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The Caves sits along the limestone cliffs of the West End of Negril, right next to the famous Negril Lighthouse in Jamaica. Although situated only a few miles away from the bustling town center, this private enclave is a world apart. Eleven handcrafted wood and stone thatched-roof cottages, plus a 4-bedroom fully self-contained luxury villa, are interwoven between ten acres of lush vegetation and naturally formed volcanic caves. Quaint stone pathways wind through the limestone cliffs dotted with palm, sea grape and dogwood trees overlooking the Caribbean Sea. An arrangement of coral stairs and walkways lead to sundecks with uninterrupted views of the sea and sky, and grottos with turquoise water pools and fossilized marine life. A tropical reef system comes right up to the edge of the cliff, perfect for snorkeling. Guests can climb down ladders into the sea or take a leap from several “jump points,” the highest of which is 30 feet! An intimate, private and unique resort, The Caves is perfect for romance and relaxation.The Caves generally does not accept children under 16 years old. Exceptions must be cleared with the hotel management.
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Gaurav Ray Chaudhury wrote a review 9 Aug
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We stayed in Caves for 4 nights and 5 days, and it was one of the most luxurious, pleasant and homely experience. The staff was amazing and were at beck-and-call all the time - either facilitating water sports , activities, arranging an amazing dinner in the heart of caves, spa and hot tub treatments, going off-menu to attend to private requests (my wife was vegetarian and they made special meals for her). The place itself is set up on cliff side and is the only place where you can have dinner and drinks in the caves that are in the property. That experience itself is out of this world, and no picture or words can describe that. We decided to not venture out too much outside the property - and it was a wise one, especially since we were looking for a relaxing vacation. Thank you Caves team for your service and no wonder your property is listed among world's most unusual properties!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Caitlin A wrote a review Jul 2022
Chicago, Illinois10 contributions3 helpful votes
We just returned from our 8-day honeymoon in Jamaica. The first 4 nights, we stayed at The Caves in Negril. We were so happy with every aspect of our stay! I think it’s important for guests to do their research before booking any all-inclusive, but especially The Caves. It is an incredibly special place but it is not like your run of the mill big box all-inclusive like a Secrets or a Sandals. For most (including us), this was a great thing! It is a smaller resort, with only approximately 15-20 guests staying there while we were there. I liked this, as we were able to really get to know the other guests and also we never had to fight for a sunning spot or pool spot due to large crowds. With that being said, you’re not going to get a massive pool party feel that you can get at the larger, more corporate all-inclusive resorts. For us, this was ideal. Now to get into details about the The Caves . -The Food: The food was INCREDIBLE. Because it’s a smaller resort, it is so clear that every meal is cooked to order. Every dish was fresh and pleasing to the eye and tummy. Typically I feel sick after eating 2 days at an all-inclusive, but the menus at The Caves consisted mostly of Jamaican cuisine, which ends up being primarily Whole Foods like vegetables, rice, beans, and a protein. Every single meal was delicious. Every day there are 2-3 options for lunch and dinner, and a breakfast special in the morning. For breakfast the kitchen can cook you whatever you’d like if you choose not to get the breakfast special. (I highly recommend the Callaloo mixed with scrambled eggs, and the banana pancakes!!!) Every lunch and dinner has a different homemade soup— so fantastic!! Throughout my stay I had curried goat, curried conch, filet mignon, shrimp scampi, jerk chicken, and jerk pork. Each entree more delicious than the next!!! If you are looking for QUALITY over QUANTITY for food, then this is the all-inclusive for you. You won’t have a zillion options at your fingertips, but you will have a handful every day that are fantastic. Finally, I highly recommend reserving a Cave Dinner for one of your stays. What a beautiful, intimate experience! -The Drinks: There was a cocktail of the day each day, but always a full bar and bartenders eager to make you something new. I will see that there is no swim-up bar or servers walking around taking orders. However, if you walked up to the bar and requested them to bring the drink to your sunning spot, they certainly would. Typically there is only one bar open throughout the day/night. The main bar is open early in the morning until like 6 pm at night, and then the dining room bar is open after that. However, we were able to go behind the bar ourselves and grab