I stayed at another beachside resort in Negril recently where I had my wedding. This particular resort also offered full reception packages, but I wanted to switch it up and give my guests a different experience, so after plenty of research and much email communication, I decided on Xtabi.
I first started out working with Martin, and we came up with a great plan for the reception. He priced table centerpieces, meals, DJ, photographer, etc. and everything sounded perfect. I kept him updated as our guest numbers were finalized, and he was always very responsive to my correspondences. After awhile, Martin left and Sonya picked up on helping with my plans.
I really didn't have to do much except tell them what I wanted, and I was a bit nervous about never having been to Xtabi and confirming the reception plans via email only. However, when we arrived at our reception last week, we were stunned at how beautifully everything was put together. The staff at Xtabi even added in extra touches that would normally have cost extra money--they truly impressed us!
We gave our guests two meal choices: curry conch or stew chicken. Our guests raved about how great their meals were and a few days later, wanted to go back to have dinner at Xtabi. My groom and I had the Lobster Thermidore and I have NEVER had such a great lobster dish in my life. The portion was so huge I could not even finish it, but what I could eat from it was absolutely delicious. We talked about that meal the whole rest of our trip, and like our guests, we wanted to go back to Xtabi for seconds!
After the meal, Sonya began by acting as the Mistress of Ceremony for the event, and announced the First Dance, Garter Toss and Bouquet Toss, which were all a lot of fun. After that, Sonya truly got the party started by having the DJ pump up the music and getting on the dance floor herself and starting off the dance party. Then, the rest of the staff (waiters/waitresses, etc.) joined in. Guests were dancing with staff and everyone had a great time learning how to do dances like "Nuh Linga".
There is so much I could say about how great our experience was at Xtabi. They created the most beautiful reception dinner for 30 people with a 3-course meal, DJ, photographer, open bar and table decorations for a very reasonable price. My guests loved the great food, the caves below the restaurant, the amazing sunset and the friendly, fun staff. The next time we are in Negril, we will definitely be back to see Sonya and her crew, because they know how to throw a party! If you are getting married in Negril, but staying beachside and want to give your guests a different ambiance and vibe for your reception dinner, I highly recommend Xtabi for your experience.
Thank you, Xtabi, for making our wedding reception so perfect!
- 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