Where to begin? My first experience with the hotel was with our driver Brady who I can honestly say is the sage of Negril. He picked my friend and I up from the Montego Bay airport and drove us to Travellers an hour away in Negril. The drive might have otherwise been tiring, but Brady was full of insights, especially on the topic of love. He knew bits and pieces of trivia for everywhere we drove. So instead of the drive feeling like an hour-long bus ride, we had a fun hour-long sightseeing tour.
When we got to the hotel, the comely woman behind the counter handed my friend and I the keys to our separate "superior" rooms. They were very friendly and appeared ready for our arrival as if they knew the moment we would walk in the door. I wasn't sure quite what to expect of Travellers Beach Resort judging from their website, but I was most pleasantly surprised by the rooms. The linens were clean, the place was immaculate, the room was spacious, there was a rather large closet, and there was a welcome note written just for me on the bed. It was a nice, if unexpected, touch.
Since it had been more than 12 hours since I had contact with the outside world, I popped open my laptop and checked my email. The surprisingly fast internet gave me thoughts of staying inside, but with wifi all around, I could be connecting on my tropical semi-secluded porch, sitting by the pool, eating at the restaurant, lounging in the lobby or sunning on the beach. Again, this is not at all what I was expecting going into it. Anytime I wasn't near water, I was on that porch.
Travellers has, honestly, the most well manicured grounds, tended all day by the two nicest guys in Jamaica. The housekeeping staff is more than friendly, always asking if I needed anything. Often I felt like I was the only guest staying there.
Travellers also has this interesting vibe because you have students who live there and teach for this educational program NEET sponsored by the hotel, mixed with other young (20's-30's) vacationers and pensioners.
The pool is ridiculous. Ridiculously cool that is. The murals are a bit over the top for my tastes, but I think that's the real charm of this place. It's not trying to be some homogenized, watered-down, Americanized hotel. Thank God! Isn't that why you leave America? So you can be transported to a tropical paradise? The pool has a good-size waterfall which has a hidden private "grotto" underneath where if I weren't single, I would have most certainly been making out. (And on a side note, I'm a swimmer and so I REALLY appreciated that the pH balance of the pool was perfect. I had to tell the front desk because that's a feat. I've stayed at W's with way worse pH levels.)
The one area where the hotel isn't perfect is the restaurant, and not because the staff isn't attentive or that the food is horrible, it just takes a really long time, sometimes way too long. (After some investigation of various restaurants in Negril, I learned that waiting for food is the Jamaican way. I guess my NY pace is hard to let go.) Their homemade Jamaican soups and their Jamaican breakfast are great. French toast is another consistently strong menu item. They call things "red peas" but they aren't red peas, the "peas" are red kidney beans. I don't recommend the jerk chicken as it was dry and presented awkwardly, but I became addicted to their BLT's and the various grilled chicken dishes. So good. And can we talk about the tomatoes?! The best thing about having a tropical climate year-round is that it's always tomato season. All the produce is locally fresh-grown and ripe and perfect. If you like tomatoes, you've got to come here. Fantastic.
After my first morning I looked forward to waking up not for a calm ocean dip, but for their Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. I had never tasted or heard of this bean variety, but it's the perfect coffee. It's rich without the acidity. I love good, strong coffee, made in a press or slowly crafted by hand. I don't know how they make their coffee, but it's the best coffee I think I've ever had. Seriously. I was blown away. I ended up buying pounds of this stuff at the duty free. While mine tastes good, there's just something about the java they brew here that makes you want to drink 8 cups in the morning. Amazing.
I grew to love the calm days on the beach, a dip in the pool, and spending all night on my porch enjoying various "herbs" and connecting to the internet. The internet penetration is great. The owner told me that they have the only fiber connection in Negril which they get access to because they are part of Negril TV or something like that.
Bottom line about Travellers is that this is a quaint, family-owned spot offered me a quiet oasis in a comfortable and safe environment. It's the perfect little tropical getaway that will give you the sun, peace, and fun you want without draining your life savings.
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