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The Caves
Ranked #5 of 85 Hotels in Negril
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Washington DC
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“Amazing stay at The Caves!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

We stayed at The Caves for three nights after six nights at the Iberostar with a group of nearly 50. My husband and I moved to The Caves for a few days of quiet relaxation, and couldn't have been happier. Though we had some transport issues, we didn't book that through the hotel and it was no fault of theirs.

We arrived hot and hungry, and they promptly gave us a cold towel, a drink and led us to lunch. We then got our room (Macka Tree), which was just gorgeous and spacious. We only used the AC at night (and definitely used the mosquito net, if for no other reason than it made me feel like a princess).

The food is fantastic, and you should never feel bad asking for more/seconds or a combination! Paul, the lifeguard/activities guy, is awesome, as is the rest of the staff. Paul's available to do activities with the guests every day, though we only did a couple of cliff jumps and that was it.

The property is well-maintained, and we found ourselfs on a different ledge/cliff each day to sunbathe, which was really fun. It's definitely a quiet, secluded vibe (we were in bed by 10pm each night!) but that's absolutely what we wanted after six crazy nights at a mega-resort.

I don't like to repeat trips, but if I did - I would come back to The Caves.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

What an experience...from the beauty all around, sunny days and faces, the gorgeous water and snorkeling with Paul :) Truly a slice of heaven. I would recommend this resort to anyone who wants to experience a trip of a lifetime. Mother and daughter trip with wonderful memories to last a lifetime!! Thank you Aveda Pure Privilege Program!!!

Room Tip: Stayed in One Drop which did have an air conditioning unit, if you want to use it. Has an outdoor sh...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

For a first trip in Jamaica we chose The Caves and Goldeneye for a 2 center stay, staying 3 nights at the Caves.
Firstly- I would recommend booking direct with Island Outpost. This reservation team was excellent, well-informed, amenable, and when some of the details on arrival were slightly different to what we agreed - there was no dispute and they got all this sorted immediately.
For the price, we were a little startled at first- there is definitely a shabby chic element to this hotel- if you come looking for immediate hot water on demand or luxurious rooms this would not be for you. But the rooms are pretty, island bohemian and most look over the most glorious crystalline seas.
The positioning of the hotel is unique- with 30ft, 20ft and smaller jumps from the hotel cliffs depending on your courage or how many dirty bananas you drink...
The food was nice- not fabulous, but nice, and there are just 2 choices each evening unless you check with chef in advance. There is no menu for dinner or lunch, just what is prepared. The most special feature of meals was the service- always jolly, engaging staff, and absolute perfect positioning in the rooftop restaurant or on the secluded gazebo/cave tables that can be specially set (Gents pay attention, good brownie point opportunity!!).
A nice touch is the free minibar with sun lotions, and a bottle of rum, vodka and wines.
The resort really grew on us. The staff were a lot of fun and helped contribute to a blowout local bday event. Very fun!

Room Tip: Mackatree was a great room!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

I have been to Jamaica several times, and always had a wonderful experience. I have stayed in 3 different cities and experienced several different resorts. Given that context, I had high hopes for my experience at The Caves in Negril. I can honestly say, The Caves exceeded my already high expectations! The accommodations were outstanding, the resort was clean and beautiful, the scenery amazing, and the staff was extremely friendly and thoughful. Specifically, Leon Simpson worked with our group. He went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was more than we could hope for. Leon, as well as the other staff members with whom we interacted, were always kind and did everything they could to make sure we were enjoying our vacation. I cannot say enough about this resort, and I will recommend it to everyone I know who is planning a Caribbean vacation. Thanks for everything! I will absolutely come back to this resort.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

I won't belabor the points made in other reviews--which are all correct--this place is a dream! The location, the rooms, the food, the staff: all top drawer. My fiance and I stayed here through the Aveda Pure Privilege Program and had an excellent time--the communication with both Aveda and the Caves leading up to the trip was wonderful, and the experience exceeded our expectations. We are already planning a return!

Room Tip: We stayed in One Drop--lovely place, but right near the breakfast site . . . a bit noisy for light s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

The Caves is expensive, but you get what you pay for. The property is completely enclosed and rests on a series of caves, hence the name. The caves provide hours of snorkeling and exploration. Be sure to reserve a table in their namesake restaurant, it's truly magical. The service is exceptional. Each villa has its own character and appeal. You won't find any beach, but you won't have to deal with pushing merchants either. The Caves makes " most romantic " lists for a reason.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

The Caves is pure Jamaica! The staff was amazing and they really are there for whatever you might need. We had the same waitress for breakfast and she was delightful. The food was more than we expected. Breakfast was cooked to order and such a treat each morning.
When we arrived we were not sure about how much we would enjoy our stay because there are not an abundance of activities and it was strange not having a large pool area. By the time it was time to go at the end of our trip, we did not want to go home. We were so relaxed and having people wait on your every need was easy to get used to.
It was worth the trip through the airport which was the hardest part of the trip. Oh, and one more thing...take the small flight from Montego Bay to Negril. It took 15 minutes and was worth the extra money.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Caves
Address: Light House Road | P.O. Box 3113, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#2 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#4 Luxury Hotel in Negril
#5 Spa Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Caves 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Caves sits along the limestone cliffs of the West End of Negril, right next to the famous Negril Lighthouse in Jamaica. Although situated only a few miles away from the bustling town center, this private enclave is a world apart. Eleven handcrafted wood and stone thatched-roof cottages, plus a 4-bedroom fully self-contained luxury villa, are interwoven between ten acres of lush vegetation and naturally formed volcanic caves. Quaint stone pathways wind through the limestone cliffs dotted with palm, sea grape and dogwood trees overlooking the Caribbean Sea. An arrangement of coral stairs and walkways lead to sundecks with uninterrupted views of the sea and sky, and grottos with turquoise water pools and fossilized marine life. A tropical reef system comes right up to the edge of the cliff, perfect for snorkeling. Guests can climb down ladders into the sea or take a leap from several “jump points,” the highest of which is 30 feet! An intimate, private and unique resort, The Caves is perfect for romance and relaxation.The Caves generally does not accept children under 16 years old. Exceptions must be cleared with the hotel management. ... more   less 
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