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Very pleasant place to be. Quiet fun place. Plenty to do at the resort, walk the beach, lay in the sun. Food was wonderful!! The entertainment was great! Our favorite was meeting Marilyn on the beach who brought us beach drinks. A very pleasant lady. Very attentive to your needs. We also had Cleveland who did our dinner on the beach. Wonderful experience with him. He did his job with perfection. Everyone in this resort made you feel welcome very friendly resort!! We will be back!!
"Hits and misses. You're paying for the Sandals name."
We stayed at Sandals Negril for just 3 nights. We arrived on my birthday. I couldn't wait to see what special thing they would do (luxury included) since they asked if we were celebrating something special in the online registration we had to fill out **3 different times. We had stayed at Sandals Grande St. Lucia for our anniversary and our room was decorated (although we had a butler that time). No one did anything here.. Not a big deal. But the RIU Negril, (a resort down the beach- a third of the price where we also stayed three nights) .sang happy birthday to me during check in and sent up 2 bottles of rum. This resort is small, a little dated, very quiet and to me the average age was 65 and up. We're active mid 40's. We found a few couples our age that made it more fun at the pool bar and piano bar. Let's talk about the pool bar. It was dead! Why not play music from 11am on' There is a separate quiet pool, so the pool bar pool should be more fun. It did get busier when we gathered people to play pool volleyball. We wanted to play pool volleyball earlier...but only a staffer could put up the net...so we had to wait until 3pm. I think if there's a crowd that wants to play we should be allowed since it's our vacation. Most of the time there was only 1 bartender taking care of pool bar...and upper pool bar guests. We waited 10 minutes for a drink once. They definitely need to staff more bartenders. This was probably my biggest complaint. The RIU has 5 to 6 bartenders who make fun drinks. We are pool people and love the fun atmosphere they provide. This pool was boring and understaffed and didn't have to be. DINING-I had read about Kenya at Bayside and she did not disappoint. She is a lovely person who makes your breakfast and lunch more enjoyable. She had weekends off so we only got to see her on one day. The breakfast was just OK. The waffle batter was terrible. I had one freshly made and it was thick, hard and tasteless. The lunch was nice, but it doesn't open until 12:30. It would be nice if it opened at noon. The only place Sandals does better than RIU is for dinner if you like ala carte restaurants. But, RIU's buffets are great, too. One thing I really like about Sandals is the snack restaurants. It's nice to get a homemade pizza whenever you want it. The beach grill is also nice-good jerk chicken, burgers,etc...and there's a beach bar right around the corner. It's nice to have these options during the off times. Kimonos is fun and the food is pretty good. We were excited we got an Asian chef...but all he did is throw the salt and pepper shakers around a few times.. The Jamaican chef at the other table was really entertaining and we wished we would have had him. Bayside at night was the highlight of our trip. We sat outside with candlelight. I had lobster and my husband had chicken cordon bleu. The creme brulee rocked. It was a really nice, tasty, and quiet dinner for our last night. DRINKS Good...bartenders (except for the pool bar) were fun. They have name brand liquor. One thing to note... you don't get alcohol in room in the lower priced rooms. We didn't care...we had soda and water and that was fine. But, many all-inclusives (including the RIUs) have minibars...so you might be surprised. ROOMS We had the lowest level of the resort rooms which meant no view, no mini bar, no room service. We didn't care. It was fine. But, the more you pay the more you get. The room was decorated tastefully modern. We had nice Red Lane shampoos, etc... There is a safe, blow dryer and ironing board. Some people complained about not having a butler and not getting service, but we didn't find that to be the case. BEACH It was nice to walk to Margaritaville about 3 miles down and stop at Beaches for a drink. I like that resort better (minus the kids) because it is newer and larger. The beach was nothing to write home about. I had heard so much about 7 mile beach, Water was pretty...but few palm trees or any trees. Just man made palapas. I think the beaches in Punta Cana are much nicer. NIGHTLIFE Quiet. I didn't even know there were any shows. If you want a more lively group...go to the piano bar. That was fun. It's quieter in the lobby and the beach bar. WATER SPORTS We did really have fun on the Big Mama raft pulled by a boat although the guy in charge of it wouldn't even answer our questions of when it was running and how to sign up. Another couple finally flagged us down so we could go on it. There is also snorkeling and scuba included. OVERALL I think most people pay for the Sandals name. I will say the ala carte restaurants and snack places are nice. And if you want a quiet, relaxing vacation at a spendy price. This is for you. It was nice. But, we were happy to move just down the street to the RIU for a more fun atmosphere with friendlier staff. Even lawn service and maids at the RIU made it a point to say hello and ask how we were just walking on the path. The food was just as good at the RIU and again...it was a third of the price. It all depends on what you're looking for and how much you want to spend. People worth mentioning. Kendra, O'Shane, Yashon, Tafari, and 2 Romaines. They made a point to go above and beyond.
