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“Trip #15, good continues to outweigh the bad!” 3 of 5 stars
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Hedonism II
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Norman Manley Boulevard | PO Box 25, Negril, Jamaica (Formerly SuperClubs Hedonism II)   |  
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“Trip #15, good continues to outweigh the bad!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Trip dates 11/4/12 to 11/10/12
This was our 15th trip and overall another great one. We’ve traveled this first full week of November quite a few times and it is always great to see so many familiar faces (both guests and employees) and friends that return year after year. One of the charms of Hedo that we like is that it is such a friendly place where passing others on the beach or on a walkway is always greeted with “hi” or “good morning/afternoon/evening”.

Highlights of the trip were started from our arrival. We’d book one of the 2 Ocean View Prude Jacuzzi rooms and our good fortune resulting from Hurricane Sandy that struck the US east coast is that the residents of our room were going to be without power for some time back home so they extended their trip…and H2 bumped us up to an OVN Jacuzzi.

Our room was a great location, closer to the dive shack. We’d relax most mornings until early afternoon right outside our room then move up to the nude pool in early afternoon. The pool was usually hopping with an outside dj brought in by one of the travel agencies that had a large group there. He did a great job of mixing up the music, a little bit of everything, and included some games along the way. He would play afternoons until about 5 when the crowd would move to the hot tub. Temps in the HT seemed pretty good all week but we spent very little late nite time there this trip so not sure how it was then.

FOOD…
We made it up for breakfast every day. If there is any variation from day to day I never noticed it. Bacon was in good supply, two egg stations going so there was never too long of a wait. Early in the week the self-service juice dispenser switched the pineapple juice to (what we were told by another guest) some kind of flavored Gatorade. I enjoy a 50/50 pineapple & OJ, so just stuck with the OJ.

Made it up to the buffet for lunch about half the time. Both lunch and dinner were about the same, food was not too bad – but selections seemed pretty much same old, same old. Not much variation – in presentation or selection. Salad bar was pretty well stocked most of the week and there always seemed to be various fruits available. Desserts seemed a little skimpy to us, don’t recall seeing cheesecake at all during the week (we do eat on the later side for dinner) and often no cookies (crumbled up cookie with the soft ice cream…yum). Food for the Friday night Grand Gala was above average, plenty of lobster and very tasty beef and turkey.

We ate at Martino’s and Munasan once each. My tenderloin at Martino’s was rather tough but still was stuffed when we finished, would rank the meal as “good” but the dining experience there as “great”, wait staff is always on their A game. We ate at Munasan with a group (which is always fun!) but must say it was the best meal we’ve ever had there. Between the two of us I think we had all the options (beef, chicken, shrimp & sea bass) and the beef and chicken (with the ginger dipping sauce!) were very tasty.

Had lunch at both beach grills and no complaints there (other than eating too many hamburgers!!). In addition to the meat patties there was also pizza available in the warmer by the nude grill, didn’t remember that – from past trips.

Entertainment…
We don’t pay much attention to the ‘schedules’ as most things on the daily schedule never take place – and our sand/pool gravity kicks in…so we don’t pay much attention to the EC’s. Can’t say I remember any of the female EC’s although a few of the guys have been around a while (Winston, Fifty, Dean). More and more of the evening entertainment is all EC driven…which gets a little old. With Kink in the Caribbean and Mary Ellen’s Pole Dancing group both in the house our week, those were two of the nightly entertainment. Unless we missed it the night we ate at Martino’s, there was no steel drum band. The Kink group seemed to permanently be set up around the prude beach bar/pool area. There was a large roll of fabric circling the entire are with some ‘equipment’ set up inside. They seemed to have a dj playing there too most days and often had some kind of nightly party. Only one night was there signage indicating it was a “private party” but we’d also talked to a couple of the members who said that was more for the ‘enter at your own risk/you’ve been warned’ to protect the resort from non kink guest complaining about what might be going on. Honestly, it all seemed pretty tame – the whole area could be viewed from the bridge and we never saw anything too shocking…lol, who’d be surprised by a little whipping at Hedo!

