This is the first time we stayed at a small boutique resort, and to be honest, we were a little disappointed when we arrived. We went in February 2013, soon after the resort re-opened. We expected the resort to look a lot newer, assuming that it was re-opening after renovation. But it looked like it literally just re-opened, without any work done.
We originally booked a beach side manor, but were told upon check in that we'd be put in a suite instead. We were naturally delighted to hear this news. But when we got into the room, I began to worry that it maybe way too close to the road, and way too noisy for a good night sleep. We requested a room change but was told that no other room was available.
The suite itself was very spacious. There's a big living room area with a tiny TV that we never used. The bedroom has a big king size bed with a decent size TV, looking towards the road. Everything looked clean, if a bit dated and old. We had a problem with the bathroom sink faucet, which was quickly fixed by a staff by cleaning the spout. My wife had no problem with the room, but me being a light sleeper, had problems getting good sleep due to the loud AC and the traffic outside. This should be easily solved with ear plugs. They will help even if your room is away from the road, because the frogs make very loud noises at night.
We took a walk across the road over to the garden side and it seems to be a more quiet area. We were offered to switch there on the second day, but we decided to stay because the beach side is so much more convenient being closer to the beach and the food (with the traffic it's actually quite a hassle to cross the road). Also, we could see that all the other regular rooms are so much smaller than the suite. So we decided that trading the convenience and size for the noise was worth it.
Compared to other big scale resorts, there's definitely less selection of food. But we find that the quality is actually better. There's actually no food waiting for you outside of the breakfast, lunch and dinner times, but you can request to have a burger or grilled cheese made for you in the afternoon. On one night a BBQ dinner was served on the beach (with live entertainment), which we found was quite a unique experience.
As I mentioned above, the resort was supposedly full during our stay. But even so, it was easy to find a couple of chairs on the beach to relax (not easy with big resorts). The location of the resort offers an unobstructed view of the sunset (probably true of all resorts along the seven mile beach). Whenever we left the resort (for snorkeling, walking to Times Square (10-min walk), etc), security would jot down our names and room #, I'm guessing for our safety.
The resort offers various watersports for free. If you're interested in going out with the little catamaran, do it as soon as it's available. We waited until our last day and were not allowed on it because the rescue boat was out of order.
The longer we stayed at the resort, the more we grew to like it. It's not easy for compare this resort with other big resorts as they offer a completely different experience. But if you've always stayed in big resorts, this place is definitely worth a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The All-inclusive Grand Pineapple Beach Resort Negril is authentically Caribbean architecture featuring gingerbread trim and bright colors in this intimate, low-key resort.The resort’s 14 multi colored cottages and Manor rooms bring back memories of Jamaica’s Old Plantation Great Houses with their spectrum of colors in over 4 acres of luscious gardens drenched in privacy, creating a peaceful retreat as far from everything as you care to be.The cottages are complimented by two blocks of manor rooms on the Beach and Garden side of the resort, each replicating the past Jamaican architectural magnificence. The Resort is moderately priced, catering to singles, couples and families alike. This quiet oasis is the essence of Negril...casual, relaxed, laidback and unhurried. ... more less
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