My first trip to Jamaica took place November 12-16. I traveled there with two other single guys just looking to get away from work for a few days.
Check-in: Very smooth and informative. It was completed in about 15 minutes. The bellhop followed us to our room with our bags.
Room: It was clean with a beautiful beach view off of the 2nd floor. The maid cleaned the room daily and nothing was ever taken except the tip left for her. The mini bar was not stocked as much as I would have liked but a few american dollars and talking to the right guy would get you whatever you want (more on that later).
Food: Buffet was great with a variety of choices. The a la carte meals were subpar but it is an all inclusive meal so don't get your expectations up. I ate at The Grill and The Fisherman's Place. I tried to book our a la carte's upon arrival and the desk clerk said they were filled for our entire trip. I checked back twice a day until I picked up a couple of other guest's cancellations so I was able to get both of my a la carte's for the week.
Drinks: The mixed drinks were made very weak. I started ordering a mixed drink and then on the side I would order a shot of whatever liquor was in the drink. After walking away from the bar, I would pour that shot into the mixed drink. Great way to kick it up a notch.
Beach: The beach was beautiful but a little rocky so be sure to take sandals.
Entertainment: It was one of the worst aspects of the entire trip. The resort should consider some higher paid and more creative entertainment leaders.
Included Activities: Snorkeling was ok but to get to a nice area to snorkel cost $35 pp. The rest of the activities were not impressive and the individuals working in that department were not helpful or encouraging.
Solicitation: I was solicited by practically every male employee on the property to purchase narcotics (marijuana, cocaine, etc.). I was also solicited to purchase the services of women by employees of the resort. This was the most unpleasant aspect of my trip. Granted, it is three single mid-20 year old guys but that doesn't mean we want drugs and hookers all week. On a lighter note, they were also willing to sell anything else such as food, beer, liquor, etc. For a few dollars I could get food, beers, and liquor brought to my room at anytime.
Gold Club: The gold club was an extra $30 a day and included one more a la carte for the week, free internet, and that is the only advantage I saw (which I don't consider the a la carte an advantage - as stated earlier). Why pay $30 to just get internet? Just give some random guys a few bucks and your mini bar will be well stocked. As for the bartender drinks, same rule applies, give them a few bucks and the alcohol will be pouring...
Fellow tourists at the resort: I would like to borrow a Generation Y slang term and describe most of the unhappy tourists as "haters". Everyone that I spoke to at the resort that was complaining was over frivolous things. They were upset they didn't have a breathtaking view. They were upset that water was on their balcony after the rain. They were upset over the entertainment, etc. Basically, they were upset because they were treated like a guest and not royalty. The caribbean will never operate the same as resorts in the U.S. and patrons must understand that.
Summary: All in all I would recommend this hotel. The key is to go with an open mind and patience. If you stay optimistic, you will have a blast! Oh yeah and the best advice I received from locals, trust no one.
Please feel free to message me with any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 3 lake-style connecting pools with 2 areas for children 3 Jacuzzis Large sun terrace with gardens, sun umbrellas and loungers BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym, 2 tennis courts, volleyball court, football pitch Water activity centre Pool and beach towel service WiFi access in the lobby (1h per day free of charge) and in rooms (additional charge) Wedding gazebo 2 buffet-style main restaurants and 5 speciality restaurants 4 Bars Snack bar Entertainment amphitheatre Meeting and convention room The 18 hole Breezes Runaway golf course is just 5 minutes from the hotel. Pueblo Principe: local craft stores, live music, shows, sports bar and disco Rooms 848 rooms including 4 types: Superior Junior Suite, Sea View Junior Suite, Club Golden and Club Hacienda Room facilities: King size bed or two full size beds Pillowtop mattresses Fully-equipped bathroom with separate shower and hydromassage bath tub, wash basin, magnifying mirror and hair dryer Bathroom amenities Air conditioning Ventilador de techo Sitting area with sofa Balcony or terrace Telephone Radio alarm clock Satellite TV Coffee-making facilities Mini-bar Safe (additional charge) Ironing set WiFi (additional charge) Club Golden and Club Hacienda Junior Suites Children Bahia Scouts Children (aged 4 to 12) will have the time of their lives with these facilities: Children's pool Special shows and activities Entertainment team Mini Club (4 - 12 years) Other services 24 hour medical service (additional charge) Pharmacy (additional charge) Specialised service for organising weddings, incentive trips, events and anniversaries Nudist area on the beach Bahia 'au Naturel' (over 18s only) The hotel has a nudist bathing area apart from the other areas ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Principe Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica Hotel
- Grand Bahia Jamaica
- Bahia Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Jamaica
- Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica Resort
- Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica Runaway Bay, Caribbean