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.
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With Thomson Airways
- Direct flights from 7 UK airports
- Fly on the spacious new Dreamliner
- Experience quieter, jetlag-busting flights
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
- Upgrade to Premium Club for additional benefits
- UK airport lounge access for Premium Club guests
Book a Junior Suite between 24th April 2015 and 31st January 2016 and receive a free upgrade to a Junior Suite Golden Club room for arrivals from 1st May 2016 to 31st October 2016. Your booking will be automatically upgraded in resort.
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. 4 à la carte dinners for Golden Club guests. Unlimited à la carte dinners for Don Pablo Collection guests.
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.
These stylishly decorated double rooms come with both a view of the garden and a balcony as well as Air conditioning. In addition to twin beds, there are two extra beds in the bedroom. The bathroon also has a shower.
PADI scuba diving school*
There's a PADI scuba diving school here, offering a variety of PADI lessons and certificates. The hotel has access to the sea, and there's a small reef close to the shore where you can go diving or snorkelling. And the hotel offers a complimentary taster session in the pool.
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interconnecting double room
Interconnecting double room sleeps up to 4. You will need to book 2 rooms in order to have a connecting door. You'll need to book 2 of these room types to get interconnecting rooms.
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.
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Nice hotel however
I think that the hotel is beautiful and so is the grounds, however, I feel like it could benefit from a better night life and better night entertainment. It needs better food options at the buffet as well.. The snack bar was where I ghot all my food because it was authetic Jamaican cuisine which I though should be one of the more prominent restaurants at that hotel since it is the BEST. Also the drinks are extremely watered down. I do enjoy the staff and the entertainment during the day though...esp the waiter by the snack bar that carries the drinks on his head! Fantastic and hilarious! The hotel also could use wifi in the rooms, you can only get wifi in the lobby which was a bit annoying because sometimes you want privacy. Also if you want to call back home use the pay phones in the lobby with a calling card. It's your cheapest betMore
Catiana J, Queens, New York, United States
Calm&Quiet/ No Party Feel
Arrival for check in took WAY to long, we waited about 20 min...just to get our keys. Checkout took time too so make time before your shuttle . -The hotel is very large, a lot of walking to and from pool bar,beach,room,and food courts. - The service at pool bar was so lame and the workers were not happy. The best bar was at the beach, 2nd hut down with an older man named GERRICk, !!! Avoid the first beach bar, the bartender girls were rude. Walk further down... - MEKA by the scuba sigh up was very welcoming and stayed responsive to what excursion we wanted to do. Ask her for DE TEACHER... A realllllllyyyyyyy awesome man in his late 30's, he has his private cab car n takes you wherever u need!!!! Our best time was with him! Check out the BLUe Hole, he will take you; Awesome ! Everything else is very low key, quiet, not a party scene. A lot of family and kids and that's not what we were looking for, so if your young and trying to meet new young people that is not the hotel. Also have to mention the ENT crew member "CHeEky", he knows his work and does is great!!!! look for him for some hype!!!!More
DarlingDarleen, New York City, New York
Beautiful Resort .... here's our perspective on the good and the bad
We visited as a family group. This is a very large resort with over 900 rooms. They will be almost doubling (so we were told) in size as they are adding a new high end section (Don Pablo area will get their own buildings and beach). For starters, you will hear construction noise from about 7 am to approx. 9 pm everyday (I was not around the area from 9 pm to 7 am so unable to comment), if you are in the Don Pablo area since construction is right next door. They were also building a new patio near the beach (and "A" building) so we did hear construction noise well up to 11 pm. I'm not sure if they worked past 11 pm as we would fall asleep after a hot summer day filled with activities. The Good 1. Resort property is beautiful and well layed out 2. Resort is kept clean and well-maintained 3. Rooms are well-sized 4. Beautiful views from most rooms 5. Bathrooms are well sized with separate shower and opaque doors to shower and toilet! Excellent idea! 6. Nice size balcony 7. I'm a morning jogger and it was easy to lap around the resort (5 km) each day. I did not use the gym although I was told there was one somewhere. 8. Excellent jerk chicken at the grill near the beach 9. Room safe with a keypad....no carrying keys!! 10. Rooms are generally quiet and shades keep the sun out. 11. A/C was quiet and worked well during our stay. 12. Keycard for entering your room 13. The bay is man-made so very calm waters....amazing! At high tide someone 5'-10" cannot reach the ropes but at low-tide it is not a problem Great place for family with children 14. Feels like a safe resort 15. Beach and water are very clean even though some guests find it difficult to use trash cans 16. Pool is kept very clean even though some guests continue to pollute with plastic drink cups 17. Buffet is generally ....clean, well stocked and fresh 18. Buffet food is very good with plenty of choices (obviously there can always be more) 19. A la carte restaurants were very good (food, service, cleanliness and choices). We were able to reserve in each one. 20. Many bars 21. Large pool 23. Within our group, most beds (mattresses) were very comfortable. Double and King size. 24. Many shops if you wish to buy something 25. Resort did not feel as big as it actually is What can be improved 1. Nightly entertainment .... we preferred going to bed 2. Housekeeping 3. Getting enough towels in the rooms 4. Elevators....if you need one, you will be disappointed. There are few and very very very very slow. 5. Unfortunately 47 steps to get up to the lobby unless you want to wait by elevators 6. If something breaks it can take long to get it fixed (it took 2 days/3 phone calls to unclog the shower; it took 3 days/3 calls to fix thermostat) 7. There were some rowdy guest a few times making loud noise but if you call the front desk, they do send security. 