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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

When you stay at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica – All Inclusive in Runaway Bay, you’ll be on the beach and convenient to Green Grotto Caves.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 850 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and plasma televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature jetted bathtubs and complimentary toiletries.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools, a nightclub, and a complimentary water park. Additional features at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.

Food & Drink

This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.

Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 7 bars/lounges. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include express check-out, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.

How to Get There

Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica – All Inclusive
Salt Coppers Villa
Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 12085 Reviews
Amazing vacation!
Reviewed 9 hours ago

***RESORT***
Just returned from this beautiful resort last week. This was my second time here and I couldn't have been more impressed. This resort is very well maintained and most of the staff go out of their way to make sure you are very well taken care of.
We had a few bursts of rain but it comes and goes very quickly. I think the rain caused a few power outages as we lost power for a few hours on two separate days. When that happened the staff pulled out board games in the lobby so you could still be entertained indoors if you wernt at the beach or pool.
I would recommend buying water shoes before visiting this resort as the sand to get into the ocean is very rocky. Also if you have your own goggles or snorkel gear bring it as there's so many different kinds fish that live in the shallow reef not far from shore. We saw many angel fish, and even sea urchin among many others.
***FOOD***
The food at this resort is really good. There's something for everyone. For breakfast the buffet and grill were open. They served every type of egg you could possibly want plus bacon, sausage, fresh fruits and bread. Plus they also had cereal and a bunch of other things.
For lunch we always did the jerk chicken place on the beach. I think it's called the Pisces bar/grill. Everyday between 1pm-3pm they served the most juicy and delicious jerk chicken. Beware of the hot sauces on the side though...some of those are insanely spicy. I would put a few drops on my rice and that was more than enough. They also served jamaican patties here almost every day. The patties here are free and delicious so eat up. If you go into the village - which is a little shopping area on the resort - they charge $2.50USD a patty...although the patties they serve at Pisces are from Mothers (a famous patty place) and the ones in the village are from Juicy Patty (another famous patty place) ... I guess you could compare them if you like.
For dinner we mostly did the a la cartes. My favorite was Mikado... it was the Japanese tapanyaki restaurant where the chef prepares the main course on a flattop grill right in front of you. It was a lot of food but very entertaining. We got sushi and miso soup to start, the main was fried rice, grilled veggies, chicken, beef, shrimp and fish, and then for dessert deep fried icecream. There are more options as well.
The French a la carte was really good too if you like trying different things. I found the presentation of the plates beautiful and the food delicious.
The Itallian and the Grill a la cartes were alright. Not horrible but not as great as the other two.
***Excursions***
We only did two excursions this time around. Our Air Canada rep did a customized one for us which included everything we wanted. So we paid $60 per person for a private taxi that took us to Dunns River (definitely need water shoes for this one), an actual supermarket (as we wanted to purchase our own authentic jerk seasonings), we visited the straw markets to bring back some souvenirs, also some tourist markets and then stopped off to buy mangoes from the street side before returning back to the resort. Oh somewhere in between we also stopped for lunch at Juicy Patty....it was truly juicy!
I found the prices at the straw market to be really good compared to the resort and tourist markets. The vendors at the straw markets are willing to negotiate and they're able to personalize the items you buy which is always a bonus. I bought a bunch of jamaican themed keychains for my coworkers with their names on the back, some magnets and a pipe.
The second excursion we did was the Luminous waters. It's a night time excursion where you swim in waters thst light up due to the type of alge in that water.... it was a pretty cool experience.

Average service at best on Luxury side.
Reviewed 22 hours ago

Luxury does not mean sharing elevators with laundry carts and janitor carts. There are staff elevators. They should be used or else such carts and staff should exit visitor elevators until guests have cleared.
Staff work hard on landscaping...get grass catchers for their mowers.
If you are going to charge extra for additional refreshments used in my room mini bar then fill it up on time.
If you do not have enough towels or floor mats for my daily room cleaning just leave me a note telling me when you will be topping them up dont make me call the concierge everyday you are short on your supplies.
Luxury should mean higher end alcohols in their luxury bars around the luxury side not just in lobby. The lobby bar set up is very inefficient. If a DRINK OF THE DAY is promoted at the Luxury Bar (term used loosely) then perhaps the bar staff should be well enough trained on that drink that they do not have to read the ingredients every time they make it.
Hard wheeled service carts are loud on tiled halls and tiled pool decks consider carts with air filled tires.
Front line service staff and gardeners work very hard in the intense heat. They were always friendly and mostly willing to interact and share some of themselves.
With a bit of training, equipment improvements, and support I am sure their own personal work experiences would improve.
For the most part our concerns were addressed albeit after some persistence on our part. Found out that other guests had similar concerns with in room services and bar issues.
No plans to return any time soon.

Lovely, Effortless, Happy Toddler!
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed in an ocean view room with two beds - two adults and a three year old. We were delighted with how comfortable it was. There was a nice balcony and that was really where we spent most of the time when we were in the room and not on the beach. This was a true vacation, and those with a 3 year old might be thinking... Not possible! But yes, it was SO EASY! The formal meals weren't a hit but the buffet was, no waiting. We did one formal meal and it was lovely, but after a day in the sun and sand, the babe wasn't feeling particularly patient. The biggest hit was all the outside space and choices and amenities. High quality beach towels, clean beaches and multiple beach areas to choose from, chairs in the shade, and the kids pool. We found the food to be wonderful. Especially considering we were often looking for light healthy fare. It was nice to come home and not feel like we had to detox from all the heavy resort food that we have experienced other places. The staff were lovely and helpful. We didn't do any of the excursions, we had 4 full days at the resort and had plenty to do there. We will definitely be looking for another Bahia resort to visit next year, or maybe this same one. There was a safe in the room that we got to work but it could stand to be upgraded. It was a bit finicky. Recommendations for visiting the Grand Bahia with kids: Bring a few sand toys, but go for a walk on the beach in the evening and you will find some guaranteed. Bring an insulated cup for each member of the family, you can get drinks in these and they will stay cooler longer than the little plastic cups.

60th birthday celebration
Reviewed 1 day ago

Excellent hotel ,great selection of food ,plenty of sunbeds around the
pool.Could do with a small bar on the beach near the wedding venue as quite a walk to pool bar for a drink.Rooms were very pleasant and great views from our block overlooking pool and patio bar.Would definitely stay here again.

GRADUATION TRIP CLASS 2018
Reviewed 1 day ago

My daughter graduation trip Class of 2018.. Before I arrived at the resort I read not so great reviews.. However from the time I stepped on Grand Bahia property I enjoyed every min.. my flight arrived at 6 a.m. Shanardo who works at the front desk was very nice and welcoming he gave us the best room amazing OCEANFRONT!! I was in a room by 11:30 a.m considering check-in not till 3 p.m. Room was very clean & refreshing. I also meet Marsha who is apart of Tours I booked Dunns River through her very nice, as well as Jason who does Segway Tours very nice gentleman as well! The food is O.K. you make the best out of it because it will never taste how you cook at home.. just think they feeding thousands of people.. Japanese rest.. was great!! I meet Kevell who is apart of entertainment & Teva who is an amazing photographer wish he was in the U.S great work!! I also did an Tour to become a member I believe his name is Javon... very cool person.. I must say we had a wonderful trip in Paradise!! Women & Men were nice an go out of the way to help and speak to you!! LOVE OUR TRIP