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Xtabi Resort
Ranked #30 of 84 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Had a private sunset dinner in the caves...wow!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

We did not stay at Xtabi Resort, we just ate in the caves one night. AWESOME experience! A must do! There were bats flying, so beware! Great food, great staff, great location and great experience!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kitchener, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2011

We were both looking for something that was not a large resort with a quite a nice ambionse, an out of the way place.
We found it at Extabi!
Reading reviews both current reviews and from when we went we thought we would add our Loonie to it.
We loved the place, the quite rooms, the restaurant, 3 dives restaurant down the road, excellent snorkling, the "pads" down the stairs, reefs at your doorstep, Royal Palms Reserve (thanks D for red stripe and fishing), the shops in town, fish chowder down the road, excellent staff, Ricks, awsome service, and hey i let the staff guy keep my bug spray.
There is no air, no TV, no Radio, outdoor showers (you will understand if u go there), fan, musq net, and a georgeous cottage like we had - cotage 2 (next time we'll take 1).
So if any of you expect a McDonalds, air conditioning, activities, theme shows, mamba parties, u sure as hell in the wrong place.
If you come for the quite, want to relax, no cell phones, snorkle the reefs, meet the people outside of Negril, just chill and read a book, and expect ``respect`` from the locals (u been there u know what i mean) this is the place for you!
Respect Man and you be in the right place.
Thanks to all the staff at Xtabi and I truly hope you do not have to put up with to many interesting people especially from that one country.
Once again thank you and both of us will be back. Respect!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank playfullrosslaura
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Germany meets Jamaica
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2011

We booked one night via Expedia of a 'Standard Plus room' to attend a wedding and backed it up by calling the hotel. Reviews were good, so we were looking forward to a comfortable stay. We were ushered to Rm 22 and realised that the A/C was not working. In summer it is VERY hot in Negril. I complained to the very friendyl and helpful staff who offered us the adjacent Rm 23. Same story there. We were 'baking' and had to get dressed to attend the wedding. I complained again and the front desk lady finally offered us a higher category room (18) which was equipped with a split A/C unit that worked. We did not use the TV, but were happy with the other amenities apart from the missing wifi. Apparently Rm 22/23 were awaiting a very much needed renovation!
We were a bit disappointed that we were not given a reasonable room in the first place. Without the upgrade, we would have been really stressed and it would not have been worth the money of USD 62.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jurgy
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Redford, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

Our Driver from XTabi- Mr. Kingsley was great! We shopped till we dropped and ALWAYS felt safe. He drove to Lucea to pick us up and we had fun fun fun the entire day!!!

I WILL DEFINATELY CALL MR. KINGSLEY at takecaretours.com AGAIN REAL SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

He suggested the best places to go chill out and made my our Jamaica experience the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANK U MR. KINGSLEY Crystol & Nyota

Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2011

We arrived in Montego Bay about 2 in the afternoon and had Xtabi's driver, Kingsley, take us to Negril. Kingsley is a fantastic driver and truly does "take care." Furthermore, his prices are quite reasonable considering petrol prices.. we will be using him again. When we got to Xtabi there was a bit of a mixup regarding our cottage #. We had booked #3 but apparently the couple there decided to extend their stay so we got #5. #5 does not have an unimpeded ocean view like 1 or 4, but does have plenty of shade and a walkway down to a platform. Some previous reviewers have complained about the noise and proximity of the bar/restaurant to this room, but we never noticed any noise in the morning, and stayed up well past 11 when the bar closed, so it was no problem for us. Perhaps those who retire earlier may have issues with the location. In fact, we quite liked being able to hear the bar music from our room.. we heard some new reggae and conserved the ipod battery :)
The room itself was basic, without a/c, but the ceiling fan kept things cool day and night; we never had a problem sleeping because of the heat. Nice bed, good water pressure.
We ate breakfast/lunch everyday at just natural across the street, which has some of the best food in Negril for ridiculously low prices. Xtabi is situated in an ideal spot on the cliffs- so many restaurants and stores are within a very short walk. Just Natural and Three Dives are next door, Ciao Jamaica and Samsara are a 5 minute walk and Rockhouse/Pushcart is just about a 7 minute walk in the other direction.
Everyone at Xtabi was helpful and friendly to us. From the drivers Kingsley and Bunnie(sp?) to Omar and Donovan the bartenders to Sonia the office lady, the staff could not have been nicer.
We toured other cliff properties, and although some are definitely more high end and luxurious than Xtabi, Xtabi maintains its own rustic charm. Moreover, you could not get a simple room at some of the higher-end properties for the price of a seaside cottage at Xtabi. We walked across the street to the garden hotel-style rooms and these looked nice as well, although we didn't see the interior of one.
So if you're looking for a cliffside cottage in Negril but don't to break the bank, Xtabi is the way to go!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank drrtyatheist
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Missouri
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2011

Great resort on the cliffs of Negril. STayed in Cottage 6, right on the cliff. Rustic room, no a/c, but nice ceiling fan with louvered/screened windows, no need for air very comfortable. Great private patio directly facing the awesome sunsets. The water off the cliffs is indescribeably beautiful, clear turquoise, breathtaking. Great fun jumping from the cliffs, snorkeling, and exploring the caves that are tucked under the cliffs. Staff was excellent, very friendly and accomodating. Lots of great restaurants within walking distance. Room cleaned every day, great outdoor shower and private bath.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank LindaSMissouri
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edinburgh, scotland
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

I travelled to Jamaica with my partner Andy and we stayed 4 nights at Xtabi in Negril. Being a gay couple we are always a bit nervous about staying at any hotel in Jamaica but Xtabi was great.

The rooms are basic and could do weith being refurbished but they are clean and very comfortable with a great view. We stayed in the rooms with airconditioning, but the self contained cottages look like they'd be amazing.

The most impressive thing about Xtabi, even better that the lovely gardens and caves beneath the bar, is the service. The staff there ranging from the receptionists to the security are super friendly (without being nosey) and helpful- possibly the best I've come across in Jamaica.

The sunsets as viewed from the bar or the caves are amazing and there is great swimming and snorkelling to be had.

Only one small critisism- they could do with more veggie options on the menu, but at least there were loads of great restaurants like 'Push Cart' nearby where we could have fine veggie cuisine.

All in all a great place to stay

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mercutio58
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Property: Xtabi Resort
Address: Lighthouse Road, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#22 Romantic Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Xtabi Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Xtabi is a 25 Room Boutique Hotel, We are located on the West Cliffs of Negril, one + miles from the Negril Beach.XTABI offers a variety of different facilities such as economy and standard rooms, as well as one or two storey private cottages. Some of our accommodations are set in the lush tropical garden near the pool, others are on the impressive cliffside overlooking the Caribbean Sea.XTABI RESORT awaits you with a dramatic water front setting where spiral stairs are leading down through a cave to a sandy beach. Many grottos along the cliffs are to explore and the shallow reefs nearby ensure great snorkeling. The cliffside bar and restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving good food in a friendly atmosphere with a breath-taking view and nice music. Xtabi will make you feel IRIE ... more   less 
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