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The Beach

Above the water line, Sandals Whitehouse is the clear winner. The Whitehouse beach is at least 5 times larger both in width (sand area above water) and length. The sand is off-white and fine textured. In the water, the sand at Whitehouse can be a little mucky. Whitehouse tends to have more rocks, moss and seaweed below the water line. Whitehouse drops off a little faster than Negril.

Once in the water, Negril wins out. Negril’s sand is firm. Under normal conditions all you will find in Negril is a few grassy patches on the ocean floor. You won’t find a rock anywhere. In Negril you can walk out a long way before you are even up to you shoulders in water.

Both beaches are in large bays protected by coral reefs. If you like big ocean waves, you will be disappointed at both Sandals Negril and Sandals Whitehouse. The biggest waves in Negril are the wake from boats. Whitehouse has just slightly more and a little larger waves than Negril.

You will find the beach at Sandals Negril to be more crowded than the beach at Sandals Whitehouse. There is less beach space per room and the pools do not attract as many guests as the pools at Sandals Whitehouse. Beach traffic at Sandals Whitehouse is limited to hotel guests and staff. Because it is the only resort in the area you will not find any beach vendors (parasailing, jet skis, hair braiding, drug dealers, panhandlers).

It is quite a different story at Sandals Negril. There are over 100 hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses located on 7 mile beach in Negril. All beaches in Jamaica are public up to the high water mark. Once on the beach in Negril (there are a lot of public access points) you can walk the entire length from Sandals (northern most point) all the way in to the town of Negril (southern most point). The beach is very busy with both tourists and locals walking along the water. The water is busy with watercraft of all types, from wind surfers and kayaks to large fishing boats, ski boats, yachts, and catamarans

Whitehouse Beach
Sandals Whitehouse Beach

Whitehouse Beach
Sandals Whitehouse Beach

 

 

Sandalsl Negril Beach
Sandals Negril Beach

Sandalsl Negril Beach
Sandals Negril Beach

 

Swimming Pools

Sandals Negril has three pools (4 if you count the dive pool). The main pool is medium sized and has a swim up pool bar. The piano bar pool is smaller and right next to the piano/beach bar. It provides better view of the beach and ocean. The third pool is the Crystal Lagoon pool where the swim-up rooms are located. Most guests think this is a private pool for the swim-up rooms. It is actually open to everyone and is a really nice pool. All the pools have attached whirlpools. The small size and location of the pools cause the beach to get more use. You may not find the pools at Sandals Negril to your liking if you are primarily a pool person.

Sandals Whitehouse is a pool lover’s paradise. The main pool is huge, (Sandals claims it is the largest in Jamaica). It has a large swim up pool bar, zero entry, and plenty of deck area. It is just steps from the beach and provides a view of the ocean from just about anywhere around the pool. The Dutch Pool is centered in the Dutch Village room block. Most Dutch village rooms will have a view of the pool and the ocean. This pool is very quiet, a great place to relax and read a book. No swim up pool bar but is does have a service bar. The French Pool is centered in the French room block. This is the “party pool” and has a high energy level . Here is where you will find lively bartenders at the swim up bar promoting drinking games and activities. The pool is home to non-stop pool volley ball games. This pool is steps from the beach and Bluefield’s Restaurant.

Sandals Negril Main Pool
Sandals Negril
Main Pool

Sandals Negril Crystal Lagoon Pool
Sandals Negril Crystal Lagoon Pool

 

Whitehouse Main Pool
Sandals Whitehouse Main Pool

Whitehouse Dutch Pool
Sandals Whitehouse Dutch Pool

Whitehouse French Pool
Sandals Whitehouse French Pool

Accommodations

If you cannot decide whether Sandals Negril or Sandals Whitehouse is best for you based on the beach and pools, maybe the room choices will help.

At Sandals Negril the three lowest room categories may not have a balcony or patio, have very limited views of gardens, and no ocean view whatsoever. You may also experience road or resort noise in these rooms.

All the other rooms except for Millionaire Suites will be beachfront. Millionaire Suites overcome the lack of an ocean view by providing tons of space and private plunge pools.

The Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up Suites at Sandals Negril may be the best rooms Sandals has anywhere. Walk from your room right into the pool. Cross the pool and you are on the beach.

