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We arrived to a stinking hot and humid day in Montego Bay wearing our gear from a freezing cold Dallas morning. Waiting in the customs line at the airport we got the low down on how to survive in Jamaica from this nice guy in line behind us. After getting through customs (and buying 2 cold Red Stripe beers for $6.50 each!) we arranged for our …
... but otherwise I was cool! the next two days it rained some more, especially the 2nd day, it poured for at least 2 hours, but that did not stop anyone, including us...people were still hanging out at the beach bars, some brave souls were sitting up under the palapas sleeping, reading. During this time of year, its rainy season, we knew that before we booked, and now you know, just plan accordingly. We used the rain showers as a opportunity to relax on our Verandah, take ...
We are sitting on the narrow but seven miles long beach, the greenish-blue Carribean sea in front of us, and a guy named Jaysend sits to my right. After offering us massages and hair-braiding services - which we politely declined - he reassures us that the torrential rain which started last evening after sunset and lasted well into the night, was an absolute exception in this dry season, and will not happen again. He was wrong on that, as it rained again at lunch time.
... 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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10 Days in by the sea.
Just returned from a 10 days at this resort and we could not be happier with our trip. For those looking for the non-programmed, non-corporate no stress spot this is it!
If you want a spot where you can relax in a hammock while watching dolphins and turtles swim by your villa, Catcha is the place for you. This spot is fantastic if you want to feel the real Negril, daily swims before you have breakfast served on your porch. The food is fantastic veggie omelettes; callalo (like spinach), fresh fruit, blue mountain coffee, and toast make breakfast a treat each day.
During my snorkeling from the resort in two weeks I saw the following: Blue Tangs, Turtles, Yellow Fin Tuna, Puffer Fish, Sergeant Major Fish, and many others. This place is a dream for people who like to be close to the sea.
Catcha offers in their rooms, refrigerators, cd palyers, TV, wireless internet access, hammocks, tables and in ours a day bed on the covered porch. This is the kind of place you can stay out of the sun and enjoy the warm breeze in a hammock while reading a good book drinking a cold Red Stripe from your fridge. If tanning is your thing nothing beats the cliffs for no hassle sun bathing.
Catcha is close to some great dining spots in the West End: LTU, Rick's on the Cliffs, Erica's Cafe, 3 Dives Jerk Center (my favorite), and Sea Splash are all in walking distance from the resort. Cab rides are readily available to downtown for about 300 Jamaican (approx. 4.50 US).
This resort offers on of the best views of sunset of anywhere in the world. On the western side of Jamaica the sunset in the ocean is a treat no one can beat. The sunset is planned and observed by all with drinks readied and friends called for the end of the day.
If you are looking to detach, unwind, enjoy, and be one with nature Catcha is the place to be! Walk the gardens and you are transported to heaven on earth, where the soul is healed.
Catcha Caught Our Hearts!
It's hard to believe we've already come and gone from Catcha Falling Star, after planning for 6 months. What a wonderful time we experienced! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and can't stay enough good things about the facilities and the wonderful folks who work there. We discovered Catcha Falling Star via trip advisor, and after going we can say it was far beyond our expectations, and we look forward to returning in April. The Libra Cottage was perfect for us (1 bedroom, free standing cottage), and we made great use of the hammock on the front porch. Absolutely loved the romantic mosquito netting over the bed, but we certainly didn't need it for mosquitoes! Every morning we looked forward to greeting Az who was so gracious to take our breakfast order and serve us on the cottage porch while we were waking up and soaking in the view. A community coffee pot allows you to serve yourself at your own leisure, and there is no set time for ordering breakfast, which is great for sleeping in! On our last morning, we finally tried the Ackee and Salt fish, and it was absolutely fabulous! We should have given it a try earlier in the week! You can also purchase food to cook yourself in the community kitchen, or make arrangements for them to do the cooking for you. (We will try this next time). The gardens at Catcha are beautiful. Bull, the tall, thin Rasta gardener, takes such painstaking care of the grounds that we can't wait to see his results in another six months! It already looks like paradise, and with his skill, we know he'll make it heavenly! He is a Gentle Ben of flora and fauna, watering every morning and protecting potted blooms from high