Once we made it through the very long line up at customs and immigration (took over an hour to get through) we were greeted by Sandals/Beaches staff and enjoyed free drinks while we waited for our shuttle to arrive - what a treat!
Yes it is a bit of a drive to get to Negril (90 minutes) but it was interesting countryside and the van was air conditioned!
Once we arrived, staff unloaded our bags, and we went into concierge services (air conditioned!) and enjoyed more drinks while we waited to check in. Some families had to wait quite some time to get their rooms, which can be frustrating after a long day of travel, however our room was available right away.
All the staff were super nice and ready to answer questions, however, be aware that some of them are on "Jamaican Time" so service wasn't always super quick.
There is a lot for the kids, tweens and teens - something for everyone! The evenings were always a treat with entertainment for everyone.
The beach was GREAT! By far the best beach I have ever been to! Some of the vendors walking the beach were a little demanding and annoying, but they stay on a narrow part of the beach and will not bother you in the water or on the beach chairs.
All the restaurants were great, Stewfish on the beach was one of my favorites with wonderful seafood. Kimonos was also a great spot - you have to make reservations, but it is worth it. The Tex Mex restaurant was not our favorite, we only went there once - the service there was terrible and the food was mediocre. If you are a buffet fan, then you will love the Mill! We usually ate there for breakfast, and some lunches and dinners.
The spa was wonderful, being 6 months pregnant, I indulged in the pregnancy massage which was fabulous! The Cabana Rentals are also worth every extra penny! If you want a great beach day, get a cabana!
The Independence Day Celebrations were great - wonderful Jamaican food, entertainment and vendors!!
Now the "downside":
My husband asked concierge 3 times to add Red Stripe to our in room fridge, which they said "no problem" each time, he never had Red Stripe in our fridge the whole time!
We also had a teenager with us who was forced to sleep on a chair and a half sofa bed while we had a king bed. The pull out was a lot more comfortable than a rollaway bed - they were crap! The room itself was pretty small, as well as the patio - I think our room was really meant for 2 people not 3, and they were unable to change our room as the resort was fully booked.
Make sure you make dinner reservations as soon as you can - they fill up fast - but are worth it!
It was also my daughters birthday and concierge services said they would decorate our room for free - which they never did.
The photograph services they offered on the resort were quite pricy, even though the photos were fantastic, it was not part of the "all inclusive price" (One 5x7 photo print costs 16.00usd)
We felt the main pool bar was closed way to early. We enjoy a later afternoon/evening swim, and the bar closed at 6pm. The staff at the main bar were not very nice either.
All in all - we are looking forward to taking another vacation to Beaches Negril!!!
- 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