8. They have a card system for beach towels 9a. Room keycard tends to de-activate easily 9b. Double beds are small....why not change to queen size? 9c. Need better pillows 10. The wines offered are "ok" at best. There should be more selection from different countries. many more choices available if you are a Don Pablo area guest. 11. You would think this would be a basic with the number of European guests they get. Please start offering free espresso, cappuccino and latte .... the real stuff....not chemical powder. Thank you 12. No Jamaican patties?? .....at least at the grill during lunch once or twice during a 7 day cycle 13. Beach is not very big although we always found chairs (hotel was far from capacity). They do need many more parasols. 14. Many areas near or on beach can use a lot more sand and less rock, shells and bare areas 15. Need to find a way to keep locals out of guest areas (too many in the water pushing things to sell and asking for food and drinks). I definitely encourage meeting locals and buying from locals but there is a time and place. Example, provide them a dedicated area or provide free shuttle to a shopping area. Too many guests and hotel staff bring them food and liquor which is what they are looking for. Scuba-aquatic water activity area was very very disappointing. We wanted to use the Hobbie cat, kayak and pedalo and every day we kept being told the wind was too strong ... how do you sail without wind? We found the staff at the Scuba-aquatic lazy and rude. They were only interested in guests wanting to pay the extra to go scuba diving. We were allowed to go out only the day before leaving after speaking to management. When we finally made it on the water they forced us to stay in a very small area, totally ridiculous and no fun at all. If you have ever tried a Sandals resort you would see a night and day difference.....does not even compare! 16. Bar service.... many bartenders lack basic politeness. Many smile only once they get a tip. Avoided pool bartenders like the plague. bars tend to run out of basics ....one day no bananas, another day no blender, another day no rum cream, another day no milk .... we would have to move bar-to-bar to find a drink we wanted. In the whole resort only two bartenders offered to go get us what we wanted ....they took the time to go look for what was needed! 17. Too many servers expect or ask for a tip rather than start by proving good service (and getting tipped afterwards because of the good service). One night i asked for an extra lobster tail at the International Buffet. The guy serving us actually said, "I take care of you, you take care of me...right?" he only handed the extra lobster tail once I smiled and said, "Oh sure, I'll take care of you." I tipped our morning waitress and chefs every day.....it was a pleasure to meet them every morning....polite, courteous and offered to help without expecting anything! 18. We are in the 21st century....there should be free WiFi all over resort. At least provide a couple of free hours with the ability to pause the use instead of one hour limited to front lobby that cannot be paused. This was definitely an irritant!! Who would I like to thank for helping to make our stay pleasant..... 1. Timmoy, beach bartender near nude beach limit.....too bad we had to walk from Don Pablo beach area to his stand every day to get service.....but he made it worth the walk. Polite, courteous and helpful! He was definitely the best bartender we met! He helped start our day off right! Thank you Timmoy! 2. Loydd, bartender beach, supervisor who took the time to go get the bar ingredients we were looking for 3. Our morning waitress (Denisha???? misplaced her name, young lady with 2 children at the outside table service near the Nestle hot drink machines) 4. Sasha, a restaurant hostess we met several times who greeted us with a smile and conversation each time! 5. Wayne, a restaurant manager, who took the time to go find a couple of bananas so I can have my Dirty Banana drink....thank you! 6. Latoya and Shelle-Ann at front desk who were courteous and polite....with a smile 7. Andre "Big Bird" Pearthe, a server at Dolce Vita. He was probably one of the best servers we had during our stay. Would we return? ... "yes, we would give it another chance!"More
Canadians_who_travel, Montreal, Canada
Beautiful Resort and great place
This was a sisters holiday, once in a life time experience. We arrived early hours of the morning after a six hour flight delay to find we were separated into different blocks. Our rooms were changed and we were put on the same floor but rooms apart. After a couple of days we experienced unpleasant odour coming from the bathroom. ( sewage problems) and we again had to change rooms. We did have issues and complaints that we had to moan about before things got sorted out to our satisfication. We finally began to settle into our room and enjoy our holiday. We stayed at the Dan Pablo,side which was great with our own exclusive areas. The food was amazing and I must recommend the jerk chicken on the beach. The people working at the resort are very friendly and helpful. A big thank you to Lorraine ( Manager of Dan Pablo) who was very helpful and went out of her way to assist us. We were not informed that major building work was been carried out. This should have been advised by First Choice. We did truly enjoy the resort and met some really nice people. The pool area and beach were beautiful. We enjoyed our excursions which were booked through our holiday rep.A great location.More
Lakhber B, Greater London, United Kingdom
The Most Relaxing Vacation!
We arrived at this beautiful hotel and enjoyed ourselves 100%. We relaxed on the beach and snorkelled in the ocean. This hotel is gorgeous without a doubt. There is a giant chess set you can play outdoors. Fun pool games during the day and fun nightlife and live shows in the evenings. One thing that is important is when you are snorkelling, be careful of the lion fish. I got stung by one trying to take its photo. It was my fault as my camera bumped it, so it was only defending itself. Worse pain ever! Even with that happening, I would go back because of the friendly staff inside and outside the hotel. There is a nude beach around the corner of the hotel. They do sell time shares but it's not a terrible experience. We went on two excursions while we were there. To the Luminous Lagoon one evening, which was a very nice experience and then to Mystic Mountain, which was really fun. We did the bobsledding and zip lining there and it was great. We didn't do the slide, but you should. You would have to get a taxi or rent a car if you want to go anywhere as it is away from everything. Our date comes up as March 2015, but we actually travelled March 2013.More
Judy H, Nanaimo, Canada
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