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“Great place with even greater people” 5 of 5 stars
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Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 90 Hotels in Negril
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Bloomington, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place with even greater people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

My husband and I stayed in the owners villa the last week in June. Our stay was fantastic!The villa suited our needs perfectly as my husband is a chef and used the kitchen quite a bit. We also liked the ocean view afforded by the villa. We could have made it without AC but it was nice to turn on at night when trying to sleep. Below are a list of things we particularly enjoyed while in Negril.
Things you have to do....
1. Engage in conversation with the staff...Errol, Shine, Otis, David, Sandra ect.. They are great people that you can learn a lot from. Not only about Jamaica but about life in general.
2. Get a Dirty Banana Drink at White Sands next door. They have 2 for 1 drink specials every day.
3. Get a meet pattie and coco bread from Norman on the beach. He comes everyday except Sunday from 11:30-12pm.
4. Go to the fruit and veg market to the left of the roundabout at the center of town. You can get stuff that we never see in the states. At least try the nasberrys and plums(not the typical plums found in the states) The ladies are very knowledgeable and like to tell you about how each friut can help fuel your body. Cheapest place to get friuts and veggies. You can also buy some fruit on the beach or a truck that comes by Nirvana a couple times a week.
5. Get used to the hustlers. The security is the best at Nirvana so you never feel harassed. The hustlers in Jamaica are the best I have ever witnessed. Seriously, they will have you buying stuff you never intended to buy . We learned that the first time to Jamaica. As this was our second time, we got better at the game. You do not have to "look" or buy anything but we find it fun to look and bargain with them. Just treat them with respect and they will respect your privacy. (Don't ignore them...just say no thanks if you are not in the mood) Also, the security will look after your stuff and kids. We witnessed a hustler approaching 2 young kids(their partents were in their room) to try and sell them something. Just as they went to get out $, Errol called them over to tell them they better ask thier parents before buying anything. They truely have your back.
6. Go to Cosmo's and get Lobster Thermidor and Lobster Curry. SOOO GOOOOD. It is about a 30 minute walk along the beach or a $5-10 cab ride. Make sure you tell the taxis what you are willing to pay to before you get in.
In summary, we got back 4 days ago and are already trying to figure out when we will be able to save enough to come back. Back to Nirvana that is...

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
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  • Cleanliness
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English first
Berwick, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

Our trip to Nirvana was so spectacular that as soon as we came home we started planning for a return trip. Probably without the kids, just me and the hubby! Your little resort was all that we had hoped for and each one of the employees took exemplary care of us. Our son, Michael, kept Errol and Shine, oh Bobby too, busy on the beach as he had a desire to experience all the Island has to offer. They were a blessing to us in keeping our worries about any misfortune that might befall our son as he explored. NO WORRIES! They made for a fantastic defense.
Sondra was a terrific overseer and I don't think there was even one small thing that we asked for or mentioned that either Sondra or Doris did not see to.
Leon took us under his wing and provided us with the best "tour guide" transportation we could have ever hoped to get. We "excursioned" every other day with the off-day on the beach. It would not have been the same vacation without Leon to keep us all protected and under his wing as he showed us the treasures of his island home.
All in all our 12 day vacation at Nirvana on the Beach, Negril, Jamaica was a phenomenal experience.
Our son was so smitten with Jamaica and the people that on August 1 he is headed to Harmon's to build houses and water holding tanks for the people of the Island.
Blessings to you and we can't wait to afford another trip to your resort.
Peace of Jesus,
Rhonda

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ea Beach, HI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

We had such an awesome vacation at Nirvana Negril. Its in such a great location on the beach, walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots. The property was so clean and well managed and our room was gorgeous. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It has such a personal touch, you leave feeling more like family than just another guest. We definitely plan to make this a yearly trip.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

Nirvana is a great place. The grounds are beautifully kept. The people are nice. The price is right. The cottages are spacious. It is a 30 second walk from your bed to the blue water. You can walk to many restaurants around. I mean, what else do you need. It's great.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2010

I highly recommend this location to anyone who wants a "different" type of get away. My husband and I just returned from Nirvana yesterday...we were celebrating our 5 year anniversary. We've done mostly all-inclusive resorts, and we were looking for something more intimate, more laid back, slower paced, and in the HEART of Negril. And we got all of these things!
The absence of phones, television and structure was exactly what we wanted.

