Franklyn D. Resort & Spa - Runaway Bay

Four- or Seven-Night Stay at Franklyn D. Resort & Spa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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All-Inclusive Family-Friendly Resort on the Caribbean Sea

Some all-inclusive resorts cater to young families by offering amenities such as kids’ camps and organized sports, but the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa—located on the north coast of Jamaica—goes one step further, providing you with a personal “vacation nanny” to assist you during your stay. Specially trained and CPR certified, these nannies supervise children of all ages from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., accompanying them to arts-and-crafts classes and playing with them on the beach. When you want quality time as a family, they’ll tidy up your suite and stock the fridge with snacks and drinks. It’s because of this devoted service and a list of other standout amenities that Parents magazine named the resort the second-best family-beach-vacation destination in the world.

Every morning the resort posts its hourly activity schedule on two blackboards—one for kids and one for adults. With enough demand, they’ll also organize a separate program for teens. During your stay, you’ll have access to all land and watersports equipment and facilities, including three swimming pools and two beaches, one of which is located just next door. While the little ones take a ride on a glass-bottom boat or barrel down the 100-foot water slide, you can snorkel in the coral reef or head off to Ocho Rios for an organized shopping tour.

The Franklyn D. Resort & Spa features four dining venues, two of which are adults-only and open only on selected nights. The Sea Cotton Tree Grill—which stays open until midnight—serves casual snacks such as jerk chicken and paninis, and hosts a nightly kids’ buffet” giving adults time to enjoy tropical drinks or remember one another’s names. You can sample traditional Jamaican fare such as Escovitch fish and braised oxtail at the legendary Saturday Jamaican buffet. After dinner, check out the night's live entertainment, which might include cabaret singers, fire-eaters, or a guest talent show.

Runaway Bay, Jamaica: Quiet Resort Town near Natural Wonders

Runaway Bay is tucked into the northern coast of Jamaica, between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. The secluded town is one of the island's smallest—Lonely Planet calls it "a one-street village”—and it's noticeably quieter than its tourist-clogged neighbors. But what it lacks in size, Runaway Bay makes up in natural attractions. Some of the best underwater sights in the Caribbean can be explored during scuba-diving tours of the coral reef just offshore. And about 4 miles (7 km) west of town, you can explore the limestone vaults and subterranean lakes of the Green Grotto Caves, which were used as a hideout by Spanish die-hards during Jamaica's 18th-century colonization by the English.

A scenic 25-minute drive brings you to one of the island's most popular attractions—Dunn's River Falls. This natural wonder consists of a series of terraced waterfalls cascading from the mountains to the sea like a gigantic flight of stairs. Thousands of travelers visit the site each year, and it even served as a filming location for the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Today, tour groups frolic at the bottom of the falls or make the 600-foot climb to the top behind local guides.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

All-inclusive stay. Two kids 15 or younger included.

Travel window: 10/16/12–12/21/12

  • Option 1: $1,345 for a four-night stay for two adults in an ocean-view one-bedroom suite (up to a $2,800 value)
  • Option 2: $2,349 for a seven-night stay for two adults in an ocean-view one-bedroom suite (up to a $4,900 value)
  • Option 3: $2,649 for a four-night stay for four adults in an ocean-view two-bedroom suite (up to a $5,600 value)
  • Option 4: $4,639 for a seven-night stay for four adults in an ocean-view two-bedroom suite (up to a $9,800 value)

Travel window: 1/6/13–2/8/13 (peak season)

  • Option 5: $1,495 for a four-night stay for two adults in an ocean-view one-bedroom suite (up to a $3,200 value)
  • Option 6: $2,615 for a seven-night stay for two adults in an ocean-view one-bedroom suite (up to a $5,600 value)
  • Option 7: $3,025 for a four-night stay for four adults in an ocean-view two-bedroom suite (up to a $6,480 value)
  • Option 8: $5,295 for a seven-night stay for four adults in an ocean-view two-bedroom suite (up to an $11,340 value)

Book by: 12/14/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Personal vacation nanny
  • Three pools, including one with a water slide and a kids’ area
  • Private beach with a kids’ section, and access to beach next door
  • Kids’ club with arts-and-crafts classes
  • Daily activities for kids and adults including snorkeling, kayaking, tennis, and biking
  • Four restaurants, including two adults-only venues
  • Live entertainment every night
  • Gym and fitness center
  • Complimentary WiFi on the beach and in common areas
  • Complimentary shuttles to and from MBJ

The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/14/12 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 10/16/12-12/21/12 or 1/6/13-2/8/13, depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person +2 as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price; 14-day notice or fee of applicable two-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in.

Other Details

Room Details

In all Included Rooms

  • Full kitchen with microwave and refrigerator
  • Private balcony or terrace, some with ocean views

Ocean-View One-Bedroom Suite

  • One king bed and two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 adults and 2 kids 15 or younger
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 adults and 3 kids
  • Adding occupants above standard: one additional kid 5 or younger stays free; $50 per night for an additional kid 6–15; additional guests 16 or older not allowed

Ocean-View Two-Bedroom Suite

  • One king bed, two twin beds and one day bed
  • Standard occupancy: 4 adults and 2 kids 15 or younger
  • Maximum occupancy: 4 adults and 3 kids
  • Adding occupants above standard: one additional kid 5 or younger stays free; $50 per night for an additional kid 6–15; additional guests 16 or older not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: no restrictions
  • Check out: no restrictions
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: free
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 45 miles (73 km) from Sangster International Airport (MBJ); 26 miles (42 km) from Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ)
  • By car: about 45 miles (73 km) east of Montego Bay
  • By shuttle: complimentary roundtrip shuttle to and from MBJ

Traveler's Tips

  • Vacation nannies can care for children with special needs and dietary restrictions.
  • Vacation nannies will watch children at night for a reasonable hourly fee.
  • Non-complimentary excursions, including river rafting, horseback riding, and trips to Dunn's River Falls, can be arranged through the front desk.

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