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“Cute Boutique Hotel + Good Vibe + Great Restaurant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Seasplash Negril

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Seasplash Negril
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #50 of 90 Hotels in Negril
Washington DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Cute Boutique Hotel + Good Vibe + Great Restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

Just returned from my first time in Negril and Sea Splash was a perfect choice for me.
I didn't want to stay in one of the big 'commercial' all-inclusive resorts, however, I wanted something that was *more* than just a hotel...

Sea Splash was a perfect medium as a boutique-ish hotel that also had a fun bar and an EXCELLENT restaurant.

The resort is fairly small, laid back and chill with a good vibe. It has a cute bar, a pool and a hot tub for those who would partake--but why would you when you are literally STEPS from the ocean here?? The grounds are beautiful. Tropical foliage abounds.

When I arrived using my Living Social deal, I was greeted kindly and told I was being given one of the best rooms--room 6--as I was celebrating a birthday!

Room 6, which overlooks the bar, pool and restaurant and has ocean view, was perfect for me. It was a 1-bedroom suite (as advertised via Living Social). The bed was huge and comfy. The bathroom was a bit small but totally fine and the kitchen had anything you'd need. Highlights of this room were the bedroom area, patio and super high vaulted ceilings which made the space feel nice and open. Also, the room was super clean and housekeeping returned it to that state daily. I loved that maids would put fresh flowers in the kitchen and on the patio.

Per the Living Social deal, I received a complementary breakfast each morning at Normas, the restaurant. Each of the 4 days I was there the breakfast I had on the deck overlooking the sea was...amazing! I only ordered whatever the "Jamaican" breakfast was each day. Two of the days I had ackee and saltfish with dumplings and bammy. One day it was calaloo and fish with dumplings. And another day I had stew snapper filet with dumpling. Blue mountain coffee each morning with breakfast and sometimes a shot of rum cream I would order from the bar. Whoever is doing the cooking here is doing it right! The breakfasts were flavorful, well-portioned and just a fab way to start my days.

I paid nothing for these meals with my Living Social but I always tipped generously.

Sea Splash is in a great location on the beach, in my opinion. A walk to the left takes you to many other small hotels and bars and places to eat. A walk to the right, on the beach, takes you toward some of the larger resorts. Sea Splash has some umbrellas and cabana-type things on their portion of the beach which was great for me to chill beneath and read my book without being in direct sun for hours.

The bar was fun--especially the live reggae show on Sunday night which drew a big crowd and at which a singer from a popular reggae group from the past made an appearance. Enjoyed it immensely! New owner Jim Hurt, as mentioned in other reviews, is fun! He is proud of his place and doing all he can to accommodate guests.

And according to Hurt, a fellow martini connoisseur, Sea Splash is the only place on the beach with gorgonzola-stuffed olives! (One of my fave cocktails).

Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

I'm a long-time returnee to Negril, so I have a good feel for value both on the beach and the Cliffs, and the Seasplash is a great deal!

The hotel is right on the sand, and the property is in great shape with a nice pool, shading eating area and bar, and nicely appointed rooms. We had a king with AC, and there were no complaints at the room at all.

The bar is really nice, and Natasha the bar tender has been there forever, and she serves good drinks. The lifeguard, Vince, was right on top of things, scolding me for diving instead of jumping into the deep end (six feet), lol. The security guard, Dave, was solid, too. I tipped him three dollars, and he took GREAT care of me and my friend.

But the best thing of all about Seasplash is the presence of manager Jim Hurt, an expat from Chicago who is classic beach-hotel manager with a happy, easy style and a zest for having just as good a time as his guests. He's a great guy to sit and have a beer with.

Also, considering there is a pool and AC and you're beachside and not across the street, the Seasplash is great deal for the money. I see this hotel become increasingly successful. Best to reserve a room while you can because it's going to get more crowded as word spreads about how nice the place is.

Ya mon!

