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Hedonism II 3.5

Negril, Jamaica

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Pros

  • On an isolated section of Seven Mile Beach
  • Both a "nude" and "prude" side to accommodate different comfort levels
  • Adults-only all-inclusive with lively nude pool and beach
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, mirrors above beds, and hairdryers
  • Some units have a huge hot tub on their terrace
  • Several dining and drink options, including late-night burgers and pizza
  • Live music and performances in the evening
  • Raunchy costume parties, theme nights, and sensual playroom
  • Simple spa with sauna and steam room
  • Free water sports (snorkeling, windsurfing) and land activities (shuffleboard, tennis)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Safe, respectful, open-minded atmosphere

Cons

  • Evident wear throughout and overall dingy feeling
  • Ongoing construction may cause noise issues
  • Not all rooms have balconies
  • Unpleasant odors in some areas
  • Beach isn't as impressive as stretches to the south

Bottom Line

Designed for adventurous couples who want to add a bit of spice to their vacation, the all-inclusive Hedonism II is a popular upper-middle-range nudist resort tucked into a quiet, secluded section of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach. With a wide variety of activities and entertainment, this adults-only resort encourages guests to explore their wild side and indulge themselves. There are both a “prude” and a “nude” section of the resort to accommodate different comfort levels, and property highlights include the nude beach, theme parties, and a variety of pools and whirlpools on both sides. And guests that want to explore the area are close to a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops in downtown Negril. On the downside, however, some areas feel dingy, are showing wear, and have unpleasant odors. For a less risque and more upscale clothing-optional environment, consider the Grand Lido Negril.

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Scene

Swinger- and exhibitionist-friendly all-inclusive resort on Seven Mile Beach

The fact that this resort has "Hedonism" in its name should give some indication as to the scene here. This adults-only property draws a mostly mature crowd (couples in their 40s and 50s), including large parties (such as the Fluffernutters) of like-minded (that is to say, open-minded) guests looking to socialize, and in some cases, swing. But besides exhibitionists and swingers, and some single travelers, there are also plenty of mellow couples just looking for a little bit of raunchiness and liberation. The resort is divided into "nude" and "prude" sides to accommodate different comfort levels; on the nude side, nudity is required at the beach, pool, and hot tub. 

The nude pool is the liveliest (and most PDA-centric) part of the resort during the day, while at night, the most sensual activities take place at the Romping Shop Playroom where condoms are provided. Mirrors above every bed) and nightly themed parties (Leather and Lingerie, Toga and Foam, to name a couple) also enhance the mood. There are plenty of non-sexual activities, too, including water sports and cornhole. The vibe is not only respectful but secure: Upon arrival, guests pass through security gates before reaching the circular drive and open-air lobby. Guests can walk right through the lobby to the large main buffet restaurant and dining area, which features a big stage and open doors to the rest of the resort.

Although rooms are contemporary and in mostly good condition, some areas of the resort are dated and shabby, with cracked wood, worn old-fashioned upholstery, and evident grime. Additionally, we encountered multiple spaces with unpleasant odors. However, a huge portion of guests are repeaters who don't seem to mind a little wear and tear. Keep an eye out for painted rocks spread among the grounds with couples' names and all the years they've visited Hedo. Be aware that renovations to some spaces may result in loud construction noise.

Location

Secluded section of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach

Located off the busy Norman Manley Boulevard, Hedonism II is tucked away from the road, on a secluded section of Negril’s beautiful Seven Mile Beach. The beach itself is a small area of land that juts out from the rest of the island, making it isolated, and the greenery and gardens provide further shelter. Although no other buildings or hotels are visible from the property, the hotel is a short drive from a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as local attractions and craft boutiques. Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is around a 90-minute drive away.

Rooms

Simple, beachy rooms with mirrors above the beds

Rooms here are simple, albeit contemporary, outfitted with white walls and wood furniture, blue throw pillows, blue and green tropical-print bed runners, and mirrors above the beds. Travelers that prefer a quieter room should book on the less expensive “prude” side, while guests that want to party late and be close to the pools and beach should book on the more lively “nude” side. Note that guests have access to the entire resort, no matter which side they book on. Unfortunately, not all units have outdoor spaces, while the Ocean View Au Natural Jacuzzi Suites have patios with huge hot tubs right off the beach. Regardless, all units come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, hairdryers, air-conditioning, and coffeemakers. Upgrades add minibars, robes, slippers, and additional free toiletries. Modern bathrooms have glass showers.

Features

Lively pools, all-inclusive dining, and lots of entertainment

The wide assortment of nightlife options and an energetic entertainment crew are some of the main draws here. With live music, dancing, theme nights, costume parties, and shows, something is always going on at Hedonism II. The pools, hot tubs, and beach areas are also hubs of activity, and there are options on both the nude and prude sides (nudity is required within the nude side). A clothing-optional pool by the main buffet restaurant on the prude side was hardly used during our visit, while those on the nude side were packed and lively -- they can get pretty raunchy, especially at night.

There are a ton of water sports available, including scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and sailing, while on land, squash, shuffleboard, slot machines, regular tennis, and basketball are on offer. A decent spa offers a range of treatments, as well as a steam room, sauna, full salon, relaxation area with outdoor pools, and an adjacent fitness center. A gift shop sells everything from headache medicine and souvenirs to sex toys and lingerie. 

For food and drink, this all-inclusive resort offers five bars, buffet and a la carte restaurants, and a nightclub. Pastafari is a popular Italian restaurant (only open for dinner), while Harrysan serves Teppanyaki cuisine by the main buffet eatery. A wine bar and espresso bar are on-site, but both of these incur charges. Pizza and burgers are served at the nude pool -- from midnight until 4 a.m. during our stay. Food largely receives positive reviews. Clothing is required at restaurants, though skimpy outfits are tolerated. 

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Address

Norman Manley Boulevard, PO Box 25, Negril, Caribbean

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