I was horribly disappointed by my stay at the castle. I went with my husband and 14 yr old daughter. We stayed in the Penthouse.
Penthouse: As everyone says, it is amazing in that it has 3 very quirky levels, lots of private sunning spaces, very castle-like, 2 bathrooms, multiple bed options, many great views and is really quite fun, or has potential to be. I absolutely adored the building itself.
Bedding: Really quite musty and I wished I had brought something else to sleep on. I actually slept on the beach chair one night. It was much cleaner, had a soft cover, and it was also quite fun to sleep on the rampart under the stars as opposed to inside the funky smelling bedroom.
Waterfront and swimming: I don't know what else to say except that the owner must have lost her mind as regards swimming. The whole reason to stay on the cliffs is to swim off the cliffs. The castle does NOT have a pool or hot tub, it has a wonderful cliff-side ocean front with decent snorkeling right of the cliff. There are 2-3 different entrances into the sea, one through the cave. Apparently awhile before we arrived someone somewhere was injured/killed from a cliff and so the owner seems to have decided it is not 'safe' for anyone to swim. What this meant was that while everyone else along this shoreline resorts was happily diving in, huge locked gates barred our entrance to the sea. The waves were not even big. I'm not an idiot, I have been swimming and diving (and teaching others, and captaining a boat) all of my life and I know what is safe and what is not, and this was quite maddeningly safe. Each day we would go downstairs with the intent to have a great snorkel and we would find the gates locked and no amount of pleading to the VERY unfriendly guard (who seemed to have some relationship with the owner who appeared to live there) would unlock it. Just once we got one friendly guard to let us out for 10 minutes and then he got in trouble and we were admonished and brought back in. The water was SO nice for that 10 minutes, nice waves lapping against the rocks. It is SUCH as spectacular location.
Wifi: You have to sit in a window or go down to central area to use it. Good luck getting password if you arrive in the evening. We needed the wifi badly because we were forced to book tours each day since there was absolutely NOTHING to do at the castle without water access. Nothing. Not how we planned to spend our week.
Food: When we booked, it was billed as having a restaurant. It did not. You have to pay a taxi driver to take you downtown for food, or walk on the very very scary road getting propositioned every few feet, to a very unappealing local restaurant.
Amenities: Really there aren't any. The castle itself is one big amenity and it is sooo great, but with no water access it may as well be in Scotland as Jamaica.
The situation was so bad that we actually left early and booked at a Hilton for our last 3 days, so we could have some beach time. We loved the eclectic nature of the castle - the Hilton had no character - but really we didn't go to Jamaica to be locked out of the water for our own safety, when the waves were just little ripples and everyone else on the shore was swimming.
It took me almost a year to publish this review because I really don't like writing negative reviews but I owe this to the TripAdvisor community.
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