My wife and I stayed at Sunset at the Palms (SATP) for an extended weekend from 2/5 - 2/9 and had a great, relaxing time. It was our first trip to Jamaica and we wouldn't hesitate to go again. I know that Jamaica receives mixed reviews, and although there is a lot of poverty outside of the tourist areas I can say that we never felt unsafe.
I'm not sure there is much to add to the hundreds of positive reviews SATP has received already. The resort is best suited for couples looking for a relaxing time. It is pretty, quiet and tranquil although it offers entertainment each night at the pool bar. Entertainment consisted of musicians and one night there was a fire dancer.
At the resort you stay in a "treehouse". Each treehouse has two units and each treehouse is spread out about 30 yards from each other with strategic plantings (palms and bamboo) in between to give each unit privacy.
The living quarters consist of a bathroom, bedroom and porch area. The bathroom has a great shower with 5 jets on one side and a hand held device and built in seat on the other. If you use all of the jets at the same time you will run out of hot water in about 10 minutes.
The bedroom had a king sized bed (nice firm mattress) with a vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan. There was air conditioning and a television - neither of which we used. There was always a nice breeze around. The outside porch contains the comfy day bed with pillows - perfect for an afternoon read and snooze.
We found the food at the buffet to be good with a nice selection of choices. The Lotus Leaf restaurant was excellent (beef and lamb) except the chocolate mousse desert had an odd consistency to it. The grill at the beach was very handy and served up good jerked chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches to help balance out the various rum drinks served nearby. Try the dirty banana - extra dirty.
The staff from waiters, cooks, bartenders and general workers always had a smile on their faces and were very friendly. No problems.
The beach is a short walk across the street. SATP provides a crossing guard. The beach itself isn't very wide, but was clean and surrounded by beautiful tropical water. Bloody Bay is very calm. Our first day at the resort was a little stormy and they had a no swimming sign even though the waves were less than 1 foot. There are also plenty of trees on the property should you wish to pull your recliner into the shade.
To the right of the beach is what is known as the Office of Nature where peddlers sell carvings, t-shirts, jewelry and other products Jamaica is famous for. The peddlers stay in their area and don't really come onto SATP property. You can lounge in the sun in peace. An occassional musician will come by and sing for you if you wish. If you weren't interested a nice smile and respectful "no thank you" was fine.
Boats and jets skis cruise by should you wish to take a ride, go fishing or go snorkeling. You can haggle the prices. The snorkel ride is a short trip to the left out of the bay to a reef. I was surprised by the amount of fish on the reef since the beach area itself was devoid of marine life. Bring an underwater camera.
We used Talk of the Town taxi for our airport transfer and a day trip to Mayfield Falls. They were great - they'll make as many stops as you wish for food or to take in the Jamaican lifestyle. Mayfield falls was beautiful. You walk up the river, sit under the many "natural jacuzzi's", jump into deep pools and swim under a small underwater cave. It's a 5-6 hour total trip from the hotel making a stop or two for food - patties and jelly coconuts on the way home.
The only small complaints I had were: (1) that the Office of Nature area next to the resort is under construction and they occassionally burn refuse. Depending on the wind direction the smoke would come across the SATP propery while we were in the water. Not SATP's fault, but is something to keep in mind; (2) the dive shop associated with the hotel (located on the left side of the property on the beach) arranged our snorkel trip with an individual who was only interested in smoking the entire trip rather than offering us any assistance. Smoke all you want on your own time, but while on the water where an accident can occur I would have felt a little better with a captain who wasn't as high as a kite. Stay away from the unnamed boat painted in Jamaican colors.
As a whole it was a wonderful trip (too short though) at a great resort. You won't be disappointed if you choose SATP for your relaxing get away.
- Also Known As:
- Sunset At The Palms Hotel Negril
- Sunset Palms
- Sunset At The Palms Negril
- Sunset Palms Jamaica
- Sunset Palms Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Hotel
- Sunset At The Palms Resort
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