We made our first trip to N September 23-30. Friends of ours have been a few times before and highly recommended N Resort. I'm glad they did and we look forward to returning.
The facilities and rooms have been pretty accurately described in previous reviews so I'll try not to repeat that. The curtains are very sheer. Bring a sleep mask unless you want to wake at sunrise. The AC worked fine but housekeeping has a tendency to turn it off after they clean. Go back to the room and turn it on an hour or so before you're ready to return to your room before cleaning up for dinner. Twice we had very little hot water for showers but that's pretty typical of most Carribean locations. We never lacked water pressure. The bugs didn't bother me at night but made a feast of my wife. I found the mosquito netting confining and did not use it. The large gaps beneath the doors and at the ceiling beams easily allow the bugs in.
We arrived at MBJ on Sunday and found our shuttle. That was a bit confusing but my wife figured it out. The bus ride was quick and uneventful. The driver pointed out various sights along the way and shared a bit of history. N was the first stop so we we're only about 35-40 minutes away. Consensus on the bus was to skip the obligatory beer stop, which was nice.
We were quickly checked in by Michael and met Greg the EC at the same time. Antoine took us to our room and showed us everything we needed to know. He also gave us a card to complete so housekeeping would keep our mini-fridge stocked to our liking. We undressed, put on our sunscreen and headed to the beach grill for some lunch. There we met the other two couples that were staying at the resort. The men were wrapped in towels and the ladies in cover ups. So, we figured when in Rome...Actually, that was fine with us because the soup is hot.
At first, I was hesitant with the low census, but it actually worked out great. You had personal service like I've never received before. By Tuesday, two more couples had checked in and one checked out bringing the total population to eight. Saturday three more (all friends) checked in and another checked out bringing our maximum number of guests to 12. If your looking for a lot of activity you'll be disappointed this time of year. If you're perfectly content (as we were) to laze on the beach and read a book, you'll love it.
Obviously, it makes no sense to open three restaurants with such a small crowd but we never felt there was a lack of variety. Jamaican night and Beach Party night were served buffet style. The other 5 nights were somehow themed (Italian, seafood, etc.) and served ala carte from a pretty extensive menu. One couple was staying more than seven nights and did mention repetition of the menus. Of course, if you want something special just ask. Dinner was available from 6:30 to 9:30 and the location would vary. Unplanned, it seemed that everybody showed up to eat at the same time. We usually ended up pushing all of the tables together and having a group dinner which made for a great opportunity to get to know our new friends. Breakfast was from 7:30 to 10:30 and lunch was 11:30 to 2:30. Both of these meals were served in the beach grill from a pretty extensive menu with daily specials. Meals were made to order. Special requests were always taken and a small buffet with soup, salad, cheese and sweets accompanied lunch. For breakfast there was also breads, cereals, fruits, yogurt and what not in addition to the meal you ordered. A cup of Blue Mountain coffee, a short naked walk on the beach and a quick dip with the stingrays is now my favorite way to start the day.
Back to day one. After lunch, we headed to the beach for a bit and then explored the property. We asked one of the housekeepers where the gym was. She walked us over and then turned us over to Greg who showed us the gym and pointed out a few other points of interest like the piano bar & the disco. Then we met Jeffrey, the assistant chef and Geoffrey, the bartender (more on him later). We returned to the beach for a while and decided it was time for a drink. I asked the bartender what he had for vodka and whiskey or bourbon. Pam, the beverage manager immediately stepped in and asked what we liked. Absolut is my wife's preference and Jack Daniels is mine. Pam grabbed her keys and said "I'll be right back". Within minutes there was a brand new bottle of JD and Absolut at the bar just for us. In fact they usually kept them under the bar so if anyone else wanted it they would have to know to ask. Otherwise, you'd get rail liquor. Right now, Pam is my favorite staff member.
I'm not going to give a day by day blow by blow, but I will point out some highlights. On day two we're back in the room after breakfast. I'm on the balcony and housekeeping has come to clean the room. Sorry, but I don't remember the ladies' names. Anyway, they have the front door propped open. I'm coming in from the balcony and the wind and opened doors create a vacuum. The balcony door goes slam and there is glass all over the place. Immediately, the housekeepers & Antoine are cleaning up the mess and helping us pack our things to move to another room. These folks are top notch.
We didn't make it to the Luminescent Lagoon but talked about it. We didn't do the walk to Red Stripe Beach but talked about it. We'll do those on another trip. We went over to Time-n-Place one night but it was already shut down. Again, next trip.
