Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay
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We liked this resort. Nice rooms with beautiful pool and ocean view. The beach in the front of the hotel it's not swimmable, lots of rocks. The other one on the side of the hotel it's a good place to swim and specially if you have little children. It has shallow waters. One great thing about this resort was the food. It was delicious. Everything was made in the site and they tasted so good.
On balance and with the benefit of time to re-consider, the Grand Bahia Principe could be a recommendable choice for a worthwhile Caribbean getaway. That’s not necessarily the opinion we held for a variety of reasons immediately after returning after a one week trip in December 2014. The Runaway Bay resort was our first trip to Jamaica but the second Bahia Principe property we had stayed at and after the exceptional vacation we had at the Cayo Levantado site in the Dominican Republic the year before, this locale came up deficient, perhaps somewhat unfairly. First of all and most importantly, the latter location is an exclusive Don Pablo level adult only private island with less than 250 rooms. The Runaway Bay location is huge including a Don Pablo restricted section with comparable amenities and services however the lower tier family friendly Grand Bahia is the predominant influence, representing about 75% of the location.We elected not to stay at the Don Pablo section since, unless the decision is made to limit oneself only to the restricted sections, the attributes generally associated with any family oriented resort will be prevalent here as well and to have a full experience self- segregation to about 25% didn’t make sense to us especially at a significant uptick in expense.Secondly, whereas typically we spend two weeks at a location in this instance other priorities only allowed for one week and during our visit we encountered torrential rain for four out of seven days. We believe Bahia Principe runs a relatively impressive program but as of yet control of the weather remains beyond their capabilities but limitation to the main hotel complex (while admittedly expansive) tended to blunt one’s spirits and definitely, one’s activity. The staff struggled to keep up with maintenance, the walkways were dangerously slippery and there were moths the size of small aircraft hanging from walls everywhere. We booked via Air Canada Vacations so while we were not privy to all Don Pablo or Privilege Club benefits, we did still have some enhanced amenities like pre-set reservations at a couple of restaurants, which can be an odyssey to obtain when once you attempt to do so with the concierge, although the assigned times may not always be optimal. Another aspect to be wary of is the Privilege Club sales associates, which seems to be a ubiquitous annoyance at all Bahia Principe resorts. We told them upfront we were not interested but they are on commission, excessively persistent and ultimately not very congenial when they finally comprehended we weren’t going to buy in no matter how many times they attempted to give us the bum rush. Based on configuration, the pool areas tends to take precedence over the beaches and the entertainment and activities seem to be centered by the main pool and the town Square, which also means if you opt for Don Pablo accommodations, you’re effectively paying for exclusivity that is no longer achievable. As noted, we were not fortunate enough to arrive at a time of great weather but as compared to breath taking beach areas we’ve visited we were not awe stricken with the quality here. In many areas, erosion had lead to an absence of sand and the water itself wasn’t very inviting with accumulating debris. The vendors wading around with floating carts of their wares didn’t leave a great impression either.Our room was fine, and completely consistent with the thematic décor found at their resorts. Our balcony was spacious with a gorgeous view overlooking the gigantic pool and ocean beyond…when the rains slowed. Housekeeping services were efficient and timely. The mini-bar was restocked on a daily basis. One deficiency however is the absence of wifi in the rooms with lower tier accommodations although it does give you a reason to visit the Verandah Bar and socialize with other guests from the four corners of the world. The restaurants are generally good, with what I would consider to be a cordial if not exceedingly friendly wait staff. That is one of the perceptible differences with this place and what we have come to anticipate based on comparisons with the dynamics of guest/hospitality staff interactions on other islands, including other Bahia Principe concerns where the staff seems genuinely interested in the guests’ positive experience. There were exceptions such as the completely entertaining time we had at the Japanese hibachi restaurant. The Orqueida buffet is the backbone of the restaurant selection, following the same strategy as other Bahia Principe resorts of focusing on cuisine from a different world region each night with less esoteric fare available on a daily basis.This resort had heavy traffic in the common areas and reflects the impact of persistent wear and tear.
