Among all Jamaican All Inclusive family resorts, Franklyn D Resort & Spa stands alone as one of the most kid-friendly. With a multitude of features for their guests, it’s no wonder the famous TripAdvisor awarded it the Traveler’s Choice Award a few years ago.
General Info About the Franklyn D Resort and Spa
Franklyn D Resort is located on a small private beach in Runaway Bay, the northern coast of Jamaica. Prices vary from $500 to over $1,000 per night depending on the number of guests, the type of suite you book, and how much in advance you make your reservation. However, children under 16 years old are charged smaller fees and those under 6 years old can stay at this resort for free.
The Rooms at Franklyn D Resort
The FDR resort Jamaica has suites and junior suites of 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms to accommodate families, couples and business tourists. When booking one or more rooms at this Jamaica All Inclusive family resort, you will be able to choose between a garden/pool view suite and a beachfront one.
The smallest suite is 540 square feet, while the largest one is 1,200. But pay close attention to the maximum number of guests for each choice, since this will influence the comfort during your Jamaica family vacation. The 3-bedroom suite accommodates up to 6 adults and 3 children under 16, but it might get crowded.
Each suite has free internet, flat screen TVs, private balcony or veranda, bathroom(s), and a kitchenette. In addition, they come equipped with air conditioning ceiling fans, iPod docks and DVD players, iron, and ironing board. The kitchenettes have coffee makers, microwaves, and a refrigerator. Parents can also receive a rollaway bed or crib at no extra costs.
What “All Inclusive” Means
As you probably know, the All Inclusive concept varies across the world. However, the one at Franklyn D Resort and Spa has to be the most comprehensive we’ve seen.
This is what’s included for their guests:
- Free ground transfer from and to the International Airport in Montego Bay, the Donald Sangster airport.
- Wireless internet on the whole resort and the beach, free of charge.
- Free vacation nanny and children activities, family picnics, and unlimited use of all their recreational facilities. These include video and board games, Game Cube, Nintendo 64, Xbox, Nintendo WII, PlayStation, ball pits, riding toys, building blocks, pool tables, ping pong, etc. the activities include games, contests, arts & crafts seminars, excursions, etc.
- Jacuzzi access and glass boat trips. In fact, all of their water sports equipment is free to their guests. Snorkeling, kayaking, you name it – they are available with no extra costs.
- Bicycles, tennis, gym, fitness center, and more for adults.
- Access to the 4 swimming pools and waterslides.
- Free wine with every lunch or dinner, plus beer, premium bar drinks, and other beverages.
- All 3 meals within every dining facility on their property.
Franklyn D Resort Services and Facilities
Free Vacation Nanny & Children Entertainment
The most appreciated feature of the Franklyn D Resort is by far the free vacation nanny. The resort also makes available a qualified, attentive, and warm nanny who is also trained in housekeeping for parents who want a day off from their children. This makes the FDR resort Jamaica the most family friendly on all the island. In fact, it might very well be the best for families in all of the Caribbean.
The resort also organizes daily activities for children of all ages. Pajama parties, tennis, disco, dress up parties, limbo, or talent shows are all the rage around children who traveled with their parents at this resort.
Adult Entertainment in the Resort
As for adult entertainment, the resort organizes disco events with local live bands, cabaret singers, acrobats, and dance troupes. Limbo, fire-eating, contortionists, talent shows, or karaoke are just some of the nightly activities to which guests can assist or even participate.
The Seagrape Spa is another favorite of their guests. Exotic spa treatments freshly made from handpicked ingredients from the sea or land will soothe, rejuvenate, and relax anyone who chooses to spend a few hours here. And if you choose to also get a massage, you will not want to leave this resort. The Asian and European time-tested massage techniques are combined with traditional Jamaican spices, minerals, and fruits.
The resort also organizes shopping tours to Ocho Rios free of charge for their clients. After a 30-minute drive through the well-preserved natural scenery of Jamaica, you will be able to shop all you want for souvenirs, traditional clothing, or unique spices.
The island has many other adventures to discover, like its Mystic Mountain which you can bobsled around at high speeds, the Mystic Waterslide, or the Sky Explorer ride. Adventurers can even interact with the sharks, feed them, and swim with them in a safe environment. If that’s a bit much, you can also book a dolphin cove tour and swim with these marvelous creatures.
But there are many more animals that will greet you on land. Other optional tours include Dunn’s river falls, cave tours, horseback ride & swim, off-road safari, river tubing safari, and an exciting zipline canopy tour.
Staying at the Franklyn D Resort and Spa
Franklyn D Resort is the most appreciated of all Jamaican All Inclusive family resorts by those who travel with children. The impressive diversity of activities and facilities for children, healthy meals and the free vacation nanny are more than enough to enchant any parent.
But what about childless couples or business travelers? Well, they are generally content with their stay, too. After all, the resort does advertise itself as one of the most successful Jamaican family resorts. Therefore, those who come here know what to expect.
All in all, the Franklyn D Resort is a great family resort and offers so many amenities and gratuities it would be impossible not to enjoy yourself with minimal costs after you paid for your booking.