Just finished a five day vacation staying at Tensing Pen. Honestly, what more could you ask for in a Jamaican resort. Located on the beautiful cliffs on the West Side of Negril, (and a short ridw to the commercial 7 mile beach) this is a small, boutique resort that caters to your every need. This visit we stayed in North Pillar. Its a beautiful hut on pillars, 2nd hut from the pool and dining area with awesome views of the ocean and sunset. Last visit was Seagrape. A bit further from the pool but set away from it all and also with beautiful views. No a/c but who needs it. Sleep with the doors open and let the sounds of the waves lull you into lala land.
It is truly the people who make this resort so special. The front office people are so accomodating. The staff treat you like friends!!!! Razor will make you great drinks...Everytime!!! Webster is the coolest guy and will make sure you have everything you need in your sleeping quarters. Owen will take care of your dining needs. Malcolm also makes a mean dirty banana and will see to it that you are well tended to! The Chef makes wonderful food for all three meals. We ate at many places in Negril and came to the conclusion that the best food was on site!
The best thing about Tensing, in my opinion, is its size. It is a small resort and thus, encourages the guests to meet and mingle. Cleveland Mike "the Mayor", Edie and Isabella have been there each year to make us feel welcome. Mike is a source of all the info you will need in Negril. We also met a group of six (3 couples) from Canada. They were such a treat that we ended up hangin' with them a good deal of the time. Happy 50th, Mike!!!! (Did you do the nightime jump of the bridge?). Don't get me wrong. There is plenty of room for privacy if you want it but we really enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other folks at the resort.
Let me end with one more thought. We have been to Jamaica many times. We have stayed in other areas such as Port Antonio and Montego Bay. For my money I will always go back to Negril and Tensing. It is our Nirvana (and apparently other peoples too as almost everyone we met was returning for their 2nd, 3rd, 10th or 20th time.) Returning vacationers are the mark of a truly great resort!!!!!