on April 11, 2010
We stayed at Sandals Negril during Easter holiday and had a fantastic experience.Out of three resorts during our time in Jamaica, Sandals was by far the best!The welcome paperwork was kept minimal and accompanied by wonderful rum punch before we were taken personally for a brief tour and narrated introduction to the resort en route to our room.Although on a budget, we were provided with a comfortable, well decorated room with a massive plantation style four poster bed.All drinks in the mini bar were free and restocked daily!There was a constant ethic towards providing personalised service, our maid introduced herself personally and bell boy had a wonderful sense of humour - everyone had a genuine interest and willingness to assist. It was obviously very important that no matter how much we paid to stay, we were equally as welcomed as everybody else.The pool is amazing, with a swim-up bar and volleyball provided by an entertainment team.The view from the hotel is just mind-blowing, just the way you imagine heaven would be like!A variety of water-sports are included and are of excellent quality. We went on the snorkelling trip (highly recommended) and were given all of the best support and treatment by Captain Michael Jackson (no relation!) and the team, who were all brilliant and again, very entertaining!There is a great choice of restaurants - An Italian, Teppanyaki, Caribbean and World-Cuisine which makes for fantastic variety and amazing quality, a welcome break from the all-buffet style all-inclusive resorts. Keithia provided us with excellent service and made such an effort to ensure that our drinks were regularly refilled and that we were contented.We found breakfast offered a truly fantastic range of both cold and cooked items, including meats and smoked salmon with capers, which we most enjoyed. It was always easy to find lunch in the Bay View restaurant or Beach Grill of course serving the usual suspects, Burgers, Southern Fried Chicken but also some local options and fish alternatives. One of the guys here called "Crane" is a fantastic entertainer and keeps the mood very lively by engaging with everybody, providing an excellent background for a moment away from the beach before another cocktail - if you can remember, ask where the "Mongrel" is and he will likely laugh his head off.We were most impressed with the way the staff are so noticeably treated respectfully, rewarded by the management and are given time to celebrate success, which creates such an amazing team driven environment. We were lucky enough to be at the resort for an award ceremony and whilst we were in the pool heard the most beautiful vocal talent singing the Jamaican national anthem which sounded like the voice of an angel!Horace, the general manager makes himself available, always gets involved, makes guests a priority and is very friendly and courteous - he is, in my opinion, such a great asset to Sandals.All of this creates a resort which we would highly recommend to others and definitely worth spending that bit extra to get an unforgettable experience with world class service, an amazing setting and romantic atmosphere for couples wanting to spend time in paradise.From the moment you arrive, to the moment you never want to leave, you will have a smile of your face and a drink in your hand...It is definitely worth spending to get the holiday of a lifetime with all the extras included and not having to worry about paying anything more or getting bored.Seriously - If you are looking to visit Jamaica, you will NEVER regret going to Sandals Negril but please, you will definitely regret NOT staying here!
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