Here they are – Bahia Principe, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, opened their newest property in Runaway Bay at the beginning of this year, and the Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica is quite impressive! Phase One has been open since January (just over 700 rooms), and Phase Two (a small addition adjacent to the main section) will be open shortly, adding a few hundred more rooms. Phase Three, scheduled for next year, will nearly double the entire complex, exceeding 1800 rooms!
The Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica is an all Junior Suite resort about 45 minutes from the airport, set on two different sections of beach – Phases 1 & 2 front a man-made, elevated beach area with a small lagoon off the ocean, while Phase 3 (an easy two minute walk from the original section) will surround a long stretch of natural beach with a much larger ocean area. (All phases have full access to both beach areas.)
Very nice layout, easy to get around, and like the Riu Ocho Rios is not so spread out that it feels massive. Most rooms will have oceanviews, some at an angle because of how the buildings are laid out, and all feature in-room minibars, hydromassage tubs, and sitting areas. They do offer the Bahia’s well-known Golden Club level of rooms, with additional amenities and more.
Four restaurants and four bars are in Phase One; more will be added as other sections open (by the way, no major ‘construction’ going on – Phase Two is simply a small addition and all the structures are in place, and Phase Three is set off from the main areas so any construction will be far enough away not to disturb anyone.)
Very good value for what’s included (Junior Suites, minibars, etc.) and has a full-service childrens club, plus the Pueblo Principe shopping center.