We just returned from a week in the Pelican Cottage at Rhodes Hall Plantation. This is OUR idea of a R&R vacation. We wanted to be able to cook alittle for ourselves this time around. We wanted to feel more like we were at our cottage not a resort. We have been to Jamaica about 12 times, and other islands over the years. This time we wanted more of a home feel than a resort.
The owners of the property and Resort are on site everyday, they work each and everyday. We are business owners as well, and we both agreed that they know what type of property they wanted to build, and who their target customers are! Equally, they will not apologize if you booked the wrong vacation. Nor should they. I must say that any website I have ever looked at always looked far better and made promises that weren't kept. The Rhodes website I believe sells itself short. We were pleasantly surprised to find it much nicer and I cannot emphasize enough the tranquility of the property that cannot be translated into words.
I cannot stress enough that this is not everyone's idea of a vacation in Jamaica or elsewhere. The passion that the owners bring to this resort is evident, and I hope that anyone wondering if this is a good place for their vacation will read my comments and decide for themselves before booking, and becoming disappointed with their choice.
So with that in mind, I am going to begin with who this does not target. Hopefully you will read my review, and decide it is not for you, and you can have the vacation you are trying to achieve, which ultimately is all of our goals! Both of us LOVED this property, as well the people who operate and work here; and want like minded people to fall in love with it as well.
This is a SECLUDED property, far enough from Negril, you will need to make arrangements for a taxi. The resort provides drivers, at a cost, and it will require booking them in advance. So if being on/close to 7 mile beach is important, this may disappoint you.
This is a QUIET property. You will have activities as suggested on their website that you can sign up for, but otherwise, you will not find dancing singing entertainment in the evening. (As of our visit) in case this changes in the future....:)
If WIFI and TV is important to you, this may disappoint you as well. The WIFI is scattered, and TV very very limited. Again, if you wish to be attached to your laptop, etc, this will be disappointing to you.
This is a very small resort, I believe 26 rooms. If a huge buffet or many choices of food at your disposal, is high on your list, this is not the resort for you. If you expect your food to be ready within minutes, I will again say, move on, this is not the place for you.
If the idea of a rooster waking you up in the morning, or the sounds and sights of Peacocks hanging around bothers you, then please do not book here.
water pressure was on the low side of my liking, but didn't change my experience!
If you are still with me at this point, welcome to what might be your future home away from home! Dave and I can't explain to you enough how amazing it is to sit on the deck with the beach feet away from you sipping on your morning Blue Mountain Coffee. Listening and watching the birds, listening to the ocean, and chatting with our new friends we met on this trip! It was followed by snorkling in an amazing coral reef, sunning ourselves along the pool, a leisurely lunch (slow slow slow process, but oh worth the wait), laughing with friends in the afternoon, seeing and doing an activity provided by the property. I personally enjoyed the caves.
Meeting up with everyone for the unbelievable sunset. Our evening meal which again well worth the lengthy wait, but your busy chatting up with everyone, so the time goes by. The evening you are either in town for a bit, or in bed early so you can do it all over again!
Enjoy your vacation!
Cheryl and Dave
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a magnificent 550 acre property on the northwest coast of Jamaica in the Negril area. Our low-density, eco-friendly resort has 26 unique ocean front and hillside rooms. Full Complimentary Breakfast 8 AM to 10:30 AM daily for all registered guests. Meal plans available with or without alcohol. Transportation packages. Tour Packages. Accommodations ranging from family cottages with full kitchens, private rooms with furnished verandas, and hillside rooms with panoramic views available with or without meal plan. Rooms with kitchenettes, sleeping lofts, queen or king size bed. Cable television available in some rooms only. Complimentary use of preprogrammed cell phone. Eco friendly environment so we do not offer complimentary shampoo, cream rinse, or room hair dryers, etc., however guests are more than welcome to bring these items if needed. Complimentary Full Breakfast included and served in the restaurant between 8am and 10:30am. Full service restaurant open until 9pm to 9:30pm daily including lounge & skydeck. Registered guests can order from the menu $6 USD Lunch and $12 USD Dinner including one non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Seaside infinity seawater pool. Two private beaches. Natural private coastline. Mangrove Swamp & Crocodile Reserve with our 60 Ft. floating viewing platform. Mineral springs and magic blue mud bath. Queen of the night. Horseback riding daily (closed Saturday). Bird Sanctuary. Peacock Haven. Eco-Tours. Cave Tours. Nature Walk. Glass Bottom Boat day and night cruises. One mile healthy coral reef steps from our shoreline located at Samuel's Bay National Marine Park. Snorkeling. Scuba Diving. Fishing beyond the reef. Friday night beach bonfire party (Dec 15 to April 15). Gift Shop. Entertainment field. Playing field. Natural walking track. Basketball court. Multiplex Center. Wedding Venues. Special events. 20% Discount off all attractions for registered guests. Make this your own private paradise. Discover Rhodes Beach Resort Negril and experience the true spirit of Jamaica in it's natural environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rhodes Hotel Hanover Parish