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Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Jamaica

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5 Nights with Air from $679 All-Inclusive
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When you enter the open-air lobby of this Victorian-style resort, you'll immediately feel the Jamaican breezes wash over ... More

Customer Rating 304 Reviews
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4.1
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3.7
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4.2
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3.6
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4.0
3.9 out of 5
"We had a great time. Would go back in a heart beat. Wish we could have stayed longer. It was very relaxing, for a large resort it was very quite and peaceful. I would definetly recommend this resort." – stephs595
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Customer Rating 304 Reviews
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3.7
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Dining Options
 
3.6
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4.0
3.9 out of 5
"We had a great time. Would go back in a heart beat. Wish we could have stayed longer. It was very relaxing, for a large resort it was very quite and peaceful. I would definetly recommend this resort." – stephs595
274 out of 362 (76%) customers would recommend this product to a friend. Read All Reviews
Beautiful resort View from Balcony from the 5th floor View of resort from room fun balcony view The resort pool Gran Bahia 2012 Life at the Pool 7th Floor Room View room service sunset sunset pool bar one of the views Beautiful beach and water. from the 5th floor Beach Area from our balcony Hotel Seen from Secret Beach GBP Jamaica pool. Beach 50 shades of blue sunrise Nice beach Pool and beach from room
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April 27, 2014
Absolutely loved it!

**I know this is going to be long, but I encourage you to read it! I read so many reviews and still didn't know what to expect! I will really try to help out as much as I can for everyone going here for the first time. I don't even know where to begin!! I spent hours reading reviews online, looking up pros and cons, and figuring out exactly how my trip would go before I actually went. If you think about it, how many people get on and post POSITIVE reviews about a trip? Most people only post their negative opinions, so please take the time to read this review. I am only 21 years old, so I was a bit skeptical that I would get cheated out of some money or treated rudely since I am so young and traveling with one friend. Boy was I wrong!! Everything was so smooth- from the flight, to the airport, to the resort. I honestly do not have a single complaint. I do wish more people wrote reviews so I knew exactly what to do before I got there, but it still went smoothly. First, the flight. Simple, perfect. The airport in Jamaica was simple- go through customs and immigration, then you can exchange money if you wish, then grab your bags. It is not necessary to switch to Jamaican money! Just be sure to bring a bunch of American $1 bills for tipping. When you get through all the customs and stuff, someone was there to greet us right away and ask who we booked through and where we were headed. We then got wristbands so they knew where we were going, and we were taken on a bus to our resort. The driver was very accommodating and entertaining- we even stopped for a "beer break" on the way. I think we stopped at 2 other resorts to drop off a couple people before arriving at Grand Bahia. The second we arrived at the Grand Bahia, we were greeted, our bags were taken, and we checked in. Most simple process ever! The Jamaican worker who took our bags almost refused to let me carry anything because I was on vacation and should be relaxing. We were escorted up to our room with our bags. The rooms were cleaned daily, and the fridge was restocked every single day. Fun fact- I left my shoes scattered around the room and they even matched up my shoes and lined them up neatly by the couch. They just did little things that let us know they cared. We also gave housekeeping a tip on the very last day we left the room. I felt like the deserved it because they were always working and cleaning rooms, and had a very positive attitude towards guests. As far as the resort goes-- YES it is very big. I read negative reviews about how big it was, and I just don't understand those reviews at all. The beach was large and private, the resort was all gated so no outsiders aloud, there were so many rooms and new people to meet and interact with. I think the size was perfect. The beach was pretty long, a lot of chairs and umbrellas- no problem finding a place to relax. I read a review that said the beach was too rocky but I didn't see that as a problem at all. Maybe if you decided to walk through the area that was marked off for having large rocks it would be rocky, but nowhere other than that! Each person gets an hour of kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving lessons, and so many other activities per day. There are excursions you can go on for an extra cost, but not necessary. You will never get bored just staying at the resort. The food... Oh my goodness, so good!! The main buffet is very large and such a variety of food! I'm not exaggerating at all when I say there is over 100 dishes to choose from per meal. There are also 5 other restaurants that you can get reservations for, and I highly recommend that also. They are all very very good. The people.. I felt like a celebrity at Grand Bahia! Every single person was extremely nice, accommodating, friendly, and wanting to help with absolutely anything you could need. I did not meet one staff member who was rude or uninviting. They were always asking if we were doing okay or needed anything or were satisfied. So pleasant and they made me really want to go back to Jamaica ASAP! Drinks- included in price, not a single complaint. There are little beach huts scattered throughout the beach that serve drinks, as well as a few swim up bars. The workers were glad to make anything we could think of, and the drinks were very unique and unlike anything I've ever had. They never once "expected" us to tip them or acted differently if they saw we had money in our hands. They were very grateful to receive a tip, but they did not base their service off of the fact of whether or not we would tip them. A little piece of advice: bring your own travel mug or something to put drinks in. The cups they serve are maybe 8oz cups, and rather than make several trips back to the bars, they are more than happy to fill up your own cup or mug. Myself and a lot of other people gave the bartenders $1 every trip to the bar or every other trip. Their service and attitude deserved every tip they got. I also read some reviews where people said people bombarded them with trying to sell time shares, cruises, etc. I never once saw someone trying to sell something. There was even a sign posted near the beach that says solicitation is not allowed. I never encountered someone trying to sell something. Remember to bring your own sunscreen! As any hotel is, the sunscreen is a bit expensive to buy at a gift shop or lobby shop. There was also entertainment every night, which was awesome. It was never too loud from the rooms, so if you didn't want to listen to the entertainment you could easily go to your room and go to sleep. Overall, this trip was absolutely perfect and I have no complaints whatsoever!! Definitely will be going back for another trip. The staff and everyone at Grand Bahia made me feel so comfortable and welcome. Best vacation I have ever been on. You will not regret vacationing here, and I hope you have as great of a time as I did. I miss the resort and the people so much already!! *Tip; I did book through Cheap Caribbean, but I called them and booked over the phone AS I was looking at the order on the computer. This way I could ask questions as I go or needed clarification on anything. Maybe I was a bit too cautious, but I am young and didn't want anything to go wrong!


