My husband & I spent our honeymoon (Thanksgiving week 2011) at Sunset at the Palms. This was our first visit at the resort, and our first trip to Jamaica. We had a great time. The resort was beautiful and we enjoyed the more private tree house style accommodations as opposed to the large hotel resorts we saw along the bay. The staff were very friendly--we especially appreciated the sweet woman cooked our food at the beach grill. The beach was beautiful and we were satisfied with the activities that we were able to coordinate through the resort (though all activities that required transportation outside the resort had an additional cost, it was fairly reasonable). Our room was very clean and we enjoyed the day bed on the porch. It was a very relaxing visit, we never felt invaded by the other guests and had our own privacy--rare at the larger resorts.
There were a few things that were a bit of a let down at first, however we wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else given all the positives:
1. THE BEACH
When we first arrived at the resort the sun was going down, so we headed to the beach. It wasn't what I was expecting--the beach is narrow with unkempt vegetation along the edge. The water was also very calm and given the time of day, the color of the water looked kind of like a lake. The next day the warm, crystal clear water redeemed itself, but don't expect flawless, white powder sand beaches or spectacular waves. Another warning about the beach is that we were approached within 30 seconds of setting foot on the beach for the first time by a local resident selling pot. We were worried we would be hassled the whole trip, but they leave you alone after your first day. BIG RELIEF!
2. THE FOOD/BEVERAGES
There were only two restaurants for dinner, excluding the beach grill (one of which required reservations and was only open every other day). I'm a foodie, so I was a little disappointed that we had buffet style meals for the majority of the trip. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. There also wasn't a huge selection of alcohol and the quality wasn't great. Though the beverages were all-inclusive, we didn't drink that much because the taste was poor. The espresso bar was also lacking, I'm not sure if it was the quality of the ingredients or if the staff just didn't know how to properly make the coffee.
3. THE ROOM
We loved the modern style of the room, and as I mentioned we wouldn't have traded the more private tree-house for one of the more "luxury" resorts that are essentially a massive hotel. It was so nice to have our own little oasis (which is truly what we called it--hearing the birds and bugs outside, waking up to the breeze going through the palm trees, etc.). The bed was comfortable (don't expect it to be like a Hilton bed, though) and the bathroom was nice. We did have a cock roach in our room on day two, my husband scared it towards the door but it went into a crack near the baseboard. Normally that would have freaked me out a lot, but given the natural atmosphere of the resort, it happens. Keep your bags closed when you aren't using them! We did have quite a few bug bites by the end of the trip as others have mentioned, but I think it mainly happened when we'd go to dinner at night. One other issue is that the room gets very dark at night & the lighting is terrible. That made it difficult to clean up and get ready for a nice dinner, but the resort is very casual and low key so I stopped worrying about it too much.The restaurants also had very little lighting, so no one could tell if I needed to pluck my eyebrows anyway, ha! The AC in the room was sufficient & we never woke up in the night too hot, but as soon as you shower you kind of feel a little sticky. I joked during the trip that we were "glamping," which was slightly dramatic but not too far of a stretch. As I said, we loved our relaxing, beach trip and wouldn't have traded it for a more uptight, crowded, "luxury" resort.
Thank you Sunset at the Palms for a great honeymoon! Hope to see you again for an anniversary trip sometime!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great spot for romantics or a destination wedding. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and flowering plants at the edge of Negril, this unique all-inclusive gem is best described as intimate, chic and serene. The resort offers 85 "tree-house-style," elegantly appointed guestrooms on ten-acres of lush landscaping, a design praised by Architectural Digest. Melt away with a soothing spa service in our unique treatment garden, cool off at the swim-up bar with a tropical drink or "chill" at the resort's five beachfront acres and two miles of white sand beach, just steps away. When dining is on the menu, you'll enjoy both international and authentic Jamaican cuisine at four restaurants and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset At The Palms Hotel Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Negril
- Sunset Palms Jamaica
- Sunset Palms Negril
- Sunset At The Palms Resort