I’ve stayed at Blue Cave Castle twice before. I was traveling solo this trip and when I thought of places to stay in Negril – I‘ve stayed at a half dozen or so – this was the one I thought of first. It’s on the west end which is my favorite part of Negril. It’s small and friendly with staff and guests who are generally outgoing and interesting so I won’t be lonely, it’s very secure, the rate is amazing in off season, and I love the mellow vibe here. It’s a no-brainer, I book it again.
I arrive and there is no rush to check in or pay or deal with anything…I am shown my room, given a key and asked if I need anything and that’s that.
As always, in my room the fridge is already cold, a pitcher of water and glasses is set up and there are fresh towels.
I am in Superior Room #2 this time, a new one for me. I like the room a lot…it has freaky ceilings, lots of triangles, no squares, and 3 beds, a lovely bathroom with a huge shower and is on the ground floor near the steps down to the throne. It has a huge outdoor porch with a big table and chairs and there are comfy loungers right nearby. A hurricane passed by a few days before but you’d never know it – everything has been cleaned and even the lounge chair cushions have been replaced. Attention to detail is just one thing I love about the place….from the art on the walls to things like fresh cushions, the owner really pays attention and never stops updating.
I’m hot after coming from Treasure Beach so I can’t resist the water…down on the beach there might be post-storm seaweed but up here on the cliffs the water is calm and clear and beautiful – I change into my suit and jump in and swim around to the other ladder and climb back up. There are 2-3 water entry points at BCC, one is in a cave. The cove is nice for snorkeling or swimming. There is also a freshwater shower right there in the yard.
Now refreshed, I change for dinner and walk up the road to 3 Dives to meet friends for dinner before they leave for the airport.
I get one or two call outs to come see something for sale on my short walk but a friendly wave “no thanks” and it’s all good. The pressure up here is not like the beach, in my opinion, and I think I have mastered the friendly “I’m all good” wave over the years so I rarely look at things for sale that I do not want to look at.
We arrive at 3 Dives and it is crowded. We enjoy a great meal and are served quickly because we have called ahead. Everything is cooked to order and the staff is small so if you don’t call ahead, you can wait a good hour or more for your food. Of course the bar is open in the meantime.
I sleep well and wake up in time to get coffee…yay. I love BCC’s coffee…it’s good and it’s free and it is served with that condensed sweet milk that I wouldn’t look at if I were home but tastes perfect in Jamaica. Coffee time is social time at Blue Cave too, most guests come and get some and choose to hang out at the tables in the yard, a few take it back to their rooms. It’s all good here, whatever one wants.
At Blue Cave there is now a restaurant! This is awesome, there has never been one when I have stayed here before. I ask for a menu and order a late breakfast of ackee and saltfish and sit down to enjoy my surroundings. It is another gorgeous day. The water is sparkling, the sky is blue, it is hot but not obnoxious. My table is in the shade and I have that book still to read. Aaaaahhhh, is all I can say.
The restaurant is kind of set up in this thatched roof area but you can eat anywhere, including your room, if you choose. SO BCC now has room service! The lunch and dinner menus look great too but breakfast is all I had here this stay (I’m only here for two nights).
Overall I continue to love Blue Cave. It’s not quite as cheap in winter as it is in summer/fall, but it’s a deal any time of year. Every room is different. The staff – from the owner Susan to the manager Petrona to the ladies who clean and wait tables to the groundskeeper/security…all are wonderful. It will always be my home away from home in Negril.
- Also Known As:
- Blue Cave Castle Negril
- Blue Cave Castle Hotel Negril