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“Wonderfully Relaxing, Clean and Friendly” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Idle Awhile The Beach
Ranked #21 of 84 Hotels in Negril
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“Wonderfully Relaxing, Clean and Friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2005

The first thing one must keep in mind, is that this is Jamaica, not the U.S. Okay, with that out of the way, by small boutique-hotel standards, Idle has everything we could have hoped for. Very nice and polite staff that are attentive. Maid service that kept our room very clean and with nice fresh sheets. The restaurant is nothing special, but the breakfast and the curries were quite acceptable, if not good. I don't care for the all-inclusives, partly because I like to venture out a little and eat in different restaurants, so we were not at all bothered by the limited menu.

The beach is gorgeous. Yes, of course you get somewhat annoying vendors as you bask in the sun, but again, it's Jamaica. If you find the solicitations really bother you, you should vacation in another country. I accept it as part of the culture that (by the way), I am visiting. The massages right on the beach next to the bar were fabulous and inexpensive. The water was very clear, clean and warm, just perfect.

Highlights near the hotel were: Miss Sonia's incredibly wonderful and truly homemade patties. Yummmmm! Only a block or so accross the street. Bo Bo and Michael run a nice little jerk chicken stand directly accross the street. Nice guys. Various clubs that have special live reggae music nights. Ask around about which ones have live acts on what nights. 3 Dives resstaurant is a short cab drive away, but well worth it. The huge grilled lobster plate and views are a huge treat.

We loved the vibe of the place and will return as soon as possible. In fact, we're booking for October now!

  • Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2005

My experience at this amazingly cozy and intimate hotel was out of this world. The staff was very friendly. As a matter of fact I know all their names and they know mine. At the bar, Carlton aka Needle was the man! He made sure I had a smoothie every morning. He even put in a special request for a breakfast that was not on the menu and it was IRE-no problem. Byron was very friendly and he made sure my luggage was taken care of. Carlene, Marva, Kareem, and Latifa were awesome at the front desk. There was always a smile behind the sweat of the friendly women who worked so hard to make sure my room was spotless. The sheets were very clean AND I had a fresh blanket every day!

I would (will) go back in a heartbeat.

The phones worked, the security was friendly and the atmosphere was out of this world!!!

Don't waste your money on the all inclusives. Besides, if you, like me, are an exercise freak you can use the facilities down the street (all free of charge) at Swept Away; from yoga to tennis to basketball-it is all there. And if you don't care and just want to relax you can always ask Carlton to make you a nice smoothie.

A million stars*****************

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Idle Awhile The Beach
Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#16 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Idle Awhile The Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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