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Samsara Cliffs Resort
Ranked #30 of 80 Hotels in Negril
Reviewed 30 December 2013

The setting is beautiful and with lots of Flora including palm and coconut trees. Melvin the gardener was very friendly and knowledgeable and will pick you a fresh coconut (tip). The pools and the cliff setting were very relaxing alternating between sunbathing and jumping in the ocean or pools to cool off and there was lots of space for people to spread and have comfort zones. Fridge in room is $12.00/ day extra and make sure AC is included in room charge. No coffee or microwaves in rooms. We did not go all inclusive as we are not buffet fans and we are happy we didn't as there are many wonderful places to eat. Drinks are free pour and the rum punch is dangerous. Samsara has a separate restaurant called Ciao across the street and has very good food. The food at Samsara and Legends is average. We also liked Xtabi ( food, caves and snorkeling), Push Cart, 3 Dives (jerk chicken), Catcha Falling Star (very nice), Kuyaba, Ahbees (best hamburgers in Negril) plus a few jerk stands on the road. Many restaurants don't look very nice but try them anyway the food is good. Legends has a beautiful beach, but crowded, go next door to Kuyaba to eat and their beach is almost empty. Many resorts allow tourists to use their facility if you are buying food or drinks. Lot's more restaurants near Legends that were recommended but we didn't try.

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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Stayed at the Samsara from Dec. 10 - 15th. We didn't go all inclusive and were glad. There was a very limited menu and prices are very cheap and restaurants just across the road. Breakfest was $5.00 dinner with a drink $10.00. Taxi are $5.00 for 2 people anywhere in Negril, $10.00 for 4. We took booze from Toronto airport to drink in our rooms but you could take your booze and mix to the bar or pool and they gave you a glass and ice. It was awesome! Happy hour is from 4 - 7, drinks are $2.00 each. There is a free shuttle down to Legends Resort leaves at 10am picks you up at 4pm. If you are all inclusive you can eat and drink there for free. The beach is beautiful at Legends and the cliffs are great at Samsara.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Stayed at Samsara from Nov 30 -Dec 9. I've stayed on cliffs before at another hotel but we will return to Samsara because of location and how relaxing it was. Some of the reviews Ive seen have made me wonder if those people would ever be happy. I'm gonna tell you that this is not the all inclusive some are used to, but if you cant have a good time then I don't know what to tell you. I was greeted from the moment I arrived with smiles and hellos. Or entire trip was incredible and Samsara was perfect. Didn't do all inclusive but spoke with a lot who did and didn't hear any complaints. Happy hour daily for 4-7. Food that we did order off of menu was VERY good. Maintence man/gardner Melvin works his butt off and a VERY nice man. bartenders very nice and make good drinks. All the staff was always nice and helpful. Room clean, air cold. Pool didn't use. Ocean was awesome. Not 5 star but you didn't pay for 5 star!!! Will return forsure!!

PS. If I had any complaints it would be bed. That's all....

