This was our first experience at a Sandals Resort. For years, I have been selling these resorts, and happy client after happy client kept coming back and raving about their experiences. I have the utmost confidence in the Sandals resorts. I feel that they are consistent, they focus on couples and romance, and the adult only atmosphere. On this trip, we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary. First trip we have taken in a very long time, and my hubby’s first experience at an all inclusive resort.
THE ROOM: At Sandals Negril, we had the pleasure of staying in a One Bedroom Penthouse Suite with butler. We had 2 butlers. The four poster bed, with white duvet cover, and pillows you could sink your head into for the night, was awesome. There was a plasma flat screen tv facing the bed, and another plasma slat screen tv in the living room area. The living room area had a couch and chair, coffee table and a table with chairs in the corner. The bathroom had a double sink, jacuzzi tub, walk in shower, and small separate toilet area. Huge bathroom area, plenty of room to move about. Our balcony was also very large, another couch out there, and table and chairs, and a nice drying rack for our wet clothes. Another drying rack inside. The view from our balcony was picture perfect.
I also had the opportunity to see two other room types at Sandals, the Millionaire Honeymoon Penthouse One Bedroom Suite with Whirlpool, and the Honeymoon Concierge Beachfront Walk-out room.
The Millionaire suite was almost identical to our room. It overlooked the gardens area, and was not as quiet as our room. The main road was not that far away, so I’m guessing at times, this room could be a bit noisy from the traffic.
The Honeymoon walk out was exactly what I would expect from a Sandals. Furnishings very nice, direct access to the beach from the little patio, fridge in room, and flat screen tv.
FOOD: We tried most of the restaurants. They all had very good food. Our first night was the main buffet area, and we watched the entertainment, and ate dinner. On your first night in a new resort, it’s always hard to know what to do, and what to eat first. But the buffet was good.
We ate at the Beach Grill the next day, ordered some of the more casual food, quesadillas, fish, fries, burgers, etc. All of this was good, hard to mess that up.
We dined at Barefoot by the Sea the next night. The service was S-L-O-W, the food was good, fancy, but really good. But it took a long time to dine…. And although the service was great, it was just slow….this took some getting used to, to vacation on Jamaican time…
The next night we ate at Sundowners. Again, very good food. Service was much quicker here, so we enjoyed that.
The next night we ate at Kimono’s, this was our favorite. It’s dining teppanyaki style, where they cook the food in front of you. It was nice, because everything they cooked, we all got to eat, we didn’t have to choose which meat we wanted. Food was great, service was perfect.
The last night we dined at the regular buffet, we didn’t want to race to a dinner reservation or anything, and even the buffet was great. Some of the food was cooked to order, and we had tons of choices.
We did not try the 4C’s italian restaurant, heard good things, but it just didn’t fit into our schedule.
BUTLER SERVICE: For those that have never had a butler before (myself included) this service was so much more than I had anticipated. Our butlers made it clear that if there was anything at all that we wanted or needed, to just call them, and they could make it happen. They gave us our own cell phone to ring them anytime. We had breakfast out on the beach, lots of room service, they helped us order up a cab, and take a little shopping trip. They even went as far as let us use their own personal cell phones to call home, that is amazing!!!
Every time they made a dinner reservation for us, we had our own reserved table, always decorated with flower petals, and our name on it. And always the best table in the room. Even when we went to the buffet and no reservations could be made, our butler told us to call him, and he made sure we got a sunset view table.
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF JAMAICA: OK, so we didn’t leave the resort too much. Why would you, when you are staying at a Sandals and have butlers waiting on your every need? No big reasons, in my mind….ha ha ha. We went down to Beaches Negril, and walked down to the Grand Pineapple. This area of the Negril beach has a much wider beach, and much busier than our little area of Negril. More beach vendors, more people, more action.
This area of Negril reminded me a lot of Cancun actually. Busy, lots and lots of resorts, and not a ton of security. I was able to walk by and in any of these resorts I wanted. The all inclusive resorts had wristbands, but the little mom and pop type resorts didn’t. I am sure that some of the resorts in this area of Negril attract people that want the smaller-feel resorts, but it was not what we liked.
We did go down to Rick’s Cafe. It’s pretty fun to watch the cliff divers jumping. We did not jump. I can see that this would be a lively place to party when the sun went down. There is even a pool you can swim here. Music is great, crowd is fun!