This guesthouse was excellent. A large group of us went down and we had splendid time. The owner Karen called several times to make sure we were enjoying our stay. This isn't typical in Jamaica. She really cares about her guests. The house itself has several washrooms (with hot water!) and a fully equipped kitchen. The swimming pool is large and clean with great views. There are fruit trees growing all over the grounds and the beauty is breath taking. The beach is a few minutes walk, lots of stores and banks nearby. When staying on the beach getting around is a pain - but not here - everything is in easy reach.
The kitchen was one of my highlights. It really has everything you need to make great meals. The fridge is large enough to keep both food and beer (lots of beer) and its cold (once again not typical in Jamaica). As an aspiring chef it was fun to walk down to the fruit/vegetable stands just a few steps from the gate. The ladies that sell explained to me how to cook everything they sold. They let me try all the fruits I had never tried before. I was was in a very happy place, here. Then I took the five minute walk to the fish market, hoping to buy some Red Snapper. That day the Red Snapper weren't biting so instead I bought some Silver Snapper. What a stroke of luck - it was terrific! Its easy to make great meals with the fresh ingredients only a few steps away.
The hosts were Nolan and Sophie. You can't find more friendly warm people anywhere. I would say they really did make our stay memorable. We wouldn't have had half the experience we did without them. Nolan and I cooked a few meals together (he is a blue ribbon cook himself). If you don't feel like cooking, he will gladly cook for you. His jerk chicken and jerk pork are 5 star! If you need something special, or need a quick ride some where, no problem. We arrived as guests and left as friends.
A few other things about staying at Tropical Breeze...Wi-fi works great, there is AC (but we didn't ever use it), there are no plastic chairs (chairs are wicker and much more comfortable than plastic...I hate plastic chairs). Speaking of furniture, the pool deck has all brand new loungers and chairs. Very nice. There weren't any kids on the property before us, but the kids were made to feel very welcome and there was plenty for them to do. The beds were really comfortable and the whole place was spotlessly clean. The front patio is where we spent most of our time, just seems to be the meeting place.
All in all this was the best, most fun, place I have stayed in Negril (been 8 times) and I will stay there again next time. It's a Jamaican experience, but miles above average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tropical Breeze is a lovely 3 story Jamaican villa rental conveniently located in the heart of the town of Negril. Our prized location is within minutes of the famous seven mile stretch of white sand beach and the sparkling Caribbean sea. Our cozy comfortable 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa offers a casual laid back atmosphere where you can relax and unwind while taking in the splendor of the tropics. The villa is painted in bright vibrant colors creating a warm tropical ambiance. It features a modern fully equipped kitchen, living area with flat screen tv, cable, wifi and a large front veranda for gathering and dining. Each of the bedrooms contains a/c, fan, safe, tv, and cable or dvd player. Minimalistic decor in the bedrooms while Jamaican carvings, paintings and landscape pictures adorn the walls. Two bedrooms feature en-suite bathroom.while two feature walk-out balconies. There is ample space in the villa to accommodate up to 12 persons making this an excellent vacation choice for both small and large families, groups of friends, co-workers or up to 6 couples. Shopping and all amenities are within minutes walk of the villa. Our lovely terraced 40 foot pool deck is a sun lovers paradise or a wonderful, scenic area to lounge the day away. Soak up the sun, read, do crosswords or swim laps in our gorgeous inviting 20 foot swimming pool. Staff : Desroy, your friendly onsite management host will take care of you right from your arrival at Tropical Breeze. He has a warm welcoming smile and is ready to answer any questions you may have. From helping you navigate the local area to keeping the pool and grounds exceptionally clean, Desroy is always there to assist. He has been a fantastic, invaluable addition to our team. Marvin, our roots Rasta chef does an amazing job of tantalizing your taste buds with the many delicious mouth-watering entrees he prepares, using all fresh local ingredients. Guests may choose from continental or Jamaican cuisine with our exceptional meal plan and menu of various options. Have your meals served pool side or on our quaint intimate balcony areas. Succulent grilled garlic lobster, spicy jerk chicken, tasty brown stew chicken, roasted fish or strictly 'ital' (vegetarian) are just some of the authentic delicious meals we have to offer. As well guests may choose to specify a certain meal plan taking into consideration dietary restrictions or concerns. (Meal plans not included in rates). Kerri-anne, our housekeeper does an amazing job of keeping the villa fresh and clean, the floors are gleaming when she is done!! There is a brand new washing machine on premises, with fresh tropical air drying. Laundry services available upon request. Additional staff available on request : Nanny services or personal masseuse. Steps from the villa is the local fresh fruit and vegetable market where the friendly ladies manning the stalls are happy to show you some exotic fruits you may not be familiar with. Behind the market, right in our lane is Conch Hill Italian restaurant offering delicious pizza and pasta options. 24 hour dumpling shop in the lane offering fried fish and breakfast options. Several other restaurants in the immediate area. Take in the picturesque natural beauty of Negril, go cliff diving, zip lining or gaze into a sunset. Vacation means different things to different people so your tropical get away should be as relaxing or as active as you choose it to be!! At Tropical Breeze we invite you to a unique Jamaican experience, away from the crowds of the big hotels, in a home away from home personalized setting. Choose your timeline, party like an animal or be as laid back as a lump on a log. Let Tropical Breeze help you create the memories of a lifetime and cater to your vacation needs in an exceptional setting. Come and taste the food, music and culture of Jamaica!! Our economically priced villa that sleeps up to 12 people is perfect for any occasion, gathering of friends, family, reunions and small weddings making us the optimal choice for your ultimate sun get away. ... more less