We had a fortnight here with our teenage sons. It was a 9 hour flight from Gatwick but no transfers with Virgin and their Premium upgrade is very good . Montego Bay airport seemed to have trouble dealing with the arrival of a 747 of passengers but eventually we were on our way with a private transfer. A very knowledge driver made the transfer , more of a sight seeing trip. At the resort we were given a fruit drink and warm face cloth on arrival and then taken to our tree houses. A clarification here , they take a credit/debit card details for any charges. If you loose your bracelet, towel key or room key or the safe key you will be charged . The rooms were clean and cool but they had given us two doubles rather than a double and twin , a well used camp bed was quickly sourced. Good linen and towels are provided and changed regularly.
The tree houses are about 8 foot up , they have openings along the sides with fine mesh on, no glass, and wooden shutters inside that close pretty well. Onto the balcony are glass windows and doors. However the fit of these and the entry door is such that insects and small lizards can get easily in. Please take bug spray and plug in insect repellent. As mentioned you feel like your in a tropical forest which becomes very loud at night. As for being away from the road , the resort follows the road , so if you are one of the last tree houses you get the music from he next resort.
Food is taken at a Buffett in the main building group for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though there is a very good beach grill which serves from 12 ish until 4 and some nights the al a carte restaurant is open which offers a better quality of food but the portions are more akin to a taster menu. Of a night time you are expected to follow a dress code , no vest tops, shame they don't enforce the "no smoking" code .
The Buffett for breakfast was broadly similar , lunchtime there would be variation but the made to order toasted sandwiches are good and the evening meals have a loose theme of meals around the world Jamaican style. The benefit of a buffet is you can try a small portion to see what you think. The table waiting staff are generally friendly, some so much more. One chap would see us getting a table and when we got back with our food would have got our usual drink order and before our glasses were empty would bring fresh. Most of the staff here are so friendly , they are not hawking for tips , just lovely people. The reception staff also gained my thanks for sorting out some problems with excursions booked from home. This leads to a suggestion that if you are staying a while you will want to get away from Negril as there is nothing local. You can book excursions from in resort or there are a regular gang of taxi drivers outside the gate who will look after you. Of an evening there are regular nightly events , mostly round the pool. Speaking of the pool you can swim to late and still get drinks at the pool side bar.
As mentioned before the grounds are beautiful and "Shorty" and his crew work hard to keep them that way. The beach is constantly being kept clean , the water is so clear and even when the resort was full the size of the beach is such that you don't feel crowded. You will be approached to hire jet boats and an ever colourful array of beach wanderers wanting to sell to you. A quick wave , or no thanks and that's it.
The niggles. Going in August meant 70%of our afternoons were tropical thunderstorms. Nicely cooling but you get wet going between Tree house and central buildings. The tree houses and toilets around the resort are a little "tired" . Our room had screw holes where things were missing. The a/c was on its last legs. However the warmth of the staff and beauty of this location make these minor moans. For a quiet couples getaway this is recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great spot for romantics or a destination wedding. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and flowering plants at the edge of Negril, this unique all-inclusive gem is best described as intimate, chic and serene. The resort offers 85 "tree-house-style," elegantly appointed guestrooms on ten-acres of lush landscaping, a design praised by Architectural Digest. Melt away with a soothing spa service in our unique treatment garden, cool off at the swim-up bar with a tropical drink or "chill" at the resort's five beachfront acres and two miles of white sand beach, just steps away. When dining is on the menu, you'll enjoy both international and authentic Jamaican cuisine at four restaurants and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset At The Palms Hotel Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Negril
- Sunset Palms Jamaica
- Sunset Palms Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Resort