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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Iowa
Age: 19-24

March 25, 2012
A little summer in the winter

My husband and I needed a getaway so Jamaica here we go. This resort was nice but the service could have been better but not enough to ruin you vacation. ( They are learning give them time). The food is great and the people are nice and friendly. The beaches and pools are beautiful. Just a tip bring a travel mug from home to save you from running back and forth to the bar. Tip the bartender so you wont need so many drinks. (2 dollars go a long way). But if you go off the resort the people selling are so pushy it might get on your nerves cause they wont and dont give up easy. Also do not forget BUG SPRAY. Overall we had a great time. If you want to go to the restaurant make your reservation upon arrival . Enjoy.


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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Jamaica, NY
Age: 45-54
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

February 7, 2012
Just to big!

The resort was in good shape for a 5 year old facility. We had water dripping down on our bathroom from the one above us. Called the front desk 3 different days but we feel they never really addressed the problem. Asked for various items like ironing board their suggestion was to make use of their house keeping people and pay to have cloths ironed. We would be placed on a waiting list for the ironing board if we didn't use them. Sent our clothes out to be cleaned for next day service saw them the day before we left *( or three days later ). Paid extra for most things that other resorts included like the safe in room. WiFi was only free in lobby if you wanted it anywhere else it was $15.00 a day.The food was of course mass produced and set out. Always cold by the time you got it. The food at the restaurants was just Ok with the portions very small and the Italian food down right bad. The man made beach was a little rocky on the beach itself. The service was Ok at best. Asked for various things but if it didn't get money for the resort it was never addressed. The drinks were good but you had to get them yourself waiting in line. Again the resort being the second largest in Jamaica was just to big. If you just want to be a paying number this is the place for you.


