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
Just returned from staying at SH and I found many great things about this place however there are also some major setbacks. The positives are; the grounds-- its beautiful, walking through the hotel feels very "tropical" as I love the plants situated all over.
I paid for a superior king room and got a junior suite (comes with couch). Room was very large which is the best suprise about this hotel. I was extremely comfortable maneuvering in my room, it felt like an apartment minus the kitchen. The beach front location is also great. Although the food was pricey, it often tasted good. The staff including housekeepers were also helpful and nice except for the gatekeeper (older gentlemen) who kept giving my driver an issue. Now comes the negatives. The continental breakfast is a waste of time, you are better of purchasing breakfast which is expensive at this hotel. I Was able to find a local restaurant for breakfast nearby which cost me way less. Also the furniture and building looks like it could use some refurbishing/painting but I'm not very picky about those details. LASTLY, THE JACCUZZI!!!! PLEASE STAY AWAY. The heater broke but the jacuzzi was still open for use,as it had the jets going. I got a skin infection from the hot tub germ infested water. It was after I got in, I realized I made a mistake as I could sense it was never cleaned nor maintained. This skin infection caused significant pain for me and it affected the rest of my trip. I think you take a risk by going to smaller hotels because they arent as regulated as the larger resorts so be aware of this. I also did not see anyone cleaning the pool either but I did not use the pool , I stayed in the salt water. Overall it is a good spot but I think the hotel has neglected its upkeep to a certain extent , and if given some more TLC , this could be 5 star.
My stay at this hotel for one night in March this year was so delightful I had to find a reason to go back! This time I stayed for 4 nights and I didn't want to leave. The hotel staff are warm and friendly and make you feel right at home. Pops, the bellman and Jack of All Trades is a treasure!
Rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The Dressing Room is a very nice, elegant touch! The beach is great with ample lounge chairs and the water divine. Breakfast was included with my room, and I ate at the 2nd restaurant one night. No complaints - the meals were all delicious and the staff professional and friendly. If you don't want to eat there, no problem - a stroll down the beach in either direction will yield a number of restaurants and cafes where you can dine.
The property is small and after a while everybody knows everybody else so you feel like you're part of a family. The garden view from the room adds to that relaxing and 'right-at-home' feeling.
Rest assured, I'll be looking for another excuse to go back to Sandy Haven very soon!
This was our first visit to Sandy Haven Resort. We had a fantastic time. This boutique hotel is small and cozy. Everyone makes you feel like family. Pops, Akeem, Ralph, Tamar, Camoya..and everyone who works there. The rooms are very spacious. Breakfast on the patio was great. Food is delicious. Great rum punch. Nice private beach. Not crowded when we stayed. Perfect for a nice romantic getaway with my husband. We will definitely be back!