It didn’t matter that I was the only single person at the Sunset
at the Palms resort, I still made plenty of friends. Tucked away in
a lush tropical 10-acre garden in the laid-back coastal city of
Negril, Jamaica, the resort offers an ideal balance between utter
seclusion and social interaction. Communal areas offer the perfect
setting for guests to gather, drink, meet up and mingle. And
cabins, hidden among lush foliage and large trees in a jungle-like
environment, are private and beautiful. While I was there, a
vivacious group of couples, all of whom had met at the resort, were
chatting poolside about their day’s activities, comparing and
contrasting which excursions were the best and boasting about who
was brave enough to make the notorious cliff jump at the Rick’s
Within the last year, the 65 treehouse-style rooms of Sunset at
the Palms, formerly known as the Negril Cabins, were completely
renovated and updated. Although the same number of cabins still
exists on the property, they were gutted and remodeled to be larger
and offer up-to-date amenities. French doors open out onto a
private balcony with a sitting area and a comfortable day bed,
perfect for a relaxing afternoon. A dark wood interior is
complemented by light, white linens on a king-size platform bed.
Rooms are air-conditioned and also include a ceiling fan, satellite
television and coffee and tea service. Bathrooms are equipped with
hair-dryers, vanity mirrors and a multi-head shower.
The resort’s unique environment and secluded style will give
visitors the impression that they are staying at a one-of-a-kind
property, which they are, but it may come as a shock to some that
all this luxury also comes with an all-inclusive price tag. After
check-in, all meals, drinks, non-motorized watersports, access to
the gym, tennis and the Internet are free of charge, and taxes and
tips are included as well.
Clients can keep themselves busy during the day by walking to the
beach, where they are escorted across the highway to a secluded,
five-acre crescent of white sand lined with shady palms and trees,
perfect for relaxing. On this side, there is the Palm Breeze Beach
Bar and Grill, where clients can get food and beverages while they
swim in the sea, lounge by the water or take advantage of the
watersports. A sports center offers kayaks, windsurfing, snorkel
masks, fins and more.
To keep clients extra busy, the resort also offers traditional
island cooking classes, a bartending course and classic films in
the evening, as well as regular nightly evening entertainment at
the Bamboo Bar, located at the pool. Each night features a
different style of music and while I visited I was transfixed by
the hypnotic sounds of the steel drums and mellowed out to the
sounds of a well-known Jamaican reggae band.
For such a small, intimate property, the choices in drinking or
dining are seemingly limitless. For drinks, clients have their
choice of the new Martini Lobby Bar, where they can try a martini
made with Jamaican Appleton rum. In addition to the beach bar,
there is also the Bamboo Bar at the pool, which serves as a central
hub in the evenings, as well as a hot spot during the afternoon.
Guests returning from excursions can relax at the pool’s swim-up
bar and enjoy a couple of drinks while making plans for the
In addition to the beach grill, which serves food from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m., there are two other restaurants at the resort. The Palm
Grove Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and
serves a mix of continental and Jamaican fare in a buffet style.
The Lotus Leaf restaurant offers a fusion of Jamaican and Asian
fare served a la carte in an eclectic atmosphere. Clients can make
reservations to the restaurant, which is open three to four nights
Sunset at the Palms
Resort and Spa
In a world that is more and more environmentally conscious, it
is noteworthy to mention that Sunset at the Palms was the first
hotel in the world to receive Certification for Environmentally
Sustainable Tourism by the U.K.’s Green Globe.