Hubs and I came here for a wedding in September 2012 and stayed for a long weekend. We slept in the Marlin room, but this was not the room we booked. The resort staff told us the room we booked was not available when we arrived, and they refunded the difference in price. We purchased an all-inclusive package for the duration of our stay.
GETTING THERE: We paid an additional fee to have the resort pick us up at the airport. The bus driver was late, but it turned out to be a good thing because other members of our party that arrived on later flights were able to ride with us. You have to be an aggressive driver on narrow, unimproved roads and an orienteering champion to get to the resort, so I am glad we paid extra for the shuttle service. The shuttle driver stopped at a local hole-in-the-wall so that we could get an afternoon snack, and the food was pretty tasty. There is no need for a rental car once you get to the resort because there is no place to go. The resort is remote and secluded.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our room was not anything fancy. Only a few of the rooms had air conditioning, and ours did not. There were plenty of windows with sheer curtains and a ceiling fan, and the breeze off the water kept things cool enough. The front portion of the room was the bedroom and the back portion was the bathroom. The wall between these two areas did not extend fully to the ceiling, and the door between these two rooms was a set of saloon doors. The bathroom windows did not have screens and were open to the outdoors, but we did not have an issue with insects. You could take a shower anytime, but strong water flow and hot showers were not guaranteed. It is not a room for modest people. Hubs and I were just fine.
There was no Wi-Fi in the rooms, and everyone had to sit on the patio by the main office if they wanted to get online. There were routers installed outside the rooms, but the wires were rusted and broken. The desk staff said they had replacement units but did not install them during our stay despite a few inquiries. However, I found it easy to entertain myself offline. I spent hours reading in the hammocks, swam in the bay, and sunbathed on the beach.
FOOD: Do not expect a five-star dining experience, but you will not go hungry. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet-style, and dinner was served at tables on the patio. Food included a mix of common American food (e.g. scrambled eggs, toast, and bacon at breakfast; hamburgers and hot dogs at lunch; grilled chicken and fish at dinner) and some local Jamaican cuisine (e.g. porridge, pea soup, and fresh papaya). The bartender brought drinks to the bay when we swam. I drank Red Stripe, Rum and Ting, or one of the many frozen fruit concoctions made with local fresh fruit and rum.
BOTTOM LINE: If you are the type of traveler that cannot live without all the mod cons, then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a slow-paced, rustic, secluded getaway, then try this little slice of paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate 17 room boutique All-Inclusive resort with European Plan/Bed & Breakfast option. Custom designed rooms & cottages, located on a private cove with a protected swimming and snorkeling area. The best of both coastal property worlds, 5 acres with 1/4 mile of ocean frontage with private beaches and natural volcanic cliffs. Ideal for vacations, weddings, and honeymoons. We serve fresh, Caribbean and international cuisine daily and provide tours and activities for guests looking for an authentic rich cultural Jamaican experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Cove Hotel Little Bay