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Nirvana on the Beach
Ranked #15 of 85 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, AZ
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2 reviews
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“Beautiful Paradise in Negril”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

My husband and I had a very enjoyable experience at Nirvana. The location on the 7 mile beach can't be beat. It's in the middle of everything, yet very tranquil. The staff is very accommodating and they always went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our stay. The beach at Nirvana is gorgeous, with plenty of space to lay out in the sun or under a palm tree. The grounds were very well maintained with gorgeous foliage. Our beachfront room had an amazing view. You felt far enough away from the beach for privacy, but definitely close enough for a beautiful view and the calming sound of the waves crashing. The room was cleaned nicely everyday and we loved the Jamaican decor. The kitchenette was very convenient and there's a mini mart within walking distance, or you can easily get help getting a cab into town for a bigger market. Also, the prices are very reasonable, considering bigger resorts nearby. I definitely recommend Nirvana to anyone wanting to visit Jamaica!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Villa Hills, KY
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

This is a great place to stay if you don't need a lot of handholding. The staff are very friendly, but they come and go. This is more cottage rental than your typical hotel. But I liked having a full kitchen. You can get groceries at a nearby store and really save money on food. The grounds are beautiful and private, very secure. Our cottage (Sundeck II) had its own second story patio. The location is right in the middle of 7 mile beach, within walking distance to many great bars, restaurants, and duty free shopping. If you want to be near the action, this is a good place to stay. It is also a great spot for families with small children. The staff will provide babysitting service upon request. They also have people available to cook dinner for you in your room, provide massages, taxi services, and arrange water sports.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2011

This may be my first review, but I am an avid Trip Advisor user.

I truly feel that places like "Nirvana on the Beach" are the reason why TripAdvisor is by far the best travel tool to use, much better than any guidebook that you can find.

I highly recommend reading through many of the reviews before deciding on if Nirvana is for you. Nirvana is where you want to stay if you want to get a true experience of Negril. After staying here, I would never ever recommend anyone to stay at the all-inclusives, unless you are the type who needs 5 star hotel accomodations. Also, if you are the type who is willing to pay $300-500 per night for mass-cooked meals, low quality drinks, and crowded beaches from an all-inclusive, by all means stay down the beach away from Nirvana.

First off, the staff of Nirvana truly make the experience amazing. Errol is DA MAN! If you need anything or want to do anything, he knows the best vendors and the best places to go. He arranged a 6am morning fishing trip with 'Spoon' on a small boat that picked us up from the beach in front of Nirvana. We caught 4 tuna (~15 inches) and almost caught a kingfish but the line broke within our 3 hr trip. We gave 3 of the fish to the fisherman and came back and grilled up the 1 fish and had an amazing breakfast. He also knows the best vendors for everything (as detailed in other reviews) as well as cut down a coconut for us to drink and eat from one of the trees. Moses 2 is also the man and he is one funny guy. Check out his hand made crafts. More legit than any of the stuff you will ever find from the vendors (most of which sadly looks like it was made in China). Sandra is also super nice and helped us with arranging anything to do with logistics.

The Beach at Nirvana is quite spacious and you have so much more private room on the beach compared to most if not all of the other resorts along 7 MIle. Many vacationers seemed to stop in front of Nirvana and seemed to be impressed by the space and privacy. Also there is a beach bar literally right next door that will make some killer drinks and smoothies. Try the dirty banana.

We felt very safe. felt comfortable leaving my iphone and wallet on my chair while in the water, as well as felt safe leaving my ipad in my room out in the open. WIFI worked great in the room, a bit spotty on the beach. There is a small lockbox that will fit small items like passports/jewelry/watches etc. Security is always present at night and we felt very safe at Nirvana.

Overall, I highly recommend reading all of the reviews. Most seem quite accurate. I could not more highly recommend Nirvana and we are already planning on returning next year. I would not even imagine staying anywhere else in Negril.

Room Tip: We stayed in the upstairs Veranda Suite. Very spacious and is larger than the pictures on their webs...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

My wife & I both agree this was the most relaxing vacation with the BEST BEACH ever! This includes Hawaii, Aruba, Florida, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and Pacific sides of Mexico and their beautiful beaches. The beach here is the ABSOLUTE BEST along 7-mile beach (we walked the whole length). It is impeccably maintained by Moses 2 & crew. Moses 1 is the gardener and cares for the plants as if they were his children. The ladies who clean the rooms are so meticulous and polite! Errol the day watchman watches your belongings while you swim- no worries with him, mon!

We knew there was no TV in our Sundeck 1 suite, which made it an even more relaxing trip. We really didn't need the air conditioning at night due to the beautiful breeze in our beachfront room. Plumbing worked fine, water was hot, the kitchenette was adequate, and the refrigerator was cold.

