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What We Love

  • Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Sliding glass doors open onto private balconies with sea or garden views
  • Destination for wellness: There’s a state-of-the-art gym and an open-air spa with pampering treatments
  • Friendly, bend-over-backward local staff
  • The Guinness cheesecake at on-site restaurant Bongos
  • READ MORE: Your 2015 Guide to the Caribbean

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Additional meal plans are available for purchase at the property: $80 for full breakfast and dinner, $105 for full breakfast, lunch and dinner, and $145 for three daily meals and beverages (including wine by the glass)
  • Children 11 and under are not permitted at the resort
  • A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Laid-back boutique sleep along Jamaica’s Negril Beach, with an open-air spa and top-notch Caribbean eats

The Look

On Jamaica’s Negril Beach, Sandy Haven resort is a standout for its boutique size (there are just 35 suites), sensitively styled interiors and open-air spa. The owner, Mrs. Chen, highlights the hotel’s intimate vibe from the outset, forgoing the formality of a check-in desk in favor of a large conversation-piece table and plush chairs. Coconut and breadfruit trees dot the grounds, while gorgeous white-cushioned cabanas make relaxation easy.

Bed and Bath

Guestrooms at Sandy Haven are modern, light-flooded spaces with private balconies overlooking the gardens or the topaz-blue Caribbean Sea. Spacious by Negril standards, the rooms start at 450 square feet and have an all-white palette brightened by aqua accents in the throws, cushions and table lamps. Traditional pitched ceilings (in some of the rooms) and whirring overhead fans add an authentic feel that is complemented by photographs of island scenes on the walls. Modern comforts are present too, with flat-screen TVs with satellite connection and coffeemakers, plus rainfall showers, wood-finish basins and tubs in the bathrooms of Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms.

Beyond

Bongos is Sandy Haven’s signature restaurant, serving Jamaican specialties such as coconut curried shrimp, conch fritters and a not-to-be-missed Guinness cheesecake. The four-sided Bongos Bar is the spot for a cocktail, a glass of wine (the eclectic, robust wine list is a highlight) and occasional live entertainment. For lighter daytime fare, the sea-facing Almond Tree Beach Grill serves a simple breakfast and lunch, so you’ll never have to stray far from Sandy Haven’s chic beach cabanas. These partly covered loungers create an outdoor living space for guests who settle into an island-appropriate routine of sunbathing, swimming (take your pick between the clear Caribbean and the private outdoor pool), a pampering treatment in the indoor/outdoor spa and a wander down Negril Beach. Just be sure to nab a beachside spot, and perhaps a cool Red Stripe, in time for the spectacular Jamaica sunset.

In the Area

Jamaica’s west side may be best known for the seven-mile stretch of beach, but there are plenty of activities beyond the sand to keep visitors busy. Golf fans can practice their swing at Negril Hill Golf Club (it includes a particularly challenging ninth hole), while more adventurous types can ride horses, zipline or dune-buggy around the region with Chukka Caribbean Adventures. At night head to Alfred’s Ocean Palace, where you’ll find live music daily, with excellent reggae on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. The fresh, Caribbean seafood-focused menu is delicious, too.

How to Get There

Sandy Haven Resort
Norman Manley Boulevard
Negril, 00000 Jamaica

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 791 Reviews
Near miss with a coconut
Reviewed 4 days ago

The sandy haven resort is a truly elegant and peaceful resort.The staff are hard working..shout out to Pops..the go to guy.He take care of all your issues. The hot tub and the step off area around the pool is not friendly on the older folks knees.The menus needs to be more extensive and the waiting time for dinner at Bongos..needs to be look into.Also a heads up to the the owner who is quiet friendly..please .please take some time to seek out your guest when something like that near miss the coconut happen.Thanks.

"Better late than never."
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently had the distinct pleasure of being a guest at Sandy Haven Resort and the experience was wonderful. From the moment I arrived after the drive from Mobay, I felt like there was no other guests but me. The check-in took 5 minutes, the rum punch maybe 7 and the smiles were immediate. This is my 4th time to visit Negril and each gets better than the last. I find pleasure in my travels, not from the beach, food and tourist traps but from the people. No worry at Sandy Haven. If you don't have a splendid time, it is YOUR fault. Please enjoy the faces of caring, kind and thoughtful staff that made my holiday the best.

