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“Don't want to leave The loca”
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Xtabi Resort
Ranked #34 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Don't want to leave The loca”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

A current visitor at Xtabi - I couldn't be happier. Negril itself is a beautiful city, but this hotel is like a "once in a life time" experience, yet you'll love it so much, you know it won't be just once. There are staff members who have been here since the beginning, which speaks to the loyalty of the people working here. We ran into people who have been coming to this hotel for over 20 years - again speaking to the service, charm and splendor of this hotel. While the rooms are across the street, it's by no means an inconvenience. The view from room #16 is perfect to see the action on the street and hotel bar. The location is perfect - not for walking (and you wouldn't really want to any way) but it's a cheap cab to the local supermarket for essentials and drinks...etc. The onsite restaurant is amazing,with great service. The owner David is a gentleman, filled with mystery and fun stories of building the hotel. If I can do this place any justice, I'd say the pictures are nothing compared to the views here. Disclosure - this is a place for those who do not mind a more rustic, down to earth atmosphere. If you like big, chain hotels, this is certainly not the place for you. If you enjoy value for your $, connect with the country and get a real sense of the jamaican way of life? Then come to Xtabi and stay for as long as you can.

Room Tip: Not really a place for kids; Very private and people/others tend to do their own thing - very casual...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Spent a few days here and enjoyed it immensely. The grounds are well kept... spotless really... and the staff is friendly and professional. We had a small room overlooking the ocean. The view and the ambiance was great,

We really enjoyed going across the street for a breathtaking view of the cliffs, and a stroll through the caves

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

What a great week I had at Xtabi. The swimming off the cliffs was so beautiful I was in at least 2 times a day. The cliffs were perfect for jumping and the snorkelling was awesome (I suggest snorkelling over to the cliffs of 3 Dives to see the lobster graveyard!).
The staff were so friendly and genuinely happy. They do a great job of making sure you are happy and safe and they will answer any question you have. The pool was so nice and well looked after, any time I wasn't in the ocean you could find me there.
Our room in the hotel was very large and comfortable, but the big cabin where my parents stayed was so nice! It was our own personal cottage. We were able to cook our breakfasts there which saved us a bundle of money. Only suggestion, bring a coffee pot!

I had a wonderful time at Xtabi. I wish I was still there. But, as I was reminded, you have to leave so that you can come back!

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Xtabi is a great choice if you want to stay on the cliffs in Negril. We were wavering between the cliffs and the beach, but chose to stay on the cliffs for the peace and quiet. Xtabi provided ultimate relaxation, and the staff was uniformly great.

We stayed in cottage three. Of the cottages, one and four are the largest and the most directly cliffside. Cottage three is a bit smaller--although still pretty large--and may even have a better view because it's framed by trees and overlooking a small rocky inlet. You can sit up in bed and see the ocean while listening to the waves. Bliss. The bathroom is large and well equipped and the outdoor shower is huge and completely enjoyable. The restaurant and bar are convenient and the food and service are great. We enjoyed our morning coffee and pastries, served by the wonderful Omar, while looking for dolphins.

We love to snorkel and Xtabi was great for this. Unfortunately, the current sometimes brings in flotsam (mainly plastic bags), but the water is absolutely crystalline and there's lots of brain coral and fish and the limestone formations are fascinating. Xtabi also offers the advantage of being next door to the Three Dives Jerk Centre.

But it's the warmth and friendliness of the service that really set Xtabi apart. Our reservation process by phone and e-mail was smooth and trouble-free. On our last day our scheduled pickup to head back to the airport didn't arrive and the office staff very kindly found us an alternate at the very last moment. They went above and beyond for us and it was greatly appreciated.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tennessee
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I stayed at Xtabi for four nights in early November in a garden side superior room. The room was spacious and equipped with a small TV and A/C. The A/C worked great as it was still a little hot and humid. The TV had a good variety of channels. The bed was very firm and comfortable. The bathroom was basic and appropriately sized for the room. It had a tub/shower combination with plenty of hot water, but the water pressure was inconsistent. It was plenty to take a shower but just inconsistent. The room was equipped with a safe which worked well. There was a small daily charge for it. My room was on the upper level of the row house, so it had a balcony overlooking the gardens and a limited view of the sea across the road. The balcony was spacious and had a lounge chair and table. Facing west, the sun set on the balcony which was nice.

