This was my 3rd time visiting Negril, and my fiancee's 1st. We stayed for 8 nights and just returned yesterday. We decided on a cliff/beach split and stayed at a cottage at Xtabi for the first half (review coming), and then moved to Nirvana for the remainder of our vacation. We were greeted by all the friendly staff upon arrival, and didn't even have to do a formal check-in.. we were just led to the Sundeck Suite, which is above and behind the Owner's Villa, and directly faces the sea.
The room itself is spacious, and has a fairly large kitchen area, with a burner, full size fridge and kitchen table, along with large drink glasses, and every kind of utensil imaginable if you decide to cook for yourself. AC was very cool and could be controlled via remote. Bed was king size and very comfortable. There was also an Ipod dock which was a pleasant surprise. The deck outside is HUGE, nearly as big as the room itself and has a spectacular ocean view. Some who require more glitz and glamour may not be satisfied with the room, but the little time that we were actually in our room, we very much enjoyed it.
The best part of the Nirvana property is the beachfront. I considered numerous other "boutique" hotels and larger beach hotels in the area close to Nirvana and after seeing them, am extremely glad that I made the decision I did! Nirvana's beach is huge-- extremely wide, ample amounts of shade and very deep as well. There is no fighting for chairs here; often, my fiancee and I had the entire beach to ourselves! Comparing Nirvana's beach to the other hotels that I had considered before booking-- we went to lunch at the boutique hotel to the north of nirvana that I considered booking and saw that the beach area was at least half as wide, nowhere near as deep, and had loungers full of tourists lined up and behind one another. If you're okay with hearing the conversations of drunken tourists all day, having them be able to hear your conversations, and sharing your beach area with any boorish group of people that decide to drink at your bar, then there are copious choices for you very near Nirvana. However, if you want some true relaxation time with your significant other, a pristine beach shared with only a few other guests, and proximity to good food and cold drinks, then choose Nirvana.
What makes Nirvana special above all else, however, is the people. The employees, as described in countless reviews here, are simply outstanding. The day beach security guard, Errol, gave my fiancee a quick rundown of the tactics the vendors use before we even stepped foot on the beach (although I gave her the same lecture weeks earlier) :), and we never felt unsafe leaving our smartphones, sunglasses, etc on the beach while we went swimming. The night security man, Shine, is not only extremely good at his job, but is an extremely kind person. Our last night there we just drank red stripes that we bought next door and chatted with this magnanimous and genuine man.
We're already planning another trip to Negril and Nirvana, I've only been home one day and already miss it terribly!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located directly on Negril Beach,JAMAICA... Nirvana is not just another hotel, it is a special place where guests have space in an intimate & unique beachfront property with that famous old-style Negril ambiance, privacy & security making it the perfect choice for couples, singles, families or groups who have been searching for a special NEGRIL laid back un-commercial JAMAICAN beachfront vacation. We are a terrific value, you can rent one unit, several units or the whole property. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nirvana On The Beach Hotel Negril
- Nirvana On The Beach Negril