Sunset on the Beach Resort
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This will be our 9th visit......
I've been visiting the Coral Seas Beach and Cliffs with my (Jamaican) husband for the past 9 years. We love this place. The staff are friendly and always helpful. The beach is on the doorstep - a perfect location. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the centre of Negril and there are an abundance of restaurants and bars within easy reach. The beach is clean and patrolled by the hotels' security - I'll be staying there with a girlfriend later this month (April 2006)- my husband is too busy this time!- and I feel safe and reassured that we'll be well taken care of as always.
Maybe the decor is a little 'tired' now but, all in all, we feel that the Coral Seas Beach represents good value for money in a paradise location.
You Pay for What You Get
Coral Seas Beach lies on the 7-mile beach of Negril. The location was perfectly situated in Negril. It's not too far from Time Square (shopping mall/center) nor is it too far away from the bank or ATM machine. The rooms were very spacious. With this hotel, you pay for what you get. I stayed in a Triple Suite, which only had two-double beds. The rooms are clean but they could use a little remodeling and upgrading. The faucets in the bathroom are kind of old but it's doable nonetheless. There are little ants on the floor sometimes, so don't leave anything wet on the ground or even your luggage bag. because ants will get in your bag. Besides ants, I didn't see any other bugs in my room. But my next-door neighbor did kill a huge bug in her room, which she presumed was a roach. So bring Raid or bug spray.
The food at the Coral Seas restaurant isn't the best. Sometimes the food was cold and it took long periods of time before they brought you your food. The people are nice but sometimes they don't communicate well with you.
Great Wedding at Coral Seas Beach
My husband and I were married at the Coral Seas Cliff resort in Negril, Jamaica in early Nov. 2005. We had nearly 40 guests who attended our wedding. Everyone stayed at the Coral Seas Beach location. Overall we were very happy with our experience at Coral Seas. The wedding was stress-free and perfect!
Our wedding day was beautiful. The staff at Coral Seas did everything we asked for and more. The cliffs, though damaged in the last hurricane, were a lovely setting. A wedding arch (white with pink flowers) was set up on the cement patio and rows of chairs were arranged for our guests. Junene, the wedding coordinator, suggested we have the wedding at 5:00 because of the heat. The shade trees were scorched by the salt water from the hurricane so the area was full sun (hand fans would be a good wedding favor-they sell cool ones at the craft market). We lucked out and a rain storm cooled things down ahead of time.
We had our reception at the cliff resort restaurant. The setting with the view of the sea out the open air windows was marvelous. Dolores and Roxy were the wait staff and they were excellent as always. They kept everyone's champagne flutes filled and helped with cutting the cake. The decorations were nice and simple. The cake was very pretty and tasty! They decorated it with real flowers the same color as my bouquet.
The after party was at the beach location (the bar stayed open til 12 that evening). We had asked for a bonfire on the beach and they had it ready when we arrived. The bonfire idea was pretty but definitely not the picture we had in mind. The air doesn't cool down at night like it does in California where you need a bonfire on the beach for warmth.
The downside to our wedding was the restaurant situation. We booked our trip through One Stop Vacations and they encouraged us to go with the All-Inclusive plan for all of our guests. We were told that the food was al-a-cart off of the menu. And that lobster and shrimp were included in the package. This however wasn't true. I'm not sure if the onus falls on Coral Seas or One Stop but it definitely didn't work out the way any of our guests had anticipated. Apparently Coral Seas has a policy that buffets are served for meals when the resort is over 50% full. Instead of allowing people to order off of the menu, they had buffets for every meal. The meals included chicken, pork, beef, vegetables, rice, French fries, and cabbage salad almost every time. One day there was some tuna sandwiches on it as well. As usually happens when food is served in large quantities it wasn't very good. The buffets were served fairly late in the evenings, sometimes not until after 8:00. Many people in our wedding party would be almost sick by the time food was served. I would suggest buying a lot of snacks to keep on hand in your room for such instances. They also never served lobster or shrimp on the buffet. We were told by Coral Seas that there wasn't any lobster due to the hurricane that had passed weeks before. However every other restaurant on the beach had lobster and we met quite a few folks walking along the beach selling fresh lobster. Once our guests had gone home and we were able to order off the menu the food was wonderful.
Other than the food situation everything else was great. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The honeymoon suite was great. We had a view of the beach from our bed and a little kitchenette as well. It was definitely the nicest room in the place.
The bar closes at 10:00 pm. This we weren't informed of until after everyone had booked their rooms either. We were told that drinks were included until 10 pm and after that we had to pay cash. It really wasn't a big deal since the bartenders would load a cooler full of beer for us to keep on partying. They were very accommodating and took care of us extremely well. There were also lots of other places to go down the beach for evening entertainment.