We were honored this trip to attend a vow renewal for friends we met a few years ago. The minister was great and the little reception following in the game room of the piano bar was excellent – we’ve known Sophia is a true Hedo asset, and this just reinforced it.

The disco seemed to be pretty dead all week and Thomas, the new addition to the piano bar (who also plays with Roots Explosion) is quickly getting the hang of playing for & working the crowd. He did play a little using the piano but often used the keyboard. He mixed in some sing along songs that did get the crowd going. Mark (the dj brought in) ran the karaoke night and that too, was a lively party…and rather entertaining with some of the kink performers! We really enjoy the bartenders in the piano bar, especially Eldon – who always seems to have another drink ready if you are anywhere close and he sees you’re getting low.

Odds and Ends…
Repeaters party was held on the main pool deck because of the high number of repeaters. I believe it was 18 trips that won the 5 day.

The SuperClubs lounge at Sangster was still open, but not much going on – we had booked before the change so our transfers were included. When we got to the lounge, all that was checked was our voucher (although there were people behind the desk, there was no checking-in) by the guy at the door & we got the “bus will be ready in 10 minutes…” we were on the road in about 30. We did not stop on the way. We were at the resort when the news was breaking about the resort being sold – and there was certainly excitement in the air. Everyone was talking about it: guests, employees, beach vendors… all seemed very hopefully optimistic.

Our OVN Jacuzzi room was one that had been recently painted – still had the grey along the “headboard” but walls are a yellow with some green trim and the crown molding and room side of the exterior door painted a “wood” color brown. We used the slider extensively (it was very difficult to lock) and during the day had no problem leaving it unlocked. We did have a couple things disappear overnight. Pack of cigarettes/lighter, bag of sunflower seeds, clamps we use to secure the towel to our chair…nothing of real value, but seemed rather odd (in the dark, most of it would have been hard to see from someone walking the beach).

We’ve been travelling to Hedo twice per year the last 4 years (spring and this week) and will surely be looking to get back in a few months. We still talk about trying another resort (with C/O beach a definite and lifestyle friendly environment a plus) and will get rates for some others before our next trip but would not have any problem returning to Hedo twice in 2013.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I have vacationed at this location many times and I absolutely love the place. However, on my recent vacation from November 29, 2012 through December 6, 2012, my boyfriend and I were almost eaten alive by what we were told were beach flies. As of today, we both have many bite marks which are large in size and itch very badly. Also, there were many days that we were only given 1 washcloth and 1 bath towel and no floor mat and it was clear that there were 2 of us in a room. We only had a complete set of towels 2 days out of the eight days we spent at the resort and we often requested more but were not given more towels. The food was not at its best this visit, but it was tolerable. As always the entertainment and atmosphere was excellent and the property was kept very clean. I will absolutely go back there at my earliest opportunity. I love everything about Hedonism, the freedom, the relaxation, the fun, the people and most of all being able to let my hair down with my man. Speaking of my man, he has a very bad seafood allergy and just the smell of seafood will make him sick and seafood was being served on many nights. However, there was no Benadryl on site to help him with his allergic reaction which ended up making him sick and bed bound for 2 days and when we went to see the nurse noone was available. We had to just wait until the reaction went away naturally. Renovations are definitely needed for the bedrooms, but the overall resort is wonderful.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We went as a couple at the end of September. Having never been to this or any similar type of resort, we knew we were taking a risk but figured we'd be brave and give it a try. This ended up being the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. The staff was excellent - everyone was friendly and helpful, and the entertainment staff was great and really made an effort to involve guests in activities. My husband's birthday fell on our third day there; I had put a 'happy birthday' sign on our door as part of a few decorations I brought for our room, and a random member of the groundskeeping crew knocked on our door with a beautiful bouquet of flowers had had put together himself. When we returned to our room in the afternoon we found a chilled bottle of champagne and a birthday cake - I did not request any of this, we simply listed his birthdate on the form that all guests fill out upon arrival. We got used to the nudity thing pretty quickly, it's true what we read that you see people of all shapes and sizes so it's easy to feel comfortable. We did see some public sexual activity, during the day it wasn't overt but in the evenings at the hot tub it was more open. Most of the guests were very friendly, having been to the resort many times prior; we did meet another couple who invited us to join them for adult activity, but we politely declined and continued to have normal conversation. What we couldn't get over was just how relaxed the atmosphere was - you basically just did what you wanted. We enjoy snorkeling and simply had to show up at the dock to hop on a boat and were taken to a variety of snorkeling spots just minutes from the resort. The food was decent, nothing out of this world but there was so much of it that it was always easy to find something that worked. The only downside was our room, but we had researched in advance and were therefore not expecting anything great. It was certainly dated with some tacky furniture and old linens. Our bathroom door did not close all of the way. For 80% of the time we had hot water, the other 20% we had warm water. Our AC worked great and so did our TV. The housekeeping staff did an amazing job, our room was spotless each day with fresh towels and flowers on the bed. Our room was a Jacuzzi garden suite on the nude side - we really loved having a private Jacuzzi on our small terrace and were pleased to see that it was drained, cleaned, and refilled about every other day during our stay.