Room Tip: We had room 5, real close to the pool. Nice room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Haliburton
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We decided to spend 12 days in Negril, staying at various resorts along the beach and the cliffs.
The day prior to leaving our first resort,we strolled the beach looking for our next to stay. (March 30-April 2/2012)
Arrived at the Sea Splash and while sitting in the lobby, an extremely friendly person asked how we are and if there was anything he could do for us.
Unaware he was the owner, we explained our situation.
His name was James Hurt. James told us how he fell in love with the property because of the amazing foliage and the accommodations.
We agree with James on both accounts, it was one of the nicest accomodations we have ever stayed in.
The suite offered a king size bed (pillow top mattress, soft pillows) granite counter top with separate eating area in the kitchen.
There was a large balcony ,which allowed us to be in the midst of the mature foliage.
The tree frogs sang their melody to us every night
The beach bar also offered a large sitting area with the option of sun or shade and music always playing.
Rasta Dave made sure we had a towel, chair and kept the venders at a distance.
The reception alway had a smile and called me by name.
Thank you Mr Hurt for just happening to be walking throught the lobby.

Room Tip: we always perfer the second floor
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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North Bay, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

the staff was fantastic and created such a welcoming atmosphere, the experience was comfortable, and authentically Jamaican simultaneously. The food was incredible, and the location spectacular. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Lansing, Michigan
2 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Our basic room needed some tlc (closet door hanging off, pictures hanging crooked, needed to be painted, no coffee pot as suggested on the internet, no water pressure etc..). The restuarant didn't have many of their items available and what was available wasn't that good and was overpriced. The bar wasn't consistant. We started out paying $4 for rum and cokes and later in the week they went to $5.50. The hot tub was cold. They tried to charge us $5 for a local call. To top it all off, they have charged our credit card for something we didn't even purchase. Never again! We travel to Negril every year and we have never had issues like this before.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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mrhurt, Owner at Seasplash Negril, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
The "TLC needed" she mentioned is being done whenever rooms are not rented. Currently, our rooms are booked solid but we are refurbishing as soon as we have the availability to do so.I just purchased the resort four months ago and have been doing my best to make everyone happy, but as you can see I cannot please everybody. Our restaurant has been getting rave reviews and, again, we do our best. If anyone has ever complained to me I have been happy to either refund or comp for any problems. The overcharge for rum and cokes was a cashier issue and when she mentioned it to my partner he immediately offered a refund or comp drinks at the bar to make up for the problem. She called me recently about the 39 dollar charge on her credit card and I immediately put a refund through, this also was our fault and I apologized. We are working through our issues and trying our best to be perfect for all of our guests. Please see the other twenty or so reviews from the past few months to see other opinions of our property. Again, i am sorry we have had some issues but I am always willing to admit when things are our fault and do my best to straighten them out.

Jim Hurt
Owner, Sea Splash Resort
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Peterborough, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

This was my 8th trip to Negril but my 1st stay on the beach. I am so glad we chose to stay at Sea Splash! We felt right at home almost immediately. The grounds are beautiful. The staff were friendly and helpful. Always making sure we were taking care of and just stopping to chat about whatever.
My husband, 2 kids (10 & 11) and I stayed in a 1 bedroom suite. It was perfect for us. Loved sitting on the balcony looking out on the garden, tropical paradise! My sister, sister in law, neice & friend shared standard rooms. King sized bed, clean and comfortable!
I didn't meet Ted but spoke with Jim frequently. He is doing an excellent job with this property. He is very attentive and truly wants everyone to have the best vacation possible. This attitude is obviously passed to all staff members. Seeing staff break out dancing while working doesn't happen everywhere, lol! There is a warm feeling at Sea Splash and you are made to feel part of it!
Thanks again Jim and the rest of the Sea Splash family! We will be back!
*side note* When the cleaning lady heard that my daughter absolutely loved her towel swans she went the extra mile. Everyday after there was a new creation full of flowers, even an extra one morning up in the loft :) Awesome!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Mayville, Wisconsin, USA
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

I was impressed from the time we checked in to the end with Sea Splash. The resort has a jungle like feel to it throughout the room areas. We arrived to a very clean, modernized room that more than suited our needs. The owners are FANTASTIC! The staff was equally fantastic. The new bar looks great as well as the upstairs portion that was awesome for viewing sunsets etc. Great time and will absolutely be back.

Room Tip: We had three guys in our group ( late 20's ) and booked a 1 bedroom suite. This included a King...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Seasplash Negril

Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#28 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Seasplash Negril 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SeaSplash is a boutique hotel that offers a unique Jamaican experience, located in the heart of Negrils sevemn mile white sand beach. The combination of rooms range from a one bedroom suite, Junior Suites or a standard room. Guests may enjoy the beach, pool and jacuzzi. Normas Restaurant, located on the beach is Negrils only three diamond rated restaurant by AAA in Negril. It offers an eclectic fusion of different nations. ... more   less 
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