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... journey. Maybe because this is my 7th trip &i know what I am gonna see..... I don't know....... So I arrive at the Ritz. Greeted by the bell man who takes everything I am carrying apart from my handbag & directs me to the Reception, The lobby is grand, gold and marble, Caribbean colours and friendly Ricardo greets me at the desk. Ricardo tells me he is blessed I have chosen his hotel, I ask him if it rained today, he replies with a pause ;) - ...
... snorkeling would become his favorite activity on the beach!...
See, as long as I could remember, I loved water - swimming, splashing, playing - just being in the water...I even swam competitively while in high school - mostly for the pleasure of getting "free time" in the water at the end of each training session...my angel doesn't seem to like water as much though...he could be ...
... we had one something wrong, offended anyone, or acted disrespectful to anyone in any way. The bar staff said that the resort next door to them charges $20/day for the use of their chairs (not true- we asked), and they were told to charge us.
We never asked how much they even wanted for the chairs for the day, we just moved- with our group of 15 people- to the beach bar next door. Where the chairs were no charge. And we spent our last ...
... shallows, we were full on swimming! The horses are trained to swim in a circle with the rider and then along the shoreline. WOW FUN!
I was soaking wet and loving every second. Greg's horse was the loudest of all of the group's, snorting and baying like crazy. We couldn't figure out if it was playing happily or wishing we would get the heck outa there.
... here we go. Poking and spying we eventually heard a little voice coming from the back porch of the house. Warmer warmer hot cooler cold cold warmer warmer.......an elderly lady stepped out into the sunshine to watch us in our hunt. She laughed when we were "colder" and laughed when we were "warmer". The taxi driver was in disbelief. You want to go into this yard? are you sure? I will stay ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSunset at the Palms Negril
a friend of mine and I went to Jamaica two years in a row. we stayed at Sunset at the Palms in Negril the first year and it was great. we wished there were more food choices, but the accommodations were awesome and the staff even better. everyone was so friendly and helpful. we stupidly thought that everywhere in Jamaica must be like Sunset. we found out how wrong we were the following year when we stayed at Secret St James in Montego Bay. we made a huge mistake by going there instead AND we spent more money for crappy service. Sunset at the Palms is a great way to go with Jamaica.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunset at the Palms Negril
I was looking for a quiet place in rain forest vegetation with a clean white beach and crystal clear water and i did find it. I did'n know what to expect for all the other detail of the trip. I was verry surprised by: food, red wine, rain forest sound. I was less impress by the nautical activity, kayak and pedal boat are the only free nautical activity available. The food was verry good, pasta, fish, salad, every night. Lamb, turkey, pork and chicken. The resort Quiet if you stay far from the road. Do not hesitate to change room. If you insist on nautical activity the next door hotel (RIU) will rent you windsurf or catamaran. They also have scuba class and trip(scuba caribe). I found a small reef close to the beach, around the rock island, at right of the bay it's a nice place to snorkell on a budget and see colorful fish.
You can pay a boat trip to the main reef on the other beach, it worth every penny. The resort was verry crouded and water pressure was low.
If you are looking for a quiet place with little to no entertainment this is the place. If you like to move a lot, party all night and get fast services this is not the place to go.
Fantastic! ya mon!
In early December of 2003, my husband and I spent 10 nights at Negril Cabins. Our check in at the front desk was very prompt & courteous with refreshment drinks served as we were being processed. We were the only ones who arrived off the shuttle bus to our hotel(so maybe that's why we were checked in so fast). Staff said the hotel was at 60% capacityand would be sold out over the Xmas holidays. Our room was situated at the back of the complex away from the highway which made it very peaceful and quiet. Other guests at the hotel said it was quite noisy to stay near the lobby/highway area as traffic noise and honking were going on throughout the night. The room was exactly as described in the travel brochures. Very rustic. It was clean & cozy with a firm yet comfy bed.a balcony overlooking all sorts of exotic vegetation & lots of privacy between other cabins. There was no radio in the room & no local TV stations but satellite TV. The bar was very quiet at night.Great staff at the bar on all work shifts.4 nights of the week entertainment was at the main buffet area.Nothing loud but just something to entertain as you dined. One night of the week, a steeldrum band played in the bar area,but this did not liven things up.They have no dance floor and no disco,but if you can play piano your more than welcome too it;s in the lobby. If your looking for nightclubs there are many in the area to choose from and a short cab ride away.The buffet served different meals everday for breakfast, lunch & dinner with lots of fish,chicken & jamaican dishes. We were served turkey,lasagna,roast beef,pork steaks,shrimp, lamb,tacos,pasta,bacon,omelets etc. We thought the food was great, however the jerk sauce was'nt that hot. Salad bar was minimal. The walk to the beach was about 2 city blocks from the lobby thru a park like setting with lots of trees once you crossed the highway.Great beach area with lots of shade & sun. Beachbar was open from 10am-5pm. The beach grill was limited to things like jerk chicken,hamburgers,tuna sandwiches,fries & hotdogs. The sea water was super clear & warmer than the hotel pool & loaded with tons of vivid color. Our beach was uncrowded with a few vendors roaming from time to time. The tourist crowd was mainly made up of Germans with a few Italians,Dutch & a dusting of Canadians & US citizens. The negative thing about the beach & hotel gardens was the abundance of ticks or sand fleas. You won't feel their bite right away, but about 1-2 days later you will develop a severe itch & welts where you've been bitten.
