My husband and I went for our honeymoon from June 1st - 8th. Overall, it was a very nice place. It was my first time to an all-inclusive resort, and his second. We did the airport transfer with Jamaica Tours, and I definitely recommend it. The driving is crazy, not to mention they drive on the left and there was no parking lot at the resort (or, I never saw one.)
-layout... I am a big walker, and loved the spacious layout.
-buildings were beautiful, and I did not see any problems that others complained of (ie: wires, cracks)
-pool was a good temperature, and swim-up bar was great. Did not find the wait time to be long at all! Yeah, a few tiles were missing. But maybe people shouldn't be pulling them off. I saw workers ALL NIGHT working to replace as many tiles as they could before the guests started ripping them off again.
-the room was great. Good A/C, nice bath with jets, flat screen TV, patio.
-service. Every employee was kind and helpful.
-FOOD! I have been dieting for 6 months for my wedding, and I came ready to eat good food and lots of it. The portion size varied from restaurant to restaurant, but the food usually was gross. Chicken with large veins and arteries, big pieces of bone left inside, hot food was usually served lukewarm, and desserts were dry and flavorless. The only restaurant we truly enjoyed was Lotus.
-flies. I know it is hard to control flies around food, but they were all over the buffet areas! They could have installed one of those blue bug-zapping lights or something.
-alcohol was kind of cheap tasting, and there was usually too much for me to handle.
-nightly entertainment was very amateur. Emcees went WAY overboard with phrases like "That wasn't loud enough... let me hear you make some nooiiisssee"
-gift shop cost an arm and a leg..... DO NOT forget sunscreen! They were charging US$20 at the resort for a little bottle of Hawaiian Tropics!
Overall, tipping got us great service... no one's required to tip, but we did.
I wish I had brought extra books, games, sunscreen and snacks. I found myself frequently bored, and hungry at night. I'm not a big drinker, and the activities were not very interesting to me (ie water aerobics, reggae dancing lessons)
Knowing what I know now, I would choose a cruise any day over a Grand Palladium-style resort. Cruises have better food, more food, excellent room service, tons of entertainment, and a much more helpful staff who do not expect tips. I overall enjoyed the G.P. and I'm sure you will too, but I would not return.
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- Also Known As:
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- Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort And Spa
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