Sandy Haven Resort
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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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
Great boutique hotel located on the seven mile beach in negril Jamaica.
Great for a buy out for your wedding or family reunions.
Great rooms,food and service.
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Most of all the people at the hotel were wonderful. Very attentive and always a smile. The place is right on the beach, secluded enough if you want peace (which I was looking for) and far away from the crazy "slim bathing suit in the loud lobby" space.
I've already referred a couple of friends to it, and will continue doing so.
Exceptional customer service during our stay, hats off to Pops & Kerrian for their courteous service. This boutique resort is decent, clean, elegant & definitely worth the price. Only downfall was the shower which we found a bit odd & mosquitoes on the balcony. However we enjoyed our stay and will definitely return. If you're looking for an affordable and nice place to stay in Negril, Sandy Haven it is.
As we do a lot of days in Negril, we stroll up and down a good share of Seven Mile Beach and stop at multiple places along the way for a drink, and move on. We have been here so many times that we do have favorites, but feel most places are very good or super fun to stop at. We have never stayed at Sandy Haven because we have our favorite, but this is a gorgeous place close to the water and looks like the rooms would be a bit more upscale because the bar is. There are even potted palms out on the beach for a beautiful touch. My daughter had a dirty banana which seemed to be the favorite each place we went, and my hubby and I stuck to our Red Stripe beers. My son stayed with his Ting which is a grapefruit soda made here on the island. Good service, great cold drinks, that are a bit more pricey than other spots. Again, that may be because it’s a bit more upscale. The views from here are the same... you guessed it- gorgeous!
What a lovely place to relax and renew. Beautifully appointed rooms, clean, and spacious. Been to Negril over a dozen times and never stayed here before. I will again. Hospitality was top notch. The staff was incredibly accommodating but not annoying in any way. The beach bar was great. They took very good care of me. My only recommendation would be to improve the Spa experience. Price point was good but the Massage area was not very quiet and the products ( oils) were not aromatic. The masseuse had magic hands, however. I would definitely go back here again.