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Lost Beach: The Anti-All Inclusive
My wife and I have been travelling to Jamaica since the 1970's. We stayed multiple times at the "all inclusive" resorts until discovering Lost Beach in 2001. It is now our Jamaican resort of choice. If you enjoy wearing a wrist band and standing in buffet lines, do NOT go to Lost Beach. If you enjoy arising at 5:00 AM to put your towel out to reserve a lounger, do NOT go to Lost Beach. If you enjoy an Entertainment Director imploring you to "Put your hands together" or encouraging you to enter the limbo contest, do NOT go to Lost Beach. However, if you want peace, tranquility and beautiful scenery, GO to Lost Beach. If you want to be warmly greeted daily, by name, by the entire staff, GO to Lost Beach. If you want to get to know Jennifer, the manager, Mark the pool boy, Lisa the bartender/waitress, Mrs. Harvey, the housekeeeper and even the owners Steve and Beth Welsh, GO to lost Beach. I haven't even mentioned the food, the working fishing village next door, the walks on the beach, the snorkling, the fishing or a trip into Negril. Suffice to say we will be back next year. Indeed on that visit we intend to take our 3 sons, their wives and our 11 grandchildren.
Peace, Passion, People
We visited Jamaica for 6 hours on a cruise excursion. We were eager to spend more time in the beautiful country.
Our stay at Lost Beach Resort was wonderful. Tucked away in a small fishing village with warm and welcoming accommodations, beautiful beach and ocean view, Lost Beach Resort provided us a peaceful getaway from all of the hubbub of metropolitan Milwaukee.
The staff was exceptional in its workmanship but even more so in the relationships they allowed us to forge with them.
We took excursions into Negril to shop, to walk 7 mile Beach, to visit a bat cave and one of Bob Marley's homes, to see the cliffs, to climb to the top of the still-working lighthouse and to dine at 3 Dives and Sweet and Spice (a couple of spots the locals consider tops.)
The food served at the resort was excellent including many varieties of chicken and fresh lobster and tuna.
We felt like we were connected culturally. If you want tranquility, excellent service and wish to avoid the hype of the "touristy" resorts, then Lost Beach Resort is waitng for you with open arms.
Perfect island paradise
I will be back to the lost beach resort. i am already planning the next trip. since it was summer i thought it would be too hot but there is a great ocean breeze and overhead fans and i felt fine the entire trip. my only complaint is that i did not plan for a longer vacation.
jennifer and her husband are wonderful people who will and do go out of their way to make the guests happy. thanks so much for making this a memorable trip for me.
We had a great time!
I stayed at Lost Beach with a group of friends. We had an amazing time! We were looking for a place to stay that was not touristy, and very relaxed. Lost Beach is all that and more. It is nestled in a country setting that feels like it's much farther from Negril than it actually is. In fact, if you need to go to town, it's not that far of a drive. The grounds of Lost Beach are beautiful. There are lots of flowers and neat sculptures. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with wonderful views of the sea. The locals that live around Lost Beach were so friendly too.
It's true that bug spray is a MUST on the beach there, but the trade-off is that there aren't tons of people around. Or you could just sit and relax by the pool. Mark (the pool guy) is usually around to offer friendly conversation. In fact, the entire staff is very welcoming, laid-back and helpful. During our stay, it was my friend's birthday, and Colleen (the manager at the time) looked up a special "dairy-free" recipe online and had the cook prepare it for him. It made us all feel like family. Sebert drove us to the places we wanted to go to, and made sure we had a good time. Egbert ("Eggy") taught me how to make a coconut bowl. Jennifer was really nice and accomodating. The kitchen and bar staff make great food (you have to try the ackee & coco bread for breakfast) and drinks. I don't remember everyone's names, but I do remember how they made us feel. Everyone there will go out of their way to help you, without making it like you are being overly "catered-to". We had a wonderful vacation!
