Based on the description, pictures and great reviews, we had high expectations for the Tropical Breeze Villa. Upon arriving, we had to remind ourselves that we rented a budget vacation home. Tropical Breeze is comparable to other budget accommodations we’ve stayed at - clean, but dated. Updated windows, light fixtures, interior doors & kitchen appliances along with some touch-up painting would make it more appealing (the already updated floor and bathroom tile and paint in some bedrooms look great).
Being located near downtown Negril has its pros (walking distance to markets, shops and the beach) and cons (rundown surroundings, smell of burning trash, dogs barking and music until early morning). The house layout worked well for an extended family. We ate and hung out at the tables on the covered front porch, as it was more accommodating for all 10 of us and cooler than sitting inside. We didn’t use the pool much (preferred the beach), but it was in great condition and is a nice addition to the house.
The beds were in great condition and comfortable. Air conditioning kept the bedrooms pleasant at night, helped mask outside noises and dry out damp swim suits and towels. The Wi-Fi worked well, but don’t expect blazing speeds – especially with multiple SmartPhones and iPads hitting it at the same time. The coffee pot wasn’t working, so we used the coffee press instead (no problem!). We occasionally overwhelmed the electric hot water heater, so some cold showers were endured. Brighter lighting in the bathrooms would make shaving easier.
As praised in previous reviews, the best things about Tropical Breeze are the hospitality of the housekeeper/concierge (Sophie) and the home cooking by our chefs (Terry and Wayne). Sophie’s advice was invaluable and we enjoyed visiting with her and Terry throughout our stay. The aromas emanating from the kitchen had us salivating long before the food was ready to eat. Although originally planned as a way to save some bucks, we were treated to several delicious Jamaican meals that were as good, if not better than we could have gotten at any restaurant. We all brought a little of Jamaica back home with us in the form of new friends and a few more pounds along the waistline!
A destination wedding brought us to Jamaica. The rehearsal/welcoming dinner was held at the Tropical Breeze for 25 people. The cost was half of what it would have been at a restaurant on the beach, and the food was better. The pool deck worked great for mingling and dining. Terry and Wayne started cooking traditional Jamaican cuisine in the morning and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and relaxing ambiance.
All-in-all we left Tropical Breeze with great appreciation for what it has to offer. We recommend it for a real Negril experience, hospitality and culinary adventure, which make it better than average budget lodging. We enjoyed our stay there and would not hesitate to stay there again.
- 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