Franklyn D Resort in Jamaica

We are on our way back to Atlanta now. But first, I need to gush about the resort that we stayed at for the past week first.

If you have young children, want to dive in the Caribbean and also want to make sure that said children are in safe hands… you must check out the Franklyn D Resort (FDR) in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.

Paul and I historically have not been fans of all-inclusive resorts. We like to get out and explore, and really experience a new culture. But, having a 9 month old changes things a bit.

The thing that really irks me about “all-inclusive” places is how impersonal those places seem. Part of our favorite things to do is to get to know the people who live in the places where we visit. Happily, FDR manages to strike a happy balance between the two extremes.

FDR isn’t a “luxury” type of resort, but it is very comfortable and after spending a week here, it almost feels like home. The staff is all so friendly, you can’t walk past someone without a “hello” or a “yeh mon.”

The food is quite good for a resort. All dining is outdoors, so it can get hot and buggy, but I’m usually quite happy to trade that for the opportunity to listen to the ocean waves while enjoying my food.

There isn’t a great beach on site (there is one at the resort next door that you can use), but I’m also happy to trade that in for having the scuba dive shop on site.

A 2 minute walk to the dock every morning, doesn’t get much better than that.

And of course, our vacation nanny Andrienne, I can’t say enough about her. She was absolutely amazing with Mini-me. Before arriving at the resort, I had my doubts and was very nervous about leaving my baby with a stranger in a foreign country while I go dive in the ocean. But as soon as we met Andrienne, I felt at ease and happily let her take Mini-me off to play.

Which brings me to: Paul and I finally had some alone time. What? Seems like that hasn’t happened in months. Oh wait… it hasn’t. And for the icing on the cake, FDR helped us celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary with cake and champagne.

Vacation nannies, good food and drinks, an anniversary dinner and an on-site scuba shop – I really couldn’t have asked for more from a vacation. We’re already looking forward to coming back for another vacation in a year or two.

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