- each family has their own vacation nanny during their stay!
- kids club, entertainment, games
- good promotions
FDR's smaller size makes for a friendly, relaxed ambiance. Kids have the run of the place, nannies are never far away... FDR felt the most "Jamaican" of any resort we visited in Jamaica, probably due to all the nannies!
Vacation nannies are the standout feature that makes this resort different from other choices. Other features include a spa, an adults-only restaurant right on the beach, and a scuba center on-site.
Our visit was in April, off-season. Windy weather had limited watersports before our arrival, but we had fine weather.
FDR has one main pool, a small kiddie slide nearby, and a 100-foot waterslide near the beach.
FDR doesn't have an extensive beach, and much of the beach area is taken up by a watersports zone, a waterslide, and a boardwalk restaurant. Still, there's an area for lounge chairs (under shade trees, if you like) 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.
The supervised kids' center is open day and evening, and has a baby-area, crafts area, movies, computer games. Kids program activities included Virtually every kid-guest does a tie-dyed t-shirt, which makes a good souvenir making a tie-dyed t-shirt-- great souvenir.*
My 9-year-old happily spent time with our nanny, which allowed my 12-year-old and I to sample more activities. Nanny Roxanne also-- on her own initiative-- gathered material for my 12-year-old's school project on Jamaica.
Read guest comments about nannies (at a site like TripAdvisor, or at the FDR site) to see how much families appreciate their nannies.
Do as much or as little as you wish. The daily list of activities might announce fitness classes, bike rides, a poolside magician show, family bingo, scavenger hunts...
FDR had coordinators for different age groups: if a group of teens arrived, activities will be posted for that age.
Some of our favorite activities:
- early morning power-walk
- bike-rides (we could ask to be taken at any time)
- glass-bottom boat: all ages could see coral and fish
- snorkeling boat to the coral reef
- windsurfing, with instruction
- sunfish sailing: a staff member took us out; instruction was available too
- kayaking, mainly done in a small sheltered bay
- for an extra charge: scuba with instruction for ages 10 and up. "Bubble-makers" for younger kids introduces scuba gear in the pool.
During our visit, breakfast buffets were great, with cereals, omelet bar, Jamaican breakfast (such as saltfish or callalloo), blender smoothies. The Verandah restaurant is airy and by the sea, and you can't beat "buffet" for speed with hungry kids.
For lunch, the Seaside Grill is another option: a cute place, with a tree growing right through it, stocked with hot-dogs, hamburgers, jerked chicken and pork. This restaurant had evening kiddie buffets, including spaghetti with or without sauce.
On one night a five-course dinner was served on the Boardwalk with items such as conch soup, ginger sushi, fresh seafood entrees. Children welcome. (Some families fed kids first at the Seaside Grill, or carried food from the Grill to the boardwalk dining) Another night saw a Jamaican buffet, with show. Adults can also dine at the adult-only restaurant.
Another plus at FDR: your fridge is constantly replenished with the snacks and drinks you choose, including cheese, pop, juice, etc.
During out visit, a small stage is located by the boardwalk; most nights, a small band plays, and once a week it's Jamaican show-time complete with dancers, limbo-under-fire, and flame-eater. Later in the evening, grown-ups can head to the Piano bar or Disco; there's teen/kid disco, too.
Check for updates at the FDR Site, and at a visitors' comment site.
Our huge suite similarly had full kitchen, dining area, large sitting area with tv and french doors, large master bedroom, with more french doors, kids' bedroom with two single beds;,two (smallish) bathrooms. Two-story units are larger still.
Find Our More:
- See the Franklyn D. Resort site
- Check recent visitors' comments at TripAdvisor.com
- Check prices at Kayak.com
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