It is very pretty, but let down by the main buffet restaurant which serves up lukewarm food which in some cases is quite greasy. Trying to get into the other eateries is quite trying, prevarication prevails. It was quite wet during our stay and high heels are not recommended boys. Bar area very nice and service with a smile Pool usual intellectually unstimulating fun activities. We had an ocean front room with some breathtaking morning views. Karone our room attendant was great. The beach restaurant should be avoided, there is little of quality on offer and the birds are a particular nuisance. The complex is very large and let down by the lifts which are few and far between and often out of order. The privilege club as found before are persistent and not really befitting a quality hotel chain. You will get gifts for 1.5 hours of your time, wait for the hard sell and just say no, it seems too good to be true. I haven't had time to investigate on the internet but I envisage the usual timeshare stories.
We are just coming back from Gran Bahia Principe, Runaway Bay and spent wonderful time there. The room was comfortable and had a gorgeous view. We had a special good time at the Japanese restaurant, especially at the show. Kennardo Jackson was so great. he made us spent such a good time. He is great and funny, caring, intelligent. He take care of the guests and we had a memorable night.At the Sunset bar, we had also a great time and very good moments with Richard. At the Orchidea Buffet, Aldon was always friendly and smiling. Most of the staff are very great.The hotel is really clean. Everywhere. The beach is beautiful, but sometimes you have to be careful for the sharp rocks or stones at some places.The food is excellent. The only negative things is that the white wine is not good at all. Ask for rosé or sparkling wine. Also, it would be essential to have the Wi-Fi in the room. We are in 2017!!!
Our usual January, 8 day, 'get-away-from-the-snow' trip brought us to Jamaica -- and met all our expectations. If you live for perfect beaches, with crystal clear water and white sand, then Bahia Principe is for you. We, four adults, arrived on a Tuesday and were quickly welcomed and assigned rooms. The grounds are gorgeous and pristine, the pools and loungers clean. During our stay staff were constantly working in the gardens and tidying, wiping loungers and tables. Generally the hotel is equally well maintained. Some of the seating areas in the main lobby were rather worn but it appeared they were in the process of updating many areas of the resort. The rooms are spacious but after one night we found ours (in the 17 block) faced the Village area with very loud music playing until 11pm. We asked to change rooms and were quickly accommodated in 14 block. (Note: if you are particular about your pillow, bring your own.) The buffet worked well for breakfast, as did the Piscis restaurant at lunch. We wanted to try the restaurants and knew that guests could only book 3 (of a potential 4) per 7 night stay. This proved to be a very annoying process. The Concierge Desk has no idea when the booking for each restaurant opens and will not allow guests to put their name on a list. They simply tell you to check back after a certain time/day. We did so only to find they still didn't have the booking list. Determined to succeed, we checked back the next afternoon (after a day-long outing) to be told there was only seating at 6 or 9. Bottom line: don't set your heart on getting into one of the restaurants or be prepared to persevere, persevere, persevere. Eventually we ate at 3 and found them satisfactory. A lovely touch is the tea/coffee table set on the main terrace. Pastries in the morning and biscuits in the afternoon are also available. Bahia Principe will give you a wonderful break from reality but possibly the best asset of the resort is the fantastic staff.
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Welcome cocktail upon arrival
- Separate check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
- Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner Snacks
- Unlimited a la carte dinners (reservations required)
- Unlimited domestic, select international and premium brand drinks
- Mini-bar restocked daily (water, soft drinks, beer and alcoholic beverages)
- Concierge service with direct phone line
- 24-hour room service (light menu)
- Turn-down service
- Butler service
- Beach towels, bathrobes and slippers in room upon arrival
- Exclusive pool and beach areas with waiter service
- A variety of daily sports
- Selected non motorized water sports (1 hour/day)
- Daily activities program
- Live music
- Nightly entertainment
- VIP room amenities
- 20% spa discount on treatments only
- Admission to the disco (drinks included)
- Access to all services and facilities at the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica
- 80 rooms
- Located within the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica resort complex
- 6 restaurants
- 8 bars
- Lounge chairs and towels
- Medical services (fee)
- Scuba diving centre (PADI) (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- WiFi in the lobby
- Tennis court
- Golf course nearby (fee)
- 1 king-size or 2 double beds
- Full bathroom with hydromassage bathtub
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Living room with sofa bed
- Satellite flat screen TV
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Balcony or terrace
- WiFi (fee)
- Occupancy up to 3 adults
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Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway BayRunaway Bay,Jamaica
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Salt Coopers, Runaway Bay Jamaica
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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