My husband and I just got married and honeymooned in Negril, Jamaica. We stayed at the Beaches Resort for the first 3 days since we had our kids with us for the wedding ceremony. Then we were whisked off to Sandals for our honeymoon. We absolutely loved it there and it was the perfect honeymoon for us. We got a butler suite which in my opinion is the only way to go if you are looking for perfect relaxation. They bend over backwards to make sure you get everything you need when you need it. They made restaurant reservations for us every night, booked excursions, and nearly every night we came back to our room with a steaming hot bubble bath waiting for us. They also brought us drinks or while we sat on your reserved beach chairs. Our butlers were Mark and Orlando and I actually cried when I had to say goodbye. They were wonderful guys and I miss them!
We got the beachfront honeymoon suite and it was amazing! Everything in there was top notch and elegant. We didn't spend a whole of time in our room but it was a nice retreat from the heat every once and a while. The food really surprised us in its quality. This Sandals has 7 restaurants, 2 of which you need reservations for. Cuchina Romano cooked our wedding dinner for us. It was a special menu that we could have had cooked at 3 of the restaurants but we were very pleased that we chose Cuchinas. It was one of our favorite meals. The steak was cooked perfectly and the service was fantastic. Our other 2 favorite restaurants were Barefoot and The Sundowner. Both had fantastic service and great food. Faithlyn was our server the first night we were there and she was great! Sandal Negril also has a pizza place which is super good, the Beach Bistro with burgers and sandwiches that is open all day and night (I recommend the BG&C), The Bayside which serves a buffet for breakfast and lunch. It serves a sit-down dinner as well but we never ate there. Last there is a hibachi grill restaurant, Kimonos, that was pretty good. I actually wasn't over impressed with the food itself, it was good quality but everything tasted the same to me, but the entertainment was great. Our chef was Geon and he was fantastic! Sandals also has several bars open different hours throughout the day so there is always alcohol flowing. Our favorite was the Beach Bar where Leroy was always there to great us this a smile. The only complaint we had as far as drinks were concerned is the lack of mint. Our favorite drink is the Mojito and they were having a hard time keeping up the demands of the mint. Bad crop this year due to the drought or something along those lines. Can't hold that against them but it was disappointing.
The atmosphere was good here. It was very quiet where our room was at the end of the resort. But if we wanted to dance the night away we could go to the Piano Bar where the DJ was always spinning at 10:30. They also offered entertainment every night from dance performances, steel drums, or game shows. We also participated in a small blackjack game. I actually won and the prize was a complimentary Amor Smores, a private fire with all the fixings for smores with a bottle of champagne. It was great. The excursions they offer through Island Routes were a lot of fun, but pricey. We did the horseback ride and swim and the Lovers Rock Catamaran Cruise. They were both very fun and the staff running those were great. The guide I had for the horseback ride was fantastic.
The only thing that we didn't like about this resort was the beach itself. After spending a few days at the Beaches resort that is right down the beach the Sandals beach was disappointing. It is very narrow and the water is very sluggish. No crashing waves to play in and there is a lot of seaweed all over the ocean floor so it is rather gross it have your feet in. We didn't spend a lot of time in the ocean there and actually walked back the Beaches resort one day to spend some time on their beach.
All in all this was the best vacation of my life and I would return in a heartbeat if I could afford it. A few shout outs to our some of our favorite staff members. There were quite a few that impressed us but I didn't get all their names. These are the ones that really stood out enough for me to make a point of remembering them to mention. Some of our servers Faithlyn from Barefoot, Christopher from Cuchino, and Nicolas from Kimonos. Norman, the manager of Cuchina Romano, we encountered a few times and he really made a great impression on us. We actually tried to see him to say our goodbyes too. Keron was a huge help to us when we first arrived and hooked us up cell minutes for our butler phone so we could call home. Thanks again Keron! Smiley and Reny our wonderful snorkeling and glass bottom boat guides were awesome. Other than our wonderful butlers Mark and Orlando, the person that really impressed us was Trey. He was bartending at the Beach Bar our last day there and we make a comment about the lack of mint and he said he thought there was some coming in soon and that would look into it for us. About an hour later while were having lunch in a private cabana, on the other side of the resort from the bar, here comes Trey with 2 of the best Mojitos we have ever had. It was such a surprise and he really made our last day there special so thanks Trey!
If you want great service where everyone makes you feel special and like your old friends, if you want to sit in the lap of luxury with you relax in the sunshine or party on a boat in the open seas then Sandal Negril is the place for you!
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