The Grand Lido in Negril Jamaica was an amazing experience and by far one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at in the Caribbean. Upon arriving to Negril, we were greeted by Grand Lido representatives and we spent about ten minutes at the airport waiting for our free shuttle. It took about an hour and a half to get from the airport in Montego Bay to our destination in Negril. The ride was very interesting with all of the amazing waters and villages to look at. About halfway through the free shuttle, we stopped at a little shop for a restroom break and for souvenir shopping. Once we arrived at the hotel we were served Mimosa’s in the lobby while we waited for our room. It only took about ten minutes and the hostess walked us to our room, which was located on the far upper end of the resort.
The Room – We stayed in a basic garden view room and it was very nice. The room included a lower level sitting area and furnished balcony. The shower was amazing due to the eight shower heads. It felt like a full body massage after a long day on the beach. There is also a mini-bar stocked with sodas, water, and beer which is restocked daily. Our room also had A/C, CD player, satellite TV, hair dryer, robes, slippers, an iron and ironing board.
The Beach – We would go to the beach around 9 am every morning. There were plenty of chairs but sometimes we had to wait for beach towels. The best thing to do for the towels is to grab them at the end of the day so that you can make sure you have them in the morning. The beach was really nice and relaxing. There is a clothing beach and clothing optional beach. The clothing optional beach wasn’t really something I enjoyed, mostly because there were a lot of people walking around nude that you would rather not see nude, so we stayed away from that side. The temperature in Negril was about 85 degrees in December. The water was very warm and there wasn’t a lot of wind, so no sand was blowing around. Overall the beach was great. One thing that is annoying, are the jet skiers. They are not apart of the Resort but they ride their jet skies over to you while your in the water and ask you to buy a ride. Some guests did go for a ride but most people were annoyed by it.
The Staff – They were so polite and never expected anything more then a hello. The service was outstanding and they will take care of your every need.
The Food – Absolutely great! No matter which restaurant you eat at, you will get amazing food. There are seven places to eat featuring European, French, Italian, Caribbean, Japanese, American, and Continental cuisine. Cafe Lido is the buffet which has a different menu everyday and features a small sample of what is offered at the other restaurants. The salad bar is great and the buffet is also tailored for people with special diets but the buffet is not open for dinner. La Pasta is great also. I normally don’t eat that much pasta but the Alfredo sauce was so good. I couldn’t resist!
Munasan is the Japanese restaurant where you sit with other guests. They have a hibachi in front of you and serve you right there. Make sure you bring your appetite because this place serves a lot of courses and it was very delicious. The Reggae Cafe is located on the far right of the resort. They serve mainly Caribbean fare. There isn’t much to choose from but the choices available are great. The french restaurant Piacere has good food but I like to eat a lot and it wasn’t enough food. The men require jackets but don’t need to bring one because they will provide one for you. The Timber is open all day and they also deliver room service. Twenty-four hour room service is by far the best thing ever! I highly recommend the lamb chops and roasted mashed potatoes. You can also order breakfast in the room but it requires you to fill out your room service slip and then you place it on the door the night before. Overall the food at this resort is the best I’ve ever had at an all-inclusive vacation. They also offer premium liquors and domestic brands. I highly recommend you get a drink called a Dirty Banana! It tastes like a milkshake with liquor.
The Entertainment – There is nightly entertainment and they usually start the night off with a reggae band. On Fridays they have the Gran Terrazza. It’s in the Cafe Lido and they have an amazing buffet. On Mondays they have the Caribbean Beach Party. This was a lot of fun. They have games, prizes, and a buffet with lots of food. One night out of the week they have a guest and talent show which was very funny. It was like watching the try outs for American Idol. The resort also has a nightclub but it was pretty dead. By the time it opened we were ready for bed anyway.
Overall the resort was a great experience for the money. I would definitely go back to this resort and highly recommend it to anyone.