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"Sister resort to LEGENDS... Samsara is better choice. Has more privacy, cleaner, more cordial/pleasant staff. Food is SUB-PAR! All inclusive drinks, n ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 25 Mar 2015

Hotel Description

3-star spa resort near Seven Mile Beach

Oceanside stay

Your stay at this West End resort places you within 3 miles (5 km) of Seven Mile Beach and Negril Lighthouse. Throne Room and Time Square Mall are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Poolside dining

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 2 outdoor pools are all featured at this smoke-free resort. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Enjoy the outdoor tennis court and perks like free self parking and a free area shuttle.

Free WiFi, cable TV

The 50 individually furnished guestrooms offer free WiFi and room service. TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include furnished balconies or patios and in-room massages.

Standard Room (Garden Side)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$60 per night

Pillar House Oceanfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Gardenside Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Oceanside Family Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room (Ocean Side)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Samsara Resort ratings based on 44 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Samsara Resort

Everyone (3) Couples (1)
3 out of 5
The property was nice, but needs a lot of upgrades. You have to watch your step when walking out of the room if you're staying in the upper cliff buildings. Lots of uneven steps around this property. Lack of authentic Jamaican foods there. Everything is not all inclusive there either. This hotel is about 30 minutes from the seven mile beaches. No beach here, just one pool here and 1 kids pool. You can jump into the water off the cliffs here. The staff is nice, the times when you eat are spaced out. Breakfast 8-10 Lunch 12-2pm and dinner 8-10 pm. Lack of towels and wash cloths as well and the water pressure here is not good. The toilet stops up also. The rooms need celling fans, because the A/C unit wasn't working that great. The one bar closed at 10pm once dinner was over. There is nothing to drink or eat from this place after that. We paid for all inclusive and we had to go the the local store to buy drinks and food to bring back to the room. No mini refrigerator in rooms either.

Posted by , from Jacksonville, Fl. us on Mar 30, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 4, 2019 by Holly

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review! We appreciate your feedback about our little family-owned hotel but we would like to know which room you stayed in, and if you reported the A/C and bathroom issues to the front desk. We generally respond to maintenance requests promptly, so if you could PM us your room number so we can investigate, we would really appreciate it! We are actually only 15 minutes by taxi from 7-Mile Beach – and we offer a free daily shuttle to our sister hotel Legends, on the beach. And just for clarification, dinner hours are 7 to 9pm. :) We are delighted that you found our staff to be nice and friendly, we are known for having the friendliest staff in Negril. Regretfully, it seems that Samara was not a good fit for you, so we wish you all the best as you look for another place to stay while visiting the lovely Negril.

3 out of 5
The bungalow we had was ocean front which was beautiful. The lack of updating was very apparent. No outlets in bathroom. No blow dryer, no coffee in room. No complimentary shampoo or conditioner. No cups. No beach towels. Toilet back up constantly. Food was just okay and not a variety. A lot of steps throughout resort. Phone did not work so couldn’t call front desk or anyone for that matter. No bottled water unless you pay. Staff was friendly was one positive thing.

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 26, 2019 by Holly

Thank you for the 3 stars and your review. We are known for having the friendliest staff in Negril, so we’re grateful you found that to be a positive experience at our little family-owned hotel. We generally respond to maintenance requests promptly, so we’d like to investigate what happened with your phone and the toilet. Please PM us your room number if you would, that would be very helpful. It is true that we don’t provide much in the way of amenities, mostly to keep our prices down. Since we’re on an island, nearly everything has to be imported. We do try to let everyone know in advance what they need to bring with them, and we apologize if somehow we missed letting you know what to expect. For future reference, you can borrow a hair dryer from the front desk, and the tap water in Jamaica is completely safe to drink. Thank you for choosing Samsara, and we hope you’ll try us again sometime but if not, we understand and wish you all the best.

3 out of 5

Good for am snorkeling, no night life.

Pros: see above
Cons: see above
Location: see qbove
Sister resort to LEGENDS... Samsara is better choice. Has more privacy, cleaner, more cordial/pleasant staff. Food is SUB-PAR! All inclusive drinks, not so great. Positive is no higglers trying to rip you off constantly for "whatever"... Better to stay at Samsara and voyage over to Legends if you wanna see what seven mile beach is like. (One day is enough). Across the street to Times Sq Mall: typical tourist trap. Locals big hassle too. AVOID the Sat Nite Reggae "concert" next door. Scary, ripoff, almost bullied. Dont go there. Do go to "three-dives" restaurant ab 1/2 mile from Samsara. You can walk to it. GREAT local food...SAFE. Reasonable priced...memorable. The Italian Rest acrx fr Samsara is good for pizza too. Be forewarned, when Samsara staff goes home for the night, they shut off most of the lights and ur on ur own. Get food and water beforehand. I've stayed at legends and at samsara. Do yourself a favor....stay at samsara and venture out as you feel adventurous. ps. boat trip to Booby Cay with snorkeling and lobsters on island worth it. The red "glass bottom boat" with "Kuyaba" sign, see "Captain Happy" ...tell him I said so. GREAT TIME. Avoid Ricks Cafe.... expensive tourist trap and jumping at 40 feet dangerous. 20 feet ok for most. Respect man. Bring lotsa one dollar bills. Dont get sucked in by the higglers. You can have fun here I did: TWICE! Just be careful. Remember: NEVER go on the beach at night, in the dark. (no matter what).

Posted by , from Ipswich, MA, USA on Mar 25, 2015

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5 out of 5

Birthday getaway

I was alone and had great time with staff. Owner was around but only talked to the couples and eourpean guest. I was just an African American by myself on vacation and I guess I wasn't worthy enough to meet the owner.

