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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Book a Garden View 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.
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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Junior suite sleeps up to 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12 years - can be sold as single, with hydro-massage bath, iron and board.
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.
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Grand principe Runaway Bay 10 days.
This vacation was my honeymoon. Had to ask for our honeymoon gift 8 days later. Had notified hotel well in advance and brought marriage certificate. The best food and excellent service was The Don Pablo french restaurant ask for (Richard). Chateaubriand was excellent. Buffet was huge and had something for everyone. Lots of fresh vegetables. Service at the grill was very poor and rarely opened on time. SUNDAYS bartender staff were extremely moody. Watched a pool staff member throw preffered member club lounge chairs over a hedge breaking them. Room fridge was not stocked daily, maybe twice. Fridge wasn't working. Shower water scalding hot. Constantly bothered to do the time sharing tour. Excursions are extremely expensive and some not worth the price. Did the swim with the Dolphins. Staff rude except for the trainers. Pictures were $100!!! Plus $100 administration each. No lunch. Many people in the Prefferd, Executive areas complained. Entertainment is very good. Make sure you buy lots of duty free at MBJ airport arrivals and departures because you have to be rich to buy at hotel shops. Overall vacation was good and food. Weather very hot, 1 day of rain. Bring American $$$ and water shoes. Front Beach is pebble rock. Pool is great.More
Amazing holiday and people
Went to this hotel for two weeks amazing rooms amazing food all alacart restaurants superb , Buffet restaurant out of this world . Hotel getting some work done didn't bother us as did not start work till late at night . Pool area the best I have seen and the pool bar just great and the barman glen ford new exactly what you wanted after just one order . The animation team is the best you have ever seen work so hard from 10.30 in the morning till 12.00 at night keeping you entertained thanks Peter -Gay Kevin cheeky oshay and vanneser , not to forget our maid and the lovely girl who turned our beds down for us every night and left a chocolate on our pillow mmmmm . Will most certainly be returning as soon as possible . Yvonne and Alan Hill Tyne and Wear EnglandMore
Beautiful and huge but not huge Jamaican feel
Ok I will say this we had a great time. The hotel is very beautiful. The rooms are a great size, the grounds were very clean. The workers are very friendly and helpful. Pool area is beautiful drinks were great. They have a nude beach on grounds (hubba hubba). The club on grounds was actually really fun and you could buy too shelf drinks for really cheap if you wanted. But I must admit there was a few things I didn't like 1. The Spanish feel if the resort. 2. Minimal Jamaican food at meal times (small corner of Jamaican food) 3. No mini bar in room (fridge had only 2 carib beers and a bottle of wata -NO RED STRIPE- and was never restocked from day one). 4. Room had no washcloths til day 2 (had to bathe with a towel-Blame myself for forgetting my sponge) 5. Room was not ready until 5pm. (I had to wander the hotel grounds for hours) Again the hotel is beautiful and I would stay again but I know what to expect next time.More
Privilege Member extremely disappointed
I invested in the Bahia Privilige Club while visiting the Runaway Bay location 2 years ago. Visting right now on my second week. Massive disappointment as member. No cold water and can't shower or flush toilets for two days. You can't change rooms as the whole hotel is this way. What a disappointment as a member to have to constantly report issues more than once on a day and also to invite guests in on the week of my visit to enter their room to find out they had welcome packages and none for myself. As a member I was not notified of constant construction in the resort which has me saying for this money I could be enjoying beautiful spa days in Toronto with construction and traffic everywhere and I would still hear less than hear. This morning I awoke to 3 jack hammers digging at the base of my window (one floor down) I guess in an effort to fix the water problem. The worst let down is there is no reimbursement or appreciation efforts made by the hotel to want me to stay or even return. Imagine lunch with 200 people and no one has showered...... you get the picture. I was making reservations to stay here from October 31- Nov 9 th and have canceled this request as a result of my first 3 days here. Who the *ell wants to complain that much. I am on week two and I sit here in the lounge I hear everyone coming through the door with complaints. Disappointing. This week this resort as a member has fallen short on rating and I would only rate it a two out of 5 for the remainder of the year. Oh yes folks if you have trips planned for the remainder of the year plan for construction over load as you wake up and sit by the pool to the sound of machines. Falls short on trendiness and romanticism. Luxury as a member is usually great but not this round. When I was asked for my feedback during a scheduled meeting at privilige clubs request on how to make it better for members; I was responded to with blank stares. Yes a phone is picked up to call the next person top shift the complaint but nothing is done; it is just unbelievable to hear from a staff member that some people just complain too much. I felt the need to ask if they were referring to me. Lack of respect for members.More
K K, Jamaica
Huge Hotel with Great Food!
This hotel is huge! It should be considered a resort. I was nervous about the food with it being an all-inclusive hotel and all. However, the food was great; they had everything you could ask for. The hotel made everything very convenient. I would definitely stay there again.More
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