Sandy Haven is a laid-back boutique along Jamaica’s Negril Beach, with an open-air spa and “to die for” Caribbean food
On Jamaica’s Negril Beach, Sandy Haven resort is a standout because there are only 35 suites at the resort. The highlight of Sandy Haven is the hotel’s intimate vibe from the casual check-in area that has a large conversation-piece table and plush chairs to laid back beach area with gorgeous white-cushioned cabanas making relaxation easy.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms at Sandy Haven have an Island theme and a pinch of a contemporary feel with private balconies overlooking the gardens or Caribbean Sea. The guest rooms are spacious compared to most boutique hotels, the rooms start at 450 square feet and have an all-white palette brightened by aqua accents in the throws, cushions, and table lamps. Traditional pitched ceilings and whirring overhead fans add an authentic Jamaican feel that is complemented by photographs of island scenes on the walls. You will have all of the Modern comforts of home with flat-screen TVs, satellite connection, and coffee makers, plus rainfall showers, wood-finish basins, and tubs in the bathrooms of Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms.
Bongos are Sandy Haven’s signature restaurant, serving Jamaican specialties such as coconut curried shrimp, conch fritters, and the delish Guinness cheesecake. The four-sided Bongos Bar is the spot for a colorful cocktail, a glass of wine and if you are lucky the occasional live entertainment. For a late brunch you have the sea-facing Almond Tree Beach Grill which serves both breakfast and lunch, so you’ll never lose your spot on the beach cabanas. These partly covered loungers create the perfect outdoor living space for guests who settle into the daily routine of sunbathing, swimming, and massage while waiting for that spectacular Jamaican sunset we have all come to love.
In the Area
Jamaica’s west side is best known for the seven-mile stretch of beach, but there are a wealth of activities outside of being a beach bum. Golf lovers can practice their swing at Negril Hill Golf Club while the most outdoorsy types can go horseback riding, zip lining or rent a 4*4 and trek around the island. If you are looking for a little bit of nightlife make your way over to Alfred’s Ocean Palace, where you’ll find live music daily including reggae on Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday.
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