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Worth the Trip
We decided to vacation at The Caves because of the outstanding reviews we read on this site. We stayed for three nights and four days. The Caves is very unique. As previous readers posted, it is definitely not for everyone. We loved the privacy...there were only six other people at the hotel with us. Our room, Sea Turtle, was great! The view was amazing. Dining in the cave was fantastic. The Caves is definitely the most romantic place.
Here are a couple of things to note: The water is really rough. My fiance said that it was more like "surviving" than "swimming." While the water is gorgeous, a swim is not really relaxing. We swam from one ladder to another and we were out of breath. I am not sure whether the water is always so rough, or it just happened to be when we were there.
So if you are not a strong swimmer or you are an older person, you might want to reconsider your trip. There is also no lifeguard on duty.
Once it gets dark, there really is nothing to do. You can have dinner.
But besides drinking and eating, there is nothing organized to do. We ended up watching tv and reading books. For the most part, we were ok with this. But I think we might have gone crazy if our trip was longer.
The rooms are not air conditioned. This was not a problem because we went during the cool months. However, it might be a problem during the summer.
We are definitely glad that we visited The Caves. It is a very unique experience that is hard to describe in words. It is like staying at someone's house. I think it is perfect for a short getaway.
I am an employee of a pretty reputable tour operator and have been extremely fortunate to have visited many gorgeous and unique resorts throughout the Caribbean. I have had the pleasure of enjoying the paradise called The Caves. It is my opinion that the Caves is truly a one of a kind resort . The concept "all inclusive" comes vividly to life at this resort, this is most evident when it comes to their dining package, the menu is absolutely marvelous and it is arranged around your personal preferences and tastes. The property consists of 12 Cottages each uniquely designed and decorated all facing the azure blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. The hotel is located on the west end of the island so the vistas are best enjoyed in the evenings as the sun gently caresses the water before it submerges itself beyond the horizon. The hotel also boasts a very secluded and romantic dining spot just for two. Its located in a small cave just above water live on the side of the cliff. This is one of those things you just have to see to believe. I do agree with many of the other people who have written reviews on this property on point that you really must enjoy the company of the person with whom you are traveling to truly appreciate the euphoric qualities of The Caves.
Absolutely blown away!
My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon at the Caves, and we could not have been more delighted! I used to live in southeast asia, and am used to trekking from village to village and sleeping in barns and huts. My wife on the other hand grew up visiting 5 star resorts with her family and was a little pickier about where we would sleep.
What we wanted was privacy- a small resort with thatched roof huts, but really really nice ones. The Caves was perfect. "Everyting was everyting!" We arrived in the evening just as the kitchen was closing, but no problem, mon, they just brought lobster tails, curried beef and vanilla cream pie up to the room. We woke to a view of the ocean through our 6 foot wide bay window, with water that was 32 shades of blue. The location was unbelievable, the food incredible (we're food snobs, and were impressed with every meal- and all inclusive, to boot!), and the rooms were homey and beautifully designed. We stayed in Butterfly- absolutely gorgeous. We were pampered by the wonderful staff for every minute of our stay, and enjoyed the other guests as well.
Before we arrived I thought I would miss the beach, but i spent at least 2 or 3 hours a day in the water, snorkeling, observing the beautiful fish and rays around the reefs and coral that grew on the cliff walls. Don't miss the opportunity to jump off of the 35 foot cliffs or though the blue hole 20 feet down to the water, then swim out of the cave back into the sea. It was an unbelievable time, and my wife and i plan to come back for our 5 and 10 year anniversaries. One love!
