We just returned from a family vacation to Beaches Negril. I have previously stayed there with a group of friends on an adult vacation and had a blast then. I was excited to experience it with my family. I have also visited Beaches Turks and Beaches Ocho Rios as well as other family friendly hotels. We had a great time at this resort. Staff was fantastic - super friendly, warm, & Welcoming. We arrived on a Saturday via Reggae Tours on a private transfer (which I would highly recommend) and there was a small band playing welcome to Jamaica upon arrival, drinks in hand for us, cold towels of course, smoothies for the kids. I felt like we were coming home to family. Then upon check in (concierge lounge as we were in a Beach Front Suite) they had apples and cookies for the kids which went over well. :) Everyone from maintenance to housekeeping to restaurant staff, kids club staff, etc. was just really friendly. I felt like they were just so excited to see us. They call the little girls Princess, and my 4 year old told me at one point, "They think I'm a princess!".
Beach is absolutely fantastic. Love the cabanas - well worth the money I think for at least 1 day. Makes it very relaxing. We found lots of starfish in the ocean which was neat. The beach was clean, soft, and water was gorgeous. Beauitful sunsets. 7 mile beach is public so people do walk up and down but it never bothered me as there was security always there so everyone kept moving. I never felt harassed or bothered by anyone. All i had to do was nod my head no if someone asked if I wanted to jet ski or whatever and they kept moving. That is not the case at all the hotels in Negril. I really appreciated that.
Pools are not huge but they're nice. It's more about the beach here. There are nice big water slides (have to be over 42 inches to use) and then there is a nice large splash park and lazy river. The lazy river has a really good current so is a lot of fun! We never had any problem getting rafts. The pools are deeper though they do have ledges that little ones can walk on so I was happy to have swimmies so the kids could swim around on. I saw others with babies that brought their own floats. You can also buy them in the store if you don't want to bring them.
I asked what the occupancy level was and it was in the high 70's and we had tons of elbow room so that was good. I do have to say that pool chairs around the pool that is geared towards kids are hard to get if you don't get one in the morning, but the other pool always had chairs available and tons of chairs on the beach. The resort is not large so you're always close to everything which i really liked.
Everything is well kept here with the buildings and landscaping. It was all very clean.
Food is good, not great. Beaches Turks has the best food of all the beaches. But definitely much better than other family friendly hotels on the island. I'm a vegetarian so a little bit picky, but they always had something for me and were willing to get the kids anything. We were at Kimonos, the hibachi grill restaurant, and my son made a comment about not wanting the sushi, and the waitress overheard so brought him a plateful of french fries and then went and got both the kids ice cream for dessert. This restaurant does not have this food so they had to go elsewhere to get this food. Another restaurant did this for us too so it was really great as the kids always were so attended to even when they were being annoyingly picky. :) definitely above and beyond.
We stayed in a Beach Front Suite which i really enjoyed. It's a very large suite with a king bed and pull out sofa (definitelya double and could fit 2 kids) and we had a rollaway with still plenty of room to walk around. Flat screen tv, xbox in the room, very nice balcony. There is a nice large vanity area with Jack & Jill sinks so plenty of room to get ready. There is only 1 toilet and 1 shower and the 1 and 2 bedroom suites that are there do have 2 bathrooms which would be really nice for getting ready and early morning when everyone is doing everything at once. I would try to stay in one of those again. The view is of the ocean but they are set back from the beach a bit so I would say the name is a bit misleading as they're ocean view not right on the beach so keep that in mind. I am a travel agent with Beach Bum Vacation so was privy to see the other rooms. All the rooms look great and have undergone renovations so I was very pleased to see that. Traveling with kids though that extra space is crucial! It changes the whole tone of the vacation because you're not on top of each other.
Overall we had a wonderful time and will definitely go back. It's a lot of fun, and I love the energy of the Beaches Resorts. They're so much fun from their daily activities, to the pools, the beaches, the parade (which is really cool), the beach parties, Club Liquid (fun for teens in the evening and a TON of fun for adults after 11 pm - i did that on my group vacation - we had a blast! the whole bit - I just really enjoyed it and am excited to go back whether it be with friends or with kids. They are family!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Located on the widest stretch of Negril's seven mile white sand beach•Stay at one, play at two with full exchange privileges with Beaches Sandy Bay including a choice of 11 dining options•“Pirates Island” Water Theme Park with 4 slides, meandering “lazy” river and splash deck•Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street themed activities with daily character appearances, parades and stage shows•Kids Kamp & Nursery with wide range of supervised activities•Interactive Teens Program with “Trench Town” Teen's Center and Teens' Coordinator to coordinate teen activities•Expansive Two & Three Bedroom Butler serviced suites•Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV's & Xbox® 360 game consoles•Beaches Resorts were voted “World's Leading Family All-Inclusive 14 years in a row•Five Star Diamond Award, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences•Six Star Diamond Award, Beaches Resorts – Keeping it Green•EarthCheck Platinum Certified ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Negril Hotel Negril
- Beaches Hotel Negril
- Negril Beaches Hotel