In general, we would recommend it for some, and not for others. If you're looking for amazing food and outstanding rooms, then do not come here. If you're looking to snorkel, kayak, drink, and lounge, then it's worth a shot.
We went on our honeymoon here. It was a bit disappointing that they really do nothing special for honeymooners as advertised. We were supposed to get a room upgrade, and did not. Of course they say it's up to availability, but the place was in no way full - and that was obvious. The front desk person even wanted to charge an extra $60/night for a seaview (What?! Where's that in the fine print!? No...). Prior to arrival, we requested 3rd floor, seaview, upgraded and they had us slated for 1st floor, non-upgraded room without a seaview. HUH!? Long story short, we got a seaview room on the 3rd floor in a room that was not upgraded after a bit of a fight... of course they didn't tell me that they didn't give us the upgrade and we didn't know until we got to the room. We had a lot of choices when looking for a honeymoon spot, and incentives were not fufilled. It shouldn't be a fight - the room was obviously there, and I'm pretty sure there was an upgraded one probably available too, but they were looking for people to sucker into paying for an upgrade, and that's not right. INSIST on a seaview and do not pay extra for it. We would have been highly disappointed if we had to look at another building's balconys when we went out onto our own. The sunsets are where it's at!
Anyhow... the place is beautiful ...and HUGE. Some rooms are much father away from the action than others, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes/flops!
ROOMS - They were OK - have stayed in better at all-inclusives. Our bed was comfortable for us. They are a certified eco-friendly hotel... so when you leave the room with all of your hotel keys... the power goes off in the room. This system is slightly flawed however. If it's super hot, then you're coming back to a very hot room that takes awhile to get back to normal. Another flaw is that it seemed that the refrigerator ALSO shuts down... so the beer in the room is never really cold until the next morning. We left the key in when at dinner so we would be able to go to bed when we got back. The bathroom was alright - shower head was messed up for us, but not a huge deal. Large tub in the bathroom that we didn't end up using. We utilized the safe with no worries. The balcony is great and had wonderful sunsets even though we were set back some in bldg 35.
WATERSPORTS - We thought this was probably the best part of the resort! The snorkeling is FANTASTIC!!! There are reefs right off the beach! We snorkeled everyday! Rental of snorkel equipment is free; however, you must give them a refundable $25 deposit when checking it out. If you're into snorkeling, bring your own mask/snorkel/fins. They do not supply fins (I wish I would have brought my own... though be careful, the reef is very shallow on the left in Sunset Cove!). They did run out of snorkels and my husband had to wait for one to return when it was busy. There are lots of coral, many types of fishes (including pufferfish, cuttlefish, as well as lionfish which are highly poisionous so be careful and stay away from them!), stingrays, sea urchins, and anemones. Bring an underwater camera and enjoy! We went kayaking, which was fun! We also went out on the catamarans... they have small catamarans that fit 4-6 ppl that they teach you how to take out. The guys who work down there will charge you $20 for a lesson - afterwhich you can go out as much as you want. It was fun, harder than it looked, but definitely a good time. They also have paddleboats to use for free. There is diving out of there, which they quoted $100 if you aren't certified and $70 if you are (includes equipment). We didn't go - they were working on their dive boat. They go close to offshore on the dive trips, and the watersports guy told me they usually only go down 30-50ft. Snorkeling is also decent off of Coral beach (you can swim from there to Sunset Cove!).
FOOD - was just OK. Some meals were better than others, as may be expected. Breakfast was alright - omelets are made to order, which is yummy! Fresh juices, breads that you can toast, and awesome hashbrown triangles (our favorite!). Sometimes the food just wasn't too hot. Our only complaint from breakfast was the service. On a few mornings, we finished eating our breakfast before we ever got our coffee or tea... and some mornings we were in a rush because we were heading for excursions. Lunches were fine - they buffet resteraunts are open as well as an a la carte lunch at Poseidon. There is also the famous Jerk Chicken at the Hut on Sunset Cove beach... they also served paella, which was OK. We ate dinner at a different restaurant each night (6 nights... and there are 7 restaurants... we did not eat at Bubba's Steakhouse which had the longest waits). Most of the food was decent.. nothing to write home about. Our favorite was the Jamaican restaurant - my husband LOVED the steak there and I enjoyed my snapper. Our least favorite was the Asian. The sports bar is supposedly open 24 hours, and one night we had a little too much to drink and there was nachos there! :)
DRINKS - they were great. The bartenders do NOT skimp on the alcohol! We actually had to tell them to go easy on the liquor when ordering drinks! ***BIG TIP!*** Bring your own reusable cup or bubba keg with you! They sell them in the giftshop for $12 (plus the insane 16% tax) if you forget. This is a must do - it will save trips to the bar and keeps your drink from melting in the Jamaican sun too quickly!! Take them on your excursions with you as well - the bartenders on the boat will fill them up for you!!
