I must admit, Jamaica wasn’t that high on my bucket list for vacations. Of course, I get excited for any trip, most anywhere. I didn’t really have any great expectations other than chilling out for a couple of days. We were fortunate enough to stay 4 nights and 5 days at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa. The Grand Palladium is an all-inclusive resort located on Point Lucea, Lucea. The resort is set on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The upscale resort is about 4 miles from the town of Lucea and about 22 miles from Sangster International Airport. The resort has 10 restaurants, 8 bars, 5 outdoor pools, fitness center, full service spa, large center open air auditorium, equipment for water sports, and a kids club. There is a reason they use the word grand as part of the name…it is definitely GRAND!
Our room was a junior suite with an ocean view. We had a furnished balcony, fully stocked mini fridge, whirlpool bathtub, separate rain shower, plush bath robe and slippers. Wi-fi was included and very good strength.
The food at the buffets was good to very good depending on the type of food. The themed restaurants available for dinner were superb. One huge advantage of an all-inclusive is the opportunity to try a variety of foods you would normally pass on because of the cost and fear of not likely them.
The drinks flow freely and is a GREAT deal if you enjoy adult beverages or non-alcoholic beverages. Despite what you would think would be a drunken fest we didn’t see any of that at all!
They have 4 beaches on the property. The beach area is “small”, but we never felt crowded and the beach area was extremely clean. There is an adult only beach in a small cove which was awesome for chilling out and was very peaceful. The location of adult only beach within a cove almost eliminates any waves, so you can just sit or lay in the water all day…while sipping on a daiquiri, Miami Vice frozen drink, or the drink of your choice.
The pools were simply amazing. The main pool is simply HUGE! An infinity pool that over flows into another pool. A swim up bar, lounge seats built into the pool itself (if that makes any sense) and, plenty of regular lounge chairs are available. There are plenty of shaded areas also. There is a jerk chicken hut close by, a kid’s water park, beach volleyball, plenty of music. This area is the place to be for fun and a party like atmosphere. We only visited there a small amount, as our goal was to just chill in a quieter environment. The adult beach are I mentioned above also included an adults only pool and had its own bar with bar service to the pool and beach.
There is nightly entertainment in a centrally located open-air auditorium. We were entertained, but truthfully, we were not “blown” away. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was good, and we enjoyed it every night.
The overall appearance of the resort is borderline amazing. We have stayed at the Barcello Bravro in the Dominican, Sandals Resorts in Antigua and Grenada, and numerous resorts in the States. The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort held its own when compared to those other resorts for us. One area the Grand Palladium rivaled Sandals Resorts was it staff. They were friendly from beginning to the end. They all seemed genuine and truly appreciative of us choosing their resort for vacation.
We didn’t take part in any excursions, except for going to Ricks Café. It was interesting, exciting to watch people jump and dive into the water from various heights from the cliffs. However, it was not worth the $25 bus ride that took close to a hour to get there. There were people EVERYWHERE! If you can find out when to go when it is not packed, then that would be much more fun. If you are a thrill seeker and want to jump or dive from 5, 10, 20, or 40-foot cliffs…then this is for you! I can’t comment on the food or drinks as we didn’t partake.
Overall, I would rate this resort very high and would not hesitate to visit again. It is a bit pricey, but with our travel club it was very affordable for us and with all-inclusives you get what you pay for! If the beach and water is your measuring stick, like ours, then you should consider the island of Grenada or Saint Maarteen above Jamaica. If cost is the measuring stick then Jamaica, Bahamas, or Cancun are great options. In closing…in my opinion…any Caribbean Island is a great option. Just like pizza…there is no bad pizza…just some better than others!