Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

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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 Tex-Mex à la carte stands out. The hotel even has its own shopping and leisure centre, with boutiques, bars and a disco.

TripAdvisor rating

Based on 6177 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 10Buildings
  • 7Floors
  • 920Rooms
  • 7Lifts
 

Room Upgrade Offer

Book a standard room before 31st January 2015 and get a free upgrade to a Golden Club junior suite for arrivals 1st May 2015 to 31st October 2015.

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. 3 visits per week for dinner in a choice of speciality à la carte restaurants. Snacks. 4 à la carte dinners for Golden Club guests. Unlimited à la carte dinners for Don Pablo Collection guests.

Drink

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.

Hotel-run kids' club

For ages 4 to 12 years.

PADI scuba diving school*

One free trial a day in the pool with the equipment. Lessons are at a charge.

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double club room with sea view

Double club room with sea view sleeps up to 4. Has coffee-maker, beach towels, bathrobes, slippers, turn down service, VIP amenities, private golden reception, welcome cocktail, 4 à la carte bookings per week, private Casa Club with free Internet - 30 minutes per day, press iron and board and an alarm clock. Bathrooms have hydro-massage bath with a shower and a separate shower. Wi-Fi available at a charge.

interconnecting double room

Interconnecting double room sleeps up to 4. You will need to book 2 rooms in order to have a connecting door. Wi-Fi is available at a charge. You'll need to book 2 of these room types to get interconnecting rooms.

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“Back to our favorite resort”

This resort is one of the nicest I’ve ever stayed at. The staff can not do enough for you and the beauty of this resort is enhanced by the kindness of the Jamaicans. This is our 3rd time to this resort and we’ve already book it again for Oct. 2014. From the management to the gardeners these are some of the finest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. We always upgrade to the Gold Club. With this you receive a free safe (you pay 50.00US deposit which is returned to you at check out), room service, small bottle of rum on arrival, use of the Gold Club lounge where they have newspapers in English, French, and German. Also in the lounge is a private bar and computers for your use. The views from the Gold Club are all ocean views to die for. There is nothing nicer then waking up and starting your day with a fresh cup of coffee sitting on your balcony looking at the ocean. The jerk shack is fantastic, we do lunch there every day. Love the beach, it is set in a little bay great for snorkeling or just swimming. Always lots of loungers any time of day. The pool is great at the end of the day to have a drink at the swim up bar before going to the room to shower for dinner. We enjoyed all the ala carts except the Japanese one, we just didn’t like the food but we certainly loved the Don Pueblo restaurant! Outstanding service from Fitzgerald, he is one of a kind. We liked the buffet, could always find lots of dishes to enjoy, never got bored with it. Lobby bar was a nice end to a beautiful evening, after supper we’d go for drinks there and enjoy the music. People complain about it closing too early but we were tuckered out before it closed every evening. 11:00pm is not too early if you’ve made the most of your day. Have to say a special thank you to Diana Lewis who went above and beyond to make sure we always had a wonderful vacation each and every time we stayed at the GBP. A thank you to Marlon who never stops, he is hands on everywhere. I’ve seen him clearing glasses in the lobby bar, ten minutes later I seen him showing people to their room. Marlon, you and Diana deserve a vacation! We are so looking forward to Oct. 31 2014. I would like to thank all of the staff at GBP for making our vacations truly wonderful. Some people complain about little things on vacation, maybe they should stay home....More

Banshee1Luv, Cavendish, Canada

Absolutely the best wedding planning team!!!

Last year, my wife (fiance at the time) and I decided to do our wedding at Grand Bahia after visiting four different resorts around Jamaica. The two major factors that influenced our decision was the beautiful ceremony site (the gazebo on the beach, overlooking the water) and the outstanding wedding planning team. Two weeks ago, we had our dream wedding. It was the perfect day. A large contributing factor to our perfect day was the wedding planning team; specifically, Camecia and Kalfani. They both were there on the day of the wedding, from the start of the ceremony, right up until the end of the reception. Camecia was our main point of contact through the planning process. We emailed her countless times leading up to our big day and she always responded quickly with detailed answers. It was very reassuring, because she was able to answer all of our questions, no matter how abstract. Upon our arrival, we were given a letter with a meeting time for the following day. During that meeting, Camecia recapped everything that we had discussed prior via email and then walked us through the remainder of the process. We were working with a relatively tight budget and she helped come up with creative solutions that helped us realize all of our dreams. They do hundreds of the weddings a year and Camecia made us always feel like we were her only clients. I cannot say enough about how amazing Camecia is. The resort itself was great. We had a group of 31 (mixture of kids and adults). It was a great family resort. Everybody had a great time. The only knock on the resort was that none of the restaurants had a properly functioning air conditioner, so the restaurants were pretty hot in the heart of August. Other than that, the resort was great. The wedding planning team was exceptional!More

