Pros

  • Family-friendly all-inclusive property on the beach
  • Nanny services included in the rates
  • Kayaking, snorkeling, and glass bottom boat ride included
  • Many on-site recreational activities for kids and teens, such as a playground and several pools with slides
  • Nightly entertainment provided
  • All rooms have air-conditioning, TVs, and free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped fitness center and numerous treatments offered at the spa
  • Four on-site restaurants for dining
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Cons

  • Suites have bland, dated decor as does much of the property
  • Beachfront Honeymoon Suites do not have fridges
  • Not all rooms have ocean views
  • Beach is quite small, but beach next door (which guests can access) is larger
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Bottom Line

The mid-range Franklyn D is geared towards families on vacation. Supervised arts and crafts projects, a Teen Center with activity coordinators, and even free nanny services for all guests are just some of the kid-friendly perks offered. Pools (including a mini-pool for toddlers), a waterslide, dock space for easy access to water sports, tours to off-site attractions, and many other amenities are also available. Accommodations are tech-savvy for the location; guests will find iPod docking, satellite TV, and an Internet cafe with free Wi-Fi. However, while suites are spacious, decor is a bit dated as are most facilities in general.

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Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

Scene

Popular mid-range spot for families

With its Tuscan-style architecture, the Franklyn D carries the look of your average mid-priced resort in the area. A larger, blocky white building with high arches across the front stands out among the eight total buildings that make up this resort. One courtyard holds a small children's pool, complete with a brightly colored, mini-waterslide. Along the sides of this building, guests will find restaurants with outdoor seating almost at the water's edge, and walkways between buildings that are landscaped with palms and potted plants. A long, covered pier extends out into the water, and across from that, closer to the shore, a patio atop a rocky patch of beach holds lounge chairs for sunbathing. Perhaps the most noticeable outdoor feature of the Franklyn D is the white staircase which takes swimmers to the top of the waterslide that sits above its full-size pool. There is a small, bar-style seating area near the pool, featuring board games, and family-friendly activities.

Overall, the property is a bit dated -- rooms have tired decor and facilities show wear and tear. However, the Franklyn D is a solid choice for families seeking an affordable all-inclusive vacation.

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Location

Easy access to water sports, many dining opportunities, and tourist attractions 

Franklyn D Resort & Spa sits on a piece of sandy beach in Runaway Bay, within a five- to 10-minute walk to island jerk joints, as well as more upscale dining. All varieties of outdoor water sports, horseback riding, and tours can be found along the beach. In fact, guests can even take advantage of the docking space at Franklyn D for immediate access to the water. Jewel Runaway Beach is next door, and open to guests of this resort. About 20 minutes east by car, travelers can reach the Dunn's River Falls and Park, a local tourist attraction where tour groups get to climb a waterfall. The Runaway Bay Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course, is across the road from the resort.

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Rooms

Simple, dated suites are spacious.

There are 78 suites at this location, with options for one-, two-, or three-bedroom accommodations. Decor is functional, though a bit dated in some suites, with sofas, chairs, and curtains carrying patterns reminiscent of the '70s and '80s. The units at Franklyn D have earth-toned or coral-colored walls, and some colorful pictures hanging on them; they look and feel like small, private homes. 

All suites are considered wheelchair accessible and laid out to facilitate easy use of strollers; each includes a private patio or balcony. All rooms also have free Wi-Fi access, iPod docks, air-conditioning, and satellite TV. Kitchenettes include microwaves, coffeemakers, and refrigerators pre-stocked with snacks. However, Beachfront Honeymoon Suites have only microwaves and coffeemakers. Cribs can be provided in rooms, upon request, and step stools in bathrooms help children reach the sink. The resort offers its own brand of toiletries in each bathroom, including soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Some rooms have ocean views, while others do not, but all are steps away from the beach. 

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Features

An all-inclusive resort, with many extra amenities available for additional fees

A stay at this all-inclusive resort includes many amenities, such as Wi-Fi, pools and waterslides, fitness center, parking, use of pier, and water sports docking spot. A nanny who provides private childcare services during the vacation, plus activities for kids and teens, are all included when guests pay for their rooms. Snorkeling, kayaking, and glass bottom boat rides are provided by the resort at no extra charge. On-site basketball, tennis courts, a kids' tree house, and playground areas are available for everyone to use, with no extra fees. Use of the cyber cafe, and printer if needed, is also included. Free entertainment is offered nightly here, and features live music, as well as kid-focused dance parties and shows. The resort has four on-site restaurants, offering a variety of food, from traditional Jamaican fare, to salads and sandwiches. A kids' buffet, open during evening hours, provides familiar, child-friendly food options such as spaghetti and meatballs and PB&J sandwiches. The different restaurants have varying hours; the Sea Cotton Tree Grill and Verandah Restaurant are open for all meals, but The Pier and Overproof restaurants only have evening hours. 

