Whistling Bird

Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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Beach resort

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 5, 2011

Located on the beach, Whistling Bird is centrally located and has many different cottages, rooms and the like to choose from---prices run from $180 for a 1 room cottage to $630 for a 6 room house and for an additional $$ you can get all-inclusive with drinks, food, taxis and more...
Off season saves 20% and there may be more offers---check the website and get in touch by phone to get the latest pricing...
They offer a vacation to remember for you and your closest 35 friends for 7 days the entire resort including food, drinks, activities, and everything you could wish for for just US$29,999.00. For 7 days. $30 thousand dollars.

Unique Quality: on the beach---chef and restaurant

Directions: on the beach

Serious Deterioration at this Resort

by written on January 10, 2010

I'm sad to say I'm on my way, Won't be back for many a stay. Lovely location with jungle atmosphere and 12 cottages spread out within. Absolutely wonderful food..the best! A working staff of some of the dearest most caring individuals who are your friends while there that you will miss when you leave who will accommodate ever wish if management let them do their job the way a hospitality resort should run. Owner's wife passed away one year ago and the staff worked for and adored her. Owner. Jim, doesn't care to attend to even the basics. The worst is massive infestation of bugs and flies in more than one of the cabins that we can claim knowledge of. The solutuon was to spray one room with toxic spray and expect the guests to sleep in it and breathe the poisin as incident happened in evening. alternative cottage provided had flies literally the size of toe nails and a lizard on the bed and one that landed on someone that fell from the ceiling.
Guests were told the cable service was knocked out by a storm but other resorts on the beach did have cable. You must wait 1.5 hours for any lunch food any give your dinner order at least two hours in advance. Knowing that in advance would be manageable however once you do so then the next time the food could take 2-3 hours. They have to go out and buy what you order and run out of chicken! They are understaffed so everything takes too long even by Jamaican standards..The staff know it and are very frustrated and over extended.
The grounds are beuatiful but things are deteriorating all around and the chairs and beach lounges are broken.at least some of them are and have not been replaced or repaired. The food is very delicious but the portions are tiny. You have to ask them to cook more just for you and they will do so but do you want to wait forever...so you go with little unless you are there long enough to know and be willing to ask for double portions when you order.
All of the problems are caused by a non-caring owner and could be solved at very little cost and the staff are put in the uncomfortable position of covering up for the shortfalls and making false statements or not informing guests of delays or alternatives. A different owner could make this a very enjoyable vacation and a profitable venture. So sad, as the staff melt your hearts with their love and you are always loving them in return.

Unique Quality: There is no pool however that would not be in character with the natural environment and would destroy the atmosphere. The resort is small which is very lovely and you get to know the other guests meeting at the bar. Being small, ther is no entertainment however if you like non stop loud music into the wee hours you get in your cottage whether you like it or not from the neighbouring resort or party place across the street. Sleeping is therefore a problem for some as are the mattreses which further affect sleep.

Neither somewhat or totally unsatisfied would be the correct option for the next category. I would rather say...mostly unsatisfied but know it is beautiful and could be remedied.

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Charming beach cottages in a tropical garden

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 8, 2009

The rooms are beautiful. The colors of the walls, the homemade lampshades of vibrant flowers, artwork and large showers make you feel like you are in the midst of a romantic jungle scene! Even the bar countertop is made of every kind of wood found in Jamaica.

When I first arrived at the airport, there were complications at immigration and our flight was late, however, the taxi driver that Whistling Bird arranged for us, still waited the 2 hours it took for us to get there, along with cold Red Stripe! We arrived at 9 p.m.- long after the kitchen closed, but the chef nonetheless, prepared a gourmet, 5 course meal. It was heavenly, like nothing I have ever eaten in the states. My sister's boyfriend has an ongoing ulcer and didn't get sick once here. Back at home he is sick everyday. I think its that the food is so fresh and healthy, it was soothing for his stomach. The staff has a long list of people they go through for fine jewelry, art, spa services, live entertainment and transportation, so I knew I was getting best deal. They arrange snorkeling tours for example, through Captain Moses' Glass-Bottom boat. It was cheap and I trusted it would be safe because the owner has been working with Moses for the past 10 years. Some of the artwork around the resort was painted by famous artist, Errol Allen. When he paints here, people line up just to see him. Long story short, great accommodations. The staff go out of their way for their guests. And since the resort has been here since 1985, they have a lot of advice about where to eat, what to see, the cheapest options or the most luxurious hot spots. I'm glad I have their expertise to rely on!

Unique Quality: Uniquely designed cottages- bright colored walls, artistic lampshades and artwork, handcrafted design. The resort is very colorful.
Many of the staff members have been here for years, so they even took me around Negril, showing me some of the favorite local spots. The garden on the beach is very lush and there are many private areas to relax. One of the other things I appreciated (as a single white female) was that the staff would run off beach vendors who seemed as though they were bothering me. And not just the beach vendors, but those persistent Jamaican men! Another thing I appreciated was that one of the staff members actually climbed a palm tree and brought me a fresh coconut to drink from when I wasn't feeling well. Simple gestures that meant a lot.
It's also wheelchair accessible (walkways, rooms and showers).

Directions: Relatively close to Alfred's Beach Palace, next door the Fun Holiday.

Jamaica's Best Food & Comfortable Location

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 1, 2008

We stayed at the Whistling Bird in Negril, Jamaica last month and found it to be one of the best, most comfortable places to vacation. We stayed for nearly two weeks there and found the food to be one of the best places of all Jamaica. Also, like one of those movies where the couple needs to getaway for a holiday very quickly, we found Whistling Bird to be a very comfortable, almost secluded place on the beach. There were not hundreds and hundreds of people. It was a very soothing, quiet stay.

Unique Quality: great food, great drink, excellent beach, very friendly staff, very comfortable accomodations,

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Address: Norman Manley Blvd, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean

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Amenities at Whistling Bird

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet

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