Ratings based on 49 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 out of 5
94% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
3.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Whittier,Ca

Best family vacation ever

Posted Jun 30, 2014
When we first arrived I was alittle apprehensive after making the first stop at Grand Bahia but that was just a passing thought after we started to meet the staff. Tamara was the best nanny, my grandchildren just loved her and made it very easy to leave the kids with her, I would have loved to bring her back home with us. Samantha at the bar always made sure that we always were taken care and made our stay very pleasureful. Our room was very clean and the staff always made sure to say hello.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by Nick from wilmington, nc

Great family vacation

Posted Apr 22, 2014
Pros: Staff, bar, restaurants, beach, fishing and snorkeling
Cons: Wine availability at buffet dinner. Upgrades to some rooms.
Location: Dunns falls. Horse riding on the beach.
The location of the hotel on a sloping sand beach with clear shallow blue water, leading into close in snorkeling was great. Day time (and optional night) supervision for the kids meant we had a great family and couple orientated vacation - all in one week in one go. Hotel is "comfortable", clean and rooms are cool. This is not a plush resort but gives you home comforts, great location and the very attentive, professional nannies and other child orientated elements such as the kids club. The water slide and pool was great fun, while the main pool was plenty large for the number of guests using it to swim on sun themselves. The adjoining beach is open for walks, runs etc. Food was good. There were plenty of options including vegetarian. Breakfast was best with omelette station, fresh fruit, cereal, bacon, sausage and local Jamaican dishes. Dinner options were ok to good with the kids and adult/family buffet supplemented by Italian or Jamaican adult only restaurants. The cotton tree grill was very useful and the jerk pork or chicken and wraps were very tasty! The staff were the resort's biggest asset. Very friendly restaurant, bar, fishing/snorkeling, reception, kids club and nannies.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Perfect Getaway!

Posted Apr 18, 2014
Pros: Great service, Food, Drinks. We really enjoyed the Nanny! She really made our trip great!
Cons: Level of interior finishes.
My Husband, 8yr old son and I had a great time at FDR. Always something to do. Only left the resort one afternoon for an excursion. The nanny showed up at 9am, took our son for a tennis lesson and my husband & I would workout, drink coffee, etc... then we'd all have breakfast @ about 10, while the housekeeping was done. We had the perfect balance of family & adult time. The resort is the perfect size, perfect occupancy, ALWAYS something to do or just hang by the pool. We tipped out at the end, but only to a few people. Everything is included, even tips. Snorkeling, booze cruise, kayaks.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by P from Toronto

Great place for the whole family

Posted Apr 13, 2014
Perfect mix of hanging with our daughter and having adult time while our nanny watched her. Don't expect anything fancy regarding the look of the hotel but the people and staff make up for and short comings
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Håkon from Oslo Norway / Houston, TX

Perfect destination for family travel to Caribbean

Posted Mar 20, 2014
Location: Bob Marley mausoleum is close by. Dunn´s river falls as well.
Small resort with good oversight and lots of activities for adults, children and teens. Your children will be fully occupied with other friends and activities, while you will get help with toddlers from the nanny. All rooms are bedroom suites. While we were there, my spouse and I did yoga several days, we had morning runs, did sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, in addition to read/swim/sunbath and other normal holiday things. Not bad when traveling with 3 children age 2-7. Thanks to a great resort which made everything very accessible. Also great Jamaican public beach close by for nice strolls. This resort is so good that many of the visitors was coming back year after year. This was our second time.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by A verified traveler

Perfect hotel if you're traveling with kids!

Posted Mar 19, 2014
Pros: The idea of having a dedicated nanny during your stay is so great. This is why the resort has repeat customers every year.
Cons: The bed in our room was a bit lumpy and sagged in the middle. Otherwise, the room was spacious, clean and comfortable.
Location: Jamaica is beautiful and the resort grounds/premises are well kept. We really didnt leave the resort except to see Dunn's River Falls- worth the trip
Excellent hotel with lovely staff- the nannies make it!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by A verified traveler

Good choice for families

Posted Jan 26, 2014 on Hotels.com
The personal nanny service makes this a good choice if you're going with kids, especially since no other hotel seems to offer anything close to this. Aside from this, the resort is fine but nothing special. It's a lot smaller than many other resorts, which is good if you're looking to go somewhere quiet. The beach is very small, there's a huge beach next door that you have access to, although you have to walk over some rocks to get there, and you can't use any beach chairs there.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by Yev

Great experience.

Posted Dec 10, 2013 on Hotels.com
We have spent more than 3 weeks at this resort this year alone.I love the staff and the nanny service. The food could use more variety but the stuff they serve is good quality and is tasty. The rooms are very spacious and clean but are very old. The whole resort is just VERY old. It is well maintained and clean but OLD. I highly recommend looking past that and I am sure you will be back time and time again. We have actually met a family that's been coming here for 20 years and I can see myself doing that as well BUT with kids only. It is not a resort I would go to with my wife (and no kids) or friends.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by Rob from Toronto, ON, Canada

Great vacation destination for families with kids

Posted Jul 16, 2013
Pros: Our nanny (Lisa) was wonderful and the other staff was also very friendly and helpful.
Cons: The resort is a bit dated and certain things are worn, but in good shape overall and with good amenities.
Location: Nice little beach with access to the big beach at Jewel next door.
This was our first stay at the Franklyn D Resort and we now understand why the resort has so many loyal, repeat customers. The concept of providing nannies to the guests is brilliant and we were extremely happy with our nanny, Lisa. She helped out with out 5-month old, giving us the opportunity to enjoy some R&R and have a true vacation. We would definitely go back! The nannies and staff really made this vacation a great experience. We also liked the large rooms and had a 2-bedroom beachfront room that was great because we have two small children. While the resort is not brand new, it is relatively small and intimate. That was nice because you never have to travel too far to meals or if you need something from your room. The food was good, especially the Jamaican fare. Our son also loved the waterslides, the kids club and the pools. We went during the slow season, which was nice because nothing was very crowded. While there were scheduled daily activities, we found that the boat captain was willing to take us out fishing or snorkeling any time we wanted. FDR is definitely a resort for families with children, not singles or couples looking for romance. Small children are a lot of work 24x7 even on vacation, but having a full-time vacation nanny means parents can have a true vacation.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by A verified traveler

Vacation Nanny... the best!

Posted May 10, 2013
We stayed 10 days at the beginning of May (off season) and had an incredible experience. Excellent food, comfortable rooms, sun, sand, excellent snorkeling, nearby horseback riding-- what a vacation! FDR is such a friendly resort where you feel like you know the staff and other guests quickly. Our 16 month old loved the nanny and we loved having some time each afternoon without him!