A I, Toronto, Canada

4 moms get away from it all in paradise

I cannot say enough fantastic things about this resort. From the moment we got there every person there did every thing they could to make it special and wonderful. The employees at the resort were amazing. We could not get over how friendly they were. We were 4 adults so we only at at the adults only buffet. I swear it is the hidden gem of the resort. The service was always amazing. Sasha was one of the hostesses that always checked on us and made sure we were taken care of. At breakfast Chantel and Demar kept us in stitches and always brought our morning beverages (even the rum cream) without us even asking. The omelets were spectacular. I wish I could remember the chef's name. We called him Andrew all week and on the last day he very politely told us that wasn't his name. We think he said Delomar but we were sure it was Andrew! The food over all was great. Always hot and lots to choose from. You hear all about the jerk chicken on this site and believe the hype. We ate at the beach snack bar every lunch just to get our jerk. We went to 2 a la carts the Picasso and Japanese restaurant. Both were very good, but we definitely liked the Japanese the best. The food was so good! When we ate dinner at the buffet the staff were always great. The main host will seat you and check on you all dinner and the servers do a great job keeping the water filled and bringing other drinks. We tipped every meal because we always had great service and at the end of the week we tipped extra to those who had gone above and beyond our expectations. We spent each day at the beach area closest to the nude beach. The nude beach area is completely closed off. We loved the beach at this end of the resort mainly because that is where the amazing bartender Odain was. We laughed, danced, and drank the days away with Odain. Never have I seen such energy! We called him Tom Cruise! He made every kind of drink you could want. He was so much fun and the reason we stayed at that end of the beach. We always went out early to get a good spot, but you really didn't need too. There were always chairs and in the shade. We never went to the pool only the beach. It was hot and there was always a nice breeze on the beach. We got towels every morning without issue. There were some rocks in the beach but you definitely do not need water shoes. We tried to get adjoining rooms but we couldn't but our rooms were side-by-side so that worked very well for us. Latoya and Monica kept our rooms very, very clean. We asked for extra towels and the always left them. They were both very nice and respectful if we happened to wander by while they were cleaning. We did tip every day, mainly because they did such a great job At the front desk we have to mention Phillip. We did get a safe and as I mentioned we did try to get adjoining rooms. Phillip tried his best and even gave us options. It was evident to us that he didn't just dismiss our request but really tried to see if he could do it for us. Again so very friendly and helpful. Our only complaint about the hotel is the wifi. It was spotty sometimes and having to sit in the lobby for an hour to do it was a pain. Why not give us the free hour but let us do it in our rooms? Really though in someways it was nice to be off the grid for a while. Nadia was our west jet rep and she was great. She got us a late check out because our bus didn't leave until 3. She also does the excursion sales. We did the Chukka tubing river tour. It was the absolute highlight of the trip. Floating down a river on a tube with some rapids along the way and zip lining. So much fun. We were unsure of even doing and excursion. Walking hand in hand up a water fall really didn't seem all that exciting so we opted for the tubing and zip line. So glad we did because we loved it. You do need water shoes for this excursion. A big shout out to Gingerbread, Warren, and Sheldon who were our river guides and kept us in stitches. Warning you will get wet! Transportation to and from the airport was seamless. About an hour to and from. I would highly recommend this hotel. We are already talking about going back (maybe with our husbands and kids this time. Or maybe not!) More

