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Tensing Pen Resort
Ranked #4 of 81 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Wow”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

Just got back from this amazing place. My wife and I finally took a trip just for us and I am so glad we chose Tensing Pen. They arranged for a driver to pick us up from the airport and Keith from juta tours picked us up and he was great. We stayed in Pine Pillar and just thought it was amazing. I was concerned because it did not have ac but I have to say it was not an issue at all. The views from our cottage was just incredible and listening to the water crash against the rocks was awesome. Usually when staying in hotels the bed can be an issue but not here the bed was extremely comfortable. The outdoor shower was fun and had a great view of the water. The water is just amazing there just to float and swim its hard not to relax. We enjoyed several days just hanging by the pool. We actually never left the property except to walk to the mart and get some water and beer for the room. Everything you need to just disconnect and relax is there. We ate every meal there and was not disappointed at all. You won't go wrong with the jerk chicken or beef tenderloin. The shrimp skewers and pork was equally as good and even the Tensing burger was very good. If you want to do more than just relax the staff in the office are more than helpfully in arranging whatever it is you want to do. When it comes to the dogs they are very sweet and cute. I will miss them hanging out with us. If you don't like dogs the staff will keep them away if they bother you but really they gravitate to those who give them attention. When the resort is booked full it still seems so private. Words and pictures doesn't do it justice it is just amazing and the staff really do a great job to make it a trip to remember. We will be back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

We have been wanting to visit Tensing Pen for years. Our trip did not disappoint! On fact, our experience exceeded all expectations. We stayed in South House II. The dogs next door were a little noisy, but didn't interfere with sleeping at all. The view from our balcony was amazing. The a/c was nice too! We enjoyed relaxing by the pool and reading during the day, interspersed with dips in the crystal clear turquoise Caribbean. Oh and the drinks! The piña coladas and pineapple daiquiris made with fresh local fruit were unreal!!! I didn't even care about the calories! On our last afternoon we enjoyed a couples massage. The setting was impeccable with the waves crashing into the cliffs below and a light summer rain falling. Our therapists, Calista and Anisha were top notch. We did not venture off property for meals since we were only there for 3 days. The meals at the Lodge were fantastic. The jerk chicken was so yummy and my husband loved the snapper prepared in traditional Jamaican style. I loved all of the shrimp dishes!!

In short, we had a quick 3 day getaway which provided us a level of relaxation that we did not think possible for such a short trip! We are already planning to return in November. Thank you Tensing Pen!!!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We just got back from Tensing Pen and had an incredible time. Not an excursion vacation, but a hang out and chill one. We ate at Ros Roddy's Veg Restaurant Stand just out of the gate. Ahbee's burgers and Red Stripe right next to that! The Ivan's for Lobster Fettuccine Alfredo and Lobster Tails grilled with garlic and butter. Every morning wonderful complimentary breakfast and you can add eggs, best sausage ever or bacon. The staff was so wonderful! Mikey rocks the jerk chicken grill every day! Yoga on the deck! Best messages and scrubs from the therapist staff! Pool spotless and clean, not too much chlorine! Jump off the coral cliffs or wooden walkway for a real thrill! Down the road, Ric's famous Cafe where locals dive from high perches into the ocean and visitors also jump from a preyy good distance to water. Good place to get a cocktail or beer and an appetizer plate and see folks from the cruise ships dance and swim and eat! Tensing Pen is private and relaxing! The three Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bessue, Sugar and Tensing adopted us for our stay! Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Don't hesitate, this is the place in the West End Negril to stay! Tensing Pen all the way!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great hotel - great room, South House ll - great view - great people - great good - great bar!
We picked Negril because we wanted away from the crowds - picked Tensing Pen because it was smaller and the meals were not all inclusive. We relied on other comments and we were not disappointed. SH ll is on the end of the property closest to Rick's - noise was not a problem! We drank a lot of Appleton 12 at the bar, and ate all our dinners at TP, food was very hood and not expensive. Checked in Tuesday, relaxed (watch the sea crash against the rocks). Travel around all day Wednesday, TP is well located for exploring out. Thursday, stayed closer to town, many neat things - in all, we had a great time, TP is a great hotel & served our purpose well - we will return!

Room Tip: Some have A/C, some don't do not - if that is important, ask - a very few have marginal views...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Antioch, California
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

My daughter and I returned from a week at Tensing Pen and had an amazing time. The property is gorgeous, and I'm so glad we opted for an intimate resort vs. gigantic all-inclusives. Negril is a bit out of the way from the aiport in Montego Bay (about 70-90 min) but is well worth the trek to get away from crowds and noise. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you don't mind being disconnected from the distractions of a TV and internet. The point of my vacation was to decompress and relax and take in the splendors of mother nature, so I did not miss not having a TV or having spotty Wifi. I only used the Wifi to let my husband we had arrived.

The food was pretty good. I've read some reviews that some people thought the restaurant was pricey. Being from California, I didn't find it so. Comparable price to what I'm used to. I enjoyed the variety but my daughter was a bit more picky. She did ask the waiter for some accommodations and the chef happily complied and created some dishes for her. We stayed in the Patio and have to admit, I loved the AC. We fed the dogs on the first night and they became our shadows. Tensing, Beasie, and Sugamama slept on our porch everynight and were very protective. They are large dogs but very loving and while some may not like the idea of dogs on the property in common areas, we enjoyed them very much.

My daughter, a PADI certified diver enjoyed a few dives and loved diving a sunken ship, which afforded a much deeper dive than she anticipated. I enjoyed the snorkeling and highly recommend Vincent. Don't really know the name of his company, but he brings his boat right up to the property and you just jump right on. Vincent was fabulous and his crew were too. Vincent wasn't just our boat driver, he was our snorkeling guide. He pointed out things in the front and had a crew member bring up the rear to ensure stragglers remained with the group. We also went ziplining and took a day tour of the Island and visited Mayfield falls. Gorgeous and worth the trip.

Back to Tensing Pen, we also enjoyed a "couple's" massage in the beach hut the ocean breeze and sounds of crashing waves is indescribable. If you are there, get a massage, you won't regret it.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation to Jamaica and are so pleased with our choice of Tensing Pen.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Jax,Fl
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice location. Beautiful setting. Staff not very enthusiastic and it seemed like they do not enjoy their work very much. Food was alright. Our room (garden b) needed a thorough cleaning. We were expecting more. I would not return for another visit.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Had the most amazing stay at this beautiful hotel. All the staff were super friendly and even upgraded our room upon arrival. Would highly recommend a visit here. Only negative comments was that t.v's are not included in your room and free wifi is poor, however this is not a major concern with the beautiful views in which Tensing Pen has to offer and the very high standard accommodation it really is a fabulous resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tensing Pen Resort
Address: West End Road, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Negril
#4 Spa Hotel in Negril
#6 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#9 Family Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tensing Pen Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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