I feel bad writing a review saying anything negative about this property, since it always gets glowing reviews and has tons of repeat visitors. Many people book years in advance. I would have to agree with all the positive reviews regarding the room (which was gorgeous) and the beautiful gardens. Any time we brought up an issue, the staff were very quick to remedy it. Eric and Aaron were always ready to set up loungers for us on the beach wherever we wanted, complete with umbrella. Chill Awhile restaurant/bar was a wonderful option for meals if we didn't feel like walking anywhere. They have an amazing quesadilla menu. So the property has lots going for it.
There were a few negatives that would prevent me from giving it highest marks in all categories. First, our room (#101) was noisy. There is no glass in the windows, just screens and wooden louvers. Tree frogs at night were soothing, all the people walking by the room all day and night talking and laughing not so soothing. People use the walkway as a shortcut to Best in the West jerk chicken stand across the street, and the room is also very close to the kitchen, so the kitchen staff would go by very early in the morning, waking us up before we wanted to be. Apart from the noise, there was very little privacy on our lovely patio because of the constant stream of people walking past. We had a garden view, which faces the road, so quite a bit of road noise can be heard. The day we left, construction was just gearing up for major work at the neighbouring property, Coco la Palm, and it is exceptionally close to the left side of Idle Awhile, so I think there will be a lot of construction noise for quite some time, probably several months.
We also weren't really sure how much security there was. There was one guard at the rear of the property (some of the time). We had spent a week at Negril Treehouse before we arrived at Idle Awhile, and their security was visible and excellent. You didn't get hassled at your lounger by beach vendors, because they would be shooed away by the security people. We got hassled far more at Idle Awhile. For whatever reason, all the beach musicians (there were at least 6 different solo acts and groups) would park themselves in front of our loungers and play several songs, whether anyone wanted to hear yet another version of Bob Marley's songs or not. Again, didn't happen at Treehouse.
The 6 suites are attractive to families. We were surprised by the number of children that were there. If you would prefer a more adult environment, this is not going to be the place for you.
To sum up, all the good things about Idle Awhile (and there are many good things) just didn't quite overcome the negative things to meet our expectations for a small boutique type property, for the price.
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