I tried to post a review, but the pictures seem to have locked up my computer.
Our trip was incredible. I was very sick when we arrived Saturday night (a new medication my doctor prescribed did not go over well). Our driver told them I was not feeling well as soon as we pulled up, and they had a cold towel and chamomile tea for me as soon as my feet hit the lobby (a cold towel and tropical punch for my husband). Check-in was quick and hassle-free.
Our cabin was wonderful. Very spacious with lots of storage in the closet and armoire. We put citronella candles on the deck and enjoyed many breezy nights out there. The cabin was so clean. The large windows, ceiling fan, and very chilly AC kept us comfortable our entire trip. The satellite TV was also great when I really needed a news or Law & Order fix.
The resort itself is beautiful. We enjoyed a high level of privacy. The grounds were immaculate. The resort buildings are open and nice - dark wood, very warm and earthy.
I must say we were not disappointed in the food. There was always a chicken/fish/meat offering for lunch and dinner. And the jerk chicken on the beach was great (not as good in the dining room). And you can always order a fresh fruit plate, salad, or veggie plate if you just aren't hungry for what they have (I did that once with no issue). The buffet changed daily and we always found something we loved. The Mac & Cheese was really good (who knew?)! The formal dining room is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Very good food there as well.
Finally, the staff. Incredible people, all of them. Dwight at the bar took great care of the hubby with his "Dwight Special." Ian at the pool taught us about fish and hooked me up with real aloe vera to treat my sunburn. Andy at the Negril Scuba Centre was just amazing. He took us out snorkeling and we saw everything! Stingrays, eels, a sunken pirate ship anchor and cannon, all kinds of beautiful fish, sea urchins, blow fish, and we even swam with a sea turtle. Our day with Andy was unbelievable. Arlene is the sweetest person; she set up our horseback riding adventure at Rhodes Hall. We had a great time. And Andre, the general manager, asked us how we were enjoying our trip no fewer than three times. We tipped (I asked when we got there if tipping was okay even though we were AI and was told it was "okay") because they deserved it.
We took the hotel shuttle in to town and went shopping and the Hi-Lo Grocery store and the craft market. I think my husband stopped to talk to everyone. Wonderful people.
The walk across the road to the beach is no big deal. In fact, you can find gorgeous shells in the sand on the way to the beach if you look for them. Everything you need is on the beach side - food, drink, showers, restrooms, and the dive shop. We'd spend entire days out there and never need to go back to the room. We'd leave our camera and other personal belongings on the beach in chairs and they were fine. The beach itself was beautiful; the water was perfectly clear.
And, you know, we never had a problem with bugs. Usually they love me, but I had no problems. I wore Deep Woods Off a couple of nights (we were there for 7 nights), and we stayed off the beach after sundown, and that did the trick. Actually, the resort has ceiling fans everywhere, and that keeps the bugs away better than anything.
This resort keeps it simple and enjoyable. There's nothing stuffy or snobbish about SATP. Everything is very comfortable and friendly. I'm happy to answer any questions.