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"It's not too late to cancel your trip!"
We went with a party of 17 people expecting a great time for 8 days over February break. We were all axious and excited. That quickly turned to being depressed and disgusted. We arrived at FDR and walked into the lobby which was about the size of one of their rooms. The property was very small, the fishing pond they advertised was like a swamp and smelled horrible. They gave each child a stick with a hook on the end. The rooms were very dark and dingy and there was no hot water.
The so called beach was so tiny it could barely hold 5 lounge chairs.
If you tried to get cooled off in the water you immediately got cut up from all the rocks and coral. The pool was run down, there were never any towels in the dirty towel bin. When we asked management about pool towels we were told the man in charge was lazy! As for the nannies, they were also your housekeeper. So, if you had them to watch your kids your rooms weren't cleaned until after they were "off duty"! The food was inedible! The only positive thing we could say is that the Jamaicans were very warm and friendly people. After 24 hours there we left to go to another resort. We will never go back to FDR Pebbles again.
Just what the single parent ordered!
As a single parent of two small girls 4 & 5, I really wanted a place where I could relax and the girls could have fun, but I didn't have to do all the entertaining...thus I wouldn't be able to relax. This place was perfect! Our nanny was Diana, and she is a VERY patient person.
Being in Jamaica when the weather is perfect and the water is warm, it was annoying to me that my girls wanted to be near the guinea pigs and goats the whole time! Diana was a real trooper and would take them over there often. She even attended a church service with us in Falmouth on Sunday so the girls could get settled into the Sunday School class.
There were a lot of other activities that the girls loved that wouldn't have been my cup of tea, but because they had so much fun, how could I complain?! The beach is small like the other reviews have said, but the view is fabulous and the staff is incredible. It is such a warm and kind atmosphere and the staff remember your names right away and who your children are and at any time will try and get you anything you need...including finding out where your nanny and kids are. The property is small, but with two small girls, that is just what I wanted. Taking power walks in the a.m. with the trainer and giving a shot at surfing was so fun and I would rate it as one of the best vacations ever. The buffets are great as they incorporate a lot of traditional foods and you will never run out of choices. The desserts are especially wonderful. The only complaint (and small) is the Kool Kats Klub. It is poorly lit and they really need to put some chairs and couches in there instead of just big throw pillows. It isn't fun to watch movies on the floor. Never had any problems with bugs and the rooms are clean and comfortable. The first night the people above us were VERY noisy and the staff took care of it pretty quickly. I have recommended this resort to ALL my single parent friends as the nanny really becomes the lifesaver and helps ensure that everyone has a great vacation. Thanks for everything, FDR Pebbles, we will be back!
Best flop vacation with little ones
We have a 3 yr old boy and a 2 yr old girl, we wanted a week long flop vacation - FDR Pebbles fit the bill to a T
Must have items in your luggate: * White t-shirts for tye-dying * BUG SPRAY - put on when sun goes down * Flotation devices for kids in pool * Waterproof sunscreen * Water shoes due to rocky shore line
The location is great: 20 minutes from the airport gives you just enough feeling for the traffic in Jamaica, lets you see the local atmosphere
The resort is nice: not a 5-star resort but the nannies make the vacation. Rooms are descent sized and smell like cedar. Showers water is only warm, sink water is safe to drink, very little road traffic and noise, beach is very small and shore line is rocky in the waterbut go out to the break wall and you will find beautiful sand under only 18" of water (especially by watersports area)
If you don't like your nanny after the first day, ask for a different one. We loved our nanny, Andrea. She was beyond our expectations in every way, but we noticed a few that were struggling with two children.
Don't be afraid to stay out late and dance in the disco or catch the show in the main dining area.
The staff is wonderful: there must be about a 1-to-1 ratio, and everyone is very helpful, from getting drinks, towels,... to carrying your plate back to the table for you when you have a child in one arm.
Ask anyone to help you out and they will, treat them with RESPECT and you will get it back.
The food was adequate: Basic fare at the buffet with local flavor. The pool bar was always on with jerk chicken and pork, french fries, hotdogs and hamburgers. The adult only Italian restaurant was above average - especially the seafood dishes, but it overcomes any disappointment by being right on the ocean and there are no kids.
Recommendations: keep windows closed from 3pm on to avoid bugs, have nanny spray room while you are at dinner, go on luminescent night boat trip, walk down the beach away from the large Starfish resort, hire a minivan for a few hours and have your nanny show you some sights and take you out to eat.
I could go on for a long time, but just keep in mind you are going here to relax and the place is geared for parents with young kids. That said the place was great...
You Get What you Pay For
We are a family of six ( four children aged 11, 10, 8 and 8 months) and we visited FDR Pebbles in February 2004. Overall, we were satisfied with the trip. The weather was great. The pool was nice, but very cold.
Loungers by the pool are hard to come by after 10 am. Loungers on the beach always seemed to be available. The nanny was mediocore at best.
The are suppose to work for you from 9 am until 4:20 pm each day, with an hour break for lunch. They also are required to clean your room in this time period too. Our nanny seemed to show up before 9:30. Only one day was she still there at 4:20 and all days she was gone for a two hour lunch. She never tried to entertain the baby, nor did she ever feed, change her clothes or diaper. At most, she would stroll the baby around in her stroller until she found another nanny with a baby in a stroller and they would sit together and chat, ignoring the children.