a beer or a bottle of wine if there were no staff currently manning the bar. Lots of different rums to try of course. The resort is owned by the owner of Blackwell Rum so they definitely carry a lot of that. They did have top label spirits available which was really nice. -The Room: We stayed in the Macaw House/Room which was a 1 bedroom, 2nd floor ocean view suite. The room was huge, and had a beautiful high ceiling, artwork, mini bar, closet, safe, sitting area, and beautiful shuttered windows that opened up to a great view of the ocean. The bed was very comfortable and came with a mosquito net for night time. Our room had a Panasonic air conditioner in there and the room never got too warm. We did use the mosquito nets at night, although I think we would have been okay without them as we closed our windows at night. Bathroom is standard but nice and clean. Housekeeping came daily to clean the room and offered a turn down service at night to assist with setting up the mosquito nets. Overall, a comfortable and special room for our honeymoon! -The Staff: Wonderful. Always so kind and because it’s a smaller resort, they remember you and you remember them which is always nice. Always very personable and service is always quick. -The Resort: If you are looking for a unique experience, come here. There is no beach access on the property, so for those looking for that be aware. The only way into the ocean is to jump in from a cliff. There are various peaks to jump from ( 8ft, 20 ft, 30 ft, 35 ft), but you can also just climb into the ocean from one of the ladders that are built into the cliff. We had so much fun jumping in and everyone cheers for others when they brave one of the higher jumps. The lifeguard and staff will give you pointers if you are a first time cliff jumper. Take note: If you have bad knees or have limited upper body strength, climbing out of the water on the ladders can be a little difficult. I am relatively in shape and I still found climbing up the ladders to be challenging at times. Built into the cliffs are various sunning spots with sunning chairs and sun umbrellas. They offer great views of the ocean and ample space to set up for a day of sunning and relaxation. We never had to look for a spot, as there was always one available. The ocean surround The Caves is picture perfect. You can see so far down and always can see different fish and rays swimming around. The resort offers snorkeling, noodles, flippers, and floats to use in the ocean. I believe they also have kayaks. They do guided snorkeling also. -Events/Activities: There’s 2-3 activities planned each day, such as yoga, cooking class, mixology/cocktail class, snorkeling, etc. We attended the cooking class and learned how to make a traditional Jamaican vegetable soup. They even gave us paper recipe cards to take home. There isn’t too much going on (like your standard all-inclusive) but the activities that they do have are fun! -Commute: Be aware that The Caves is a 90 minute drive from the airport in MoBay. We called the caves before our stay and they coordinated transportation pick-up for us which worked great! Overall, we cannot recommend the Caves more. If you are looking for an intimate and unique all-inclusive, this is your spot! We will be back! :)
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elizabeth S wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom67 contributions17 helpful votes
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One of the best hotels we've ever stayed in with my husband without a doubt! We fell in love with Jamaica and the Caves was our favourite hotel during our stay. We had the most magical, restful and fun 3 days there and will definitely come back for more. The breathtaking scenery, the wonderful staff, and the hotel itself - are all top-notch. We especially loved snorkelling and the most romantic cave dinner kindly organised by the Caves staff. We would definitely recommend this for a wonderful Jamaican getaway, especially for a couple! Liz & Maxim
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Priya D wrote a review May 2022
Englewood, New Jersey4 contributions6 helpful votes
The caves was so wonderful to stay in. Private, small and did not feel like a stereotypical resort. Loved the cliff jumping and the service could not be praised enough. If you have a chance to go to negril you should put this at the top of your list of places to stay. Not as ideal for kids and large groups though I preferred that for my resort stay!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Gretchenfsu wrote a review May 2022
Wesley Chapel, Florida1 contribution
Amazing! We did three nights, wish we had done four. The snorkeling is right here! Love how it’s no fuss just relax and explore. Truly a one of kind! I never want to go back to the same place twice but I hope to return here in the future. The caves are beautiful the property is amazing. The food is outstanding!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Writerchickie wrote a review Apr 2022
Los Angeles, California139 contributions72 helpful votes