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From: Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

June 28, 2013
Sadly Disappointed

When we first booked our stay at Grand Bahia, we were so excited to see all of the beautiful pictures on the website, but don't let the pictures fool you. The pool and beach were perfect for a relaxing getaway, but that was the extent of the pleasantness in this hotel. It sadness me to write a poor review, but the experience certainly warrants it. The food was atrocious, the hotel lost power randomly throughout our stay, and the customer service...nonexistent. Despite a select few who were pleasant, the majority of the staff looked unhappy to be there and the manager was downright rude. One day after the beach, we came back to our room to find ants all over the countertop. Upon closer inspection, we began to find small black bugs in our bed and cockroaches in the closet. Words cannot describe how disgusted we were and the thought of bed bugs terrified us. I marched down to the lobby and informed the girl at the desk of the situation. She apologized and said the manager would be out in 10 minutes to speak with us. After sitting in the lobby for an hour and a half, the girl at the desk came back to tell me what the manager had to say. At this point I had lost all patience! I spent all morning in the lobby waiting for the manager to speak with me and she didn't even have the common curiosity to address the manner herself? Unacceptable! I demanded that the manager come out of her office to speak with me after making me wait for an absurd amount of time. When the manager came out, she was clearly annoyed and proceeded to tell me how the hotel was fully booked and couldn't do anything for us except clean our room or move us to a smaller room. Clearly both options were unacceptable and I made it very clear that if we weren't given a better room immediately that there would be a serious problem. After all was said and done, we were given a proper room hours later. It was unfortunate that we had to spend a day out of our vacation trying to rectify a situation that shouldn't have happened, but we tried to make the best of a terrible situation. After meeting more people at the hotel, we quickly realized we weren't the only ones who had switched rooms that weekend due to an unpleasant situation. I hate to harp on the negative, but we were utterly disappointed by this hotel so travelers beware!


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From: New Jersey
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica is a Victorian style hotel, located right on the beach, with 850 spacious rooms offering a variety of amenities, fully-fitted bathrooms and canopy beds.

Room Details

Junior Suite Superior
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Junior Suite Superior Sea View
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

What's to Love

It's an all-inclusive beach bonanza for every member of your fam-bam.

The white, cabana-ish tents that hug the pool and provide shade while you chillax.

Being greeted by colorful, fresh bougainvillea on your massage table in the spa.

The two coolio, curvy pools that are a coconut's throw from the beach.

 

What We'd Change

The beach is a little pebbly, so make sure you bring your water shoes. The upside is that it makes for truly excellent snorkeling right off shore.

 

Why You Should Go

It's 75 minutes from Mobay airport. Don't fret. You'll be greeted with a welcome cocktail soon.

The beach is a bit pebbly, so bring your water shoes.

Before your flight home, hit Club Mobay at the airport for A/C, drinks and lots of spoiling.

Book your airport transfers with us before you arrive. You'll avoid a lot of headaches.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Beach
  • Business Center ($)
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Scuba Certification ($)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swim-Up Bar(s)
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Scuba Diving ($)
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Dance Classes
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Jet Skis ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • 6 Restaurants
  • 8 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • Shopping
  • Elevators
  • Fax Machine ($)
  • Spa ($)
  • Beach Towels
  • Catamarans
  • Safe Deposit Box ($)
  • Sauna ($)
  • Honeymoon Packages ($)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Watersports Center
  • Free Parking
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Wireless Internet in lobby


Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Bars and Nightlife
  • Beach
  • Dining
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nightlife
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving

Map of Local Area

Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island, and can provide both a stimulating and tranquil vacation. It has traditions of reggae, rastafarianism, and Jamaican art mingle with modern all-inclusive resorts, fine cuisine, and cosmopolitan shopping.

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Salt Coppers Villa, Runaway Bay

+876 973 7000

Hotel Description

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica: All-Inclusive & All-Fam-tastic

When you enter the open-air lobby of this Victorian-style resort, you'll immediately feel the Jamaican breezes wash over you. Next, you'll encounter a sea of white, wicker chairs on the expansive porch (they're oh-so British), where you can sip a cocktail and soak in all the awesome of the lush grounds. Wander through the complex and you'll be wowed by the glistening pools and the cerulean waves of Runaway Bay. Grab a Red Stripe from the swim-up bar while your kids can descend into a splash frenzy at their own pool. Then you can all gather for some Jerk Chicken at the snack bar, where you can plot your next adventures: water sports, nightly shows, and more. When might we expect you?

