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“A lovely boutique hotel with great service!”
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Sandy Haven Resort
Ranked #17 of 85 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews
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“A lovely boutique hotel with great service!”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

My husband and I stayed at Sandy Haven for one only night prior to our stay in an all inclusive. We booked last minute and I was a bit worried because it is so new. I should not have worried in the least! Upon arriving we were met by the owners/managers and they were lovely folks. We checked in and were upgraded to a beachfront room... a lovely surprise. This place just opened 3 weeks ago and they are working very hard to make it one of the top hotels in Negril. It is sleek, modern and lovely. The room had a wonderful view of the ocean although the restaurant is right below your room. The decor is very modern. The beds are hard as a rock, but we asked for a mattress pad and it made the bed very comfortable. Without the pad I'm not sure I would have been able to sleep very well as it felt like we were lying on the ground! They brought the pad immediately and that was much appreciated. There was no room safe, but I am sure that is coming. The linens could have been of a higher quality, but they were adequate. The only thing that was odd was that the door (to what we could see anyway) did not have a deadbolt or a latch. It was like a door to a bathroom. We never felt unsafe as the place has security. I think they will need to install appropriate locks to the hotel rooms in the future. The service and graciousness of everyone here was excellent. Will we stay again? Absolutely (with a mattress pad!) Don't hesitate to book here!

Room Tip: Beachfront was awesome, but as this hotel is not huge all the rooms are not that far from the beach.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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aueker, Owner at Sandy Haven Resort, responded to this review, 22 April 2012
Thank you for your splendid comments. It was truly our pleasure to have you stay with us at Sandy Haven Resort. We are working assiduously to iron out the start up kinks and we thank you for your understanding. It is our ambition to make our guest beds the most comfortable, hence at the slightest indication that our guests need a less firm bed we are equipped to remedy with a specially designed and custom made pillow top memory foam addition. We look forward to hosting you again at Sandy Haven Resort where we guarantee a restful sleep.
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Stayed at Sandy Haven Resort from April 9th - wonderful staff, excellent service & great tasting food! Rooms are beautiful & clean. We did not want to leave this resort! Sandy Haven has the best spot on the Seven Mile Beach, Negril.
Best view of the Sunset from the rooms overlooking the beach.

Hope to be back next year! Thank you so much for a great vacation in Negril.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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aueker, Owner at Sandy Haven Resort, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
Thank you for your review of Sandy Haven Resort, we are delighted you had such a wonderful vacation with us. We have been getting wonderful compliments on Bongos Restaurant and Bar at Sandy Haven from guests like yourself, who has dined there. I will let Chef Tamar know you enjoyed his meals. We look forward to receiving you and your friends again on your return visit to Negril.
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Mill Valley, California
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

If you are looking for a quiet, upscale hotel with clean and modern amenities, this is the place. Owners Ann and Stephen are wonderful hosts. The rooms are fabulous, the ambience perfect. There is everything you need, computer stations, a gym, swimming pool, hot tub, and a great outdoor massage and spa area that I personally tried twice. Beach grill, beach bar, beautiful cabanas that I personally tried a few times. New beach chairs, beach bench swing, the continental breakfast on the deck....you never want to get out of your chair. "Bongo's" their restaurant in the front of the hotel has a great menu and fun bar, wonderful outdoor sitting area to enjoy drinks with friends. Not to mention they are located on the best part of the beach. What can I say? I will be a returning guest.

Room Tip: Beach front rooms have the sun that rises behind them so the sun pours in, early in the morning whic...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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aueker, Owner at Sandy Haven Resort, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments, together with our staff it is our absolute pleasure to make our guest feel comfortable, welcomed and at home here at Sandy Haven. Like you, many of our patrons have enjoyed Bongos Restaurant and have particularly complimented the outdoor lounging area. The early morning swim in the sea is irresistibly tempting and we are pleased that you took full advantage. The Ocean front rooms does have the option to block out the morning sun if desired however we have received comments from guests that they also like to be awaken with the sun rise as you did. We certainly look forward to having you stay with us again at Sandy Haven.
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Montrea, Quebec,Canada
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

My husband and I have just returned from spending 3nights/4days at Sandy Haven Resort....it was phenomenal. We actually shortened our stay at another resort after we toured this property.
The grounds are beautiful. The gardens are superb. The Almond deck which wraps around coconut and Almond trees is the perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. All the umbrellas are on wheels,so you can adjust coverage as you like. Barely 5 steps away is the beach grill and beach bar. Chef Tamar creates works of art .The presentation is only surpassed by how delicious the food is. Do try the snapper sandwich served on coco bread. It's scrumptious.

The beach bar is a happening spot, where Andre effortlessly whips up your favorite cocktail or hands over a cold red stripe beer. Yes he has the music and the charisma to match.
Canute (known to the For Realers as Pops) had our beach towels ready by the time we selected the perfect spot.

The staff eagerly fulfilled every request. My husband decided to surprise me at the pool with an impromptu celebration. Chef Tamar worked his magic creating delectable hors d'oeuvres, while the Barman chilled the perfect bottle of wine.

We had 2 suppers at the main restaurant wow!!!! The selection of wine is fabulous and please try the mango cheesecake. It's worth every single calorie.

Finally, the room was tasteful and elegant with soothing colors. The sliding glass doors let in the light and allowed us an unbelievable view of the ocean from our oh! so comfortable bed.
By the way, my husband appreciated having access to wi-fi and we look forward to the completed gym when we return.

We cannot wait to get back for Christmas with the rest of our family. Thank you to the new owners for creating a 5 stars boutique hotel on the beach in Negril.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely, but the oceanfront room is worth every penny
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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aueker, Owner at Sandy Haven Resort, responded to this review, 1 April 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments, it was our pleasure hosting you at
Sand Haven Resort, we were delighted that you chose to spend the final days of your vacation with us. I will pass on your comments to the staff, their goal is to give outstanding service to our guests. We are all looking forward to your return visit with your family at Christmas.
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

We had the best experience we've ever had on a vacation at this resort - my husband and I were staying at a resort in Ocho Rios and 3 days into our stay we decided to take a drive over to Negril just to check out the area - we drove past Sandy Haven Resort and it was so breath-takingly beautiful we decided to venture inside for a drink - well we were so impressed with the staff, service and ambience of the place, we immediately went back to our resort in Ocho Rios, checked out and moved into Sandy Haven Resort - it was the best decision we'd ever made - the food and service was superb and the staff made us feel so welcome and treated us like royalty - the chef Tamar was awesome and attended to our every need and we can't wait to go back - we highly recommend this Resort and the prices were also quite reasonable compared to the resort we were previously staying at.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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aueker, Owner at Sandy Haven Resort, responded to this review, 27 March 2012
Dear Valued guest:
thank you for your encouraging comments, it was certainly our pleasure here at Sandy Haven Resort to host you and your husband for your vacation stay in Negril. We are delighted that you choose Sandy Haven and that you enjoyed the wonderful meals carefully and creatively prepared by Chef Tamar. We look forward to welcoming you both again to Sandy Haven on your next visit to Negril.
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Property: Sandy Haven Resort
Address: Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 85 Hotels in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandy Haven Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exclusive boutique resort built in modern urban style set on the famous 7-miles white sand beach location of Negril with 35 units of luxury guest rooms and suites. The Sandy Haven Resort experience goes far beyond bricks and walls. The prevailing atmosphere is that of a meeting place for friends and colleagues to mingle. ... more   less 
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