After 27 trips to Jamaica over 20 years, we finally found our perfect spot! We stayed here in March 2014, came back in July and have our family Christmas vacation booked here for December, that is how much I love this property.
Travel and vacation is very subjective and personal and every place is not for everyone, but let me tell you, why this place is, for me, perfect.
If you have ever walked 7 mile beach, you know the Charela Inn. It stands out in subtle elegance on the most prominent stretch of one of the worlds best beaches. It doesn't scream to be recognized, it blends perfectly set amidst lush palm trees, with a warm, welcoming, old world appeal. The fine restaurant,Le Vendome, sits right on the beach with the best view, and at night comes alive with twinkling lights and delightful fine cuisine.
One of the things that stands out the most to me are the things that are not there. There is not bellowing loud music, scheduled activities or showy statues. What there is, is peace and quiet and tranquility, natural beauty, both sight and sound, with a staff that works tirelessly to ensure that when you do need something,they are there for you and never make you feel that any request is ridiculous. There is nothing this staff can not accommodate and they do it with such caring and warmth.
The staff is what puts this property above all others. Everything comes natural to them and does not seem forced.
Shanique, Carolyn and Nadine at the front desk, are spectacular for their patience and attention to detail in ensuring all requests are fulfilled. Minell is the man that makes it all happen on arrival and continues to impress with his knowledge and expertise on just about anything!
Francella and Debbie with that amazing welcoming warm smile, every morning to greet you by name. All the staff in the restaurant/bar morning, noon and night are absolutely fantastic, top notch! The fact this hotel is able to attract and keep this level of professionals is a tribute to the owners and defines the excellence in this hotel.
Food at Le Vendome is excellent with a selection for every taste. My personal favorite is the jerk sausage pizza at lunch, and of course the freshly made breads and pastries with breakfast. There are so many places to eat and explore in Negril, walking distance from the hotel, however with the quality of food at Le Vendome, it is just as easy to eat "at home" your entire vacation if you choose.
The rooms we have stayed in, have been excellent. It's all about the view for me. We have stayed in deluxe rooms both times, 314 in main building and room 325 in the newer section. Both had incredible sea views that were enjoyed for sunrise and sunset. The rooms have everything you need including a fridge and are kept spotless from arrival to departure.
The beach, most important to me. Crystal clear water, pristine soft white sand and plenty of shade from the many perfect palm and sea grape trees. The beach area is meticulously maintained and watched over by Reuben, an absolute professional, (with some awesome football skills)!
Vendors are respectful and deserve your attention, love getting warm coco bread and cheese, fresh fruits and my favorite mango juice, right to my beach chair. There is no end to the offerings from these fine people. Give them a try.
After a full day on the beach, relax a little more with a message from Sandra, definitely magic hands!
Thank you, Charela Inn, you are my new definition of perfection. I'm just sorry it took us so long to find you. See you in December!