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Catcha Falling Star... Exccellent choice
Every now and then you hit a gem of a place. Catcha Falling Star in Jamaica was one of those gems.
For years I went to the All Inclusive Resorts and in the end I felt trapped. Everything was paid for and that was good, but ,I never seemed to have the opportunity to explore the local culture.
Catcha Falling Star was fabulous. The Jamaicans on the property where truly friendly, I say it that way because it never appeared that they were forced to be pleasant as they are at Sandals. At Sandals I felt I was in a very nice jail.
At Catcha Falling Star they were pleasant, naturally. No pretensions. No fancy uniforms just good people who were genuinely pleased that you visited there beautiful country and their gorgeous resort.
Safety. We took the local taxis and for the most part walked daily that section of the Island always receiving the same welcome.
And for those who are curious; never once were we approached to buy drugs and neither were we ever hassled to buy anything.
Total freedom and we loved every second it.
From one to ten……………….. a twelve
Dave Sly. email@example.com
5 Stars at the Catcha Falling Star
We just got back from Catcha Falling Star......we never wanted to leave. It was a terrific experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a peaceful, relaxing, inviting place to stay....
The rooms were clean and upto date. Don't expect 800 count sheets, but the towels were soft and the sheets were clean and fresh. The grounds were very well kept and well the view was phenomenal...Breakfast was great and I tried everything. They also serve lunch for 10 USD per person everyday if you asked them at breakfast....Donna the cook does a great job with Garfield and Oz helping her out. They have a pet dog (Benjamin) who makes the rounds a couple of times a day. Very friendly and a picky eater, so don't bother giving him food, he won't eat it....yes of course I tried to feed him a multitude of times and all I can say if finicky....
There is a little grocery store across the way to get fruit and milk and what ever you might have forget.....Dinner is up to you.....Here are my suggestions....LTU and the Rockhouse or go to town and eat at SweetSpice.....avoid Xtapi...really expensive and not worth it....and well Rick's is next door and of course you will go there, but the food is pricey and there are a zillion drunk 20 years old. Keep in mind that at LTU though the food is great and the view awesome, if you have kids be prepared because the native Rosta's eat there and smoke there and I don't mean cigarettes.....Sweet Spice is authentic Jamaican food and very reasonably priced. Rockhouse is high end and best to have a reservation. There is a private table secluded next to the water.....it is booked a couple of days ahead, so if you are looking for a romantic spot....call ahead. They have a huge backgammon set and a chess set, at the bar on the ocean...very nice to kick back and play a game or two after dinner. Sunset is phenomenal there so keep that in mind.
Oh snorkeling with Vincent is a must.....he told us, we would see Sting Ray's and Sea Turtle and gosh darn if we didn't. If you're a good swimmer you are in for a treat. If you can keep up with him, he will take you all the way around the reef and you will see some amazing fish and sea life. If you aren't he has life jackets and will go slow.
Now for anything that was wrote previously by other travelers. We were approached an a regular basis to purchase smoking supplies...(you know what I mean) just so no and have respect and they will leave you alone. We walked a lot so expect it if you plan on walking. We asked a couple with kids if they had the same problem and they said no. So they will respect that you have kids and not bother you. I only saw one mosquito the entire time we stayed....and I didn't see any mosquito nets. There are two bungalows on the water and they are building a new bar/gathering area right next to Sagitarrius. The construction noise is low and should be done soon. Well worth the view still to stay next to it.
All in all the Falling Star more than delivered and definitely surpassed my expectations. I would go again in a heart beat, we are frequent travelers and this was a must get away.
Mike and Vanessa
Romantic Atmosphere and Awesome Food
A very intimate restaurant in a resort on the cliffs with a perfect sunset view. The staff are all friendly and very efficient (not the norm in Jamaica) with the chef being the unsung hero here- the food is incredible! The appetizer trio, Snappy Snapper, seafood pasta, and Lobster Thermador should not be missed!
