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 6423 reviews

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

Room Upgrade Offer

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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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.

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.

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The best trip ever!

This hotel exceeded all my exoectations.The food was the best ever at a resort.The rooms are plush and the drinks was too good.The grounds are immaculately landscaped and the service was great.every detail was in order.More

melanie a,

Not bad- not amazing but not terrible

This was my husband's and my first all-inclusive to Jamaica (October 20-27) and here's what we put together... ROOM Our room was far away from everything (23114) almost the last one. We booked with Air Canada Vacations and were supposed to have a "preferred room of our category". Our room wasn't ready until almost 4pm. It overlooked the Don Pablo Adults only pool (though we didn't book Don Pablo). Our safe was free for the week, A/C worked fine, but the mosquitoes were terrible! They somehow got in (maybe the a/c vent) or a hole, we were eaten alive at night in our sleep. Some nights the room smelled like cigarette smoke (maybe smokers near the a/c intake??). Also our whirlpool tub didn't work. The shower caulking had clumps of black dots in the ceiling corners and cracks on the side bathroom walls (too much humidity). FOOD I enjoyed the buffet and the majority of the a-la-cartes. The only one that wasn't super was the Dolce Vita (Italian). My husband's lasagne was tasty but the size of a matchbox and my bow-tie (farfalle) pasta tasted terrible. Everything else, including the jerk chicken was great. STAFF Of all resorts, the staff here surprised me as overly relaxed and took their time doing everything. So slow! We put the 'please clean room' tag once (to avoid more mosquitoes in our room) at 7/8am and the room wasn't cleaned until about 3:30pm. We did leave a note however for more water and a 5$ US and we had four 1.5L bottles waiting for us :) I saw maids cleaning rooms with the TV on, and noisy workers being goofy. Seemed like the staff didn't take their work seriously. RESORT The resort is huge! We were discovering pathways, shops etc on a daily basis. Lots of fun for those who like a morning walk. Every night there were crickets, bugs, some sort of animal that made this loud ear-deafening peeps until first light. One woke me up in the night (I'm a good sleeper) and I thought it was the clock alarm going off. The resort has a few local cats some are very friendly :) There are many shops near the disco and karaoke bar. Take a look, great gifts to bring home. BEACH I snorkeled around the wedding chapel (mostly left side). I brought buns from the buffet and fed some lovely fish. I saw a blow fish, eel, and on the other side jelly fish. Not sure if they're harmful so be careful there's lots (right side if facing chapel). Beach was very long, loads of tiki huts and chairs. GROUNDS The grass, shrubs, flowers, palm trees were well taken care of. When it rains, water pools many of the walkways and they're all tile so be very careful when walking around. Ask someone for a coconut drink and someone may cut one down for you. WEDDINGS There were at least 4 weddings during our week stay. The wedding chapel is lovely, accommodates a good amount of people and seems to be a hot spot for tying the knot. SPA The spa was a bit pricey (even with our 20% Air Canada discount). Facials were 100$ US, massages quite a bit as well. We has a back and neck massage, half an hour was $75 US each. Felt good but so short! WEATHER Everyday rain passed by, mostly a quick shower but very cloudy. You can still burn through clouds so please wear sunscreen and re-apply after a few hours. I saw burnt toddlers (parents, I know you spray that spf 4 oil on yourself to arrive home dark brown but please take care of your children). One girl had blisters on her face from sun burn. WHEELCHAIRS I saw many individuals who were wheelchair bound at this resort, Actually, the most wheelchair friendly resort so far in my books :) Of course there were socially inappropriate people, children being unsupervised, loud clubbers returning to their rooms at 3/4am, parents bringing buffet plates of food to their children at the pool (and leaving the plate there), the typical everywhere-you-go this will likely happen. All in all the resort was alright (a bit expensive for what it was), relaxing vacation, just a few things that were crappy. Hope this helped!More

Kate I, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada

Relaxing vacation

This was our second time at the resort. Not much had changed in the 3 years since we had been there last. The resort is very clean, but starting to show it's age in some of the hallway areas especially the carpets. Shout out to Marvin who worked at the Orchid buffet restaurant. Always a smile, so attentive a real asset to the resort. We are truly going to miss him. The food was very repetitious and after 5 days we were tired of the same thing everyday. Chinese night was my favourite meal while we were there. A lot of the meat especially the beef dishes were uncooked so we avoided them. The room was always cleaned early in the morning and towels were restocked. At night time there was a turn down service and towels were replaced if they had been used. The maid left a nice poem on the bed each night which was a nice touch. We had a nice time but are not likely to return to the resort.More

