We just returned from our vacation on Nov.14 and hated to leave. We originally were booked to stay at the Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica and then upgraded the next day to the Don Pablo "Adults Only" section. Due to the unbelievable service given to us by Maria Bonsenor, the manager of the luxury section, this vacation is one that we will never forget. She arranged for us to move to the Don Pablo section with ease and went above and beyond to help us out when my husband took ill and needed a doctor. Our room was exactly as you see in the photo, yellow and white with a four poster king-size bed, a jacuzzi tub with a separate glass shower and a nice sitting area. We had room 24,701, a corner unit on the top floor with a spectacular view of the Don Pablo pool and ocean. The balcony was huge. The Don Pablo pool area had white cabanas and upgraded lounge chairs. We also had waiters by the pool area serving drinks (as the main section of the hotel did not). There were 5 a la carte restaurants at the hotel and you had to make a reservation to eat there. We ate at two of the a la carte restaurants, "Picasso," the Spanish restaurant and "Don Pablo," the gourmet French restaurant. The beef tenderloin at Picasso was amazing and the Chateaubriand and bananas flambe at Don Pablo were to die for.
The other nights, we ate at the buffet restaurant for Don Pablo guests called "Palmyra." The selection of foods was quite good. We also enjoyed the upgraded wine selection that Don Pablo guests received. Another nice feature was the private lounge for Don Pablo guests. We usually went each day around 5pm for a nice glass of champagne or a premium brand drink and checked our emails as we had free internet access in this lounge. You could also get clean towels and bottled water here as well. The only drawback to this hotel was the beach, as it wasn't that great (and I have been to Jamaica 17 times and the best beach in Jamaica is in Negril). Since my husband and I are really pool people, this resort was great for us. We would love to return.
I would like to mention a few staff members at the hotel who were exceptional. Shanika and Rawlston (at the Palmyra), Jermaine (at Picasso), Stefan (at Don Pablo restaurant), Garey (our butler, who we didn't need too much but was so kind and friendly to us), Amoy (the Sales Manager), Gary (a bellhop at the main hotel), Sasha and the lovely Maria Bonsenor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 3 lake-style pools 3 Jacuzzis Large sun terrace with gardens, sun umbrellas and loungers Pool and beach towel service BAHIA SPA (20% discount on some treatments) Sports facilities: gym, 2 tennis courts, volleyball court, football pitch Water activity centre Motorised sports (additional charge) Entertainment amphitheatre Wedding gazebo WiFi access in the lobby (free) and in rooms (additional charge) 2 main restaurants 5 speciality restaurants 5 Bars 1 Snack bar Exclusive terrace bar serving Premium drinks Private check-in/out Late check-out subject to availability 18 hole golf course. Pueblo Principe: stores, live music, shows, bars and disco. Rooms 70 Deluxe Junior Suites Room facilities: Four poster king size bed or 2 full size beds Pillowtop mattresses Air conditioning Ceiling fan Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Sitting are with sofa Balcony or terrace with sea view Fully-equipped bathroom with separate shower, hydromassage bath tub, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Bathro be and slippers Don Pablo Collection amenities Radio alarm clock with iPod docking station Flat screen satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Ironing set Beach towels in rooms 24 hour room service Butler service in rooms (available on request) Evening turndown service Pillow menu Safe (no additional charge) Internet and international newspapers and magazines in the Club House WiFi (no additional charge 24H) Aroma menu Bahia 'au Naturel' (over 18s only): The hotel has a nudist bathing area apart from the other areas ... more less
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