We stayed at this property from Feb 25 to Mar 4, 2013. It was a very enjoyable vacation.
Every member of staff with whom we crossed paths greeted us with a smile and was very friendly and helpful. From the moment we stepped out of the bus we were made to feel welcome. Porters were on hand to handle the luggage and we were invited to sit comfortably in the lobby to complete the check-in process. Waiters were there to take orders for some well earned liquid refreshment. Our room was ready immediately and we were escorted there by one of the front desk staff who gave us a quick familiarization tour of the property along the way. Our bags arrived at the room within 5 minutes.
Service was excellent. We found it to be consistently friendly and efficient across all staff teams from Lobby to Kitchen to Entertainment to Wait Staff, Bartenders to Gardeners to Maintenance Staff.
At any time of day in any location on the property maintenance staff could be observed sweeping, raking, mopping, etc. (one morning at about 0400 I happened to look out the balcony doors and saw a property maintenance person raking leaves in the moonlight!)
It was no easy feat to keep the floors and patios clean of beach sand which we guests happily tracked up from the beach at a respectable rate but there was always someone with mop or broom keeping the place clean.
And speaking of the beach... not only was it raked clean of flotsam every morning but was well monitored throughout the day and kept clear of plates, glasses, straws, and other debris.
The public washrooms were always clean and ordourless... unless you happened to follow a cigar smoking patron inside...even that was not unpleasant...it smelled like one more scent which one enjoys on a tropical vacation.
The property is located toward the northern end of beautiful 7 mile beach (if you are trying to locate it on google maps it is labelled "Beaches Sandy Bay" (its former name) not to be confused with "Beaches Negril" which is farther along the beach).
We walked the beach every day just loving it...one can walk about 1 km north to the border of Hedonism II resort, and further if you do not mind passing through a nudist area. Not being so inclined we generally walked south 2 or 3 Kms before turning around...if you wish to keep going it is possible to walk all the way to the town of Negril.
As the beach is oriented North-South and facing West you will be able to watch the sun sink into the sea every evening. Take a table on the patio, enjoy the evening breeze, order a couple of cocktails and watch the sunset before heading in for dinner. Nice.
Small Resort Intimacy:
Given the smaller size of this resort (compared to some of the mega resorts we have visited) one becomes familiar with faces seen on a daily basis and before long new friendships may develop. This can really add to the fun and makes the experience feel a little more homey and intimate.
Our room was in building 7 the front of which is angled toward the beach. This positioning means that all rooms in the building have a sea view. Building 6 was across from us and positioned in the same manner. Although we did not note the positions of the other buildings on the property I believe the majority of rooms enjoy a sea view.
Our room had a king bed (comfortable) and double French doors leading to a decently sized balcony where we would sometimes sit to get a reprieve from that glorious sunshine and catch a nice breeze.
The room was somewhat dated what with older bathroom fixtures (original tub but new shower head, etc..) and some minor wear and tear, a window A/C unit which is a tad noisy but not too bad. The room was freshly painted and clean and we were comfortable there.
One thing we noted was a lack of hot water....it ranged from cold to luke warm but this was no great inconvenience and was rather refreshing after a sunny day on the beach.
Oh, and one other thing...there is no beer in the mini-bar...it is stocked with water, juice and softdrinks...but NO beer...this may not be a concern for most but I always liked the convenience of grabbing a cold one or 2 and heading out to the balcony.
The buffet restaurant was our favourite dining place. There was a good variety for the carnivore..chicken, beef, goat, pork, fish, turkey, crab, mussels, clams....at least 3 or 4 choices were available at any given meal....along with various vegetables, salad makings, desserts, etc....
My spouse is a vegetarian and sometimes found the meal choices limited but at most meals was happy with what was offered.
Favourite meal for both of us was the breakfast omelete...one scoops one's ingredients from the dishes provided and hands to the chef who then adds the eggs and fries them up....do you want cheese with that? (My choice: bacon, green and red peppers, onion, spinach, tomato....hold the cheese....and top with smoked salmon....add salsa sauce on top and go to omelete heaven)
Thursday nights dinner is served on the beach under the stars while the surf almost laps at your feet. Very nice. The tables seat 8 so this provides a good opportunity to meet some new people.
"The Towel Game":
This is a game commonly played on beach resorts throughout the Caribbean. If you do not know what the towel game is, it is this...When you wish to stake out a particular palapa, beach bed, or beach chair for the day, you rise at an unholy hour, slink to the beach and place your beach towels over the chairs, bed, etc along with a personal item or 2 (a pair of flip flops, a book, etc), and then return to bed and sleep for 2 or 3 more hours.
We have sat on resort beaches and observed prime beach beds and chairs covered with towels all the way into mid afternoon while no one showed up to occupy them. While I despise the towel game I have no choice but to play it and play it well if I want a good beach position for the day. At Seashore Bay during the week we were there I arose at 0600, then 0500, then finally 0400 before I could find a decent position....It was at this point that I realized people were staking out chairs the night before!
Solution: I have seen this solution applied at 2 other resorts and I would urge Seashore Bay (and any other resort for that matter) to do the same....to wit: signs were posted at all Palapas, Beach Beds etc..."Belongings left unattended for more that 30 minutes will be moved to the lost and found". Sounds simplistic but no one was playing the towel game and there was always available chairs.
We had a great time and found this resort to be very good value for the price.
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