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The Caves was our first stop in our week-long sister trip to Jamaica. A boutique hotel on top of the cliffs of Negril, part of the fun of the place is finding all the different nooks and crannies one can claim with a book and a towel. You will get your low-key cardio in with the stairs everywhere. And you will get your heart pounding by cliff jumping from different points on the property (10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet, another 20 feet into a Blue Hole) Bonus, not only will you get a true zing of accomplishment from jumping, your sinus issues will be instantly solved once you break the water. The Caves is about relaxation, quiet, and really good food. Don't let the lack of a paper menu put you off (they'll tell you what the kitchen has today), just trust them. We didn't have a bad meal, though we did make them run out of mint for our mojitos (they make a great dirty martini, though.) Yes, the property is older. But you're getting something different with The Caves, something special. The staff takes care of you. From Zoom at dinner to Bernardo at the bar (ask him to make you a Bernardo Blast), Brad, Glenn and Randy, everyone was friendly and helpful and put together a fun surprise for my birthday. The smaller size of the hotel means you make instant friends with everyone staying there, to the point where we bumped into each other on Seven Mile Beach and swapped tips about where to go next. We wished we could've stayed longer.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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D Ryan wrote a review Apr 2022
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My wife and I spent a relaxing 1 week at The Caves during spring break. What we loved about The Caves: 1) Private, intimate, boutique resort, small number of guests (about 25 max we estimated) 2) Excellent staff to guest ratio - you will interact with and get to know everyone by name, and they will know you. Staff was super friendly, attentive, and a key part what makes the resort so welcoming and enjoyable. 3) Food was excellent. We didn't have a meal we didn't like. Preparing made to order food for a small number of guests delivers substantially better quality and service than big all-inclusive resorts. 4) Swimming in the caves, cliff jumping, snorkeling, floating around on a raft in the beautiful clear water. Brian the water sports director was terrific and went out of his way with guests. 5) We enjoyed spa 3 times in the week we were there and got various treatments. You can't go wrong. 6) Cave dining experience was beautiful and one of a kind. At sunset and transitioning to candle light only, the setting was surreal. What we didn't love about The Caves: 1) All rooms have unique character, but the quality and finishes in our room (Blue Dolphin) was disappointing at the price point of this resort. 2) The resort pool area was sorely lacking. For those that aren't fond of the ocean or able to get up the ladders, you will likely be disappointed. Of course we loved a lot more about this resort than we didn't love. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would not hesitate to go back. Thanks to all the staff at The Caves!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Jet733795 wrote a review Apr 2022
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We just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay booked through the Free Love package offered earlier this year. This allowed us to get one night free as well as the hot tub and cave dinner experience. Overall, this resort was extremely relaxing, in a gorgeous setting, and has a wonderful staff that makes you feel like family. In these regards it is a fully 5 star experience and I would certainly return. We enjoyed a multi course dinner every night , twice including generous amounts of lobster, and amazing cooked-to-order breakfasts each day. During the day, the staff makes awesome drinks at the bar and you can use snorkel or other water equipment if you just ask. We did a snorkel guided tour with Earl and it was a highlight - he made us feel like old friends the rest of the trip and showed us some cool things in the water we would have otherwise missed. We were constantly taken aback by how gorgeous the setting is here and loved the small size of the resort. This said, there are a few things to be aware of that have me knock this down to 4 stars. First, the rooms are definitely barefoot luxury but given the price, push the limits of this especially in the bathrooms. The water pressure in our rooms shower (sea turtle) was extremely weak and the highest temperature was only lukewarm. The vanity was also very worn looking and I didn’t want to be in there any longer than needed. These could use some updating for a more comfortable stay but did not ruin our trip. The bedroom area was charming and the bed very comfortable! We were also disappointed to learn that the advertised “rum bar” was actually just them moving a cooler of ice, some paper cups, and 