We just returned from our first-ever resort vacation, so these are the observations of a novice. We spent six nights, all-inclusive at the Sunset at the Palms in Negril. It is an absolutely wonderful resort. The "tree house" rooms are quiet and secluded. We were disappointed at first to find that it is not beach-side, but came to love this feature throughout the vacation.
Let me start with the rooms - they are spacious and unique. Once you learn how to operate the a/c, it is very efficient. The cons - lighting! There are two low-watt bedside lamps, and low-watt lights in the bathroom and closet. Over the sink, there is at least some decent light. It was very, very dim in the room. HOOKS! There is no where to hang anything! There is a closet rod, but when you need to hang up your bathrobe, towels, wet swim wear, you have to drape them over every available surface.
We were pretty disappointed with the food, but that stems a lot from our unreasonable expectations. Being a tropical locale, we expected magnificent seafood, and it wasn't available. There is an Asian restaurant on-site that is only open a few nights a week, with four entrees - beef, chicken, goat and fish. The buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a different "theme" for each evening meal. The food and the presentations are limited in flavor and uninspired in presentation. The grill on the beach is an excellent choice for lunch.
As can be imagined with "all-inclusive", the liquor was free-flowing. The guys drank lots of Red Stripe beer and us girls sampled nearly every rum-inspired drink imaginable.
The pool and hot tub with the swim-up bar facilities are very relaxing after a long day at the beach or on a tour.
Which brings me to the subject of tours - there are many choices. The tour company you booked through will sit you down (telling you it's required) and try to sell you tours. The hotel has a tour desk, and the taxis out front will offer tours. There are different water tour offerings available on the beach. Not knowing any better, we booked through our tour company (Apple). Big mistake - we were gone 11 hours (a wasted day in paradise!), spent about an hour each at three different destinations (Black River, YS Falls and the Appleton Rum Factory). The rest of the time is driving on very, very rough roads. We returned grouchy, hungry and exhausted. A better choice would have been to choose one of the taxi tour offerings. We heard this from many, many experienced vacationers.
Recommendations: Bring your own insulated cups for the beach. They are available for $12 in the gift shop, but get them on sale in the states. The drinks are very small and hardly last the time it takes to return to your lounger. Also, bring floaties. They also are available in the gift shop for $13, but when you can get them on sale in the states for $3, just pack them then leave them for other guests on your return. The same is true for any beach toys that you might want - frisbees, beach balls, etc.
The people ARE wonderful! Always seeking to please and waiting on you hand and foot. We booked an "all inclusive" that said it included tipping. But after learning that the average wage is $10 per DAY, with people like the pool boys making much less, we TIPPED.
We will definitely book again, probably at this same resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great spot for romantics or a destination wedding. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and flowering plants at the edge of Negril, this unique all-inclusive gem is best described as intimate, chic and serene. The resort offers 85 "tree-house-style," elegantly appointed guestrooms on ten-acres of lush landscaping, a design praised by Architectural Digest. Melt away with a soothing spa service in our unique treatment garden, cool off at the swim-up bar with a tropical drink or "chill" at the resort's five beachfront acres and two miles of white sand beach, just steps away. When dining is on the menu, you'll enjoy both international and authentic Jamaican cuisine at four restaurants and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset At The Palms Hotel Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Negril
- Sunset Palms Jamaica
- Sunset Palms Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Resort