We have recently returned from our fourth trip to Jamaica, so it's obvious we love it there. Our two adult children, their significant others, and we, were invited to a family member's wedding at Sandals Negril. Not being the AI type we knew we would not stay there but at one of our favorite places on the Cliffs and then a few days at the Beach. Country Country is our spot there. Due to late planning on our part, for the dates of our various stays we were able to find a place for 1 couple at Catcha Falling Star and 2 couples at Tensing Pen, our other favorite at the Cliffs. We had originally looked at the 2 bedroom + 1 bedroom in the large building at Catcha for the 6 of us and it was not available by the time we made our decision. The staff, lodging, and amenities at both resorts is beyond comparison of any place we have stayed in our lifetimes.
I had been concerned that we may not be able to have all 6 of us spend as much time together as we wanted even though the resorts are just steps away from each other. My fears were dispelled immediately when our driver from Clives, highly recommended, dropped our son and daughter-in-law off at Catcha and Andrea remembered me and insisted "the lady" get out of the van and come over to the office for a hug and some nice conversation. We had spent two extended prior visits at Catcha, which we love equally as TP. So hard to choose, we try to spend time at both, and definitely eat at Ivans. Our previous visits to Catcha we stayed in the Virgo and Sun 1 bedroom suites with full kitchen, and the Libra Cottage, so beautiful but limited kitchen facilities.
So then my husband and I checked in at TP and were as warmly greeted, like coming home. Our previous visits had been to the Pine Pillar and Rock Cottage II, and this time we chose Garden A for ourselves, and our daughter and her guy were to arrive at Garden B the next day. We advised the office of our son being at Catcha and "no problem" for them to visit with us and his sister for the length of our stay. We immediately jumped into our suits and headed down to the cliffs for a swim. We could see across the way to our son and daughter-in-law doing the same at Catcha. We then enjoyed a great evening dinner at Ivans and playing cards on the beautiful porch of Garden A at TP.
Next day, the big arrival of our daughter and her guy, usually skeptical of anything Mom tells her, on arrival at TP she was all smiles and said, "It's everything you said it was, it's amazing!" You really just have to walk in the gate of either resort and you know you have arrived in paradise. Again everyone jumped into their suits and began jumping off cliffs and the bridge, and enjoying the gorgeous views. Lunch at Ivan's at Catcha was really fun and delicious. Their soups are out of this world. This time we had the vegetable and I still can't believe how good it was. Our son and daughter-in-law loved the breakfast, especially the syrup which may be pure maple, yummm.
Our daughter-in-law could not get enough of the flowers and greenery, walking down the paths of both resorts, Catcha has well recovered from the devastation of storm Nicole. Our daughter-in-law and our son had travelled from Wisconsin so the tropics were well received after their brutal winter. They both loved the friendliness at Catcha which is beyond compare. Seeing some of the staff from our previous visits, Kenisha, Nikki, Vivienne (who is all grown up now), and especially Carol made our time there so personal. Thanks to all.
Then there are the dogs. Since our kids own Ridgebacks as well, the dogs at TP are a special added attraction. Tensing, Shuga, and Beezy hung out with us comfortably and guarded us in our comings and goings between the 2 resorts. Special mention as well to Ben at Catcha, a very sweet dog.
While there we noticed that the 3 bedroom, 3 bath Long House at TP was available, so for a small upgraded price, all six of us moved for our 2 remaining nights so we could all be together. Our kids kept their original lodgings and moved back for their last night. The guys went fishing with "Duke" and brought in a 25 pound black fin tuna. Catcha filleted it and we gave most of it away to the staff at both resorts and cooked up the rest in the fine kitchen of the Long House. We bought rice and calalloo at the little store across the road and had a fine dinner.
I can't say enough about how great the people of Jamaica are. The hotel staff, the drivers, chefs, servers, tour guides. Jamaica must be doing something right. We will be back again and again.
Thanks again to all. Next stop Catcha, hoping the Libra is available or maybe try Sagi....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are many places to stay in Negril, Jamaica on the cliffs... ...but where else will you be pampered at a cliff property unlike any other on the planet... Catcha Falling Star Resort on the Negril Cliffs...Our lovely little Negril cliff resort property overlooks the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Catcha Falling Star is truly the "Gem of Jamaica". Nestled among the tops of the Negril cliffs of the West End with a spectacular view of the sea below will make you want to "linger longer" in Negril, Jamaica! These seaside cliff cottages capture the true essence and ambiance of Jamaica. Now yours to discover. . . A priceless experience! ... more less
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- Catcha Falling Star Negril