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Samsara Cliffs Resort
Ranked #30 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We just returned from a weeklong stay at the Samsara. It was a Great place to stay! All the staff are extremely friendly and pleasant and we quickly made friends with most of them. We met another traveler at the bar who was from our home city. Upon their checkout, they left a sweater behind in the room. The Staff at the Samsara were nice enough to contact us and ask if we would bring this sweater home with us to reunite with the other traveler. Most hotels and resorts would not do that for you! Especially internationally! We did not go the all inclusive option, but the prices at the bar and restaurant were pretty fair. They do not have an ice machine on site so if you plan on buying beer at the convenience store down the road, make sure to buy some ice too. The Samsara has a wonderful view and scenic cliffs that we were able to relax upon for hours. They are making improvements to the resort at this time, so please do not be discouraged by some of the negative reviews. There are places within walking distance so you don't always need a cab. Walking around on the cliff road at night could be tricky, as there aren't really any sidewalks up there, and not much light. The cars go pretty fast on the cliff road, so be careful, especially at night. If you need to exchange money, I don't recommend doing it at the Samsara. There is a fee for money conversion and if you are exchanging a larger amount of money the fee will add up. Also, they may run out of money to as Currency Conversion is obviously not their main business, merely a convenience that they offer. If they tell you the nearest money exchange is in the town square, it's not. We were able to find one that was closer up on the cliff road there, about halfway between the Samsara and Rick's, Maybe a 30 minute walk or so. It's in a shop that rents out scooters. No conversion fee there. All in all the Samsara was a great place to stay if you are staying up on the cliffs. Also, don't forget their daily shuttle to Legends on the beach. Its runs at 10am daily and saves you from having to pay for a cab to get down to the beach.

Room Tip: Get the Ocean View room! Great view! the little patio is great for just chilling out and watching th...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

This is the second time I've stayed at Samsara and I must say they have made a lot of improvements since 2006. To the people that give samsara a bad review I just don't get it. Yea it's not a 5 star resort but if u are looking for a place to relax and enjoy what Jamaica has to offer I would recommend the Samsara to anyone. I don't enjoy starting at the ritzy high end resorts where everyone is a snob and rude. If you want value and a beautiful setting with very friendly staff stay at the Samsara!! I will be back for a 3rd time no doubt!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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5  Thank bhall29
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

My Husband and I just got back from a lovely time here. It is not, however, without its faults and is definitely not for everyone. If you are looking for a glitzy pampering experience don't go here. If you want something very quiet and highly relaxing in a gorgeous setting then this might be the place for you.
Our accommodations were in the little bungalows across the street from the main hotel. We have very mixed feelings about this experience. The bungalows are adorable, very spacious, very sweet. Each has its own porch with chairs and hammock. They do not have air conditioning which we were fine with. Loved the big ceiling fan. The placement of the bungalows is a bit of a problem though. First of all crossing the road is very tricky on the hairpin turn, though Peter was always there to help. What was the most challenging was the barking dogs in the neighborhood the bungalows border. We ended up buying earplugs--problem solved. But this is the sort of place it is, kind of do it yourself. The staff when told of this problem (they must have heard it before) told us there were no other accommodations though we were wiling to pay for the upgrade. The boss/owner said that the owners of the dogs (sounded like there were a dozen of them) was told to do something about it. It did happen again from night to night. We seemed to adjust.
The bed was very comfortable.
The room lacked for adaquate lighting. The shower needs to run for a very long time before it gets hot. Little things that might bother some people
The food is very good. We tried many Jamaican dishes and all was good. Coral was such a sweetie. We had really wished there was more variety in the salads and fruits. A snack between lunch and dinner would have been lovely too.
The drinks were lots of fun and the bar is open from 10-10 which was fine for us.
Swimming here is fun and you can jump from the cliffs. The water is gorgeous and crashed against the rocks the whole time we were here. We spent our days basking in the sun and swimming in the surf and pool which was very refreshing. *** Guests must provide their own beach towels. We did not know this before going and ended up buying towels in the gift shop.
This hotel is older and has its own vibe which we found very enjoyable. There is a shuttle everyday over to the sister hotel Legends which is on the beach. We enjoyed that very much too. The sand beach is beautiful and there is lots of activity there. We enjoyed buying fruits from the beach vendors and really didn't mind their hustle. You can walk for miles on this beach. The all inclusive includes food at Legends which is the same as the food at Samsara.
Samsara is so laid back and romantic. The views are amazing.
We felt very safe at Samsara. Our room was very clean and tidy.
We have very fond memories of our stay here.

