This was our 12th trip to Hedo II, second time going in mid-May. We visited Wednesday to Wednesday and found occupancy to be on the low side when we arrived; easily less than half the dining room was set up for dinner. The crowd picked up a little toward the weekend, when a “circus erotica” group came in. They were a very friendly group that put on some shows during the evening entertainment (burlesque dancing type) that were very good.
Weather was perfect throughout the week, not a drop of rain. When we arrived, there was construction going on around the serving area (grill) of the main dining room where a large tarp was up blocking that area off & temporary serving stations were set up. It looked like they were doing work on the exhaust hoods in that area, and was completed by the weekend. Construction on the replacement bridge was well underway, being performed by outside contractors. Steel support and cross beams are being used, think this will last a lot longer than the last one!
We booked & were given a room on the prude/garden side, no complaints but if you depend on a hair dryer this was the first time we (she) felt the room unit just wasn’t getting the job done. Our shower door was missing one of the handles which sometimes made getting in & out a little more difficult than it should have been.
There are plenty of chairs (low occupancy aside) and an adequate supply of the Hedo foam cushions. The inflatable raft supply also looks to be plentiful. Hot tub temps during the day fluctuated greatly – one day the temp at 5p was 108…109 another day. We did utilize the main pool hottub a few late afternoons, where the temps varied equally as much – like pool water to boiling. Music at the nude pool seemed to be getting better, but still seems to get into a rut of playing the same CD over & over for days at a time. When you get to the point you can announce what song is coming up next it might be time to put in a new disk. There seem to be a full supply of Entertainment Coordinators (ECs), with a few transplants from H3 joining. We are not much in to the organized activities but our observation was that very little was taking place, maybe because of low occupancy – but never really saw EC’s trying to get things organized. Witnessed one game of bocce and afternoon volleyball on the prude side happened everyday but that was about it. There was the afternoon “happy hour” taking place at the nude pool each day, with the ECs bringing the mic & sound system, playing music and some kind of game (name that tune, drinking games, trivia, etc) for hedo bucks.
For the evenings, we ate twice at both Munason & Martino’s. Munason was very good and Martino’s was excellent. The other three evenings at the main dining room were average at best…and that takes into consideration that the Friday Gala brought the average up. The beef served on the main buffet was downright terrible, one evening it couldn’t even be cut with a knife much less eaten. I had the tenderloin both trips to Martino’s and that was excellent. I felt the wait service this trip in the main dining room was lacking. On different occasions we had to track down our own silverware (for both lunch and dinner) and at one lunch, where we got there a few minutes after it started, we were half way thru our meal before our water glasses were filled - and there were only about 5 tables occupied.
Roots Explosion’s music during dinner was fine, perfect volume for conversation and occasional dancing. The evening “showtime” was at least 50% EC driven. The steel drum band/dancers on Monday night were very good, as always.
After dinner we’d move over to the piano bar. The piano bar is listed as for "guest sing a long" but seems as soon as EC's arrive, it becomes "Showtime part II". Dion is great & the piano bar is one of our favorite Hedo spots but we like it because we can sing...or sing along with others, or watch other guests sing, not to hear them perform. One night this trip, once things got going guests sang 2 songs...with the mic next being turned over to EC's who sang the next 5. The karaoke nights are a little different now, they have a new system – not using the binders with the lists of songs anymore – they have a laptop and you just tell them whatever song it is you want to sing, and they seem to have it. The best part of the Piano bar is our favorite bartender, Eldon who will have your drink ready when he sees your glass getting low!
From the piano bar, we did try going to the disco a couple nights. Here’s exactly what I put on the comment card leaving the resort: How can you find the condition of the disco acceptable? Would Mr. Levee & his wife find the condition of the disco acceptable for their vacation? The smell is terrible in the bar area, and with no air conditioning it is so uncomfortable we can't take being in there for more than a few minutes. The one night there was a decent crowd, in spite of the heat, the music being played was a good mix (old stuff, new stuff, techno) but when it went all techno – the place cleared out. Another night they were serving drinks in glass “because no plastic…have to take the chance” as the bartender told me, sure enough 10 minutes later, broken glass on the dance floor.
The late night hottub temps did seem to be a little better; I think just one night it was unbearably hot. Had some creepy incidents where male workmen were lingering in/around the ladies bathroom late night. Included that in our comment card, would be nice if security could actually patrol instead of just sitting in a chair all night.
“Firsts” for this trip:
This was our first time being at the resort to really experience the morass fires. The morass (was explained as what we would call “swamp”) gets so dry it sparks wildfires. We’ve occasionally seen the smoke while on the cat cruise or on the bus ride to/from, but this was the first time we experienced it up close & personal as one night there were flames and sounds of crackling fire along with heavy dark smoke right across the main road; and two other evening where we couldn’t see flames but the smoke was very thick & made being outside uncomfortable. Wasn’t a problem during the day, but as soon as the sun was down seemed to take over. Seeing the flames so close was a little disconcerting, but staff (including Lorna Clarke who was outside keeping an eye on things) assured us “this happens every year, we just never know when”.
This trip we also spent some time a couple days on the prude beach. At different times there ranged from a half dozen to may 15 or 20 people on the PB, and plenty of space and shade to be able to lounge au natural.
This was also the first time in 12 trips that we’ve ventured off the resort (well, more than half-way down the Sandals beach…) making a long beach walk to Margaritaville. Wish we had done it before our last day. It was nice to see some of the other resorts along the Negril coast. There are a lot of amenities that I see I like - gazebos on the beach with pillows & linens, true drink service to your lounger, powdery white soft sand, true dining options right on the beach...and we spoke this trip to a number of couples all saying how nice Desire is (did not hear one negative & they were all independent couples). The only thing Hedo has that the other Negril resorts don't is the option to be naked all day, and maybe a little naughty...we love the naked, can take or leave the naughty. We're already booked for Anniversary week - but did even talk on the plane ride home about canceling & checking someplace else out, but the thought that maybe Hedo & Superclubs will be "pulling out all the stops" for the anniversary makes us think twice about changing just yet. Took a shuttle from M’ville back for $12, and during that ride could see some of the scorched earth from the fires – but buildings and such just feet away seemed to be fine and undamaged.
On my comment card I mentioned I’d be posting on trip advisor - pointing out the positives and negatives, so if there is progress on my issues (mainly the condition of the disco) to let me know & I will include it. Over a month later and no reply yet…
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hedonism II, a legendary resort! Here you have a real life garden of Eden where the only thing you have to worry about is your drink of the day. Cascading plunge pools, waterslide, beachfront pools with in-water pool tables, swim-up bars, jungle bridge taking you from the main hotel straight to the beachfront, glass bottom boats, snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking, every non-motorized water sport you could imagine, pool watching from the disco, all glass walls, gaming lounge, rock climbing wall, air-conditioned fitness center, Sauna and Steam room. You won't confuse it with Kansas. A lush garden of pure pleasure. For singles & couples 18 yrs & over who are ready for a party. If your wondering....just come! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hedonism Ii Hotel Negril
- Hedonism Jamaica
- Superclubs Hedonism Ii Negril
- Hedonism 2
- Hedonism Resort
- Jamaica Hedonism 2