winds. He is still landscaping from Hurricane Ivan's wrath in Sept. 2004. When a quick storm blew in from the ocean, he was immediately on the scene, protecting his blooms from the 40 mph winds that arose from out of the blue. Property Manager Susan is a fabulous host. She gave us a tour of the construction on the six-unit hotel suites now being built adjacent to the property. The suites - 1 and 2 bedroom with full kitchens and balcony - will provide perfect accommodations when we visit with friends next fall. The view from the second story units (along with the AC!) will be just the ticket for a "family" excursion. Catcha is located within walking distance of Rick's, The LTU Pub, and local roadside shop keepers including Helen, who sells beautiful beach wraps and wood carvings; Mr. Fix-It, who markets gorgeous polished shells from a card table set up along the roadside (great prices on triton trumpets, conch shells and other ocean exotics); delectable jerk chicken permeates the air when Rose fires up her grill daily ($10/plate w/rice and beans); and Patrick's homemade reggae CDs (prices negotiable); all are fabulous finds that will put you in a Negril state of mind. The nearby grocery also is perfect for cold Red Stripe and other refreshing libations, the biggest and best tasting avocados we've ever eaten, and a pretty good selection of cheeses (for such a small store) - smoked gouda and cheddar from New Zealand. We never even entered Rick's - just sat on the front porch of the Libra Cottage, enjoyed the live music that overflowed with the breeze, while drinking $2 Red Stripe as the sun set on the lighthouse. Who wants to rub elbows with busloads of tourists and pay $5 a beer when you can do it from your own front porch? Catcha is also only a $5 cab ride from 3 Dives where you can enjoy fresh Caribbean lobster tails (4 tails per plate) grilled, steamed, curried or jerked (about $22US). All delicious, and served with a huge plate of calaloo and rice & beans. Cab driver Tony hangs out on the corner by the grocery, and will gladly negotiate a ride there or into town if you need one. The cliffs at Catcha are friendly and inviting. Our "boys" (23 & 28 yrs) jumped several times into the 30+ feet crystal clear blue waters without mishap...and the snorkeling was super fine! Sting rays, lobsters, spiny sea urchins, wrasse, yellow tangs. Be sure and take a blow up float with you so you can enjoy rocking in the waves in the cove on calm mornings. And while you are at Catcha, don't miss out on the companionship of Ben Dog and Teddy Cat. Both are very affectionate and love to be petted. Our front porch became their stomping grounds on several visits daily. No matter the hour, day or night, we walked around this end of Negril without any problems, even joining a neighborhood street party for a few minutes on our way back from dinner at LTU (which, by the way, is a fabulous place to eat Jerked chicken, red snapper and German schnitzel! Really!) Our only discomfort the entire stay was one night with no breeze and we could have used an AC - But no problem, mon. Susan has promised she will install one before we return! Now, you can't beat that for serving the customer!
Kini & Ralph Plumlee
Memphis, Tennessee USA
Loved our cottage by the sea!
My husband and I stayed at Catcha for a few nights in September before moving to the beach. He has never really liked the cliffs very much until now. We loved this special place. We stayed in Sagittarius. It had a beautiful view with several decks. There were sunning areas, a hammock, 2 tables and chairs. We sat out there in the evenings listening to the music from Rick's. The room itself was a very large cottage. It had wooden floors and high ceilings. There was a queen size bed, microwave, refrigerator, table, TV, Cd player, and an amoire. The bathroom was a good size with a huge walk in shower. If you opened the shutters from the shower you had an ocean view. The wonderful housekeepers served us a very nice breakfast on our patio. We could also use the kitchen if we needed to.
The property was very beautiful. Nicely landscaped with tables and lounge chairs all around. We really enjoyed sitting on the large comfy loungers right at the edge of the ocean. When we got hot we could jump in the swimming cove or use the outdoor shower. It was so quiet and peaceful. If you want to get away from it all in a very nice setting and just relax Catch Falling Star is a great place!
The staff were all very friendly and provided great service. I asked for an extra pillow and had one in five minutes. I needed to make a call to check on my mom and they offered the office phone for my use. Check in and out was a breeze. We really like places that do not feel like a hotel.
We enjoyed the neighborhood. The small store right across the street was well stocked for snacks and drinks. We walked to LTU and had an excellant dinner and also had a very enjoyable lunch at SeaStar Inn. We made great friends with "Ben" the sweet resident dog. Catch Falling Star turned my husband into a cliff dweller! We will be back! Thanks Catcha!
