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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Free Room Upgrade
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
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.
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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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.
junior suite club room with sea view
Junior suite club room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years, with 2 double or 1 king-size bed and a sofa-bed. Includes coffee-maker, beach towel, bath robes, slippers, turndown service VIP amenities, private gold reception, welcome cocktail, 4 à la carte bookings per week, private Casa Club with free Internet - 30 minutes per guest per day, iron and alarm clock. Bathrooms have hydro-massage bath with a shower and separate shower. Wi-Fi available at a charge.
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Above and beyond service!
My sister and I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe October 24 to 31 2014. First I want to say that the best part of our stay was the excellent service provided by the employees. They were amazing, always attentive to us, and seemed to really enjoy working at the resort (of course, like anywhere there are always exceptions). We tried four of the restaurants on site and were pleasantly surprised. The micro cuisine bar at the Dolce Vita is a must. The buffet at the spanish restaurant served out of this world tapas and my sister loved the jerk chicken at the beach! They have two buffets on site. 1) The Orchid which has a lot of selection and is opened to all. 2) The Palmyra for adults only. We preferred the Palmyra because it is smaller, much quieter and the selection of food was a little on the higher end. The drinking water in Jamaica is prestine and you never have to worry about drinking it. The beach is okay but not as nice as the one at the Riu in Ocho Rios (see my other review). Our favorite spot was at the end of the beach (right next to the nudist beach). Sarah our representative on site from Air Canada vacation did an excellent job to make us feel comfortable at the resort. Thank you for recommending the community project visit to a Methodist school and a coffee farm. The drive in the mountain was as much fun as the visit. This resort has everything you need if you do not wish to leave the resort. The Pueblo sells all the clothes and souvenirs you might want to bring back home. The entertainment in the lobby in the evening was tasteful and featured a combination of jazz, pop and reggae music. There is also entertainment at the Pueblo but we can't comment as we didn't go. There were a few glitches but that's comes with travelling. When we arrived in Jamaica, the wait at the customs was way too long (over two hours!!!). At departure, the airport ran out of electricity for about two hours again. We ended up missing our connection in Toronto. It rained every day for a few minutes and the floors were very slippery. I fell and hurt my foot pretty bad but these things happen. The staff was constantly cleaning the floor to remove the excess water but we had to be very careful. Our room ran out of electricity one night during a bad storm. The next day our room was filled with smoke: the air conditioning died on us!!! We were immediately moved to another room. Overall, these little unplaisanteries are only details and our trip was well worth it We will definitely go back to Jamaica!More
Die8300, Ottawa, Canada
Beautiful hotel with friendly staff.
I just visited this hotel with 2 other ladies.We were in the Don Pablo section.On arrival after a short talk about the Don Pablo section we were shown to our room,the room was not what we ordered,we wanted 3 beds in the room and got 2,but within 20 minutes the room was re-allocated on a lower floor with 3 beds.(very pleased with the service) The hotel is truly lovely,the room are plenty big enough for 3 adults,the bathroom was large with a jet bath. The food in this hotel varies,the best restaurants in our opinion are The Picasso for breakfast,where you will meet the most friendly staff,supervisor Sootisha,waiters Moralyst,Damion,Alwayne. The Don Pablo restaurant is lovely with great food and presentation.The Grill food is good but do not arrive early for your reservation you will be made to wait outside until your exact time. The Japenese restaurant was lovely with a choice of just sitting and ordering, or watching a demonstration then eat. We did not like the Italian but that was just personal choice. The girls who run the Don Pablo office are great, Sinita,Cordell and Victoria, sorry cant remember the managers name but she was also lovely and ready to help with any problems. These girls are so kind and helpful.Nothing is too much trouble and ready to please you. The pool the first week was really quiet, but not the second week,we were unfortunately there when the part of 86 wedding quests were there,who seemed to spend the rest of the week drinking heavily and partying noisily, with no consideration of other guests.This was a group of Canadians as you will see on a lower review who seemed to complain a lot. I on the other hand found the Hotel to be excellent with very attentive staff. One more thing on arriving in Jamaica we did have to wait 2 hours in passport control to get through,this was so tiring after a long haul flight. When you leave the country you will need Â£10 in your passport to get through customs. Can I also praise the waitresses at the Don Pablo pool,all 3 girls worked so hard all day and we thank you so much.More
jeannie15, Westbury, United Kingdom
The manager for the hotel (Marlan) went above and beyound to assist my girlfriend who was not feeling well also to make sure our wedding plans for our stepson wedding went well without any delay. Give thanks to the wedding cordinator she has done everything and extra to make sure we are satisfied. I will give special thanks to the manager (Marlan) he is a great asset to to your business, peoples person and great personalitie.More
clement E, Cambridge, Canada
7 people and 3 rooms check in was horrible no towels and washcloths first room lock broke on front door they couldn't fix it.second room flooded because the toilet overflowed.staff was very rude.house keeping didn't clean our rooms until 4pm or later constantly running out of glasses and silver ware. The staff treated you based upon the color of the armband you received when you were checked in. We were up graded to a gold band and we're promised bath robes and slippers and a few other things that we didn't get. I would not recommend this hotel to any one. I have never had this kind of treatment before traveling to jamaica and we go 2 to 3 times a year. I only felt like I was on vacation when we left the compound. In the buffet no silverware and glasses we couldn't get any one to serve our table. Bahia principe in runaway bay jamaica should not be a five star hotel with the service we received it should be a two star hotelMore
Feeling mixed about GBP
The good: - Rooms are beautiful - great views, jet tub in bathroom, mini bars, nice beds. - Buffett is the best I have seen at an AI - so many choices you don't normally see, and tastey food. - for the most part, friendly staff. - nice pools. - room service was great - my daughter was sick and I had food delivered for her. I expected a cost for this, but it was free. - overall a big beautiful resort. The bad: - check in was poor - it took so long to get my room, I almost asked refund so I could leave. I was told the reason for the delay on my room is because I booked 2 rooms and wanted them close together, but there were other people at the front desk complaining about the same thing, so this explanation made no sense to me. - maid service is done very late in the day. We were already back from a day at the beach and it wasn't done yet. Awkward to have someone cleaning while you are there, so we told the cleaning staff not to clean. - "privilege club" - there are staff in the lobby trying to convince you to upgrade to privelage club so they can collect a commission. They called our room twice asking us to come talk to them, even though we told them we were not interested. I think it is inappropriate to give our our phone number to these staff, as they are clearly sales people, using tactics such as giving away free gifts etc. (it reminded me of time share condo sales). - beach - 1/2 of the beach is awful - no sand, only small rocks. I have no clue why a huge resort like this wouldn't bring in a bunch of sand to make this a proper beach. You have to walk further to find the decent beach. Despite being a big fancy resort, I wouldn't go back. The resort was too large for my preference, and the check in, and priority club sales tactics were annoying to me.More
beachbum_number1, Winnipeg, Canada
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