EXCURSIONS (general) I was a little suprised that there weren't more offerings. However, we did go on 2. Know that the location of this resort is remote. It is in a small fishing town (Lucea, pronounced Lucy) that is located between Montego Bay and Negril. This jacks up the prices because of the cost of travel. We wanted to go to Rick's Cafe for the reknowned sunset, but we didn't go because it required taht you also go shopping and took 1/2 a day! You leave at 12 and come back after sunset.... and we hate shopping. This only costs $12, and if you're a shopper - it may be worth it to ya to use the time. Plus, we weretold that the prices at Rick's Cafe were a bit on the high side for food/beverage. We asked the taxi service at the front how much a cab ride would be to just go see the sunset...and they said $80USD!!!! WHAT!?! Anyhow...
DREAMER EXCURSION - which is a large catamaran party boat cruise that goes snorkeling. We had a great time. Saw lots of coral, fishes, and an eagle ray! We ONLY got 45 minutes of snorkel time though.. (when we booked it, we were told we'd get an hour..) and that was my ownly complaint. The crew was cool, drinks were flowing... and the girls get a foot massage on their way back. There was a photographer on board that took photos and sold cds of your pics... just know, you can negotiate price. After we snorkeled, we headed over to Margaritaville Montego Bay, where we had access to the waterslide, ocean trampolines, slides, etc. which was neat. Overall, we'd recommend this trip. We paid $80 per person from Lady Hamilton.
COOL RUNNINGS EXCURSION - This was our last excursion and we went on it the day before we left (kinda wish we would have done it a little earlier in the week though so there was some rest!) We left at 8:30am and headed to a bit past Montego Bay to pick up other travelers. We got stuck in a massive traffic snarl, which was unfortunate, but noone's fault but the fuel truck driver that tipped over. Anyhow... it took almost 3 hours to get to our destination. Then we got a lunch at the beach, which included jerk chicken, cole slaw, rice, and rolls... as well as soda, water, and juice. Then you hang out by the beach where people are selling things and dancing for money and there is a small bar. There is no alcohol on this trip until after the watersports... which we thought was a bummer at first. They packed us onto a huge catamaran like sardines, offered juices and water, and we went snorkeling. This snorkeling was even shorter and not quite as good, and required that everyone wear either a lifejacket/belt... ugh hate wearing those things. Then we headed to Dunn's River Falls.... and THEN when I was about 25% up the 960ft climb up the slippery rocks of the waterfall, I realized why it was a "dry" cruise up to that point! Anyone drunk on that waterfall would have killed themselves! It was a good time going up, and challenging at some points! Beautiful. Then we headed back down to the catamaran where we were constantly asked for money and to buy things, but we just got back onto the boat to start "Phase 3" - the party! Drinks were plentiful and we sailed around for awhile, dancing. It was a great time. Then... we headed back to the hotel... which took another 3 hours. NO idea why... should not have, considering there wasa no traffic. They made us stop at a gas station to use the bathroom (even though we had only just left maybe 30 mins prior) and so people bought things there (I'm pretty sure they made some kind of deal with those people) and a child begged for money... then we stopped on the side of the road AGAIN before making it there for people to use the bathroom on the side of the road... haha Guess too many drinks were had. This excursion was fun, just wish the ride time wasn't so long!! We paid $116 per person for this trip... I'd recommend the Dreamer cruise more if you can only do one...
ENTERTAINMENT - We went to 3 or 4 shows, and they were disappointing and always started late. I mean really late. The program booklet we received said the shows were to start at 9pm.. but they never started untill at least 9:45. Just know that before you sit there!! The entertainment staff were very nice, and no disrespect, but the shows were just nothing great. AND for those with kids, they are *NOT* appropriate for children - they're a bit raunchy, mon.
SPA We didn't use any of the paid services at the spa, but do recommend going by there to relax in the hot tub and massage jet tubs - was great! Have them take you around to describe the different features to you! I was really sore and this was a great find!
****BRING YOUR OWN INSULATED CUP FOR DRINKS! They will fill it up for you, and your drink will last much longer than the small 4oz plastic cups that aren't enviro-friendly. Bring this with you on excursions as well - they will fill them up for you! :)
****Bring your own snorkeling gear, if that's your thing.
****INSIST on a seaview!
****Try a cappucino with rum cream :)
****Bring comfy shoes/flip flops!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 cabins suites (adults only) each. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel Lucea
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