What’s better than a holiday on a sun-drenched island surrounded by gorgeous water? Staying at an all-inclusive, luxury beachfront resort where activities for all ages are included in the room rate! At Beaches Negril in Jamaica, the accommodations are fantastic and guests might be surprised by the long list of activities they don’t have to pay extra for. There’s a good reason why Beaches Negril was recently named the World’s Best Family Hotel in the Caribbean by Travel and Leisure.
Beaches Negril Location
Negril is on the west end of Jamaica, about an hour and 15 minutes away by car from Montego Bay airport. The drive is on a scenic two-lane road that can be a bit bumpy in parts. You may want to arrange transportation with Beaches ahead of time versus renting a car.
Negril is home to Seven Mile Beach (actually, it’s about 4 miles long) and Negril Marine Park, a 62 square mile protected marine eco-system. Scuba and snokeling are particularly good in this area, which is convenient because BOTH are included in your Beaches Negril room rate. You can see the dive sites labeled in the ocean on the photo above. However, the beach is absolutely gorgeous so plan on spending quite a bit of time with your toes in the sand.
I stayed in a Concierge Beachfront Suite which had a spectacular view of the resort as well as the ocean. The room was huge with an indoor living area and outdoor patio with seating. A big closet and plenty of storage allowed for easily unpacking a week’s worth of clothing. Several room types and sizes suit a variety of budgets and family sizes. Some rooms even have personal butler service!
A mini bar is continuously stocked with sodas and wine (the latter, by request) but it’s a decent size for leftovers or kid snacks. I did not appear to have room service in my room, but select rooms do. WiFi is included and if you have trouble connecting, tech support will walk you through. I couldn’t grab a signal from bed, so had to go outside on the patio. WiFi works in the restaurants and around the property, as well.
Red Lane Spa
Here’s where you will want to splurge outside of your room rate. I enjoyed a fabulous massage at the gorgeous Red Lane Spa where Caribbean natural elements (Blue Mountain coffee, rare botanicals and more) are incorporated into European therapies. My therapist was kind and really focused on the areas I needed it the most versus giving me a cookie-cutter rub down. Loved it and even bought the tension relief gel she recommended, which totally works ($16 USD well spent!). The Red Lane Spa has a few small lounging areas, private changing area and pretty treatment rooms. The spa surrounds a tropically landscaped courtyard that allows loads of natural sunlight to bounce off the dark woods, though the treatment rooms are dimly lit for ultimate relaxation. If you’d like a treatment in your room or a beach cabana–go for it! Like right here:
More Activities Than Your Kids Can Handle
Well, at least, it seems like it. Here’s a breakdown of INCLUDED activities by age group.
Babies and toddlers: Of course, they can relax with you or spend time in the Kids Camp. All nannies and staff are members of the International Nanny Association. Bring the little ones to a climate-controlled nursery full of age-appropriate toys, cribs, high chairs, strollers and more. The Kids Camp toddler program keeps busy walkers busy with fun activities shell collecting, sand castle building and treasure hunts.
Older Kids and Pre-teens: A game room with a Jamaican vibe, beach soccer, volleyball, water sports, Scratch DJ Academy, pizza making and more include some of the activities this age group will love.
Teens: They have access to all of the above plus their own Club Liquid which is a no parents allowed zone in the evenings where they can hang out together safely. Group water sports, tennis, and dance parties are other ways to meet kids of the same age on the resort.
Sesame Street: The gang puts on a parade every Thursday for all resort guests to enjoy. A beach buffet dinner follows (I believe this is an additional cost) with dancing and entertainment well into the evening, should you care to join in. Otherwise, character breakfasts and some room upgrades allow kids to take classes and have a special one on one interaction with their favorite characters.
Adult Fun In Jamaica
I love me a swim up bar and enjoyed a drink or two at this one.
Childcare options outside of Kids Camp hours (9:00am – 9:00pm) can be arranged at an additional cost, if you’d like to take advantage of resort nightlife. In addition to the spa, candlelight dinners can be arranged. And, of course, parents can lounge and enjoy water sports and fitness classes. Heck, even I went down the water slide multiple times!
Beaches Negril Dining Options
Kids can cool down from the Jamaican sun by indulging in the vast smoothie menu. In addition to bars, there are seven restaurants serving up cuisine from around the world. Want jerk chicken and a Jamaican patty? No problem. Prefer a burger or pizza? There’s plenty of that, too. A dining concierge is located near the lobby who has menus from the resort restaurants and can advise you accordingly.
I expected the bottomless wine to be mediocre at best, however, this wasn’t the case. Beaches Negril has a partnership with Beringer Vineyards and serves up good Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.
Tips And Final Thoughts
Do not forget sunscreen or other essentials. These items are expensive in the gift shop, and I’m told it’s the same situation at resorts all over the island.
Beaches Negril is a great place for a group, like families who like to vacation together or perhaps a family reunion. It’s so easy, because you never have to worry about splitting a tab.
Have you stayed at a Beaches or Sandals resort?
*Photos with Beaches watermark are courtesy of Beaches Negril
**Thanks to the Jamaica Tourism Board and Beaches Negril for hosting me. Opinions are my own.