This was my 4th trip to Negril, but first time at a small beachfront hotel. We used the Groupon deal which was an excellent value (sadly, Monique said they probably won't offer it again). It included breakfast and dinner at the hotel's restaurant, and transfers to/from Montego Bay. The driver was waiting as we exited customs with a "Country Country" sign. He offered to stop on the way there, but we were ready to get to the beach. Check in was easy. They asked for a credit card for incidentals (you can charge drinks and lunch to the room). My friend and I had to share a key, but there was a spare key kept at the front desk if we needed it. We were in room 510, which is an upstairs premium room. We had a partial view of the ocean through the trees, but could absolutely hear the waves as they washed ashore. The huge balcony had 2 lounge chairs, a table with chairs, a drying towel rack and a foot bath to wash the sand off your feet before entering your room.
The room had a king size canopy bed and a daybed, which my friend said wasn't all that comfortable but she made do. The king bed was fine and I gave her one of my pillows. The bathroom was small but functional. We brought our own toiletries so didn't use the products in the built-in container in the shower. There was a small TV with remote and quite a few channels. A big enough refrigerator and a pot to make tea or coffee. They also offer a mosquito repellant that you plug in. The windows with shutters and no screens are an issue, but we decided to keep them closed most of the time since the mosquitos were out in full force. Bring bug repellant! The A/C worked beautifully. We peeked into the stand-alone cottages while the maids were cleaning, and the layout was just the same as our upstairs room. We prefered the higher level as it seemed to cut down on the bugs and lizards that got inside. Wi-fi is available in the lobby, ask at the front desk for the code to log in.
The beach is gorgeous and the water is blue and calm. Sometimes they ran out of beach towels toward the end of the day, so be sure to grab some in the morning or bring your own. Never a problem getting a lounge chair or umbrella. There were also some air mattresses for guests to use. My friend negotiated a good deal on a jet ski ride ($30 for 30 minutes) and had a blast. I was the designated picture taker. We did have a couple of cloudy days and rain showers, which we heard was unusual for mid-May. The hotel does not have a swimming pool, though they suggested we could probably use the one at Tree House if we bought some food or a drink there.
The restaurant is the main reason that I may never go to an all-inclusive again - the food was excellent. The banana pancakes melt in your mouth, and all the other breakfast items were good too. Dinner was different each night. The meats were delicious, though I could have done without the spicy sauces. We ate lunch there twice, but meandered down the beach other days to eat at the Tree House restaurant (very good) and at another beachside bar/restaurant just past Margaritaville, I think it was called Manley's on the Beach (it started with an M, I'm sure of that). This place had the best jerk chicken of everywhere we tried. The restaurants do close early, by 930pm, so plan accordingly.
We got a taxi to go to the supermarket in town that first afternoon, and stocked up on snacks and liquor to save money. The cost is about $4.00 one way. Don't waste time and money exchanging American dollars into Jamaican dollars, you can use the US$ there. Be sure to get some small bills for tips.
Being next to Margaritaville turned out to be a plus for us. Country Country was a little quiet with not many guests so we headed over there to play in the ocean, watch people jump off the water trampoline and dance to their music. Really fun when the boat from Beaches pulled in! Friday night the music was loud until 2am so we just walked over there to enjoy the party. Figured we wouldn't be able to sleep anyway! We also checked out Alfred's Ocean Palace which had a great reggae band 2 nights. You can dance barefoot in the sand! The Jungle wasn't our type of scene so we only stayed about 30 minutes (free for ladies on Thursdays before midnight). The music is Hip Hop/House, the crowd is very young and we clearly had on too many clothes!! The security guards at Country Country were fantastic about setting up a taxi for us to go wherever we wanted and taking our room number so they could be certain that we returned safely. They kept track even when we just went for a walk down the beach. I thought that was a good thing because the vendors and Jamaican men in general can be very aggressive. The staff was pleasant and friendly.
Our last night there we took a cab to the West End and ate at LTU Pub. The atmosphere was fun but the food was not good.
I highly recommend this resort and would go back. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country Country Beach Cottages is the epitome of casual beach living directly on Negril's famous Seven Mile beach. The multi-colored one- and two-storey cottages offer all the amenities expected (a/c, TV, CD-radio, verandah, hairdryer, telephone, safety box, coffee/tea, refrigerator) and are located along a winding path to the beach. Country Peppa Beach Grille serves up full breakfast daily while you take in the views of the sea. Kick back and leave your worries at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Country Country Beach Cottages Hotel Negril
- Country Beach Hotel
- Country Beach Negril
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