We’ve just returned from a five day stay Moon Dance Cliffs, Feb. 3 - 7. Because prior reviews were so incredibly helpful, I’d like to share my own. My initial internet inquiry was answered very quickly by Randy, who I understand is one of the owners. Once I was ready to book, Kim became my email point of contact. I really appreciate their responsiveness to my questions.
I’ll detail my criticisms first, so that I can finish on a good note, because ultimately, Moon Dance Cliffs is a beautiful place to be.
The resort is suited to wedding groups, as other reviewers have mentioned. With just two or three couples on the property, the pool bar and gift shop (where you buy cigars) were not open regularly. Some menu items were not available. Depending on the season, you may be more secluded than you had hoped.
Much of the restaurant staff was inexperienced and very new. While very polite and friendly (even timid at times), they did not seem knowledgeable about the area (many have very long commutes from distant towns). If Rick’s isn’t your type of excursion, you might want to do your own research for more interesting spots to explore.
Music at the Sports bar and Annies seemed to be left up to the servers, which didn’t always work. Some brought in their own reggae CD’s, which was great, some played local radio, which was OK. But, the morning Annie’s had Celine Dion and country music playing I decided I had to mention it. I think music at the bars and pool should be a focus because it has such power in creating a holiday atmosphere. Live music was described on their website (it has been removed), and in their welcome email, but unfortunately was not offered.
The website photos of 1 bedroom suites says poolside, and shows a ground floor unit. I was a bit disappointed to find our suite was on the 2nd floor. It’s a bit further to the bar, and our hot tub wasn’t under the stars. All rooms are listed as poolside – that oversight was my mistake. But, if you have a preference, be sure to clarify.
I feel the tipping policy should be clearly stated (I wasn’t sure, but tipped throughout). I definitely feel the pool area needs more shady spots. Landscaping was lovely, but could stand to grow a bit more lush. And, this part of the cliffs is quite rough, so snorkeling might be better further in to town.
Now, the good stuff.
Moon Dance IS super swanky! The rooms are gorgeous – and spotless. Housekeeping does a stunning job everyday. We thoroughly enjoyed the Ipod dock, Red Stripes in our fridge, the easy to use safe, the flower petals on the bed each day, the comfy bed, the unbeatable view of the grounds and the ocean.
Check in and check out were a breeze. The staff met us with cocktails, carried our luggage up to our room, and had us check in right in our room. They were also kind enough to let us stay past check out time because our flight was late in the day.
We were able to cliff jump our last day. Junny (sorry about the spelling) the lifeguard showed off his diving, took a picture for us, and showed us some great things on the cliffs. We really appreciated his kind attention.
The grounds are beautiful. The food was delicious. The staff answered every request. I must mention Titanya – a true star who went above and beyond on several occasions and impressed us so much! Thank you!
Overall, Moon Dance Cliffs was lovely. You can’t help but enjoy the level of service. While it was a bit secluded for us, I imagine it would make an outstanding destination for a group or couple looking for quiet relaxation.
- Also Known As:
- Moon Dance Cliffs Hotel
- Moon Dance Cliffs Negril
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the dramatic cliffs of Negril, Moon Dance Cliffs is a luxury resort and spa. Room choices include Caribbean View Hotel Rooms, Deluxe Jacuzzi Rooms, Executive One-Bedroom Suites, Prime Minister Two-Bedroom Suites, and 4 Royal Villas. Moon Dance Cliffs has 2 restaurants, 3 bars, the world class Kamala spa, a 5,000+ square foot pool complex, and a plethora of other activities. Our friendly staff is available to you throughout your stay; from the concierge and the manager to the lifeguards and bartenders. With a 1:2 staff to guest ratio, the service at Moon Dance Cliffs is unmatched.Situated on the dramatic cliffs of Negril, Jamaica Moon Dance Cliffs is a luxury boutique resort and spa. Room choices include Caribbean View Hotel Rooms, Deluxe Jacuzzi Rooms, Executive One-Bedroom Suites, Prime Minister Two-Bedroom Suites, and 4 Royal Villas. All rooms are air-conditioned, with verandahs, spectacular views of the Caribbean and many have private, outdoor Jacuzzis. The Royal Villas at Moon Dance Cliffs are located throughout the grounds of the resort. Ranging from one to five bedrooms, all the villas offer dramatic views of the Caribbean Sea from atop the cliffs. Each villa has the option of being staffed with a butler, who acts as a personal concierge. With full access to all the resort has to offer, the Royal Villas at Moon Dance Cliffs offer an unbeatable experience. With two restaurants and three bars to choose from, Moon Dance Cliffs offers dining options for whatever you’re in the mood for. Annie’s Restaurant is fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere; an open air restaurant set at the very edge of the ocean, the sunset view from Annie’s is unmatched. A menu of fresh seafood, traditional Jamaican dishes, pastas, steaks, and homemade desserts is complimented by an extensive array of fine wines and cocktails. The Sports Bar offers casual dining with a full menu and an exciting array of cocktails and beverages. With satellite TVs, darts, a pool table, Nintendo Wii®, and other games, The Sports Bar will entertain you day or night. The Pool Bar offers snacks, our signature Moon Dance cocktails, and other beverages whether you’re in the pool or just lounging by it. With beautiful views wherever you look and the friendliest staff in the Caribbean, Moon Dance Cliffs offers a relaxing, indulgent getaway. All-Inclusive and Accommodations Only rates are both available. Please inquire for nightly rates. ... more less
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