This supersized beachside hotel has a trio of huge pools and dining choices ranging from Japanese to gourmet.
This hotel is on a private 800-metre beach, where you can sometimes spot nesting turtles on the sand. Inside, all rooms are junior suites with hydro massage tubs, and nearly all have sea views.
The pool scene is made up of 3 joined-up lake-style pools. And for dinner, the steakhouse stands out. The hotel even has its own shopping and leisure centre, with boutiques, bars and a disco.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. 3 visits per week for dinner in a choice of speciality à la carte restaurants. Snacks.
Local alcoholic beverages including beer, spirits, cocktails, house wine and soft drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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3 outdoor pools
With sunbeds, parasols and towels.
Daytime activity programme
With dedicated entertainers on hand throughout the day and activities such as boccia ball, volleyball, darts, dance classes, bingo, quizzes and aqua gym classes. Check out the programme to see all the activities that are on offer.
The hotel-run kids' club is for ages 4 to 12 years.
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club junior suite with sea view and balcony or terrace
Club junior suites sleep up to 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years with a king-size bed and a sofa-bed or 2 doubles. The bathrooms have a hydro-massage bath with a shower. But it's the extras that make these suites special with coffee-maker, alarm clock, beach towel, bathrobes, slippers, umbrella - on request at reception, turndown service, VIP amenities, private gold reception, welcome cocktail, 24-hour room service, 4 à la carte bookings per week and private Casa Club with free internet - 30 minutes per guest per day and free newspapers. All with a balcony or terrace with a sea view.
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BEST VACATION - DONT READ THE NEGATIVES!!
I will start my review by saying I read over 300 reviews on this resort and was a little nervous based on the negatives I read. A group of 25 of us travelled from Ontario for a wedding. I can't even begin to describe how amazing this trip was from start to finish. We arrived later in the evening, so check in was a breeze. The staff were fantastic, we met the lobby bar supervisor our first day and he was our friend all weekend. Barrington, you're the best!! They are not money hungry and "only after tips". Treat them with respect, and they will treat you the same. I read a lot of negatives about the staff and it's a shame because they were great to us. The a la carte restaurants were a little tricky to book. However, if you go to the restaurant directly and slip them a few dollars, you'll have no problem. We visited the Japanese restaurant twice, best experiences by far. The steak house and French restaurants were great too. The buffet mixed it up and had different themes each night. Even the selective eaters (myself included) never had an issue finding something to eat. If you're wanting to snorkel, you don't even have to book the excursion. Go to the gift shop, spend $20 on a snorkel set and go to the beach!! You will be blown away. The beaches closest to the beach buffet were the best spots! We spent almost our entire trip there! Lion fish, Angels, Tangs, Wrasse, Anemones, Urchins. Just beautiful. Make sure to bring water shoes! We had ZERO issues with theft!!! We had ZERO issues with rude staff! We had ZERO issues with the food!! We had ZERO issues with our room! I now feel silly worrying about the negatives I read before I came here. It was paradise. We didn't experience issues with the wifi, but we weren't too concerned with it as we were on vacation! We were able to connect with home when we needed to. It's free 24/7 in the lobby. The wedding we attended was beautiful, just perfect. If you're only looking at the negative reviews, you'll miss out on this amazing resort. If I HAVE to give one negative, it would be the semi-regularly being asked to purchase marijuana. But you're in Jamaica! It's not my thing, so I politely decline and that's it. I would go back in a heart beat. And I'd stay at this resort again and again. Thank you Grand Bahia, you were great to us! We miss you already Barrington! More
Great 2 Weeks...Lovely Hotel and Staff
