My newest obsession is more of a luxurious paradise — the Caves resort in Negril, Jamaica, located in the West End, and known for its limestone cliffs and the caves that lay beneath them. When I was planning my vacation to Jamaica months ago, this was the only place I wanted to stay in Negril. I was traveling with my boyfriend and looking for somewhere private, romantic, and breathtaking. The Caves is all of this and more, and much of it is also due to the spectacular level of service. It’s a small property with only 11 cliff-side cottages, and it has an air of exclusivity without any pretentiousness at all. The hotel employees are friendly, kind, and always helpful. We were welcomed with a Cliffhanger, their signature drink made with fresh watermelon juice, a touch of ginger, and Blackwell rum. I felt right at home.
We stayed in the Blue Dolphin, a first floor, one bedroom cottage. Each cottage has its own distinct character and feel, and the interiors are uniquely decorated with lovely, almost rustic, island colors. I really began to feel like Blue Dolphin was our cozy home away from home. The Caves is an all-inclusive property, so our cottage was stocked with fine liquors and snacks. Much of them were left untouched though, because we ate delicious, authentic Jamaican meals every day. Say goodbye to the yucky buffet foods at most all-inclusives — the Caves cooks to order, and will even make specific meals to your taste. This was never even an issue for us, as we enjoyed every meal on the menu. The dining areas have amazing views, and we even had dinner inside a secluded, candlelit cave. Hearing the waves crash against the rocks and sitting by dozens of candles and flowers was like something out of a dream. There are 2 private caves available for dining, and you can only reserve them once you have checked in. It’s definitely a must-do!
Now, when you think of Jamaica, you may only think of sandy beaches, especially the beautiful Seven Mile Beach in Negril. But trust me when I say you won’t miss the beach one bit when staying at the Caves. The property has several secluded spots where guests can lounge in the sun, and then jump right into the cool, clear Caribbean waters. You won’t ever have to get up at the crack of dawn to “reserve” a beach chair or have to deal with rowdy people 3 feet away from you on the beach. Each spot is tucked away or down some steps, so you feel like you have the whole place to yourself. One of the fun things you can do at the Caves is challenge yourself to jump off the cliffs, which range from 10 to 30+ feet high! Although I was too scared to jump, my boyfriend had a great time being a daredevil.
Being right on the ocean also has its advantages. Paul, a certified lifeguard and the kayak and snorkel guide, knows the waters around the Caves so well and can guide you in and out of the caves with ease and expertise. We had an amazing time snorkeling, seeing a variety of fish and sting rays, and discovering the hidden parts of the property. If you’re not the active type, no worries. Enjoy the ocean view from the saltwater pool, or while being pampered at the Aveda Amenity Spa. We had a couples message and both almost melted into the tables. You can also enjoy champagne and the sunset by booking the private hot tub room for some special time with your SO. We chose to visit the bars on site instead, and enjoyed drinks at the Sands, a bar that’s open to the public each evening. Make sure to order a Dirty Banana, my favorite drink ever (bananas, rum, rum cream, coffee liqueur)! We even spent some time at the exclusive Rum & Cigar Bar, located inside one of the caves, where the boyfriend enjoyed a quality Cuban.
One of my goals in life is to travel to as many different places as my budget and lifestyle allow. I never usually say that I’ll return somewhere, since there is so much that I haven’t seen. Yet I can confidently say that I can’t wait to go back to the Caves. It’s an unforgettable, incredibly romantic experience that you and your loved one will always hold close to your hearts. If you’d like more information, be sure to visit thecavesresort.com or call 1.800.OUTPOST. Keep scrolling through from photographs from my personal album!
Down the steps to the clear ocean on our first morning at the Caves.
Our first look at the Blue Dolphin — home away from home.
The sun sets over Negril.
Drying off after a morning of snorkeling — you can see more West End cliffs in the background.
Relaxing in the Rum & Cigar Bar. Bridget Marquardt stopped by in an episode of Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches!
Our dinner in a private cave: mushrooms, curry goat, garlic shrimp! Yum!
Mmm… coconut cake for dessert!
A view of the candlelit cave. Beyond words.
Traditional Jamaican breakfast on our last morning: steamed callaloo, saltfish and ackee, plantains, and dumplings. Love!
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