Jump into the Caves
This was exactly what I was looking for. I suprised my wife with a 5 day trip to the caves, sans kiddies. I did this with some trepidation, as she was a Carribbean vet, and previously lived in St. Maarten, although had no experience with jamaica. The little info I was able to dig up on the Caves convinced me this would work. We left our then home in sub-freezing Detroit, just as the first shots of the Iraq war broke out, and never looked back. The privacy of the place, the serenity of our room (bird's nest, which, while not my first choice based on online research, is one that we would return to again and again), and the laid back atmosphere were all perfect. We were not, for the most part, interested in socializing, and the mix of people and privacy gave you the opportunity to pick your spots and mingle with the others, while not feeling forced to do so. We both loved the fact that you sign waivers upon arrival....goes with the whole feeling of doing whatever you want...feel like jumping off a cliff--go ahead. The fact that the big jump is about two steps from the carved-out of stone breakfast/lunch table was great....finish a few sips of your watermelon-ginger juice, take two steps to the right, and adios....off a cliff. Throughout our whole time there, we had only one meal that was less than fantastic (and I'm not saying it was bad--just so/so). The staff were at all times gracious and thoughtful, without being intrusive. The lobster dinner in the cave was out of this world--sounded a bit corny to me, but came together like a perfect symphony. Make sure you jump off all of the cliffs, especially the blue hole. While the hot tub sounds corny as well, reserve it for a sunset and have them put a pitcher of margaritas down there, it's worth it. We only left the gates once, for some necessities, and felt no need to leave again. That was the other amazing thing--we spent pretty much 5 solid days there and never felt bored....just bliss....and losing ourselves in the moment. what was going on in the outside world? war?
wouldn't know it here. Stake out your favorite sunbathing cliff or reading spot and let it all go. lots more to say, but this should suffice.
The quintessential honeymoon
What can I say that hasn't already been said here?
My wife and I were looking for the quintessential honeymoon - a quiet tropical paradise where we'd be pampered but not bothered, that was luxurious without being snooty, and all-inclusive without being all-inclusive in a tacky buffet sort of way.
Impossible to find? Almost. But we found it here. Like all the other reviewers, I feel like it's almost too good of a secret to give away.
But there you go. This place rocks. Just make sure you go with someone you -really- like, because The Caves was made for lovers.
Lovely and Amazing
This was just a wonderful trip from start to finish. I can't recommend The Caves enough. If you want exclusive, relaxed elegance, than this is the place for you. Do treat yourself to a massage at the spa--the therapists are the real deal. The staff is friendly and literally tend to your every need. The food is excellent. It's impossible to stay at The Caves and not return relaxed and renewed.
I almost hesitate to write about this resort because it's an unspoiled well kept secret. Everything about The Caves -the staff, food, rooms, views and so many little touches that make this a special place. This is a resort that makes you forget about the outside world within minutes of your arrival. We can't wait to go back.
Not for the masses
There is a very good reason that you don't see too many reviews on this property. Like me, most people that go there want to keep it empty. If you are looking for a party, or are not with someone that you are in love with, don't go. This place is not for you. It is a place for relaxation, renewing, and focus. Not the type of place if you can't stand the person sitting on the opposite side of the table. My wife and I have traveled to many places and none have been as special as this.
Upon arrival, the staff asked us if there was anything we would like to eat or not, and they built the menu around us. Although you can buy the type of treatment you get at a Chris Blackwell Property, you can not put a price on it. Ignore the price and stay a few less days if you want to experience pure bliss. You do not need 7 or 10 days to relax at this property. I am a top producing real estate agent that does not know how to relax, and this place made me glad that I didn't even remember my cell phone number. Matter of fact, my first day back I was at the store buying red stripe and pork tenderloin to Jerk. I didn't want to return to reality....still haven't. Don't go here expecting to see Hollywood stars (although you may). When we were there, we did meet a music producer; however, he didn't want to talk about music anymore than you want to talk about what ever you do. The music supplied at the resort is not of this world; what else would you expect from the producer of Bob Marley. I was transformed! After hearing all the BS produced by the top 40 charts in the US for the past few years, the change was welcomed. Matter of fact, my wife and I have purchased every CD that was in our room; plus have a new group of artist to pursue.
This is what vacation is all about! If you have never had a vacation that transformed your life, I hope you do. I will go back to one of my original statements. the reason you can not find mass information on this hotel is that the people that frequent do not want you there; however, I realize that there are those out there looking for the perfect vacation, but need some reassurance that they are buying the right thing. So I am willing to write this review. Please do not go here expecting to ignite some flame that does not really exist. Let the people that have a real love life use the property. No Kids are allowed!!!!!!! Go to Sandles and come back in 18 years. Just kidding, if you are in love and have someone to watch the kids even for 2 days come up to the cliffs and renew you love for each other. Jump off of the 35 ft. Jump point and act like you are sky diving. You would think I am getting paid by the Caves for this review; however, I am not. I would mention individual staff members names, but I would be afraid that I would leave someone out. The only individual that matters is U.