Just like to say the hotel is one of the best we have stayed in. Pool area...Beach...Drinks... Food..cleanliness..friendly people.. So I don't know what them bad reviews were all about. I have difficulty in walking so I took my own Mobility scooter and found the resort was okay for me to get around.The only thing that I would like the hotel to do is make access to the beach a little more easier for wheelchair users...Example there could be a ramp and maybe a suitable walkway to get to the water. We would just like to mention a few of the staff that made this holiday one of the best.. Keyno. .(Buffet restaraunt Breakfast)..Ask at the door for him as you enter the buffet and they will guide you to the area he is working in...Excellent service from him for the whole 2 weeks. Latoya...(Breakfast) Chevaz...(Trainee) Buffet restaurant Keep up the good work and I'm sure you will get you peach jacket ð Kevon (Around the pool ,Cleaner,glass collector, Entertainer Singer) A joy to see in the morning doing his tour around the pool and also works in the reception lobby entertaining the guests... Kimberly (lobby bar)..Very good service..Remembers your drinks always asks if you are ready for another one.a dollar goes a long way...Best Mojito maker. Jordan (Trainee) Lobby bar Kerroy (Omelette Maker) Teddy Lee (Shots Drinks) Lobby bar All good at there job and very helpful ...Beach... We used the beach near to where they are currently building a water park (Due to be finished in December)..Lovely small beach peaceful...drinks bar 50 yds away..Security guards walking up and down the beach all day..(only to stop the guys who walk up and down most of the day selling shells from coming onto the beach..They have to stay in the sea..We had a good laugh with them,and never a problem. .......NOTE...... And for all those people who moan about steps around the hotel ..All you have to do is look for a lift and then you would NOT have to climb the steps..I got everywhere on My scooter..More
The Wedding Factory
My wife & I booked this hotel in March with Air Transat. Paid $3200 for two people. We stayed from October 23-30, 2016. The flight: The Air Transat flight to/from was horrible. 6 hour flight from Toronto to Montego Bay. 5 hour flight from Montego Bay to Toronto. No free food or snacks on both flights, only their paid food service of $8 six-inch pizza, $7 sandwiches made with dinner-roll bread or the halloween sized chip bags for $6. The bonus is they give you all the pop/juice/water/coffee you want, so hey, you won't completely pass-out from starvation. TIPS: carry lots of food and snacks to/from if flying with Transat, because factoring in the flight + travel to the hotel, its an 8-10 hour journey each way. Also try to reserve your seat online, because all the seats/legroom on the plane are NOT the same size. And be nice to the air hostesses b/c they are working in cramped conditions and on their feet for most of the flight. Arrival to hotel: Bahia check-in was superb. Public Relations rounded everyone in the lobby bar, made us sign a bunch of papers and were given our room-keys. Our a-la-carte restaurants were also pre-booked, so that was amazing. We also got a voucher for a free bottle of rum, 20% off the SPA and use of the room-safe. TIP: there is a $50 deposit on the safe. Get a paper print-out of the deposit, otherwise, the front desk will NOT give back your $50 when you check-out. Hotel Room: we stayed in building 17 on the 4th floor, facing the disco. Did not hear any noise at night. There was very loud construction noise in the day-time from the new children's playground being built. The room was clean, bed was comfy, towels were aplenty. Had 1 day of no-cold water and 2 nights of roaches crawling out of the drain. TIP: leave $5-$10 tip money everyday for the chambermaids, b/c this ensures your room is cleaned thoroughly and fridge/towels stocked. Restaurants: food at the buffet and a-la-cartes was deeeelicious! Lots of fresh vegetables, meat, starches, desserts. Custom-order dishes like the pasta bar or egg-station were speedy. The best a-la-carte we tried was the one where they make guys wear pants. The 2nd best was the Japanese, but do the Tepanyaki show because you get to meet and chat with other guests. TIP to Canadians or Brits: do NOT talk politics with americans, but DO offer them a place to stay if they move out. Beach: Few rocks in the water and beach. Wear watershoes. Lots of sand-fleas, so lather on the repellent. Beach-bar was amazing, staffed by a young boy & girl in Hawaiian shirts who made perfect drinks, with the right amount of alcohol. TIP: Don't bother with the exclusive package b/c you can get luxury quality service with the basic room package and tipping staff generously. Pool: Very nice to look at, especially in the night-time. People also pee in the pool. And it gets crowded. The TIP here is pretty clear. SPA/Gym: Must do the couples massage, it is worth the $$ with the 20% off. Gym was okay. TIP: bring wet-wipes or Detol, because, didn't see any machines get cleaned by staff or guests. The gym hours are also limited from 7am-8pm. Drinking/Smoking: Most of the public areas and restaurants are smoke-free. Security guards will remind you of this. Non-tobacco products are also cheap and readily available off the hotel property. Bring your own smokes and matches b/c the stores are highway robbery. Booze was never watered down and available 24/7. TIP: Only Redstripe beer is available from 3AM-10AM in the snackbar.More
Billy B, 155019
Celebrating my 40th
