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So I arrive @ the airport having missed my transfer, lady points me in the direction of Jamaica Tours desk 21. Only have to wait for Denny to pick me up in a black stretch limousine 10mins then we're on our way! I think it took about 15minutes to the hotel, Denny was answering all my millions of questions and I was too comfortable on the black leather to notice the drive. That was the 1st time I have arrived in JA & not stared out of the window ...
... and I should have had it braided, but anywho, I did it anyway, and it was fun. The pictures are very expensive, and we almost walked away from it all, but decided on the morning of our departure to order the 12 month calendar with pics..We chose the best pics for the calendar and that was $60.00 with free shipping..We should receive it in about 3 weeks..We thought that would be a great keepsake if we never do it again, but I decided when we return to Couples, we will ...
... drank some juice and then found a spot to store our stuff. Take only what can get wet was what they told us and out to the "loading dock" we went.
The horses were brought to us as we all waited on the wall for easy access to the saddle. Once seated we were off.
There are just a few trails which meander through an abandoned sugar mill. Our guide recalled stories of ...
Today Greg and I woke up to bongo beats and fresh squeezed juice. Another perfect day in Jamaica. After breakfast we decided to do some kayaking around the bay. The air was crisp and the water clear for ever, we paddled around until our arms were done and settled back on the sand in front of the hotel. Some men were entertaining the crowd with box beat drums and flutes while the usual touts ...
... proceeded into a wonderfully lush jungle area and down to a river where we entered the water and walked upstream.
These waters are highly mineralized and healing. We swam and soaked and took pictures.
Mayfield falls was exhilarating and we could hardly bring ourselves to dry off.
Soon we were downstream and picnicking beside the river with beans, fish, tortillas and vegetables.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLegends Resort Negril
Good value for money, the staff is extra-friendly and went out of the way to accomodate any whim we had. Would go there again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Legends Resort Negril
I should have paid more!
I should have paid more! You really do get what you pay for. I didn't pay alot and got didn't get alot. The office staff was just terrible. I asked a question and got nothing in reponse. God forbid if there was a fire. If you asked for a fire extiguisher you might just get a smile and a nod. I thought at first maybe she didn't speak english then I remembered my history lesson in grade school and realized it was an english colony and she was just ignoring us. Thank god two people I went with had gone before and they met some really good guys out there that were cliff divers. They stayed in touch and when we got there they took care of us. The guys came for us every morning but security never let them in after 10p. Security was impossible to deal with after 10p. We had to sign them into the resort first thing in the morning so that they would get them in but of course the front desk didn't fill us in on that until day 4 when we finally decided to pitch a fit and she had the nerve to make it sound like it was common knowledge that we could sign people in for after 10p. This after she just turned her back on us after we asked a question a couple times. The maid service was ok. Don't assume you are going to get clean towels or have your sheets changed every day. We were there for 7 days. By the 4th day they figured out that we wanted clean towels each day. Mike sells Jerk chicken right outside the gate he is the best. Roots Bamboo was nice also for a night life thing. Andre at Risky Business tell him I said hello if you go there. They have all you can drink rum for ladies nightuntil midnight. Captian Moses! With his helper Llyod were very nice and can work with you. Don't do all inclusive. You can find better food everywhere.Bar B Barn, Juicy J's, Roots Bamboo, and the street vendors. The best partwas the location. We could walk to all the hot spots. If you stay at Ruiit's pretty but it's all families and you have to taxi to get to where wewere. When I wasn't at Legends I had a fabulous time! I only wanted to gothere at the end of the day.
Don't be fooled
first off i have to agree with the prvious review, Jamaica is paradise so where you stay really comes second to the festivites you will be enjoying in Negril. I have been to Jamaica before and have to say Negril is the BEST!. But legends is the WORSE. #1 the front office staff was very stand-offish and unhelpfull (to say the least). Every question was answered by a shrug of the shoulders and a blank stare. By no means did i expect to get 5 star treatment at this economy hotel but i did expect some basic ammenites like a phone and clean towels. Actually there was a phone in the room but unless you were going to use your credit card and get charged some outrageous rate you were out of luck. And yes there were towels in the room, only if you scammed the housekeeper to give you some. The front desk service is what took the cake. One example of the absolute lack of customer service is that when my mother called for me she got disconnetd 2 time and then told that me and my party had "checked out and went back home". I was appalled!! I can not expalin the worry and panic my mother experinced. When i brought this to the front desk attention again i got the "dumb look". Legends sister hotel Samsara "looked" better and i would definately try to stay there instead of Legends; matter of fact i would rather be homeless in Negril before i stayed at Legends again.
The Low Down on Legends
Jamaica is paradise. No matter where you stay, the place is real. The website and travel agent made this place seem like we would be in heaven on earth. Not quite.Do not get a garden room. They are across the street from not only the Caribbean, but the bar too. Our room was across the street from the resort, down a long, slippery path and at the very end. Every time we crossed the road we would be hassled to buy something. This place thrives off of tourism and I understand, but stay on the oceanside to avoid the situation. We did the all inclusive. It was worth it for us because we like to be festive. For those that might not drink from 10-10, save your money. The food is mediocre at bestand the service, slow but with a smile. Go to De Buss for jerk...awesome but make sure your chicken or whatever is cooked! I thought tips were included...wrong. If you want attention...tip. Be prepared to be propositioned for everything from pineapple to bracelets and beyond. Duck your head, avoid eye contact and your cool. Just say, No thanks, respect.Check out Seroy's jerk chicken stand. It's right out the front gate of Legends, across the street and to the left. Great person to meet. He really made our trip memorable.I brought toys and t-shirts to give the children. A smile goes a long way. Any old colorful clothes and shoes are most welcome by the Jamaican people. The gratitude shown from their heart in their eyes is beyond words.We met great people, had great times, learned the in's and out's, and managed to have a mighty fine time. If you stay at Legends, do not do the all inclusive unless you party like me, stay ocean side, experience native cooking and meet the people. Saturate yourself in this place, Jamaica.