Make sure you bring DEET! One of the tours we took was to MAYFIELD FALLS about an hour or so drive from Negril. The scenery was fantastic as we travelled higher into the mountains. The road got quite bumpy & narrow as we got closer to the falls with some very steep drop-offs and no guard rails. Hey your in rural Jamaica Mon! The entrance fee TO MAYFIELD FALLS is 10.00 US. When you get out of your vehicle and take a look below you are overlooking a scene from a fairytale like setting.Stunning is what we saw. Our guide at the falls was Dwight. We thought he was super. He knew how to operate video & still cameras quite well. Our tour with him was very informative & educational as he explained all the flora and fauna of the area. Our taxi driver Mervin drove us to the falls for a fee of 70.00 US. He's a careful safe driver and works out of Negril Cabins. We also took a trip to the famous RICK'S CAFE in Negril where the cliff divers are jumping into waters so bluey green it looks like the seabed was painted in neon colors.
Overpriced food here with a cheeseburger going for 8.00 US.Extremely commercialized. Another tour was to the BLACK RIVER & Y&S FALLS. The black river section of the tour took you on a boat down the black river where you could observe wild crocodiles in their protected nature reserve in a beautiful setting. The second part of the tour Y&S FALLS doesn't get the tourists that Dunn's River Falls does, which makes it a more quieter less crowded place. Bring a swimsuit if you want to swing from a rope & drop into a big freshwater pool at one of the stops along the falls. Situated in a canyon-like setting with walls that are steep & covered with jungle vegetation rising perhaps 200 ft on either side, it was breathtaking. The last tour we took was to the Arawak Indian Caves, about a 20 minute drive from the hotel. Mervin the taxi driver was the one who knew how to get there. This cave is located on private property and there are very few visitors to it. The Arawaks' hid in these caves from the slave traders and then the african slaves used them as well. Our guide who is a relative of the land owner took us on a 1/2 hour tour. You can see different wall markings from previous ancestors in the cave as well as words on walls designating streets and avenues as the cave is quite extensive. Bring a flashlight and negotiate a price before you take the tour with the guide. Overall our stay at Negril Cabins was very enjoyable and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.The only negative comment we have is that there is no nightlife. But like the Jamaicans say "no problem mon".
An excellent Resort
Negril Cabins is an excellent resort. The rooms are clean. The food is excellent. The staff is wonderful. There are 25 bird species in Jamaica that are only found on the island and nowhere else in the world. Some of these were seen at Negril Cabins. The Red-billed Streamertail, a Hummingbird called the Doctorbird by the locals, was seen often. Also the Jamaican Kingbird, which the locals call the Loggerhead is common on the property. The Yellow-shouldered Grassquit, as well as Parrots, a Woodpecker and the Jamaican Thrush were all birds that I observed in or from Negril Cabins Resort. The plant life is also amazing. I would highly recommend this place. We loved it.
My wife and I just finished our 10 day honeymoon at the cabins. Overall we had a great time. The cabins are bigger then the average hotel room, have great air conditioning units, the food was great(although we were bored after 8 days of buffet...how many ways can you cook a chicken) and the staff were very helpful. Staying at the cabins is more like going to a fancy camp, but with great food. The cabin itself is not sound proof, so no matter where you are, you will hear noise from the road and from the RIU's outdoor enetertainment (at night you won't have to worry about noise...the tree frogs will drown anything out). There are little cracks under the door for the creepy crawlers to join you in the evening, but the lizards in your cabin should take care of them.
The cabins are kept very clean, and are situated in the middle of a tropical forest. There are fruit trees and "birds of paradise" everywhere you turn. The pool area, dining room, and reception are gorgeous, and PRIVATE!!! The beach (across the street) is absolutly stunning! The walk to the beach from the front of the resort is about 2-3 minutes. The Jerk Chicken, and hamburgers at the beach are a good break from the buffet. Things to bring...SHAMPOO (they don't supply it)...a Sewing kit...(they have not heard of safety pins)....and a large supply of "OFF" or DEET of some sort....there are sand fly's on the beach as soon as the rain has fallen, and they don't descriminate on who they will bite. The bites are itchy and painfull...ask my wife!
Over all this is a great place for a couple wanting privacy. I would gladly go back.
A great Get Away
Had a a week at Negril Cabins Jamaica. Great Food, Great Beach, Fantastic Staff, Good Accomodation. Little entertainment in the evenings. Excellent value for the dollar.
my husband and I have been to the cabins about 4 times, each time better than the last. we love it so much we went twice in one year. the staff is unbelievable. the grounds are absolutely gorgeous and the gorgeous beach is hard to beat. we can't say enough good things!