DINING

Nosheries galore up in here. Everything from delish Italian to fresh Japanese to a sizzlin' steakhouse. But there's more - this is just the tip of the foodberg.

Orquidea
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 1pm-3pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Buffet restaurant located at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica.

Mikado
Type: Japanese
Hours: Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Specialty a la carte Japanese restaurant featuring teppanyaki-style cooking. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants, no open-toed shoes or sleeveless shirts.

The Garden Grill Steakhouse
Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Specialty a la carte Steak House restaurant. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants, no open-toed shoes or sleeveless shirts.

Dolce Vita
Type: Italian
Hours: Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: A la carte restaurant where you can enjoy conventional Italian cuisine. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants, no open-toed shoes or sleeveless shirts.

Don Pablo
Type: Gourmet
Hours: Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Specialty gourmet a la carte restaurant where guests can enjoy experimental cuisine and modernist design. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Men must wear long pants, no open-toed shoes or sleeveless shirts.

Piscis
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 10:30am-6pm; Bar - daily, 10:30am-6pm.
Description: Buffet restaurant located in Playa resort.
Dress code: Casual.

Night Snack
Type: Snacks
Hours:Daily, 11pm-7am.
Description: Snacks located by the beach at Piscis.

All hours are subject to change.



BARS/NIGHTLIFE

Show up thirsty and be filled at the sweet swim-up bars at the pool and beach bars. Want more? No problem. There's a sports, as well as a theater bar, but keep looking. There's a drinkery around every palm.

Beach Bar
Daily, 10am-5:30pm.

Disco SKA
Daily, 10pm-2am.

Daiquiri Lobby Bar
Daily, 10am-11pm.

Karaoke Piano Bar
Daily, 11pm-1am.

Hybiscus
Pool bar. Daily, 10am-6pm

Sports Bar
Daily, noon-1am.

Calypso
Theater bar. Open during shows.



BEACHES AND POOLS

Lounge under an umbrella on a dreamtastic, white sand beach. For those who prefer chillaxing in their birthday suit, there's a beach for nude sunbathers. For pool-goers, there are two lake-type pools (one with three Jacuzzis) that connect and curve around the main building. There's even a pool for the young 'uns, where they can splash 'til they're all splashed out.

SPORTS/ACTIVITIES

Water

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamarans
  • Water polo
Available for an additional charge:
  • Scuba diving

Land

  • Darts
  • Aerobics
  • Bicycles
  • Dance lessons
  • Fully-equipped gym
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Golf
Breezes Runaway Golf Course is 5 minutes from the resort and offers an 18 hole course. Additionally, Rose Hill Golf, White Witch Golf Course and Cinnamon Hills are all 30 minutes from the resort.



INTERNET

24-hour Wi-Fi is available in the lobby.



SPA SERVICES

The Bahia SPA health and beauty center has 3 massage and treatment rooms, 2 saunas and 2 Jacuzzis with marvelous sea views.
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Hair salon


WEDDING/HONEYMOON

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica offers a variety of wedding and honeymoon packages. Please contact the hotel directly for more information.

Honeymoon Bonus
Bottle of wine and box of chocolates, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival, turn-down service, 20% discount on Couples Spa massage, late check out upon availability, special room decoration and surprise gift

Terms and Conditions: Must be within six months of original wedding date. Couples must present proof of marriage (marriage certificate) at the resort upon check-in and at time of dinner reservation with concierge desk. Please request HONEYMOON in the Special Request field when making your reservation. All terms and conditions must be met to receive this package.



CHILD CARE

The Kids Club offers daily activities including a mini discotheque, crafts, face painting and video games. The mini club is open from 10am-5pm and is for children ages 4-12. Babysitting services are also available for an extra charge for children 3 and under.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location
Located 75 minutes from Montego Bay's Airport (MBJ) and 2.5 hours from Kingston.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
At least 1 person per room must be 18 years of age or older to check in. A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 3-night minimum stay is required at this resort.

Spring Break Policy
No student groups under 18 years old or spring-break groups are accepted.

Smoking Advisory
Effective July 15, 2013, Jamaica's Health Minister banned smoking in all covered public places on the island.




All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
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