Dawn S, Barrie, Canada

Beautiful BUT little attention to detail

I traveled to this resort with my husband and two boys (5 &1) from 8/19-8/26. We have traveled to Jamaica 6 times and this was our first time at a GB hotel. THE GOOD- the resort was absolutely beautiful, well kept grounds and thousands of places to get great pictures. Pool was stunning and worked for adults & kids. Rooms were spacious. Many food options. THE BAD- little attention to detail everywhere 1- I was only able to get milk for baby bottle 4 of 8 mornings at the lobby coffee bar "sorry we have no milk, you have to wait until restaurant opens" not good for a young baby. Fridge in room was not cold enough to keep milk overnight. 2- The pool bar never had bananas (needed for many of their menu drinks).... when i mentioned that there were bananas in the buffet i was told that was a different department. I also was confused as this is a top export in Jamaica and they were growing on the trees out front! 3- Room was not as expected. I originally asked for one (king bed) and planned on my son sleeping on the pull out sofa. Noticed on here the pictures didn't make it look like it pulled out so I called to chance to 2 bed option. Thankfully I did bc the sofa bed is a sofa NOT a bed and that and the chair cushions are moldy. Two beds were doubles not queens which is tight for 2 adults. 4- Room was not cleaned well. never swept or mopped and i cleaned the sink and tub daily myself. 5- Every staff member was openly seeking tips from the omelet guy who had a tip area to the maid who knocked on my door requesting one (even though she didn't keep the room clean) 6- They call it a FAMILY resort but do not keep children in mind. Kids club seemed non existent. Shows don't start until 9:30pm. there are stairs EVERYWHERE and no ramps so you are constantly forced to carry stroller up and down steps. 7- Staff did not seem happy to work there. First time I was at a resort that we did not feel the need to say 'goodbye' to anybody- nobody really had an impact on us. overall we absolutely LOVE traveling to Jamaica and will continue to do so, but not here. I voiced my concerns while there and nothing was addresses. Also stop playing Spanish music in the lobby, I know it is owned by a Spanish company but we are in Jamaica.More

J Liz R, West Hempstead, New York, United States

Aug 16-23 wedding

My fiance and I were married here on Aug 19th. 30 of us travelled from Toronto. I have never been to Jamaica before but have travelled quite a bit to other sun spots and stayed a many resorts. Since I was getting married at GBP I have been following Trip Advisor for approx 8 mths. Pros: I never had a problem with towels or face cloths, the resort itself it beautiful and grounds are well kept. Food is great with many options. Our room was very nice, we stayed in Golden club room 23414, beautiful view. Maid service was great, no problems. Wedding itself was absolutely perfect and wedding coordinators (Kalfani) and photo staff (Nic and Ornellia) do an excellent job! Some staff were amazing such as Marvin in the buffet. My kids adore you and you made our trip more memorable with your kindness and humor. Also, Damian did a fantastic job going the extra mile to make my daughters bday special. Thank you! Also, the timeshare people did not bother us as we politely said "no, thanks" when walking by and we were not harrassed at all. Cons: In my opinion, having stayed at many other resorts I prefer smaller ones. It took me at least 20 minutes to get to my room or anywhere for that matter. (For the critics, I'm not lazy at all and excercize almost daily) but I am on vacation! I love the beach it was gorgeous but due to distance I found I was hardly there to enjoy it. It was much easier to stay at the pool. If you want a chair in shade you must have your towel out by 6am. I'm not kidding. Ive read quite a few reviews regarding staff being rude and I also found this to be true. Some staff should simply not be working in this environment. I have three children so we were at breakfast by 830 daily. Many times, the food trays were empty and we were waiting around for plates. I was surprised as I have never experienced this at any other resort. I was disappointed in the nightly entertainment and kids show only because again I am compairing to other resorts I've been too, however, we really enjoyed the Michael Jackson show. Some of our guests that travelled with us had several room complaints and changed their room twice and a couple people three times! AC not working, toilet running were the main complaints. I have read several postings on TA about money missing from safes and very unfortunately my brother had 700.00 US go missing from his safe last Thursday evening. They reported to security and they were supposed to investigate who had access to the room by scanning the cards for entry but nothing came out of it. My brothers impressions was that they did not seem to be taking this matter seriously. My brother and his fiance also got married here last week and this occured on his wedding night. Very unfortunate. Some sections of the resort need updating. In building 18 I noticed the carpets are heavily soiled with stains which you would never see in a true 5* resort. Also, some staff are very appreciative of tips and I found many others expected it. This was a bit frustrating as I usually tip based on service not expectation. Overall, I we did have a wonderful trip. I believe your attitude dictates the outcome of your vacation. I would recommend trying this resort as the value is good for the services recieved, I will return to Jamaica but will try another resort just to see what else is out there.More

Elaina H,

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