Absolutely the greatest resort to have a stress free environment. Staff all friendly and helpful. Food is great . No great surprises. Internet pictures same as the resort in person. Beach just short distance across the road from resort was excellent, clean, and uncrowded. Very peaceful and calm atmosphere. Lot's of water activites if one wanted to participate. Water was clear, sparkling and warm. Everything was just terrific. Cabins were very quiet and roomy. Balcony was a plus. Treated as if we were family. If we travel to Jamaica again We would stay at Negril Cabins. Safety was also very good. We never felt unsafe. Food was also very tasty whether at the beach or in main dining area or at the pool. Eating was always a culinary delight!
A Special Place
My wife and I stayed at Negril Cabins with our two year old daughter from April 6 to 13, 2003. We have traveled to Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Bermuda, Cozumel, Cancun and this was our fifth visit to Jamaica. Although all of the other places have their certain features that can be considered better than those found in Jamaica, I think Jamaica is the best overall island vacation destination for it's diversity of landscape, the people, the history and the food.We chose Negril Cabins for it's small size, the location and the unique accommodations.ACCOMODATION - The cabins are up on 8 foot stilts that are spread out around the property. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the grounds are lush and peaceful. Each cabin has a large balcony that looks out over topical plants and palm trees. My wife and I spent every night out on the balcony with a bottle of wine after we put our daughter to bed and we enjoyed it very much. It was so peaceful that sometimes we felt as though we were the only ones staying at this resort even though it was near capacity. The chirping of the tree frogs added the perfect touch. The only downside was that we could occasionally hear the muffled 'thud thud thud' of bad music that was coming from the RIU resort across the road.BEACH - The beach is on Bloody Bay and it is great - uncrowded, plenty of space and lots of loungers. The sand is soft and plentiful and it extends out into the water for as far as you would want to venture. The water is warm and shallow which was great for our daughter. There is a beach bar and grill that serves up pretty good food - jerk chicken, burgers, salad etc... Next to our section of beach is where a small group of locals have set up shop. They call it "The Office of Nature". We walked down the beach to see them a few times. They may look a little intimidating to some, but they are very friendly - my two year old daughter even got in on a game of dominoes. It is these people that make a trip to Jamaica worth while. They will serve you up fresh grilled seafood, cold Red Stripe and just about any other thing that you would expect to find in Jamaica.POOL - The pool was closed for repair when we arrived. They said that all of the travel agents were warned well ahead of time but we didn't hear anything about it until we got there. It seems that the tour operator was told about the pool but they did not relay this onto the travel agents. Negril Cabins made arrangements for their guests to use the pool at the RIU resort across the road with food and drink at no extra charge. This worked out fine. We also got to have a good look at this resort and decided we would never want to stay there. The pool was fine but the resort is just too big and loud with a very crowded beach. It was like Jamaica in a can - you know that you are in Jamaica but everything just seemed fabricated, as though you were at Disney's Jamaicaland. This experience made us appreciate Negril Cabins even more. The pool repair was finished the day we left (on time I might add). The pool looked great as we were leaving and I was dying to have a drink at the swim-up bar - maybe next year.FOOD - The food was good. Local dishes and others that had a definite european flare. This is probably due to the fact that the majority of the clientele were european.STAFF - Very friendly and accommodating.ENTERTAINMENT - They had live entertainment on 5 of the 7 nights that we were there. All of the entertainers were local musicians and it was very low key. This fit in perfectly with the quiet ambiance that Negril Cabins exudes.EXCURSIONS - We went on the Black River and YS Falls tour. It was $65 US each including lunch (our daughter was free). This trip was well worth the money. The crocodiles in the Black River were huge. It is a 1 1/2 hour bus ride but the scenery is amazing.This was, by far, the most relaxing holiday my wife and I have ever had. I highly recommend Negril Cabins. We are already dreaming about a return visit next year. Even though the pool was not available, Negril Cabins had a lot to offer.
Negril Cabins (Top drawer )
Its a great pleasure when the resort you stayed in exceeds the brochure advertisement that drew you there in the first place. Negril Cabins did just that. There are more expensive resorts, but very few more comfortable resorts. The genuine warmth of the staff across the board to the talents of the Chef and bartenders was unsurpassed. The game room left a lot to be desired, but we did not come to Negril to shoot pool or play ping pong. The beach and amenities more than made up for it. You can bet we'll be back.
My friends and I had a wonderful time at Negril Cabins. The rooms were clean and the view from the balony was beautiful. The bartenders make the BEST drinks and they use real fruit which grows right on the land. The buffet breakfast was great. There are so many wonderful places to eat in Jamaica. Ask the cab drivers where the good food spots are and your stomach is in for a treat. I would highly recommend this resort to all. Be sure to go to De Bus and get some jerk chicken-make you want to smack your momma. Also, go to Chicken Lavish the best lobster EVER! Jamaica is the place to go for a fun inexpensive trip.