I chose Catcha Falling Star because of its intriguing name but I will return because of the beautiful surroundings and the wonderful staff. From the moment of our arrival until we grudgingly had to return home, staff members were there to answer questions, to serve us a delicious breakfast each morning, and to maintain the cottages and the beautiful gardens. They truly made our trip memorable.
The original resort features a number of small cottages. There was no air conditioning but a ceiling fan and the breezes off the ocean kept our cottage very comfortable. There was plenty of hot water, too. The wrap-around porch always afforded a place in the shade for reading or merely staring at the ever changing color of the water beyond the cliffs. Catcha now has a number of new, larger units that do have air conditioning and more amenities but we definitely fell in love with the original cottages.
Those who only think of the beach when they think about Negril are missing a great place for a wonderful vacation. We were there during spring break and, other than the afternoon party boats going to Rick's, we were largely unaffected by the large numbers of college students. And, while there's no beach, Catcha's tiered seating/sunning areas built into the cliffs do afford access to the water and an expansive view of the ocean. For those who want to play in the water, the resort has a number of floats and snorkeling gear available for the guests.
So, if you are looking for a lovely and private place to spend a few days or a few weeks in the Negril area, consider Catcha Falling Star. I'm certainly glad we did.
I highly recommend Catcha Falling Star. It is a beautiful property on the the cliffs of Negril. We stayed in Moon Cottage, a 2 bedrooom cottage with a large wraparound terrace.The hammock, double outdoor daybed, table/chairs for 4, and view of the ocean made the oudoor area wonderful. Private stone outdoor shower as well as indoor shower. Small kitchen with fridge , microwave, glasses/dishes. Kept all opened food in fridge as ants would appear . They were gone, though if no food left out. TV has excellent reception. Free wireless internet. Comfortable beds, queen in one bedoom, and 2 doubles in the other. Walls did not extend to the roof, so bedrooms were not competely private however. Ceiling fans kept the rooms adequately cool during our visit. Delicious made to order breakfast. Very friendly and attentive staff. Awesome cliffside area to sunbath, watch sunsets and jump/dive, swim., snorkel. Rafts, inner tubes provided. Shuttle to sandy beach (5 miles away) provided at 10 or 11, although we never used it as we loved swimming off the cliffs. Security gate staffed at all times.
We chose to stay at Catcha Falling Star for 8 nights in April based on the positive Tripadvisor reviews and the warm and helpful advice that we received from Andrea when we called from the UK to check room availability. Andrea recommended the Sagittarius cottage as it is closest to the water and one of the most secluded and romantic. We were not disappointed.
The cottage was very clean, spacious and right on the edge of the cliffs. We had our own sunbathing terrace, breakfast area and porch complete with hammock. The view is amazing and whilst it can get a bit warm at night, using the fan and with the shutters open, it was cool enough to sleep quite comfortably. I believe that there are other cottages at Catcha which have air conditioning if this is your preference.
Nothing was too much trouble for the team that work at Catcha and Barbara and Andrea in particular, went out of their way make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The breakfasts were great. Bull kindly picked up some cold beers for us from the local store (just opposite Catcha) when it seemed like too much trouble to put a pair of shorts over our swimsuits. Books were available for us to read when our stocks started to get low or a for a chat at soon to open Ivan’s Bar (thanks Susan). Internet access is also available should you be able to tear yourselves away from the view (wifi in rooms or laptop at reception).
We wanted to do nothing for a week but laze in the sun, swim in the sea, watch dolphins and enjoy some peace and quiet. Catcha was perfect – the property is small, intimate and mostly quiet. Live music from Rick’s Cafe plays from about 6 – 8.45 pm and adds to the ambiance. There is some intermittent music from nearby Banana Shout (during the afternoons) however the team at Catcha had some success with convincing the owner to keep it low when we mentioned that it was disturbing us. The sunsets were beautiful – we spent 7 out of our 8 nights watching them from the point at Catcha with a cold Red Stripe in our hands (with newly met friends Chris and Maria from Tensing Pen which is right next door). We saw dolphins on every day bar two, swam almost every day in the cove and for most of the time it felt like we were the only people there.
