Arrival/Check-In: Our flight arrived at the Montego Bay Airport, where we were greeted by The Caves’ driver and offered a beverage before the hour-and-a-half coastline drive to the cliffs of Negril. The private gate was small enough to miss; once inside, we felt an instant tranquility. We were offered a welcome drink and cool towels as we were checked in within minutes of arrival.
Guest Quarters: We stayed in the Butterfly Room, a one-bedroom, second-story, cliff-side room with simple island-chic decor. A small refrigerator, stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks, sat adjacent to a sitting area with two chairs and a small sofa. Bifold doors opened to reveal a jaw-dropping view of the sea.
The bathroom featured a large bathtub with a rainfall showerhead. The vanity was small and simple, with ceramic scented oil diffusers and candles lit for our arrival.
The bed was large, with plush linens and a mosquito net. A small table and chairs sat in front by large window shutters which opened to yet another view of the sea. Louvered windows throughout the room opened to catch a natural sea breeze during the day. All were closed and the air-conditioning unit turned on for a comfortable night’s sleep.
The CD player was already playing island tunes as we entered the room; no TV was in sight (but available upon request). Corded Internet access was available in the room and free WiFi within the common areas.
Services/Amenities: As a small, 12-room all-inclusive, The Caves is able to provide personal service to each of its guests. Breakfast and lunch are served cliff-side at handcrafted stone tables or in an open-air gazebo. Dinner is served on a second-story deck with the sky and ocean creating a natural ambience. Guests can reserve a dinner inside the cave, surrounded by candlelight and the sounds of the waves.
For excitement, water access is primarily through 10-, 20- and 30-foot jumps (or by climbing down a ladder). The activities director, Paul, takes guests kayaking and snorkeling off the cliffs upon request. The property also offers guests complimentary bicycles, a pool, hot tub and sauna. The Aveda Spa is available for cliff-side treatments, offering unparalleled relaxation.
The Experience: I left The Caves after only four days feeling completely refreshed. The outstanding service, food and accommodations leave guests with few decisions to make. A wonderful break from reality, just a three-hour flight from the East Coast.
- Less than 10 minutes for check-in
- Separate tub and shower
- Large vanity
- High-quality towels
- Powerful, unattached hair dryer
- High-quality bed linens
- Large, flat-screen television
- Large desk with convenient outlets
- Large, complimentary laptop safe
- Complimentary in-room WiFi
- Complimentary bottled water
- Stocked minibar
- Ample lighting
- In-room coffeemaker
- Iron and ironing board
- On-site restaurant and bar
- 24-hour room service
- State-of-the-art fitness center
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