I have sort of updated my listing of Fave Places to stay and eat in Negril, Jamaica. I have posted many times on this blog about Negril and always get great feedback from the posts...I think the biggest question I have on my list of questions is "should I stay in Negril first if I have never been to Jamaica?" - my answer is always yes...for sure - I highly recommend staying there for the first, second, third....visits. Definitely it is good to stay at other places, like Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio, but at some point if you do not stay in Negril you will not get the "complete picture" of Jamaica!
First of all here are some past posts about Negril to catch up!
Fab Inspiration: Negril
Fave hotels in Negril
Decor: Bohemian Rustic Chic
The Adventure Edition: What to do in Jamaica
I want to introduce in this post The Spa Retreat - which is a fairly new hotel just built about three years ago on the west end side of Negril. It has remained the #1 hotel in Negril for a good two years now (as well as numerous Awards!), and has built up an excellent reputation for great service, friendly staff, a lovely ambiance and vibe...as well as great food. It always takes a hotel a few years to get a reputation like this, and that is due to on-going hard and consistent work, frequent training of staff and changing up the food repertoire where necessary. I would highly recommend staying here also due to the beautiful Spa on property and services offered. The owners also have The Spa Retreat in Canada so the Therapists are well trained. They also have regular Yoga Retreats which are all inclusive, and you do not want to miss....keep up with all the events, activities, offers, etc. on Facebook and their fab website which is linked above.
My very Fave Vegetarian Restaurant
The Hungry Lion Restaurant which is vegetarian, built by Bertram and Greer Ann Saulter who also built and designed The Caves Hotel.
This charming and eclectic cafe on the west end cliffs has been a fave of mine since the 1990's when they first opened and I heard all about it in Bermuda! Chris and I would ensure that we never skipped a visit to Hungry Lion when we returned to Jamaica each year for vacation....however there was one time it was closed and I could have cried. That is because the restaurant is open only for the busy Winter Season months from November to beginning of May. Even when I was living in Negril I waited anxiously (and annoyed the owner, Bertram Saulter LOL) to open it up sooner. Bertram and his late wife, Greer Ann lovingly built this restaurant, as well as The Caves Hotel. The fare is comprised of 90% vegetarian food - delish and divine recipes they created together....try the lentil shepherd's pie, ratatouille, or their divine hummus to start. They also serve the freshest most yummy natural juices. All of these dishes have been lovingly put together by The Saulter family and some of these recipes can be found on The Caves' menus.
My Fave place to shop when I am in Negril is....
The beautiful and fabulous shop at Rockhouse Hotel (another top Fab Life fave hotel.) I love all the products they carry and they are always adding to the stock, fabulous new finds from local Artisans...you will not be disappointed. While were on Rockhouse, my very fave place to dine after Hungry Lion, is at either of their two restaurants. Push Cart has a Jamaican menu, with a fabulous vegetarian "bushman stew" which I highly recommend!
An exciting announcement if you love Yoga and you love Jamaica, (or want to plan a trip here and haven't yet!) - Jamaica Inn Hotel will be hosting a first ever Yoga Retreat in September of this year, from the 23rd to the 28th. The Five night package is all inclusive and includes everything from accommodation, transfers to and from the Montego Bay airport, a welcome gift, all food and beverages, an Opening and Closing party, two amazing Yoga Classes per day, a divine Spa Treatment, two unique and fab tours, afternoon tea daily, and the complimentary use of all watersports equipment + all taxes and grats!
Read more here on the Jamaica Inn Blog:
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Enjoy the weekend!