We stayed at Idle Awhile for 5 days prior to moving onto Couples Negril for 7 more days. Couples Resorts owns Idle Awhile. Couples Negril was outstanding for a romantic couple vacation, see our review.
There are numerous posivtives with this resort. We had an upstairs room, garden view. We were very pleased with the upstairs room as it provided privacy and no foot traffic alongside our room as the downstairs rooms have. The frog noise was in fact soothing and not a factor. The room was very nice with numerous hooks for clothes and wet bathing suits. The balconey was as it looks in the photographs, Very nice to relax on the large sofa and chair.
Staff were for the most part very nice at this hotel. The two beach guys, Eric and Aaron, the bartender Jenny were great. However when Jenny was away that friendly service disappeared. A special note and thank-you to the chambermaid, Veronica. What a doll.
The beach here was great. It was fun to utalize the beach vendors. By the second day the vendors new who you were and did not bother you. It was part of the fun on 7 mile beach and we did not feel overpowered by the vendors.
Now for the reason we would not return to this property. As a romantic hotel for a couple, this property missed the mark. The hotel is primarily focused on families, and families did dominate this property. Couples seem to take a back seat at this property. Idle Awhile appears to market itself as a couples romantic hideaway however romantic just does not work along side such a strong family oriented hotel. Listening to mothers yell from the restaurant to the beach and the beach out to the water at their offspring became old fast.
The restaurant was great for breakfast and lunch, however seemed to fall flat for dinner. My wife and I ordered the Mahi Mahi for dinner, very expensive at $27 each entree, and it was difficult to find the fish on the plate. We stopped ordering drinks at the bar other than beer or wine. Mixed drinks were not very strong and were difficult to taste any alcohol. This was was with consitent tipping.
The rooms should have a menu for ordering room service from the restaurant. Ice seemed very difficult to get to your room. We only found out the last day that there was an ice machine near the kitchen area. The hotel staff never informed us of this, it was another hotel guest who found the ice machine. Perhaps the hotel does not want guest helping themselves? When ordering ice from the bar or front desk they would send someone up with a plastic bag full of ice dripping all over. Ice buckets would seem like a much better system. These are just some of the oddities that made this property not a romantic couples getaway.
Idle Awhile has many positives, including a loyal following, however this property, for us, fell short of expectations. We would consider returning to Idle Awhile if we were travelling with our chidlren and grandchildren however.
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- Also Known As:
- Idle Awhile Hotel Negril