We spent a week at Nirvana as part of our son's wedding party. I can't say enough about our experience.
Nirvana is a small property, and does not have swimming pools and fitness rooms and tennis courts nor a golf course --ideal for a relaxing vacation with family and friends.
The property has very nice accommodations (ours was a one bedroom apartment with eat-in kitchen and screened porch). And air conditioning, which I recommend for July.
The staff was superb, keeping the cottages and apartments spotless and the grounds immaculate. They were always ready with advice and suggestions and directions.
The staff also cooked one meal a day for all of us (about a dozen folks) using food we provided. We found fish at the local outdoor fish market (cleaned while you watch) and lobster from a fisherman who kept his plastic kayak (!) right there.
Gorceries and other amenities were readily available in the town of Negril (we had a van, which made shopping easy, but regular cabs and gypsy cabs are always cruising the road).
Our private beach was lovely, and Nirvana provided round-the-clock security on the beach and throughout the complex.
We were within three minutes walk -- along the beach -- of several good restaurants when we felt like eating out. Vendors of meat and fish patties, juice, fruit, cooked lobster, hats, and music went up and down the beach. (And could not come up from the water's edge without being invited.)
The only fly in the ointment was the presence of an outdoor concert venue just up the beach, which featured full-blast music until 3 AM. (This made A/C very handy, as we could close up our apartment. Cottage dwellers just had to get used to it.) Of course, the nearby venue did provide amusement for the younger folks.
We made three excursions from Nirvana, one arranged by the property -- a snorkeling, cliff diving, dinner at sea catamaran cruise.
What really sums up our experience was when the only rain storm of the week descended on us about 30 minutes before the beach wedding. One of our number nimbly arranged for us to use a pavilion next door for the ceremony, and the Nirvana staff turned to with umbrellas to escort the wedding party through the tropical downpour to the pavilion. After the ceremony, the sun shone....
- 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