My husband and I were here with our son(2) and our daughter(8) for my sister's wedding. We were here November 9th-12th. We came to Beaches after staying 3 days in Lucea, at the Palladium Grand Lady Hamilton, to save some money. Beaches is extremely kid/family friendly, of course. Very different than our visit to the Palladium. You are paying a premium price here, and what you are paying for is the EXCEPTIONAL service. Every employee is so friendly and looking to meet your every need. They are especially focused on the children and it is great.
We really liked the layout of the resort. There are little nooks and bends to explore. We were not as impressed with the pool/pools that they have here. Not very big, even with the water park, it is not much pool space. It was hard to find spots around either pool, and it was low season. The pictures of the water park make it seem bigger than it is. Of course, this is after we were spoiled with the massive pool at the Palladium.
We booked a Grand Luxe Beachfront room. Room 715, it looked out on the wedding chapel and the beach. The view was very beautiful. The room itself was rather smallish, and not as fancy as some other resorts we have stayed. I would figure the room would be a little better, with the price you pay. We paid half as much at the Palladium and the room was much nicer.
My sister's wedding was fantastic. It was a gorgeous wedding on the beach. I highly recommend this resort for a wedding. Be aware that other people are not always very respectful of your event. They post signs on the walkway "Beaches wedding in progress" to deter people from walking through, to go around using the other sidewalk. Some people are idiots though, or just have no manners. We had people walk through during the video shoot, in their bathing suits!
We found the food to be of very good quality. We especially enjoyed Kimonos, the Asian restaurant. They also had great selection for beakfast/lunch at the Mill buffet. We ate dinner ther one night and it was great. Especially the lobster/shrimp/veggies that they pan cook fresh. The only restaurant we didn't care for was Arizona's, which we ate at twice and found was not very good. The bars have some wonderful drinks to offer, most very sugary. We really liked the beach bar.
One thing that we weren't aware of, was that the Beaches brand doesn't allow employees to accept tips. They can lose their job. I know this is part of the premium price that you pay, but I still didn't like this. I like to reward excellent service. The employees here really deserve it. We found that you were able to tip at times, as long as you were very discreet about it, usually with a thankyou "handshake". The employees were appreciative, but I wish it didn't have to be so secretive. This was probably the biggest thing I didn't like at this resort.
I would highly recommend this resort for families traveling with children. The service here is amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Located on the widest stretch of Negril's seven mile white sand beach•Stay at one, play at two with full exchange privileges with Beaches Sandy Bay including a choice of 11 dining options•“Pirates Island” Water Theme Park with 4 slides, meandering “lazy” river and splash deck•Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street themed activities with daily character appearances, parades and stage shows•Kids Kamp & Nursery with wide range of supervised activities•Interactive Teens Program with “Trench Town” Teen's Center and Teens' Coordinator to coordinate teen activities•Expansive Two & Three Bedroom Butler serviced suites•Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV's & Xbox® 360 game consoles•Beaches Resorts were voted “World's Leading Family All-Inclusive 14 years in a row•Five Star Diamond Award, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences•Six Star Diamond Award, Beaches Resorts – Keeping it Green•EarthCheck Platinum Certified ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Negril Hotel Negril
- Beaches Hotel Negril
- Negril Beaches Hotel