My son walked into our room and exclaimed, “it’s like a cabin in Jamaica.” Exactly right; the accommodations were primitive, rough and a bit outdated. Think of the rooms at the Ritz…and then think opposite of that. Those are the rooms at FDR Pebbles.
Crazy right? But we would probably go back. Why? Pebbles is a two to three star resort; thus, I have two five letter words that sum up their success: NANNY and BEACH.
NANNY: She will be at your door at 9 a.m. ready to work so be dressed and ready, or be comfortable answering the door in your PJ’s. I know some parents that just handed off the kids to the nanny and said they went back to sleep (though I saw a few children that were never with a parent, only the nanny the entire time) but we were all dressed and ready at 9, took the kids to breakfast while she cleaned the room.
Unfortunately, Pebbles only pays your nanny about 40 to 50 dollars A WEEK total so please be prepared to tip your nanny heavily at the end of your stay, about $10 to $15 a day was average. All nannies take a one hour lunch from 12:30 to 1:30. If you have your nanny stay after 4:30, quitting time, you pay her $6 an hour. Our nanny stayed late at least an hour every day but we always let her know ahead of time; Nasika was wonderful.
If you have young children and need a break, then Pebbles is for you.
THE ROOM: 2 stars. Very dark and poorly lit (the rooms are dark carpeted – though the website shows wooden floors – which are not vacuumed. Apparently you have to ask to have your carpet vacuumed but never saw it done) dark paneling, 3 low light lamps, no ceiling fans. Front room sectioned off with a half wall from the front bedroom. Request 2nd floor for more privacy/security. At your request, nanny will spray the room at night for mosquitoes – they are horrible in and out. I also heard they will put mosquito netting over the beds but again, never saw that done. Mgt. should invest in screen doors to the balcony, but alas, it’s mosquitoes at night or keep the door shut. Fuzzy TV with no reception. Empty mini fridge with no bottled water anywhere – they no longer stock your fridge or bring bottled Red Stripe as one reviewer noted in 2009 – sigh, those days are gone apparently. NO INTERNET in rooms in blocks 9 through 11. Horrible shower, either very hot or icy. Uncomfortable beds, especially the kids. My 9 year old daughter kept telling her little brother that his bed stank, and well, it did.
THE FOOD: Meh, barely adequate. If you require fine dining with hot, abundant food, do not come to Pebbles. Dinner: Standard lower end buffet fare – rice, potatoes, a little seafood -- meat or entrée available with a bit of a wait. Buffet dinner is listed 6:30 to 9:30 but you have to eat before 7:30 because they run out of food and do not replenish. Grab dessert first because that is the first to go.
“Italian a la carte restaurant” is packed by 6:45 so be early or you won’t eat there. It will also be packed with kids, though it is listed as “adults only” -- so if you are looking for a quiet dinner you will be out of luck anywhere at Pebbles.
Lunch: The buffet is not crowded at lunch as most people grab a sandwich at the pool grill/bar. Don’t miss the meat patties served in the afternoon and make sure your kid tries the marshmallow/chocolate/banana grilled sandwich served with fries – yep, it’s vacation folks.
ACTIVITIES: “Sugar Shane” made this place somewhat relevant for the tweens and teens. He is the Jamaican pied piper and always had the kids out doing something. I wonder how long Pebbles will be able to keep him.
Toddlers and young children have tons of things to do all the time (BRING YOUR WHITE TEE SHIRTS they all want to do the tie dye Tuesday and Thursdays!!) cooking class, slide contests, though my kids were happy swimming in the pool 24/7. After all, this resort is all about the kids. Family activities/dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 nightly.
Adults all gathered in the main room at the cocktail bar while the children were at the next door disco or game room (billiards, foosball, ping pong, Xbox). It is all in very close proximity so we met tons of other adults while the children had a great time too, even my 7 year old danced until 11 p.m. a couple of nights and it was totally safe and fun.
WATER: The pool is medium size with a big water slide. Bring water shoes though, something in the pool cut up all the children’s feet. Only a couple of coveted umbrellas, little shade, bring lots of sunscreen and hats if you burn. The beach is beautiful and never crowded but very rocky. No beach umbrellas. Relaxing except for the constant harassment of the beach vendors; sorry, but a simple “no” didn’t work. Don’t plan on taking long beach walks you can only walk up to the fence around the property without being harassed.
DRINKS: Bring your party cups. Plenty of beer, mixed drinks, etc but all served in juice sized cups which was comical -- an obvious attempt at reducing cost through reducing volume of liquor/beverage consumed. Never had to wait for a drink though, not once. The bartenders are amazing day and night.
First of all this is what you will HAVE to bring -- do not even think about coming to this place without:
1. SPF 50 sunscreen, at least four big bottles from home ($20 in gift shop).
2. Toss away party cups because they serve ALL beverages in the small juice glasses. Seriously.
3. Water shoes for the pool AND the beach (your feet WILL get cut up at both).
4. Travel mugs for coffee or other hot beverage
5. Bottled water because there is none available anywhere
6. High DEET bug spray for adults and low DEET for children
7. Your medicine cabinet; eye wash, TONS of band-aids, Benadryl for mosquito bites, Neosporin because nothing is available.
8. A watch or timepiece - there are no clocks and you can't be late for dinner.
9. Flashlights for the room because there are not enough lamps.
10. 2 white tee shirts for each kid to tie dye ($6.50 each at the gift shop)
11. Appropriate expectations.
If you have extra room in your suitcase, it would be NICE to bring:
1. Bleach spray for the moldy bathroom
2. Beach towels because there are never enough
3. Slippers to walk around in the room
4. Can of air freshener spray or Lysol
That said, this place is all about the kids and is adequate for adults. It is small and right on the beach and that is a key feature for us. I would recommend this hotel to a few friends, though most of my friends would not think the accomodations up to par.
Like I said, keep your expectations low and you won’t be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- n-Resort All Inclusive For Adults Hotel Falmouth
- Fdr Pebbles Falmouth
- Fdr Pebbles Jamaica
- Fdr Resorts
- N-Resort All Inclusive For Adults Trelawny Parish, Jamaica - Falmouth