The families of both the bride and groom stayed at Nirvana for a week for their Jamaican wedding. And I, for one, am hoping to return for a first anniversary celebration! I just loved everything about Nirvana and feel we got an authentic Jamaican experience. I miss walking down the sandy path to our private beach every morning! Just beautiful with not a beach umbrella in sight, made totally unnecessary because of the shade from the palm trees. And Erol had them perfectly positioned for the morning them moved them back for the afternoon sun. If a chaise is not your style, there are also hammocks. The beach is beautiful, private, and quiet. We got into the habit of buying Jamaican "pockets" from Norman for lunch. And the lobsters for a dinner made by the staff were caught by another of the beach vendors right off our beach. We also had wonderful dinners made by the staff, including Red Snapper and Jamaican chicken cooked the authentic way.
The setting and landscaping is completely natural with a wide variety of native plants. And naturally selected by native birds, including a flock of parakeets. The pathways are all sand and are raked every day in a variety of patterns. No concrete here! The gardens are immaculate and are kept picked up from falling leaves, fruit or nuts every day. It was wonderful to hear the birds by day and the peepers and surf by night.
The cottage rental includes one meal a day cooked by the staff there with food supplied by the guests. If I had one complaint, it was that the food was started at 1PM and by the time it was ready it was too late for lunch and too early for dinner. But we enjoyed it nevertheless. There are any number of restaurants going up or down the beach in either direction with a short walk of just a couple of minutes.
The staff at Nirvana are wonderful and ready to meet your every need. Leon brought us to and from the airport in Montego Bay for a fee that had not been inflated for tourists. A massage therapist came every other day and several in our party availed themselves of her services in the gazebo, which were offered at the rate of $1.00 per minute. The cleaning staff were gracious and accommodating and quite willing to come to service your room when you wanted them to. I found the bed a bit hard the first night but they provided a mattress topper for the rest of our stay there.
We stayed in one of the air conditioned cottages, which was quite completely but simply furnished. There were wonderful ceiling fans both in the cottage and on the screened porch which was a lovely place to sit and read in the evening. The kitchen was also very complete and more than adequate for our needs. The bath was very clean and modern with plenty of hot water.
We also befriended Oreo the cat who was very pregnant when we arrived and who had had her kittens by the time we left! She is very friendly and had a ravenous appetite, which we were happy to supply with food, which she eagerly ate. Any food we left for her on our door stoops overnight was gone when morning broke. Please feed Oreo!!!
Nirvana is just the kind of non-resort resort that I just love. VERY family friendly. And I would love to return!
- 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