Not worth the money
This was the nicest resort that we have stayed at in Jamaica but it wasn't so nice that I thought it was worth the extra money that we paid to stay there.
location is on Bloody Bay in Negril, fairly secluded from the other resorts, beautiful beach.
Super inclusive, everything is included in price, food, drinks, water sports, sunset cruise on private yacht
Food ranged from good to excellent (Grilled lobster and seafood on gala night)
No towel policy so you could have as many as you wanted
check in was slow and inefficient, last thing you want to do when arriving in a tropical paradise is sit in the lobby and wait
requests out of the ordinary at restaurants were handled badly
All drinks were dispensed by wait staff so you could be all the way through lunch before actually getting a drink (including soft drinks).
Complimentary manicure/pedicure was booked for our entire vacation so I never got one.
Checkout was at noon and they said they had rooms where you could change/shower before you left if you had a late flight. I had to wait for 25 minutes for a room which was all the way at the end of the resort.
We had an ocean view room which was pretty standard for a Caribbean resort. Bed was on the hard side, shower was OK, toiletries were not replenished unless you specifically asked.
We didn't use either of the pools but they weren't particularly impressive.
If you can afford it - the way...
If you can afford it - the way to see Jamaica is to stay in a rented villa. There are hundreds to choose from and a good place to start is villa's of Dicsovery Bay. My favourite villa is Sweet Spot (www.sweetspotvilla.com) in Runaway Bay.
Otherwise the are hotels to suit everyone's budget, from small huts in Negril to Sandals and Grand Lido which are all inclusive hotels
Price if fixed for the villa so you are best off trying to fill it with as many people as there are beds and sharing the cost between you Located on the beach in Runaway Bay, the house is fantastic. visit www.sweetspotvilla.com to see more info.
Most Romantic Yet
We went for our Honeymoon in 2003. It was owned b SuperClubs then as a Grand Lido. Now Couples Resorts owns it and we will be visiting again in Jan 2006.
Several pools (1 au-natural) with swim up bars, 2 beaches, several hidden hot tubs, hammocks, and private massage huts on stone ledges.
This place is surrounded by stone walls and reminds me of walking on a perfectly restored ancient ruin.
The fitness facility is top notch with a staff that really cares.
Definately recomended for weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, and romantic getaways. The Spa/Massage areas are the best. The most beautiful location I've ever seen for this type of treatment.
This place is absolutely beautiful! Imagine large, clean airy rooms with tiled floors and balconies/porches looking out onto a green living jungle of plants and sweetly perfumed flowers framing a perfect view of the ocean - If you can imagine that go and see for yourself how bland your imagination really is. This place takes the description "resort" to a new level. This is first and foremost a getaway with spa qualities. Expect peace and quiet, included spa treatments, gourmet meals, a mineral pool, a clothing optional beach, a grand beach BBQ unlike any you've ever tried to create at home. No kids. I repeat no kids. But it's so romantic if you don't have any kids yet becareful that this place doesn't cause a few to be on the way.
We went for 2 weeks and stayed...
We went for 2 weeks and stayed in Negril in 2 different hotels. When we arrived at our first hotel I thought I was walking into heaven!! It was pure luxuary - The Grande Lido Negril. The second week we 'scruffed' it in a B&B called the Negril Treehouse.
I got a deal through my work so I'd probably collapse if I saw the correct price!! The Grand Lido was amazing. All rooms are suites. All inclusive watersports, food, drinks and anything else you want, they cant do enough for you. Room service twice a day. In the evening your bed is turned down, scattered with rose petals, the radio put on and a bottle of champers on ice!!! There is even a sax player on the grounds playing whilst you are getting ready for dinner. The staff are amazing and room service is 24hrs and they will cook anything you ask for. Princess Monaco donated her luxuary yacht to the hotel. Guests get invited on board for a sunset champange cruise during the stay. There is a local band and food on board and you feel like a right toff. Definatly a must. There was actually a wedding on board when we got invited. The captain is Scottish so I had a ball talking to him, apparenly not many Scots venture to Jamaica!!
Grand Lido Negril
We stayed at Grand Lido Negril from September 15-19, 2002. This time, we took Air Jamaica Express rather than TimAir, so we could discover the differences. Air Jamaica Express is scheduled air, has larger planes, and pilots who wear uniforms. TimAir can depart whenever you & the plane is ready, has small 4-8 seaters, and laid-back pilots. Our plane was pretty old, and the window frame kept falling out in my lap. It was full, and with the a/c not working, pretty stuffy and hot! There was too much baggage on our flight, so one of our bags, and several others, had to come out on the next flight. Which is better? In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter. Each of them get you there in one piece, which is all that is important!
Check-in was smooth, although our room wasn’t ready because it was early in the day. We went down to the afternoon buffet, and enjoyed the food while waiting. It took about an hour to get our room, and the luggage was delivered pretty quickly. Rooms are really nice at this resort; a king bed, loveseat, coffee table, TV, telephone and iron & ironing board are standard. The bath is fairly large, with tub/shower, vanity and sinks. The bathroom tile was in really bad shape; several of the tiles in the tub were broken.
The resort was pretty quiet. One of the employees told us it was 48% full, but I doubt there were that many guests. We heard that in August, the resort was only about 20% full! In the dining room, only about ½ of the table were set at any given meal, and not all of those were used.
Grand Lido Negril is currently undergoing renovation. Bathrooms in the Beach Cove catgory are getting Jacuzzi tubs , and the rest of the rooms should be remodeled over the next few months. A new spa area, near the Fitness Center, offers complimentary manicures & pedicures , a sauna, and a plunge pool. Other spa services are available for a nominal fee.
This resort has one of the best beaches and watersports centers in Jamaica! We spent time walking the beach, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. A stingray swam up near shore early one evening, and late one evening, we saw several more. Colorful fish are in abundance, so be sure to either Scuba, snorkel, or take the glass-bottom boat so you can see them.
We took the sunset catamaran cruise to the Pickled Parrot. This is a must-do excursion when you’re in Jamaica. At the Pickled Parrot, you can jump off the cliffs or swim around the boat. Beware! There are sea urchins on the rocks around the cliffs. I stepped on one, and the spines are really painful.
We spent a great deal of time in the Fitness Center, since the last 2 days of our stay were rained out by Tropical Storm Isidore. The Fitness Center has two rooms; one contains treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, and stair climbers. The other has Cyrex machines and free weights.
The biggest disappointment was that the French restaurant and 24-hour bar/food service was closed because of the tropical storm. A buffet was available in the main dining room; it was left-overs from the previous nights. The bars closed at midnight, as did the 24 hour food service, so there wasn’t much to do in the evenings other than sleep!
This is a great resort if you want a beautiful beach, clear water, great service, nice rooms, and can entertain yourself. If you need an abundance of activities or a party atmosphere, there are plenty of other resorts from which to choose.
Grand Lido Negril (Our room & Sunset cruise)
View from our room :-)
Our room is there...
View from our balcony
Hiroyuki often stays at the balcony.... sometimes reading books, sometimes sleeping... :-)
Grand Lido Negril has a yacht "Zein".
The price was included in the accommodation.
(Reservation is necessary.)
Sunset from the yacht
From the yacht.
There are a lot of resorts along the cliff between Grand Lito Negril and Rick's Cafe.
This resort looks quite good!
Grand Lido Resort
My family and I are looking into the Grand Lido Resort in Negril. Anyone been? We enjoying drinking, beach activities and golfing. The three kids are in their late 20s and the parents are in their 50s but love to party as well. Is this the best resort for this? Any advice or other resort to suggest would be helpful. Also, how's the food?