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“Gem of Negril” 5 of 5 stars
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Loveland, Colorado
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“Gem of Negril”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was our 7th trip to Negril, and after many all inclusive trips, we finally decided to try Nirvana. Wish we hadn't waited so long. This place is amazing!!! We stayed in the upper beachfront verandah. The room was great, the housekeeping staff is the best. They seem to figure out just the right time to sneak in and out leaving the room clean and tidy, without ever seeing them! Sandra was such a wonderful host always with a smile on her face. Otis was someone we really enjoyed too, a lot of people rake the beach, but you can tell everyday he takes pride in his job and was such a hard worker! Errol & Shine were 2 other favorites of ours. Nirvana wouldn't Nirvana without such a great staff. I have never felt so safe at any other hotel, never giving a second thought to leaving anything laying around in our room as I have at previous places. The beach is the best on the 7 mile and many times we were the only 2 people on our beach. Thanks to Lonnie & Stanley for making Nirvana the picture perfect place.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Luton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We have just returned from a trip to Nirvana. We booked based on the earlier trip advisor reviews which were great, however, we found the accomodation to be very basic, very noisy at night time, unclean and totally unsuitable for young children (when advertised as a quiet family resort). Our advice would be that the different "villas" (rooms with tiny kitchens) offer very different levels of comfort - we were clearly not lucky. What we thought was good value on booking ended up being expensive for the quality and standard of accommodation we received. On a positive (what saved the review from being "terrible") was the lovely beach and the staff. Would NOT return.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I stayed a week at Nirvana in Negril with 3 girlfriends. At first we were wondering if a week would be too much, but when the week was over we didn't want to leave. One of the most relaxing vacations ever. The beach is beautiful and well maintained. Every morning the staff is out there raking it and removing any debris. It's a large beach area compared with the other resorts I had seen on my walks along the shore, and there are very few units within the resort, so it is never crowded. There are plenty of trees if you prefer to stay in the shade. The water is crystal clear and we spotted many beautiful eagle rays just standing in the water, you don't even need to snorkel! (Don't worry, they are not dangerous or aggressive). If you are looking for a beautiful beach, this is the place for you!

The staff is fantastic! They would come by the beach and greet us now and then to ask how are stay was. If you stop and pick up groceries on the way to the resort, they will cook one meal a day, but that only applies to some rooms- I think the cottages. You can buy conch right on the beach and they will whip up a wonderful conch stew for you! Our driver, Breezy, was wonderful and always available to take us where we needed to go, although most of the time we took public transportation (BTW, don't ever accept the first price the cab drivers give you).

The cabin we had was perfect for us. It had everything we needed. But this isn't a fancy upscale resort, so don't expect a fancy marble bathroom. But it is clean and comfortable. We had no air conditioning, but when we were there in March I didn't feel hot at all. The cool breezes from the ocean helped with that. There is no restaurant, but plenty along the beach and some great jerk chicken across the street (Best of the West! Don't miss it!). The only problem with the location is that there is a busy street behind it (but pretty much all of the resorts are off of this street) so the traffic noise can get pretty bad. We were in the unit closest to the street, so I think if you were close to the beach it wouldn't be an issue. You don't hear the traffic at all on the beach. In spite of that though, I slept like a baby.

Jet skiing is available right from the beach (which I wish it wasn't. I abhor jet skis- the noise, smell, etc, but every beach resort has them). My friends went paragliding one day-again right from the beach. Can't tell you much more about recreational activities as we were content to just sit on the beach with our books and rum and look at the water most of the time.

We did go to another bigger resort, the name of which escapes me now, to meet up with some relatives of one of my friends. We spent the day there, but spent most of it whining that we wanted to go back to Nirvana. We were so happy to be back "home".

I would recommend Nirvana for anyone looking for relaxation, a beautiful beach, and a homey environment at an affordable price. There were a few children there who seemed to be having a wonderful time playing in the sand and splashing about in the water. But if your kids require a lot of entertainment probably not the best place for them (in other words, electronic addicted teenage boys, like my own).

