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
This was a really delightful stay. The hotel, the front desk, the reservation department and all the other workers ae encountered were all wonderful. We'll be back and will continue to recommend Sandy Haven highly. Being right on the beach with a lovely balcony facing the ocean and having a great rainfall shower head, along with other beautiful amenities was wonderful.
It was raining when we drove in. The security met was with umbrellas and was very pleasant and easy to talk to. Check-in was great we had to wait for awhile but we had complementary alcohol to keep us happy.
Pops took us to the room and on the way he kept us laughing while telling us all about the property. The room was a ocean front that had an amazing view of the sea, sand and sky. We got a break in weather and decided to take full advantage of it. Had a quick dip in the pool and jacuzzi.
Dinner was great at the restaurant on property, soup was amazing and different. After dinner it seemed like the wifi went down so we called it a night.
Breakfast was in the balcony, well the deck and we got served right outside of our room. The weather was amazing in the morning. Beach, sun, sand was just what I needed for my Birthday..
Thanks to the staff for taking care of us. I recommend Sandy Haven for anyone nowadays.. can't wait to go back.
If your visiting Negril, Sandy Haven is a must stay!!!
This was our first time in Negril. We had a mishap due to an additional guest when we arrived and Tamar was very helpful and accommodating. We were 3 ladies traveling together for a birthday vacation. We loved our stay here! The staff makes you feel right at home! The bed was comfy the room was great, only issue we had was out shower didn't get too hot and only a few holes in the shower head released water but we did not make a complaint about it because it was so minor and everything else was perfect.. A special shout out to Pops! You are a hidden Gem! Also thank you to Rasheed, Ricardo, Keon, Trice, and one gorgeous lady we only know of by Barbie! You all were so warm, welcoming and make this an incredible spot to spend your vacation.
We are happy customers and will be returning!
My fiance and I recently visited this resort for his birthday celebrations. We were pleasantly surprised with just how awesome this property is. From the rooms, to the restaurant to the perfect beach we will definitely be returning.
Sandy Haven exceeded most of our expectations during our short stay there. The room was clean and had all the amenities we required. The AC was a welcome relief every time we came back from the heat. The Jamaican breakfast was amazing and a must try. They serve a continental breakfast that comes with your booking and you get to eat breakfast while over looking the beach. They have a pool and a Jacuzzi but you wont need them since they hotel is right on the beach. The staff was amazing starting with our server Trishana thank you for making our breakfast experience extra special, pops who was always there with a good morning and available to help if we needed anything. Thanks to the ma'am at the front gate who was also helpful making sure we were not disturbed at the beach and even helped us with out bags when we were checking out. The cooks and Andre for the amazing food and drinks. Everybody there went the extra mile and just made it an amazing stay and the reason why we will book this hotel when we go back to Negril.