The pool area was steps away and the pool was clean with a lot of lounge chairs. The gardens were beautiful and well manicured. Although the room is across, the road from the main hotel area, it was a mere one minute walk to them. The office is on the garden side and was staffed well into the evening.

The main area of the hotel on the cliff side has the cliffside cottages, restaurant/bar, and sun decks. Thes restaurant/bar area is very large with plenty of seating in the bar area, cliffside in the sun and cliffside covered. There are several areas that have steps down to waters edge. One of them has a good jump point which is about four meters to the water. There are a couple of places where you can take some stairs down into the caves. The caves where really neat and safe to explore. You can enter the water from there if you choose. You can snorkle from the caves or take some of the steps to the waters edge. There are ladders to enter water from the steps. Although, there is no reef there by the cliffs, I did see some interesting life while snorkeling.

The restaurant/bar area was nice and large. The service was great. The food was basic and reasonably priced. The omlettes were awesome! 3 dives jerk shack was right next door if you want to venture out and enjoy another restaurant. Many other restaurants/bars were within a five minute ride. Stand out front and hail a RED plate cab for $2 USD to anywhere on the cliffs. Security was always present and walked the grounds at night.

Overall, a very nice stay and recommended.

The sunsets from the cliffs at Xtabi were not to to be beat.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We originally were booked down the street at Citronella and found out they did not have a restaurant or cafe on property so we were told to check out Xtabi. We are so glad we did. Completely inviting and friendly staff, great food and drinks, amazing location, view to die for and the caves were the best around. We stayed for a week and not a single complaint from us except for he sunburn. If your going to Jamaica and want to stay away from all the big resorts and tons of people. You have to stay here A++++++

Room Tip: Resort is on both sides of the street. Of course, the cheaper rooms are on land side and the cottage...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Savoy, Illinois
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

My wife and I have traveled to Negril 5 times in the last 5 years. They last there years we have stayed at Xtabi. There are so many great things to say about the property, and surprisingly few downsides. We generally stay on the garden side in a superior plus room (TV and A/C). The A/C is always cold, and the rooms are always very clean. Staff is extremely helpful and courteous. What more can you say about the view and activities? Beautiful sunsets, fantastic cave system under the restaurant. Every morning my routine would go something like this: fantastic breakfast at the restaurant (usually the phenomenal eggs benedict w/ ham or bacon served by the inimitable Omar), 2 cups of coffee, and then a few jumps off the cliff, swimming or snorkeling around without a care in the world. Afternoons are usually spent at the poolside, or taking a quick cab ride to the beach. Evenings are reserved for dining- either right next door at 3 dives, or at any number of the wonderful restaurants in Negril. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: If you're staying on the garden side, the view is better from the second floor.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Xtabi Resort
Address: Lighthouse Road, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Negril
#22 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#25 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Xtabi Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xtabi is a 25 Room Boutique Hotel, We are located on the West Cliffs of Negril, one + miles from the Negril Beach.XTABI offers a variety of different facilities such as economy and standard rooms, as well as one or two storey private cottages. Some of our accommodations are set in the lush tropical garden near the pool, others are on the impressive cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea.XTABI RESORT awaits you with a dramatic water front setting where spiral stairs are leading down through a cave to a sandy beach. Many grottos along the cliffs are to explore and the shallow reefs nearby ensure great snorkeling. The cliffside bar and restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving good food in a friendly atmosphere with a breath-taking view and nice music. Xtabi will make you feel IRIE ... more   less 
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