We just got back from Sandals Negril, we arrived December 31 and sadly had to leave January 7. I have travelled all over the Caribbean and Jamaica is the one place I would go back over and over. I have been to the 5 star resorts and Sandals Negril definately fits up there for me. Don't listen to all those terrible reviews you read from people who expect to much, not sure what they expect when you are only paying $2500 and everything is free. You can trust me on this one, this resort is amazing. It definately is an older resort, but it has been very well taken care of. Yes the rooms are small if you are staying in just the basic room, but thats what you pay for. We stayed in the 2nd level upgrade of rooms and that was all we need, when we arrived we were a bit taken back, but then we realized how spoiled can we really be. The room was furnished nicely, it was always spotless, and we were only ever in there to change and sleep. So if you are expecting an extravagant room on the beach, be prepared to pay more. I asked every tourist we met there, and there was not one bad comment from any of them, all said they come to that resort every year, or said they would definately be back.
In my opinion what really makes a resort is the service and staff, and of course the food, but in Jamaica you really cannot go wrong with food, they know how to cook. So many of the reviews I read before I went to Sandals Negril stated that the staff were not friendly or helpful, not sure where you are coming from because I never walked by one single staff member that did not say hello or good morning. The staff at the resort really took the time to get to know you, and many of the staff knew us by name after the first couple days of being there. If you are friendly to them, in return you will get the same back. We met some really great staff at this resort, and all went over and beyond their jobs to make sure we were taken care of, that we were having a great time, and made sure we were always safe. Vinton & Fabian(Photo Boys) the best photographers at the resort and always took time out of their day to hang out and make sure we were enjoying our trip. Donovan & Joevan(Grill Cooks) funniest cooks to watch when they work together, and make amazing Jerk Sauce. The entire crew from Party Cruise Catamaran, highly recommend this trip through the resort, this crew knew us by first name and showed us an amazing time. Omar(Sundowner Waiter) we appreciate the special meal you had done up for us, that really was very special. Jeffrey(Sales Director), took the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us and get our feedback, and always was making sure we were happy and satisfied. You all made us feel so welcome, and we really appreciate you taking the time to really get to know us and our names. You are the ones that really made this trip extra special, and we hope to stay great friends with you all, and hope to see you again this year. You are all such a great asset to the Sandals resort, so I hope they appreciate you as well.
The resort is a smaller resort, which I loved. Everyday you see the same people, and if you are friendly you really get the chance to meet some great friends from all over. It was also nice to know you did not have to walk to far to get anywhere, everything was central.
Okay now onto the food. The food was great, some places better than others, but the snack bar where Donovan and Joevan work, WOW the food was soooo tasty. The buffets were always fresh and lots of variety. Had the beef tenderloin in one restaurant and they can cook it better than most steak places I have been too.
Nightlife, this resort is a couples resort, it is not a young adult party resort, so don't expect any large nightclub. They do offer nightly shows on there main stage, which we only watched a couple, but they do have beach parties, and do karaoke night. Every night you can go to the outdoor piano bar where a couple nights a week a very talented piano player plays light music and then there is a disco from 10:30-1:30, which was usually pretty busy.
The beach, there were many bad reviews about a bad smell coming up from the water. I did smell it the first couple days, but then it was gone. It is not sewage, it is actually old seaweed that was washed up from Hurricane Tomas and the resort covered it all up with fresh new sand because there was too much to clean by hand. So the odd time you walk out into the water and you catch a little air pocket and you will smell a bad odor, but it is not harmful. At least the resort did something about it, we walked next door to Hedonism and that resort is a wreck, there is seaweed all over the water, it is disguisting. The Sandals beach was beautiful, always clean and the water is clear and very calm.
The property only has 3 pools and 3 hot tubs, but why would you need more. They were always pretty empty so you never had a problem swimming or relaxing if you wanted to get away from the beach. The only thing is, the pool was freezing, which was great if you were really hot, but sometimes it was hard to get in to.
Well I could keep going on about this resort, but I think I have said enough to convince anyone wanting to travel to Sandals Negril that it is amazing. Don't let the bad reviews scare you like they almost did me, this place is paradise. If you do decide to go, just really be friendly to the staff and really try to get to know them and their culture. They like when people take interest in them as well. And please say hi from Francois & Christina from Calgary, to all my friends I mentioned above.
Take my word on this one and go to Sandals Negril, and if you are not satisfied, which I am very sure you will be, you can write me back a nasty comment.
- Also Known As:
- Sandals Negril Beach Hotel Negril
- Sandals Negril Beach Resort And Spa
- Sandals Negril Beach Hotel
- Sandals Negril
- Sandals Jamaica
- Sandals Negril Jamaica
- Sandals Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Located on Negril's pristine 7-mile white sand beach•Phenomenal bedroom oceanfront suites set upon a relaxing crystal lagoon•Ultra luxurious one-bedroom millionaire honeymoon suites with private plunge pool•Seven exquisite dining options•Voted Sandals “World's Leading All-Inclusive Company” 16 years in a row•Voted “Caribbean's Leading Hotel Brand” 18 years in a row•Voted Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa “Jamaica's Leading Hotel” (2nd consecutive year)•Five Star Diamond Resort, American Academy of Hospitality Science ... more less
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