My Home Away From Home
When I walked onto the property and Andrea and Susan (Managers) greeted me with open arms and smiles across their face, even if the property did not live up to what I had come to expect, I would have loved it just the same. To my total delight, the property surpassed my wildest expectations and I will return year after year. The only drawback is that I fell in love with Sagit Cottage and there is only one!
My first step on the wide porch that wrapped around my cottage made me feel that I have found my home away from home. There is literrally nothing between you and the ocean other than your porch. The cottage was large and very clean. The bathroom was more than adequate for 2 people to share easily. There is a small bar with utensils for a quick snack should you desire. There is also a small refrigerator that remained very cold the entire 5 days of my visit. These cottages are rectangle in shape and each wall has a almost ceiling to floor bank of windows that allows the ocean breeze to cool you throughout the day. I was a little concerned that there was no airconditioning in these units, and my visit to Jamaica was in July. Andrea assured me that the ocean breeze would cool me and it did. In fact, some nights I wrapped a shawl around me while sleeping.
The grounds are mainted perfectly by a wonderful staff that is friendly and greet you daily with a smile. Now, I cannot say enough about the complimentary breakfast that is served each morning on your porch. They have a large menu, but if you should desire something else, the staff will go to the market and purchase it for you. You will be required to buy groceries for those items that you purchase. It was magical sitting on the porch each morning sipping Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
I am single and I found Catcha to be safe and a perfect place for me to unwind. It also has the most romantic feeling that would be the perfect place for lovers as well. From my porch, I could see Ricks Cafe and really could listen to the music each night rather than going out. Don't be too concerned with the noise because Ricks closes down around 10pm just in time for those who turn in early.
There is a large kitchen on property that is open at all times if you want to use it. Only breakfast is served on the property. They leave the coffee grounds ready to perk and all you need to do is turn the pot on in the morning. I enjoyed waking up, walking to the kitchen with the resorts dog, fixing my cup of coffee and sitting on the edge of the cliff watching the waves roll in. It was the pefect way to begin each day and end the day as weill with a glass of wine.
Swimming is delightful off the cliff and you can get a good workout fighting the current. The water is colder on the cliffs, therefore it was a wonderful way to cool down in the middle of the day. Be sure to rise early if you want to catch the dolphins swimming past your balcony.
All in all, Catch Falling Star was a magical place for me and I have tried twice since July to book my little cottage without success. So, next time, I will try the other 1br cottage that I am sure I will love just as much.
Wonderful hotel. We only stayed there a couple of nights but visited friends daily during the week and a half we were in Negril. The staff were easily the best out of the 4 hotels we stayed at in Jamaica. Loved the fact that you had breakfast included! Sounds stupid, but in Jamaica it takes a long time to get food, anywhere, and having a hot breakfast waiting for us when we woke up made all the difference.
Spent the days snorkeling, cliff diving, and laying out on air mats. It was a lot more laid back than the beach hotels and didn't have people hassling you to buy stuff. Also right across from a convenient store.
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A private and beautiful getaway
We've been to Negril about 15 times and had never stopped by Catcha Falling Star, we wound up there this time on the recommendation of two friends that had recently stayed.
EXCELLENT choice. We wound up staying in or visiting every cottage on the property.
We had Libra, a one room cottage (plus bathroom with large shower, hot water, great water pressure, everything spotless) close to the water. It is octagonal and very spacious with a large closet/wardrobe, dresser with lots of space, a small refrigerator, a microwave, a queen size bed and side tables and a bar with two stools. Outside on the wraparound porch there is a very comfortable hammock, a table with 4 chairs and a couple of lounge chairs. All furniture appears to be mahogany - dark, substantial, no cheapie plastic to be seen anywhere.
Our bed had a mosquito net over it for, I assume, romantic reasons, since the cottage is fully screened and had no bugs at all. There were also flowers on our bed, that was a lovely welcome. The ceiling fan is very powerful and when coupled with the breeze from the sea a few feet away, it was downright cold at night and very comfortable during the day.
Our friends' cottage was Moon, a 2BR cottage with full living room, full kitchen, larger wrap-around porch with a full bar and table and couch, hammock and both an indoor bathroom/shower and a large outdoor stone walled shower, and two bedrooms. Again, dark wood, cathedral ceilings make you kNOW you're in the tropics - this couldn't be further from a motel.
All the cottages have a nice view of the sea but Sagittarius and Libra are closest to the water.
