My Hedonistic Jamaican vacation – part II
Rick’s Café – If you’re in Negril, you simply can’t miss a visit to Rick’s café to enjoy watching the world famous sunset and awesome cliff diving. But do not go on an empty stomach. The food is mediocre at best, the prices are over the top and many of us suffered from upset stomachs the next day.
Disrespectful single guys – Hedo II openly invites single gentlemen which I don’t have a problem with…but to the guys in the hot tub trying to capitalize on the after party crowd by sticking their fingers into places they don’t belong…BACK OFF! Not only do you end up ticking a lot of people off, but you may also get popped (which DID happen at least once that I know about during my visit). On top of that, you give the resort a bad wrap which may just force them to reconsider their “single male” rule. Show some class and charm and I guarantee you’ll get a lot further with the ladies. And to those single guys that continue to be charming and respectful, we thank you and appreciate what you bring to the “Lifestyle”.
Hedonism II…the resort – Sadly, I feel that Hedo II leaves much to be desired. For the price point, and compared to my experience at other “Adult only” resorts such as Hedo III and Desires, I find the rooms to be very basic, the food bland, and sorely lacking in healthier choices like fresh fruits and veggies and the customer service is nothing short of disasterous. When I’m on vacation, I at least expect the staff to smile and be pleasant…it’s the hospitality industry after all. But unfortunately, the saying “don’t worry, be happy maan” didn’t’ hasn’t made its way into the resort or even as far as the front desk.
But to be fair, a few exceptions did catch my eye and are definitely notable. If you appreciate a great nudist beach, this one is “the bomb” compared to the offerings at HIII and Temptations (Los Cabos) and may just make your trip to HII worthwhile if this is something you cherish. In addition, the entertainment team does a great job at creating vibe and energy. They definitely bring the party and should be a consideration if you’re traveling solo or with a very small group. And finally, the staff at the Karaoke bar of all places is phenomenal. On our last night, we were treated to an amazing operatic performance by one of the entertainers. His voice is quite literally AWESOME and I know I’ll be hard pressed to hear a voice so beautiful again. Somebody should sign him. He’s a gem (sorry I can’t remember his name as I was so taken back by the voice).
One last thing…from the feedback we received, Hedo II has a reputation of having an older crowd on average than Hedo III. If crowd is important to you, be sure to familiarize yourself with what groups will be going at the same time to ensure the best synergies for you.
Taking a page out of the book of trip advisor, I give this resort an overall rating of II when compared to Temptations (Los Cabos) or Hedo III.
Excellent ***** | Very Good **** | Average *** | Poor ** | Terrible *
Temptations (Los Cabos) Hedo II Hedo III
Resort rating (on trip advisor) **** *** ***.5
Avg. Price Yr Round $376 $420/nt $380/nt
Service **** * ***
Rooms **** ** ****
Amenities ***** ***** *****
Food **** ** ****
Entertainment *** *** ***
Cleanliness ***** *** ****
Value for $ ***.5 * ***.5
Overall Rating 4/5 2/5 4/5
I hope this information is helpful to you when planning your next adult only vacation, but be remember, this is just one girls opinion, and it all comes down to personal preference. If you can swing it, try them all and decide for yourself, but no matter where you end up, your adult only vacation is what you make it so HAVE FUN!