Samsara Cliff Resort
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We bought a Groupon and it was worth the price. Great view, yet the seas can be a bit choppy for swimming whenever you want. The pools are wonderful including the little one next to the edge of the cliff that's filled by the splash of the ocean. We stayed in a garden side villa (which I think is the best) and a few nights in the ocean view hotel style. The villa room had a great view and wonderful hammocks which the other room lacked. The room was spotless and maintained everyday.The grounds are small but beautiful. We read the reviews and brought beach towels which worked perfect. You get standard bath towels and wash cloths, but it was nice to have a huge towel for the pool.A/C worked well, but in our garden room we only had two double beds (not an issue) and they didn't have fitted sheets. So if you have a husband who rolls in his sleep or is 6'2" the bed gets a little uncomfortable because the sheets untuck from the mattress. The other room had a king and our sheet problem was no problem. Also there was no coffee service in the room. You could get coffee if the dining room was open, but at no time other.My only other comment was the food. We had the all-inclusive. The bar serviced great drinks. And the food was good, but the choice was very limited. I'd tell you it was like your favorite grandmas was cooking for you. Good, but starch heavy. Try the fish fritters at breakfast and any soup they make. They're wonderful. But if you're used to a lettuce salad with lunch or dinner, you're not going to find it here. And don't be scared of walking down the road to get ice cream or dinner. It will look crazy, but everyone watches out for you and there are some fantastic places to eat or grab an ice cream cone just a short walk away. Definitely try Ciao Jamaica. It's fabulous!
Truly a gem of Negril- the hotel is quaint and tropical. Our favorite part was obviously the view and easy access to the water - great for snorkeling or catching sun. Everyone at the hotel is very friendly. Fair prices as well- the best view of the sunset.
We visited Samsara first week of December. We have stayed at 15 different resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Hawaii and Jamaica so I feel we have seen quite a few. We are not the type to complain about " no facecloths, or wrong shampoo" but I do feel a fair review will help other travellers choose their destination. I believe the pictures on the Internet need some updating as every lounger we saw on the cliffs was in need of repair and very old looking. The view was fantastic from the cliffs and even from our room. We were in the 1B cottage and to look out the front door to that view was amazing. On the other hand, the room itself was no more than what we could describe as " summer camp dorm" vintage. No fridge, no coffee maker. The most basic of bathroom we have ever stayed in , including Cuba. When we checked in my husband looked at me as if he expected meet to bolt out of there. But as I say, the view was to die for and it was only for a week....Resort was clean, staff very friendly and helpful , the shuttle to Legends was great- we used it 3-4 times. We ate at the restaurant only a couple times, it was good. Caio across the street was amazing- ate there twice. If you stay in the cottages, bring earplugs, as there are two (?) very loud dogs that bark incessantly all night. All week and all night- no stop. Honestly... We couldn't have been the only ones that were bothered by this. It sounded like they were right outside the stone wall beside us. Not cool, Samsara.Would we stay there again? Only of the price was so great we could buy lots of earplugs 😉, no seriously, we wouldn't stay there again. Too outdated, bare bones rooms and we would prefer the beach area. This was our 3 Rd trip to Negril and we will return, but not to Samsara. It was very quiet and peaceful there during our time there, so if that's what you are looking for, then go for it. But be prepared for a very " tired looking " resort.
