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“Another Relaxing Week” 5 of 5 stars
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Xtabi Resort
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   Lighthouse Road, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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Raceland, KY, USA
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“Another Relaxing Week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I am writing this 9 months after the fact. Xtabi continues to be my favorite in Negril. While the rooms and cottages are simple and clean, the staff is the real gem at the resort. I have never been treated better anywhere I have traveled. Omar, Michael, Sharon, Mr. Brown, and everyone else make the stay memorable. Food is great, location is quiet. Beautiful views. Bunny and Kingsley are wonderful drivers and people. Bunny knows where I am going without asking. Guess I am a creature of habit! Thanks again to all of the wonderful staff at Xtabi!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Treasure Island, Florida
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have been to Negril numerous times, staying on the beach as well as the cliffs and Xtabi Resort is truly the most amazing and beautiful place to stay. Waking up to the sun shining over the crystal clear blue waters every morning, enjoying delicious breakfast is simply peaceful and amazing. Even when the resort is full, you do not even feel like there is anyone around you but the wonderful staff to satisfy your every need. I have been to many countries to snorkel and dive, but never have I seen such beautiful coral and fish as here at Xtabi, and it is right down some stairs from the patio above! There are plenty of lounge chairs to enjoy the sun and awesome caves to explore or sit in to read or simply watch the waves crashing in. The sea cottages sit directly on the cliffs and have private entrances and steps down into the water below. The pool is located across the road, along with a few cottages and a rowhouse of very large and clean rooms with a small view of the sea, steps away from the bar and patio area in a gated and 24 hour secured garden that is simply lovely. Lunch is reasonable and everything is made fresh daily with plenty to choose from, dinner is a little pricey, but very romantic sitting under the lights overlooking the island, a dream come true, you are truly in paradise here and never want to leave the place. There are a few small grocery stores and a fruit stand within walking distance from the resort, and a taxi into town costs you $5 for 2 each way and is worth a look. Sometimes it does rain around 3pm, but it is a lovely light rain to cool things off and keep the landscaping beautiful and usually stops in time for the most gorgeous sunset in all of Jamaica. Words cannot describe how much I love this place, as I plan to go back in a few months for another stay, Everyone should experience this meeting of the gods at least once in their lifetime.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 13, second floor in the rowhouse with a small view of the sea, the view of the gar...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We just returned from staying at Xtabi and then an all inclusive resort. Xtabi was a dream resort. We stayed on the garden side and had a lovely room and quite nights sleep. The gardens were so beautiful and well cared for. The staff was so kind and attentive, Michael, in particular was most helpful. What I loved most about Xtabi was the quite days and nights. My husband and I spent almost 3 hours snorkeling and swimming around without seeing another person! It was so private and chill. One evening we sat out on the bar patio with our netflix and crashing waves with maybe a 3 other guests milling around. Food was very good and we enjoyed breakfast each morning with amazing views. It is such a relaxing place to stay, and having Three Dives right next door was yummy... the jerk chicken was the best ever! It was such a contrast from staying at a big all inclusive resort. This place is a true gem and I can't wait to save up to come back again.

Room Tip: We didn't have the money for a big room on the rocks and stayed across the street in the garden...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn,N.Y.
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41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

My husband treated me for my birthday/ anniversary to a trip. I chose Jamaica, our first time there. Although we stayed at a beautiful resort down the road, we ventured out to Xtabi for lunch one afternoon. Lunch was pleasant, the staff were super nice. But the location is breathtaking! It was so quiet there. I felt as if I would run into Ernest Hemingway at any moment. The carved pillars and mosaic work are amazing. The caves enticing! But their cove was secluded and gorgeous! Wished we had stayed here, maybe next time! Please do not miss this oasis!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belleville, Canada
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

After staying 3 times at Catcha, and once on the beach (Yuck), we thought we would try Xtabi.

Likes:
Cottage #1 was great. Pretty, funky interior & private.
Private deck on the water for sunbathing. No fighting for a sun bathing spot.
Great snorkeling.
No road noise or outside music at night.
Location gives you access to lots of good food that is close (Presley's, Chicken Lavish, Hungry Lion, Rock House to metion a few)

Dislikes:
Food is good, but not great. (Ivan's is much better)
No shade on the property in the afternoon.

Have to give a mention to the gardener (Mr. Brown) and night security (Omar) who both made our visit much more enjoyable with their pleasant attitude and conversation.

We had a fun week.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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west midlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I spent a weekend at Xtabi and had the most wonderful time .I couldn't afford a sea view cottage so stayed on the garden side .I was upgraded to a little cottage that was very clean and comfortable with excellent WiFi access. Staff on check in and throughout my stay were very helpful as were the waiters in the restaurant where I enjoyed breakfast on both days.The views of the sea side were spectacular as were the caves . There is a jerk center a 1 minute walk to the left of the resort called Three Dives that is also good for lunch and dinner again with a lovely vibe and vistas . I would certainly recommend this hotel as it ticked all the boxes for me in terms of service , value for money , facilities and location

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hunt, Texas
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43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

For an excellent very exclusive place to stay try Xtabi. Located on the far west end of Negril on the Cliffs. I have been staying here off and on from 83 to 2013 and it's our favorite spot. Great sea side cottages with caves. The restarunt serves excellent food with excellent service. Get those flags back up at the bar, its part of your signiture!! I take many couples to Jamaica and Xtabi is always my first choice.

Room Tip: It beats the large inclusive places and the beach has gotten way to crowded. I dont mind paying for...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lighthouse Road, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#24 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Xtabi Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xtabi is a 25 Room Boutique Hotel, We are located on the West Cliffs of Negril, one + miles from the Negril Beach.XTABI offers a variety of different facilities such as economy and standard rooms, as well as one or two storey private cottages. Some of our accommodations are set in the lush tropical garden near the pool, others are on the impressive cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea.XTABI RESORT awaits you with a dramatic water front setting where spiral stairs are leading down through a cave to a sandy beach. Many grottos along the cliffs are to explore and the shallow reefs nearby ensure great snorkeling. The cliffside bar and restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving good food in a friendly atmosphere with a breath-taking view and nice music. Xtabi will make you feel IRIE ... more   less 
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