Negril Beach Villa (US$1071.50 nightly, min. three nights) is a secluded three-bedroom villa with a private pool on 1.5 acres and 400-feet of beachfront facing Bloody Bay. Rooms have king beds, A/C and private bathrooms. The rental includes full staff and Internet.
Negril has become Jamaica's foremost beach town, evolving over the past decade along with the changing nature of the tourists who come to bask in the sun and adopt the island's pace. Today, world-class restaurants and lodging provide an alternative to the low-key guesthouses and seafood stalls that became the norm during Negril's transition from fishing village to tourist boomtown in the 1970s. What was once Jamaica's secret paradise is today the heart of the island's diversified tourist economy.
Relax on Negril's West End in Style at this luxury 33-room resort hideaway
Idle Awhile Villas (USD 300/400 low/high per bedroom, plus 20% taxes and gratuity) were taken over by Jamaican hotelier Lee Issa and managed by his wife's boutique hotel group, both stellar operators who are never too far to be engaged in the day-to-day. The property was acquired in 2015 and underwent upgrades before being reopened gracing Seven-Mile beach with a top-notch villa offering. The villas come all the amenities of home, and then some, like king-size beds, wifi and a billiards table, butler, chef and housekeepers.
Home Sweet Home (US$99/169-US$139/259 low/high season) is a no-frills cliffside accommodation that has basically everything you need to be comfortable on Negril's West End: clean rooms with A/C and TV, balconies overlooking the Caribbean, a pool and a little restaurant with decent food. The location is also good, as it's one of the first hotels heading southwest on West End Road from the roundabout that marks the center of Negril, so it's quite proximate to Seven-Mile Beach. Wi-Fi is included.
Sandals Negril (Long Bay, US$818-2,454 per night) is a 222-room resort on Negril's famed Seven-Mile Beach. The resort offers exclusive butler service in its top room category, a Red Lane Spa, two-story loft suites with spiral staircases, a pro sports complex offering racketball, squash and tennis, two pools, two whirlpool tubs, and a scuba certification pool. Swim-up river suites have stairs descending from the veranda doors into a lazy river with views out to sea, and plantation suites have private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and private balconies.
The Caves is Negril's most vibesy upscale hotel. Thatch-roofed, contoured cottages are seamlessly integrated with the cliffs. The property is perfectly conducive to spiritual relaxation, with its sophisticated African motif, soft music floating on the breeze, and hot tubs carved into the cliffs like they belong there. At the same time, you're never far from the greatest adrenaline rush of your life, thanks to the many cliff-tops from which to vault into the crystal-clear waters--as much as 18 meters below.
Hedonism II (US$135\215 low season, US$175\285 high season) is the original and notorious all-inclusive resort where anything goes. Situated at the northern end of Negril's Long Bay, Hedonism II has 280 rooms and 15 suites, all with tiled floors, air-conditioning, TV, and, of course, mirrored ceilings. Many of the suites have private whirlpool tubs right on the beach.
Club Hotel Riu Negril (US$228 and up) is a 420-room all-inclusive resort on Bloody Bay with a large main building and four two-story annexes. The resort has a gym, Jacuzzi, and sauna reserved for guests over 18. Rooms have mini-bars, king or two double beds, and a balcony or terrace. Four restaurants offer a la carte and buffet dining options, with bars spread across the property. The resort has two hard-surface tennis courts, table tennis, volleyball, and a variety of water sports.
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