Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort Review

Last October, my best friend and I took a trip to Jamaica. (By the way, 10/10 would totally recommend traveling with your BFF). It was a pretty spontaneous trip right after I graduated from university. We booked our trip about 3 months in advance, and it ended up being right after Hurricane Matthew came through the Caribbean (yikes). Since it was our first vacation without our families, we utilized the help of a travel agent. We booked our trip through Funjet Vacations, which partners with Jamaica Tours Limited. We stayed at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa (all inclusive) for a week, and we had a wonderful time! I’ll be including my travel buddy’s comments for each of these sections as well, so you get two opinions.

Check-in Process & Accommodations

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort is a short 40 minute drive from the Montego Bay airport. It shares the facilities with the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa. Our check in process was extremely easy. The concierge just said, “You’re in Jamaica, hun! You relax and let me do all the work.” Since this resort is all-inclusive, that means free & unlimited meals/snacks, free and unlimited drinks at all of the bars. Other accommodations include:

  • free sports and animation included, according to the activity.
  • free towels for beach and pools
  • minibar in all rooms with daily restocking (which was fantastic having water bottle readily available!)
  • wifi internet & satellite TV
  • balcony with a view

Katie’s thoughts: “We always had everything we needed for our rooms. The fridge was restocked every morning which was super cool if you want to grab a drink or the walk down to the pool (especially if you are in a far condo). The beds were pretty stiff which is something to consider, though I can sleep on anything.”

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort Review

Restaurants & Bars

Grand Palladium Jamaica offers 7 a la carte restaurants of various cuisine  for dinner such as Mexican, traditional Jamaican, Mediterranean, Italian, Indian, Asian, and a steakhouse.  There are three buffets that are open for both breakfast and lunch. They typically serve the same foods, although a few of the major dishes or sides may differ from day to day.  We tried to go to each restaurant, but a couple were closed for renovations since we went during off season. (No big deal). The steakhouse would have to be my favorite restaurant. The steak was perfectly cooked to my preference, and you could tell they used a high quality cut of steak. The waiters at the restaurants were all so nice and extremely helpful.

There are 13 bars throughout the resort, both outside and inside with air conditioning. These bartenders could make you anything, from a specialty drink to a classic. We got to know a few of the bartenders at well, especially at the Blue Lagoon Bar which was a swim up bar in their main pool. The swim-up pool bar was my favorite; I loved getting to stay in the water and swim with my drink. Plus who doesn’t love a classic swim up pool bar? We drank mostly specialty drinks and asked around to see what others were getting, or we just said “surprise us!” (In retrospect… might not have been the best, but the resort was safe, and the bartenders were awesome!)

Katie’s thoughts: “My favorite bar was the sports bar! Nachos are life [unlimited snacks 24/7]; it had a pool table and other fun games. It was a nice, air conditioned place to relax and cool down. All of the drinks were so amazing, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. A few are dirty banana, purple rain, Bob Marley that we liked. The bartenders always remembered us, too, so it was nice to get greeted everyday with a friendly smile.

The food was more on the American side, but still had some “out there” items that I could dabble in if I was feeling adventurous. I was satisfied with everything! Never had to wait at the buffets, minus one day we slept in pretty late.”

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort
Favorite Bartender – Smurf!

Experience with Travel Company

Funjet Vacations partners with Jamaica Tours Limited. The ladies working for JTL were friendly, informative, and always willing to answer questions. They gave us excellent safety tips, and not to mention a heads up on what the local Jamaican guys were like. They were extremely helpful as well. After one of our tours, an employee agreed to stop by with our CD of images from the tour. We waited a half hour passed the time we agreed to and immediately went to the representative at JTL. She called the place and learned the employee went to our neighboring resort! She set up a new time for him to stop by and made certain he came to the correct entrance.

Katie’s thoughts: Jamaica Tours Limited was very accommodating, and the girls were very friendly! It was convenient that their desks were located under the lobby so we could stop by any time to ask questions. All of the excursions were really affordable. We were able to do multiple instead of having to narrow it down to just one.

Extra Activities

There are so many tours you can participate in while staying at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort. Some popular ones include Dunns River Falls, catamaran sunset cruise, swimming with dolphins, 7 mile beach in Negril & Ricks Café, a visit to the Appleton Estate, and Black River Safari & YS Falls. There truly is so much more, and they all range from $25USD to $125USD. This resort had a group of employees called the “People of Palladium.” POP planned so many awesome activities throughout the week, both day and night. They planned a choreographed dance show each evening with multiple group dancers in various costumes and a new theme each evening. POP planned post-show dance parties, contests & games during the day. They helped around the pool in general, asking if we needed anything and to get us involved in their fun activities.

Here is a short clip of one of the many dances and outfits they wore. They changed outfits probably 10 times during one show!

