My husband, myself and our 4 year old son just returned on Sunday from a 5 day stay at Beaches Negril. We would definitely go back to this resort. It was beautiful.
The airport was not crowded and they directed us to the Beaches waiting area promptly. It was a nice reception area with Red Stripe and a soda fountain. It was nicely decorated, cool, and had really clean restrooms. They told us our bus would be ready to go in 10 minutes and they came and got us in less than that amount of time. We were the only ones on the bus to the resort. I had been dreading the ride there but it went by quickly. We stopped once for a bathroom break, the driver was nice and told us about the country, the road wasn't bumpy...not at all what I was expecting.
At the resort, check-in was very swift and organized. Our room was ready. They gave us rum punch and a drink and cookies for my son. They took us to our room in the Montpelier Building on the third floor. The balconey overlooked where they did the weddings and there were a lot of weddings! They were all beautiful and fun to watch. The room was nice and clean. We had no problems with water pressure, broken toilets, TV reception or bugs of any kind. From some other reviews I was expecting the worst, but was greatly surprised there were no problems!
As far as mosquitoes go...I had like 5 bottles of insect repellants and we never used any of it. We had no bites and I can't even remember seeing any mosquitoes.
I read about the photographers approaching you to take pictures, but I never saw them! No one bothered us about drugs. There was one guy on the beach trying to sell necklaces but the resort security got rid of him real fast. The security guards are really looking out to see who is on the beach.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous. There are so many beach chairs out there. We had no problem whatsoever getting chairs on the beach. The chairs at the pools were not so plentiful though. The water at the beach is crystal clear, the sand is soft like powder. It's very clean. It's actually breathtaking. The pools, however, were kinda gross to me. Maybe I'm just particular about that. They did seem a bit cloudy to me and there were a lot of bugs floating which is not very inviting to me. The lazy river was cloudy also. We didn't get in it and I didn't let my son in it and tried to keep him in the ocean. I managed to get him home without an ear infection and I can see how kids might get one from swimming in those pools. We did see them cleaning the pools every day and as a pool owner I know it's hard to keep junk off the top of the water, and those pools at the resort are enormous...so it's a big job. If you don't want to risk getting an ear infection I would mostly swim in the ocean. It's much cleaner.
As far as the food goes, we only ate at the Mill. It was just easier for us with our 4 year old. There is a place that has pizza, but it was really greasy. The food at the Mill is buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a really big selection of foods. Chances are you can find something you like, but don't expect it to taste fabulous. I lost weight while I was there. The drinks at the bars are like slightly different versions of the same thing. We really didn't bother drinking that much. What was really good was the Jamaican Rum Cream that we got at the gift shop and put in our coffee every morning and evening. It's better than Irish cream.
Kids Kamp was okay. Our son didn't like it too much the first time we took him. The second time he didn't want to leave. Some of the people that work there were maybe not so welcoming. It was a really tiny room. They did some fun things though...the Jamaican way...real slow. The parade with the sesame street characters was really fun.
Overall, the staff at this resort, and most of the people you run into in Jamaica, are very friendly. They either knew my son by name, or called him "Junior" or something. The point is..they always acknowledged him some way or another. Any time we requested anything, it was brought to us in a timely manner and with a good attitude. We have no complaints about the Jamaicans.
The check-out was done quickly, the bus left on time for the airport. However, this driver didn't talk to us and he drove kind of fast and there was a lot of jostling about. My son got motion sick and luckily we had a plastic bag for him to throw up in! My husband and I were also starting to feel ill. So if you or someone in your family gets motion sickness, remember to bring something just in case the driver is a wild one.
I was in Jamaica 16 years ago and had always wanted to go back and I got the chance to go with my husband and son. It's one of those places that leaves an imprint on you. We would go back to this resort in a heartbeat.
Don't forget to watch the sun set.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Located on the widest stretch of Negril's seven mile white sand beach•Stay at one, play at two with full exchange privileges with Beaches Sandy Bay including a choice of 11 dining options•“Pirates Island” Water Theme Park with 4 slides, meandering “lazy” river and splash deck•Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street themed activities with daily character appearances, parades and stage shows•Kids Kamp & Nursery with wide range of supervised activities•Interactive Teens Program with “Trench Town” Teen's Center and Teens' Coordinator to coordinate teen activities•Expansive Two & Three Bedroom Butler serviced suites•Supervised Xbox® Play Lounge with flat screen plasma TV's & Xbox® 360 game consoles•Beaches Resorts were voted “World's Leading Family All-Inclusive 14 years in a row•Five Star Diamond Award, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences•Six Star Diamond Award, Beaches Resorts – Keeping it Green•EarthCheck Platinum Certified ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beaches Negril Hotel Negril
- Beaches Hotel Negril
- Negril Beaches Hotel