The accommodations were spotless for my 11-day stay. There was never anything needed that was not provided promptly. The large shower head was invigorating after reclining in the sun (or shade, your preference) and watching the waves gently lap a few feet away. The hawkers stroll by selling foods, trinkets and other necessities for some, but security keeps them distant. Food at Bongo's was served with flair and flavor. Don't see what you want, ask and be surprised. Please try the bar.

OK so now you have been to the beach and lounged in one of the 3 large cabanas and want a swim. Head to the pool. It is refreshingly "just what the doctor ordered". Private from gawkers and surrounded by lush gardens and natures sounds.

Convincing you to spend your time here has been my pleasure. Enjoy and at the bar ask for the "Pepi special". Happy travels.

Best spot in nagril
Reviewed 1 week ago

The resort was the best I've stayed at in Nagril and we have been to many. Cost a little more than other spots but so worth it. Spacious rooms, great food, staff, and service. Love the beach bar location. Clean quite beach. Plenty to walk and see all around the area.Shout out to Pops, Kiera, Sharika, Mr Johnson and Vanessa. Made our trip great. The landscaping around the hotel has so much detail. Can't wait to go back..

Great place to spend the day
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here four times because the staff is lovely, the security guards are more than friendly (one kindly took our things out of the rain, as we had gone for a walk). We came by car and parked in their lot. The first time we did this, we were told there was no fee as long as we consumed something at the bar. The last time we came, we were asked to buy a $25 pass for the day. We told the security guard that this had never happened and we would rather leave, but then we were told to stay for free (?). The sun chairs, parasols, drinks, bathrooms, shower and pool all top notch.

Best Birthday Ever - A Guest turn Travel Agents Perspective
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my second time staying at the Sandy Haven resort, the first time was on my 25th wedding anniversary. However, this visit was different, because it was my first as a travel agent and I was bringing 20 friends with me. So, clearly, I loved this boutique sized resort.

I started planning my birthday weekend in Negril 1 year prior with Heather Roye. Throughout the process Heather was always very responsive to my every desire. As a travel agent, it was very comforting to work with the same contact, who was always responsive, friendly and accommodating. This was even prior to our arrival.

Once we landed in Jamaica the resort was ready for my 20 guests. They contacted me while we was on the way (because we had a flight delay). When our bus arrived, Sandy Haven was ready with a glass of refreshing rum punch for my guests. The guests commented that it was the best rum punch we had the entire trip. Nevertheless, Sandy Haven had expedited check-in service ready to go for my guests and before I knew it everyone was in their rooms.

As I checked in with each couple, they commented on how much they loved the room. We arrived late evening so their initial response made me happy as the host. The hotel is boutique sized, so it was like having all my friends and family together, I was constantly running into someone from my party and we just had 4 continuous days of fun. As we went about Negril for our various activities, it was awesome to come back to the Sandy Haven!!! Our Negril home away from home.

The staff at the Sandy Haven is beyond amazing! I would frequently receive compliments from my guests on how wonderful they staff treated them! Way above and beyond... Assisting people with crossing the street, recommending services and meeting their each and every need!

There are so many aspects of the Sandy Haven that I could highlight, but I'll mention a few:

1) The beach... First of all the 7 Mile Beach in my opinion is the best in the world! But Sandy Haven takes it to another level, you will relax in extremely comfortable beach loungers, while the staff politely serves and offers you drinks and delicious food. The potted palms on the beach front seem to set the Sandy Haven resort apart from its neighbors and truly makes you feel special.

2) The Spa... The pool, hot tub and spa area is luxurious. I enjoyed a massage and it truly was the best massage I've ever had and I frequently have therapeutic massages.

3) Our Room... Ocean front suite with 24 hour spectacular views with luxurious accommodations. The ocean front suite was beautiful, however, no matter which room you select at this resort you are just steps away from the 7 mile beach. All rooms where very nice and engulf you in luxury... Including balconies, robes, slippers. Comfortable beds.

Checking out was just as smooth as checking in.... Not only will I be back again, but I'm more than sure that the vast majority of my birthday party guests will come back as well.

Thank you Sandy Haven for being a large part of a very memorable 50th Birthday For me!