The Cliffs of Negril is a great location if you want to be away from the "beach traffic," but close enough to get to it (about $4 US for two to the beach...take the "west end taxis" coming back); mainly deal with the red plate taxis or take a chance with the "other ones" if it's late night. Xtabi is a great place for those who enjoy quiet in the setting of beautiful gardens with gorgeous sunsets along the Cliffs. We did not have a TV and only had the music from the cell phone, but it wasn't really missed. The mosquitoes were my only "issue," but it's an island and it's hot and we were on the Cliffs, so I dealt with it; but would advise mosquito spray or wipes to keep from constantly fighting with them...lol. We ate at “Three Dives,” across the road upon arrival, which was excellent. I also bought a lovely dress from the “vendor lady” next door; she had really nice things to purchase as souvenirs. There are also a few grocery stories and small restaurants in walking distance down the road. However, during holiday time, some places close so we didn't get a chance to eat at "Just Natural" because they were closed for the holiday weekend. You can also buy Digicel phone credit from one of the convenience stores (5 minutes walk). However, the road is a winding road with various vehicles driving up and down (fastly), so be alert while walking and stay to the side. If you are confident about driving in Jamaica, then a car would be great for that area; just make sure you stay on the "correct" side of the road...teehee. The weather was a bit rainy and cloudy during the day, but the sun would eventually shine through in spurts. The Negril beach coastline is lovely; however, we preferred to hang out at the "local section" of Norman Manley Beach...which I thought was the "better" strip of beach...had a lovely time on Emancipation Day chillin with the sound system and other families celebrating holiday, until the storm barreled down. Walking up and down the beach is nice; however, I was not a "fan" of it being roped off the way it was. We did find another cozy spot to chill, which was the "Rasta Bar"...cool people, cool vibes...enjoyed that location, but found much of the other parts of the beach "too touristy." I would definitely return to Negril again and possibly stay at Xtabi if I want to stay on the Cliffs...the staff was cool and calm; extremely professional. There was a nice pool, but didn't bother since we chilled at the beach in the welcoming warm waters of the Caribbean. We ate a really great Jamaican breakfast (delicious Blue Mountain coffee) at the Xtabi Restaurant and then returned later in the night for some "dirty bananas" (delicious drink). The prices were usual "hotel prices." I used to work for Holiday Inn and found the prices to be what I would expect in a hotel, but with better food (lol). The service and location was great along the Cliffs with lovely sculptures dotted throughout the gardens and great ways to get to the Caves by walking down the stairs from the restaurant or around the gardens to the other side. The Caves were great as they led you out to various pools in the water. However, I must warn about diving off the Cliffs. There are 3 Dives (spots where diving is safe). Please don't find a "fourth spot" and end up cracking your skull...lol...the water is a bit rough in parts and there is plenty of rock and reefs. So, don't be "stupid"...take heed to the warning signs and remember "you swim at your own risk." If you can't swim, please please stay on dry land...lol. Seriously! The cottages were painted lovely, vibrant colors, and looked out over the ocean; you could take in lovely sunsets from your own personal cottage. I think we would rent a cottage next time, instead of staying in the garden area. Overall, I enjoyed the room...nice dark wood along the interior...good lighting; great water pressure and hot hot water (too hot...lol). The room is "bare bones"...but extremely clean and spacious. Who goes to lovely Jamaica and stays in the room or just on property? Ok, I guess the “All Inclusive people” do that...how boring! LOL. I loved the huge bathroom and closet space outside of the bedroom area, and we had a lovely veranda to sit on and relax. If you needed ice, just ask the nice people at the bar; no problem. We enjoyed Xtabi and Negril, even though the North Coast (St. Ann's) is my favorite part of Jamaica...I'm a "kuntry girl" who loves trees and the "garden parish," but happy that I finally made it over to Negril. Happy Travels!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Xtabi Hotel Negril
- Xtabi Resort Negril