Not for a family
I would NOT recommend staying at Legends for a family. Other than the small beach area and minature pool there is nothing fo kids here. The food was terrible, service slow and stafff not very friendly. At night the surrounding area was loud and full of locals begging fo you \r attendion to buy something. Oh well, live and learn.
Affordable and friendly
I would definitely stay at Legends in Negril again for affordability. The staff is friendly. Don't do the all-inclusive plan, though; the food's so much better elsewhere. (For example, the restaurant just next door-Kuyaba)Downside is when the bar closes (around 10 pm?), they also close the main gate to get back into the property from the beach. If you party after hours somewhere else and come back via the beach, you have to come back in via a little dark corridor along the side.
Don't go during march
the rooms at legends are nice, but if you want to keep your room cool, go back after housekeeping has left and turn your A/C back on, because they always turn it off when they clean your room. also if you are not a big partier and you don't like a lot of noise, DO NOT stay here from the last week or two of february to the end of march. i stayed here from FEB. 26-MAR.5 and we had a beach side room, above the bar. on march 1st, the first day of spring break, the music from the bar rattled our windows until 4:30 in the morning and nobody got any sleep. the employees here were not very friendly at all. they catered to the spring breakers and if you were not a spring breaker you didn't get any service. some one of the guys i went with had a waitress laugh in his face because when he ordered a beer he called it the wrong name. if you want nice service good food and more peaceful stay i recommend kuyuba right next door to legends.
I wasn't born yesterday
This was my fourth stay in Negril, so I've stayed at other places there and can do a comparison. The rooms at Legends were large and comfortable. When they clean your room they take your towels and wash them so, if you are lucky, you will get them back in five hours. Wash cloths and hand towels, forget about it! Many of the employees were not very friendly and made you feel that you were asking too much of them. The buffet was served three times a day with the same thing repeated over and over. They definitely are saving money on the food. I would not suggest the all inclusive package unless you drink alot! We went up to Samsara one evening (the sister hotel) and it was very nice. The beach at Legends is very nice and chairs are readily available. I would say that Legends is a very basic place to stay.
Not the best food in town
It's the better of the two properties but d'ont expect the food to be the best you ever had. The selection is very shy at best. What makes it ok to stay at is the people. The owner could increase the selection for the price they charge.
Adequate is right
I agree with the other post--Legends was fine, but basic, situated right on the beach. We stayed in an ocean view room, which is also directly above the bar, so we had the bass of the one CD they play continuously("teen techno mix") pumping through the floor 24/7.
Legends doesn't provide a hairdryer or any other amenities, so bring your own. Be prepared to be kind of isolated--it's not near anything other than other hotels, the beach, and the duty free mall, and there's nothing to do except relax. If you go, BRING BUG SPRAY! We got eaten alive. And eat at the restaurant next door (Bar B Barn, I think it's called) --much better food than Legends.
Legends: Budget Paradise
Negril was beautiful. Legends was adequate. Everything you'd expect in a budget hotel PLUS paradise!
Every room has an air conditioner and a ceilling fan -- definitely a "plus". The rooms were kept clean. The staff seemed genuinely nice -- also an important positive feature. The fixtures in the rooms were plain and somewhat tattered. (We had to change rooms half-way through our week, due to a leak in the bathroom. Our second room had "jimmied" together locks on the door.) There is no TV or radio, except in the bar. (But really, who cares? You are in paradise, after all.) There are no elevators, so if stairs are a problem, be sure to request a first floor room. There are also some rooms across the highway. Avoid these. You want to stay on the beach side. There are only 5 ocean view rooms, and although I requested one, did not get it, even when they made us change rooms!
They serve wonderful frozen tropical drinks in the bar! (Banana daquairi---yummm.) The food was plentiful but plain with a few local dishes offered. (Fried plantains, Jamaican dumplings, jerk chicken) The restaurant and bar close every night at 10 p.m.
The snorkel equipment the hotel has available is bits and pieces found on the beach and in rooms, left by previous guests. They offer free canoes (kayaks?) and "bicycle boats"--just leave your room key as deposit. Captain Moses could be found on our beach every day and was the man to see about arranging water activities: snorkel trips, para-sailing, jet skis, party boats, etc. There are plenty of other "services" available on the beach--even directly in front of the hotel -- just say "no".
We had a hard time finding information about tours from the front desk, on the first couple of days, but the young lady who took over later was very helpful. There is a shopping center (touristy, duty free) directly across the street and a "cambio" for money exchange next door. The tour office (upstairs at the shopping center) is a good place to visit if you want to book tours: even ones that aren't listed in your brochures, on days when they don't seem to be available.
Getting a cab is no problem at all. (Ask for Lee---he's the best!) Don't take a "gypsy" cab. Look for red and white liscense plates. Get a price for your ride before you get in the car-- we rode to Rick's Cafe for $3, but the driver taking us back said it would be $10. My son was given these words of advice from a "yardie"-- "You tell them, if you were born in the night, it wasn't LAST night!"