Franklyn D Resort Hotel, Runaway Bay
Reviews - Franklyn D Resort Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Everythings IRIE at FDR, Runaway Bayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
FDR is Great for Familiesfrom MISnowbird77
FDR - Excellent for pre-schoolers and more!from srmzoom
The rooms are huge and clean and nice with big balconies, but not super luxurious. They had a special on to upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite because it was low season and it was definitely worth it for us so the kids could have their own room. The resort is setup as a bunch of 3 story blocks of suites. Each of the blocks has between 4 and 12 suites with 76 in total. For the most part the 1 bedroom suites are on the ground floor and the 2 bedroom suites are on the 2nd and 3rd floors (see the floor plan on the website for details of the room layout).
Sometimes there are other things (like the shops or kids center) on the ground floor, then the 1 bedroom suites are on the 2nd floor and the 2 bedrooms suites are on the 3rd and 4th floor. While the rooms were fine for me, they were not perfect and if you expect a 5 star resort, you might be disappointed. For example, the hot water didn't work properly in our kitchen sink and in the heavy rain, water would drip on the window seat in our bedroom. For me I valued the fact that we had 2 bedrooms and lots of space over having more luxury.
The nannies and all the staff are all friendly and very nice and helpful. Of course the nannies all have different personalities. Ours was very quiet and our kids would play with her for a couple of hours, but because they were young, they would come back to us after a while.
We managed to get a couple of hours break each day to do what we wanted which was great and more than we get at home. You have to coordinate your schedule a bit around the nannies since they work from 9-12:30 and 1:30-4:40. They also are responsible to clean the rooms so ours would typically do that while our 2 year old napped. We had ours come back twice in the evening so we could go out for dinner which was great!
The beach is very small and you can only get out to about 2.5 feet deep which is great if you have small children like ours, but might be disappointing for older kids. There is a much bigger beach next door (with a small nude section) though if you want to walk on the beach or go swimming.
There are lots of daytime activities for kids and adults to do: crafts, tennis, sailing, kayaking, scuba, golf, biking, etc. Mostly we just relaxed and read a book which is something we don't get to do much at home. My 2 year old loved the little slide pool and my 4 year old loved the big pool and the slide pool (but she had to slide with Dad). There are 3 small playgrounds on the resort with slides and climbers, plus and indoor play area. The resort was apparently full over American Thanksgiving, but within a couple days of us arriving it was very quiet (probably only 20 or so families). There did not appear to be much nightlife, but since we were pretty tired most nights, we just went to bed. Nightlife is probably better when the resort is full, but being a family resort, its probably not the place to go for wild parties.
I thought the food was quite good, but its not 5 star gourmet. My wife and I are vegetarian and my 2 year old has lots of allergies so we were constantly asking the chef for special requests and they were very accomadating which was great. As a vegetarian we did not get alot of variety -- mostly pasta and curries, but all of the food was quite good. There are basically 3 restaurants, 1 for kids, 1 for families and 1 for adults only (just dinner). The adult only restaurant had the best food in my opinion, but all of it was pretty good. The wine was surprisingly good for an all inclusive and the rum fruit drinks were great!
The drive to the resort was a bit slow and windy because they are building a new highway from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios, but both of our drivers drove safely. I was a bit disappointed that the van on the way there did not have seatbelts so we asked for a van with seatbelts on the way home and got one. I think the normal van to the airport has seatbelts, but if you want to be sure, make sure you ask for seatbelts.
One other nice feature was that the resort also had Jamaican families vacationing there as well. This is quite different then some resorts I have heard about where locals are not allowed. I asked the manager about it and he said that they had quite a few Jamaican families, primarily on weekends.
If you want 5 star luxury, gourmet food, 5 mile long white sandy beaches and wild adult parites, this is not the place for you. However, I would highly recommend it to parents looking to have a family vacation and get a break themselves, especially with small children.
The suites are huge, the service is great, the staff is friendly, the nannies are a big help, there is lots to do and the food is good - yah mon!
GREAT FAMILY RESORTfrom A TripAdvisor Member
perfect for young kids. Adults can go next door to beaches (be warned they have a nude section). The nannies care for the kids from 9 am to 4:45 pm with a lunch break and time out to clean the room. They are also available at night for $4/hour. We used ours each night to have dinner without the kids. The food was very good especially at the pier restaurant. The only complaint is lack of adult activities. The game room was in poor repair. The piano bar and disco were empty each night.
This may be because it was a slow week for the resort. The service here is great. The staff is very friendly. The drinks and bar service are great.
Franklin knows familiesfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Amazingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Loved Itfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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t want to go home!from cyndylp
A diamond in the roughfrom A TripAdvisor Member
What you will get is a nice relaxing atmosphere with a break from the usual chaos of caring for a family. I could not imagine a more perfect place to achieve this type of tranquility, especially with a family of very small children. It might appear lackluster at first, but as you begin your vacation you realize that the coziness of the resort is what gives you a sense of freedom from the kids but also the ability to keep a close eye on them. It is a home grown resort, similiar to that of feeling welcome in a grandmother's home. Our nanny needed a little push when it came to keeping our kids occupied, but all in all she was responsible and we felt comfortable leaving our children with her for a few hours at a time. My one complaint about the nanny service is that when they were all around the pool it sometimes apppeared that the nannies were more interested in chatting with one another than keeing a strong eye on the swimming children. I did make sure to remind my nanny that it was imperative that she closley watch the children in the pool b/c they were so young.
All in all, I would say that this resort is perfect for families with kids ages 4-12. It wasn't the food, it wasn't the room and it wasn't the adult activities that made the FDR a great vacation, it was the tranquility of the ocean, the Jamaican welcomeness, the attention to your needs and the feeling that your children were well cared for that made this place a vacation worthwhile of high recommendation!
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Other names for Franklyn D Resort Hotel
- franklyn d resort all inclusive
- franklyn d resort
- franklyn d hotel
- Address: Main St - Runaway Bay - 99999 - Jamaica
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