A naturist beach in Cuba was, and still is, my favorite spot when I simply want to rest for a few days. Lying on that beach, under the sun, naked, reading a good book at the sound of waves crashing on the shore, is almost as good and relaxing as having a massage. However, in February (between the 15th and the 22nd), there is a danger of a cold front wrecking your vacation. The risk is too great when all you have is a week off. So, you need to look more to the South. And, then, you find out what seems to be that crazy (LOL) place called “Hedonism II”.
Of course, the experience at Hedo is different, much more sexually explicit, to say the least. I was even a bit nervous after I made the choice to go there (no trip cancellation possible). This resort is mainly for couples and I was alone. But I thought that, at worst, I could isolate myself and enjoy the temperature.
The beach is not great at Hedo, even though significantly better on the part of the resort called the prude side. Water was always calm during my stay. Anyway, my preference, for swimming, was to go to the main pool (I like to swim every day). There is nobody in the middle of the afternoon. So you get the pool for yourself and can swim all you want, even naked, if that is your wish. A few excursions at sea are possible and seemed to be well appreciated by the guests.
The staff is fine, always polite, restrained, even when the guests break some rules. All are working hard, some in difficult conditions (heat and long hours). Tips are not allowed, at least officially. And this is a good policy. Otherwise, what is allowed becomes very fast like a condition to get a good service. However, you can always tip, discretely. I have done so at the end of my stay. But then, you really do it as a gratuity, from a sense of being grateful and appreciative of the hard work.
The evening shows are good, sometimes very good. One night, there was a group of dancers, beautiful and real athletes, who were performing accompanied by a trio of drummers playing djembes (West African Drums). I loved it.
Food is O.K. If you stay for more than 10 days, I suppose it becomes repetitive.
The resort never refuses a client, if it can. So the people in charge tend to overbook. What they do, then, is to send the unfortunate client to the next door resort for a night. Of course, to compensate, they upgrade you to a room on the “Au Natural side”, the most interesting part of the resort. And they give you some kind of voucher that allows you to spend an additional night on your next stay at the Hedo. However, I wonder how I can use it when I buy a package (plane and hotel) from a tour operator. To avoid this kind of problem (being moved to the next hotel), I have been told to come with an organized group, because they don’t separate the group.
The attitude you must entertain, while staying at Hedo, is to have fun. Be both a spectator and a participant. It is only possible if, at the same time, you get rid of all your inhibitions. “Don’t worry, be happy”, could be the theme song of the resort. So, don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself (who cares?). For example, bring with you strange costumes, one for each evening theme, preferably sexy. I had so much fun doing so that I will continue to look around for specialty shops and new costumes. Your costumes can be reused in other resorts or during Halloween.
It may take a few days before you understand the informal codes of conduct between men and women. That being said, you could not be totally wrong if, when you’re approaching someone, daring to do what you would not do at home, you always remain kind and polite. And if you make a mistake, you apologize. As I am naturally clumsy, I apologize all the time with a smile.
It helps if you love people, generally, and not simply those of the sex you are attracted to, because the guests are generally an interesting bunch. If I had to guess, I would say 40%-50% are Americans, 20%-30% are Canadians, and the rest come from all over the world (Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Italy, etc.). All social classes seem to be represented. Many are very bright individuals, with various life and working experiences. For my part, I like to travel and am interested by what is going on elsewhere and what people think. So, you learn a lot if you don’t stay in your little corner and speak to everybody, men and women alike. Anyway, most often, they come in pairs, like Adam and Eve, and as naked as the originals (LOL).
To my surprise, I returned home joyful, making more jokes than usual, but not so rested. I don’t know if I will go back to the Hedo resort. All depends of the conditions when the time comes! But my decision to go there, at least once, was certainly a good one.
- 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, 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