Catcha has a lovely swimming cove with two ladders, several steps and decks at different levels, most with loungers or table and chairs. There are several places to jump, some high, some low, and a small cave that is fun to float near, it sort of washes you near it then back out again. Snorkeling was nice right there, lots of coral, urchins and small fish right in the cove.
We planned to spend 5 nights then move on but we found we liked it so much that we returned later in our stay and due to most cottages being booked, we moved around a little. We started in Sagittarius (can't get closer to the water than this), Pisces (the smallest/least expensive room but plenty large and as it is set back from the water it has AC), and both sides of Gemini (also with AC and plenty of space). Every cottage has a large porch with ocean view and a hammock and at least a mini-fridge and microwave. There are 7 cottages total so there is never a crowd anywhere. 3 new units are being built but that will only be 10.
We enjoyed the breakfasts (included) very much. Most days we had ackee and saltfish, but we tried the eggs and french toast too and everything was delicious. Hard to beat waking up to a gentle "tap tap" on your door letting you know that breakfast is served on your private porch. In addition to the main dish, we got coffee, juice, toast and a fruit plate every morning. Refills on coffee no problem :)
The staff is absolutely wonderful, from the cook to the cleaning ladies to the groundskeeper to the night security guy to everyone in the office. I think the staff to guest ratio is at least one to one, and no request was denied, ever. There is a driver available at Catcha, and he is wonderful with a very comfy small van, but it is easy to get a taxi right outside (they'll get one for you if you like) and there is a scooter rental place directly across the street if you feel adventurous. Andrea in the office can help you with any need.
I loved the neighborhood. It's up the cliffs almost to Rick's (free show every sunset...party boats coming to Rick's, tourists gathering, people jumping, then it's all quiet again by 8), and has a very well stocked grocery store right across the street (I counted 30 different types of wine...in Jamaica!!). A woman and her daughter sold BBQ chicken right across the street, and would cook anything we'd have wanted. The staff at Catcha would cook meals besides breakfast too, if asked.
The common areas were thoughtfuly laid out - tables and double-wide cushioned sun loungers were placed here and there along the cliff for any guest to use, you could always find a private spot. I loved the cliffside shower lined with shells - the water was always warm and it was great to rinse off after swimming in the sea.
I will definitely return to Catcha, of the places i've stayed in Negril it is my favorite. Well-suited for honeymooners and friend groups, and some serious hospitality.
April '06 visit to Catcha Falling Star
I can recommend Catcha to anyone looking for a quiet, low-key, slightly rustic get away. I think that it is a good value for what you pay for. This is a property on the Cliffs part of Negril that consists of several bungalows ranged around a private swimming cove. Andrea, the manager, was a welcoming and helpful front-office presence. The grounds were beautiful, well maintained, secure, and usually quiet. There is a security guard there 24-7, and a dog to bark at any nighttime intruders. The (cute) dog did bark at nothing in the middle of the night a few times, but I felt more secure having him around.
My GF and I stayed in the "Libra" cottage and found it very nice. It has a wide, comfortable porch with a table, several chairs, a wicker love seat, and a hammock. There are hardwood floors with throw rugs on the floors, a ceiling fan and a floor fan, a small bar-type table with two stools, plates and silverware, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. The king sized bed was OK, only a bit uncomfortable, but the pillows were a little less than OK. There were, apparently, no extra pillows available on the property during our stay. We had three for the bungalow, but my GF and I prefer to have 2 each. The bathroom was unremarkable, but clean. The room is eight sided, with screened and shuttered windows on 5 sides and a view of the ocean when lying in bed.
Bugs were not a problem for me, but my GF did get bit some on the ankles while on the porch. Skintastic or a citronella based bug repellant should do the trick.
The breakfasts were OK. The setting (your porch) is fantastic, but the food is... eh. Since ackee was out of season, there were no johnnycakes and no saltfish. The choices were between french toast and plain toast, both served with coffee, juice, and a fruit plate (mango +/or pineapple were the only fruit available when we were there).
The clothing optional swimming in the cove was a real treat. I tried to be more discreet than I would have been at a clothing optional resort, since the clothing optional status of the swimming cove is not posted on a sign or anything, but I asked about it at check-in (to verify what is on the website) and was reassured that it is clothing optional in the cove. When there were other people sunning or swimming with swimsuits, I followed their lead. When I was the only one in the cove or when other people were going topless or suitless, off came the swimsuit. The water in the cove can get dangerously rough, depending on the interaction of wind, swell, and tide. It would vary from borderline dangerous (even for a fairly strong swimmer) to calm and placid. Access to the water was by several ladders, though I preferred to enter by jumping off of the highest thing I could find. The water just a few feet from the cliff face is 20 - 30 feet deep. There was not much to see underwater, just some small fish and urchins, but the water is very clear and stunningly beautiful.
