My visit to Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa was wonderful and so appreciated after several months in COVID lockdown!
This adults-only, luxurious beach resort sits on the longest span of Negril's stunning 7-mile beach. True beachfront rooms open out directly to alabaster sand and swaying coconut trees. One-of-a-kind loft suites enfold guests in a gorgeous sanctuary, complete with spiral staircases and super-deluxe décor. Features include some of Jamaica's best scuba diving and snorkeling, a sports complex, 7 restaurants, and full exchange privileges at neighboring Sandals and Beaches resorts.
The COVID Protocals were thorough but non-evasive. Touchless sanitizing units are everywhere. Social distancing stickers, signage etc. are well placed and visible. All staff wore masks but didn’t really enforce it with guests. Guests did have them on when entering the resort. I did see some wear them but everything is outdoors so didn’t really feel I needed to. Sandals was quick to remind us that with the dining not much had to be adjusted as they have always “socially distanced” in their restaurants. Larger parties are split up to no more than 5 per table. The pool areas were all socially distanced as well. Honestly liked the sparseness of the pool loungers vs. one right on top of the other since the pool areas are smaller at this property.
Dining was fun at. Kimono’s (hibachi) & Barefoot By the Beach (seafood), then Italian and Sundowner (Jamaican). We ate at Bayside (breakfast/lunch during day and becomes French for dinner) Beach Bistro (lunch). Bella Napoli (pizzeria). Robert Mondavi wines with dinner are great and a nice variety of both reds and whites were offered. Snorkeling and glass bottom boats included. Hobie Kats and paddle boarding, but all subject to water conditions.. Reservations need to be made with Club concierge. We stayed in a Club Level Premium room – Paradise Building and these rooms Oceanview with private balcony or patio. These room categories do not have elevators.
Sandals pre-arranged the COVID-19 testing for re-entry to the US. We were given antigen tests (nasal) and it took no more than 15 min, including getting results. Must have your passport as proof if ID for testing. The process was well organized.
AIRPORT COVID testing/protocols in Detroit – I fell into the time frame for those traveling at the between March 1-10. So I had my test done on the 10 day mark (Feb 26th) and was ok to use. Be sure to have print copies of Negative COVID test results AND Travel Authorization Form readily available with Passport. You will have to show it again to the gate agent to verify before you get on the plane in Detroit.
Airport COVID protocols in Jamaica – limited entrances are open for departing flights. All passengers must sanitize with touchless units prior to entering the airport. There were 2 airport security checking this before you walked in. At check in, all COVID test results and Attestation forms are checked prior to getting in line for baggage drop and check in. I printed my form out prior and signed it in person, handed it to the agent. You will need to show your forms, boarding pass AND passport a minimum of 3-4 times prior to getting on the plane, including Club MoBay, security lines and gate areas.