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White Sands Negril
Ranked #22 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 April 2012

Arriving in Jamaica for the first time we really did not know what to expect....Fantastic family comfortable surroundings for our family of 6.Thanks to everyone at white sands from Francis at the office to Horace,Marie and Jennifer who cooked meals and fed my family at all different times,to the boys at security who kept the kids on tight leashes.Jamaica was certainly a fun definitely relaxing holiday.Noting Jamaica is not urban rich.We spent 2 weeks in a 1 bedroom kitchenette which was perfect for our standards...not the hilton but definitely comfortable,clean,safe and friendly,not once did my kids feel estranged or threatened .The white sands was a great beach location on Negril away from the over priced all inclusives but still in the hub of beach life,we walked each way every day and always saw something new.The best thing we did was to become friends with the hotel staff,they all went out of there way to make us enjoy all,from planning boat trip to a van trip to see waterfalls to just simple grocery pickups.There are a lot of vendors in Jamaica as everyone needs work but once we stuck to our hotel staff the deals rolled in and we got better deals,longer outings and top notch service.Our security guys would let us know which vendors were good and set our prices for us without hassle and i will be darned they were cheaper than what we could do.By no way did this make us stick to our hotel...with 4 kids in tow...age 10,12,14,and 16 we saw a lot of Jamaica our first time,from montego bay,rose hall,hired a van and drove around Savana to Mayfield falls,westend and of course cliff diving.We ate well with lots of ITAL meals stayed away from anything touristy and north american,we immersed Jamaican style and have no sad tales to tell.My kids made friends with the local kids and played till all hours in warm ocean waters and beach walks.There is for sure a lot of ganja going around and my 16 year old was a target but with a little bit of now you are making mom mad,they left my boy alone....RESPECT goes along way and as the vendors use this term i would use it back by asking that now they show my family some respect and for the next few days do not hound us for ganja and amazingly this worked...all vendors recognized us and left us alone or only joined us for conversation,it was that simple and no longer were we harassed.My daughter who is 14 was respectfully left alone but we were close by always so to say traveling woman definitely must be firm on the please back off and respect my wish of No.To a family vacation, to friends vacation, to a wedding this location was like coming home,thank you White sands and all the staff and customers we meet you made our journey much more pleasant.The people who frequent White Sands are a hoot and incredibly friendly we hope to run into them one day again at white sands...maybe next year,thanks Dan and Kat

Room Tip: rooms are clean and older but we stayed on beachside....a must...
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4  Thank katjaya
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

Thank you for writing such a lengthy and detailed trip report. I am glad to read that your family had such a great time at White Sands Negril and that our staff treated you with respect. Many families with children of all ages stay with us each year and we are always glad to have them. We hope to see you and your family in 2013. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in April 2012. The service was just ok, the rooms were basic and simple but clean. Very spacious, nice bathrooms, beach front, great food and drinks at the beach bar. The only problem was the entertainment which was very minimal. i had to entertain myself with the other attractions and getaways in negril.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank JevM
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

We have found that clients who visit us from Kingston come in two varieties. Either they love White Sands Negril because it is so laid-back and reminds them of what Negril used to be before the big all-inclusive hotels were built, and could not care less if they had a television ; or they want to be entertained and have all-inclusive ‘play makers’ on the beach telling them what to do in order to have a good time, and to listen to a house band playing music on a stage while the get their food in the buffet line. We are the former, and for all those who want the latter, there are many hotel options available to them. Best of luck in finding a better fit for you on your next trip to Negril. I am glad you liked our location, we certainly have the best part of the beach. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 17 April 2012

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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

I stayed here just one night, in April 2012, and it was maybe ok. The rooms are very basic, no tv, and no phone. Travelling as a single female, I did not feel comfortable not having at least a phone in my room incase of an emergency. I was on the beach side, so reception was across the street, and throughout my comings and goings for that day and night, I did not see any security on my side of the street. Thank goodness nothing did happen or I would have been left to defend myself. The bathroom was disgusting at best. There was ants running up and down the wall by the sink, and the water pressure in the shower was almost non exisistent. There was no possible way if I wanted to wash my hair, that I could have that night. The bar tender was very nice and the beach it self was beautiful. The location along seven mile strip is very convient. For what I paid to stay here, I would have preferred to spend the extra $10 or $15 and stayed at a property I stayed at previously, that had nicer ammenities, security and breakfast in the morning!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank hotgal
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