I highly recommend Nirvana. I wish I was there right now!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We are recently back from a tremendous stay at Nirvana.
I've been to fantastic places in the world before now, but never ever have I stayed in somewhere with such amazing staff who looked after myself and my family in such an outstanding way. Not once did we have to visit a reception desk or office to find someone - everyday, Sandra would come find us to say good morning and check things were good for us.
If you're looking for a relaxing break with young kids, I would highly recommend Nirvana. There's heaps of beach toys and swings on Nirvana's beach, their section of the water is shallow and has bouys around it and Errol who provides security made us all feel so safe. We even used a babysitter which we've never ever done on holiday.
You also get to meet great people who are staying there!
We will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

My second time in Jamaica but first time in Negril. It won't be the last. Already planning the next trip in the fall.
From the moment we arrived, we were well taken care of. Our comfort was a top priority as was the assurance that we (two women) felt safe and secure. The garden in the centre of the property was beautiful, very peaceful. There is a lot of room on the beach side of the property so you can choose to be close to the water and all the "action" or sit back aways and enjoy the view without being bothered by venders. Security was excellent--Shine was the best and takes his job very seriously. The rest of the security team was very diligent. Our cottage was very comfortable and VERY clean. The beds are firm and comfortable as well. No AC but didn't need it despite 30 degree weather, as the ceiling fans work very well.
The rest of the staff was superb--from Sandra and Zemroy, to all the ladies who cleaned our cottage daily, and especially enjoyed the curried goat, and saltfish and ackee the ladies cooked for us. I could eat this everyday!
I was surprised at the lack of insects in the cottage--aside from one little crab and a big flying thing on the first day, there were no other issues. Ants outside bite, as do the tiny mosquitos. Bug spray is highly recommended.
We didn't venture too far from the property other than groceries, a short walk down the beach to the Boat Bar and a couple of nights out listening to live reggae. We did take a trip to the cave with a mineral spring which was fun. There really does seem to be something to that water!

Room Tip: We were in #4, a two bedroom cottage. It was right in the middle of the property so far enough from...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nirvananegril, Owner at Nirvana on the Beach, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
we're so glad to hear you had a great vacation at Nirvana & that you loved Negril, its a unique destination for beach lovers that won't disappoint you with 7 miles of the softest powder white sand beach & warm gentle clear waters to enjoy every water sport you could ask for.

Nirvana's friendly staff will connect you to friendly local operators who will give you a great ride at reasonable prices & there are such great places to explore.

Be sure to try different types of delicious local cooking, come to Negril & have a taste of all the flavors of paradise!
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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

This place IS truly what it is called!!!

It was the best place we've ever been on vacation! Seriously! And I've been to places all around the world. I would go back in a heartbeat if I didn't have responsibilities back at home.
We love our home in Canada, but we didn't want leave this resort to go back to reality so soon. The people who work at this paradise are such lovely people. All of them! We felt so safe there. And even when we left the resort to stroll along the beach for hours at a time, we felt sure that our belongings were safe too.
We will definitely be saving up to come back and hopefully bring our extended families to share Nirvana with us.

Also, we met some lovely people who were also vacationing here while we were... You know who you are... Thanks for the memories :).

What a great place for friends, couples and or family equally.

Thank you so much for everything. It was exactly what we needed!
Sincerely,
Jaime, Mike, and Samara

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aireas
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had a great stay at Nirvana (party of 4 at cottage 5), let me just say all the reviews are accurate, the place is incredible, the staff is super friendly, the atmosphere is awesome. We did walk a lot on the beach and every time we got back to Nirvana we repeated the same "we choose the perfect spot". Jamaican on the beach were friendly and not annoying, grab fresh fruit, orange juice an coconut bread for perfect day at the beach. Respect!.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Negril
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#8 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located on Negril Beach, Nirvana is an intimate & unique beachfront property with that famous old-style Negril ambiance, privacy & security making it the perfect choice for couples, singles, families or groups who have been searching for a special island-style laid back un-commercial Caribbean beachfront vacation. We are a terrific value, you can rent one unit, several units or the whole property. ... more   less 
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