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“Destination Wedding” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tensing Pen Resort
Ranked #5 of 84 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Ridgely, Maryland
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3 reviews
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“Destination Wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

The resort was absolutely beautiful. We were greeted with cold towels and beverages. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful with information regarding local activities and hotspots. The service was GREAT from the maids and the grounds keepers to the office staff and cooks/bartenders! The food was awesome and the view was AMAZING! The staff was very organized, prepared and helpful with the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception. I will absolutely return and I have already recommend Tensing Pen to my friends, family and coworkers! I couldn’t thank them enough for hosting such a beautiful and memorable wedding!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Meredith C
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Salem, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

I am not really a "resort" kind of person, but I was really impressed by Tensing Pen. The service was excellent, everyone was laid back and friendly, and the atmosphere was unbeatable. I really had a fun, relaxing time! I recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Brian G
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Temple, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

The hotel and grounds are just as beautiful as the pics. The staff are friendly and courteous. It is a very relaxing place. No distractions such as TV or wild partying. Will visit this hotel again, probably very soon, if all goes well. The food in the resturant is very good and reasonably priced. If you want to get away and relax this is the place to go. Try the massage, my wife said it was the best she had ever had.

Room Tip: all rooms looked nice but if you get hot easily choose a room that says it has ac. some of the room...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Johnny S
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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in both South House 2 and Rock Cottage 2 during our stay in August 2012. The property and staff are wonderful! Even though the property was almost fully occupied we felt like we had the place to ourselves because they have lots of secluded spots. We had so much fun snorkeling and jumping from the bridge!

Recommendations:
- Be prepared to snorkel. We didn't bring our masks, only fins...so we had to buy them from the gift shop.
- Use the resort's airport transfer. We didn't prearrange it before getting to Jamaica and were quoted $120 at the desk in the airport but negotiated them down to $80...but it's the luck of the draw for the type of car you get and we got a beater without AC. For our return, we used the resort's driver who was so fast and the rate was only $70! I think it took him 45mins to get to the airport instead of 1.5+.
- Use Internet in the main house. We didn't have any connection in South House 2 but in Rock Cottage 2 we had a slow connection. In the main house, it's fast! So, we ended up checking email in the morning with their great coffee or in the evening with daiquiris...which was so much more relaxing and you can't beat the view!

We did a couple of trips off the property but were always happy to be returning to the beauty and serenity of Tensing Pen. We loved it so much that we're already planning our return.

Room Tip: - Book a cottage there's a difference! South House 2 was great but the Rock Cottage 2 was so muc...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Stephanie D
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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012

Tensing Pen is a beautiful resort located on the west end of Negril. The resort went out of its way to help us. Myself and my girlfriend were picked up at the airport by the Tensing Pen driving service and were taken in a nice air conditioned van straight to the resort (about 1.5 hour trip). The drive cost $70. As soon as we arrived we were checked in and taken to our room (Pine Pillar Suite). We stayed at Tensing Pen for 7 days. The resort was amazing and our room had a spectacular view of the Sea.
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PROS:
1) The location is very secluded and you can completely relax and unwind without technology or large crowds of tourists surrounding you. There were times when I think we were the only two guests there.
2) The Pine Pillar Suite is very spacious with a large balcony overlooking the water.
3) The Sea is such an amazing blue color and the visibility under water was well over 100ft. Snorkeling was definitely one of my favorite things to do there. I actually saw two 3 foot long octopus chasing eachother under water (Very Cool).
4) The hammocks that are placed around the property are so relaxing. We spent a lot of time just relaxing in the hammocks with the cool Sea breeze. It was so comfortable that I fell asleep a few times.
5) The pool is very nice and is cleaned (physically and chemically) every morning.
6) There are several ground keepers that make the landscape amazing.
7) The large majority of the staff are very friendly. The bartenders Razor and Owen were hillarious and made our trip so much more enjoyable.
Cons:
1) The Pine Pillar suite and most of the other cottages do not have airconditioning. This was not too much of a problem for us because you do get a nice ocean breeze and you have a nice high-powered fan, but it does get very hot sometimes and small bugs can get annoying after awhile. Bring mosquito/bug repellent. I overheard the owner telling another guest that the reason they do not have A/C in most of the cottages is because they are not very effective with the thatched roof. All in all the lack of A/C can be overlooked if you are willing to make the trade off for stunning views and wonderful service.
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Our overall thoughts of Negril in general:
As soon as you step out of the resort, you will get hounded by people asking you if you want to buy all sorts of things. This can get extremely annoying and it is kind of sad because one of the staff discussed with us that these people are scaring away a lot of tourism and tourism is a large part of the Jamaican economy. If you are not interested in purchasing what they are offering, simply tell them "No thank you" and keep walking. Do not keep eye contact with them, do not tell them maybe later, and in some rare cases you may even have to completely ignore them as if you can't hear them.
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Things to do:
There are several things to do around Negril (if you have money to spend). We were on a limited budget so we stayed around the resort area. Rick's Cafe is a nice place to see and is a short walk from Tensing Pen. The dive off the cliff is crazy. I dove off the bridge at Tensing Pen and that was creepy enough, but at Ricks that dive is about double that height and tourists are aloud to jump at there own risk (you could not pay me to do it). The food at Ricks is absolutely dreadful and extremely overpriced. We payed $10 for 3 tiny little patties that looked like Chinese wontons and were not that tasty. Ricks Cafe is - by all definitions - a tourist trap but is still neat to see. We took one day trip to the Seven Mile beach. We were dropped off at Idle Awhile. The beach and the water is beautiful. Unfortunately the atmosphere was dreadful. There were several people trying to sell us stuff, the staff at Idle Awhile actually asked us what we were doing there if we came from Tensing Pen (kind of a rude thing to ask), and the bartender was actually hesitant to get us some beer (acting as though we were some rich snobs or something?). We stayed for an hour and left because we felt unwelcomed.
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Overall, Tensing Pen is amazing and we will definitely try to make a return trip back some day.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Tensing Pen Resort

Property: Tensing Pen Resort
Address: West End Road, Negril, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Negril
#6 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#9 Family Hotel in Negril
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,418 - ₹ 51,116
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tensing Pen Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the West End of Negril, Jamaica in its own private cove, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler offering a unique collection of beautiful hand-carved wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of varying sizes for the ultimate secluded and relaxing vacation. ... more   less 
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