Samsara Cliff Resort
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PROS:This hotel can be an “AI” all-inclusive or not. I will write about the AI experience.Even though our room was already paid in full, when checking in, they took an imprint of our credit card for $100 USD for miscellaneous charges. If your room is not yet available, you can safely leave your bags behind the front desk.Our room (4A) was VERY clean and comfortable with a king bed and a double bed. There was air conditioning included in our room rate. It was very nice to have shelves, drawers and hanging space for all our stuff. The staff at the front desk, on the grounds or pool area, housekeeping, and wait/cook and bar staff work tirelessly to keep everything clean and presentable. We loved all the staff, THEY ARE AWESOME!The road staff “Peter” and all employees help you cross the VERY BUSY road (if your room is on the garden side). We cannot thank him enough for “being there” and “having our back” when we needed to cross.As a small resort there are no “wait” lines for a restroom, front desk staff, bar staff or sun chairs. The service here is excellent.You can rent a safe deposit box for $3.60 USD a day (their web site says it is $3.00 USD per day). It is just that, it is a collection of safe deposit boxes from a bank where you get a key and the front desk staff has a key and it takes both keys to get into the box. I suggest you bring water socks as many surfaces are rough and uneven. CONS:For the AI beverage piece, you are given a list of 15 - 20 fruity slushy-type drinks that are included. ALSO included are your off-label gin, rum, vodka etc. liquor with your favorite soft drink or fruit juice. Do not be misled by pictures that show Bombay Sapphire Gin, Bacardi Gold, Baileys, Jack, Cuervo, etc., THESE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE AI price. These are at an additional cost only. Sadly we must report that IF YOU ARE A RUM & COKE DRINKER, you will be very disappointed. When we asked for the included “dark rum”, it was terrible (we drink many types of rum (WE ARE NOT RUM SNOBS). It tasted like nothing more than MORE flavorless alcohol – and we poured it out. The Appleton amber rum bottle they poured from was very murky/cloudy – which rum never is. However, they had another IDENTICAL LABEL Appleton amber rum bottle on the other side of the center shelf that was a solid, amber color. I asked can we have that, and they said it would cost $4.50 USD. Here’s the part where we found the amber Appleton rum was “doctored” or diluted. We went to the sister resort Legends and guess what? We asked for the exact same amber/dark Appleton rum bottle label they had at Samsara. They made us a drink, and it was excellent….and the rum was a clear amber color! This fact, and the murky/cloudy rum is proof that Samsara is diluting their AI amber rum. Our Canadian (rum drinking) friends agreed with us 100% on this issue. If you drink beer, daiquiris, or Pina colada-type drinks, you’ll be very happy!The food. This is a small resort, and we are fine with a small menu from which to choose.We would say that the food taste for all meals gets a grade of “B”. The pumpkin soup, oriental chicken stir-fry, stew and mashed potatoes, garlic spaghetti, mac and cheese, tuna casserole, and made to order omelets were all quite tasty.
I just got back from a 1 week stay at Samsara Resort in Negril, Jamaica. I have never been one to sugar coat my reviews, and I am not going to start now! I will give Samsara an overall 3 rating out of 5. This was my first time in Jamaica and I wantedto go in with an open mind. I read the reviews in advance about Samsara, so I pretty much knew what I was getting into.The location is great. If you want sand, this is not the resort for you (although Legends is a short drive away...). If you want hundreds of people milling around at the bar, this is not the place for you. By the end of you stay, you will know people at this resort, as it is very small. Being a small resort, I felt it had it's advantages. The staff were veryfriendly, always smiling. It's about RESPECT mon! The grounds are kept exceptionally clean. The rooms are dated, but was not an issue with us, as I was not in Jamaica to hang put in my room. The AC worked well, which was reallyonly needed for sleeping. The buffet selection was small, but I never went hungry, and I am a very picky eater. Trying to cook for guests at a small resort has to be a challenge, and I give the staff kudo's for doing a good job. Buffet gets a 3 out of 5.The cliffs were amazing. I snorkelled various times throughout the week, but for the most part, the water was pretty darnrough, and if you are not a good swimmer, this could be a challenge for anyone at times. Incredible wave action though,and fun times in general playing around the water. The pool is just a pool, nothing spectacular, but functional.So here is where my rating drops, and why. Only 2 things really, and 1 is very important for an all inclusive. Drink quality, particularly the RUM! Obviously, Jamaica is know for it's rum. It became painfully obvious to the people Iwas with as the week went on, that there was a difference in the all inclusive rum vs the "pay for it" rum. The bottle clarity doesn't lie! The all inclusive bottle of rum was consistently "murky" which was a giveaway of a not so goodquality! Also, it was observed that rum was being transfered from bottle to bottle with a funnel, and various other types of spirits being added to "darken" the colour. If defy anyone at Samsara to look at the "pay bottle of rum" vs the all inclusive bottle and tell me there is no difference? Shame on you Samsara for that! Minus marks.The only other issue, was a cock roach issue in our room. I am not going to dwell on this too much, as it was taken care by myself by blocking the bottom of the door each night (and leaving the light on until bedtime!).In summary, nice little small resort, exceptional staff, average food, and problem rum!
