Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Drycleaning onsite
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
Historical Traveler Reviews Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa
Not So Great for a SANDALS.
I have been to 3 different Sandals resorts. This resort was for people who are more laid backor have not experienced at other Sandals the playmakers did not try as hard to keep everyone included in all the activities. couldn't even find a playmaker to get a beach volley ball game going. Food Was good . ONE EXCEPTION.The Bartender RANDY from the Main bar was absolutley wonderful!!!
9 times and going back again
We have been to Sandals Negril for the past 9 years and can't wait to get back again. We have never had any type of problems . Anyone who has not had a good time there does not know how to . The only bad thing I can think of is the beach is eroding , which they have no control over .
Sandals Negril - - - The Best Honeymoon we could have asked for!
We spent our Honeymoon in Sandals Negril Nov 18-28, 2002 and absolutely LOVED IT!!! Everything was better than we expected and imagined it to be. We went there looking for a fun, yet relaxing environment and that is exactly what we got! The food was amazing, we ate all day! The variety of food and drinks is phenomenal. The service was wonderful, if you treat the staff kindly and with respect they bend over backwards for you. The resort is spotless and they take great care in keeping it well kept. The water is so blue and the beaches are to die for. There is so much to do on the resort and if you wanted there were so many tours to go on that they arranged for you. The entertainment was so great! The staff are all sp talented and there was always the occasional guest that would perform in the weekly guest/staff talent show. I would recommend this resort to anyone!!We loved it and would go back there in a heartbeat!
Sandals Negril - Great Resort - Poor Service
My wife and I stayed from Jan 31, 2003 till Feb 7, 2003. Everything was perfect with the resort except most of the staff at this resort were rude. We stayed at Couples, Ocho Rios a year ago and left there with almost all the staff remembering our names. At Sandals, Negril no one knew our names when we left. No hey mon or irie here, just rudeness. Not the Jamaica we experienced a year ago.
Not worth the $Money$
Went to Sandals Negril, Jamaica in April of 2002, and overall was a bit disappointed in the Resort. We are a middle-class couple in our late 20's, and we don't get an opportunity to travel as much as we would like, and thought this 'advertised 5-star' Resort would blow our socks off. Unfortunately, I came home thinking that I just dropped over $3500 for an average week in Jamaica.
Ill begin by saying that the Plane ride to Jamaica went fine, no delays. Customs was a 15-minute wait, and was very simple. The Sandals hosts at the airport were very friendly, and allowed us to use the facilities before departing on the 1.5 hour ride to Negril. The bus/cab ride to Negril was pretty cool. I was worried about the ride, but it really went fast. We stopped 45 minutes in for a cold Red Stripe and Pina Colada. The ride was along the coast, allowing for fabulous views of the Caribbean along the way. One negative was the poverty that a majority of the Jamaicans' live with daily, which was expected.
Once arriving, we were greeted by the staff very nicely. We were offered Champagne and cold towels, which was nice. 15 minutes later, we were taken to our rooms. The room itself was an Ocean-Front, 2nd level cottage. The room was average at best, and somewhat small. Nothing to complain about, but felt it would be a little larger?
There are 2 pools on the property, the main pool which has loud music playing most of the day, and a 2nd (smaller) pool on the other end of the property. Considering the number of guests staying there at the time, the pool could get pretty crowded at times. We spent most of our time on the beautiful white-sand beach. The turquoise water was absolutely gorgeous, and we captured some great photos of the sunset.
In regards to the food, the Japanese restaurant was the best. We ate there 3 nights during our 7 night stay. Otherwise, the restaurants were nothing more than average. Breakfast wasn't bad, with made to order omelets.
The drinks were good, all made with the local Appleton Rum. I think I could get addicted to those drinks and am thankful that I can't remember the recipes.
The excursions offered were OK, some seemed a little pricey also. We took the shopping tour, which was about what I expected. Over-priced beads, poor quality-T-shirts and people offering dope. We didn't do this for the shopping, we just wanted to get off the resort and see some more of Jamaica. We also took the so-called Booze Cruise (Jolly Mermaid). It was $40pp, and was glad when we finally made it back. They took us to a place called Rick's Café, which is the biggest tourist trap, this side of Estes Park. Ricks sits on a cliff and has cliff-diving for some experienced, and not-so experienced. It's a wonder nobody has been killed there? Or maybe they have been? Ricks operates on the 'token-system'. You have to buy tokens to buy anything, beer, appetizer, t-shirt etc. But nobody seems to sell these tokens? By the time I was able to get some, and guzzle my $5 Red Stripe, it was time to go.
