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
- Jetlag-busting flights on the spacious Dreamliner
- Enjoy complimentary drinks
- Extras for Premium Club guests including UK airport lounge from 1st May
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.
Facilities► View all
3 outdoor pools
With sunbeds, parasols and towels.
The hotel-run kids' club is for ages 4 to 12 years.
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.
Rooms ► View all
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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The entire resort needs an attitude adjustment
I have been vacationing in Jamaica for over 20 years - have stayed in Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and, as of last week, Runaway Bay. I have stayed at adult only properties and family properties. One of the reasons I love this country so much is that usually the employees at the resorts are incredibly helpful, friendly and fun and they truly make you feel as if they are happy that you chose their island to spend your vacation dollars. Until our stay last week at Grand Bahia Principe. I felt as if I were in another world. With very, very few exceptions, every single staff person we encountered, from the front desk to the housekeeping staff to the food service staff were rude, unfriendly and insolent. Every request was an issue that was never resolved without multiple phone calls, visits to the front desk and threats. We traveled with 3 families - 6 adults and 7 children. In our room, the pillows were hard as rocks - they only gave us 2 shower towels every day even though there were 4 people in our room and no matter how many times I called housekeeping or spoke directly to the staff it never changed. The television in our room turned itself off and on all day/night and it was never addressed even though I called to report it every morning - I didn't get one solid nights sleep while I was there. Our friends experienced a flood in their room when the room on the floor above theirs overfilled their tub and their bathroom was flooded for 2 days. It took them 5 phone calls and 3 visits to the front desk to finally get maintenance to come to their room to fix the issue. The keys to the room would stop working at random - even if you made sure to not put them near any other electronics. Between the 3 families, we made over 20 trips to the front desk for new keys during our 6 day stay. The food at the buffet was OK but nothing to write home about and very little variety. 2 people in our party got sick from eating the food at the buffet. They were not prepared at all for the amount of people at the resort during the holiday week. Chafing dishes would be empty and not refilled - they would run out of things and not replace them - it would take 3 or 4 requests to get coffee at breakfast. The a la carte restaurants - don't even bother - I didn't think it possible but the wait staff there was even ruder than anywhere else - the meals took forever to come out and, when they did, the food was mediocre at best. Making reservations was a nightmare. I spent an hour one day trying to make reservations for our party for the week - the hibachi was the one restaurant everyone was looking forward to and when we finally got there, we found that they had reserved a la carte dining for our group and not hibachi and they were unwilling to do anything to help us. The hostess even went so far as to ask us to wait outside the restaurant vs the waiting area - why? who the heck knows - just to be more rude and unfriendly I guess. Typical resort antics - people get up at the crack of dawn and reserve pool and beach chairs with towels and then don't come back to them for hours upon hours - by 7:30 am, there was not one pool chair to be had. Best thing about the resort, as others have said, the Jerk Chicken and the man cooking it - nice and friendly and amazing - the Scuba staff also very friendly and helpful and they went out of their way to always say Hi and give our kids hugs. Not only will I never go back to this resort but I would tell anyone even thinking about going to STAY AWAY - every single person we spoke to during our week said the same thing so it wasn't just us. Oh, and the typical annoying time share people who stalk you every time you walk by their desk in the lobby or by the pool.More
brenmommy, Suffern, New York
We just got back last week from GB Runaway Bay and had a great week, the a la cartes were fantastic, I would recommend all!! The only one we didn't do was Spanish. The people were awesome. We had a beautiful room looking out over the pool and ocean. We were 21 block. Pools were nice, beach is so so , we walked the beach each day and there were always lots of people there. Loved the outdoor lobby at night to sit outside after dinner and have their drink of the day and listen to music. Entertainment was o.k. have seen better and also worse. Nice atmosphere, a little out of the way. Weather was awesome. Overall a great week!!More
610beach, Sauble Beach
it's all okay
arrived 02/13, the place looks huge and impressive. Check in was smooth and painless. Had to go to the apple vacation people which gave us an 'upgrade' - not sure to what but it was an upgrade. The rooms are nice size and clean, some minor issued with the sink / tub / shower fixtures but nothing serious. The pool is nice but they seem to be short on chairs and small tables. The staff is very nice and we had no issues. They are laid back so don't expect anything 'fast'. The food in buffets does not change much and is not hot, not really even warm. There is an 'adults only' buffet which is much better. The 'restaurants' ranged from good to excellent as did the service. The 'beach' - or what portion is useable is far away from the rooms, I would estimate that 70% of the waterfront is unsuitable. I assume this is because of hurricane protection but I think they could do a bit better. Beer was red stripe light, it was cold. They put 1 to 3 Caribes in you room refrigerator. The pool bar liquor was okay. The lobby bar has some top shelf stuff but it was a $2 per drink upcharge. We have been to 4 other all inclusives (mexico) this one is average. Took us 3-4 days to figure out why - but we did. While nothing to ruin your time, but the attention to detail is just not there. Sections on the beach were in disrepair, large piles of lumber (debris) left on the beach (the entire week) leaves and trash raked up, but left on the beach. Missing pieces of hand rail, dilapidated (and unusable) dock with 50% of the lumber missing, it's is everywhere you look. We had a 2nd floor beach view room that had 25 -40ft palm trees in front of it. This provided a wonderful view of the trees but not much else. It's not bad, it's not great - and we had a good timeMore
rudutch, GRR- Michigan
there are better resorts around Runaway Bay
stayed at this Resort Feb 4 to 11th...agree with other comments but had our problems with room..had to ask for coffee pot, repeatedly had to ask for new alarm clock as the one we had kept losing 10 minutes every hour. As well, the new power saver system disrupted all power to the room when you left and had to take your key card. Why one outlet couldn't remain active for recharging items, etc, is beyond me. Food OK but not exceptional except at the Grill where both service and food excellent. Bars OK but plan on asking for doubles lest you want to wait. One irritating item and perhaps not the resorts fault but everyone 'saved' their lounge seats first thing in the morning by tying towels to the chairs while they went off for breakfast, touring, etc...and these loungers were under huts, etc and so may sit vacant for hours until the guests came back. Entertainment at mall area great. Would try another resort if went back to Runaway Bay.More
CV_traveller_11, Belleville, Canada
Lovely Resort in Jamaica near Montego Bay
The Grand Bahia Principe resort is located about an hours drive from Montego Bay Airport in a town called Runaway Bay. It is a big place but very well managed. There is an Adults only section also attached to the main hotel area. Staff is extra courteous and goes out of their way to help! Rooms are large and very clean. The whole place is well maintained. We had an Ocean View Junior Suite on upper floor- what a nice view! There was choice of 5 restaurants - offering Gourmet, Grill, Italian, Japanese a la carte fare plus a huge Buffet place! Food in all the facilities was delicious. In addition there are several bars located strategically everywhere and a beach side eatery that serves food at all hours! The pool is beautifully laid out with lots of staff looking after it. The Management made sure all guests were well treated and one could see them involved hands on! The beach, private to the hotel, was clean and the water was really comfortably warm! The place is very kid friendly. One of the main attractions in Jamaica - Dunns River Falls in Ocho Rios is hardly a half hour drive away. Highly recommended! Nightly entertainment is top class. We really liked the Steel drums and the Michael Jackson Show. There is also a nice shopping mall on premises for souvenirs, etc.More
Kuldeep C, Oakville, Canada
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