We just stayed at Grand Palladium Jamaica April 22-28 and we had a great time. We were there to attend a wedding so GP was where we were going no matter what but I did get a little worried after reading some of the reviews. I have to say our room and the service we received from all employees was excellent. We arrived late in the evening and I was already prepared to deal with a limited check-in staff but that was not the case, we were greeted by group of friendly bell hops and check-in agent who had all our info ready to go and they even had me set up for the building/room type I had requested by email a week earlier (building 11, king bed suite with ocean view). I was fine with the pillows but they do offer other options for a fee. Our room was cleaned fully everyday, towels replaced daily, drinks in the fridge restocked daily, the drink guy would always give extra when I asked (if I wasn't already laying out by the pool). I don't remember her name but we did see our cleaning lady almost daily either in our room or other rooms in the villa and she was as nice as could be and did a great job with our room.
I'm usually a beach person at these types of resorts but the main pool at the Grand Palladium was amazing and it was our main hangout spot most days but we did venture over to the beaches a few times especially to do some kayaking. The beaches closer to the main pool are rocky but sunset cove beach was nicer for going in the water without any shoes/sandals and the jerk chicken hut is located at sunset cove beach along with all the water sports/boats. The main pool has three bars so you're covered for drinks in and out of the water and the POP team has activities going on around the main pool area all day long, dancing lessons, volley ball, aerobics classes, drinking games, trivia contests, etc. All the pools and beaches have more than enough lounge chairs so it's never an issue to find a spot.
For lunch and dinner we always ate at the buffets (3 buffets) or lunch at the jerk hut if we were in that area. For an all inclusive I have to say the buffet food for breakfast and lunch was very good (never tried buffet for dinner). One day for lunch I had fried whole red snapper, really good. For dinner we tried the Asian, Jamaican, Mexican, sea food and steak house, all were excellent and we made the effort to get to the restaurants by 6pm every night so never had to wait. I know if we go later it's a long wait as there was usually a large crowd waiting when we were leaving each night. For late night food the sports bar is open all night and they have a cook there making burgers, fries and other sandwiches on the late night menu, just what's needed after a long night of drinking and partying.
Every night we spent time at the main infinity bar which always had a lot of people hanging out in that area and most nights we even made it to the dance club which was not bad when I compared to "clubs" at other all inclusive resorts. I also have to mention Miss Lou's which was just to the side of the infinity bar, they're open during the day and into the night and they serve all the espresso type drinks you would want along with a more top shelf bar selection and a nice selection of desserts and small snack sandwiches, nice place to grab and go or just hang out in the AC if the open air bar gets too hot.
I do want to say I tip, I bring a lot of $1 bills and that's all I carry around in my pockets at the resort. I tip our maid a few dollars a day and food servers and bar tenders, it may or may not help get better service but these people work hard to make sure we have a good time and I want to acknowledge them for the effort. Even without tipping all the staff we dealt with were always very friendly and many went out of their way to ask how our vacation was going and if we were enjoying the resort. This was my 3rd trip to Jamaica and I had a great time at the Grand Palladium, I would recommend to others and I would consider returning in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Jamaica Hotel Lucea
- Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa Lucea