Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

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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Based On 6538 reviews

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

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

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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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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APPAULING - A DISGRACE TO THE BAHIA NAME

Just got back from the above hotel - what a relief. We have stayed at the same chain in Mexico 5 times and decided to try this one - boy did we make a wrong choice. This is the Americans hotel version of brits abroad in Ibiza. Full of drunk, loud, ignorant americans who seemed to think it was there hotel and so did the staff. Should you venture to the hotel then take loads of money with you because you wont get served unless you wave dollars at the staff - infact the staff seem to think that you should give them money before they do anything for them - as was the case with the bell boy who would not carry or allowed to be carried the bags into the room unless he got a tip and the bar staff who just ignore you until you wave money in their faces. We have never met a set of hotel staff so rude - from guest checkin to guest checkout, even the pool bar staff only smiled when you tipped them and it was quite obvious that they EXPECT you to pay for any kind of service before you get it ( unless your American). If you want to be kept awake most of the night then this is the place for you - drunk people, sorry groups, running along the corridors, shouting, swearing - room walls so thin you could hear people using the toilets in other rooms and people having sex oh - but if you like the smell of cannibis then this is the place for you as its quite obviously commonly used and no one does anything about it - and yes we did inform security but they are not bothered. If you like your food rare and your chicken cooked raw then happy days - if you can get any - the main buffet was commonly known as Butlins - do i need to say more. We were not even recognised as Bahia repeat guests. This hotel and its staff are a disgrace to the Bahia name. The pretty beach pictures in the brochure are just that - in reality its nothing like. My advice - Stay as far away from here as possible - go to Tulum in Mexico and see staff who treat you with respect and are grateful for any praise or tip.More

darren b, York, United Kingdom

Ya Mon! A great stay in Jamaica!

My daughter and I went to Jamaica for a wedding and stayed at Grand Bahia. We had a wonderful stay. There is not one thing about our time away that I didn't feel was worth every penny. The Jamaican people work hard and take their jobs seriously. The resort is huge with lots to do for everyone. Our absolute favourite part of the 4 short days we were there was the beach. We loved the far beach (close to but not on the nude beach) with its tranquility and natural beauty. This was our first time at a resort and our first time in Jamaica and we will most certainly return. The sooner the better! If you need a break from your busy work life I would highly recommend this country and this resort.More

eileentoronto,

Couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon!