We are not swingers but did enjoy the option of sunbathing nude and having the public intimacy option if we so chose. The beach was beautiful and the people were friendly. We saw some crazy stuff here and there but weren't offended because we embraced the to-each-his-own vibe that was happening. For the most part we kept to ourselves and did our own thing and it was great - in fact, it brought us closer as a couple to go on this crazy adventure together. It was a really interesting and extremely laid back atmosphere; we remember our trip very fondly and we have no doubt that we will return.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Can't say enough about our first trip to Hedo. We've been to Jamaica a couple times before but always wanted to travel on the wild side for a change. If you are an opened minded person that's comfortable with your body and seeing some wild things, then I recommend going at least once. Sure the hotel could use some renovations, but the staff is very attentive and entertaining! Can't wait to go back this coming ATI Weekend in August 2013.

Room Tip: Gardenview, nude side is the best location!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We've been 16 times and are planning our next trip soon! Hedo is a mature resort with beautiful grounds and common areas. The rooms are tired but the new owners are promising to spend $10 million on renovations. If you want well appointed rooms with luxury service, go to Sandals (make sure you pack lots of books because there is nothing else happening there!). If you want to have fun and enjoy your week away from the world, go to Hedo! Hedo offers everything you could want in a hedonistic holiday. If the excitement is too much, they have a large prude side that is perfect for relaxing.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Trip was the best ever. We booked again for next year already. The staff was friendly and polite, unless they were being REALLY friendly and polite. We felt like "regulars" there although it was our first time. Bartenders remembered your drinks ( little things like that make a difference). Rooms were better than expected from the reviews on here. The resort as a whole was great. The activities were plentiful and easy to access.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed there for 5 nights in June of 2012. We didn't want to do longer cause we didn't know how it would be and didn't want to be there longer if we didn't like it. After the first night we were already talking about a trip back. Surprisingly we had one of the best vacations ever. The staff was friendly. The games and activities were entertaining and the shows were awesome. There was never a dull moment unless I wanted it. There was a nude side and a prude side of the beach. Nothing was happening on the prude side cause everyone was on the nude side. The food was very good and a wide variety. The liquor was top shelf. The only thing that wasn't great were the rooms. They were out dated. But we only used the room to sleep and shower anyway so it wasn't a problem for us. I highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Norman Manley Boulevard | PO Box 25, Negril, Jamaica (Formerly SuperClubs Hedonism II)
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Negril
#14 Spa Hotel in Negril
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#31 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hedonism II 3*
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

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