Ok, so from the second we pulled up we were greeted with a warm inviting welcome! We were seated in a beautiful open lobby for check in and offered a delicious rum punch. Pops took our luggage to our room and was extremely helpful in filling us in on the place and all it had to offer. He was very attentive and so friendly. It was extemely nice to have such a pleasurable arrival after traveling all day.
The rooms were beautifully decorated, very modern. They were a lot bigger than we had anticipated and it made packing and unpacking very easy because things weren't hidden or cluttered. Love, love, loved the bathroom and showers. A large mirror hung in the "closet" area which was excellent for dressing. The double vanity sinks got my husband and I in and out in a short amount of time. The balcony was also larger than expected. It was wonderful leaving the door open at night and feeling the ocean breeze. It was not loud and very relaxing.
The beach was AMAZING! Very well kept. The water was crystal clear! The vegitation on the property was great, tons of fruit trees, and things I had never heard of. This made the place so authentic to Jamaica. The beach front bar was great! You could grab a drink and lounge or sit at the bar. The bar had a slight over hang, so even during those afternoon showers you could still sit, relax, and enjoy! The bar tenders were so much fun to sit and talk to, they really made it a good time. Definately try the "Love 101" (Andrea's special), It was to die for!
Bongos, the restaurant in the hotel was very romantic! It had low lighting and candles on each table. The servers were great! They kept our drinks full and were also very pleasant to talk to. They could answer any question you had about the menu, and did it with a friendly smile. The food was delicious and also contained different fruits and vegetalbes that aren't native to the states. They had a cook out on the beach with live music, this was a blast. The beach was surrounded by tiki torches and looked super pleasing to the eye. The food was so fresh and so delicious! Some of the staff....you kow who you are ;), were excellent dancers and managed to get my husband to try out his horrible moves. Fun! Fun! Fun!
The owners, what can I say, wonderful people! They definitely made you feel as if you were a guest in their home. I was reading other reviews about how they played favorites and I would have to disagree! The owners spoke to everyone! When we first arrived, we were not aware that they were the owners. We saw them speaking to many of the guest staying at Sandy Haven and we simply thought they were guest themselves. They spoke to my husband a I a lot and made sure our stay was above and beyond expectation. They even went as far as to walk around the property with us and shared what the trees and plants were (we were amazed.) Upon leaving the property, they made sure we had a safe ride and and even called over the cab for us and told them where we needed to go. I hate that people would post anything negative about them because we saw up close and from a far how friendly and accomadating they were to everyone. I guess if you give off an "I don't want to be bothered" vibe, thats exactly what you'll get.
Overall, Sandy Haven was a wonderful vacation! So relaxing, so fun, so beautiful! I would definately recommend staying here with your family, as a couple, or even with friends! I really would like to thank all of the wonderful people that work at Sandy Haven. You really made the stay! I wish I could have you all over to my home and show you the same hospitality that you provided to my husband and myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive boutique resort built in modern urban style set on the famous 7-miles white sand beach location of Negril with 35 units of luxury guest rooms and suites. The Sandy Haven Resort experience goes far beyond bricks and walls. The prevailing atmosphere is that of a meeting place for friends and colleagues to mingle. ... more less
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