The best part of our experience at Coral Seas was definitely the people. The entire staff with very few exceptions was incredible. They were all so friendly, and helpful, and we really felt as though they were glad we were there (excluding the restaurant experience). Lily, the masseuse, was wonderful. Her massage is definitely worth the price. She has strong hands even after 5 massages in a row. Heather, a bartender, is a treasure and was always happy to see us. DJ Roy definitely entertained us with his music knowledge and conversation. Mervin, the security guard was awesome, everyone felt very safe. Maurice kicked butt at bartending. Fabian was a joy to talk to. Michelle at the front desk helped make things run smoothly for us (thanks for arranging the limo). And Samuel, the GM, really worked hard to make sure we were all having a good time. Coral Seas is lucky to have him back. There were many other people who made our experience a great one from the maids to the gardeners.
We would suggest Coral Seas to other couples looking for a place to have a wedding. The intimate feel of the place is much more desirable than a mega resort like Sandals or Beaches even if you have to forgo some of the amenities. The customer care can't be beat.
Also, if you do any touring (Mayfield Falls, ect) the driver to use if Mr. Beckford (Becky). He's the best driver, tour guide we had. He's full of great information about Jamaica. Ask Coral Seas to get you in touch with him.
Beach was awesome
Went to the resort for a wedding! Started from the hot airport out into a wonderfully airconditioned stretch white limo with champagne, red stripe beer on ice and reggae music and the rest of the trip got better from there. Lovely rooms, garden and lots of water. The staff was terrific and engaging - Heather, Roxie, Richard, Samuel, James and the rest. The drinks were endless - the food was slow but no problem - no clocks in Jamaica! Recommend highly. PS Wedding was at their cliffs resort - all good!
Very nice place
To keep it short, I would definitely return to Corals Seas! We had a suite with oceanview just 20 meters away from the sea - amazing!
Off-season, suites cost only 80 USD! Prices are highly negotiable if you dont book in advance.
Very quiet place, nice people.
In October, the hotel only had two guests - us and another couple! In November it was filling up.
Free shuttles to the cliff hotel, which is also worth a visit (& close to Rick's cafe).
We absolutely loved our stay in Negril at the Coral Seas Beach Resort. This resort is literally right on the beach, and the 7 mile white sand beach, at that. The view from the resort is beautiful, although there aren't views from the majority of the rooms. We had an upstairs end room and it had wonderful vaulted ceilings. We loved our 1 bedroom suite! We did not use the kitchen, but loved having the full sized refrigerator for our fruit and drinks. The air conditioning was great. It is true that it takes a while to get your food at the restaurant, so I suggest you allow time for that. The food was very good (I recommend the pepper steak when available) and drinks made to order. Although they will probably hate me for this, (as it takes a while to make) I recommend the mudslide! The service is laxidasical, but this is Jamaica! You should not be in a hurry!
If you want to go on a guided tour, see Carl, the hotel's van driver. His wife does personal tours. We went to the falls (Not Dunn's River; that's too far & crowded) and got to see a lot of the country for a reasonable price.
We were so thrilled with our room and I'm glad we paid a bit more for the suite. We did the all-inclusive but not the king&queen pkg. I don't feel like we missed out on a whole lot. We didn't get shrimp or lobster, but we could get anything else on the menu. There is only one restaurant, btw, and you can only eat during their meal hours, so get to know the schedule. The restaurant & bar is right on the beach...awesome view!
We booked through Negril One Stop, and although I was a little hesitant to give my credit card # to a service I didn't know, they were very reputable. No surprises. This was a great value! Would stay there again.
We booked through Negril One Stop.Since we had never been to Jamaica, we were a little apprehensive. We couln't have been happier. The resort is somewhat rundown (the bathtub and a/c leaked, there was never enough hot water for two of us to shower and the springs on the sofa were sticking out) but after the first day it didn't matter. We stayed in one of the one bedroom aprtments and we had two balconies overlooking the most beautiful gardens imaginable. The smell of the flowers was something I will never forget. The bedroom had a very high ceiling and every morning the sun would stream in through the window in the ceiling and we would wake up to the sound of the gentle waves.
The staff was wonderful. They don't have room service, but after the first day, someone from the kitchen brough us a fresh pot of coffee every am. We did the King and Queen package and it was great. All meals and drinks were included. The food was wonderful and it took the chef and the bartender one day to figure out what we liked. It was a fun laid back environment. There were even families with small children. The staff provided or arranged anything we wanted. If I go back, I will stay there.