Where do I begin? This is my 5th trip to Jamaica, and we typically stay at a great non all-inclusive resort that we love. This year, I found a Groupon for Samsara, and thought we would try that, since we are always interested in staying on the West End. We started our trip staying 6 nights at our usual resort, and then switched for our final 4 days at Samara. It was terrible since the moment we got there. The power was out for over 3 hours. When we were finally able to check in, we got into our room and there were NO bath towels. We went to the front desk where were told that since the power was out, they weren't able to have towels, they would be ready shortly. 30 minutes went by, and still no towels. We had plans shortly, so we needed to shower, and it was like we were wrong that the resort didn't have towels ready, or ANY extra towels anywhere. I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't have any extra towels just in case for this reason, or that every room was filled that there were no extra towels on the resort anywhere. Then, they acted like we were in the wrong for expecting towels. Since the power was down, the air conditioning was also not working. We weren't able to use the fan in our room b/c it was covered in dust- it clearly hadn't been cleaned in months. When we came back to the resort later that night, we went to the hotel bar, and I noticed that the rum was incredibly watered down. You can see that they save extra rum bottles so that they can water down their rum. I asked the one bartender if they watered down their rum, and he tried to tell me "it's a different year." I asked another bartender, and they were honest saying it's a known fact that they water down their alcohol. That's embarrassing and incredibly cheap. Appleton rum should be golden, not practically clear. The service is terrible. You wait your entire meal before they even offer you water, if you're even offered any at all-they will walk by you, look right at you, and keep on walking. It's like you're bothering them. The food is ok, but if you're expecting an all-inclusive spread like the bigger resorts, you will be disappointed, and their jerk chicken is the worst. The room is incredibly basic, which would be fine, if there were even more outlets, and the bed was comfortable, but the bed will kill your back, and the pillows smell musty, and you have to pay to rent a safe. The second day, we didn't let housekeeping come in, but the third day we did, and they took our 2 towels and replaced them with 1 towel. The air conditioning was out again during the hottest part of the day. They said 10 minutes, it was out for hours. When we went to the front desk again for another towel, they acted like we were out of line for expecting 2 towels. You see the owners walking around all day, and when another guest, along with ourselves, wanted to complain about the towels, no air conditioning, watered down alcohol, the front desk tells us that they aren't there, and they have no # to contact them. The bar and front desk close at 10:00pm, so if you need anything, you're out of luck. The wi-fi was down constantly. In Jamaica, you are used to people on the beach trying to sell you things, but you politely say no and they go on their way, but when you go to Samsara's sister resort Legends, there is a guy that hangs between Legends & the neighboring property that constantly harasses you (called one girl slow b/c she was ignoring him), and Legends just lets him. Legends is a tiny beach w/old beach furniture that my husband fell through. You can definitely tell that the owners are cheap - they water down their alcohol, won't purchase enough towels to even cover their guests needs, the resorts are run down, don't pay or treat their employees well (the maintenance men/gardener and one bartender were the only nice ones). They need to spend money to make money, and clearly are too greedy to do that. The views from Samsara were the only redeeming qualities. I would never reccommend anyone staying here. We're not super needy people, but this place was the worst.
Samsara was a great place to stay in Negril. I made friends with people staying in other rooms, with locals, and the people working there were all pretty lovely. The room was nice and they thoroughly cleaned it daily around noon with fresh towels and soaps. They clean with the door wide open and are very friendly. I didn't worry that they'd steal anything from my bags. The room is a tad outdated, but who travels outside of the country and stays in the hotel room all day? Is that honestly a good enough reason to complain about the hotel? Not in my opinion. No bugs, no mold or leaks...I also remember reading a lot of reviews that said they only gave you one towel the entire stay.. which isn't true at all. They gave us two large towels, one smaller towel, and two fresh hand towels EVERY DAY when they cleaned our bathroom. There is a travel advisor/coordinator named Philifa that helps you with excursions the day after you arrive. She's very sweet and funny. Also the A/C worked wonderfully and kept the room very chill. We even had to turn it off a few times because of how cold it got. The beach off the cliffs is absolutely gorgeous and refreshing. A truly great view that is worth seeing every day and swimming in, too! Sunset was beyond words. The all inclusive food was honestly really good and I consider myself picky. They made fresh egg omelets every morning, had a great lunch, and an even better dinner outside by the cliffs. On Friday night we took a free ride to Legends for their special night (but no live music or fire throwing was occurring although that's what it said) and on Sunday Samsara had a lovely live music night which was fantastic. They have a little gift shop in the hotel with some nice and relatively cheap stuff. I'd recommend to a friend and I have no complaints and I would be very careful with whose reviews you take into consideration. A lot of people just go around bad-mouthing places when they didn't get their way or when one little thing went sour during their stay. It made me almost regret booking the hotel but once I got there- till the day I left- I truly had no complaints. If you're a pretentious, high-maintenance, hoity toity snob then this place may not be for you. But if you're a normal person that just wants a nice and relaxing experience in a hotel in Negril.. I can recommend you this one!
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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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