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“Incredible Views”
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The Caves
Ranked #6 of 81 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Incredible Views”
Reviewed 16 October 2012

Overall, a very great stay at the caves. Very intimate and very boutique. The staff, GM, and even everyone else that was staying there was extremely warm and friendly. The food and drinks were excellent. Our room(Blue Hole) had A/C which we did occasionally use. The caves dinner was spectacular, we also had dinner in the gazebo one night. Every morning you could have whatever you wanted for breakfast, while overlooking the amazing cliffs of Negril. The rooms are definitely more of a Rustic Charm built with lots of nature around. We stayed for 5 nights, and I wasn't ready to leave.......but I can cliff jump and drink cliffhangers all day everyday. We'll definitely be back.

Room Tip: Upstairs Rooms do not have A/C. Some couples there were surprised by this fact upon arrival.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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GM2Caves, Manager at The Caves, responded to this review, 21 October 2012
Dear Nestafaria,

Your wonderful review is much appreciated. You seem to have captured all the finer points such as our architecture, vibe, and culinary offering. Feedback is essential to our growth, whether it be complimentary or constructive. That said, rest assured that we are in the process of completing our air conditioning project with only 3 cottages remaining. Our rooms are on the sea side and enjoy a natural tropical cool breeze, which most guests enjoy as yourself. However, our aim is to offer the AC option to all our guests for those who prefer it. Thank you again and we do look forward to seeing you again.

Best Regards,

Matthew
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2012

This was a very fun resort. First of all, we began each day with some cliff diving, I called it my morning coffee because it woke me up so effectively. The food and guest participating entertainment was wonderful. The bars are self service, if there is no bartender you just walk behind it and make what you want!

We had our anniversary dinner in one of the caves, very cool experience. Catamarans would go by each day with drunken parties, which was hilarious.

We stayed in essentially an entire house called Moonshadow, it couldn't have been nicer. The place had tons of unique charm, and we had a cat who lived with us and reaped the benefits of all you can eat dinners. If you could not choose between the two dinner options, you could have both! (I had lobster and filet one night)

The staff was amazing, and the other guests became good friends. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

It took us a day or so to adjust from the frenetic pace back home...but we soon came to love the casual, no worries vibe of The Caves. We arrived a day or two after Isaac passed through the region and were assigned to the Blue Hole, which, with it's positioning over an ocean cave, pounded with the waves as they crashed at night. You'll appreciate the thoughtful touches and surprises from the staff. We arrived to find incense, candles and soft music in the room...made for a romantic setting. The cottages are in a natural garden setting and can be opened to let the air and the sounds of nature in. Lunch and breakfast each day was at an open air restaurant or in a small private Gazebo. All the meals were well prepared, often with local flair, and the excellent staff was in every way warm and sincere. For some action, we snorkeled right off the cliffs and if you want a taste of the outside world, you can walk to Rick's or take a taxi to Idle Awhile for nice place to lounge and access the Seven Mile Beach. Caution, the taxis do not come cheap! A simply amazing destination, which delivers on quiet solitude and barefoot luxury. Tip: the spa treatments are conducted outdoors on a private balcony overlooking the sea. Consider the sugar scrub and enjoy the light breeze.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paoli, Indiana
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

I would echo many of the sentiments expressed in recent reviews...absolutely amazing spot for rest and relaxation! We spent five nights here at the end of July and truly enjoyed our stay. After a very hectic summer, this was the perfect choice to unwind and enjoy nature's beauty.

As other reviewer's have mentioned, the food is fresh and flavorful. We looked forward to every meal and between the four members of our traveling party, we sampled pretty much everything that was offered during our stay. Breakfast was our favorite meal; imagine being able to request almost anything your heart desires! The fresh fruit platter and a cheese and pepper omelet was the perfect way to start each morning (along with a lovely Mimosa). We are early-risers, and enjoyed making the rich coffee provided in our cottage and sitting outside each morning to watch the resort come to life.

By mid-morning we always looked forward to Randall making his rounds. Hey, it's vacation and they have so many special ways to make a cocktail! Break away from your usual drink of choice and ask them for their specialty. We really enjoyed the Dark and Stormy and Mr. Smooth, not to mention the Dirty Bananas. My personal favorite was a regular lime daiquiri with extra rum (they float the rum in the straw and on the very top).