We have thousands of single men and women who stay with us each year. When traveling I always recommend to have the attitude that the glass is half-full, not half empty. I am very sorry to hear that the accommodations did not meet your expectations, the cleanliness of our rooms is something we pride ourselves on and it is what often is commented on positively on Tripadvisor. Rest assured, like most hotels in the Caribbean, we have full-time security to take care of all our guests. If you had needed any assistance they would have been there to help you. Would love to have you back again and I would gladly provide you with a complimentary upgrade on a space available basis if you kindly give us another opportunity. Should you take me up on this offer, please send in e-mails to the hotel and ask them to forward it to Michael. I will take care of you. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

I just got back last night from my second trip to White Sands (2008). This was the first trip I've ever taken alone, so I was a little worried about how things would go. No worries, mon. About an hour in I had made a connection the would ultimately have me sitting at a table with about 20 other people, drinking pina coladas and Red Stripe, singing classics at the top of my lungs as an acoustic guitar was passed around the table. That was Day 1.

The trip was topped off with a wonderful dinner shared with new friends from up North, and some nice conversation with another family from up North, over coffee on the beach shortly before I had to board the shuttle bus.

To bring this back on track, the common theme among the many great conversations I had was how great Whites Sands is. The staff has so much character. The attentiveness isn't the same as the stuffy 'wait on you hand and foot' type that you may be used to, but when you figure it out, you will find a concierge service better than anywhere in the Caribbean. Hat tip to Henry and Power. Respect.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
4  Thank Jonathon D
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

It warms my heart to read that you made friends so quickly at White Sands Negril. But I have to admit, although it may have been surprising to you, it happens all the time year after year. We have many people from all over the world who coordinate their vacations so they can stay together at the same time each year. It is an amazing place and we are blessed to be able to open our doors to all are wonderful guests. Henry Brown and Power are legendary, glad you made a connection with them. Henry Brown works for white Sands and we are glad he has been with us for more than 20 years. Power is an excellent taxi driver who has been taking care of our guests for more than 15 years. It is all family here, we love it, and so do our guests. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

I stayed at White Sands back in 2004 and just got back from my second stay. Glad that I made the decision to return. I stayed in one of the 1br apartments. Plenty of space, great shower, close to the beach, great food and drinks at the beach bar. I'll be staying at White Sands when I return.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank john m
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

Wow, you have incredible self-restraint to have stayed away so long! Thank you for allowing us to host you on your second trip. Our one bedroom apartments are one of the most spacious apartments on the beach, glad you liked the new shower. We renovated all the apartments a few years ago and everyone loves him. Nothing like a big walk in shower to relax and. I hope you will return soon as we look forward to hosting you on your third visit. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We just back from White Sands and it was a wonderful place to stay
Great location and wonderful, friendly staff. Our room was kept immaculate
thanks to Nora. Would go back there again.
I was sorry to leave.

Room Tip: We enjoy rooms that are close to the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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mrussell, Manager at White Sands Negril, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2012

I am glad you had a wonderful time at White Sands Negril, I will definitely tell Nora that you give her the highest remarks! I agree that our location is wonderful and we hope that you will be back soon to share a cocktail with us at sunset. Kindest regards, White Sands Negril

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Additional Information about White Sands Negril

Address: Norman Manley Boulevard | PO Box 60, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Negril
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#32 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range: £50 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — White Sands Negril 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate resort with a non-hotel atmosphere ideal for families, singles and couples alike. An excellent choice for the undemanding traveler who values the charm of a family owned and managed resort. Excellent mid beach location with rooms on the beach and garden side of the property. Choose from spacious one-bedroom apartments, inviting deluxe and standard rooms, and a villa w/pool. ... more   less 
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