We would happily return to Catcha in the future and recommend it for anyone looking for a place with a laid back, relaxing ambiance and an excellent team.
We fell in love with Catcha from the photos on their website and from the communication with the office staff. Andrea and Barbara were great, extremely helpful with ideas on where to eat, scheduling our snorkeling excursions and getting us dependable taxi drivers.
Dandy picked us up at the airport in Montego Bay, as requested. We had emailed our flight information to Catcha and they scheduled the pickup for us. Round trip, it was around $150 for the airport transportation. Dandy was really friendly and knows where to stop. It's about a 2 hour ride each way.
Our favorite place by far, in regards to food and atmosphere would have to be LTU. The bartender during the day, Maxine, is fantastic. They make a great grilled cheese, as well as the jerk snapper sandwhich and frozen mocha cheesecake. They have a wide variety of beverages and meals to choose from. Located right on the cliffs and just a 5 minute walk from Catcha, it was perfect. Pirates Cave & Rock House also had good meals.
The resort itself was beautiful. We loved our room, especially the outdoor shower. The room appeared much larger in person than it did from the photos. We stayed in the Pisces, which had a fridge and AC.
The grounds seemed smaller than they did online, but everything in Jamaica seemed that way. It was absolutely beautiful. The snorkeling boat picks you up right on the cliffs of the resort.
Breakfast is served each morning on your porch. You just walk down to the kitchen and put in your order. The Ackee & Saltfish is a traditional Jamaican dish, and was delicious. The french toast was some of the best I've had. Breakfast also comes with fresh squeezed OJ & freshly sliced banana, pineapple & papaya.
If you want to avoid tourist areas, stay away from the beach. We went to Margaritaville one night and that kept us from ever wanting to return to the beach. The food was mediocre and the service was terrible. Rick's, right down the street from Catcha, was also a disappointment, as the food wasn't very good. Again, the place itself was nice, but the tourist atmosphere is what we were trying to get away from.
Most places accept US dollars, however, they typically give you change back in Jamaican dollars. You may want to have some Jamaican currency with you. Some places, like LTU & Rock House accept credit cards.
All in all, we had an incredible honeymoon. It was thanks to the wonderful people we met in Jamaica.
Value, service, and sea
We had a wonderful seven-night stay in Catcha in Negril in March 2007.
Though we enjoy nightlife, we were a bit concerned that Negril during Spring Break might have been too tacky, but those concerns were quickly scotched. That scene is confined to Margaritaville and Rick's largely, and it's a bit of a blast to check it out too (though I maintain the so-called "wild" crowd wouldn't last five minutes at a real Irish college party!!)
Catcha is big enough to provide you with all the facilities you need, but small enough that you sometimes feel it's your own private place.
This is helped in no small part by the serving of a wonderful breakfast daily on your own terrace. The kitchen staff were great fun, and we had daily slagging about the Irish cricket team's exploits in the build-up to the West Indies v Ireland game.
Often time the little cove for swimming is all your own, and the water is just beautiful.
The hotel staff were very helpful, especially during my m any visits to use the web, and they were fantastic for us when we had a problem with some internal flights.
Restaurant and bar wise, a few recommendations.
Rockhouse, Hungry Lion, Kuyaba, Normas on the Beach, Alfred's Ocean Palace (touristy but fun), Pirate's Cave.
We found it a very hassle free location - safe to walk streets (bar mad driving!), no problems with people selling stuff; one polite refusal does it; and generally welcoming atmosphere.
We would recommend Catcha without hesitation - we stayed in Pisces, the smallest cottage, which gives excellent value for money.