There are loads and loads of glowing reviews for The Caves, and they are frankly spot on -- it is a one of a kind property, and you will likely fall in love with it the moment you arrive. I have never been to a resort where "make yourself at home" can be taken so literally. The staff is fantastic and are as much a part of the Caves experience as the gorgeous surroundings and the quirky, cozy cottages.
I do feel compelled to point out something regarding the lack of air conditioning -- to each their own, but if you routinely set your thermostat at a number that starts with a 7 or below, you can expect to be uncomfortably warm at some point during your stay if you are in a room without a/c. With no common areas with a/c either, we found that a bit frustrating, because if it happens to be unusually warm, you really have nowhere to go to get relief. Fans help, and we had no problems at night at all, but at 1:30 pm in the tropics, it's just plain hot.
There are those that like it a little warmer and will have no problems with this at all. For us, however, we'll be staying in a cottage with a/c when we come back. At this price point, "rustic" or no, you shouldn't have moments where you are that uncomfortable without a way to do anything about it. I actually considered docking it a star for this, but I'm still going to go with 5 stars with an asterisk, because it was essentially our own fault for not trusting our gut on this.
Many have spoken about the "combo" option at mealtime, but I'm going to take it a step further -- unless one of the options is wholly unappealing to you, you are officially an idiot is you don't opt for the combo at every opportunity. The food is truly outstanding, and we loved trying all of the different dishes. By all-inclusive standards, the food at the Caves is in a class by itself. By any standard, every dish I had (save one outlier) ranged between very good and exceptional.
Anything else I could add by way of review would be duplicative of the scores of awesome reviews of the place, so I'll just say "ditto." I will, however, be posting a Caves FAQ thread to the forums, since there are a number of bits of info that we learned and would like to pass along, but which aren't really in the manner of a review -- please check that out if you plan on going!
- 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