I decided to book this trip for my honeymoon following my New Orleans French Quarter wedding 03/19/17. From our arrival to our departure we had a fabulous time and every day it seemed like we woke up in paradise. We had a butler level 2 story honeymoon suite with the soaker tub. Our room was booked from 03/20 - 03-25/17 room 3207. That suite was amazing. We enjoyed many things while in Negril at your resort starting with our favorite photographer TIGI who always captured every special moment of my wife and I which made it hard to decide which ones to purchase at the end. Soon after we met Ian whom was always extremely sweet at the grill as a server. We found entertainment rather quickly and we were entertained our first night at the piano bar with Alex and Wykeem spinning some great dance tunes. As the week moved on we were entertained with more great people including the wonderful Chrystal and Kimberly who both sang phenomenal. Alex once again showed us his awesome dance moves. We often ran into each of the people mentioned above several times and each time whether it was Alex, Wykeem, Kimberly, Chrystal, or TIGI we were treated amazing and we both can't wait to return to your resort once again!!!!
Transferred to Negril after spending 8 disappointing days at Ocho Rios. We spent 6 nights at Negril and it really saved our holiday. A fabulous resort, the beach was beautiful. Our accommodation was very modern with the best shower we have ever had when staying in the Caribbean. Apparently our room had recently been refurbished. Although there was no balcony which was disappointing, but we were only a few steps away from the beach so this wasn't a problem for us. Breakfast at Bayside was amazing such incredible choices. We also had dinner at the Italian Restaurant, Cucina Romana, on three occasions and the food there was really good, as were the staff, especially Nakeisha who welcomed us like family. We had sun loungers on the beach by the Beach Bistro, and the beach service provided by Marilyn was excellent, such a lovely girl, so efficient and professional. Also Tresha at the Loyalty desk was so very helpful and the lovely lady on the Restaurant Desk also went out of her way to be of assistance to us. Finally, we would definitely return to Negril; it really made up for the disappointing time we spent at Ocho Rios.
"Sandals is the best!"
This was our second time to a Sandals property, and we really enjoyed our stay at Sandals Negril. My wife and I were celebrating her birthday, and we were just so impressed with the staff, facilities, entertainment, and food service there. In fact, we think this is the best Caribbean experience we have ever had! Our room was great and all the members of the staff were first rate. I want to especially mention 5 staff members in particular. Beverly Gordon, who worked in the Sandals Select office really helped us to book our vacation for next year, and at a great price. She was top notch! I really appreciated Tovia, a member of the dietary and chef staff. I have a gluten allergy, and she made sure that all meals and desserts that I had were gluten free and safe for me. She went above and beyond and we really appreciated her work. Kendra, our hostess,who always met us every morning energetically with a perpetual smile. We loved her! Chrystal was our favorite playmaker and tour guide! She really made us feel at home! Kayopa made my omelets every morning with a cheery disposition and warm greetings. We also want to thank Sandal Select team for a wonderful cocktail hour and meal for all Select members. A great finish to a perfect vacation. So if you haven't been to Sandals Negril, don't miss this one!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM