There's a lot to like here amidst the cliffs and caverns of this quaint resort, and the small, really good things gradually overtake the smattering of little annoying things to make this a boffo bonanza of a vacation spot.
My wife and I stayed in the Butterfly Suite, which I would have a difficult time believing there is a better room anywhere around for miles, and we really loved sitting in the window with the great views of the azure sea and the golden sunset, and doing whatever we wanted to do, which was a lot of things, thank you very much.
Regarding the basics, the food was pretty good, not overwhelming, and the staff was routinely accommodating and pleasant, and again, not overly so, like a few previous reviewers spouted about.
So where did The Caves shine? The terrain, and the spectacular strategic positioning it provided. Let me explain. Here you have a couple of very private caves, replete with crashing waves and a romantic setting, exactly where they lay out the special, for-hire dinners at night. But during the day you can chill out there after grabbing a bevy of beers from the bar and smoke a nice Cuban while snapping off a ton of selfies on your cell and texting them to your jealous friends slogging through their office jobs in the city. It's a beautiful thing.
And earlier in the morning you can score a desirable perch on the cliffside, again, entirely private and away from any hassle. The best ones are snapped up early, so I made a point to get there around 6:15 every morning and reserve my favorite spot with a towel and some cheap paperback books. The early bird gets the worm here, that's for sure. But don't hate me, hate the game.
Overall, I would love to return next year. As time goes by, more and more I realize how good the place was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caves sits along the limestone cliffs of the West End of Negril, right next to the famous Negril Lighthouse in Jamaica. Although situated only a few miles away from the bustling town center, this private enclave is a world apart. Eleven handcrafted wood and stone thatched-roof cottages, plus a 4-bedroom fully self-contained luxury villa, are interwoven between ten acres of lush vegetation and naturally formed volcanic caves. Quaint stone pathways wind through the limestone cliffs dotted with palm, sea grape and dogwood trees overlooking the Caribbean Sea. An arrangement of coral stairs and walkways lead to sundecks with uninterrupted views of the sea and sky, and grottos with turquoise water pools and fossilized marine life. A tropical reef system comes right up to the edge of the cliff, perfect for snorkeling. Guests can climb down ladders into the sea or take a leap from several “jump points,” the highest of which is 30 feet! An intimate, private and unique resort, The Caves is perfect for romance and relaxation.The Caves generally does not accept children under 16 years old. Exceptions must be cleared with the hotel management. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Caves Hotel Negril
- Caves Hotel Negril
- The Caves Resort Negril
- Caves Jamaica
- Caves Negril