Overall, she only probably "worked" for us for about 10 hours all week (other than the time spent cleaning the room)> The activities scheduled for the other kids, either didn't start anywhere near the time posted or didn't happen at all (mostly didn't happen). The resort itself was small but very good for children to wander around on their own without getting lost. The food was edible, but not a large variety. Each evening they had something on "the carving board". It was like gold...the carver would only give you a small (one bite) piece and if you asked for more, he would provide one other bite. The scuba diving never happened on time, but the equipment was in good shape. Bring bug repellant. The beach is very small and you certainly can't walk the length of the resort without walking in the water. The hotel staff were excellent and very accommodating. The room always had a large supply of clean towels. As for the beach towels, what a relief to find a place that you don't have to sign your life away to get a towel. You just borrow what you want. Our baby was sick while we were there. We asked the front desk to call in a doctor. They did and said there would be a $100US charge. When the doctor came, he actually charge $150US. Plus, he did not diagnose the baby correctly. He said she had an ear infection. She ended up having chicken pocks (which I think she caught while there) with no sign of an ear infection. Overall, it was fine.
You get what you pay for
We were recently at the resort Dec 21,2003 for a week. Ths resort is very unique. Very small and quaint. All the reviews I have read are right on. It really depends on your needs and what you want out of this vacation.The staff are great, kind and really love their job. They will bend over backwards to please you. The kids have a great time with their nannys and also meet lots of friends.This place is small and so you meet the other families easily. If you are looking for this in a vacation then this is for you. BUT beware this resort will remind you of a camp experience. It is not luxurious or well maintained. It is sort of stuck in the 70's. The beach is tiny. You can't walk along the beach, it is too small. The resort is tiny.There is one open dining area and a pool grill. Thats it. Italian restaurant almost never opened and you can have the same food in the dining area. Hotel is situated on the only road and is extremely noisy AM and PM. by passing trucks and cars. They have a bit of sailing, scuba diving, glass bottom boat , etc. but all equipment outdated but usable.u decide!
Great Staff, Great Fun -- If you leave the bustle behind
My family (wife and two sons 10 and 12) stayed for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year Holiday). We found the reviews on this website useful, and they generally were on the mark.
The resort is small -- twelve, eight suite units. It was great fun meeting families from the UK, Canada, and from all over the USA.
Several that we exchanged addresses with.
The staff was very friendly and eager to please. Your stay will be great if you take the time to interact with the staff and if you leave your watch in the room. A 9AM boat ride may be at 930AM. If you join in the daily fun (poolside games) you will have a great time, and may leave with some prizes (rum, coffee, and hot sauce).
The rooms and food are average -- the grounds are beautiful. While we spent nearly little time in the room, TV is not a problem. All three US networks (and WGN) are available as well as ESPN, BBC America and movie channels. Don't leave doors or windows open at night -- some unwanted mosquitos may wander in.
If you want 5 star dining, this resort is probably not for you, but you will never go hungry. The food in the dining hall is served buffet style and was just fine. My favorite was lunch at the pool bar -- where they whipped up the best jerk pork and chicken. Make a special breakfast request for the Ackee and saltfish. We ate at the adult only Italian restaurant twice. The food was average, but sitting in the open air on the ocean was great. Top shelf drinks are normally kept below the bar and not on display -- just ask.
I'm spoiled when it comes to beautiful beaches because we vacation on Sanibel Island in Florida. The beach is not miles after miles of pristine, manicured powder. The beach in kept clean on the property, but if you walk the beach like I do, you can expect washed up debris off property. There is a reef about a 100 yards offshore, so rocks/coral wash up -- but snorkeling is spectacular.
If you have any questions, feel free to email. I took over 200 digital pictures of the property (600KB each) if you want a preview greater than the web page just ask.
We will be going back for sure, maybe as soon as spring holiday in March.
Spectacular at the F.D.R.
Our family truly enjoyed our stay at F.D.R. in Runaway Bay, Jmaica. Or nanny, Serita, was spectacular and the children loved her. She instantly became part of our family. Everyone at the resort was accommodating and made us feel like family. Wonderful food that was always prepared just right! Our children ages 7 and 1 were very upset when we had to leave Serita, so we are sure to visit again this year!The Lowe's
Room with a Nannie...(View is extra)
This small property is really only for those that require or desire a full-time caregiver for a young child. We traveled with our 6 year old who is a seasoned traveler and we enjoy his company so much that we opted out of the nannie. We were the exception. This property is not for a couple or any singles. Expect a high child to adult ratio here and a staff that gears lots of activites to families. The food is limited and just average for Jamaica, (and we all love Jamaican cuisine). The beach area is very small but they have watersports including a scuba center. The poor condition of the local reefs will depress any experienced diver but if you have never tried scuba or snorkling, then here is a good opportunity.
Overall, Jamaicans are a warm and friendly people that for the most part live in extreme poverty but are getting wiser to our ways. Expect that, get out of the compound and mingle and have a good time.
"I will be going to Jamaica in March 2006"
Staying at the Starfish Trelawny... if anyone has stayed here please get in touch with more information. Thanks
fdr pebbles all-inclusive resort
Interested in people that have stayed at the FDR Pebbles resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Anyone that has teen age children, also. Would like to know how your stay was. Comfort, foodm, activities ect.
RE: fdr pebbles all-inclusive resort
The rooms are lovely but the location is very windy as a result we had to be constantly shielding our faces from the sand. The beach was "rocky". We had a small child and he loved the little playground. The food was fine, not extra ordinary, the nannies seemed friendly but we did not use one.
RE: fdr pebbles all-inclusive resort
Hello, I have not been to fdr pebbles but can tell you where to get objective reviews from travelers who have been there.
go to: www.tripadvisor.com and type in the name of the resort in the search bar and you should get all kinds of reviews including pictures. My husband and I and our 9 & 12 year old sons are going to Montego Bay on Christmas day and will be staying at the Sunset Beach Resort and Spa and I learned a lot about it on tripadvisor.com. We were looking for a mid-priced family friendly resort. Best of luck to you.