The area around Catcha is a little sketchy, but not bad. I would be a bit hesitant about walking anywhere after dark, as the road is DANGEROUS. Not necessarily from the people in the area, but drivers. All of the drivers in the area went to the driving school, which taught them that the first thing to do when seeing anything else on the road (vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian) is to beep and swing the wheel violently back and forth. LTU Pub is a nice place to eat or drink that is a short walk past Ricks (skip this place). There is a small grocery store across the street and down a block that is a good place to grab water (drink a lot of it), beer, etc. SeaStar Inn is a nice place to eat that is a little walk through a local neighborhood that seems very poor. It is along a dirt road that runs next to the grocery store. Most other places to eat are a short route taxi ride away.
The folks at the front desk can direct you to local attractions, tours, places to access Seven Mile Beach, etc. Make the trip to Bloody Bay one day, as it is very quiet, remote, and beautiful.
If you can spring for the extra $$$, I think that The Sagittarius would be my pick if I was to go back. The Libra was *very* nice, but the Sagittarius seems to be a little nicer location, IMO. Closer to the water and a little more private.
I hope this helped!
Loved Catch A Falling Star
We have been vacationing in Negril, Jamaica for over 20 years. This year we stayed at Catch a Falling Star for the first time and absolutely loved it! It was wonderful!! Their employees made us feel as if we had been staying there for years. It is very clean. There are beautiful views from your verandas. We go to Jamiaca to relax and do allot of nothing but swim and visit with friends we have made over the years. Now we have these employees to add to our list of friends. The accomodations were great, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, great verandas and views from every porch.
You can't beat Nan's great breakfasts and As's great service that is included in the price of your stay. We stay for 2 weeks so we like to do some cooking for ourselves, there is a great, fully equipped common kitchen available for you to use. Your rooms are cleaned daily by Donna and As, they are very trust worthy employees. Andrea is very helpful when you are making you reservations, she can arrange for your transportation from Mo Bay to Catch a Falling if you need her to do that. She can also make suggestions where you can eat and things to do if you aren't familiar with the area. There is a small grocery store just accross the street if you need anything they will probably have it.
We look forward to going back there for years. Next year we hope to have several friends go with us to share this wonderful place. I would highly recommend Catch a Falling Star to anyone that wants a great vacation and want to get away from the all inclusive atmosphere.
A Special place in Negril
Last Thanks Giving we spent part of our trip to Jamaica in a wonderful private resort called Catcha Falling Star.
In just 6 days I will be back there again soon come. We stayed in Star, a 2 bedroom cottage with everything, bedrooms with super beds, louver windows to let in the ocean breeze,TV,large livingroom with comfortable couches and chairs.
Big bathroom with in and out door showers. The out door shower is through a door in the bathroom going into a private patio. The outdoor shower has 2 shower heads so 2 people can shower in comfort.
The interior of the cottages is stunning with all wood floors and lover windows in every room, wrapping around the entire cottage. Space is what you get in the 2 bedroom units, refrigerator sink and a dining bar. Since our last visit another one room cottage has been added on the cliffs edge.
Lunch and diner is onsite upon your request, breakfast is included in the price.
If you want to cook, the kitchen is available for your use. There is a wonderful massage lady on site.
A porch wraps around the cotage,with hammocks and dining set.
Jump in the ocean and swim in the private cove.
I love the place, call Andria the manager, enjoy.
Spent a long weekend at this resort which just reopened following Hurricane Ivan. It now has only 4 cottages: 2 are 1bedroom and 2 are 2 bedrooms. The other cottages were lost in the hurricane.
The grounds are gated and secure. They are located right on the cliffs with fabulous views of the Negril Lighthouse and sunsets. All 4 cottages have great views. The cottages are very clean, good beds, a livingroom area and fridge/microwave. There is a full kitchen on the grounds which you can use and breakfast is included, cooked to order and served on your veranda.
This was a trip of all women, some of whom had never been to Jamaica before. Everyone can't wait to go back.