Room Tip: Choose your room wisely. Not all come with a/c. Bungalows across the street can be noisy i.e. barkin...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

my phone was stolen from the room. When we called the phone, the thief told us he got the phone from a hotel employee and asked for a reward. the manager's response? this happen all the time.thefts like this are unavoidable. i disagree. i think security of your guests belongings IN THEIR ROOMS should be paramount. this hotel needs a lot of updating. got to Negril, but don't stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank deniseham
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Arrived on Dec 18th with my husband and two teenage daughters. We were looking for a quiet, warm holiday at a reasonable price. We wanted to be able to stay for two weeks...so cost was important. This was my husbands 18th time to Jamaica and my 5th visit. We arrived at night so had to wait until the morning to see the spectacular view! Our room was really clean and met our basic needs. Our room was cleaned daily by Marcia who was very friendly and fun to talk to! Our balcony provided a fabulous view of the ocean and well kept property! My husband is partially disabled and has difficulty walking, but he was able to manouever in most areas of the property except for the restaurant. The restaurant is located above the bar, which provides a wonderful view of the ocean with open windows to feel the warm Jamaican breeze! Meals were graciously provided for my husband and family at a table on ground level just outside the bar with a view of the ocean! Food was tasty, well presented and served to us with a Jamaican smile! An improvement on the food would be to have more fresh fruit available during the day and more choices of salads. Meals were also very repetitive and could be changed up a bit, My daughters would have liked to have had a snack bar available as part of all-inclusive package. The staff in the restaurant were extremely friendly and willing to help in anyway! Especially Miss Pauline - Food and Beverage Manager and Georgia -Cook/Baker- makes tasty buns! Servers, namely Carmenia, Kareem, Sherona and many more that I am sorry I cannot remember their names...The cliffs were fun for my daughters to jump off, sunsets were more than spectacular every night! We went to Legends, the sister hotel for one day, but found it too busy with many people on the beach. The locals trying to sell us stuff were not too bothersome. Welcome to Jamaica! The security man, Michael was always there to help deal with any problems. We liked the peaceful quiet up on the cliffs for the rest of our holiday. We went on one day trip to YS Falls which was recommended and set up by Roxanne at the front desk. It was awesome! Our driver, Gregory made the trip very interesting with his love of Jamaica! The Spa services at SamSara were enjoyed by our whole family. My daughters had their hair braided and we all had wonderful massages by Lisael. I will never forget the sound of the waves on the cliffs and the ocean breeze while I had my massage! This is an older property, but the management, staff and view made up for any shortcomings we experienced! The bar was fun, even though it did close down at 10, which could be a little early. Owayne provided drinks with a smile and a little song and dance when encouraged! Our family, especially our daughters felt very safe on this property. Construction during this time did not disturb us to any extent as we could see the improvements were definitely necessary. For vacation dollars spent we felt SAMSARA CLIFFS RESORT more than met our expectations! This was a wonderful relaxing family vacation. We will be back soon!!

Room Tip: We had an Oceanview room with double beds with air conditioning. We only used the a/c in the evening...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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10  Thank kevin g
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Stayed here with only moderate expectations...they were not met. First of all DO NOT do the all-inclusive if you make the mistake of staying here. The only thing good about this place is the location ..but trust me there are 10 resorts with just as good, if not better locations on the cliffs. The food was terrible for the most part with only one or two exceptions. The drinks were very small and limited to overly sweet drinks served by very unhappy bartenders. In Fact, the entire staff with the exception of one or two were extremely unhappy which is very depressing. Grounds are poorly lit at night, hot tub is cold tub, and air-conditioned rooms aren't really air-conditioned , they have air-conditioners that may bring the room down to a toasty 75 or so. There is a nice pool. Bar closes at 10 pm if you're lucky. Oh...and sharing legends which is even more disappointing is no big bonus...vulture beach impastas flock to their space to sell you low-grade goods. This is an honest account of this place from someone who is just not that hard to please. Do yourself a favor - Don't Stay Here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank C G
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

having been transfered from the sister hotel legends after a week of disgusting food,booming music from the next door bar till 5am,all inclusive bar that shuts at 10 every night and a beach full of drug dealers i thought this would be better,it was but not by a lot ,the food was better at least it was hot but the same boring menu, no fruit,ice cream unless you paid,no salad unless you call coleslaw the salad option,jerk chicken full of bones,stodgie tuna pasta,we paid for the all inclusive but both hotels are not,more like a bed and breakfast.the bar shuts at 10 even new years eve,little cups of beer and the spirits watered,we spent extra and went out for food ,but it aint cheap,the italian over the road was good pizzas excellent as was the restaurant next to legends but we had paid all inclusive and didnt get any value for money.this isnt my first holiday aboard (ive done most of europe and asia)but it was my first to jamacia and i wont be going back.the good things about the holiday the sun and the snooking off the cliffs .some of the staff were a bit offish esp at legends with things being a bit too much trouble,the manager there paul wilson did go out of his way to help us(thank you),and at samsara id like to thank patricia on the front desk,owayne the bar man,our cleaner cant remember her name,and the man who seemed to be running things tom .to sum it up waste of a holiday,waste of money,waste of xmas and new year we wont be coming back

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Linda L
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Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in Negril
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
Price Range: $75 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samsara Cliffs Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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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