Just stayed at Grand Pineapple for a week and had a great time. This was a small all-inclusive which we really enjoyed after doing large AI's for the last few years. We stayed in a beach side cottage and it was literally a 30 second walk to the restaurant, bar, beach, street. Only one restaurant and bar but there was always lots of food, tables, seats around the bar and tons of beach chairs. For water activities they had several kayaks, paddle boards and a small catamaran/sailboat. The water was so clear and calm and the resort has their own section roped off to keep boats out of the swimming area.
As far as food options they had a different dinner theme every night so always something different. Breakfast had someone making fresh eggs and all the standard breakfast options, lunch would have the option for fresh made sandwiches and many hot options that changed daily. All meals always had options for fresh fruit and some desserts. And in between lunch and dinner buffet service they do offer grill food from the kitchen like burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and really good french fries.
The bar staff were always supper friendly and they have a ton of mix drinks and frozen drinks on the menu or they would make whatever mixed drink or concoction you could think of. Red Stripe and RS Light were on tap and some name brand name liquors like Dewar's, Jim Beam, Southern Comfort.
Rooms were nice and we enjoyed the outside balconies in the cottages. We did have to spend the first night in a beach side manor room because they said they overbooked that night, they did move us by 12 noon the next day and the manor room was just fine, just couldn't unpack the first day there. There's a coffee maker in the room which was nice to have coffee on the balcony early every morning. The room was cleaned well everyday and towels always replaced, no issues with anything.
As far as going off the resort there is so much withing walking distance, many bars, restaurants along the beach, Alfred's an Bourbon Beach walking distance for nighttime live reggae, Jungle Nightclub was only a few minutes walk down the street which gets packed some nights. Times Square Mall was a 5 minute walk is you're looking for some souvenirs (or you could just shop right along the beach). We also did the One Love Bus crawl and stopped about about 8 different bars along the cliffs, that was a good way to see many other bars and some hotels on the other side of Negril, the bus picked us up right at our hotel. Rick's Cafe is always night to do for a sunset, make sure you flag down a taxi on the street instead of asking the hotel, it will save you a lot of money. Hotel taxi was $40 each way for 2 people to Rick's. Same officially registered taxi flagged on the street cost only $10 or less each way.
This was my 4th trip to Jamaica and 3rd to Negril, last time to Negril was in the 90's and I stayed both times on the cliffs. This trip was as enjoyable as my earlier trips to Negril and hope to return in the future. I would definitely consider staying at GP again because it was a great value and staff were all awesome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All-inclusive Grand Pineapple Beach Resort Negril is authentically Caribbean architecture featuring gingerbread trim and bright colors in this intimate, low-key resort.The resort’s 14 multi colored cottages and Manor rooms bring back memories of Jamaica’s Old Plantation Great Houses with their spectrum of colors in over 4 acres of luscious gardens drenched in privacy, creating a peaceful retreat as far from everything as you care to be.The cottages are complimented by two blocks of manor rooms on the Beach and Garden side of the resort, each replicating the past Jamaican architectural magnificence. The Resort is moderately priced, catering to singles, couples and families alike. This quiet oasis is the essence of Negril...casual, relaxed, laidback and unhurried. ... more less
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