We stayed at Jackie’s on the Reef starting Feb 20 and checked-out on Feb 23, 2013.
Jackie’s is a wonderful place to relax and devote some time to your inner-self. It is right on the water, and the wonderful sound of the waves crashing against the rocks is very soothing and tranquil.
We enjoyed the optional yoga classes every morning, and also had the opportunity to get some one-on-one yoga instruction. There were two different yoga instructors while we were there. My wife had never done yoga, and she found it very enjoyable for the three days we were there.
The meals were very good, with the organic fruits and vegetables locally grown. The fish and chicken was fresh and is also from local sources. All of the meals were wonderful and we were exposed to many local fruits and dishes. All of the food is cooked to one of Jackie’s recipes. We had hot tea or coffee each morning with breakfast, and a cold drink and also hot tea every night with supper. Many of the cold drinks and teas are made from items grown on the property.
There are many comments in other reviews about the open bathrooms and showers, but there is not really any problem in using them. There is plenty of privacy, so we did not find that to be an issue.
Jackie is a very spiritual person, and is not affiliated with any specific religion. In a review below, someone called her an evangelist, and I think that is very far from the truth. Jackie is very easy to talk with, and my wife and I, along with all the other guests, talked, laughed, and joked. If you want to talk about spirituality, Jackie is glad to do so, and if you don’t, that is also okay.
We had some great conversations with Jackie, and our stay was a refreshing and a wonderful experience. All of the guests that were there were really having a great time. There were eight other guests when we arrived, and two left the following day. The environment at Jackie’s is very conducive to relaxation, and spending time with your inner yourself, to contemplate, and to get refreshed.
They have a wonder pool that is filled and constantly refreshed by the oceans waves. I have never seen anything like this before. The ocean water is warm, and the pool was very enjoyable. The pool stays at about 3-1/2 feet in depth. The pool is located on top of the rocky shore. About every six or seventh wave will wash up over the rocks and make their way to the pool to fill it. The rocks filter out any sand or fish. Then the water drains back out to a certain level to keep the pool at about 3-1/2 feet in depth. The water is always clear and clean, and is constantly being refreshed naturally by the ocean.
We took a short trip to Rick’s Café while we were at Jackie’s. Rick’s is a great place to visit, and to watch the divers dive into the clear, deep water. Visitors can jump/dive off of the lower rocks (about 25-30 feet), while some of the “regular” divers dive from a platform about 60-70 feet above the water. The “regular” divers go around collecting money in a bucket to watch them dive off of the platform or rocks. When they collect about $20 they will make the dive. We ate lunch there and the food was good. Jackie arranged the cab to take us to Rick’s and also pick us up at a specified time and take us back to Jackie’s.
If you need a wifi connection while at Jackie’s, you can go to the Westender (located next to Jackie’s) or sit in Jackie’s main building on the side closest to the Westender to pick-up a signal. Sometimes the signal fades in and out, but generally it was a decent connection. If you go to the Westender restaurant you will get a solid signal.
I would highly recommend Jackie’s if you want to get “away from it all”, and get back to some basic living, great conversations, relaxation, and take time for yourself and to also enjoy yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a Majestic Wellness Center Guesthouse and Spa. Overlooking 180 degrees of the natural curvature of Mother Earth. On the beautiful Turquoise Caribbean Sea in Negril, Jamaica. Come and clear your mind, body and spirit as you reconnect to nature and yourself in a safe and serene environment. Each morning yoga and meditation, healthy gourmet food, relaxing massages, what else can you ask for? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jackie`s On The Reef Hotel Negril
- Jackies On The Reef Negril