Our flight with SkyService was fantastic (only half full- food service was good), and the transition at the aiport was also smooth as silk- we were sitting on the bus with a Red Stripe in our hand within 10 minutes of landing. Bus ride to resort was quick, entertaining (great driver) and check in was reasonable (Ours was done with special guest services as we had booked with Transat). Our room was not ready but this was expected as we arrived early in the day and they kept our luggage while we had fun (pack your bathing suit in your carry-on) and room was ready at 3 as they told us. We walked our luggage to our room as we didn't want to wait for the group to gather to have the resort transport take it over. We were on 3rd floor so wondered at how smart that was once we got to the building but there are staff everywhere always willing to help and a nice young man carried our bags up for us. The room was exceptionally beautiful, all marble, brand new and nicely decorated. The balcony was overlooking sunset cove and the view was indescribable- sunsets and a view of Lucea at night across the bay were really amazing. Huge walk-in shower, large jacuzzi bath tub, and flat screen TV (mounted perfectly to watch from bed...) were part of the package in our room. I had emailed the hotel to see if we could have something overlooking the Sunset Beach and they came through. The posted price for such an upgrade is $15USD per room per night- we thought it would be worth it and it was. Although the view and the lack of crawling visitors on the 3rd floor was great, if you have trouble with stairs the 3rd floor would be difficult for you- the large resort also requires a lot of walking (under covered walkways for the most part which is nice). The walking might help burn off all of the calories you consume at all of the great restaurants they have there (we both gained 10 pounds). We tried the Jamaican, Italian and Asian a l'a cartes and found them all to be quite good. The buffet restaurants had a massive selection, some Jamaican dishes - I doubt someone would be left hungry regardless how picky they are (and I am picky). Bars were everywhere- only issue is the only bar to serve Red Stripe is Miss Lou's all others had other beer but not Red Stripe. Both red and white wine were great and poured without restraint!
Watersports/Beaches- snorkeling was fantastic right off the beach on both Sunset Beach and Coral Cove (the adult beach), equipment hard to get so bring your own if you can. Saling (catamaran) was really good- but if you went out too far and are not a good sailor you could end up in trouble and they would have to rescue you. Watch out for reef on Lucea side of cove as you can get hung up there. Kayaks and pedal boats plentiful and fun. We thought about booking a paid snorkeling trip ($38USD per person) but when we changed our mind they made it very difficult to back out- it is a different company that handles the water stuff for the hotel. We found the snorkeling on the beach just as good as going out on a trip- but did hear people rave about the snorkeling ans scuba trips. Swimming as good- some of the beaches are rocky so take your water shoes and it's fine. It is not the Negril beach but we preferred the variety of beaches and the ability to snorkel from shore.
Overall we had a fantastic time- we did get a deal on Transat Tuesdays for just under $1,000 per person so the value was incredible in comparison to other resorts at this price level. Once they work out the maintenance issues on pools, hot/cold variation of the showers, etc.- this will resort will warrant the 5 star rating they are working toward. This resort encourages tipping (I guess tips are not included in the "all-inclusive" price) which is different than other all-inclusives in Jamaica so you will be expected to tip maid, bar fridge attendant, servers and bartenders- so bring lots of US $1 and $5 bills for this.
One last note- they will charge for missing beach towels (you are issued a card or beach towel when you arrive), so tuck them away when you leave the room so the maid doesn't accidentally take the towels - this happened to us twice. Luckily they accidentally gave us both the cards and the towels, so we kept the cards in the safe until check out. If they do take your towel- the towel changes are not managed very well, so you can easliy pick one up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is bathed by the calm turquoise waters of Jamaica's north coast, in a small bay on a privileged enclave on the coast. The design is a perfect harmony between modernand luxurious facilities of a first class hotel and the attractive natural environment of the area characterized by the turquoise sea and the relief of the landscape. The complexalso houses an ultramodern Spa, which is equipped with the most advanced facilities and offers guests a wide variety of therapies and services. Near the village of Lucea and approximately 30 minutes from Montego Bay and its airport. Within the complex is theGrand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa has a total of 540 guestrooms in 15 villas ofthree levels with 6 Suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa has a total of 516 rooms distributed in 13 villas of three levels with 6 suites and 30 Junior Suites per villa and 48 two-story cabins with 4 cabins suites (adults only) each. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Hotel Lucea
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort And Spa
- Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa Jamaica/Lucea