First let me tell you about arriving in MBJ int'l airport.....
My wife and mother-in-law arrived several hours before my daughters and myself.
They arrived before noon and were thru customs and immigration in 20 minutes.
Of course they had to wait on the tour bus for an hour before being shuttled to the hotel.
Being that they "need" to fill the bus, they wait. I wonder how long they would have waited if no one else wanted to go to the palladium, all day?
Time is money, they could have been enjoying the resort experience that was paid for instead of the inside of a manual transmission van.
My kids and I waited 2.5 hours to get thru customs. What a nightmare!!! We arrived at 2pm. So i say to anyone wanting to go to MBJ, no matter what resort, catch an early inbound flight!!! The airport is tiny and not equipped to handle the amount of inbound flights currently. To be fair, the airport is under some renovation so perhaps this will change in the near future. Then of course the tour bus guys at jamaica tours were arguing about who would take us, and of course we waited 20 minutes for the bus to leave. Guest headed to other resorts were off in minutes. This is due to the distance. GP is one of the furthest resorts away from the airport. A personal taxi would have been worth it!!
So on to the resort!!!!
negatives? a few....
-Buffet food is not hot enough. Yes i know its a buffet, but some hot water sternos are cheap and go a long way. I did see a staff meber checking food temps...so I dont get it. maybe for show?
-The crickets...Wow are they loud. Their songs echo in the villa hallways. Cute at first but it wears on ya, unless you choose to drink enough.
-the liquor is of poor quality. you'll taste it but the buzz wont be there. even if you tip and they give you more, the drinks just dont do it.
-dp the restaraunts take reservations? yes..no..maybe? we heard it all.
-value!! yup the benefits far outweigh the costs.
-free wifi in the lobby
-the resort itself is gorgeous, the pools, beaches etc!!
-The restaraunts were pretty good. I recommend bubbas!!! asian was good too. you may wait tho, unless you somehow have a reservation...
-The rooms are nice, although a loose toilet seat and a few loose tiles may be found. i'm not too nitpicky tho.
Overall for the money spent, the experience was worth it. Some other reviewers here obviously cannot be pleased so if you're an anal retentive traveler who suffers from nose up in the air syndrome, dont bother and just stay home!! Try not to get stuck in a villa thats far from the lobby. Tip the check in desk a few bucks and get yourself hooked up.
Also, be sure to pay the extra 20 bux a night for the suite as it provides alot more space. Its like a full sized one bedroom apt with 2 balconies!! The resort pictures dont show this at all.
The workers were all nice, regardless of whether or not we tipped. Although my wife did get the stink eye from a few female employees, but attractive women get that from other women anyways. Here it was a but more pronounced.
We got the one hour massage at the spa for 60 bux!! yup that was awesome. The jerk hut? I was semi drunk and still my nouth was literally on fire!!!! yes it's THAT spicy.
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- Also Known As:
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- Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa Lucea