Piano Bar night with Barry & Jamaican night with Geoffrey's band were our big indulgences and a lot of fun. Otherwise, we pretty much shut down after dinner. If you're looking for night life, it's non-existent this time of year with such a small crowd. One night a couple tried to rally the troops for a late night, drunken waterslide competition. Fortunately, my wife, the nurse, allowed common sense to prevail.
Lots of staff to send out kudos to:
Freddie (the manager) - I've read mixed reviews and didn't know what to expect. He's a great guy. He expects the best of his staff because he wants the best for his guests. He'll do anything in his power to ensure that you are happy.
Kadeesha (at the grill & on the beach) - Pregnant and all, Kadeesha kept our drinks full all too often. One morning around 11AM, I'm on the beach reading my book and my wife is in the gym. Kadeesha brings me a Jack Daniels and an Absolut for my wife. I tell her that I'm not ready to start drinking that early in the day. She replies that this is the last of the Jack Daniels & she wanted to make sure I got it. Graciously, I accepted the drink since I didn't want it to go to waste. She's a real sweet heart.
Geoffrey (the bartender) - I can't say enough about this quiet gentleman. At 4 o'clock on the same day when Geoffrey starts his shift, he brings my wife and I drinks and apologizes. "This is Jim Beam, but we'll have Jack Daniels by dinner time". And sure enough we did. During Geoffrey's shift we never wanted for a thing. He'd make sure that we had beverages at the dinner table and even kept shuttling drinks over to us during piano bar night. But there's a whole different side to Geoffrey. Jamaican night he brings his reggae band to the resort and assumes a totally different personae. Strap on the bass guitar and the man I thought was an extreme introvert becomes a strutting showman. Geoffrey is also a medicine man. When he noticed the big welts on my wife's legs from the bug bites, he instructed her to stop by the bar. He had the remedy. After applying a bit of over proof rum, the welts started to shrink. Geoffrey is also quite the pool player.
Alecia, Mehgan & LaShandra (forgive my spelling, she always forgot her name tag) - These three ladies waited tables at breakfast, lunch & dinner. They were always a step ahead and made sure that we never wanted for a thing. They always had smiles on their faces and would do anything to make sure we were happy. Alone, these three make us want to return to N.
Greg (the EC) - I mentioned earlier that Greg was one of the first we met. With so few guests their wasn't much need for entertainment but he sure tried. He took a bunch of us for a morning walk. The TV wasn't working in the gym so Greg would go up and talk to my wife while she walked on the treadmill just to keep her company. Greg ate many of his meals with us and just did his best to keep us happy. He's very mature for 22 years old and a pleasure to be around.
Sanchez (at the beach grill) - Even though he is a poser Yankee fan, I still really enjoyed Sanchez. He always had something good whipped up for breakfast and lunch and his soups are delicious. Sanchez...not much of a pool player. His sidekick Steven wasn't as talkative but sure knows how to cook.
Nadeane (kitchen staff) - This quiet country girl always had a huge smile on her face. We got her to play pool one night. She had never played before. We had a joy with her.
Amando (the bartender) - Amando was always there when Geoffrey was not and made sure our drinks were always filled. He's a quiet young man & opened up a bit more our last couple of days there.
Jeffrey (the assistant chef) - Jeffrey would always stop by after lunch with a big smile on his face. He took pride in telling us what wonderful delicacies he was working on for dinner.
Pam - I've already mentioned Pam but I'll thank her again because she always made sure the bars were properly stocked.
I'll mention a couple of facts but please don't think they're complaints. Phones don't work (didn't need them). There aren't DVD players in the room. Fortunately, my wife brought her portable for her exercise videos. TV service is iffy. Pool water was cloudy, but it was shocked, skimmed and chlorinated daily. Glass bottom boat is beached with no motor. Some folks might be bummed out by these things but they didn't bother us in the least.
We had great weather. One afternoon we had some liquid sunshine with heavy thunder & lightning. We just made the best of it and we all started drinking a little earlier. On departure day it was cloudy which made leaving paradise just a bit easier. The private Lincoln Towncar that Freddie had arranged so we didn't need to fool with the shuttle was icing on the cake.
The staff and service is what sets this place apart. There was discussion of some upcoming changes. I wish everyone the best and do hope the level of charm is retained and we'll keep coming back.
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