We just returned from a 7-night stay at Beaches Negril April 2, 2005. We have 3 kids (ages 13, 10, and 5) and were traveling with extended family (17 of us in all). This was an ideal location for us. The resort was big enough to give us plenty of things to do, yet small enough to find each other and get from one area to another quickly and easily. The resort was clean and beautifully landscaped. Our room was very nice, although there were pull-outs for the kids rather than beds which weren't too comforatable. We have also been to Beaches Turks and Caicos, but prefered Negril. Turks is a bit more upscale and bigger, but we found the staff at Negril to be more friendly and fun, and again, the resort size was preferrable. We love to travel, and for us, location, culture, and things to do are most important. The beach was awesome, and we could walk for miles safely. We even went out to a nightclub until quite late one night and felt as safe as we would here in Milwaukee or Chicago. The watersports were great! All of us used the sailboats, the kayaks, the windsurfers the water trampoline and the banana boat rides. We never waited for any of them and everything was functional. My son and nephew did their open water certification dives (a bit disorganized and expensive). We also snorkeled - great for first time snorkelers and kids - shallow reefs not too far off shore with lots of small fish and pretty coral, nothing scary for them. The waterpark was fun for all, however, the waterslides are only for those taller than 48", and they adhere to this! Our five year old was not tall enough, but she had a blast on the lazy river instead. As for the food - well, not fabulous, but certainly not terrible. We had great lunches at the pool bar, and great dinners at the Seville, the Teppan Yaki and the Last Chance Saloon. The Mill was just okay. The people who have stated that there was nothing for their kids to eat apparently didn't try very hard to find something. The Piazza served great pizza and pasta (including macaroni and cheese) as well as sandwiches. The beach grill served burgers and fries, chicken, grilled cheese, hot dogs and nachos. (We did wish that these would stay open in the evening like Bobby D's in Turks)There was also a popcorn and ice cream machine at the family pool. The kids could get soda or fruit drinks and the pool bar - if you wanted milk or fruit juice, you simply had to ask. The Kids Kamp staff and activities here were also better than we experienced at Turks (The X-Box center and Bobby D's Diner were better at Turks). Our 10 and 5 year olds loved both the activities and the camp counselors. Our 13 year old loved the freedom that we could allow him at a resort this size. One of our favorite things about this vacation was meeting the people of Jamaica. We found that if you take the time to be friendly and you adjust to THEIR culture rather than expecting them to adjust to yours, they will be friendly, fun and accomodating. Things don't always happen quickly or on schedule in Jamaica, but "no problem, Mon" - relax a little. If you want to be pampered, if you are a very demanding person who expects to always be catered to and likes to complain when you are not, please stay in the US so as not to embarrass the rest of us Americans. When you leave the country, do so to learn about and appreciate the differences of other cultures - it adds a lot more value to your trip than milk and chicken nuggets for the kids or a top-shelf drink for the adults.
- 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