Situated in the heart of Runaway Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, this beautiful resort includes the commercial and entertainment centre of the Bahia Principe Village Shops. In addition to onsite amenities and activities, the resort is surrounded by beautiful pristine beaches, natural parks and many interesting areas to visit.
So...! The beach by the Water Park was clear blue sandy & great! The smaller section of ocean near where they have weddings was nice for a little snorkeling. Our room was lovely--shower water pressure is amazing! Excursions were wonderful! We did Blue Hole (so much fun!!), Luminous Lagoon (fun & creepy b/c the muddy floor felt like you will be swallowed up), & the Day Snorkeling cruise was amazing (seeing all those fish ??!)
Things we wish were better: I wish rooms were replenished with water, shampoo, soap, conditioner,& towels instead of having to ask every time ??. Wish the food were better at the a la carte restaurants (Did not like Dolce Vita terrible, dessert at Mikado was terrible??). We wish the restaurants offered fruit from the island. Wish staff were friendlier though there was some amazing 1s. OMG all the flies at Piscis
Worst part of the trip:,My daughter was injured at the Water park accidentally stepping on broken tile. It stabbed into her foot while she played in the water. It took telling 3 staff members before help was provided. Reports were supposedly made by both security & on site staff but when I went to get a copy of the report, "Control" said they were NEVER notified. I made a report, but management did not care to see if we were okay. I guess they did not want to be held liable, so tactic is pretend nothing happened & ignore whole thing. This was extremely disappointing, but we did not let this get us down trying to have a family vacation.
First time to Jamaica ????
Enjoyed Our Stay
Jul 06, 2022
Late to post...
Not sure where all the negative reviews come from. YOUR vacation is what YOU make of it..
This was our first time to Jamaica and we loved it!
Unfortunately, we choose Westjet 2 years ago for this vacation, but like everyone else, it got canceled. So we had to rebook with Westjet, who does not offer Luxury, but the best part was we got to keep our room and pay 12.00 US per day per person to enjoy the luxury side as well and very thankful we did. I have kids ( adults now) and love them, but was it ever nice not to be around kid's. The resort is HUGE HUGE HUGE so be prepared to do ALOT of walking. The resort is absolutely beautiful, the gardeners work hard to keep the grounds beautiful. Does the hall smell yep, does your room smell musty yep, IT'S THE CARIBBEAN. Do you hang out in the halls?? NOPE.
I will break it down...
ROOMS: We got very lucky and paid for a sea view, and we got a great room, 21408 perfect sunset views, ocean views it was perfect!
Rooms are clean and huge lots of storage space. We never had the chance to meet our cleaning lady but tipped her everyday and she did her magic. We left a tip everyday in the fridge, and everyday it was restocked. We had clean towels provided everyday!!! We found the matress not comfortable. The AC worked great, almost to good we had to turn it down.
BUFFET: I am the pickiest eater and I mean picky but not once did I not find something to eat. We found the selection almost overwhelming; you wanted so much, we left a few times in a food coma. You must try the chocolate cake; it's so delicious ??
We ate our breakfast at the Jasmine, so many nice servers, no line up for food or having to wait for a table. Lunch we would do beach buffet on Grand side sometimes and the beach/pool buffet on the Luxury side.
A LA CARTE: We only did 3 and we were okay with that. We did The Dolce, and it wasn't the greatest but good.
The knife LOVED it!!! We all ordered the steak, and itbwas amazing. The desserts were amazing as well, and when they all sound so good and you can't decide you can ask if you can have them all and you will get them ????
Rodizzo I believe that's how it's spelt ????? We loved it as well. The service and food was great!
POOLS: No complaints. They were clean and never had an issue getting a chair with an umbrella or covered canopy. Sometimes servers came around sometimes they didnt but not a big deal. We brought our own beach towels from home so I can't comment on the towel hut service.
BEACH: BEAUTIFUL AND BREATHTAKING. We chose to go to the far side of the Grand beach close to the nude beach. The water was beautiful and again no issues for chairs, palapas or drinks. Didn't bring our snorkeling stuff and didn't really want to use the resorts not big on that, so we didn't see much sea life. My friend did see a small stingray go by.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION: We chose to use Brad Tours Jamaica and happy we did! Right from pick up to drop off Brad was amazing. He made sure he was always on time, always kept in touch to let us know what we needed for our excursions. He made sure wherever we were going he got us there safely! I loved how he took us to places to drinks where you were kot crammed in with other tourists and we could meet and hang with the locals ???? Brad was alot of fun and still very professional.
We did the Blue Hole, Dune buggy, white river rafting, Bob Marley nine mile and white river tubing. I have to say Dune Buggy was my favorite sooo much fun!! The Blue Hole was beautiful. The River Rafting was nice but not what I had hoped for. Bob Marley nine mile was amazing and I hope you get the pleasure of meeting Captain Crazy, he is an amazing soul ?? He made the tour so much fun and made me shed a few tears in the Church.
The White Rapids was a BLAST!!! It started to rain just as we arrived but we made the best of it, you're going in water anyway ????? It was so much fun and I hope you get Davian he was our river guide. He kept us safe and was alot of fun!!! I know there are many choices out there for tour guides and airport transportation and I'm sure each one of them is amazing and unique in their own way but I am very happy that we chose Brad Tours Jamaica and made a new friend who has now become family.
DRINKS: I'm very pleased with the drinks at the resort. Each bartender has a special drink if you ask ??
I would say some of out favorites were
Dirty banana, hummingbird, Miami Vice and Malibu Bay breeze.
SUNSCREEN: I can't express this enough BRING LOTS AND LOTS of sunscreen. We had 60 SPF and it still wasn't strong enough. And when you think you put enough on DON'T put more on, you literally need to reapply every 45-60 mins. The sun there is soooo HOT ?? ??
TIPPING: We did tips for all services. Tipping is not required but it is appreciated not expected. You do what you feel you need to do. They all work hard, LONG hours and yes some may not be skipping and jumping or may have a little attitude but put yourself in their shoes for a second, remember they are human as well.
Kindness goes a long way and that is all ??
Sorry for the long post just hope it helps.
Just go relax and enjoy. Don't sweat the small stuff you are on vacation for a reason ????????