Now that I have been to this resort, I can honestly say that the people who left poor reviews must be insanely picky travelers, because this was an amazing resort! I will list a few "cons" towards the end, but I want to focus on the positives because the bad things about this resort are very minimal in comparison. My husband and I stayed here for our 10 day honeymoon. We arrived at the airport in Montego Bay on Nov 11 and there was a bus waiting for us (we had booked through apple vacations so everything was arranged in advance and included in vacation package). If you have never been to Jamaica before, you should know that the people there EXPECT tips, and have no shame in asking for it. They will grab your bags whether you like it or not, wheel them a few feet to the bus and then expect a tip. We just tipped people who truly deserved it, and not those people who demanded it. The bus ride to the hotel lasted about an hour, but the driver did stop at a local bar/jerk chicken shack on the way and tell us to “all get out and get something to eat/drink.” My husband and I chose to stay on the bus. Yes, this is pretty rude of the driver to do when all we want to do is get to the resort, but no big deal in the long run. We finally arrived to the hotel and luckily there were only 2 people in line ahead of us to check in. We waited about 10 minutes and when we got to the front of the line was told that we had VIP check in status in another room due to booking through Apple Vacations. So we went to the “golden club” where we were checked in. Room was amazing and we had a great view of the pool and the ocean (we were on the 4th floor). From what I could see, almost every room in the resort has a great ocean view so I would not suggest paying to upgrade when you book your trip and just risk it. Room was just as described and shown in the pictures. We decided not to use the safe, and instead bought a small heavy duty lock before we left for our trip that fits through the zippers of our travel bag and just locked our nice belongings in our bags. We walked around the resort and got to know the area. It is a large resort, but we LOVED it that way! We did so much eating the 10 days we were there that it was nice to walk some of that off and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. At the end of the beach (near the nude beach) was a great beach area that had amazing snorkeling. We saw sting ray, eel, squid, octopus, fish, shrimp, etc. We brought our own snorkeling gear because we did not want used equipment in our mouths….yuck. They have a lot of nice drinks to offer, our favorite was the “Jamaican Smile.” Yummmmmm. We brought our own big insulated cups for them to fill so we did not have to keep going back to the bar for the small cups. The food was ok, but just as any buffet it gets old after a while. They have 5 a la carte restaurants and we got to try them all. Our favorite was the Garden Grill, Dolce Vita, and Don Pablo. The lunch shack on the beach is yummy, but also gets old. It is open from noon-6pm, but by 1:30 most of the good food is gone. On our second day there room service delivered us a bottle of champagne and a fruit plate due to it being our honeymoon. That was very thoughtful. Overall staff were nice, except for a few who had a bit of an attitude (that was rare though). Shout out to Alcott our waiter at Garden Grill – he was so friendly and by far the best wait staff we had. Also to Bernadette our night time housekeeper who went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this resort and am hoping my husband will agree to go back on our one year anniversary! Here are the cons. Please keep in mind that these are NOT major and I am only noting them so that you are aware of what to expect. 1. Evening shows are not very good. Majority of the people leave half way through. 2. Buffet food is good, but lacks change and is missing a lot of “key” breakfast items (hash browns, sausage links, biscuits, etc). Pancakes are dry and stale. 3. The dreaded time share ladies that won’t leave you alone. The good news is that they mostly stay to one area of the main lobby so often times you can avoid them. But beware when you get there and ladies keep asking “did you get your free gift?” …..you will need to follow someone around for at least a few hours listening to the time share speech, etc. We even got a phone call to our room one evening asking if we got our free gift…..ummmm….leave us alone! 4. The Jamaicans that walk the beach and constantly try to sell you things. They are overall very friendly, but it is NON STOP. Every time you turn around one will be asking you to buy something. In the resorts defense, I am not sure there is much they can do about this since they come in via the water. I did see a few resort staff trying to tell them to leave, but they wouldn’t.More

Rachael M, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mixed about this one

The property was absolutely beautiful.. Our room was clean and spaciuos. The beaches were amazing. On another note. The guest service was less than acceptable. Our balcony door didn't engage and left us without air for three days..we couldn't call the front desk because our phone didn't work..we walked to the desk daily. On our last night they finally fixed the door..we never did have a phone. We didn't get our towels replaced on two of the days. If you can't walk long distances this is not the place for you..the resort is huge! The food was subpar.. Run of the mill buffet..didn't change much from day to day..not much of a Caribbean atmosphere. Fun level was not there..would I return? Have to think about this one..so many great things. But so much they could improve on..staff was unhappy most of the time, making guests feels uncomfortable. But ...really was a beautiful place to relax..More

Happy53449, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

disappointment

My mother (79) & myself were staying at this hotel for my son's wedding. When we checked in they did not have a reservation for us but that was Air Canada Vacations (another story). When we did get checked in the room was dirty, the bathtub has bugs & skum in it, the shower would not drain, the bathroom had a bad odor. The dresser drawers would not open or close, so we took them out & set them on the chairs & top of the dresser. the cleaning staff never did clean the room during our stay, most days we had to call service for towels & face cloths + the fridge was not stocked unless requested. I contacted the service department 3 times requesting repairs + the Air Canada Vacations rep, nothing was repaired or changed. My mom was ill one night, requested room service but was told we couldn't get room service, another ACV issue. Went to the buffet, prepared a plate for mom but was not allowed to carry it out, the manager told me he would have it delivered to the room, it never showed up. The wedding was good, but the dinner was in one spot then moved us to the disco for the dance, not a nice atmosphere or set up for a family gathering. The food was institutional, had one good meal in the 7 days there.More

Joanne S, Calgary, Canada

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