Samsara is a nice little laid back resort in a lovely location up on the cliffs. It's a great place to relax; very private with lots of sun loungers dotted around the resort. Even though the hotel was busy the communal areas never felt too crowded. There's not much in the way of nightlife in the immediate area surrounding the hotel which suited us fine as we wanted a quiet hotel - Negril town centre is only a short taxi ride away which is where the action is should the mood take you. There's no cheesy hotel entertainment either which suited us fine too as there's nothing worse than going on hols being confronted with dreadful tribute acts etc etc! The highlight for me was the outstanding sunsets...just beautiful.We went for 14 nights, and stayed in an ocean view room - well worth the extra money as the view was stunning. We went B&B only to begin with as we like to explore the surrounding area and try out different restaurants, but decided to upgrade to the all inclusive for 4 days at the end of the trip to try the food out and for a hassle free end to the holiday. It was traditional, hearty home cooked Jamaican food and we enjoyed it, especially the jerk chicken. The home made meatloaf was also a favourite. However, each time we visited the sister hotel we found we sometimes had problems using our all inclusive upgrade (as we were given a paper voucher as opposed to a wrist band). Once we explained it was ok but it got a little tiring having to go through it again every time we went to the bar if someone different was serving. I don't understand why the confusion, surely other people upgrade too- it just ended up being added hassle for us, which defeated the purpose of going for the upgrade. There's plenty of nice restaurants to suit all budgets in Negril so if I ever went back I'd do B&B again or self cater. The free shuttle bus down to the sister hotel Legends on the beach was a good offering, however they could do with perhaps putting on additional ones as they only go once in the morning and afternoon at the moment (10am to 4pm) and are often busy. I would not recommend walking either as there's a lot of traffic and lots of bends we saw a horrible accident one evening on that road- a car had run straight into a electric post and knocked it down.... if that had have been a pedestrian instead I dread to think. Taxis are not too pricey so by far the best option...roughly $5 USD into town, depending which part.They describe themselves as a boutique hotel which I think is a bit of stretch....it's small and laid back, but boutique for me means pristine accommodation, attention to detail and all those little added extras. The rooms were comfortable, but plain and no frills (not even a fridge) and the sun loungers in the grounds are very old and in need of replacement....fine for what we paid but not really boutique.Overall, for the right price Samsara is certainly a nice place to stay, worth it for the stunning sunsets alone!
There were 40 of us staying at Samsara for a wedding in October 2016.Just after hurricane Matthew blew through...Although our group was large, the Samsara treated us all very well - right from the 2 year old ring bearer to our 84 year old gramma!The rooms were comfortable with great views.The pool repairs were delayed so our group could still use the pool - I'm sure it will be a great improvement!The only negative is that there is no beach at Samsara, but a quick shuttle ride gets you on the beach at their sister resort which was very accommodating, too.If the water is calm, the cliffs are excellent and lots of fun!The wedding on the cliff at sunset was amazing - the bride and groom couldn't have been happier!
We very much enjoyed our experience at Samsara, but it might not appeal to everyone.If you are looking for a lot of planned activities, night life, sandy beaches, fancy food and new pristine buildings Samsara may not be for you.If you have mobility issues Samsara may not be the best bet - there are a lot of steps and the ground is somewhat uneven.There are no life guards, and there are cliffs - parents with younger children will need to keep a close eye on their kids.This place is NOT for everyone. Those that like it tend to like it a lot, and those that don’t well...If you are looking for a laid back, relaxed, peaceful getaway then Samsara is just that. The food was more traditional Jamaican - flavourful, and ‘homemade’. The guests are typically likeminded and there to relax. The accommodations show a bit of character, but everything worked (AC, ample hot and cold water, etc.). The beds are comfortable.Staff is friendly, professional and helpful.There was never a shortage of cliffside sun loungers (never a need to be up early to stake your claim)The swimming, jumping, diving, and snorkelling was great. Lots to see.We've seen sunsets around the world - but these rate as some of the best.The masseuse was very skilled.Being cliffside - there were no pedlars.On arrival we were a bit concerned about the road noise on Robin Manley Blvd - this was NOT an issue for the seaside portion of the resort.The bar shuts down around 22:00 - so there is nothing to worry about if you have a room near it.Suggestions/TipsBring your own beach towels, shampoo. (and perhaps bar soap if you don’t like the small hotel type) Even with an all inclusive package you may want to have a meal off the resort. The Caio restaurant is right across the street - the food is excellent!Water is available at the bar. Tap water is drinkable. Bottled water can be purchased at local shops off the resort. Wine and bottled beer are available at extra cost.Fridges are available at an extra cost.Tipping is allowed and encouraged - service is very good. The resort is at or near the end of the airport shuttle route - there are stops at other resorts along the way. If you want to save travel time consider booking a private taxi (about $70 US).A trip to sister resort - 'Legends' is worthwhile (free shuttle at 10:00 and 16:00) or come and go as you please for $5US. The beach is small and compared to Samsara crowded.Right across the road is a tourist mall - it’s okay - but a short walk along the beach is a traditional craft market. Recommended if you are looking for a more Jamaican experience.Be prepared - there is lots of second hand smoke - both regular and ganja.
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- 50 rooms
- SCUBA diving (fee)
- Complimentary shuttle service to beach
- WiFi internet (fee)
- Water sports (nearby, fee)
- Golf (nearby, fee)
- Available at nearby Negril Hills Club: 1 A la carte restaurant, Pool bar, Evening entertainment (twice a week), Reggae Disco
- 1 Single and 1 Double or 2 Double beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Private balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 4 persons
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Samsara Cliff ResortNegril,Jamaica
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Norman Manley Blvd, Negril Jamaica
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