My wife and I stayed here for two nights. It was during the during the middle of our trip to Jamaica. We stayed two nights before in Negril at For Real Resort (great place). The final four nights of our trip would be in Montego Bay, which we knew would be completely the opposite of Lost Beach Resort. This place is perfect as an oasis of calm in the midst of a Jamaican vacation where most of the time you are looked at as a $ sign and silly tourist. Lost Beach is a great place to stay, just don't make it your only place to stay in Jamaica. You'll want to experience some of the other craziness too.
We were two of only five guests there at the time, which suited us just fine. We really felt like we had the place to ourselves. In fact, we were only two of five guests in total that were staying there. I guess they are usually booked solid this time of year. But because of website problems, they were almost completely empty. It would of maybe been nice to have some other guests to mingle with, but the seclusion was what we were looking for. Besides, after Lost Beach we were heading to Montego Bay and knew that the intensity would increase there, whether we wanted it to or not.
Lost Beach is NOT a place to go if you are looking for an all-inclusive experience or want to party at Margaritaville everynight. You are basically staying at an off the beaten path (relatively speaking), cozy, husband and wife owned (really nice people), beach front resort in a genuine Jamaican fishing village.
Our room was large and very clean, quiet too. It had an awesome beachfront view perfect for the sunrise. We booked the honeymoon suite which was a good deal for the money. We had fires on the beach at night in front of our room. Very cool.
There are also some resident dogs that are very friendly and eager to be your friend. We love animals so we didn't mind at all. However, if that's not your thing the staff will make sure they leave you alone. The resident dogs are treated well, but some of the other stray dogs are not as lucky. Though they are all very friendly (painfully so), they are also very malnourished and it's sorta heart-wrenching to see. If you have any leftover food, walk over to the far end of the resort and give it to the super-skinny dogs over there. They are so cute and nice, but they're owner left them. Though the three resident dogs look skinny too, they are actually well fed and looked after. Give it to the others! Sorry for drifting off there...we're animal lovers.
Speaking of food....it's really good at the resort restaurant. Actually, I think it may be superb. The menu changes every night and it's usually some new fresh seafood dish recently caught in the village. Excellent and very delicious. One of the highlights for sure...
The best part of our whole Jamaican vacation was when we borrowed the bikes from the resort (they charged us for them, though we thought they were just letting us use them. oh well...) and went riding into the village. It's completely safe and the people there are super nice and friendly. We randomly met an older rasta whom we started chatting with and quickly became friends with him and the rest of his family. We hung out, they cooked for us, we listened to music together...he took us for a long walk through the fields to special places only a rasta would know of...it was great. We felt like we experienced the REAL Jamaica. In fact, we exchanged phone numbers and plan on coming back in the future to visit them. He actually called me the other day to say "hello" to me and my wife. Very nice indeed.
By the way, don't let anyone scare you into believing that Jamaica is some super-dangerous country. 99.9% of the people here are very, very friendly and accommodating. My friends that stay at all-inclusives are missing out on 99.9% of Jamaica. No Joke. Get out there and mingle with the locals and don't be afraid to make new friends.
You WILL get bitten by beach bugs (bring repellent!), but in the REAL Jamaica that's what happens (and anywhere else in the developing world, for that matter.) This only really happens at dawn and dusk for a few hours and then it's quite biting-bug free. Nothing to be grossed out about though.
It also would have been nice for someone to pick up some of the beach trash on the far sides of the resort. In such a beautiful place you'd think someone would do that. When you go for a walk on the beach away from the immediate resort area there can be some litter. It's nothing too bad, but it does spoil the setting just a little bit. Anyway...
Lost Beach is located in a real Jamaican village, not a tourist area. It is best enjoyed by those looking for peace and quiet in a more nature oriented setting, without all the peddlers and hustlers lurking about. You can have fires on the beach too! Ride a bike around the village and make new friends in far-away places. If you make Lost Beach a stop on a longer Jamaican tour, you will definitely feel like you experienced Jamaica to the fullest. Lost Beach and it's surroundings were the highlight of our trip and we'll be back.
- Also Known As:
- Lost Beach Hotel Negril
- Lost Beach Negril