by Kristin Franks
Located at Rhodes Hall Plantation, this resort provides families with an all-inclusive stay on a 500-acre historic Jamaican property. The resort offers its own private beaches and coral reef bay, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Enjoy the beach by horseback, or take a ride along the hills. If you’re looking for more adventure, eco-tours or reef tours are also available.
The hotel itself provides guests with 27 rooms, villas and suites each uniquely decorated with original artwork. Each room features comfy bedding, a furnished veranda with a ceiling fan and a mini-fridge. Rooms with full kitchens, cribs and sleeping lofts for adults or children are also available. The Bay View Restaurant serves up authentic Jamaican and International cuisines providing and ideal family dining experience.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic Jamaican property
- Private beach
- All-inclusive family resort
Apologies for the late review. Me, my daughter and partner stayed here in April 2018.
There was only us and another couple on the complex for our 2 week stay but we ft we had the whole place to ourselves. The beach was beautiful and my daughter loved exploring looking at the different fish and creatures. As we are not the best swimmers we didn't venture to far out snorkelling but did enjoy sea life we did see some rays, star fish and some very colourful small fish. The other couple who stayed did say they came every year and love snorkelling on the reef there and tried to encourage us to swim further out go explore to see more.
The rooms are very nice with a basic kitchen but that's all you need. The infinity pool is lovely. The only thing I would recomend that the sun lounger both on the beach and by the pool are updated or cushioned base provided. They look good and are functional but being made of solid wood are not very comfortable.
Staff are very friendly and you are provided with a mobile phone on arrival so you can contact the manager, house keeping, cheff and taxi driver asxand when needed. the bar is only open at certain times and the kitchen / restaurant is only open for breakfast. There is a supermarket near by to stock up on drinks,
Snacks, things to prepare a basic lunch. You can eat dinner in the resturant but you need to call the chef to plan in advance or ask him at breakfast. There is no menu the chef will explain the choices when you enquire about dinner. The food is really good.
We did venture out a lot so did use the taxi driver a lot who is reliable and friendly if he couldn't drop us off or collect us he would arrange for another trusted driver to take us out.
The complex offer 2 trips the poney trek and swim and the plantation walk with feeding of the crocodile. Both follow the same route. We did the walk oyr guide was knowledgeable about the plantation and the plants etc... we did see the crocodiles but where unable to walk along the bridge to feed them as it had collapsed into the lake but they explained this would be repaired at the end of season. They didn't charge us for the walk due to this. The pony trek and swim did look fun and rides were on daily.
The only thing that I would recommend is that they link up with tour operators so that they can offer guest excursions from the plantation. We booked all our excursions from the Riu while on a day pass. Most things you book or travel to independently such as Ricks etc.. but other's like dolphin swim, dunns river falls etc.. you are best to use a tour operator.
This is a gem of a place, your own private beach and pool beautiful views, relaxation then yes its just amazing. But if your after an 'all inclusive' bars open all day, entertainment, buffet meals morning, noon and night this is not for you.
I was there in June for my honeymoon and we had the whole place for ourselves. Ancient plantation, amazing views, most courteous staff. Nice infinity pool, private beaches, horse back riding,trekking with guide if you wish to. Rooms well maintained and we had a private transfer from Montego Bay, we stopped in a grocery store to get food and drinks, the kitchen was ok we managed. There is a small bar on the property but I suggest you bring your own liquor. Security guard at the entrance of the resort 24hrs. Would I go back ? Definitely a nice little gem at affordable price in the Negril region.