Looking for an all-inclusive Jamaican beach resort that truly caters to families with little kids? Franklyn D. Resort & Spa is an intimately sized all-inclusive Caribbean property with large suites in the style of an elegant Jamaican home. The resort's small size (there are 78 suites in total) can be a big plus when you have younger children since it's always a short walk to get to the pool, restaurant, or children’s center.
Franklyn D. Resort and Spa
While many family resorts in the Caribbean offer terrific children's programs clubs and non-stop activities, Franklyn D. Resort offers something unbeatable for families with babies and little ones: your very own, exclusive vacation nanny. For more than seven hours every day, your nanny is available to look after your children and be your personal guide at the resort. She'll look after your suite, be your guide to the resort, and you can also hire her to babysit in the evening for a nominal charge.
All-inclusive pricing also includes three meals a day and accommodations in one- to three-bedroom suites that are considerably larger than you find at most Caribbean all-inclusive resorts. Our huge suite featured a full kitchen, dining area, large sitting area with TV and french doors, large master bedroom plus a kids' bedroom with two single beds, and two bathrooms. The largest three-bedroom suites can accommodate six adults and three children. Rollaway beds, cribs, bed rails, and child gates can be requested at no extra charge. Your refrigerator and pantry will be stocked with snacks and beverages that you can ask to be replenished at no cost throughout your stay.
FDR does not have an expansive beach where you can stroll for miles along the sand. The resort does offer two small coves, however, which are good places for families to swim in safe, protected waters. Much of the beachfront is taken up by a watersports zone, a waterslide, and a boardwalk restaurant. Still, there's an area for lounge chairs and beach games. Also, guests are encouraged to walk a few steps off-property to a beautiful gentle beach where kids can snorkel with colorful fish.
Despite its smaller size, Franklyn D. Resort offers pretty much everything you would find at larger properties. While the vacation nannies are the standout feature that makes this resort different from others, other features include a spa, an adults-only restaurant right on the beach, and a scuba center on-site. The supervised kids' center is open day and evening and has a baby area, crafts area, movies, and computer games.
Here is a list of some of the highlights:
- each family has their own vacation nanny during their stay
- kids club, entertainment, games
- frequent promotions
- one main pool, a small kiddie slide nearby, and a 100-foot waterslide near the beach
- a daily list of activities might announce fitness classes, bike rides, a poolside magician show, family bingo, scavenger hunts, and more
- bike rides
- games room, with foosball, air hockey, and pool tables.
FDR is located in Runaway Bay, on Jamaica's north coast near Ocho Rios. It is about 45 miles from Montego Bay airport.
The area is known for the Green Grotto Caves, the largest and most accessible caves on the island. The two caves open to the public are estimated to be approximately a half-million years old. Along with stalagmites and stalactites, there is a small and fascinating underground lake in the innermost cavern. In addition to the caves, some of the best beaches in the Caribbean can be found in Runaway Bay, protected by a large tropical coral reef.
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- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher