My boyfriend and I spent a week in Tensing Pen, Negril, from Jan. 3 to Jan. 9 this year. We chose Tensing Pen because it seemed to be the perfect location to relax and take in Jamaica’s sun and sea, in a romantic and cozy setting. Tensing Pen exceeded our expectations by far! Not only are the pictures you see on the web exactly what the resort looks like, but they actually don’t do justice to its beauty as well as to the breathtaking views of the sunset!! The resort is very well kept, with lush gardens and pathways, beautiful huts, hammocks and secluded areas to relax and soak up the sun. The pool overlooks the cliffs and the resto-bar area is very cozy, with a great authentic feel to it. Of course, our preferred way of going in the sea was cliff jumping from the resort’s various access points; the 7-mile beach is about 5-10min away by car, but the cliffs were a lot more fun for us than the sandy beach would've been (it seems one gets approached by local vendors quite often on the beach). One can do daily activities directly from the resort (snorkeling, pick-up and drop-offs for scuba-diving, adventure and sightseeing tours, and dolphin swimming – a must!). There are a few very nice restaurants only 5-10 minutes away. But before going out you might want to experience the in-house restaurant first: we were astonished by the quality of the food! The recipes combine French, local and international cuisine, with fresh daily fish and seafood that will blow your mind!! And the service is very professional and friendly (of course, tips are always appreciated and a friendly smile goes a long way). My boyfriend and I were celebrating our first anniversary there, so the staff arranged for a very romantic private dinner in a secluded hut away from the general resto-bar area on our last night (a service they offer). It was magical!
Rooms: we stayed in Garden Room A, which has air conditioning. It doesn't quite overlook the sea but you can get a glimpse from the porch. Regardless, we found it lovely, quiet and very clean! (Although there wasn't always hot water in the shower - but that didn't really annoy us given it was 30 degrees outside - and we're sure that if we had mentioned this to the staff they would've repaired it in an instant) ! (A note: wherever you stay, don’t forget to follow the staff’s advice and always keep your valuables locked in the room’s safe).
The resort’s dogs are the sweetest creatures you’ll find on the island, very friendly without being annoying and just so gentle. And the resort is small enough (not like a run-of-the-mill impersonal all-inclusive) so that you can get to know other guests if you feel like it. We met a few very interesting and fun people which we ended up hanging out with during a couple of evenings there. And all guests were very nice and polite, friendly.
Last but certainly not least, the staff: we were amazed at how friendly and helpful every single Tensing Pen employee was!! The staff was just delightful!! Always in a good mood and very respectful. We had some good laughs with the guys at the bar, our nice waiter, the maintenance staff and all the girls at reception!! A big thank you to: Tracey, Owen, Voliver, Razor (RB), Terrion, Sharon, Carlene, Webster, Mike, Bruce, Malcom, Shanik, Rasine and Shernette for their wonderful welcome and for making our stay so enjoyable (sorry for any misspelling)! Tensing Pen and its staff contributed to making our stay in Jamaica unforgettable. Next time we come back to the island, there’s no doubt: straight to Tensing Pen from the airport! :)
Wishing everybody there a great year and thanks again!! Christine & Dave
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the West End of Negril, Jamaica in its own private cove, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler offering a unique collection of beautiful hand-carved wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of varying sizes for the ultimate secluded and relaxing vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tensing Pen Hotel Negril
- Tensing Pen Negril
- Tensing Pen Jamaica