Kelly7174, Collingwood, Canada

Grand Bahia with kids

Planning this trip, I was searching for reviews focusing more on the kids/family aspect of the resort. Since there weren't very many, I have decided not to review the food, rooms, or bartenders - instead this is all about questions parents may have when selecting this resort for their family vacation (and I apologize, it's going to be long!) We traveled 10/21-10/28 as a family of 4, including my 2 daughters age 5 and 8. Having stayed at many other resorts (Grand Bahias included) - I would NOT consider this a "HUGE" resort. Yes, it is big, but you don't need a shuttle or golf cart to get around. In fact, you can navigate the majority of the property inside if it's raining, so I would say you do not need a stroller unless you have a baby with you. YES, there are elevators in many different locations to help get strollers, etc up to the higher floors. As far as dining goes, my 5 year old is a REALLY picky eater. At the sit down restaurants there are children's menus with the basics: spaghetti, chicken breast, fish nuggets, and pizza. My 8 year old ordered off the adults menu, no problem. At the buffets, most of the food was just too "weird" for the 5yo. She pretty much lived on rolls and fruit all week. The hot dogs and burgers are not very delicious either. But their favorite restaurant was Mikado (Japanese) - they loved the food and the show! Make sure you request the "show table" though when you make your reservations, or you won't be sitting there. Be careful when eating at the beach buffet. The mosquitoes must come up from under the wood floor, because every time we ate there, our ankles were eaten alive! Not to the point where you need to wear bug spray, but I would recommend bringing some itch relief (or pay $12 for it in the gift shop.) As far as kids activities go, we did not send our kids to the Kids Club at all. We toured it, and were not impressed. And frankly, why pay to take our kids with us on vacation if we are going to leave them with a babysitter all day? We did think there would be more for our kids to do however. There were NO pool side or beach activities for them at all. The one day we saw there was Jamaican flag making, so we went to the Kids Club to do that. When we showed up the staff looked at us like they didn't know what we were doing there, and had nothing prepared. Many people must not enjoy crafts like our children? The pool was fantastic - great temperature and plenty of areas for them to swim around in. The 5 year old can't swim yet, but there were a lot of shallow areas for her to hang out as well. We brought an inflatable ring for each of them, which they used a lot, just to float around on. My only complaint would be during the afternoons, there were a lot of drunk people near the swim up bar (to be expected at an all-inclusive). It wasn't a huge deal, we just went to other sections of the pool, but it was a bit rowdy and vulgar at times. Our room was plenty big enough for the 4 of us, and we had brought a lot of stuff!! The bathroom is huge with a separate shower and bath tub. The tub has a hand held sprayer which worked perfectly to wash the girls hair. I also recommend bringing a night light, otherwise it gets too dark at night! We did buy the wifi package for $40 (must be cash) and had excellent connection on the entire property, including the pools. But it's only good on 1 device at a time, so plan on buying 2 packages if you want to hook up 2 devices. The tv in the room had lots of channels on it including Disney Jr., which was nice because it did rain a bit during our vacation, and unfortunately there isn't much for kids to do when it's raining. I felt safe the entire trip, security is everywhere. Even though the vendors come up on the shore at the beach, they will leave you alone if you say no and they see you with the kids (same with the time share ladies). You may have to answer some questions about "what that smell is" - apparently a lot of people do buy "stuff" from the vendors, and we smelt it a lot. If you go to the beach all the way down to the left side of the property (looking towards the water) - the sand is very nice. But the bad part is that it's too nice to see any sea life in this area. My 8 year old brought her goggles and was really looking forward to seeing fish, but no luck. I would caution everyone, not just kids, that all of the floors get SUPER slippery when wet. Even inside, after it rained it was ridiculous how slippery it was. Unfortunately, I also get to review the nurses station (which as a super paranoid parent, I was of course, majorly paranoid at this point!) - my 5 year old came down with a double ear infection on the 2nd day there. We went to see the nurse who said a Dr. can come look at her, but it's $200 just for the visit, plus medications. I asked if the nurse could look at her first, and see what she thought, and she said no. Knowing my daughter, I knew we had to get her some meds, so we went ahead and made the appointment for a Dr. to come in (she could be there in 2 hours.) - Once the dr. arrived, she did a full checkup. She had a very thick Jamaican accent, which made communication a little difficult, but not impossible. I'm pretty sure none of the tools they use are sterile, or at least not up to US standards! But again, I had no other choice. After a look over, she did confirm the ear infection, and gave us some medicine (additional $79). The nice thing was that we got the medicine right there, we didn't have to travel to a pharmacy or wait for it to be brought in. They did give us a full doctors slip, that we can submit to our insurance. Overall, the medicine worked and she felt better the next day already, so I can't complain about that! The last thing I would like to review is our day excursion we had planned. I used Chris from chrisjamaicatours.com and he was FANTASTIC! He took a few ideas I had and turned them into a 5.5 hour day trip that was perfect! He picked us up promptly at 9:00am in his clean and air conditioned van, and took us to the Blue Hole waterfall. At first, we were the only people there and had the entire place to ourselves! Both girls were given life jackets, and we brought our own water shoes (A MUST!) Our tour guide at the falls was Julian who was very entertaining to watch, and better yet, he carried my 5 year old through most of it! She could climb up the falls, but had no interest in jumping off anything, or swimming in the pool sections. At one point, he even had her on his back and swam across the lagoon with her! She loved it!! He took a ton of pictures with my camera (a good one, not a water-proof one) that he held on to the entire time and kept it dry. I was amazed by him (and yes, we did tip him well!) After the Blue Hole, we went to a nearby school that was in session and watched them at recess for a few minutes. My daughters thought that was amazing, and SO different from our US schools. Then we went to a shopping area and to lunch at Scotchies. I highly recommend the jerk pork and the festival. Again, Chris our tour guide was the best - he helped us order, made some recommendations and even brought us our food!! I can't say enough about him, and the fact that we had our own private tour guide for the day was priceless. Overall, our trip was great. We made a lot of good memories and had tons of fun. I would probably not come back to this resort with my children however. I would look for one that offered more activities, and was more geared towards families.More

Amanda D, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Family Trip - arrived happy, left happy.

This hotel was a nice fit for our large group. 6 adults and 5 children(range from 6mnths to 3years). We felt we received what we paid for and everyone slept well, ate well and enjoyed the beautiful beach and pool. There were limited extra frills to the hotel but we all felt that you did not feel you were missing anything and the pool/beach area were clean and excellent for families. The food was exceptional, the staff friendly and a great Jamaica experience on a budget. It was not perfect, some garbage on the ground steps, broken lamp in our room and sometimes a delay in service at buffet. But this was tiny and really not that big of a deal considering it was a busy week. Overall I thought this was a great hotel.More

Julie B,

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