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 three joined-up lake-style pools. And for dinner, the steakhouse stands out. The hotel even has its own shopping and leisure centre, with boutiques, bars and a disco.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Buffet meals. Three visits per week for dinner in a choice of speciality à la carte restaurants. Snacks.
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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oceanfront junior suite with balcony or terrace
These oceanfront junior suites come complete with a king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, a hydro-massage bath, a minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, Wi-Fi* and a balcony or terrace.
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All in all its ok
We're to start.If you don't walk well this is not the place for you. Because it's huge and very spread out YOU WILL WALK ALOT!!!!!!! OK Day 1 the room they put us in had no air conditioner it was approximately 90 degrees in the room and no one seemed to care. I called numerous times to be told they're working on it. But with that being said. I got up and walk a mile to the front desk, throw my little fit and they give us a new room and the air work great. Until Day 2 when the electricity was out to the whole Motel, when we woke up no power, no water, no electricity this went on all day into the night.That whole day we were not fed and none of the restaurants were open but the Bars were open though so everybody was wasted. When it got dark and everyone was hungry everything got a little weird. Finally the power come back on the restaurant started opening the rain stop and everything went back to normal for the rest of our stay .So not to be a negative person this place is amazing it's huge .There is so much to do the snorkeling is great, included with your price I might add they have kayaks and sailboats and long long long long walks on the beach.All the people are nice ,but it's because they want something from you everyone has their hand out, everyone wants their tip and most of them want to sell you drugs.Take lots and lots of dollar bills for tips because you can only get 10 at the time at the counter. They will give you plenty of fives and tens imagine that LOL .Booze is free meals are free well I say free you pay for it all inclusive. There was lots of good times and lots of problems when they're saying no problem mon.No one at this Motel cares about you, you are on your own, but with that being said it's a very safe place. Not one time did my wife feel uncomfortable or scared and if I had it to do all over again I I would stay at this Motel again if I had to go to Jamaica. All in all we had a great time..... More
Overall we enjoyed our week here... mainly because we got to spend a lot of time with our young grandchildren and not because of the resort itself. My "3" rating is generous. There are too many problems with this resort to recommend it to anyone. My wife and I will not be returning. We have been to other Bahia Principe resorts (e.g. Mexico) - we were expecting this would be as good but this was not to be. We did not like the overall layout of the resort except for the fact that buildings are linked by covered walkways so you don't have to go outside to access the lobby or the main buffet. Unfortunately this also meant we did a lot of indoor walking this week. Some of the many things we didn't like: -the only nice beach was off to the side of the resort and was quite small (not good if you like to take long walks on the beach). Only when the water was perfectly calm was the water clear enough to see any fish. On the plus side there usually were lots of loungers and shady spots close to the water. Ongoing construction of the nearby water park was noisy, messy and annoying. -pools are need of repair: loose tiles, sharp edges, lack of ladders. Although photos suggest the main pool is continuous (like a lazy river)...it is not. There are barriers under several of the bridges that prevent you from swimming/wading through to the other sections. -pool and beach bars frequently ran out of supplies even in the middle of the day... what? no rum? no Red Stripe? isn't this Jamaica? -lobby bar charges extra for marginally better brands of liquor. This room is cavernous/noisy/uncomfortable/no entertainment. The only plus is the AC. -charging for the room safe is another cash grab - not appreciated -The main buffet was always very busy, congested and noisy every mealtime. Food selection in the evening was very disappointing. We didn't starve of course but expected much better. The food at the a-la-cartes was better and more enjoyable/quieter (Japanese, and Steak House). -we ate lunches at the beach restaurant most days and enjoyed the view, decent service and some live music that was there a couple times. The jerk chicken was usually fresh and tasty but the overall food selection never changed. -on the second night of our stay we woke to water dripping from the bathroom ceiling in several spots. We were unable to reach anyone on staff for almost an hour to report the problem, then waited for almost that long again before anyone came to investigate. I went upstairs to see what was happening and observed the guests in the room above ours splashing around in the water that covered their entire room (broken pipe apparently) and yelling at staff who stood there with a couple of towels in hand. Eventually we were moved to another room in an entirely different section of the resort (J building). The AC in our original room (A building) did not work very well so we were happy that the AC in the new room worked fine. Unfortunately the new room had a sewer type smell that I didn't like (that whole section of the resort seemed to smell funny) - we decided to keep that room because my wife didn't notice the smell and she wasn't up to moving again (she has mobility problems and we were both tired being awake in the middle of the night for almost 3 hours because of the flood and eventual move.) The desk staff indicated they would do "something special" for us to compensate for the problems that night. Nothing special happened for several days then finally, after checking with the front desk and client relations 3 times, a bottle of cheap sparkling grape juice was delivered to our room on the last night of our stay. I thought we'd be getting a nice bottle of wine perhaps? Apparently not. -like other guests have reported, the carpets in the hallways are very dirty/stained. This resort keeps adding new buildings, more guests, etc. but has done very little to update things carpets, elevators, rooms, etc. Out of approx. 20 different sun resorts my wife and I have stayed at over the years, we rank this one near the bottom. Definitely not "Grande" or "Luxury"!More
4 stars only
The location is beautiful and the resort is not too big and not too small. We went for a wedding which was great. On the downside they promised us 4 a la carte meals. They assigned us 2 of them. One was on the wedding day?? When we went to change it and book the other 2 it took an hour to find out we could only get times at 930pm. The staff were all very friendly and nice. The beach restaurant was a favourite with quick friendly service and amazing jerk chicken.More
Beautiful Hotel, Well Maintained and Delicious Food!
