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
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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
This was my first time staying at a boutique hotel in Negril. I typically opt for a luxury all inclusive hotel. Well NEVER again in Jamaica. The staff at Sandy Haven was wonderful! The beach is just steps away from the hotel. The only complaint I would have is the A/C unit and vent being over the bed. There were mornings me and my friend woke up with stuffy noses. The food was wonderful and reasonably priced. I cant wait to return.
This beautiful property offers the relaxation and getaway that everyone in the family can enjoy. It is nesteled on the beautiful 7 mile white sand beach of Negril. Friendly courteous staff and luxurious suite. I overlooked the ocean and it was heavenly waking up to my spectacular ocean view.
Front desk made a copy of my Amex card. Today I see fraudulent charges from Amazon digicel...Not cool...Has been reported to my credit card company. The young man that was on duty saturday afternoon needs to be spoken to by hotel management. Other than that love Negril and the beach