“Gorgeous, colourful rooms - plus an exceptional restaurant and rum bar - on an extraordinary cliffside location just outside Negril; a true haven for couples”
There's an unpretentious, homemade feel here, and nothing is too slick or formulaic. There's a range of accommodation to suit all needs: see our rates table for full listings.
We stayed in one of the massive One Bedroom Upper Ocean View Suites with drop-dead ocean vistas. It gave us the feeling of tropical relaxation thanks to its cheery yellow walls and floors, green batik bedspread and woven cane lampshades. The bathroom had a huge shower and tub, with plenty of Blue Mountain Aromatics products.
The Two Bedroom Ocean Front Cottage also has fantastic sea views, as well as added space. Though its views are less impressive, the One Bedroom Partial Ocean View Cottage is closest to the ocean. For a unique outlook, the One Bedroom Blue Hole View Suite has a terrace looking onto a naturally opening in a cave, from which you can dive in or simply listen to the lullaby of the waves.
The private 3-bedroom Clandestino Villa (plus adjoining 1-bed annexe) is set within a lush jungle garden on The Caves property. It is very popular with families as all ages are welcome here. It comes complete with a private pool and BBQ.
Dinner is taken in The Dining Room, which on a warm night is actually under the stars. Arrive in time for sunset and warm up with a Cliffhanger (Appleton Gold Rum, ginger and watermelon juice). The classy Caribbean fare is seasonal and local. We had split pea soup, ackee, mixed salad, and mains of grilled chicken and curry conch. A choice of 2 or 3 options for each course is read out for you to choose from – we actually found it very relaxing to not have to agonise over menus.
Afterwards, try one of the Blackwell Rum Bar’s special tipples, hidden in the limestone cliff. Over at The Sands, there’s often jerk chicken on the bbq and cocktails at the bar.
For breakfast and lunch, head to the thatched semi-afresco Gazebo for sea views and tasty fare. Try the local fruit plate - a delicious collection of mango, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and naseberry. Come lunchtime, we loved the salads and grilled fish or chicken.
The Clandestino Villa has a full kitchen; some of the suites and cottages have kitchenettes (best for preparing snacks rather than full meals).
Due to the precarious nature of the setting (open drops into the sea, plenty of steep steps) children under 16 are not permitted in the main resort. However, all ages are welcome in the self-contained Clandestino Villa.
Set in half an acre of jungle gardens (just a few minutes' walk from the main resort), the private Clandestino Villa is the only accommodation that welcomes families. Sleeping up to 8 people, the villa has 3 bedrooms, plus a 1-bedroom annexe. Facilities include a full kitchen, a private pool and private parking. Note that children staying here are not permitted elsewhere in the resort (e.g. the bar, restaurant, etc).
Children staying at the Clandestino Villa are not permitted to go elsewhere in the resort (e.g. the bar or restaurant area).