Samsara Cliff Resort
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We chose this resort for the cliffs because we wanted something different and we were not disappointed. It is a 3 star so don't expect a 5 star hotel. If small, quiet, relaxed and quaint is what you are looking for this is it. We had a 2nd floor ocean view room and we loved it. The all inclusive was 3 meals a day (buffet style) and did get a bit repetitious but the food was good. The all inclusive drinks were fine as well. For a little extra you can order from a menu any time during the day. The staff was very friendly. The gift shop is small but they have lots of wonderful gifts. The owners Larry and Romina are super friendly. We dove off the cliffs daily. In the morning we had our coffee as we watched the locals fish right before us for barracuda. We paid a bit extra for a few off resort excursions: Y&S falls where you could tube or zip line down the falls, a river safari (with crocs and tropical birds and plants) a glass bottom boat ride and Snorkeling thru the coral reefs with 'Famous Vincent" with lunch on a private island. In all it was a great vacation. We loved the laid back atmosphere. June is a tricky month to book because the weather can be very wet. It rained everyday we were there at some point during the day but the sun always made an appearance. We found it difficult to make change for larger American bills so if you plan to tip (which is highly encouraged and appreciated by the staff) bring smaller bills for tipping) tipping employees directly is frowned upon by management but we did it anyway. The resort is 90 minutes from Montego Bay airport.
We planned our wedding here. Merlene made sure everything was done for the wedding. The bouquet was amazing. The staff did everything they could to make our trip here amazing. The photographer was amazing! the only things we didn't like was: short periods for dining times, we paid a lot more to be all inclusive and we were hungry all the time. They needed more snacks for all inclusive guests to indulge in. They closed the bar fairly early so with the huge all inclusive price you paid you better be sitting at the bar the entire time to get your moneys worth.
Jamaica was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was a little apprehensive about taking my wife there because I kept hearing horror stories about crime, violence and warnings that you shouldn't leave the resort. That couldn't have been further from the truth. Everyone we met was honest and kindhearted. We stayed at Samsara Cliff Resort in Negril. It certainly wasn't the most extravagant place I've ever stayed, but it turned out to be the perfect spot. You can walk from Samsara to Rick's Cafe. It's about a 30 minute walk but there are shops and restaurants along the way so it took us about 2 hours. We walked during the day with another couple we met while at Samsara. I'd definitely recommend this walk. Everyone at Samsara is awesome. The driver "Omar" is the best. If you go, get his number and he will bring you anywhere you want to go. I'd recommend getting a "juicy patty" from a local place in town called Hammond's Bakery. Shauna, one of the bartenders, truly made us feel welcome. The food at Samsara is amazing. I think that because Samsara isn't a mega-resort, they employ local cooks who really know local cuisine and local ingredients. My only complaint of the entire trip is that the Samsara website says that all meals and menu items are included in the all-inclusive package. When we got there, we found out that while meals were included, if you ordered off the menu at times other than the designated meal times, these were not included. Not a big deal to me, but the website should be updated to make it clear. That said, I'm so glad we didn't stay at a big fancy resort. We would have never been able to meet as many Jamaicans, hear their story and share experiences. I do have one disclaimer to make about Jamaica, however. Literally everyone has their own business and has something to sell you. But just agree to a price before hand with everything and you will be fine. I would use Jamaican dollars instead of foreign currency. It's also totally ok to haggle with them or tell them you are not interested. Most of the time they will just smile, say "respect mon" and keep going. If you use common sense, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Overall, Jamaica is a beautiful country with beautiful people. My wife and I love going to places rich in culture and Jamaica was a trip we will never forget. We will definitely go back in the future.Daniel G.
This being my first resort stay, I must say I was impressed with everything. The food was awesome, my boyfriend and my friends fiancé caught fish from the cliffs, the chef had no problem cooking them up for lunch for us the next day. The staff were basically all great, helpful and very very friendly. We did think it would have been nice if the bar stayed open a little later than 10pm, but as for the morning, I was up early each day, and the staff in the kitchen had no problem with me getting a cup of tea before the scheduled breakfast hours. There were no bugs in our room, the bed was very comfortable, and I am fussy on my mattresses, lol. The cleaning staff were great in being flexible with the hrs we kept, depending on what time we left the room empty for them to clean, once we were gone, they did their thing, never once did we come back to a messy room. The food was always good, a mixture of Jamaican and Western. The cliffs were awesome, tried my first dive, was scary but so much fun and the pool was always pristine. I would recommend this resort to anyone not looking for a big party place, it more family oriented, from what I experienced. There were other places to eat right across the road and also short walking distances, but we were happy with the food at the resort. The drinks were definitely NOT watered down, lol, I am going back again next year and bringing more people with me.
Rooms were old, dirty and full of mold. The first room we were assigned was infected with ant and mold. The bed was a cheap box spring mattress with a mattress cover on it. The door would not lock. We asked to be moved to another room and had to stay in that room until management approve for us to be moved to another room, despite of the condition of the room. The next night we were allowed to move to another room. The room was not much better and it was full of mold. When we arrived at Samsara, it was raining, there was no one to greet us with a umbrella. We had to gather our own luggage in the rain. There was no one to show us to our room. We had to walk to our room in the rain. There was no covered walk way and we and our luggage was wet when we arrived to our room. The room, hotel and restaurant was a disappointment.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 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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Resort Location Map
Samsara Cliff ResortNegril,Jamaica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Norman Manley Blvd, Negril Jamaica
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