Let me begin by saying that we at first book at the Riu in Ocho Rios, but decided on this resort instead since the pool looked better. After we booked at the GP, I started seeing a lot of negative reviews about the resort. I decided I wasn't changing the resort again and took what people said with a grain of salt and figured that you can't satisfy everyone. The resort is very large. We walked the resort and talked and took pictures along the way. The resort is suppose to be getting another 900-1000 more rooms. GP is already the largest resort on the island. The resort was clean, the room was clean, and staff was very friendly. When we arrived, our room wasn't ready, so they told us we can go and have lunch and enjoy the amenities and check back with them. When we returned, we were told the room was ready ( probably an hour later) and we were taken to Villa 11, which was a great location because it was right behind the lobby/restaurants and pool. The bellboy explained to us how to work the air condition since you have to leave a key in a slot on the wall by the door and if you open the patio door, it cuts off until the door is closed. The room was already cool-there was a key already in the slot. We didn't have to use the ceiling fan at all while were there as the room remained cold the whole trip. The refrigerator didn't get that cold, but that didn't matter to us because we didn't really drink anything while in the room, but the ice maker is not too far.
Food- The food was good. They made sure to have a variety of foods for different taste buds. They had a theme each night such as Mexican, Italian and American for dinner in the buffet restaurants. Breakfast has made to order eggs and different smoothies that are made on the spot. We only visited one of the specialty restaurants and the food was good, but the portion was smaller, but of course, you are more than welcomed to order more. One suggestion I do have is to have more of a selection of Jamaica food since we are in Jamaica. They had oxtails and rice and peas and curry chicken, but not every night as an option.
Entertainment- We went to the nightly shows that they had each night and found them to be good. They make sure to get the guests involved to make sure they are having a good time. On Tuesday, we were able to go with the entertainment team to Margaritaville to party/club with them and the locals at a 10.00 cover charge, but the ride there was free. There are different activities that are going on near the pool. They had a bonfire one night and had reggae bands a few nights with appetizers. The dance team would also teach you to dance.
We did 2 excursions while we were there. We purchased our excursions from the shop on the 1st floor on the Jamaica side near the lobby. We did the Negril shopping/Ricks Cafe for 12.00 trip. We were able to go to their stores and buy souvenirs. Ricks Cafe was nice, but we were there too long, IMO. It was a good experience to see people cliff dive into the water though. We also did Dunns Rivers Falls for 55.00.. That is a long trip to get there. They do get lunch at your expense for after the tour. The experience is a once in a lifetime experience for me. I didn't know what I was getting myself into. The climb to the top was a long ways, but a good experience. Make sure you have water shoes. I would suggest not to get any with velcro. My velcro kept coming a loose and my shoe kept sliding off and making it a bad experience for me. But I am glad I did it and have pictures to show. Take a waterproof camera. They change 25.00 there for one.
Overall- My husband and I are 32/33 w/ no children and overall enjoyed this trip. This was my husband's 2nd time in Jamaica, but 1st at this resort. The weather was nice, even though this is their rainy season. There was enough entertainment and things to do to keep you busy. If you take children, they have a lot of activities for the children and I was impressed that they tried to remember the children's names and parents names during the activities that they had for them. Get out and enjoy the island and remember that Jamaica is not a "rich" island. We were told that the average pay is around 55.00 a week in American money. If you go with an open mind you will enjoy your self. We also had no problems with the safe or any items being missing.
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