4-5 bottles of rum down to an unmanned and empty bar area every few nights (we only found rum even stocked one night we were there). For the price, it would have been nice to at least open up for a cocktail hour with a bartender on a regular schedule! This was a disappointment and we felt the website description of this amenity was very misleading. Finally (this is partially on me for not looking at the rate FAQ on the website) beware that the nightly rate in your booking confirmation will be 20% higher at check out in part due to a 10% “service fee”. I understand not including taxes but a service fee that is mandatory and this significant in amount should just be included in the rate! This was an unwelcome surprise at check out, particularly as we had tipped as we went. This should be more transparent to the customer at booking. Given that we booked through the package, I was satisfied with our stay and would gladly return for a similar deal. However, I am not sure that I would consider returning at the full rate.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Farnley wrote a review Feb 2022
Wales, United Kingdom40 contributions14 helpful votes
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We booked the Caves for four days as part of a ten day trip to Jamaica. We were attracted by the all inclusive option due to COVID restrictions, I would not really class the Caves in the same ilk as other AIs it’s so boutique and utterly charming . The other resort we stayed at was Sandals Royal Plantation - a very different experience. Food and Drink - a 5 star experience Our first experience of the food at dinner was amazing, and set the tone for the incredible service and stunning food we experienced throughout our stay. Dinner was served on the verandah of the restaurant, the Sands Bar or in one of the Caves and was always four five courses, we had smoked salmon, lobster, fillet steak, fresh salads and a delicious gateaus served with chilled Mud House wine and a very nice sparkling wine. The menu was different most nights with two or three options which always included a fish, and a Jamaican style dish. All great quality produce, cooked with care and flair. Breakfast was also excellent with a beautifully presented plate of exotic fruit, followed by whatever you wanted. Jamaican breakfasts and the blue mountain coffee are the best!! Service - a 5 star experience The service from the waiters, bar staff, lifeguards, grounds and accommodation staff was exceptional, always friendly, with a smile, authentic, and personal. Big thanks to Brian the lifeguard for taking me snorkelling and showing me a turtle. We had the Caves dinner as part of our booking which was very romantic and our waiter was superb, running up and down the steps to source a fan and music. We also loved the Thursday night Jamaican evening with the authentic Jamaican band, fun and memorable. Location - 5 star rating. The resort is stunning, nestled on top of cliffs, looking out to the sunset which are famous in negril. Our view was interesting and looked towards the famous Ricks bar which pumped out loud music from about 2 pm, ( not my kind of place) If you struggle with steps, this is not a resort for you, however I loved exploring all the secret sunbathing spots, the cool caves and watching the fish in the crystal clear waters. Accommodation - almost a 4 star rating We had booked an ocean view upper suite. Our first room Macka Tree was above the Blue Hole room behind the restaurant area and its view was blocked by trees. The room was decorated with purple painted wood, eclectic, cool, but very dated. I was very disappointed so asked reception to move rooms. Luckily they had a two bedroom ocean front suite cottage, SunDancer, and kindly offered a reduced rate upgrade which we snapped up (reception dealt with this graciously). The super king size bed was extremely comfortable, the Egyptian cotton sheets cool and silk to touch (felt like 800 thread) and the mosquito nets and AC and large fans did their job well. Fridges were filled up with drinks daily and the coffee maker was perfect for our morning Blue Mountain caffeine fix on the balcony. However the bathroom was below par, the shower head was fixed at shoulder height making it challenging to wash my hair and very low pressure. The door handle fell off several times and I was locked in the bathroom (they did fix it) . The outdoor shower area felt overlooked and was only cleaned from leaves and undergrowth on the last day at my request. I am an outdoorsy person and like to camp and stay in unique Airbnb, so I’ve seen a few bathrooms, but was not expecting this off a 5 star hotel. Be warned. The decor is unique for sure, but could do with a refresh and TLC along with the electric switches and plugs. It is clear the rooms have been painted over and over, sadly this adds to the tiredness of the decor. It would be useful to see a resort map with the rooms so you know what you are booking. (See Castara Retreat in Tobago which is a similar style resort) I would not hesitate to book the Caves if you are looking for a unique, personal and authentic Jamaican haven to stay at and happy to be in a small resort with a few other guests. We had a lovely memorable time and are grateful for the experience. I
