Weâ€™ve just returned from a week at the Gran Bahia Principe in Jamaica. We went down there for our wedding and we were 10 in total. My overall impressions: Great hotel, great destinations and amazing place to get married!!
The wedding ceremony was just perfect!! No other words could describe it, honestly! Getting married down south is a breeze but even more at the gran bahia principe. The cost of the actual wedding was $200 (minister fee) and the planning is all done by the wedding coordinator (Chandlynn); who did an amazing job. They also send you breakfast in bed the following day. You also get upgraded to the royal golden which gives a few perks; free room safe, snacks, internetâ€¦
We went with the free package, and yes the chair covers are included. The flower provided are beautiful.
One important thing I want to say to all GBJP brides; either have your wedding day early or wear at least 60 sun block. We arrived on Saturday and our wedding was Thursday. By Thursday, I was peeling bad!! But the photographer said he will photoshop it thank god.
We hired a Marcia E. Roberts and got Denis and Cleopatra. They were phenomenal! They took amazing photos which I will get soon (and yes I will post them) and a photobook. Denis is actually born in Jamaica but has been living in Toronto for most of his life. He does photography in Jamaica in the winter and in Toronto in the summer. They even stayed for drink and lunch with us. I would definitely recommend them.
Hotel: The hotel is first of all massive. Not suitable for senior or disabled person, since you have to walk a lot. But it also has a lot of plusâ€™s. Since the hotel is big, there is great selection of restaurant (which Iâ€™ll talk about later) you are never crowed either at the pool or beach or anywhere else. The rooms are fantastic! I had a room on the top floor and a breathtaking view of the ocean. The rooms are spacious with a beautiful bathroom. If you are with the royal golden (which you get upgraded to if you get married down there), you get coffee maker, pringles, beer and water. You also get a bathrobe, slippers and towel for the beach. Personally I though the room was great.
Pools: The pools are beautiful; the swim-up bar closed a bit too early for my liking. Itâ€™s true that itâ€™s hard to get chairs, since a lot of people reserve their chair well in advanceâ€¦
Beach: The actual beach is very nice but this resort should be given 3 stars for the beach. Although the water is a beautiful color, it shallow, even if you go far you will still touch the ground. The sand is very rocky is some parts. But still we spent a lot of time at the beach and had a great time.
Restaurants: First off, there are three buffets: the main for all courses, the beach one (lunch and snack) and one smaller buffet (all course). I recommend avoiding the main one. The food was okay and itâ€™s very busy. The Small hidden one is called something like â€œpalmaresâ€. We went there for two breakfasts and one supper and the food was great and it was less busy. For lunch you must go to the beach buffets where they serve the best Jerk chicken! I honestly ate it everyday!!
We tried ¾ restaurants. We ate twice at the Don Pablo (Fabulous) twice at the grill (Delicious) and once at the Japanese (The best for sure). When arriving at the reason book all the restaurants right away and be sure to request the Japanese that cooks in front of you.
Also the beach buffet is where you can get snack between meals and at night there is a burger joint that cooks more than burger. Their burgers are actually delicious and cooked to order.
Nightlife: I actually enjoyed the nightlife at the Gran bahia. The terrace had after supper a live band then followed by a show of some sort at pueblo principe. The Micheal Jackson was the best. They also have a sports bar, a karaoke bar and a dance bar. Went to all three a couple of times and had a blast!
Excursion: We did two: Ocho Rios shopping and Dunnâ€™s river falls thought Gina from GBJP instead of Sunquest. I would definitely recommend both.
To summarized, we loved the place, our guests loved the place, I would recommend it and definitely go back! I think I covered most of it, but feel free to ask questions,