First - This is not the swanky all-inclusive resort you're used to if you stay at chain resorts!
Now that we have that distinction out of the way - YOU WILL LOVE IT HERE - as long as you are open to new experiences, local flavor, and simply need basic accommodations (a room with a bed and bathroom). You will not be "pampered," but you will be well cared for. You certainly get what you paid for and more!
We were married in April 2004 at a Sandals, as we thought that was where our friends and family would be the most comfortable. However, my husband and I are a bit more adventurous and after everyone left we moved to Merrils II for our honeymoon. Best decision ever! We knew we would be out and about quite a bit so we paid for a less-than-all-inclusive meal package (I think it was 1 meal of our choice a day). It worked great, as we did not feel like we were tied into having our meals at the resort (because "we paid for them already"). And honestly, we ended up eating at the "shack" next door. They're food was amazing - best lobster I've ever had to this day - and we paid less than the meal package would have cost.
Also, at the time (not sure if this is still the case) we could have our meal at any of the three Merrils resorts. So if we did not like the featured dinner at our resort, we could walk down to the first Merrils and eat there instead.
Yes, there are locals on the beach. Yes, many are trying to sell you something.
No, you are not in danger if you say no. Just be polite: "No thank you. Respect!"
Yes, you may make a life-long friend with a local, who shows you the road-less-traveled in Negril (the "seedy underbelly"), and have stories that you will tell for 10 or more years!
In fact, that is exactly what happened on our honeymoon! We also made friends with people from Germany and North America.
Now we are planning our 10 year anniversary and we are booking at Merrils II again! We look forward to making new friends and seeing old friends.
(Note: Our date of travel was actually April 2004)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst lush tropical gardens, Merril's II Beach Resort offers a tranquil and serene environment with 38 cozy, clean, air-conditioned rooms. Wake up to the glorious sounds of chirping birds outside your spacious guest room window, or enjoy the warm breeze from your own private balcony overlooking either Merrils' own botanical gardens or the beautiful Caribbean sea! This comfortable, friendly beachfront resort offers a selection of ocean, pool or garden view rooms, each equipped with two double beds, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, and its own private balcony. Other amenities are also provided such as Cable Television, Safety Deposit Boxes and In-room Telephone Services. Whether you are relaxing by the pool with an exotic Caribbean cocktail, or soaking in the warm rays of Jamaican sunshine, leave your worries behind and let your mind wander. If you ever dreamed of a vacation where all you did is relax, enjoy yourself, and have fun frolicking in the sand, then Merril`s II is where you should be! Our courteous staff are waiting to serve you... ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Hotels.com, HotelQuickly, Cheap Tickets and Cancelon so you can book your Merrils Beach Resort II reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Merrils Beach Resort Ii Hotel Negril
- Merrils Beach Hotel Ii
- Merrils Beach Negril