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Date of stay: February 2022
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dinicola27 wrote a review Feb 2022
Hopkinton, Massachusetts30 contributions7 helpful votes
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We chose The Caves for a romantic getaway and to avoid crowds. The resort, on the westernmost tip of Jamaica, is intimate, cozy and uniquely situated on the cliffs of Negril. I wish I could give 5 Stars, but they need to do some room upgrades first. Pros (there are many) Location: we wondered if we would miss the sand on our feet. Nope. The Caves offers so many nooks and crannies to fin d a private place to sit for the day and not feel like you are competing for space. Most days we sat out on one of the small spaces down the stairs with enough room for two beach chairs, a table and umbrella. Over seven days we only left the property a couple times. We wanted relaxation and that's what The Caves provides. Staff: I can't say enough about almost all of the staff. In particular, the wait staff, bartenders and spa staff were so incredibly and genuinely nice. A couple encounters with front desk staff were just OK, but not bad. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and are having a nice time. They even tossed us beers while we were floating in the ocean on mats so we wouldn't have to come out to get them. Food/drink: I am always suspicious of all-inclusive, but the food at The Caves is way above most typical Carribean fare. They mix traditional Jamaican dishes with more continental food for a nice variety. I thought I read that higher end alcohol would be charged separately, but we were not charged for any name-brand liquor we ordered (i.e. Tanqueray). We drank house wine with dinner which was fine...we didn't check out the ala carte wine list. Cold Red Stripes flowed freely. Try the Patties (chicken or beef) that they usually have available throughout the day. For breakfast, the Jamaican specialties were usually very nice. Interestingly, the pancakes were among the best we have ever had. Order them at least once. If you are there for several days you have the option for a private Cave dinner. It is well worth it. The cave is decorated with candles and flowers and it is quite romantic. Cliffs/caves: The setting is so unique with it's caves set looking out on the ocean. There are also several places to jump into the ocean at several heights (35 feet being the highest). So much fun. Cons Rooms: We were in two rooms while we were there. They are spacious and our first one had a balcony looking over the ocean which was great for morning coffee. But they could definitely use a good updating. They felt tired and old. In both rooms the AC didn't work properly on the few occasions we wanted to use it. Other things were worn or broken and it looks like they keep slapping more coats of paint on where they should probably replace things. Furniture is worn. We typically like "barefoot luxury" instead of "Four Seasons luxury" but this pushed the limits for the price. Noise: The resort itself is very quiet. However it sits a few resorts away from, and in direct earshot from, Rick's Cafe. Rick's cultivates a Miami-like party scene most days> While it doesn't go late (Negril has noise ordinances around 9:00 PM) the afternoons can be quite loud depending on the atmosphere at Ricks and wind direction. Overall The Caves gave us exactly what we wanted. If I go back to Jamaica I will definitely consider The Caves (or a sister property) again. I would easily give 5 Starts with a couple improvements to the rooms.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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$589 - $750 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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CaribbeanJamaicaWestmoreland ParishNegril
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Caves
Which popular attractions are close to The Caves?
Nearby attractions include One Love Bus Bar Crawl (0.8 km), Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden Jamaica (0.8 km), and Rick's Cafe (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Caves?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Caves?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at The Caves?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Caves?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Caves?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kool Vybes Bar & Jerk Centre, The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel, and Ivan's Bar and Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Caves?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does The Caves have airport transportation?
Yes, The Caves offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Caves have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.