The weather was fabulous, probably in the 80's every day with only a 20 minute shower on day 3. All in all, our week was fine, no complaints. I liked the all-inclusive, simply because you had to dust-off your wallet before leaving. I just felt that the room was no nicer than a Holiday Inn Express, and that the food was like eating Applebee's' quality. I also think that for the price of nearly $3000 for lodging/food and booze, it was a little pricey when you break it down per day; it comes to about $430. I think where they are making their real money is on the Food and Drink. Let's say that the room portion cost about $200-$225 per night. If I was paying for Food and Drink, there is no way that I would have spent more than $100 per day, even at tourist prices.
Wow, I am amazed people write such good things....
We went to Sandals in Negril and I am amazed that people thought it was great! Don't even look at the brochures, the pictures barely coincide with the actual resort itself. The food was absolutly horrible, out the 100 choices daily at the buffet, only 5-6 things were edible. The people and staff on the other hand were great for the most part. We made quite alot of friends, the bartenders are the best there, very lively. There was good music also. The pool is freezing, and the rooms are small. White glove service???? And the off shore island that they advertise about, you can't even get there. So, don't go there!
My arrival at Sandals Negril was the beginning of a comedy of errors by the resort to numerous to list. We went to rest and recover from a major event in our life and was horribly aggravated by malfunctioning rooms, employee's rapping on the door in the middle of the night, a dive shop that treated us like children, food that didn't match the menu and concierge service that doesn't return phone calls. It's a buffet with cheap booze and a pool. I was glad to leave.
Randy the bartender was the only redeemable quality. He's outstanding!
Sandals Negril, a great place to stay
We stayed in Sandals Negril in August 2002. The place is nicely set on a good beach and the watersports are very good. It was not croweded and we never had to wait to use a hobie, sunfish or get a beach chair. The scuba diving, which is included, was excellent and one day we dived with Dolphins. The scuba gear used in the dive shop needs maintenance though and if you have your own bring it.
The Restaurants are good and serve different fare every night mostly a la carte. Lunch is buffet style and sumptious.
It was the first time we stayed at Sandals and we would consider going back to Negril or use other Sandals facilities based on our experience.
My husband and I chose this wonderful resort for celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. It was an absolutly perfect experience. Our room was on the ground floor with a small patio, it was only 10 feet from the beach! Food was great (Sundowners was our favorite), drinks were plentiful and we had no problems with the service. Anything you want is "no problem, mon".
We tried out most of the water activities, got the staff to take us out sailing, we didn't want to learn. I had never really snorkled before but they gave good instructions and it was alot of fun. Not a whole lot of fish but very beautiful. Be sure to have Paul make you and made to order omlet for breakfast. We did not try out the spa. I was a little nervous about the bus ride over because of the reviews that I read, but it was really not that bad. They just go fast and the road is terrible in places, but it is well worth the trip. (they will stop for a Red Stripe break on the way if you ask) We were not bothered but the small plans that flew over going to the local ariport, made us think of fantsy island.There were not all that many. They only thing I would change is to upgrade to a room with a bar so you can have bottled water, can beer and ohter drinks in your room. (only have draft beer at the bars)I drink lots of water and only drank the tap water and did not have any problems with it. Although they rate all of there restaurant as causal, you did have to have long pants (men) at the Japenses rest. I took mostly very casual capri pants and I would have liked to have dressed up alitte more, but whatever you wore was "no problem, mon"!
We can't wait to go back!!!!
Sandals Negril 2002
Sandals Negril is a top notch way to go if you want to be at an all inclusive resort. We took advantage of their 30% off sale and got a grand beachfront room for seven days for $4300.00 including airfare from Minnesota. That was for two by the way. The entire time we were pampered, there was plenty of excellent food and of course drinks. You'll love the coconut rum and pinacolada machines. All employees are extremely friendly and genuinely want to make sure you get exactly what you want. While your there be sure to take a few extra tours. I would recomment the Jolly Mermaid party boar/snorkling/ricks cafe adventure ($90per couple) and a basic shopping trip $40.00 pc shoppping and ricks cafe. For more info or pictures visit http://www.gallconsulting.com/fun
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