Katie’s thoughts: “I loved that there was something to do EVERY NIGHT. It would be impossible for anyone to get bored at Grand Palladium. This resort is a party atmosphere for sure, but it does cater to everyone. It’s family friendly, too, though most of the kids weren’t at the large pool (bonus for us!). We could tell Grand Palladium is a couples/honeymoon hot spot that would be super romantic to take a significant other, yet at the same time a good scene for singles. Everyone on POP was super friendly and always invited us to the parties. I loved that they remembered us; it felt really personal. (Also, could have been that we were two blondes, so you never know!)

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort
My blonde travel buddy. The Katie behind these second opinions!

 

Overall, Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort was an absolutely beautiful resort! Perfect spot for a girls vacation, honeymoon, or to enjoy time with your family.

 

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa in Lucea, Jamaica. Full review with information on accommodations, food, bars, activities, customer service, and more.

54 Comments

  1. Sounds like you ladies had a great trip. I’ve been to Negril, Jamaica twice. Last year we went to one of the Riu resorts and had a good experience until the last day where somehow the attitude changed and we couldn’t even get a water refill in our room. Funny how things can change just before you leave. But I still like Jamaica. It’s so chill and relaxed and there’s less people going there than Cuba and Dominican. And the food is definitely better. Glad to hear you had a lovely vacation.

  2. Great post! My best friend and I are actually discussing taking a trip to celebrate our 25 birthdays next year. We haven’t narrowed down a place yet, so I’m sending this post to her to see what she thinks! And if that doesn’t work out, my sister just mentioned yesterday how cool it would be to do a travel trip with our cousins, and I mentioned maybe an all-inclusive resort , so I’m sending this to them as well! Happy to hear you had a great time!

  3. This sounds like a lovely place! I honestly dream of going to Jamaica (I’m an Aussie girl so a little far away but one day it will happen!)
    The resort sounds amazing, all inclusive of the best way to do it at places like this!

  4. joanna

    It sounds like you had a lot of fun at the Grand Palladium resort in Jamaica. The place looks really good (same as the bartender lol). I love the big pool and its proximity to the beach. And it looks like you were lucky to have great weather as well!

  5. Woww greatt post ! This is one of the first blogs i’ve read abt Jamaica. Where I’m from, not anyone I know has been to Jamaica and to see it being so fabulous amuses me ! Definitely on top of my travel list now !

  6. This sounds like such a fun trip (and happy belated uni graduation!). The first all inclusive I had ever stayed at was in Jamaica, also, and I loved that we could count on the mini bar to be restocked everyday (lol) but 13 bars?! that sounds like a lot of bars and not enough time LOL – it seems that the partnership with funjet and JTL is perfect for this trip!

  7. I hardly see posts about Jamaica so this was a breath of fresh air. Always hearing good things about the country, truly a hidden gem in the Caribbean! Thanks for sharing your extensive guide and travels!

  8. Sarah

    Looks like a stunning resort. We’ve never gone all inclusive but with the amount my partner eats it would probably work out less costly. Plus I wouldn’t say no to free cocktails 24-7!

  9. I have never been to Jamaica. It is one of those things I want to do one day. Well, I want to visit more islands on the Caribbean. I am from there and have been to may only five islands. Glad to know you had a great time at this resort. It is my kind of thing since there is always something going on. #WeekendWanderlust

  10. This place looks AMAZING! And the thing is, I want to be there now, despite not having considered visiting the place ever. I love close this place is to the beach. Well. I am Singaporean (it’s in South East Asia) and thanks to you, I want to be flown halfway across the world to visit this beautiful place.

  11. I started reading this and then scrolled down to the first picture and was like, “Yes! I want to be there right now!” If the pool didn’t hook me, the unlimited nachos would:) I like that you can party without having to stumble to far back to your room when you’re done.

  12. Absolutely loved this review! Thank you for giving such an up close and personal review of the resort. The video clip was a nice added touch. I will definitely be looking at staying there on my next trip. Thanks again.

  13. I totally agree that traveling with a best friend is beyond awesome! I have never in my life stayed at an all-inclusive resort, but you’re making me want to change my ways. Sounds like you had an amazing adventure!

  14. What a super fun trip! Sounds like a great resort with plenty of entertainment – and so many bars too! Must have been fun trying some of their specialties! Swim-up bars are the best. And good to know you could get bar snacks any time of day or night! I would love to go to the Caribbean one day.

  15. Sounds like you gals had an epic trip!! Aaaall about those all inclusive drinks and snacks 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
    Pictures look beaut and super useful review of the hotel 🙂 I’ll have to add Jamaica to my ever growing list of places to see!

  16. Looks like you ladies had an awesome time. The pool looked fabulous and the nachos/fun cocktail named menu sound right up my alley. Glad you found so much fun. I’ve been to Jamaica 3 times (not a fan myself) but it seems you found a great resort that I would definitely be interested in. 😉

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