We stayed at the resort from April 14 to April 28 2013. This was not our first visit here.
The resort is currently under going renovations, but is still functioning, so I'll comment on the two weeks we were there, and not (much) on what the future holds.
The ride from MoBay (provided by the TA through the resort) was about 1 hour 20 minutes, and we arrived about 2:00Pm
We were welcomed on arrival by Charlene from the front desk, and offered a glass of Champagne. Checkin was quick, and we were in the room in no time. Our luggage arrived quickly, and the wife began nesting.
Room;, basic, functional, but the bathroom is small, and the door jam needs replacing. No hot water(only in the shower, the sink was fine) till we complained, then it was fixed almost Immediately, with a visit to the roof by the service guy, to adjust something. The mirror on the ceiling is nice, I wonder how many people take pictures of themselves on the bed, using the mirror. The AC worked like a charm (once we figured out what setting worked best for us). We had two large safes, that could hold just about any laptop, but one had been cannibalized for parts. The room also came equipped with an ironing board and iron. The TV had about 100 channels, including CNN, FOX, CBC, and three porn channels. Also in the room was a CD/Clock radio (unplugged), but be careful where you plug it in as some outlets are controlled by the switch by the door. The phone messaging service never worked for us, and we could never check for messages. We just put up with the red light flashing, even after we commented about it to the front desk. The phone worked fine otherwise.
All our chargers (curling iron) worked fine on the 117 VAC 50Hz power (Standard US style receptacle). The TV had addition AV inputs if you want to input your own video.
Midway through our stay, there was a knock on the door and we were asked (told) that they needed to spray for ants. In they came and sprayed the corners of the room and left. We had to air the room out for about 1 hour, to clear the odour of the pesticide. We never did see any ants, before or after the spray process. We did have a visit from a hermit crab though, we named him Hawthorne, after the comic strip character, but once he saw us he vanished quickly, never to be seen again. The room was always spotless after housekeeping was finished, and the linens always clean. The main door jam looked like the door had been bashed open once, then quickly repaired. One of the support post iron saddles supporting the outer walkway, was thoroughly rusted away (see attached picture), and the support post was held up by adjoining posts further along the walkway. In other words, it wasn't supporting anything. This post went from the concrete walkway all the way up to the roof. A few boards on the wheelchair ramp up to the fitness center, also need replacement.
Food;, the salad bar was terrific, deserts great, but the main buffet was just average. We did see the kitchen staff constantly checking the food quantity and quality, even measuring the food temperature with a digital IR thermometer. On random nights we had, one of, Brisket, Turkey, Ham or Beef. There was always a "made how you like it " Pasta bar and on some nights even a sushi bar.
Never saw lobster (might be out of season) but most nights had shrimp.
Breakfast was standard fare, with eggs, cereals,French toast, pancakes and fruit.
We never went to the main dinning area for lunch, instead, eating at the beach grills.
Bars;, seems all the bars were well staffed and they had top shelf (Courvoisier for example) liquors, if you asked. The bar tender (Elroy I think his name is) in the Piano bar seems to have a photo graphic memory and always new what I wanted before I asked. It seemed all the bar tenders were going out of their way to address me by name (I had a body tag on).
The piano bar has a new piano player, who is much better than the old one. Most nights it was standing room only. But in week two the routine became a little too scripted/choreographed. Week one was a fly by the seat of your pants sing along. Week two had more energy and audience participation, but I don't ever want to hear the tune "New York New York" sung with Hedo lyrics again, every night for 5 nights was too much. Although it was really funny the first time. Lots of dancing on the piano bar, by lovely young ladies.
The hot tub had water temperature issues, with some nights too hot to bear .
The bar at the hot tub is open till the wee hours of the morning, and pizza is also available at the nude grill (beside the bar) until 4:00 am.
The beach chairs are getting a little tired, although there always was plenty of them even in the late mornings. The water mats are just downright decrepit.