We had concerns about sand fleas and mosquitoes, but had no problems while there.

For those who write negative reviews about Nirvana, you have a right to your opinion, but do your research first. We have no problems being checked in by a night watchman, sitting on older furniture, and not having a TV because we did our research on TripAdvisor and on http://www.nirvananegril.com/. Management cannot control the construction sounds next door, and it was not at night during our stay.

Lonnie and Stan have a great property here! All in all, we'd go back to Nirvana without hesitation.

Room Tip: Read the description on http://www.nirvananegril.com/.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2011

Second time here in two years. Wanted the Sundeck Studio and thought we were getting a "private balcony", not as advertised; its not a "sundeck" (sine it has a roof!) and its not private in terms of privacy. Pluses: grounds are clean, security guards at night, you get your beach chairs without a problem. But i believe there must be better value for your money....In addtion to the room fee, beward of tax AND a manditory gratuity, which adds 25% to the cost of your room (this policy is not universal in Jamaica). And for this price your manager is not onsite after about 6pm, so any problems must be dealt with via a security guard.

2 of 3 days were accompanied by construction just below the apartment starting mid morning and running till early evening. Workers were asked to keep the noise down but it changed nothing. To be fair...on the plus side, the units are well outfitted for coooking and the bathrooms are nice. On the negative, BYOLB (bring your own light bulbs). Nirvana is using the worlds worst flourescents so all rooms feel like interrogation chambers...not that we spent so much time indoors, but still for this price there should be some ambiance...they do spray a LOT for bugs, i guess that can be considered a plus, however if you are senstive to the smell of insecticide, you might want to consider this practice.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2011

This place was excellent. On one hand I am reluctant to give such praise, because if it gets too popular, the wife and I may have a harder time booking the place next year. However, we must give credit where credit is due. The service, accommodations and security were all top notch. The staff immediately made us feel comfortable and were available when needed. The owners were very helpful in getting us prepared for the trip. The wife and I have routinely gone to Jamaica over the past 25 years. The island has changed of course (some good, some not so good). This was our first time at this property. We have stayed at all level of accommodations, from simple 1 room dwellings to luxury all-inclusives. We found the former lacking in amenities and security and the latter isolating, confining and often way too expensive. Nirvana was the perfect mix.

Some things to know:
-Pre-arrange transportation (airport to property) with the owners. The prices are reasonable and the drivers are very professional.
-Get a villa with air conditioning. You may think the ocean breeze will be enough. It won't be. We had the Owner's Villa ( a little pricey, but worth every dime).
-The housekeeping staff also cook (selected villas). This is well worth it. A great time and money saver. The food is authentic, nutritious and tastes great.
-Buy the 20 pound bag of oranges offered. The staff will make daily fresh squeezed OJ daily. Nothing like it.
-Contrary to what others may have written, we found the grocery store's prices and stock very reasonable (come on guys, we are after all on a tropical island and not the local suburban supermarket).
-The fresh fruit vendors come along every morning. They will cut the fruit for you. The coco bread man also comes every morning.

Things we did not like:
Whats not to like?

WARNING:
The wife and I went at the end of July/beginning of August. We were unaware of an ATI/RTI music festival 3 day weekend. IF YOU ARE NOT GOING FOR THIS EVENT, DO NOT STAY ANY WHERE NEAR IT. The music was so loud, it actually shook the property buildings and lasted each night until 4AM. This was not fault of the Nirvana owners in any way. However, you should be forewarned. In any event, we still had a great time and would highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

i never write reviews... but this place was sooo good...i have to. First of all, I was greeted upon arrival (Rocky's is BEST transportation services... BEST..BEST) - the ladies were very pleasant and up-lifting. Big smiles and made me feel welcome (the big resorts are a bad joke+ the food is nasty). Rainbows right next door has amazing good jerk chicken and fish +other good HOME-COOKED food (off subject) We stayed in the owners villa which right on the beach=> UNBEATABLE... the good man Shine was always looking out for us at night time & giving us good advice. Both Shine and the gardener (forgot his name but has a bit of a stutter) are two exceptional people that left lasting impressions and gave me a new found hope in humanity (if you go to Alfred's, beware). Seriously, but all joking aside, I absolutely love EVERYTHING and every PERSON at Nirvana, Negril. We had the time of our lives! 9mile/mayfield/ysfalls/black river safari in that order remember Rocky's 4 best safe reliable transportation.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Nirvana on the Beach
Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Negril
#5 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located on Negril Beach, Nirvana is an intimate & unique beachfront property with that famous old-style Negril ambiance, privacy & security making it the perfect choice for couples, singles, families or groups who have been searching for a special island-style laid back un-commercial Caribbean beachfront vacation. We are a terrific value, you can rent one unit, several units or the whole property. ... more   less 
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