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Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

We have been staying here well over 20 years, always clean very friendly and has everything you need, from the view to the food.... I highly recommend to anyone going to negril!!! The staff is wonderful and for the price I just don't think it gets any better!!!!! Breathtaking.....

Stayed: December 2013
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Xtabi, Guest Relations Manager at Xtabi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2014

Thank you for your positive feedback, regarding your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear that your stay was a relaxing and enjoyable one, as our aim is always to provide our guests with a welcoming, warm, relaxed and hassle free environment. Thank you again!! For your wonderful compliments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

Xtabi is absolutely a lovely charming place. For starters, its in Negril, which is arguably the prettiest place in Jamaica. Your basic choices are the beach places vs. the cliff places. The views from cliffs are spectacular, so I vote cliffs. And you can always walk or get a taxi over to the beach. Xtabi has been there for a while, and its small. And my rule for great places is to stay small. Food, service and charm go down exponentially as size goes up. And consistent with this rule, Xtabi's food and service are superb. You can actually get to know your fellow guests at a small place--and we met the most interesting folks from everywhere in the world.We met couples at the restaurant who had come over from the large inclusives because our food and atmosphere was so much better (most of the big inclusives fly their food in from Miami--yuck). George and Omar are wonderful bar-tenders, and the bar and cliff-side restaurant invite serious deep relaxation. Swimming, snorkling and cliff-diving are right there, literally right off the hotel. Keep in mind that you don't get beach on the cliff side places, you've got to go to the other side of Negril if you want white sand beach.

There's a lot to do and see nearby. We hired a boat (Vincent's) to take us to the reef for snorkling. Highly recommend it--$30 a person for 3 hours, which is plenty. Vincent, and other captains, will take you out fishing or up the Negril River too. The staff (like Devon who was awesome) will help you connect with local captians, and anything else you might want. There's the Negril LIghthouse (do climb up; don't engage the guys who hang out on the grounds, unless you want to pay them for watching daredevil diving). Rick's is next to the lighthouse--its a kid zoo, but you probably want to pop in for a quick drink just to see the scene). There's also the Rockhouse next door, which has 3 different dining areas (we liked the Pushcart the best) for a change of pace. And the outdoor jerk place next door is great too.

Value-wise Xtabi is a great deal. You can pay a lot more at the newer places on the cliffs, but do no better for charm and aesthetics. Reservations were smooth, no unpleasant surprises. But the strongest testimony for Xtabi is the "returners." We met several folks who were serious regulars, including one couple who has been coming to Negril for 20 years, and who were back there for their 10th time. You can really get attached to this place!

Room Tip: Rooms that overlook the ocean are the best.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Xtabi, Guest Relations Manager at Xtabi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2014

Thank you for your positive feedback, regarding your recent stay with us. We are delighted to hear that your stay was a relaxing and enjoyable one, as our aim is always to provide our guests with a welcoming, warm, relaxed and hassle free environment. Thank you again!! For your wonderful compliments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

George and Omar say hi ;-)

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Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

We have finally found the perfect place in Negril!!
Great location great food & great staff! We will be back! We stayed in cottage 1... It was great ... So was cottage 4.....but so was cottage number 3! The outdoor showers were nicer in 3&4. We loved the view, saw lots of dolphins in the morning.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Xtabi, Guest Relations Manager at Xtabi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2013

Thank you for your positive feedback, regarding your recent stay with us.
We are delighted to hear that your vacation was a relaxing and enjoyable one, as our aim is always to provide our guests with a welcoming, warm, relaxed and hassle free environment.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon in either cottage 1,3 or 4 ;-)

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Beautiful spot on the cliffs. I was staying at Samsara just down the road. We walked up to have lunch and check out the caves. The food was really good. Caves are very cool. Great spot for snorkeling. One of the caves has a small patch on beach and you can walk right into the water.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Xtabi, Guest Relations Manager at Xtabi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2013

Thank you for your positive comments. It is always our delight to hear such positive feedback. We are most happy that you had a wonderful time passing by at Xtabi. We look forward in welcoming you again here with friends in the near future.

Thanks you.

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Xtabi was a decent place. It is a pretty good value for the lodging, however, they raised their prices by 20% before my group arrived and even asked some of us for the higher amount even though we already had confirmed reservations at the lower rate. This is not a good business practice. The caves here are really cool. They even have bars set up down in the caves although they weren't in use when we were there. Maybe due to slow season. I was happy to find out that they had an air con (standard superior) room available for me for two nights, which worked very well. Can't say the same for my brother's A/C unit when he upgraded from the standard room to room 24, which has two bedrooms, kitchen, and nice living area/porch pool side. His room had a window A/C unit in the master bedroom, but due to an old unit and really high cathedral ceilings, the A/C could not cool down his bedroom too well. My standard pool side room (23) for the final two nights was pretty nice as well. Celling fan and a nice breeze cooled it off pretty well at night.

Most of the staff were pretty friendly. Some others didn't pay much attention. The overall feel of Negril has changed over the years. It's much more of a hassle to walk on the street or beach than it used to be. And after talking to a few locals/hotel staff, I was told "Negril is not what is was 8 years ago. You pretty much stay at the resort and only take rides from people the hotel staff recommends. The drivers the Xtabi uses are excellent. And I must say from first hand experience, def only take a ride from people the hotel recommends. However, this can all add up if you want to go to the beach a lot or even visit some of the other bars/restaurants on the cliffs. The Xtabi restaurant has decent food, but it is on the pricey side.

Overall, Xtabi is an ok hotel. With the rise in their rates, it may be comparable to other resorts on the cliffs. It's a basic resort.

Room Tip: Rooms near the pool are further away from the road and are quieter.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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David P, General Manager at Xtabi Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2013

Greetings, Thanks for visiting us here at Xtabi, we are all sorry that Negril has changed not to your liking, but they call this progress??? Any way things do not always stay the same. Such as the cost of doing business here in Jamaica, has doubled over the years and we have held our prices as long as we could have. I will say the price has only risen by an average of 6%, the other charges are the taxes , good ole taxes.... Xtabi is still one of the best deals in Negril for the type of accommodations received. Caves are beautiful, but you can not compare Xtabi to the Caves or the Rock House.. Xtabi is at best a 2 Star, while priced in that range, far below the 3, 4 & 5 stars resorts on the west end. We all here hope that you will return to Negril again sometime in the future, and you will again love here. We will strive to keep our guest happy.
On a business note: any room that was paid for in advance was honored. only the unpaid rooms were paid at new rates. Thanks again for your Stay. Dave

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