Samsara Cliff Resort
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We bought the stay from Groupon and it was worth the price. We had an ocean view room and it was clean. The rooms have a strange set up with the sink in a different part of the room, but no big deal. The place is defiantly dated, but I expected that from the reviews. Everything was clean and the staff was nice. I did miss not having a safe in the room, but again I new that before I went. This is a great place to stay if you are wanting to venture out, and use it as a home base for vacation. We left the resort a few times, and walked a couple of them, and felt very safe. I would definitely plan on eating meals other places most of the time. The food was not good and never really changed. We are not picky eaters by any means, but even my husband made comments about the food. The couple that runs the store by the bar are very nice, and wonderful to work with. They seam to be working on the place, so that is a plus. The other terrible thing besides the food were the beds. I am not a fan of sleeping on plywood. I would go back if I got that good of deal again.
SamSara is great. I wasn't expecting much based on reviews so it exceeded my expectations. If you're looking for a 5 star big chain resort, this isn't it. It is run down and about 3 stars, but has the charm, gorgeous cliff views, customer service, and value as you can stay at the cliffs or go to the beach side with the sister resort Legends. We did the all-inclusive and had a massive ocean cabin room with tons of storage space.SamSara is a nice change from the hussle and bussle of staying at the beach, but if nightlife is what you are looking for, Legends may be the better option.My complaints: beach towels not supplied, food was delicious but too many carbs (lasagna and mac and cheese for lunch anyone?) and not enough veggie, all-inclusive drink menu is full of cheap cocktails (so I stuck with Red Stripe) but I did rate is as a 3 star resort, and there needs to be one 24 hr tray for snacks in the restaurant as there is nothing to eat between 2-7, or have fridges in the room so people can set aside food for snacking.
Samsara is a lovely place, especially because you can snorkel straight off the cliffs. You can see amazing stuff like rays, eels, starfish, lionfish and even stone fish, a short walk from your hotel room, and have free access all day long. Great. The hotel and rooms are a bit shabby however, and the food's not amazing. I did like the Jamaican breakfast buffet though. But if you don't stay all inclusive, you can make use of all the great places nearby to have food. Walking to other places on the road is fairly tricky as there's no pavement, so you have to get a driver to take you. The staff at samsara are all brilliant and helpful. Two of the drivers, Peter and Omar were really helpful and sweet. The porter who is also called Peter is lovely and the gardener is really friendly and chats whenever you come by. Sasha who does the massages is lovely, and stronger than her small stature suggests! I got an amazing Swedish massage outside in the breeze. For what we paid samsara is well worth it. But possibly if you are after luxury, you would be disappointed.
Horrible accommodations and property was in bad condition. Service was non existent and food pricing and quality were horrible. Do NOT use this resort if at all possible! Pool area had tiles falling off and was very dirty.
I was really disappointed with the hotel after all I read about it.Room 108: antiquated, run down, no assisting devices for seniors, ex bars in the shower stall, rubber mats on the shower floor to prevent slipping, and the toilet kept dripping. The faux tile around the sink was not secured to the wall. The AC was cold and could not be adjusted unless it was completely turned off. Food: This is supposed to be all-inclusive but there were set meal times when you had to eat or you do without or purchase it. We missed lunch which is before the check in time so were told we would have to purchase lunch - that is not all-inclusive. Thankfully, the bartender ordered us a complimentary meal as were famished after the long ride down to Negril. I prefer all-inclusive buffets where I serve myself so I don't have to be listing out what I want to eat at every meal in front of a long line up of people. Also some of the alcoholic beverages were for purchase only. The food was really nothing to write home about, it was filling but not wonderful.Grounds: the walkways are small and bumpy which made it difficult for a senior to navigate with a cane. Stay close to the restaurant if you have difficulty walking or vacationing with a senior.Staff:The staff was wonderful, courteous and helpful. They made up for the disappointment that I felt.Deposit: It's odd that I'm requested to put a $100US deposit on my credit card for damage, loss, etc., but that at the end of my stay, with no damage or loss of key, the deposit returned to me was a total of $99.90US with some explanation that 10 cents is required to process the refund. What is that all about????Legends Beach: We took the shuttle to Legends to enjoy the beach in the daytime. The beach is cramped and full of peddlers all day long. Certainly not enjoyable from my stand point when I want to relax and enjoy looking out at the water. Again, disappointed.
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
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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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