This is my second stay at the Grand Bahia and this time I stayed on the Luxury side of the hotel. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and staff work from early morning until late evenings maintaining the grounds with stunning landscape with beautiful marble throughout the hotel. The beach is private and quiet, but a little rocky. There is a kids pool area that looks almost completed. There are so many young people working throughout the hotel and they are super efficient and courteous. Some nights it was a little boring if you don't leave the grounds, but if you plan activities during the day it is just the right mix. The food.... omg... it is absolutely delicious especially in the main dining rooms (Jazmin or Orquidea). Bring rubber soles because the marble can get quite slippery as you walk around and mosquito repellent wouldn't hurt either. Ocean view rooms and just very, very nice. I can't wait to return!More
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Me UP LIKE 7 (response to how are you?) Means, you are doing Great!
We traveled as a large group of 13 people (6 kids under 9yrs, 7 adults) Nov 27th for 6 nights. Celebration for my daughter's 7th birthday and 10 year wedding anniversary for my sister in law. We have stayed at the Bahia resorts in Dominican and Mexico a few times and really liked our experience in the past. Although these were Mega Resorts where you needed Trams to port you to place to place, the Grand Bahia in Jamaica was a small resort in comparison to its sister resorts in DR and MEX. That being said yes it is quite a large resort but its one huge complex which can be easily navigated within one or two days of walking around. I had read many reviews of this resort having rude staff, things falling apart in the rooms, out dated televisions, internet not working, food quality... to be honest i did not find anything wrong that would cause me to rate this hotel poorly. Arrival day: We flew in from Toronto by 2:30 pm and after an hour drive from the airport we were greeted by friendly public relations staff who lead us into the Lobby lounge area for our check-in and details. We were promptly served with Non Alcoholic welcome drinks (which i think is a great idea since the hotel does not know if you consume alcohol or not). We got our bands and a porter loaded our luggage to a cart for all 4 rooms we had for our party. Over all the experience was pleasant and not rushed. FOLKS REMEMBER, you are escaping from your hectic paced lifestyle to a more relaxed slower paced lifestyle when you come to a place like this. Word of advice, start thinking about this from your airport ride to the hotel. Things will take longer that your quick service you are used to. Its vacation in Jamaica, THAT IS THE FREAKING POINT! SLOW IT DOWN! Rooms: I had sent the hotel a request during our booking and an email a week before arrival requesting adjoining rooms on a higher floor (3rd or 4th floor). What we received was 4th floor facing the pool with a sea view room with large balconies, with two rooms adjoining and and the rest of the rooms on the same floor beside our room. Rooms were clean and in good shape, yes there is some wear in the rooms on the tiles and joints but remember that room has been in constant use by people every week for 365 days a year, its not going to be show room condition. The hotel is 10 years old and its in great shape for a place that is always being used and abused by people, and weather and time things will break down and are being fixed as they do. When you get your room, walk around and check everything, does the taps work, anything broken, anything under the beds, check the balcony door to make sure it locks, check it all out. if you aren't happy, call them and ask for another room. Trust me its no problem. One of our rooms had an issue with the water line for the toilet, attempts to fix lead to an issue in the pipes behind the wall, they move us to another room same floor same view, next to the room of our party so we were not separated at all. Food: Great selection for everyone. Majority of the visitors come from Canada (60-70%) the rest are British or European visitors. The food needs to be catered to a generic audience, and it is. The Beach Grill, has the best Jerk Chicken i have ever had so far. I am a Foodie with smokers and grills at home, i know my chicken. It is available everyday for lunch from 12 to 3. we ate lunch every day there. We had 4 a-la-Carts in our package, we did the Japanese, Italian, Beach Grill, Japanese! (yes we did it twice, it was that good) Just book as soon as you check in with public relations don't wait for the next day. Internet, TV's, radio's: WHO Cares, i didn't spend $5000 per family of 4 to come watch TV and be on line looking at my phone while on vacation. If this is important to you, im sorry you are not really on vacation then! NOW for the Rude staff:On this resort, our entire party of 13 raging from 5 yrs old to 65 yrs old were treated with respect and attention. Believe me when i say there is no such thing as rude staff. Only rude guests! YES I SAID GUESTS. The people on this resort take they work seriously and they do it well, at the Jamaican pace but well. If you as a guest treat them like people, you will be treated like royalty, if you speak to them like servants, you gonna get attitude. a couple of dollars here and there (although not required) goes a long way. They will remember you! Make friends and conversation with the staff. Find out when buffet, beach grill, house keeping staff specific to your interest have the day off. Make sure you are constantly engaged, and TIP. i take $100 extra just in TIPS, its a good number for the week. Now something you will read from guest in the upcoming review for the next couple of weeks, power outages, while we were there there was one day where we had no power to not only the resort but surrounding areas as well. almost 7 hours of no power. This was a true test for both hotel staff and guest. Personally i feel the hotel staff did everything in their power to provide food, drinks and entertainment given the circumstances. Remember this is not the hotel's fault, it was the service provider. just because the power is out during the day...doesn't mean the vacation is a ruined. the beach was there, pool was there, the bars were their for mixed drinks that came out of a bottle, not a machine. Management felt like a punching bag and i felt sorry that some guests didn't understand that they were doing the best they could. NOW a special shout out to Mrs Diana, Mr Marlon (the executive management) and to all the Public Relations Staff, All the kids club crew, Entertainment Crew. One love to you all and thank you for making everyday for us feel like..... UP LIKE SEVEN! See you all soon!More
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