Xtabi was great for our long weekend in Jamaica. I had all kinds of plans to explore the area and take day trips, but it was so beautiful and pleasant at Xtabi that we just didn't want to leave. They have lovely clear water, swimming, snorkeling, a bar/restaurant that plays pleasant music. It's a great place to spend the day. The food was pretty good, and the view was the best of any of the cliffside restaurants we visited. The water is just steps away from the rooms on the sea side. (The other side has a pool; guests can use both.)
The rooms were a little dated and rustic, but (except for the pillows) comfy. We had plenty of room to spread out. We were in seaside #8, so I wore earplugs every night to keep out the road noise, and the noise of the fan, which sounded like a Kitchen Aid mixer but otherwise worked fine. The balcony from 8 has a nice little table and daybed with views of the ocean. The outdoor shower was great as it was nice and sun-warmed in late morning and early afternoon.
The staff were all very nice -- I liked them all. This is not a full-service resort, so they aren't tripping over themselves to help you with logistics, and you may need to flag them down when you want another beer, but a lot of people don't want people bugging them when they are trying to relax, and they want to handle things on their own, so decide if this is for you or not.
This place is not for everyone -- but that's what makes it great. If you want luxury, pampering, sand, nightlife within walking distance, television, or "spring break for adults," this is not the place for you. If you want to chill, swim, have some good food, and relax to the max, this is a great place to do it.
Tip: Part of the "cliff gravity" that kept us at Xtabi also kept us from going to the grocery store. After I closed out my tab before checkout, I paid cash for 2 Red Stripes and was charged $4US/ea for them -- that's pretty steep, in fact, more than US import prices for Red Stripe. Next time we will definitely hit the grocery store and stock up.
- 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