-My gf and I stayed in Coyaba Resort for 2 nights during our first time visit to Jamaica. It was overall a pleasant experience at a decent boutique hotel.
-Clean rooms, great views of the ocean.
-Beach is quiet, clean, safe (constant security guards patrolling the beach). This is definitely a plus as we noticed that other beaches in Negril did not have any control over the numerous vendors that approached tourists. Don't expect amazing underwater views in this beach.
-Tea/sandwiches provided in the afternoon were decent
-Safety: we felt VERY safe at the hotel, no problems with security.
-Horrendous location if you are looking to explore outside of the resort. You NEED a car or rental to get ANYWHERE. It is a $25 ONE WAY trip to the Hip Strip. Other locations (Luminous Bay, Rose Hall, etc. are all over 30 min away and require a taxi). This is nothing like Negril where you can simply walk to the open beach!
-We paid approx $200 for the room but had another $50 fee added on to the cost since it was for two people rather than 1 person. I found this ridiculous as it was not detailed ahead of time. An outrageous and unnecessary cost.
-EXPENSIVE resort food. We did not buy a single meal, rather I highly recommend walking two stoplights down the main road to Scotchie's to get REAL Jamaican food. I spent approx $20 and ordered - Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Chicken Sausage, Pork Sausage, AND two sides with drinks. An absolute fantastic deal.
-There is NO free breakfast. You have to pay for EVERYTHING! You at least get a free breakfast anywhere else in smaller venues (Hilton, Hampton, Days Inn, etc.)
-OK pool and jacuzzi. The bartender makes a poor pina colada.
-Overall we had a pleasant time at Coyaba, however, we strongly feel the high rates (room cost, food cost, etc.) do not justify the services provided. We recommend this hotel with reservations. We would likely consider the number one ranked Iberostar if we were to go to Jamaica again. The reason - if you're going to spend over $250 at Coyaba, you might as well spend a little more on the number one Iberostart and maximize the benefit and quality of your vacation.
Please email if you have questions, and as always - safe travels!