Having stayed 5/6 times at the GBP chain after holidaying in Mexico this year we decided to buy into there Privilege club (PC)unfortunately on this visit we did not get "any" perks if you compare vacation club v's a tour operator booking-very disappointing.. My husband booked the trip for my 40th and asked the reservation team months prior to be place into the Don Pablo section as it was our first holiday without kids in 8yrs however we were advised it was full. On arrival we were given the main hotel when asking about availability we were told yes but it would be a extra 20-30$ each per night...ð³ we were advised that due to privilege club members we could use all facilities at Don pablo but our room would not be on that side, so we decided to stick with the allocated room. On late evening arrival we were shown to our standard room, which was still a lovely high level as normal. Unfortunately the safe did not work so after 3 visits back down the Privilege club they sent a engineer to the room to fix it. Entire new lock needed. Fantastic super king memory foam comfy mattress -very good nights sleep. All al la cartes were booked out each night for us our prior to arrival some duplicates, so we asked to swop to the Brazilian and was advised because we were not staying in Don Pablo we couldn't. Birthday cake and champagne was delivered during our Mikado evening which was a lovely surprise considering my husband had asked the day before could anything be done and was told they needed 48hrs notice. When we returned to the Room that evening we have a happy birthday sign on the door and a lovely decorated room with rum, coffee ribbons and balloons- totally unexpected considering what my husband was advised. Prior to Check out 3 days before departing we asked the Privilege club for a late check out as our flight wasn't until 6:45pm and we were told we would need to come back on the am of departure as it would depend of availability. 8am when they opened we went down to be advised the lady I needed to speak to wasn't yet in and they didn't know when she would be,the last thing we wanted was to spoil our last day we wanted to grab some breakfast have a walk around and grab some finial hours of sunbathing. After returning 30mins later we were advised no late check out as hotel was over subscribed and all rooms needed to be vacated by midday. At this stage we did question what perks we had/given the thousands of pounds we had already paid into the club in May, asking just for a extra 2-3 hours in our room and the answer was no. Being very unhappy at this stage and no longer willing to continually face a situation every time a hurdle was thrown I asked if there was a shower room we could use after we had finished using the pool to get ready for the airport. we were shown to the room in the Don Pablo section however due to lack of facilities no hairdryer, no electric points to plug straighteners in eventually we were told we could have room for a extra 90 mins. Most staff are extremely pleasant and go out if there way. Good service in jasmine most of the time loved the way they treated you, shown to table napkin placed over your lap and the soft playing music over meals. Buffett was well stocked and varied. No Malibu which was a surprise how ever the substitute was ok. Beach bars were good however lack of showers at beach itself. Lunch at the Don pablo onsite restaurant was very good to experience the jerk chicken. Adult only pool waitress service was fantastic regular drink order visits, loved the melon kebabs. however music far to loud and pumping continuously from 11am-6pm. Great snorkelling points not much in the bay but enjoyable. water shoes a must as main beach walkway very stoned and quite a few urchins in the water. Very enjoyable holiday despite ongoing hiccups which in reality should never happen. Seems depends on who you speak to,to get what your asking for is pure luck.. In reality we thought the Privilege club would have got us the same service and level of expectation as we were promised in Mexico but this obviously is not the case.... More
Love this hotel!
I visited here with my daughter and two friends. Right from the minute we arrived the staff were amazing. The maid I had for the 7days I was there her name is sashalee was the friendliest lady I've ever met she is so easy going and made sure we had what we needed every day. Also Shout out to the entertainment crew. They were there everyday to make sure everyone had a great time . Top ones are Oshane, Kevin and Milton if you want to have a great time then find where they are and you will truly have fun. The food was amazing everyday not one time was I not satisfied with what we ate. The staff overall on this resort are the nicest people . I had the best time ever after being to other places i will always go back to this resort already planning another trip back next year. Can't wait see you then. If your planning a trip to enjoy yourself the plz go to the Grande Bahia In Jamaica they also have lots for your little ones to do throughout the day and shows at night for you and the children. I had the best time ever .More
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