We stayed at Lost Beach 2004,2005 and will be there in 2006 for one month
I have always enjoyed the family atmosphere of Lost Beach. Jennifer and her crew are the reasons we return.Imagine opening the door to your Veranda and the ocean welcomes you 100 feet away. Don't miss the fantastic sunrise each morning,sip your coffee and watch the local fishermen launch their boats. Wait for their return a few hours later and see if their catch is shrimp, lobster or fish.You can be sure Jennifer will have something fresh caught on the menu for your visit.If you're looking for something special she will go out of her way to find it for you.There are always fresh salads and veggies on the menu and you have to try the buttermilk chicken.The walk along the secluded beach cannot be compared to Negril.You won't see hotels,higglers or hear loud music. You may pass a local commuting to his job...by way of the beach. The shells we found this year were incredible thanks to Hurricane Ivan.You will see other small local bars where the people are friendly and welcome you to the neighborhood.There are so many hideaway places to see in this area, Bob Marleys' beach house and bathing hole; the bat cave, great snorkling and fishing...but most of all it's the people.We stay for a month and it's still not enough time.We have gotten to know the crew at Lost Beach.If you want Sandal's, it's not...if you want a place and people that treat you like family and know your name, know your drink when you go the bar...cooks that will prepare anything...anyway you like it...a place where your children can play safely...a place that is off the beaten path...it is. If you want to go to Negril or any other tourist attraction, there is a hotel vehicle that can take you....but remember, this is Jamaica...plan ahead for your trips, your dinner...everything is prepared fresh. If you have a problem, talk to Jennifer. She will go out of her way to accomodate you. That's why we're going back. Thanks for a great time...everytime! Soon come back:)
Lost Beach is an accurate name
My husband I have travelling to Jamacia for the past twenty years, always staying in Negril. We were so excited to discover Lost Beach Resort. It is truly the way we remembered the beaches of Negril in 1984! You can lose yourself wlking for miles on deserted beaches. And when you get back a smiling bartender is ready to greet you with the beverage of your choice.
It really is the best of all worlds...the beach is the best there is, the food is great, the bar always seems to be open, and if the sand gets to you, there is always the pool. The staff is not only helpful, but very nice, everybody knows your name. This spring break for the first time we brought our two sons with us, they love the place as much as we do. Whether your seeking romance, a family reunion or just a place to recharge, you cannot go wrong choosing Lost Beach Resort.
We are going back this October, cannot wait!
Traveling with a 2 and 3 year old to Lost Beach
My wife and I had planned to return to Jamaica after two great trips to the large resorts in Negril, Mo Bay and Ocho Rios. We searched for a more out of the way location to get away from the PRESSURE combination of tourism and poverty. We wanted to meet real Jamaicans who weren't trying to hussle a hair braid or boat ride or contraband to anyone who was not local. Jamaica is very beautiful but also very poor. We searched for a place that offered a kitchen and less commercialized surroundings. That's how we found Lost Beach.
Lost beach resort is situated on the south cost of Jamaica near a river mouth so the blue water and crystal white sugar sand of Negril it is not. However, a beach front room with hammocks, patios and great play area for our children could not have been better for our situation. We have two toddlers who are very active. We played in the sand in front of our room, play house behind our room and playground. The rooms are solid construction, tile floored basic rooms with functional amenities. They have kitchens to cook food you can purchase from the grocery or from the fish market. If you don't want to cook the restaurant is almost always open. The pool was serviced every day by Mark who is very helpful. The Bar staff is professionally staffed by two polite bar maids Lisa and Samantha. These young ladies were very friendly but never intrusive. The cooks prepared food to our order each time we needed service. As we had read on other sites it takes some time for the food to be prepared. No big deal just plan in advance. Pickey was the head grounds keeper and always had a large smile each morning and also can help you get anything you need on the property. Charmaine the baby sitter helped out on a couple of days and to occupy our VERY ACTIVE children. At night the local music can be heard from the local hang outs. Egbert the night watchman was always present and on duty keeping us secure. I do not want to omit the other staffers whom I cannot remember but the entire staff was exactly what we needed.
As for the driver, I was told to look for a tall thin Rasta Named Seabert (see-berth) at the airport. If you have never been to this side of the air port no worries. It seems more intimidating than it may be. Just look for a very tall Rasta and tell the other drivers who ask if you need a ride that you are looking for Sebert. Most of them are familiar with one another and should help you find him. Please understand that there are no 10 lane expressways to get you from one town to another in Jamaica. When a traffic jam occurs the entire transportation system is slowed. But you are not in the States any more, cope have a beer and chill. My three year old son was fascinated by this big man with the colorful hat and funny way of talking. As was this Rasta fascinated by this young man with so much to say. I would have to say that my sons experience with Sebert is one of the most significant in his life so far. We have been back home since December and he still has a picture of the two of them in his room. We joke often in our Sebert accent that he is a "Bad Boy" and laugh remembering how much fun we had on this trip.