Be sure to spend time talking to Paul and schedule some activities with him. He is such a personable guy and a true asset to The Caves. While we didn't go snorkeling, we did spend a couple of hours kayaking with him. Great adventure and not to be missed!

I scheduled a massage with Olivine and I have to say that it was one of the best I have ever had. That is one of my little travel splurges, and I have had my fair share in cities and resorts in several countries. The combination of the peaceful setting overlooking the water, the crash of the waves below, and her amazing techniques helped me achieve complete relaxation.

Our only problem (and this wasn't the fault of The Caves) was the heat. We were in The Sundancer and this unit is not air conditioned. Fans are provided, but being quite warm-natured myself, this just didn't do the trick for me. Granted, we were there during a very hot period, but there was really no place to go to escape the heat...other than the water, of course. We had looked forward to our scheduled dinner in the cave, but to be honest, we just rushed through the meal to be out of the heat. In between courses, we would move out to the lounge chairs at the entrance just to cool off. We spoke with quite a few other couples who had the same experience. Perhaps it was just the extreme heat during our visit. It is an incredibly romantic set-up that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

If you are looking for a quiet spot to kick back and relax, you should consider The Caves. There are truly no worries when you are here; you are in the very capable hands of an expert staff that has obviously been well-trained to meet the needs of every guest.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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caves-management, General Manager at The Caves, responded to this review, 27 August 2012
Dear kfsmom,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review and kudos.

We truly appreciate you and all our reviewers taking you time to write in. Our staff do their very best to continue to aim for the true and genuine service we are known for.

We are delighted you appreciated the laid back and quiet surroundings - which all add up to a perfect, romantic and serene getaway.

Paul is top of the tops, and we always acknowledge that! He is passionate about what he does and it shows.

It can be quite hot at this time of year, but rest assured to all who are traveling in the summer, we have extra fans for the two bedroom cottages and there is a lovely sea breeze in the evening's. Most of our rooms however are air conditioned.

Thank you and we hope to welcome you back again soon to The Caves!

One Love,

The Management and staff of The Caves
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Las Vegas
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

This was my favorite vacation ever! My husband and I stayed at couples for a few days and then came to the Caves. We were so happy we did, we learned we were not mega resort people. The Caves is so intimate and relaxing. If you are the type of person who likes to do one activity after another, this may not be the place for you. I am a very type A personality who is always connected to my Blackberry and DVR, so it was nice to shutdown from all that and reconnect. Bring a good book or a few magazines while you are there. Food was amazing, but it is not buffet get sick eating type of food. It is very nice and homemade, but you can order as much as you want. Times are set on food, but it was nice since you got on a schedule while you were there. There is not a ton of food to snack on in between meals, but it didn't ever effect us. The staff was so wonderful (loved Randall and Paul and Zume). Hurricane Ernesto even messed with our weather a little, but it was still romantic watching the storms come in. We did it all while we were there- kayak, snorkel, spa, cave dinner, hot tub, jumping, etc. We staying in Two Birds and it was great (with an outdoor shower). All of the cottages were cute (i looked at about 6 of them). Two Birds is tucked away in the back so if you want an Ocean View, you will need to find another one. Everyone is so nice, you almost feel like you are an owner- especially since you can go behind the bar and fix yourself something to eat. I think the ideal amount of time to stay here would be 5 to 6 days. Also, there is no tvs in rooms but you can request one if you want.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Words seen inadequate to describe this beautiful piece of PARADISE. My husband and I traveled there for our anniversary and it was the perfect place to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other. The resort offers peace, tranquility and beauty. I will say up front if you are looking for a big resort experience with all the hustle and bustle and hoopla, this isn't the place for you. But if what you want is to relax and take a break from the world The Caves is perfect! The food was AMAZING, every meal. The staff are the best I have ever seen! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We stayed in the One Drop and the only downside was that in the mornings is gets a little loud because that is beside where the breakfast place is. However on the plus side, we were first up and got the best chairs for the day because of it! The water was more perfect than a postcard. The cliff jumping was fun and exciting. We are already planning on making a trip back!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brazil - RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

Perfect place to disconnect from the world. Relaxation and very good vibes 100% guaranteed! Staff is very friendly. If you want a happy/ party hours , Rick´s Bar is beside the hotel ! Perfect place to dive. Dinner inside the Caves is just unforgettable.... We´ll be back for sure!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank LucNat
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
#5 Spa Hotel in Negril
#5 Luxury 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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