Sandals Negril – Review and Guide for 2022 & 2023

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Adults looking to have a good time will fall in love with Sandals Negril, because they will enjoy Jamaica’s famous Seven Mile Beach and all the luxury that the Sandals Negril Resort has to offer. Rooms feature Mahogany furnishings, Red Lane Spa toiletries, flat-screen TVs, fully stocked refrigerators, and much more.

Club and Butler level accommodations get additional luxury, and you can add to your luxury experience with a visit to the Red Lane Spa. Sit and enjoy a meal at one of the 7 dining options, including traveler favorite “KIMONOS,” or enjoy a classic sing-along at the piano bar. You can also head over to the swim-up pool bar to enjoy specialty cocktails made just for you.

About Sandals Negril

Where is Sandals Negril?

Find Sandals Negril on the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Jamaica. Negril is found in the parish of Westmoreland on the island’s western coast. Staying at Sandals Negril places you 12km from the Negril Lighthouse and 10km from the Xtabi Caves. You will also find other attractions, such as the Blue Hole Mineral Spring and Mayfield Falls, close by.

Getting to Sandals Negril

Fly into Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport with airport code MBJ. Find flights from all major US, Canadian and European cities with ease. Upon arrival at the airport, and after going through immigration and customs, proceed to the Sandals desk. Your complimentary transfer to Sandals Negril is already waiting to take you to your opulent suite. The drive time is approximately 1 1/2 hours, as you cover 48 km.

The Best Time to Visit Sandals Negril

Negril’s hottest month is July, where temperatures reach a maximum of 86F. And the coldest month is January, where temperatures are around 82F. Therefore, the typical weather here is similar to that of Montego Bay, except June to August, when Negril is a couple of degrees cooler.

Expect 8.7 inches of rainfall during October, the wettest month for Negril. The rainy season runs from July to October, while there is less than 3 inches of rainfall from December to March. But not to worry, the tropical downpours here are typically short; after the rain, you are left with the rest of the day to enjoy your vacation.

With some of the best beaches on the island, you will enjoy your visit to Negril all year long. However, the peak season is during winter when there is an influx of tourists resulting in fully booked rooms. If you must book during peak season, try to make your reservations at least three months in advance.

What’s Included at Sandals Negril?

Like other Sandals resorts, you will enjoy a luxury all-inclusive experience when staying at Sandals Negril. You start your inclusive vacation at the airport when you are shuttled away on an included transfer to your resort. All food and drinks are included in the resort and are always unlimited. All tips and gratuities are also included. You will find premium spirits included too.

Watersports are included, as are land sports on the resort. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center, which you can access 24/7, and all common areas feature free WiFi, which you also have in your room.

Pros and Cons of Sandals Negril

The Pros

  • The beach is well groomed, and so are all the common areas and the entire grounds of the hotel.
  • The food is amazing.
  • The staff are so helpful and have a great sense of humor.
  • The spa is not included, but the services are affordable and the space is clean and high-class.
  • A nice mix of daily activities keeps you entertained without leaving the resort.

The Cons

  • The hotel is 1 ½ hour away from the airport 
  • The hotel is right on the main road, so if you book a garden view room, chances are high you will hear road noises.

What to Do at Sandals Negril

Sandals Negril has a nice mix of activities for you. Upon arrival, you will get the schedule of activities for that week. If you are close to your stay, you may call ahead to find out what activities will take place, so you can pack accordingly if you like to be prepared. Outside of planned day and night activities, you can enjoy great food and drinks almost 24 hours a day and engage in land and watersports activities included in your booking.

Restaurants at Sandals Negril 

There are 7 restaurants at Sandals Negril, all of which are included and unlimited.

Bella Napoli Pizzeria 

You will find traditional Gourmand pizzas in the finest Italian traditional style here. Select options from their menu or create your own by selecting your mix of toppings. You will find a variety of pizza toppings here that you won’t find anywhere else. Think toppings like dark chocolate, ripe bananas, and even seafood.

There is no dress code for this restaurant, and reservations are not required. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bayside

This restaurant overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers specialty cuisine with impeccable service. Here you will find international cuisine. You’ll find buffet-style breakfast and lunch served here, and for dinner, enjoy a la carte French Brasserie. The buffet changes daily, and there are options to have foods made to order.

The dress code here is casual, and reservations are not required. Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and dinner is served during the hours of 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Cucina Romano

Here you will find Italian cuisine served right by the sea. This open-air restaurant provides you with impeccable views of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy Italian specialties such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Antipasti and more, with freshly grown basil and locally grown tomatoes starring in each dish. Broaden your appreciation for authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy a new or favorite wine.

Reservations are required for Cucina Romano, as well as a resort casual dress code. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Sundowner

Authentic West Indian dishes such as Jamaica’s Ackee and Saltfish, St. Vincent’s Pelau, and the Bahamas’ Conch Salad can be found here. Here they offer white glove service from their age-old veranda. You will find some of the best sunsets here and great views of the Caribbean Sea.

