Samsara On The Cliffs - Hotel Review w/ Personal Photos
A completely different feel than offered from my previous hotel review of The Rondel Village, Samsara On The Cliffs is a new sort of adventure for travel-goers venturing the cliffs of Negril, Jamaica.
Similar to The Rondel, Samsara offers both beach and roadside options. The roadside Standard Garden rooms are reasonably priced and provide patrons a tropical feel for their equatorial stay.
The rooms are smaller, offer less amenities, and give visitors a sense of what it's like to travel the real Jamaica. The Garden Rooms will do the trick, but if you're looking for more of a classy stay, then Samsara has several options to cater your needs.
See a full list of room types and a price chart at their website link below:
Rates at Samsara Resort: https://www.negrilhotels.com/rates.php
My first time to Samsara was some years ago and I still have fond memories of my stay there in 2007. I can remember playing many ping-pong games, enjoying fresh fruit smoothies at the bar and restaurant, going for swims in the pool, and snorkeling right off the cliff area in the Caribbean sea. The atmosphere was friendly, the vibes were irie, and the air was fresh. What more could you ask for?
View of Samsara from the West End Road
Thumbs up from @conradsuperb
Snorkeling off the cliffs from Samsara Resort
Samsara surely isn't a 5-star luxury suite hotel, but the hotel and staff do everything they can to make sure your stay is as close to one as possible. The grounds were well kept and maintained, providing a natural feel given the lush vegetation lining the stone laden paths throughout the resort. The views from the cliff area are hard to beat, but that's anywhere you stay if you're vibing the cliffs. The beach scene isn't too shabby either.
Samsara Restaurant, Bar & Cafe
The Humble Abode
The staff was helpful and also open to speaking about concerns. We had a bit of a issue with fly-like gnats in our garden room, and the staff was quick to recommend a store with insect repellent nearby. Granted, we were there in August, so the times were ideal for breeding season. We just happened to be there the wrong week - all part of the experience.
Samsara is centrally located (approx. 4 km from the roundabout) on the cliffs and is close to some notable places like Choices, Xtabi, and the world famous Three Dives. Ended up eating at Three Dives practically every night because the jerk was really that good. The famous Anthony Bourdain even highlighted his trip to Negril once with a pit-stop at this local jerk joint in Negril, Jamaica, located on the West End.
Xtabi On The Cliffs
Smashin' some Three Dives Jerk
It's not a bad place to call home for 9 days and 8 nights. There are several options to choose from, of which, cater to all types of persons with varying preferences for accommodation. If I were to go again, I would stay in an ocean front villa. It would be pretty irie waking up to a dawning sun over the beautiful Caribbean blue, wouldn't it?