My family and I were guests at Banana's Garden for 3 blissful weeks in February. Our stay with Nicole and her incredible staff in this beautiful garden setting was truly unforgettable.
We stayed in their most spacious cottage, Mango Cottage. It was perfect for our young family of 4. We particularly enjoyed the outdoor shower and lovely porch. I also loved the vibrant fabrics used for tablecloths and bedspreads and the fresh flowers in the cottage picked by the staff.
The cottages are set among a lush tropical garden - a real feast for the senses coming from a Canadian winter landscape. The garden is beautifully maintained. We loved walking the paths through the garden and stopping to admire the flowers and wildlife. An endlessly fascinating experience for our children. The garden also provides lots of shade, a lovely break from the hot tropical sun.
One of the highlights of our day was breakfast with Nicole at the picnic table. The staff will bring breakfast to your cottage or you are welcome to eat near the kitchen with other guests. The breakfasts are fresh, healthy and delicious. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is served and doesn't disappoint. It was a really wonderful way to start the day, and an opportunity to ask Nicole questions about the area and get advice. She is very knowledgeable about the area and is happy to share what she has learned and help you with any arrangements.
Banana's Garden is right across the street from the famous Rick's Cafe where you can take in the spectacular sunset while watching the fearless locals entertain you with flips and dives off the cliffs into the azure waters below. Oh yeah, there's live music there every night as well. It is a real scene, packed with people bussed in from the all inclusive resorts, but it is an experience not to be missed.
The garden is also within walking distance of a well stocked grocery store, a yummy vegan takeaway, and a few other bars/restaurants that offer nightly sunset drinks and dinners.
There are many other superb restaurants a short taxi ride away. Nicole knows all the best places to eat, all you need to do is ask.
My husband and I had the swim of our lives off the cliffs at Xtabi, a restaurant/bar, a short taxi ride from the B&B.
The road outside the B&B is busy and there is only a small shoulder, so you need to be careful walking, especially with children. We found the best time to walk was early morning (our kids were up early!), and we always walked away from Negril (the road is not as busy in this direction) towards the lighthouse. We used carriers for our children on these walks. We did get more comfortable with the walking and it really wasn't an issue for the adults.
Can't forget the beach!! Negril's 7 mile beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever experienced. The sand is fine and clean. The water is warm and clear and usually relatively calm. There is lots of shade along the beach, provided by lovely swaying palms and almond trees. Just gorgeous.
The B&B's drivers were always available to take us to the beach, which is about a 10 min. drive away, and then pick us up whenever we wanted. Don't miss sunset on the beach - the light is unbelievable.
The drivers are also available to take you on longer distance excursions around the island.
I would highly recommend Banana's Garden. Nicole and her staff make you feel so welcome and comfortable - I have honestly never had such a personable experience at a hotel. It actually didn't even feel like we staying at a hotel, more like we were staying with family - in the best sense of the word!
Your privacy is respected, but everyone is very warm and helpful. A perfect combination.
We hope to be back someday soon.
Stephanie and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden in the west end of Negril, Jamaica is the tranquil Banana's Garden Bed & Breakfast and Spa. Meant for conscious relaxation, our intention is to provide our guests, friends and family with a healthy, down to earth eco-environment. Treat your mind and body while transforming your soul at our little piece of paradise by the sea. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Banana`s Garden Hotel Negril
- Banana`s Garden Bed And Breakfast