- Spectacular cliffside setting overlooking the sea
- Rustic, colorful rooms and cottages with quirky decor and minibars
- All-inclusive and adults-only (no kids under 16 allowed, except in villa)
- Saltwater pool and whirlpool hot tub overlooking the ocean
- High-quality food with emphasis on local ingredients plus free cooking classes
- Blackwell Rum Bar (set in a grotto), private dining cave, and The Sands clifftop bar
- Two open-air dining spaces plus room service
- Aveda mini-spa perched over the sea
- Snorkeling, kayaking, and cliff-jumping sessions available
- Free on-site parking and bike rentals available
- Free Wi-Fi throughout
- No sandy beach on the property
- Only one small saltwater pool
- No in-room TVs (except by request)
- Road noise can be heard from some rooms
- Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica
- Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean
- Best Luxury Hotels in Jamaica
- Most Romantic Hotels in Jamaica
- Most Romantic Hotels in Negril
- Most Romantic Hotels in the Caribbean
- Best Boutique Hotels in Jamaica
- Best Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean
- Best Adult-Only Resorts in Jamaica
- Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Caribbean
- Best Hotels for Destination Weddings in Jamaica
- Best Hotel Rooms in Jamaica
- Best Hotels in Jamaica
- Best Honeymoon Hotels in Jamaica
- Best Hotel Restaurants in Jamaica
- Best Hotel Service in Jamaica
- Best Hotels for Cliff Diving in Jamaica
Oyster Hotel Photos
Oyster Hotel Review
Artful cottages set along lush, garden paths atop dramatic limestone cliffs
The Caves was opened by a Rastafarian artist couple, Bertram and Greer-Ann Saulter, in 1994. Bertram designed each of the unique cottages and furniture (much of which is hand-carved), and Greer-Ann dreamt up the whimsical interiors, which are heavy on colorful batik prints and Jamaican crafts. The hotel was subsequently acquired by Island Outpost, a hotel group owned by Jamaican music legend Chris Blackwell, best known for helping bring Bob Marley’s music to the world.
One of the last hotels along Negril’s winding West End Road, The Caves is entered via a royal-blue gate. A commune-with-nature theme with a shabby-chic aesthetic unfolds just beyond. Quirky, vibrant cottages with mystical names are connected by garden paths cut from limestone cliffs with panoramic water views (and incredible sunsets). Every element of the hotel seems in sync with the nature surrounding it, from the junglesque landscape enveloping cottages, to limestone tables and chairs carved into the private dining caves down below.
An open-air bungalow serves breakfast and lunch, and dinner is served in a cozy cottage with alfresco treetop seating. With bamboo lounges and sandy floors, The Sands bar is perfect for star, sea, and sunset gazing in hippie-chic style. There’s no sandy beach, but stairs carved into the cliffs provide plenty of direct access into the water and deck chairs on limestone platforms and in private nooks allow for sun-bathing in privacy. Several grottos at the base of the cliffs have dining booths, lounging benches, and a bar carved into the rock, and candlelit dinners and drinks put the romantic ambience in overdrive. Due to its dramatic yet precarious location along Negril's cliffs, the resort does not accept children under 16 as guests (except in the on-site villa), which helps to preserve the calm atmosphere.
About 90 minutes from Montego Bay airport, in quiet seclusion along Negril’s cliffs
The Caves is set along a calm stretch of the West End Road that winds alongside Negril's limestone cliffs. It’s a 90-minute drive from Montego Bay, and the hotel can arrange transfers on request. A number of bars, including the famous Rick’s Café, are located about a five-minute walk away, and it’s a 15-minute drive from Seven Mile Beach, accessible via hotel shuttle (available upon request). Guests keen to explore are best off renting a car, and free on-site parking is available. Bike rentals are also available.
Unique cottages and suites with quirky decor, minibars -- some with outdoor showers
Accommodating 24 guests max, the resort offers one- and two-bedroom cottages and suites with enchanting names like “Sun Dancer” and “Moon Shadow,” plus a three-bedroom villa, Clandestino. All offer plenty of space and privacy, and most have sea views. Some add kitchenettes and dining areas. Decor and layout varies from room to room. A-framed cottage dwellings, for instance, feature large round open-plan spaces with stone floors, angular walls, and huge louvered windows. Bold, cheery colors are used throughout the units, from cobalt-blue staircases to emerald-green cabinets. Beds (in Queen or King sizes) sit on platform bed frames and have soft pillow-top mattresses with bright batik bedding. All rooms have cozy sitting areas and minibars that are re-stocked daily with free cold drinks including beer, water, juice, and liquor assortment along with basic snacks. All bathrooms offer a nice selection of individual, locally produced toiletries. Sun Dancer, Moon Shadow, Two Birds and One Drop have outdoor showers surrounded by high-privacy walls and trees. Sea Turtle and Bird’s Nest feature bathtubs. All rooms have air-conditioning, bathrobes, iPod docks, CD players, and a selection of island-inspired music. TVs and DVD players are available on request. While children under age 16 aren't allowed in rooms, the Clandestino Villa allows families.
Rooms and Rates
Small pool, Aveda spa, free cooking classes, restaurant, and bar, plus drinks and dining in grottos
As an all-inclusive property, dining is included in The Cave's room rates and local, seasonal ingredients dominate the creative menu. While offerings are limited given the hotel’s small-scale, guests consistently rave about the quality of meals. There are several grottos at the base of the cliffs, where private five-course dining by evening candlelight is available. It's included in the rates, but reservations are required. Blackwell Rum Bar occupies another grotto, while the clifftop bar -- The Sands -- offers outdoor imbibing and authentic jerk-barbecue nights. Room service is also available, and the hotel offers cooking classes on request once a week.
While there’s no conventional beach with sand, stairways carved into the cliffs provide swimming access to the water, and there are plenty of lounge chairs overlooking the sea from private platforms. The property also offers free snorkeling and kayaking trips around the caves and along the cliffs, and lessons on how to safely cliff jump.
Guests can also take a dip in a small saltwater pool and a whirlpool hot tub with sea views. An additional private indoor hot tub can be booked for sunsets. The Aveda mini-spa offers massages and treatments right over the sea. The hotel also has a small gift shop selling tropical attire, logo apparel, and Jamaican souvenirs. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.
Transport to / from Hotel
|Things to Do||
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
|Address||Light House Road, P.O. Box 3113, Negril, Caribbean|
|Also Known As||