The dress code for dining here is resort casual, and reservations are required. Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Kimonos

Here you will find a Teppanyaki-style dinner with the best flavors and the best entertainment. Kimonos offer extravagance at its best. You will find cuisine from the far east served up in a very interactive and impressive way. Chefs always have new tricks and treats up their sleeves. Exquisite food, spectacular entertainment, and tropical garden views all combine to offer you a top-notch dining experience you will never forget.

The dress code is resort casual, but reservations are required. Dinner is served from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

The Beach Bistro

Here you will enjoy al fresco dining along the beach. Therefore, you can enjoy your meal while also enjoying the sand, sun, and sea. The restaurant exudes a laid back charm, serving Jamaican patties, burgers, and nachos. Dine with us in resort casual attire, no reservations needed. The Beach Bistro will serve you daily between 11:00 am and 5:30 pm, and from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Barefoot by the Sea

Enjoy fresh seafood dishes by the sea while enjoying the sea breeze. Here, you can actually enjoy the experience while being barefoot. Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy your seafood while listening to the waves as they caress the sandy shoreline.

Try the Lobster Bisque with Sourdough Croutons or the Coconut-fried Tiger Shrimp. Even though you can show up barefoot, reservations are required to dine here. Enjoy breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Pools at Sandals Negril

There are four pools for you to enjoy at Sandals Negril, with each one offering its own poolside experience. Of the four pools, three are freshwater pools and 1 dive certification pool.

Bars at Sandals Negril

You will find five bars at Sandals Negril.

The Main Bar

This is found in the lobby. It opens at 12:30pm until 2:00am, serving local, international and premium drinks.

The Piano Bar

This sports bar opens at 10:00 am and closes at 11:30pm. It offers local, international and premium drink options.

Swim Up Pool Bar

Located by the main pool, this bar opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00pm and also serves local, international and premium drinks.

The Beach Bar

This bar can be found by the beach and opens at 10:00 am and closes at 6:00pm.

Kimono’s Bar

This is located at the Kimonos restaurant. The opening hours are from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm just as the restaurant.

Activities at Sandals Negril

When you stay at Sandals Negril, you will have a plethora of on-resort activities to choose from while on your stay. Here are some of the activities you can engage in while on resort.

Padi Certified Scuba Diving

This activity is included with your booking. The activity is included, as well as all necessary equipment is ready and waiting for you. You can get lessons if you would like, but those will come at an additional cost.

Water Sports

There are a wide array of water sports activities you can engage in throughout the day as well.  Think Kayaks, hobie cats and more.

Land Entertainment

There are scheduled entertainment events, and there is almost always something by the pool or the beach. At night, you can enjoy fashion shows, live shows, parties and much more. There is also the gym, as well as pool tables, volleyball and tennis.

The Red Lane Spa

If you would like to add even more luxury to your stay, book a treatment at the Red Lane Spa. While not included in your booking costs, spa treatments are affordable, and you will leave the spa feeling like your best self.

The Boutique

Shop at the Boutique for a duty free experience as well as some nice keepsakes to take back home for yourself or family and friends.

Island Routes Adventure Tours

If you would like to experience the local area outside of the resort, book a tour or two at the Island Routes desk. They offer a hassle free and safe means of booking an excursion, with transportation included to and from the resort.

FAQ

Is Sandals Negril on a private beach?

The beach is not private, but there are security guards there to ensure the nearby vendors do not come up on the beach. The vendors can stay at the water’s edge, and you may see them walking while advertising their wares.

What airport do you fly into for Sandals Negril?

For your stay at Sandals Negril, you will fly into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The resort is an hour and 30 minutes away from the airport, but your transfer to and from the resort is included. You will subsequently wait for your transfer in the Sandals lounge, while enjoying drinks and snacks in a temperature controlled environment.

Are there two Sandals in Negril?

Jamaica is divided up into parishes, while there aren’t two Sandals in Negril, there are two Sandals in the parish of Westmoreland. However, the two resorts are not within close proximity. Westmoreland is home to Sandals Negril as well as Sandals Southcoast. There is also a Beaches property in Negril. Subsequently, you can visit the Beaches property to check out their restaurants, get some assistance from the front desk to enjoy this.

How Far Apart are the Two Sandals in Negril?

Sandals Negril is an approximate drive time of 1 hour and 16 minutes from Sandals Southcoast. Both Sandals properties are in the Parish of Westmoreland.

About The Author
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Bevony is a content writer for EpicCaribbean.com. She has an ongoing curiosity to learn new things that is satisfied by her writing career. As a nature lover, when she isn't writing or doing mom duties, she can be found enjoying the outdoors on her beautiful island of Jamaica.

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