Before I went to this resort I looked at all the reviews that I could about this particular resort on tripadvisory. I was alittle discouraged as to what I read. I decided to take note and write what I thought during my stay.
The weather was around 89 degrees the entire week. The Samsara was 2 hrs away from the Montego Bay airport. We had a very pleasant ride with JTL Tours. I would definitely recommend that you prepay for your transfers roundtrip prior to your trip. I was a great idea and less hassle once we arrived. The driver was a great tour guide during the ride to the resort. We passed by tons of large resorts and I was very glad that I did not choose these places. If you are looking for relaxation and serenity then the Samsara is the place to visit! My spouse and i really loved that the Samsara had no children when we got there the week we went. I think midweek prior to the Thanksgiving holiday is the greatest time to travel. The airport was very light with travelers. We had a direct flight and it was smooth sailing. The Samsara was very safe and had security all night. The resort can get you anything that you need all you have to do it ask the front desk. The private taxi driver Donald is the best! He will take you anywhere you want to go for great prices. The best shopping place for souvenirs is at Sonia's. Ask Donald to take you there he will wait for you to shop until your heart is content....... He is very safe and recommended by the hotel if you like to go off alone or with other couples for a reasonable price. I would suggest that you change your money before you leave home at a money exchange bank. The rates in NYC was 98.60 to 1 Jamaican dollar, in Jamaica at the airport it was only 88.00 and the hotel was 75.00, but worst case scenario is to go to the Hi/Lo for the exchange which was 87.60. The figure changes on a daily basis but that was the best place to go. You can also shop for all your snacks and it was very close to the resort via taxi ride.
The nightlife was pretty good. We went to "The Jungle" and it was great. Lots of working girls, but other than that the music and food was pretty good.... The sister hotel The Legends had shuttle service daily but we never went to the beach there because we were very content at the Samsara.
The hotel accomendations was okay. It only made it okay because the beds were not very comfortable. They could step up the comfort of the beds, but other than that the room was very clean. The room was cleaned everyday by housekeeping. If you wanted new towels changed daily you had to take the old ones to the front desk and have them switched, other than that they were changed every other day. Our room had an air conditioner and it was a oceanfront view. Very beautiful everyday. You do need to take the following items for your room. Insect spray, citronella candle (keep bugs away while sitting outside on our balcony), incense or scented candle (for the mugginess of the room) remember this is an island. No problems with bugs in the room nor did we have a bed bug problem.
I saw lots of negative reviews for the food. Well we seem to not agree with that at all! The food was very good. There was not a very big selection of food to choose from, but it was always something different everytime. The hot items that are always served is the signature calaloo and fried dumplings. There was always something different to choose from and the food was like your home cooked food. All the dining room staff was very, very nice. No negative things to say about all the staff at the resort. Everyone did everything to make our stay wonderful and it was just that.
The drinks were very good and we had the all inclusive package. The papaya, banana and strawberry daiquiris were my favorites, but you can drink as much as you like from 10am - 10pm. I had a small cold and I asked for lots of lime and water as well as hot water and salt to gargle with and all did what they could to help me get over that cold. The bar always had a cooler on the bar all night where they had cold water all day long and after hours if needed. If you needed ice at anytime the bar could accomodate you before the bar closed if you have a collapsable ice holder. You are not served premium liquors, but we purchased a bottle of jamaican dark rum and added it to our drinks as we liked. You can purchase any liquor at the Hi/Lo store.
The reason I rate this resort a 3 star is because the can improve on the missing tiles in the pool and jacuzzi. They always had maintenance of the property going on but I saw no one fixing the pool or jacuzzi. It was very heavily populated with Germans. I believe this resort is German owned. It was lots of Germans there when we went.
I read previously on tripadvisory prior to my trip that Rick's cafe has great food. Well if you consider American food great then that is what they serve. The buffalo wings were like american made and not carribbean made at all. So if you want regular food, then go here to eat. Bourbon Beach had great jerk chicken, but if you want cabbage cooked don't ask them because they serve it raw.
Overall the trip was extremely relaxing and you can swim right there in the ocean and jump off the cliff into the water. The sunsets were absolutely beautiful every night! They had a night where a 2 man band came to play and that was a fun time near the bar. The resort is very small and quaint. If you are looking to get away from it all from busy hectic NYC and NJ, then this place is worth the money. We heard that Xtabi and 3 Dives were good eats, but we tried to go there and they did not even have food ready to eat at 1pm in the afternoon. So just ask Donald where the good places are to eat outside of the resort and he will take you where ever you want to go. Respect everytime is his favorite line!
So if you decide to go to this resort you will not be unsatisfied. It was a good place to stay.
- 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