There were plenty of water floatation devices that previous guest had left behind, so you really did not need these mats anyway.
The water in the small cove was always calm, and never more than 4 feet deep, but watch out for sea urchins, even in the sandy areas. Water shoes are recommended .
Augustus was doing a great job keeping the beach clean of sea weed and leaves.
The trees over hanging the beach are great for shade from the very hot Caribbean sun, but they do drop leaves and ants. We received many bites the first few days we were there (not from the ants), then for whatever reason, nothing for about 10 days, then the bites happened again. I suspect it's sand fleas, although I never could see anything, except the results. Some welts were the size of quarters, but disappeared in a few days. We've had this same experience at multiple Caribbean resorts.
There was a bon fire and beach entertainment one night, but due to a scheduling conflict, we missed it. As well, the resort could have advertised it a bit better, so we could adjust our schedule.
One of the groups that was there threw a pool party one night, with laser light shows and two video screens, guests had glow sticks and LED trinkets to light up the night. They actually played music for the audience and I have never seen so many people dancing, it's amazing what happens when a DJ plays to the audience.
The resort "fogs" for mosquitoes each night. A common practice at most resorts in the Caribbean. In fact, I think I would avoid any resort that didn't "fog" for mosquitoes. Dengue fever is not to be taken lightly.
At dinner the 4 piece band plays background music while you dine, but I think the volume is still too high as it's sometimes difficult to carry on a pleasant conversation. At 9:00pm the EC's put on a very high energy show, and there is also audience participation for prizes, for those who dressed in costume. Oh yes, almost forgot. Every nigh has a theme, and the guests are encouraged to dress in sexy costumes. I'd post pictures, but photography of guests is generally not allowed.
There is an onsite disco, but participation is spotty, with some nights highly charged, and other nights totally deserted. The disco bar closes at 5:00am.
There are two specialty restaurants on site. The Italian one has great food, but 1 of 3 beef dinners at our table had tough, to cut beef. Otherwise all was good, service, food and atmosphere. We went to this restuarant many times and only had a problem once. The Japanese restaurant cooks to order and all was good here too. The only problem was there was more food than we could eat, and we felt bad about leaving food on the table. However this could have been avoided had we not arrived 30 minutes early, then snacked on cheese and crackers while we waited.
I give this resort three stars, because it is run down and hasn't been maintained as it should have been. Hot water is a must in the shower, and door jams could have been fixed better. Rusted out building supports is another problem, as are facades that look like they are about to fall off the building (Nude side Ocean view room, about mid block) This is the current status of this resort.
However, the resort has new owners now (as of a few weeks before we arrived) and improvements are happening. While we were there, new paint was being applied everywhere. New WiFi antennas were being installed. New visual barriers were being applied around infra structure facilities (distribution transformers). New vegetation was being planted. Walkways had new concrete installed (beside the Japanese restaurant). Some rooms even had new flatscreen TV's.
Having spoken with the new owners, good things are in the works, but as this is a review, I won't go there, now.
All in all we enjoyed our adult vacation. But at this resort, it's the people (guests and Staff) that make returning, worth while.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WHAT IS HEDONISM? THE SEXIEST PLACE ON EARTH WHERE YOU CAN BE WICKED FOR A WEEK Hedo®, Hedo 2®, Hedo II®, H2®, or HII®. No matter what you call it, Hedonism II is the world’s most iconic adult playground. An all-inclusive paradise where you can turn your fantasies into reality! Experience what you only read about in erotic novels and let loose! Be as mild or as wild as you like! People travel to Hedonism II from all corners of the world to live out their fantasies, to escape their inhibitions, to play. Life is too short. Do it now, before later becomes never. Your Pleasure Is Our Passion! he.don.ism noun the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence. synonyms: self-indulgence, pleasure-seeking, self-gratification the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hedonism Ii Hotel Negril
- Hedonism Jamaica
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- Hedonism 2
- Hedonism Resort
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