The Idle Awhile resort is very true to its name and provides a perfect setting for those wishing a few lazy days spent on the beach, sampling all the great food nearby. We were booked for three nights in a standard ocean view room on the second floor. The drive from the Montego Bay airport to the hotel is scenic and Brian, the hotel’s driver was very knowledgeable about the island and provided us with a lot of interesting trivia and useful information. Check in at the hotel was quick and Karim at the reception provided us with a couple of “Idle Awhile” water bottles that came really handy during our trip. The hotel grounds are well maintained, with a very nice restaurant and bar. The property has direct access to the beach and there were sufficient beach chairs and floats. The beach is clean, the water clear blue and is perfect temperature. Also, there is a security guard always on duty, which was very comforting. Our room itself was very spacious with a large balcony that provided a partial view of the sea. The balcony had really comfortable chairs and was our favorite spot for Idling a while.
The resort is very conveniently located and a large number of great restaurants are within walking distance. We had some really great meals at the Idle Awhile restaurant, Norma’s, Cosmos, Donaldson and the “Best in the West” which is right across the street. Norma's promised us free dessert with the purchase of an entree but they ran out of desserts and we we offered only icecream. Later during our stay, we found it easier to walk along the road, rather than the beach. This was much quicker and also we were not being constantly accosted for “Bob Marley Smoke”, water sports, boat tours and excursions. The roundabout, which has a lot of shops, restaurants, ATM’s and currency exchanges, is about a twenty-minute walk. We did a lot of walking, since we were on a budget and avoided taxis whenever possible, but you can get a cab ride for about 100-1000 Jamaican dollars ( USD $2 - $10) anywhere around Negril. Idle Awhile has a tie up with its sister resort “Couples Swept Away” and we were allowed to use the fitness center and other facilities at this very large all inclusive resort. There is also a pool table, ping-pong table and large screen TV’s. Overall, Idle Awhile was really worth the money, a great location and I would definitely recommend it. Some of things I missed were a complimentary breakfast and a coffee maker in the room.
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- Also Known As:
- Idle Awhile Hotel Negril