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We had great service from the staff in reservations even before we arrived. When we arrived we had missed dinner however sandwiches and juice had been prepared for us and taken straight to our room. We were in room 211 which was just perfect. It was very large, my husband and I had a king bed and our 3yr old daughter had her own double bed which she loved. We had a fantastic ocean view. We had air conditioning and a tv. There were lots of great housekeepers but the two we knew the best were Keisha and Alison, both beautiful ladies who were very kind, warm & friendly. They did a fantastic job and our room was always spotless. We also had fresh towels delivered every afternoon. We were really lucky and very grateful to have received a complimentary upgrade to one of the pillar houses on our last night. While the pillar houses look amazing and are extremely cute with their private balcony with hammock, an outside shower (which was fantastic) and there own swing underneath with uninterrupted ocean views with the best sunsets, the room wasn't for us. We were glad we got to try it but we found it a little hot and ofcourse if you open the patio doors then the mosquitoes and ants come in. This cannot be helped but for our family of 3 room 211 was Perfect! The complimentary bus every day to their sister hotel Legends right on the beach is fantastic, we even used the bus one day to go down into town to catch a taxi out to Dolphin cove. The sister hotel has a great location and the fact you can take advantage of the all inclusive at Legends as well is great value for money because you can be at the beach all day and not have to pay extra for food or drink. Take your snorkel with you as Samsara is perfect for snorkling and jumping off the cliffs. You can take advantage of the all inclusive from 10am until 10pm but the bar is open until 11pm you just pay between 10 and 11. Take a jug with you and they will fill that with beer or rum for you, we bought ours at the on site gift shop but we found the prices there very high with the jugs being $20, we also forgot our beach towels and had to buy them there too but we're glad we did the Jamaican towels are a nice momento. My daughter went on a horse at the beach which she absolutely loved, for 30 minutes it was only $20.The restaurant above the bar was gorgeous very small and beautiful with amazing views of the resort and ocean. They provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner. We never left hungry and we especially loved the chef at breakfast making eggs to order which is a great touch for a small intimate resort like this. The reception area is excellent and there is always someone there to help you, step right outside and you can walk into Negril town centre or take a taxi from reception. The walk is nice and lots of fun. We used a local guy called Dale he was very cute and friendly, his prices are cheaper than the other locals and he can be trusted 100% he will take you anywhere you want to go and wait on you or drop you off whichever you prefer, there is another man called Congo, nice as well but not as friendly or cheap as Dale. We hired a car from Dale and went to Pelican Bar which was great because we definitely saw the real Jamaica. The roads are amazing and we are so glad we got to drive on them but it can be scary at times, they are very narrow with lots of holes, cows and goats jump onto the road from nowhere and the other cars, trucks and motorbikes go fast. Pelican Bar is an experience we will never forget. Our 3yr old loved it too. I dont think we will ever be lucky enough to be able to afford a return trip to Jamaica but if we did we would definitely stay here again. All the staff here deserve praise. Sharona was our favourite bartender and ALL the ladies in the restaurant were amazing. We loved the girl that's in our photo she was the funniest, kindest girl ever and I'm kicking myself that I cant remember her name it will probably come to me after I have finished typing. If you want a taste of the real Jamaica with friendly staff and an intimate atmosphere then definitely give Samsara a try, room 211 was our favourite.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Samsara Cliffs Resort is off the beaten path on the West End of Negril. It has a sister resort nearby, Legends, where you can access the beach. A free shuttle makes it very easy. We went to the beach everyday. We did not choose the all-inclusive. The resort food was good but we did eat at some local places that were good too (Sweet Spice - walking distance from Legends); and the German Bar (owned by Germans! super nice folks). Our room was initially located across the street from the Cliffs. It was a whole other world over there. We are adaptable, but the feel is not very much like a resort across the street, and felt more like a cabin in Gatlinburg, KY, so we requested a room change. We were able to move to one of the Pillar Towers which was so great. A ocean love nest. No A/C, but a ceiling fan did the trick. The only downside was the bar noise some nights, but the view was too happy to care about that. The showers are outside for the Pillar Towers which takes some getting used to, but showering outdoors is very island-y. There is a steep set of stairs so for some it may not be ideal get up and down. There are rooms on the ocean side with A/C. Overall, the experience was a great one if you are adaptable and don't require big hotel chain style amenities. This is a boutique style resort that was reasonably priced, beautiful views, very nice and helpful staff. We felt safe, comfortable and happy. :-) PS: Bring a beach towel (not supplied). They are readily available to purchase, but a bummer to have to deal with right when you are ready to hit the beach/pool.

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Hello my girlfriend and myself spent 6 days at samsara for our first trip to negril this past april, we are both in our mid 20's. samsara and legends were both very well kept resorts and all the faculty was very polite and helpful. the gates and security guards make you feel safe and security can give you any information you need about whatever it is you want to know, tours,cabs, food places etc. we went out walking outside of samsara to explore and it is safe, just know that your going to have people trying to get you to buy fruit or any other goods they might have pretty much non stop, just say no thanks and keep it moving. the food at both samsara and legends was great you just have to not be a picky eater and be open to new foods, there was a wide variety and i enjoyed it all the cliffs are an awesome place to just sit back watch the fish swim by or watch the sunset with a red stripe in hand. the setting of legends is awesome to be down on seven mile beach where all the excitement is but we stayed at samsara cause at night we didnt want to hear all the music til late into the night. all in all our trip was more then we expected that is why we are going again this coming april to samsara again. if you want to feel like your in the real negril and not in a ritzy high end resort this is the place to go trust me you wont be dissappointed.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

We had a wonderful experince at Samsara- views were amazing! But beware about taxi service! We made the miskate of getting in the car with a rasta man bamed Longbeard..he would always somehow be the one to pick us up, drive us up the road to ivans or ricks and never let us pay him. That was until we realized that we were his bait and he tried scamming us HUNDREDS at the end of our stay (total should have been around 40$) STAY away from this man!!! He's not a taxi driver, but a con artist! Stay away!!!!!!! Always ask for a cab through hotel staff!! Captian Ray helped get us in so many ways- request him for a driver everytime!! He picked us up at the airport and a few times during our stay and he took care of us- i felt so safe with him (he was the one who warned us when we explained how longbeared would never accept payment). STAY AWAY from rasta man named Long beard!!! It will be nothing but trouble!!! Captain Ray was our saving grace!

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Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Negril
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
Price Range: £55 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samsara Cliffs Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique oceanfront boutique hotel with 50 rooms catering to international clientele for over thirty years. Spectacular sea view and spacious sun deck with easy sea access for swimming and snorkeling. Amenities include sea view restaurant and bar, swimming pool, splash pool, tennis court, seaside massage center, billiards and table tennis, tennis court, gift shop, and free WiFi throughout hotel. Air-conditioned rooms range from traditional hotel rooms to tropical cottages and ocean front pillar huts (non a.c.). Daily maid service and free shuttle to sister hotel on the beach, Legends Beach Resort where guests enjoy exchange privileges. ... more   less 
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