I stayed at the caves in Jamaica last December and returned in June. Decembers stay was due to saving enough points on Aveda's customer loyalty program to win a 3 day stay. I picked Negril marathon weekend, and completed the half marathon during the stay. The resort is small, 12 cabins perched on the cliffs of Negril's West End. There is also a villa. Then, most of the cabins had a/c, I understand now all of them do. The resort is close to nature, artsy in a folk-art way, very lush with plantings, and luxurious with service. When one opens the door of the cabin in the morning, leaving a room decorated with bold accents and Jamaican art, one steps into a tropical forest-garden, with hibiscus arching over the stone pathways. Breakfast and lunch are served in a covered open air bar/dining area with thatched roof, overlooking the ocean. Meals are prepared right there, homemade. The food is fabulous, with fruits and vegetables from the resort's own farm. It is healthy but not bland. For example, breakfast starts with a plate of tropical fruits hand cut into shapes. I enjoyed everyday there.
Days were spent lounging by the ocean on terraces that jut out over the sea, or swimming, or hanging out in the hot tub or pool. Or, on the day of the half marathon, the resort hired a driver, Desmond(hope he doesn't mind the shout-out) who arrived promptly at 3:30 am to take me to the starting line. One can also sign up for snorkeling expeditions around the caves.
Evenings were quiet, very relaxing. One could go to the Sands bar or to the bar in the evening area. At around 7, dinner is served in an upstairs terrace that overlooks the ocean, and also has a view of the lighthouse. It seems that dinner was prepared be a group of chefs who started hours before and scurried around right up to serving. Because the resort is small, people were friendly, I met some really interesting people during my 2 stays.
The service is what really makes this resort special. It seemed like everyone there genuinely wanted me to enjoy my stay. The cabins are more rustic by design than modern hotels; though rustic, the rooms were kept immaculately clean. At any time of day, if a guest wants a drink, snack, cup of coffee, the staff makes it happen. I did have a spa treatment, in the small Aveda spa overlooking the ocean, and that was great also. This resort is sort of like visiting a very nice relative who happened to collect a lot of art, had gourmet chefs, and a property with breathtaking ocean views. If you like huge resorts, with marble bathrooms in 500 rooms, where you are anonymous, and walk a mile to the ocean, you will not like this one,
The Caves is a relaxing ocean side retreat where one is lulled by the whisper of the sea, the kiss of the sun, and the luxuriant service.
- 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