Breezes Grand Negril in Jamaica has received the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Award for Best Resort and is a AAA 3-Diamond property for good reason. My room at the resort was a beach front junior suite with French doors that opened to a small patio, with the beach just a few steps away.

Beach front Junior Suite Negril

Beach Front Junior Suite at Breezes Grand Negril. Photo courtesy Breezes Grand Negri

The suite was quite large with a king size bed, large bath, and dressing area, plus a step down to a living area with desk, sofa, and chair.  There was a mini-refrigerator the staff kept well-stocked with sodas, beer, and wine. This is one of those places, though, where the room is made even better because of the location.

Breezes Grand Negril is an all-inclusive resort, meaning that all the food and drink (including premiums liquors and beers) is included, as well as most activities. I recommend the glass-bottom boat ride — it was great fun. The resort is spread across 22 acres of tropical gardens. There are several pools and hot tubs, 6 bars, multiple buffets and a la carte restaurants, including one with Jamaican food. I really enjoyed the Japanese restaurant. Oh, and I love the fresh fruit that was available everywhere.

Beachside Gazebo

Beachside gazebo at Breezes Grand Negril. Photo courtesy Breezes Grand Negri

The biggest draw at Negril is the beach. It is a wide sandy beach that gently slopes down toward the clear blue water. Chaise lounges sit scattered along the sand, waiting for you to claim one and wile away the afternoon. I discovered that even the October days in Jamaica are quite warm and there's nothing I preferred more than taking a dip in the pool, reading and napping in a chaise, and walking along the shore.

I did, however, take advantage of the Blue Mahoe Spa while I was at Grand Negril. After a few minutes of relaxing by the hot tub under the thatch-roofed waiting area, my therapist greeted me and led me across to a small white-shuttered gazebo on the edge of the beach. There, to the backdrop of waves lapping at the banks, I had a relaxing one-hour massage.

By the time I returned to my room, I collapsed with the screen door open, listening to the ocean and smelling the salt air. I can totally understand why life seems to move slower in Jamaica.

Breezes Grand Negril Jamaica

Breezes Grand Negril Jamaica. Photo courtesy Breezes Grand Negril

Breezes Grand Negril
Negril, Jamaica


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