We spent one day Negril for the day and can say that Beaches is nice but the food is terrible and the atmosphere is pressured. It does not feel like the Jamaica we know.
At lost beach bring your bug spray!!!! Apply it every day all day no joke.
Get into the water and help push the fishing boats in and pull them out. Watch the fascinating fish market with the local community. DO NOT TAKE THEIR PHOTOGRAPHS. This is not polite. Be a polite observer with much respect for the people who can live each day in this manner.
This is a fun location with good amenities for the traveler who does not need complete pampering.
Awsome trip ..loved lost beach
We had our renewal of vows (5yrs) at Lost Beach on November 17th, 2004; we had over 150 guests for the event. The service was excellent; Miss Jennifer the manager is just as sweet as can be. She made sure we were well taken care of. Nikki was so pleasant. The cooks were great and the food was to die for. We had so much food and drinks and all was good.
I say Hats off to the staff of Lost Beach. The grounds are beautiful and very exotic. The scenery is very romantic. Our event was a success because of the treatment we received from all at Lost Beach. I do recommend my family and friends to visit, and Lost Beach I will be back. We miss you guys.
Love you all.
Lost Beach is lost!
Lost Beach used to be a wonderful place to stay for an alternative resort experience in Jamaica, but not anymore. Apparently there has been a change in the local management and the result is not positive. The beauty of resort is that it is situated in an isolated location on the beach in a very quiet part of the island. The service and the quality of the restaurant and bar, and the warm local staff made your stay special and worth returning. However, on my recent visit there I was saddened to see that the service of the resort has slipped considerably. The resort provides a van to pick you up at the airport in MoBay given its isolated location. In years past the van was always there ready to pick you up upon arrival, but on this last trip the van was an hour late, and the driver said that they just didn't leave on time. After that my experience continued to go downhill. Until management changes it is no longer one of my hidden gems that I will recommend to my friends.
The guest who wrote this report hadn't booked in advance for a vacation. He called inquiring about a "local rate", stating that he was coming down for 2 nights. I gave him the local "walk-in" rate, and also agreed on a price for an airport pick-up. The following day he phoned back and asked if I had a local number for the former manager of Lost Beach. I told him both where the person currently worked and gave him his cell phone number. Three days prior to his arrival time I e-mailed him again. I explained that I understood he had contacted his old friend, the former manager of Lost Beach, but wanted to confirm that he did intend to stay at Lost Beach, and that he still wanted an airport pick-up. He answered me in the affirmative.
Our van went to pick him up in Montego Bay, main terminal, scheduled time of arrival at 6:05pm. At 7pm my driver phoned and said he couldn't find the guest. I instructed him to wait, and keep searching for the guest. Twenty minutes later my driver phoned again and said he had found the guest - contrary to our expectations and without any prior notification from our guest, he had flown in to the charter terminal, not the main terminal, on a flight from Kingston. They headed for Lost Beach and arrived just shy of 9:30pm - the guest asked for his room key, put his bags in his room, and asked the same driver to carry him to Negril to spend the evening with his friend, the former manager of Lost Beach. They did not return to Lost Beach until l:30 am.
The following morning, when I came down to the office, the guest was waiting in the lobby. He said he had some bad news. He said that he had come down strictly to see old friends, and since connecting with his friend in Negril, he had been offered a place to stay there. He had decided to do that. He assured me that any time he came back with his family, they would most certainly stay at Lost Beach. We chatted for about a half an hour and then he left for Negril with our driver.
The fact is that this guest did not eat at our restaurant, did not so much as buy a drink from the bar, and was at Lost Beach for a total of 8 hours, presumably sleeping during most of that time. I can understand his allegiance to our former manager who is also his friend, but I cannot understand this gentleman's deliberate attempt to undermine the new management by posting such a biased and disingenuous review. I encourage our many visitors to Lost Beach to post their honest assessment of the hotel, it's staff and services in an effort to provide viewers the 'unbiased reviews of hotels, resorts, and vacations' that tripadvisor promises.
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... a combination of local and international dishes prepared with that special Jamaican flair. Why not try something new everyday?In the evening you can sit underneath the stars listening to the rhythms of paradise. Our Rooms
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... to spend money and have a good time, but I just think you shouldn't force the entertainment on anyone.
After I just finished Jamaica, I believe that I have knocked off all the big islands in the Caribbean and could do most of what is left on a cruise with possibly the exception of the Bahamas. I have knocked off Curacao, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, San Andres and Trinidad and Tobago.