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
If you are as busy as we are - three kids, two businesses, etc. etc. - you NEED to get away and go to The Caves. It was a MUST for my husband and I looking for a quiet, laid back place to unwind, unplug, and breathe again. The unique villas, quiet pathways, exquisite caves and views were exactly what we were looking for. The staff makes you feel like family, the food is excellent, and the massage was the best I've every received!!
Our stay at The Caves was a true honeymoon in paradise! As many other reviewers say, it's hard to really explain the magic that is this resort. The small number of rooms means that you can be as private or as social as you like; the beautiful scenery is unmatched; the staff makes your stay completely effortless; plus the food and drinks are delicious!! (I don't think I've ever eaten so much in my life!) We've only been home for 5 days and my husband and I have spent many of them planning for our next trip. Treat yourself to this luxurious retreat of relaxation and bonding with your partner (or bring a friend!). Just. Do. It.
[Only disclaimers: no kids -- which is a bonus for us! and no beach, so you will need to be a fairly confident swimmer to spend much time in the water since you'll need to jump in and can't touch the bottom.]
I planned a surprise trip for my husband and I to celebrate our 15th anniversary and escape to a warm and sunny place during the winter. This place exceeded our expectations. The staff were all warm and welcoming. The food was fresh and tasty - I highly recommend trying all of the Jamaican options on the menus. The Jamaican breakfasts were my absolute favorite! We also really loved the small property. The other guests were friendly, and we got to know most of the people staying there during our trip.
The Caves location is simply stunning. It's beautiful at every time of the day, but especially at sunset, given its western location on the island. Our room was directly over one of the caves, and listening to the sound of the water moving in the cave at night was something unexpected and special. When you lounge on the cliff sides, you feel almost like you're alone on the edge of the world. It's private and so relaxing. Paul took us snorkeling in and around the sea caves and was a terrific guide. He knew all of the fish and knew where to look for things.
The Caves had everything I was hoping for on this trip and more. My husband and I felt relaxed, recharged, and reconnected afterward. When we return to Jamaica, we'll definitely return to the Caves.
I have never felt so relaxed in my life! You can really unplug here, and let the sound of the ocean wash away all your stress. The spa here is amazing! Ask for Elizabeth - she did a fabulous job on my facial and couple's massage. The setting cannot be beat. The cliffs are gorgeous, and the gardens are lush. There are not many cottages, and they are all spread out, so you can be as private as you like, but also socialize if you want. You have to have dinner in the caves - a wildly romantic setting! We celebrated our 30th anniversary here, and I don't think it can be beat. Explore all the caves, and get up your courage to jump from the jumping spots. Paul will help instruct you on your technique, and show everyone up with his amazing swan dives.
Really, just go, you will not regret it.
Before going I was a little worried about the expense of it, but I can tell you now it is worth every penny and more. They will pamper you in every way possible. The food! I had so much food that I regularly could not finish dinner. I loved the banana pancakes, and all the Jamaican style food we had - the spicy shrimp with coconut milk, the goat curry, the jerk, and the different patties. Cocktails were also terrific - try all the cocktails of the day. They are special creations of the people who work there.
We wanted something special to celebrate being together for 20 years. We had seen The Caves Hotel on previous trips and thought the private dinning in one of the Caves would be something to remember.
It's not cheap, its $300 per couple but you get a lot for your money - and for us it was worth every bit of what it cost.
Whats include: You get a 5 course meal which was lovely . - we both had the Lobster option. Your own waiter to bring the courses; unlimited non alcoholic and alcoholic drinks including some very nice wines (we had the Malbec) and a bottle of Proseco. Neither of us could find any fault with the food or the service - both were fabulous!
The location is the key to the experience - it is simply stunning. Take the best camera you can - you will not be disappointed.
Wear cool clothing - it gets warm with all the candles.
If you want something special -in our view . - this is it!!