The Caves Hotel
What We Love
- The all-inclusive rate covers three meals daily, unlimited drinks (including alcohol) and non-motorized sports, so you won’t have to lift a finger, even to sign a bill
- Having a mini-snack of home-baked banana cake and Jamaican coffee on the cabin’s private veranda
- Outdoor showers
- Each room can have stacks of reggae CDs, available upon request
- Full-body massages in the petite Aveda spa ocean-view bungalow
What To Know
- Rooms don’t have TVs (though the hotel can accommodation those who are desperate)
- Grown-ups only; kids 16 and under have to stay at home
- The mosquitoes can be lethal after dark — be sure to close the net at night
- Rise early to bag the prime real estate, as the best sun loungers are often snatched up early
- A/C units in all rooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
After you’ve zoomed past the sprawling, jam-packed super-resorts that line Negril’s main road, pulling into the Caves feels like stumbling on a secret oasis. Just 12 thatched cabins and one villa, spread over 10 acres of craggy limestone cliff, and nothing to do but swim, sunbathe and order another glass of rum-and-ting. Step off your sun lounger and leap 20 feet down into the sea below, have candlelit suppers inside secret caves, and wind down in the Aveda spa as hummingbirds flit overhead. In fact, of all the swoon-inducing Island Outpost properties (there are four in all), we think the Caves is the most in-your-face romantic. Be sure to pack a stack of books: there’s no TV.
In the Area
Local hangout Rick’s Café (just a few minutes away) has been serving up ice-cold Red Stripes to sunburned tourists since the ’70s. Brave souls can jump its 35-foot platform straight into the sea. When only a stretch of white sand will do, Negril’s famous Seven-Mile Beach is just down the road, and fun stuff like parasailing and deep sea fishing excursions can be set up from there. The island goes into street party mode during the not-to-be-missed yearly reggae and soca festival, the Bacchanal Jamaica (February 10 to April 15). If staying within resort boundaries is more your speed, you can still grab a free kayak and snorkel gear at the hotel and explore the nearby reefs. Expect to spot sea horses, eagle rays and, if you’re lucky, a green sea turtle.
How to Get There
This, as other reviews have stated, is a place for people who want to *relax* rather than go-go-go. There is snorkeling, kayaking, cliff-jumping, swimming, and the most amazing food and drinks whenever you desire. What there *aren’t* are excursions (unless you want to book your own cab or have the hotel do it for you, and visit a few things around town). If you stay here, though, you won’t want to leave the resort! The rooms (particularly Stardust! Get that room if you can - it’s by far the nicest!) are comfortable and there are so many spots overlooking the clear ocean to read a book, chat, or just sit and enjoy. The staff is unrivaled in their friendliness, openness, and kindness. The spa was a heavenly experience, and the yoga instructor is awesome (but she will kick your butt)! Did I mention the food?! Haha. Perfect getaway for couples looking to reconnect and enjoy one another in beautiful surroundings. My husband and I went to The Caves for our 10-year wedding anniversary and don’t for one minute regret it!
Our five days at The Caves was probably one of the most beautiful, relaxing vacations of our lives! The scenery is stunning, and there was always a private spot for two along the walk down the cliff for reading, snoozing and sipping the rum drink of the day! No beach front, as the resort lies on right on the cliff side, which is so pretty, especially at sunset. The food was wonderful - even though it's hot, don't miss out on the delicious soup of the day - and there was just enough variety of food, despite the small resort size. The grounds are meticulously kept, and the staff always had a smile on their faces. One big plus for us was that the house wines were fine - nothing like the vinegar served at other all inclusive resorts. We never left the resort, but noticed that the other (younger!) couples tended to go out to adventure at night. For us, the relaxation was unbeatable! We highly recommend The Caves!!!
Myself, my husband, my 18 year old daughter and her best friend traveled to the Caves in July 2018 for an 8 day stay. It was amazing and very unique- the cliffs are incredible- a huge difference is there is no beach (you can take a quick taxi ride to the famous 7 mile beach - which we did so I could get my sand fix.)
- The food was delicious (and if you aren't keen on the nightly menu they will happily make you something else.)
-The drinks were fantastic, and the bartenders were heavy on the pour
-The views are incredible and the bungalows are clean and rustically furnished. We stayed in the 2 bedroom one near the blue hole - there are no screens on the windows in any of the bungalows which lends to picture perfect views of the property as well as the ocean - the beds have mosquito nets- but you do not need to use them as they fog the property. There is air conditioning and it works well. The outside showers were very cool.
-The staff was incredible- due to the small size of the property - its like the staff is there for you only.
-Paul- the water boss- was so absolutely amazing- took us on private snorkeling and kayaking excursions whenever we wanted and made sure we were safe and saw everything the ocean had to offer. HE even came in on his day off to say goodbye. Took extra time to teach the girls and myself the proper way to cliff dive. (there are several different heights from which you jump) The property is a quick 5 minute walk to the famous Rick's Café (which we did) and the girls jumped off 35 foot cliffs there.
-The pool is clean, but somewhat on the small side. It worked and no one else was ever in it when we wanted to use it.
-This is an adult only resort- 16 and up
All in all- A beautiful, secluded resort that I would highly recommend.
This place was Magical! My Husband and I have never been to a place so cool with adventure and relaxation in one place. Totally Pirates of the Caribbean! The service and friendliness of the staff was perfect!
Went down with my lady for a romantic escape. I have been to probably 15 resorts across covering a dozen islands, over the years and the Caves, by far, represents the most unique experience I have had.
The village is just 13 villas carved into a cliff. The feeling is very communal, friendly and relaxed. The views are spectacular and the food excellent. I must say what further impressed us is that the staff is outstandingly attentive. We found out that the average tenure of each staff member was well over 10 years. They treat each other like family and they extend that warmth to the guests.
Finally, I must recommend the private dinner in one of the caves. It was candlelit, adorned with flowers and just the perfect setting for my girlfriend and I to exchange rings!
I cannot say enough about how great an experience we had.
If you go, I promise you will come back. I know we will!