A scuba diving certification program is offered through the resort and available for both children and adults, but anticipate added charges for this amenity. The on-site spa offers massages and skincare, with rates dependent upon services provided. 

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Things You Should Know About Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

Also Known As

  • Franklyn D Resort & Spa

Address

Main Street, Runaway Bay 99999, Jamaica

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Franklyn D. Resort & Spa

Scene

Popular mid-range spot for families

With its Tuscan-style architecture, the Franklyn D carries the look of your average mid-priced resort in the area. A larger, blocky white building with high arches across the front stands out among the eight total buildings that make up this resort. One courtyard holds a small children's pool, complete with a brightly colored, mini-waterslide. Along the sides of this building, guests will find restaurants with outdoor seating almost at the water's edge, and walkways between buildings that are landscaped with palms and potted plants. A long, covered pier extends out into the water, and across from that, closer to the shore, a patio atop a rocky patch of beach holds lounge chairs for sunbathing. Perhaps the most noticeable outdoor feature of the Franklyn D is the white staircase which takes swimmers to the top of the waterslide that sits above its full-size pool. There is a small, bar-style seating area near the pool, featuring board games, and family-friendly activities.

Overall, the property is a bit dated -- rooms have tired decor and facilities show wear and tear. However, the Franklyn D is a solid choice for families seeking an affordable all-inclusive vacation.

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Location

Easy access to water sports, many dining opportunities, and tourist attractions 

Franklyn D Resort & Spa sits on a piece of sandy beach in Runaway Bay, within a five- to 10-minute walk to island jerk joints, as well as more upscale dining. All varieties of outdoor water sports, horseback riding, and tours can be found along the beach. In fact, guests can even take advantage of the docking space at Franklyn D for immediate access to the water. Jewel Runaway Beach is next door, and open to guests of this resort. About 20 minutes east by car, travelers can reach the Dunn's River Falls and Park, a local tourist attraction where tour groups get to climb a waterfall. The Runaway Bay Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course, is across the road from the resort.

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Rooms

Simple, dated suites are spacious.

There are 78 suites at this location, with options for one-, two-, or three-bedroom accommodations. Decor is functional, though a bit dated in some suites, with sofas, chairs, and curtains carrying patterns reminiscent of the '70s and '80s. The units at Franklyn D have earth-toned or coral-colored walls, and some colorful pictures hanging on them; they look and feel like small, private homes. 

All suites are considered wheelchair accessible and laid out to facilitate easy use of strollers; each includes a private patio or balcony. All rooms also have free Wi-Fi access, iPod docks, air-conditioning, and satellite TV. Kitchenettes include microwaves, coffeemakers, and refrigerators pre-stocked with snacks. However, Beachfront Honeymoon Suites have only microwaves and coffeemakers. Cribs can be provided in rooms, upon request, and step stools in bathrooms help children reach the sink. The resort offers its own brand of toiletries in each bathroom, including soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Some rooms have ocean views, while others do not, but all are steps away from the beach. 

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Features

An all-inclusive resort, with many extra amenities available for additional fees

A stay at this all-inclusive resort includes many amenities, such as Wi-Fi, pools and waterslides, fitness center, parking, use of pier, and water sports docking spot. A nanny who provides private childcare services during the vacation, plus activities for kids and teens, are all included when guests pay for their rooms. Snorkeling, kayaking, and glass bottom boat rides are provided by the resort at no extra charge. On-site basketball, tennis courts, a kids' tree house, and playground areas are available for everyone to use, with no extra fees. Use of the cyber cafe, and printer if needed, is also included. Free entertainment is offered nightly here, and features live music, as well as kid-focused dance parties and shows. The resort has four on-site restaurants, offering a variety of food, from traditional Jamaican fare, to salads and sandwiches. A kids' buffet, open during evening hours, provides familiar, child-friendly food options such as spaghetti and meatballs and PB&J sandwiches. The different restaurants have varying hours; the Sea Cotton Tree Grill and Verandah Restaurant are open for all meals, but The Pier and Overproof restaurants only have evening hours. 

A scuba diving certification program is offered through the resort and available for both children and adults, but anticipate added charges for this amenity. The on-site spa offers massages and skincare, with rates dependent upon services provided. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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