Kids- This is a great resort for families. We have four children ages 15, 13, 11 and 7. Our kids are not into "Kids Club's" so we cannot comment on that as they did not attend. If we wanted a vacation free of our kids we would leave them at home. We were on vacation as a family so we played as a family. Our kids enjoyed the X-Box room and mini golf. Our girls 11 and 7 participated in the crafts at an addiitonal charge. SIMONE at the craft station was wonderful. (Worth the money, especially the scrap booking...only $22.00) I would not recomend this resort for Couples. This is a FAMILY resort and if you do not have kids you may not appreciate it. Go to Sandles if you are taking a kid free retreat.
Food - The food is very good as far as all-inclusives are concerned. We enjoyed the Italian and Japanese resturants. We also ate dinner a couple of times at Arizona's which is good too. The buffet is a buffet and we avoid those other than breakfast. The pool side grill is very good and open until 3am. There is food available 24/7 and the staff are very friendly. Our daughters enjoyed several ice cream cones per day! Beaches takes extra care to have plenty off food and snacks around. You will not go hungary and may even arrive home heavier.
Beaches - The beach is off the hook. One of the best in the world. There are plenty of beach chairs so no worries finding that perfect locaiton. (you can move chairs around too) Towels are an issue. For a 5 star resort this was the only minor blip. Most of the fresh towels stands are empty all day. There are several towel stands throughout the resort. After a couple of days you may know where to look. In any event this is a matter that Beaches needs to address. Not having towels available at the beach during daylight hours is unacceptable. With that said we managed to find fresh towels daily, it simply took some creativity and patience. The local vendors selling "Jetski's and Parasailing" are somewhat annoying. Best advice is to tell them "NO" on day one and then they leave you alone. They are not allowed to approach you and the hotel security is on them immediatlely if they do chat you up. This is really a non-issue as the resort does an amazing job of controlling these guys. If you can afford the 125.00 rent a cabana for the day. It is off the charts good. The best 125.00 we ever spent! DAMIEN was our Cabana boy and he did a very good job. Props to him!
Rooms- The rooms are excellent. We were in Santa Cruz Building. This was a very good area to be. The rooms are the cleanest we have ever stayed in. The housecleaners are friendly and attentive. The rooms are small but very good. We rented three rooms with two connecting. We had two kids in each room and a room for oursleves. I would spend the extra money for additional rooms versus jamming in with teenagers. We had conceirge room category. This is a very good service. Any thing we needed they looked after. Our in room bar was well stocked and huge thanks to RICARDO who looked after our special requirement of Coke Zero and Water!
Water Sports - There is tons to do. It is all included which is nice. Go the first day so you undertand the process. It is really quite easy to get involved and rent equipment. It is very handy having all this available at no extra fee.
TIPS - Beaches does not allow tipping. This was very strange for us to get used to. You have all these staff going out of their way to please you and instinctively you want to tip. They will not accpet a tip. You never need any money on this resort. It was fabulous, but at times you feel guilty, but we loved it! (FYI- You need to tip the transport guy that takes you to and from the airport.)
Store - Our boys suit case was lost by SUNWING Air. We went to the Beaches gift shop to buy cloths. They did not have much that fits a 13 year old. This was not ideal and I think the store could have a wider selection of swim trunks. If you have your luggage this is not an issue. The problem is not much in Negril so if you lose your luggage and you are relying on the resort store to get you through. Otherwise the store has everything you require.
In summary, we would go back for sure. We did notice that there were some complainers. I am not sure what would actually please these people?? We were told that most complaints and poor reviews would be from American's and oddly enough this was the case. If you came as a couple to this family resort I would get that, but if you like families this resort has nothing to complain about! Respect Mon!
- 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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- Beaches Hotel Negril
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