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
Our tour guide Larry brought us here for a swim and supper, spectacular in every way possible. We went for a swim while our food was being prepared, so much fun. Our server suggested the lobster thermador and I was so glad that we listened to his advice.
Spent a week at the Caves in July and absolutely loved it! It exceeded our expectations in every way. We originally thought we might want to venture off the resort and explore since we were there longer than the usual 5 nights but we never left and never felt the need to. We did a few snorkeling excursions with JoMo and would highly recommend others to do the same, he was the perfect blend of casual but knowledgable and cautious. Most days consisted of lounging by the sea or floating on the noodle or float (both were provided by The Caves and never had an issue with availability) in the turquoise waters of the ocean, very relaxing. The resort was near or at occupancy and it never felt like a large resort which we very much enjoyed. It felt more like a family atmosphere where everyone knew everyones names than a resort where guests are interchangeable. The food was amazing and we really enjoyed being able to order a sandwich ( grilled cheese by Glen was the BEST) late afternoon to hold us over if we decided to do a later dinner that evening.
-The sun chairs right below the breakfast area were prime location for entering and exiting the water as we felt that was the easiest entry point...even when the seas were a little rougher
-Go snorkeling with JoMo! We saw eels, stingrays, and many different types of fish. He also takes you into the Caves which were really cool.
-Have a Mr. Smooth by Mr Smooth (Glen)...our favorite drink!
-Jump off the cliffs! We found once 1 person jumped, others were more inclined to join in!
-Don't be afraid to go behind the bar and make yourself a drink if the bartenders are not at the bar, they encourage it!
Special shout outs to JoMo, Glen, Jamoy, Melecia, Randy, Fiona and Omar for making us feel special. In all honesty, everyone was so kind and accommodating so forgive us if we leave anyone out, the service was second to none!
We will be back!!
We stayed at The Caves 6/22-29 for our summer vacation and to celebrate our birthdays. This resort is nothing short of incredible. The grounds are beautiful, the food was more than delicious and the staff was courteous and attentive. We were concerned that spending 7 nights in a quiet resort would be boring but it was far from it. It was an excellent time to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings and simply rejuvenate our bodies and minds. I would highly recommend this resort and will definitely be going back! Lastly, the Cave dinner is an absolute MUST DO. Words cannot adequately describe the experience!