You just need to get in the mind frame that things are more lax there, and you MUST get over the hagglers. If you do not let them bother you, they don't. Just learn how to say no.

We were in the Sunset Villa, and the view was amazing from our own personal roof top deck. The room was tiny, but VERY quaint and clean. We cooked dinner every night ourselves, and had fresh fruit every morning for breakfast. We usually ate lunch out. Best of the West jerk chicken was good, but do NOT expect anything fancy. We stopped down the way at a beach bar for some pizza....there are many beach side stops for you.

Besides lay around in the sun, and raft in the amazing ocean, we did little else. I recommend paying Breezy or getting a cab to go to Rick's Cafe and LTU Pub. BEAUTIFUL, different views with the cliffs....just grab a few drinks at either place, chill out for a while, and take a jump! My husband did it twice..so much fun!

Anyways, I definitely recommend Nirvana and Negril if you want a super casual, relaxing, get away. And you don't need to bring much. Honestly I only packed a carry on for 4 nights, and thought that wouldn't be enough, but I didn't need half of what I packed. I only wore bathing suits, cover ups, flip flops..and no make up. Much more just isn't necessary. Bring a lot of sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and be on your way!

ENJOY!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

We stayed here because we were in Negril for a wedding and did not want to do the big resort thing. What a fantastic time! The service is outstanding! We had two good sized cottages-- one was for my husband, myself and our 3 little kids and the other for my sister, her fiance and my mother and grandmother. We all had so much fun. Errol the security guard will not only keep you safe, but will make sure your beach chairs are ready for you in your favorite spot every single morning. No worries about anyone bothering you on the beach-- Errol will not allow it! If you want to buy something you can, but we never felt harassed. A simple "no thank you" and that was all it took. Make sure you buy patties for lunch from the patty man!! Moses keeps the grounds looking picture perfect everyday, and all the ladies will clean, cook, and make you feel right at home. You want fresh fish? Let someone know and they will call the fish guy to bring the catch of the day for your choosing, and then they will cook it for you! Like fresh orange juice? Just ask and someone will call the fruit man so you can buy a gigantic bag a fruit for cheap! Want to go snorkeling or on a boat ride? Just ask Errol or someone for their trusted recommendations and you will be in good hands! The bar next door has drink specials everyday...you can grab a drink, then sit on on an inflatable chair in the water and relax in the sun, or plant your bottom on a beach chair and watch your kids play all day long, and practically have the beach to themselves! Our rooms were perfect, clean, and we had everything we could have needed and more. Even though I know there were other people staying there, it seemed like we were the only ones! You can lay in the hammock in the garden and surf the internet (free wi-fi!!), or play cards in your cottage. NO TV...what a gift! We did not have to worry about the kids asking about watching TV. We played chess, checkers, read books, played cards, and really had some quality family time. This place would be great for couples on a honeymoon too. If you want to be pampered, well taken care of, and experience paradise right on the beach, then this is the place for you!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Buffalo, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

Nirvana was in the perfect location that allowed us to get away from the typical resort-style vacation. By far the nicest beach and grounds we saw on our walks up and down the beach. The staff was very friendly, the room was spotless, and the information provided in the room was helpful. We didn't know what to expect and were a little nervous about being on our own in Negril but were pleasantly surprised with the whole trip. We will definitely be back (hopefully in the near future!) to Nirvana.

Tips: 1) Grocery store 10 minutes by taxi, but plenty of restaurants on beach. Try jerk stands on the roadside, especially The Best in the West, across the street, for the best grilled shrimp. 2) Bring bug spray for mosquitoes after sunset. 3) Bring a flashlight just in case. 4) Go the the West End/Cliffs and LTU Pub for a beautiful view and amazing food.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Nirvana on the Beach

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 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#6 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#6 Best Value 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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