the room (they would have delivered it if we wanted). We also had dinner in our room a few nights b/c the kids were just too tired to head out for it. Breakfast was especially good, not the traditional stale continental breakfasts most places serve. There was a big buffet with all kinds of fresh fruit, cereals, home made pastries, juices, yogurt and then you could order off the menu. Delicious omelettes (egg whites if you want), eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles. Really good food done really well. I also loved that the breakfast area (and this is also the lunch area) is right next to the beach so while my husband and I were finishing up our breakfast, our kids would be playing in the beach just a few feet away (its a very small beach but perfect for small kids) Dinner was delicious as well. I was expecting cheesy buffet food and ended up being very pleasantly surprised. The buffet on the beach was amazing with lots of crunchy colorful salads, crawfish, mussels, rice and peas, pastas. Italian night at the adults only restaurant was really good as well. No dry baked ziti chafing dishes there, thats for sure. We were very happy that we brought bug spray though. They come out at night (at least at this time of year) and even though I am very anti bug spray the mosquitos were crazy and would stop at nothing to devour you. A few sprays of Off though and they left us alone for the most part. The entire staff is extremely warm and friendly. Everyone made us feel comfortable and the response to every question we had....."No problem, mon!" WE LOVE IT HERE and can't wait to go back. Hopefully next year!!!!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Providence, RI
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

This was our second trip to the FDR. Our initial impression was that the resort seemed a bit run down since last year. The occupany was low we had some ants in our room, we thought we had made a bad mistake. I called another resort and tried to relocate but was unable. I mentioned to my kids that we may move and their concern was leaving the Nanny. THE NANNY.......the #1 reason why we came in the first place. There is no other place like it. Once we relaized that our kids were well care for (especially our infant), suddenly we stopped sweating the small stuff. We took advantage of unlimited tennis lessons for adults and kids, nearby, golf and dolphin excursion and regularly used the beach next door to swim and snorkel. The staff can't do enough for you. We never heard the word NO except "No problem". The food is surprisingly good especially if you like authnetic Jamaican cooking. They mix it up even serving an Italian night and a great beach buffet. There is a drink of the day for adults and kids. Drinks aren't watered down and top shelf is availible. There is a fridge in the room and your nanny will stock it with drinks, beer and snack food. After two days we truly relaxed and couldn't believe how much the staff helps you to accomplish this goal. We have already discussed returning for our 3rd time next year. After a week you feel like you're with family, we left with tears.............a magical and unique traveling experience.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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
#3 Spa Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 Luxury Hotel in Runaway Bay
#3 Top resorts 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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