Coral Seas - Safe, Fun, Budget Vacation
Just returned from our honeymoon at Coral Seas. We booked it through One Stop Vacation (------). We stayed in room 909B - A very nice suite for the price. We did the King& Queen Package (All food including seafood & all alcohol)
GOOD - Everything that One Stop promised they delivered! Limo Ride was awsome. Safe, clean room, AC & Cable, very nice staff and other guests, cheap water activities nearby, Very centrally located to everything you might want to do in Negril. We did multiple tours, went to clubs, went snorkeling & jet skiing, went to Negil center (a short walk through a rough area), to the cliffs to watch diving, went on a day pass to Hedonism II ($70 per person + $10 cab each way but worth it)
BAD - No problems, but things some people may not like - LOTS of hustlers nearby, you will be approached as soon as you walk off of the property. Even some staff became self appointed tour guides, or had their friend waiting for you as soon as they knew what activity we were doing. This is not always bad. ( My husband was more than happy to pay a big guy $5 so he could enjoy himself without having to fend off everyone else all night).
Also I must add that the staff was wonderful, and I felt very comfortable with them. Expect to tip often, bringlots of $1 bills.
Other than the Hustlers there were things that make this a budget resort - slow food (although it was GOOD) limited hot water at some times during the day, Limited alcohol & no wine. Lots of Europeans who did not speak English (not that there is anything wrong with that)
The whole resort was clean & safe and we got MORE than we expected & had a GREAT time.
Pleasant Stay at Coral Seas Beach Resort - Great People!
We would return to Negril in a heartbeat. We would stay at Coral Seas Beach Resort again if the price was right. Overall it was above average accommodations for the price with really nice people, just might want to try a different location.
Accommodations: Did not have AC control, did not have ANY problem staying cool, the AC was fine. Had some small ants in the bathroom and kitchen, asked for ant spray and ended up spraying with my insect repellent and then giving up. Beds were OK, have slept on harder beds. Just updated the curtains, bedspreads, etc.
Food and Drinks: Heather and Rory were the bartenders and would make us whatever we asked for, the Pina Coladas were amazing. The food was better than expected, nice presentation and pretty good. Selection was limited due to the hurricane but we still got lobster and other dishes. They were nice about making changes (only one piece of toast, grilled instead of fried fish, extra veggies) if you asked. Service is decent, they are all on Jamaica time (1/2 hour between ordering and receiving any food, you could almost set your watch - it was the same at any of the other restaurants we ate at in Negril). So we would order, go for a swim or ask them to call us from the beach during the day and order and have a cocktail at night. Again, relax and enjoy the sunset or something, your food will get there soon.
Location: Since the hurricane the beach is bigger at this end. It was kind of out of the action while still close enough to walk to some places like Alfreds, Bourbon Beach, etc. Very calm waters in the morning, afternoons had little waves. Could snorkel off the beach.
Security: No problems with our stuff. We had a digital camera, other items that we had in the safe or in our room in a locked suitcase (paranoid). The security guy would tell vendors and other people to go away if they were hassling you on the beach (a simple no thanks works most of the time)
Vendors: Chill out and check out their stuff, they make their living doing this and if you are interested in something wave them over. The fruit lady had awesome coconut patties and we started running for her like she was an ice cream truck after the first couple of days. Got amazing jerk pork and other little items from the vendors.
Other tidbits: We went on the king and queen package through negrilonestop.com. The limo was incredible and a great way to start and end our vacation. The massage was pretty good (I gave suggestions) and the all-inclusive was inexpensive enough to allow us to go out several nights. The best lobster was at 3 Dives. LTU was also very good. Rockhouse had fabulous views and ambiance, the food was pretty good, but we had a bad experience with the driver. Many restaurants will provide a free pickup. Always agree with the driver on the fare before getting in a vehicle. On the way back (Rockhouse) he tried to charge us twice the going fare and then said we could get out in a deserted part of the cliffs. We paid and will never consider staying or returning to Rockhouse for that reason.
Loved everything about the resort
We went to Coral Seas Beach resort in July of 2002. The staff, service and food were beyond belief! We booked the "King & Queen" packege with Bob & Susan at Negril Onestop. Everything that was promised- happened and we had the time of our lives. We were pampered by being picked up at the Airport in a limosine, it's a long ride from Montego Bay to Negril! We enjoyed one In-room massage for each of us, unlimited non-motorized water-sports, lobster every night (if you want) and top shelf beverages- all included in a great package price! The name 'King & Queen' truly fit the package! We had such a good time that when I proposed to my honey, the choice of where to go for the festvities- was a no-brainer- Coral Seas! My future bride and our entire wedding party will be staying at the Beach and enjoying ourselves from May 10-17, 2004. If you want to mingle with real people and get great service, food and peace- go to Coral Seas. With Coral Seas you'll never go wrong.
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