Everything I expected. June 15th-19th 2012. We were a bit nervous about traveling to Jamaica, we had heard mixed reviews about the safety of traveling to this country....but our experience was a very positive one. The island itself is beautiful and the people, in general, are very friendly.
As for the Caves, it is a an amazing boutique resort that sits at the very end of Negril overlooking the West Caribbean....as you can imagine some pretty amazing sunsets. It is quaint, private and very comfortable. I felt very safe, got to know most of the staff. We always felt like we were being taken care of.
PROS: FOOD is outstanding. We wanted traditional Jamaican food and that is what we got. Organic, fresh ingredients. Chef was amazing for all meals; breakfast lunch and dinner. Favorites were lobster for dinner, king mackerel for lunch and the Ackee with Salt fish for breakfast. Fresh fruit daily, good coffee etc
SERVICE. Jamaica is laid back, that is the attitude. We got to know several folks well. Orane, Brian, Paul, Randall.....all really friendly, good folks. We enjoyed talking a little Reggae and sharing stories about our families (especially on Fathers Day). They would do practically anything to make sure you were comfortable. Sometimes the bar was empty, so we helped ourselves to a Red Stripe or Ting and Vodka. that was part of the charm of the The Caves. However when my wife wanted a Dirty Banana or Cliff Hanger, there was always someone around to make one. From the Chef, to Paul (who seemed to have a knack for doing everything) everyone went out of their way to accommodate any request.
ACTIVITIES: The front desk did a spectacular job helping to coordinate a private snorkeling trip to a nearby reef, a private tour of Mayfield Falls and snorkeling and kayaking below the resort....all at a very reasonable price. Desmond was a great source for driving us to the falls and back to the airport. The famous Vincent Elvira was a perfect host for snorkeling and really getting to know the different life in and around the beautiful reef off 7 mile beach. Dinner in the Cave, just make sure you book it when you arrive. A very unique experience.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfortable room, beautiful setting.
Accommodations: I know its "Shabby Chic" but the bathroom needed a bit of updating. Our toilet was not working properly the entire stay. They did try to fix it twice, but we continued to have issues. We didnt push it and didnt let it bother us too much. the main dining area should at least have a small air conditioned dining area. Its beautiful outside, but when it rained....inside was really warm. I am from Texas and couldnt stand it....not sure what the Canadians thought about the heat. All in all it worked out fine, but at times could be very uncomfortable....especially at dinner
POOL AND SPA: These are a mess. Might as well not even have them on the property....that was definitely the biggest let down.
In summary, we were very pleased with our stay. Location is absolutely beautiful, staff is outstanding, Food is spectacular. Nobody is perfect, but for the price we expected a pool and spa we could use.
Almost forgot, dont forget to jump off the cliffs! Start at 10ft and work your way up to 30. A ton of fun. Also, make sure you snorkel with Paul to the bat cave and blue hole. Such a beautiful place.....
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Caves Hotel Negril
- Caves Hotel Negril
- The Caves Resort Negril
- Caves Jamaica
- Caves Negril