Franklyn D. Resort
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
FDR features all of the amenities of a large resort in an intimate setting where families can enjoy each other while playing in the warm Jamaican sun. Attentive, friendly staff are everywhere to ensure that you are having the best vacation ever. This is all highlighted by FDR’s exclusive Girl Friday Program, featuring your own nanny who comes to your room at 9am ready to make your day run smoothly. Whether it’s supervising the children in the Kids Activity Center, making up your room or restocking your in-room refrigerator, these well-trained specialists make FDR a premier family travel spot. The entertainment staff are friendly, enthusiastic and fun. Don’t be surprised to find yourself caught up in a variety of playful pursuits including crab and goat racing. There are three small beaches, not the wide expanse of white sand you might expect, but the cozy coves are safe and gentle. This all-inclusive resort features good food and plenty of it in a beautiful sea-side setting. There are plenty of dining options for the kids and enough variety to please parents. The open bar was a pleasure, and the kids loved ordering their own alcohol-free versions of island Daiquiris. The rooms (actually they are all suites), regardless of the size, were spacious, clean and comfortable. Full kitchens, while almost superfluous due to the generous amounts of food, featured sinks and full sized refrigerators.
The pool is small and often crowded. The water sports shack was undermanned and poorly outfitted. FDR is a long drive from the Montego Bay airport, nearly and hour and a half. Kids who have just sat through a plane ride can get very antsy.
Price for family of four, seven days: $3,500 One bedroom suite. (All Food beverages, activities, transfers and taxes included)
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