Before I booked here for my husband and I, I read many of the reviews, both good and bad so was well prepared upon our arrival. Obviously for the cost, you will not get a 5-star resort experience so that should be logical. It is definitely an older property but the staff kept it clean and secure. If you do the research you will know ahead of time that there is not a fridge or a coffee-maker (they can rent for you), so we took a portable hot water pot with us, we also packed a collapsible cooler and kept it stocked with ice from a very handy nearby grocery store. We did not do the all inclusive and were very happy with the selection of local restaurants to choose from and occasionally took a taxi to the beach or further along the cliffs for dinner.
Great location and away from the noise of the beach area, nice and relaxing which is what we were looking for but plenty of opportunity to take day trips or better yet take the free shuttle down to the beach for parasailing, jet-skiing, shopping etc. The glass-bottomed boat stops by daily to pick up and return if you wish to go and snorkel at the reefs. Wonderful massages can also be arranged either in your room or, as we did, in a curtained area on the cliffs with the sea breezes wafting in.
The staff was very friendly and I already had several email conversations prior to arrival to ensure our upgrade to the Pillar House and to verify our reservation. Communication is key when you are travelling to other cultures if you don't wish for nasty surprises. We also packed beach towels as we had read from reviews that the hotel towels are basically just for bathroom usage. I admittedly was a little nervous for my first shower under the Pillar House with no door to the shower area but soon realised that I had plenty of privacy and the bathrobe was ample coverage to and from our room.
All in all, a lovely experience and we shall definitely return there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique oceanfront boutique hotel with 50 rooms catering to international clientele for over thirty years. Spectacular sea view and spacious sun deck with easy sea access for swimming and snorkeling. Amenities include sea view restaurant and bar, swimming pool, splash pool, tennis court, seaside massage center, billiards and table tennis, tennis court, gift shop, and free WiFi throughout hotel. Air-conditioned rooms range from traditional hotel rooms to tropical cottages and ocean front pillar huts (non a.c.). Daily maid service and free shuttle to sister hotel on the beach, Legends Beach Resort where guests enjoy exchange privileges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samsara Cliffs Hotel Negril
- Samsara Hotel Jamaica
- Samsara Cliffs Negril
- Samsara Cliff Resort