We really enjoyed our stay at Tensing Pen. We stayed for 3 nights after a 4 night stay at Couples Swept Away. The view was spectacular. I much rather stay in the cliffs and do a day at the beach rather than stay at the all-inclusive resorts. Tensing Pen is a small cottage resort so there were only a handful of other couples and one family which stayed the night. It's complete relaxation. The staff are friendly and leave you alone unless you require their assistance. The food was quite tasty, however a bit pricey. It wasn't lobster seasons so I cannot comment on the seafood. Watching the sunset at the resort's restaurant makes the nearby Rick's Cafe seem second class. For food, my girlfriend and I ate mostly across the street at Alice's Restaurant. Don't be put off by the looks of the place, the food is clean, the service is respectful though a bit slow (this is Jamaica after all) and most importantly the food is delicious and reasonably priced. Average cost was about US$20-22 for 2 meals and 2-3 drinks (non-alcoholic). They have a sign that says they get you anything you want, just ask for Billy and he'll get you whatever you need. I wasn't too trusting to venture out with him as my guide but sitting at the restaurant is just chill and he bends over backwards to make sure you have a good time because they need you to come back. They have a saying there; "we don't eat unless you eat". Try the local food, it's great value and very good. Back to the resort. We stayed in the air conditioned Seagrape 1. Not all the cottages are have air-conditioning. We had a lovely view of the ocean from out bed, a little deck to relax on, but no TV which is a huge draw back because this place offers nothing in terms of entertainment. Zero. It's only about relaxation. They do have wi-fi if you bring a labtop or pay for their internet service at US$2 per 15 minutes. Swimming in the ocean was great and jumping off the bridge offers some thrills but if you want a bigger jump, just walk down to Rick's, it's about a 5 minute walk. There are convenience stores on the way where you can pick up some cheap drinks and food if you want to save a little bit of cash.There weren't many fish so snorkling wasn't great. Most of the reefs and corels are long dead so there are not many fish. The rooms were very clean as were the bathrooms unlike Couples Swept away, please see my scathing review. We had 6 towels at our disposal daily plus the numerous ones laid out on the sunbathing chairs. I do not recommend this place for a family but perhaps a group of friends who will have some numbers when venturing off. It's safe really, you can take a cab anywhere but I did not trust to go out with my girlfriend to any of the night beach parties. The pool looks much better in picture than it does when you arrive. The bar is quite expensive but if you're not a big drinker it's not a big deal and as I stated above, there's a store just across the street. All-inclusive resorts charge you mainly for the alcohol consumption. Tensing Pen is also home to 2 Rhodesian Ridge-backs Tensing and Sugar. They are extremely friendly but as one patron was terrified, they were locked up for most of our stay. All in all, I loved this place and would highly recommend it. Get the message at sunset, it felt just capital.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the West End of Negril, Jamaica in its own private cove, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler offering a unique collection of beautiful hand-carved wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of varying sizes for the ultimate secluded and relaxing vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tensing Pen Hotel Negril
- Tensing Pen Negril
- Tensing Pen Jamaica