This guesthouse was excellent. A large group of us went down and we had splendid time. The owner Karen called several times to make sure we were enjoying our stay. This isn't typical in Jamaica. She really cares about her guests. The house itself has several washrooms (with hot water!) and a fully equipped kitchen. The swimming pool is large and clean with great views. There are fruit trees growing all over the grounds and the beauty is breath taking. The beach is a few minutes walk, lots of stores and banks nearby. When staying on the beach getting around is a pain - but not here - everything is in easy reach.
The kitchen was one of my highlights. It really has everything you need to make great meals. The fridge is large enough to keep both food and beer (lots of beer) and its cold (once again not typical in Jamaica). As an aspiring chef it was fun to walk down to the fruit/vegetable stands just a few steps from the gate. The ladies that sell explained to me how to cook everything they sold. They let me try all the fruits I had never tried before. I was was in a very happy place, here. Then I took the five minute walk to the fish market, hoping to buy some Red Snapper. That day the Red Snapper weren't biting so instead I bought some Silver Snapper. What a stroke of luck - it was terrific! Its easy to make great meals with the fresh ingredients only a few steps away.
The hosts were Nolan and Sophie. You can't find more friendly warm people anywhere. I would say they really did make our stay memorable. We wouldn't have had half the experience we did without them. Nolan and I cooked a few meals together (he is a blue ribbon cook himself). If you don't feel like cooking, he will gladly cook for you. His jerk chicken and jerk pork are 5 star! If you need something special, or need a quick ride some where, no problem. We arrived as guests and left as friends.
A few other things about staying at Tropical Breeze...Wi-fi works great, there is AC (but we didn't ever use it), there are no plastic chairs (chairs are wicker and much more comfortable than plastic...I hate plastic chairs). Speaking of furniture, the pool deck has all brand new loungers and chairs. Very nice. There weren't any kids on the property before us, but the kids were made to feel very welcome and there was plenty for them to do. The beds were really comfortable and the whole place was spotlessly clean. The front patio is where we spent most of our time, just seems to be the meeting place.
All in all this was the best, most fun, place I have stayed in Negril (been 8 times) and I will stay there again next time. It's a Jamaican experience, but miles above average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical Breeze is a lovely 5 bedroom villa rental set in the heart of the town of Negril. Fantastic central location ,minutes from the seven mile beach and all shopping, restaurants, clubs and amenities. Our on site host, Sophie, is warm, friendly, welcoming and ready to assist with any questions you have. Large fully equipped kitchen available for use, however we offer a fantastic chef service supplied with the villa rental. He will definitely have you salivating over his local dishes. All rooms come equipped with an a/c unit, flat screen television, dvd player, secured wall safe and smoke detectors. Gorgeous 20 foot swimming pool steps from the villa, surrounded by a terraced 40 foot deck area, perfect for lounging, tanning, poolside meal service or entertaining small groups. We aim to offer a true Jamaican experience to our guests whom want to experience the food, music and culture of Jamaica in a unique setting, away from the crowds of the large, impersonal hotels. ... more less