Everyone else works together to make sure your stay is the best it can be. I know that most of you have no idea what is like to have a vacation with no rules. Even at the most exclusive all inclusive, there are more rules than in the states. You don't have to salsa dance between 4 and 5 because you can do it any f$#*ing you want to. There are no rules. Matter of fact, after 10PM or so, the last of the staff leaves an you have an open top shelf bar. Not that too may people go to get drunk, No one cares if you do as long as you stay in control. One of the main things I like about the caves is that you sign a wairver as so as you get there stating that you know it is dangerous. That is all the notification that I need. If you need more, go to Hedonism II I bet the 100 person hot tub is much safer. Best Regards Tim Reed
Paradise for the Bohemian
The Caves is an amazing escape. The units sit up on a cliff...and at any moment you can jump off these clifts into the pure blue water below. There are all kinds of interesting and hidden nooks for you to sneak into. Explore the property...you will not be disappointed. The Caves is like staying at a good friends house. The staff is extremely friendly and willing to serve your every need. What do you want The Caves can provide. The only way to go is all-inclusive...the food is different every night and you can have anything you want for breakfast. If you do not visit THe Caves you will miss a truely unique experience (stay in the butterfly room)!!
The most pleasant surprise ever!
If you have ever tried to research a vacation destination online, you realize that from time to time the pictures and descriptions can be a little over blown.
In the case of The Caves in Negril, the actual property and over-all total experience turned out to be ten times better than my wife and I could have ever imagined.
We spent the last five days of our honeymoon there in January 2001. As we passed through the front gates of this incredibly private boutique resort we were in awe of our suroundings.
I'm quite certain that it would be phisically and mentally impossible to be stressed out about anything at all in this place.
We were still in disbelief about how perfect everything was by our third day. The service, the staff, the food, everything!
This place could be at full occupency and you will still feel like you have the place to yourself.
I could go on and on about this place. We went through about ten rolls of film because you feel like people will never believe you when you tell them how cool this place is.
If you value your time and would rather spend a couple of extra dollars and be blown away, rather than save a bundle and feel like you just checked into a cheesy over crowded water-park, this is the place.
As soon as we checked out we were planning our return trip.
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... service :).Some of their services you can expect, include:Rent-A-Car*
Safety Deposit Boxes
Golf Course, 18 holes*
Night life**N.B. ( Located off the property, just minutes away )Sports Bar
Their Sport Bar is located on the beach front. Where you can watch ...
... for a day on the water.
We saw an amazing cultural reggae and drum show at the Sea Star Inn. The performances were so rich in culture and a true Jamaican vibe. It was intoxicating.
We went to Rick's Cafe to catch the sunset and watched crazy people jump off the cliff. The sunset did not disappoint, neither did the crazies. My fiance even became one of the crazies! He took the plunge ...
... once for breakfast and once for dinner.
At 12:30 they had a parade on the promenade. I’m not really into parades but I did want to see what one would be like in the ship. If you like parades it would probably be a good experience. For dinner we did formal night and tried the fisherman’s plate that I’ve heard so much about. We also split the prime rib. Both were really good. We ...
Next day, much like the first. I went Scuba diving and Elly took out a kayak. We did two dives, and again it was great. Got back around noon, and we had lunch at Neptunes again. It's a great spot because it overlooks the beach (we asked to be at a table that was a little further from the main area but it was overlooking the ocean). It was really windy.
After lunch, we went back to the room to shower and then we went ...
... br> Dinner was at Eleanor's, and it was really good. We had the cutest waiter who was just beside himself that we were on a girls trip. After dessert (a special moment for two), we took wine out to the huge loungers by the firepit, drank laughed, Skyped with Sean and then went down to the water to dip our toes in. We first tried to go to the piano bar, but it was a really sad sing-a-long. Back to the room to go to ...