We booked our wedding through Sunset at the Palms, Negril and travelled there in March 2010 with a group of 10 people, including ourselves (no kids). I am writing this review now (8 months later) because I feel like the wonderful staff and beautiful setting deserve praise and recommendations. Also because a nasty winter storm has me freezing inside my house with fuzzy slippers and wishing I was on a nice warm beach somewhere with a large pina colada in one hand and a Tastee patty in the other.
This is a small, beautiful all-inclusive resort. When you arrive, the staff greet you with a rum punch and a cool face cloth. The rooms are all "tree-house" style cabins on stilts, two units per building, each with its own balcony. The resort grounds are covered with trees and plants, all taken care of by their friendly gardening staff. I did not take the garden tour, but my mom did and she really enjoyed it.
The buffet offered a great variety of different foods, including some local dishes. The restaurant is not open every single night, but it is definitely worth going to a few times. The menu there is small, but the food was incredible and the serving staff was friendly and fun. You can also get some food at the beach grill if you happen to miss the buffet - burgers, fries, jerk chicken, and fish. All delicious.
You do have to walk across the road to get to the beach, but the resort staff is always there to stop the traffic for you. And the beach is lovely. You can walk either way down the beach past the large mega resorts that you are glad that you aren't staying at :)
You can book tours right from the lobby - very convenient! We did some snorkelling (everyone should go snorkelling) and the shopping/Rick's Cafe. Another day we also rented a cab driver for the entire day to take us to Y's Falls (beautiful) and the Appleton Rum Factory (free rum!).
The hotel also has live entertainment most nights at the pool bar. I think we saw the reggae band several times. They were pretty entertaining, especially the dude they seemed to be calling "Shitaake Man." There were also some dancers and a fire eater one night.
For the wedding, I think we dealt with three different wedding coordinators over the course of the year. If you were a control freak, planning a wedding in this manner would probably give you an ulcer. But in the end, communication was good and everything worked out beautifully - even the weather! We had our wedding on the beach with our small wedding party (and a giant group of Italian tourists) in attendance. The photographer did an amazing job of taking pictures without people in them! The ceremony and the flowers were beautiful, the cake was perfect. In addition, that night they set up a table in the pool area for the wedding party to have dinner. The next morning, we were treated to breakfast in bed, and that night my husband and I got to have a private dinner poolside, while our friends and family had dinner in the restaurant. Basically all you have to do is pick your cake, photo package, and wedding location and they do the rest. It's a no-stress wedding and they do an incredible job!
In conclusion, our entire group absolutely loved Sunset at the Palms and Jamaica in general. I'm not sure my words have done the place justice - you could not ask for a more beautiful setting.
- 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