All rooms at Sandals Whitehouse have balconies or patios. All rooms face the ocean and the higher floors offer better ocean views. At Sandals Whitehouse there are three floor plans. All rooms up to the Club Level Suite are the same layout. These are very comfortable rooms with large bathrooms and sitting areas in addition to king size beds.

Lowest category rooms (luxury) are in the French village. Both the room category and the cost is higher for walkout and penthouse luxury rooms and for luxury rooms located in the Dutch and Italian Village. Club level rooms have the same floor plan as luxury rooms.

The next floor plan is the suites. ‘Suite” will be in the room name instead of ”room”. Suites are larger and include a walk in shower, dual vanity, whirlpool tub, and much larger balcony than luxury rooms.

The best value rooms at Sandals Whitehouse are the One Bedroom Suites These rooms are located in the last building of the the Italian Village and the first building or the Dutch Village. They have the best location on the property. These rooms closest to the beach and are the only rooms directly parallel to the beach. The views are amazing. They are a true one bedroom with large walk-in showers, whirlpool tub, and double vanity attached to the separate bedroom. There is a flat screen TV in both the bedroom and living room. The living room includes a fully stocked wet bar, two love seats, coffee table, desk and huge patio or balcony.

Whitehouse Luxury Room (entry level)
Sandals Whitehouse Luxury Room

Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Suites
Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Suites

Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Suites
Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Beachfront Suite

Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Suites
Sandals Whitehouse One Bedroom Walk Out Suite

Sandals Negril Millionaire Suite
Sandals Negril Millionaire Suite

Sandals Negril Millionaire Suite
Sandals Negril Millionaire Suite

Sandals Negril Honeymoon Beachfront Suite
Sandals Negril Honeymoon Beachfront Suite

 Sandals Negril Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up One Bedroom Suite
Sandals Negril Crystal Lagoon Swim-Up One Bedroom Suite

 

Other Differences

Sandals Whitehouse is off the beaten track with no town or shopping nearby. It is close to some great sight-seeing attractions like YS Falls, Appleton Estate, Black River, and the Pelican Bar. The layout of the property is designed so rooms are located in different areas from entertainment and restaurants. This provides for a very quiet environment for most rooms. The exception is rooms around the pool in the French Village with its rowdy pool and Bluefield’s Restaurant. Sandals Whitehouse is spread over 500 acres and has a lot of open space. There is a little walking involved to get from rooms to the main area where lobby, shops, restaurants, and most entertainment takes place. French Village is the furthest, but even that is not too bad if you go by way of the tennis courts. The views from Sandals Whitehouse are obviously the ocean, but also of the expansive grounds and lush hillsides on the inland side.

Sandals Negril is a long, very narrow property. It is bounded by ocean on the west and Norman Manley Boulevard on the east. It is not a very long walk from the lobby to the beach. All restaurants and common areas are inter-mixed among the room blocks at Sandals Negril. You are never too far from a restaurant, bar, or pool. This has the benefit of everything being relatively close together. It can also cause some rooms to experience a lot of noise from beach parties and other activities.

Whitehouse Beach
Sandals Whitehouse Property

Sandals Negril Property
Sandals Negril Property

 

Getting There

The drive from the airport to Sandals Negril will take about an hour and fifteen minutes in normal traffic. The road was rebuilt several years ago so it is not near as winding or narrow as before so the “I Survived the Road to Negril” t-shirts are now collector’s items.

The drive to Sandals Whitehouse is a different story. This drive will currently take about an hour an half in day light hours with a private transfer or fifteen minutes with a helicopter transfer. (It can two hours or more with standard transfer or if traveling after dark.) Most of the drive is not near as bad as many TripAdvisor reports, but a few short sections of the main road are nearly impassable. Detours are available around the bad sections, but only during daylight hours. At a meeting I attended at Sandals Whitehouse in June (2014) Jamaica Minister of Roads, Richard Azan, said repairs would be complete by August 1.

Returning to Airport

You can plan on your return transfer to leave both Sandals Negril and Sandals Whitehouse 4 hours prior to your flight time, so book flights accordingly. A 7:00 am flight will have you leaving the resort at 3:00 in the morning!

 
 
 

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