Moon Author's Review
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. Everywhere you turn there are platforms for sunbathing or for diving. At night, a large grotto just above water level is strewn with flowers and set up as the most romantic dining room imaginable, lit with hundreds of candles.
Bertram and the late Greer-Ann Saulter teamed up with former Island Records boss Chris Blackwell to create their idea of paradise at The Caves. The rooms are all unique with king-size beds, African batik pillow covers, classic louvered windows, and well-appointed baths. Cozy wooden ceilings and whitewashed walls create a soothing ambience, and love seats are nestled into the surroundings wherever they fit. The cottages are decorated with an assortment of Jamaican carvings and paintings. Every detail at The Caves is consciously designed to set guests in a relaxed mode--to the point of entrancement. Open bars (some manned, some self-serve) dot the property, and a snack bar has gourmet food ready whenever
Rooms range from one-bedroom suites (US$615/800 low/high season) to two-bedroom cottages (US$720/915 low/high season). Perhaps the nicest two-bedroom cottage, Moon Shadow, is separated from the rest by The Sands bar, which is open to the public for sunset and features a balcony overlooking the lighthouse and an azure cove below. All suites have king-size beds, while the two-bedroom cottages have queen-size beds downstairs.