Posted by , from Washington, DC on Mar 24, 2015

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4 out of 5

Great location and privacy.

Pros: The location, privacy and staff.
Cons: The beds are only slightly softer than sleeping on the floor...(which is tiled concrete).
Location: Plenty of room without be jammed together with other beach chairs. Many restaurants near by to walk or take a taxi to. Convenience store close by.
I have been to Jamaica over 30 times and stay in Negril at SamSara almost exclusively. I love the location on the cliffs with wonderful swimming and great privacy. The staff at the hotel have always been excellent. You are close to some of the best restaurants and bars which you can walk to or if uncomfortable with walking the West End road can easily take a taxi anywhere on the cliffs or to the beach. Do not expect a 5 star hotel but I love the intimate atmosphere.

Posted by , from Wisconsin on Mar 23, 2015

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4 out of 5

Nice resort.

The resort is nice/relaxing and priced even better for the amount amenities available. They offer all-inclusive options and the resort staff is inviting. A shuttle is provided in to the town of Negril with access to the 7 mile beach. Please note that if you do not book/reserve an air conditioned room it is an additional cost. The rooms with a fan option only is not a good option for someone with respiratory concerns.

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013

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3 out of 5

u get what u pay for ...

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
Cons: Nothing close
the hotel is ok … they need to have more to do in it tho … they really need to specify that the rate they are offering may or may not include a room with a/c … food was ok bar .. was average … if ur considering to stay here just know that is not close to any of the action … so if what ur looking for is relaxation and not so much action or night life this might be the place for you ..

Posted by , from Florida, USA on Nov 29, 2012

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4 out of 5

Nice basecamp for your Jamaican Vacation!

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
I would recommend this resort! This is the perfect place to stay during your vacation in Jamaica. Negril is a prime location for vacationers and this resort offers the city of Negril and 7-mile beach to explore... however, for the stay at the resort-- it is perfect place to chill in the sun and relax in the deep ocean waters at the cliff side of the Island of Jamaica.

Posted by , from Seattle on Jul 19, 2012

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3 out of 5

The staff was very friendy and warm during my visit

Pros: Quiet
Cons: No free Internet
The location was great, the food was salty and spicey, the place lack enterainment. The rooms had no AC, microwaves or refrigerators, and the bugs would constantaly bite you during the nite. The staff was very friendly, and rooms were cleaned daily.

Posted by , from Maryland on May 21, 2012

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4 out of 5

staff was friendly. Beautiful view. My kids loved the 2 different pools. Nice location and best of both worlds with free shuttle to the beach.

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet, beautiful view
Cons: jacuzzi was broken
Would stay again. Great staff. Nice location. Conveniences in walking distance. Kids loved both pools. Nice shallow pool for little ones.

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011

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All-inclusive Details

All-inclusive room rates at Samsara Resort are available. These rates are higher because they include onsite food and beverages in the room rate (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Taxes are included.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet meals, snacks, and local beverages included
  • Meals and beverages at companion properties
  • Number or type of beverages limited at one or more venues

Activities and facilities/equipment
Water activities

  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling excursions

Land activities
  • Tennis


  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Surcharge for premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Surcharge for bottled wine
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Offsite tours

  • Scuba diving excursions included
  • Taxes included
  • Snorkeling excursions included
  • All meals served buffet-style
  • Local beverages and soft drinks only
  • Airport transfers not included
  • Premium/non-domestic beverages not included
  • Premium food items not included
  • All food and beverages included
  • Tennis included
  • Food and beverage restrictions apply
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services not included
  • Childcare not included
  • One or more venues limit beverages
  • Surcharge for premium food items
  • Surcharge for premium or imported alcoholic beverages
  • Surcharge for bottled wine
  • Motorized water sports not included
  • Meals and drinks at companion properties included
  • Offsite tours not included
  • Onsite live performances included
  • Snorkeling included

Property Features

Some rates at Samsara Resort are all-inclusive. These rates include onsite meals and beverages, and may include taxes and gratuities. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Samsara Resort offers its guests a full-service spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor tennis court, and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the pool bar. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a business center on site. Spa services, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the business-friendly Samsara Resort. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Free self parking is available. This 3-star Negril resort is smoke free.

  • 50 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 10 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1982
  • Bar by the pool
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • Onsite shopping
  • No smoking on site
  • Water dispenser

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Free area shuttle
  • Arcade/game room


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Montego Bay (MBJ-Sir Donald Sangster Intl.) (81.9 km / 50.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle; airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Samsara Resort offers 50 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature ceiling fans and blackout drapes/curtains. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. These individually furnished accommodations include desks. Televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include showers. This Negril resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. In-room massages, irons/ironing boards, and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10:30 AM.

Chez Maurice - This poolside restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Ciao Jamaica - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Guests may book either an All-Inclusive plan or a Room-Only (European) plan. Please note the following recreational amenities may incur charges for some or all guests (scroll up to the All-Inclusive Plan Details section for more information).

Perched on terraces atop seaside cliffs, the Samsara offers a freeform pool. Ladders lead from the lowest cliffs to the sea, where there are reefs for snorkeling and scuba diving (equipment not provided) directly off shore.

A dive center at the resort offers beginner's instruction and certification courses (surcharges). The dive center also offers scuba-diving excursions (surcharges). Use of the resort's tennis court is complimentary, as are racquets and balls. Billiards and table tennis are also available.

Water sports, including personal watercraft and parasailing, are available from independent operators on Negril's Seven Mile Beach, where Samsara's partner resort, Legends Beach Resort, is located (surcharges). Samsara provides complimentary roundtrip transportation mornings and afternoons to Legends Beach Resort. Negril Hills Golf Club, 16 km (10 mi) from the resort, is open to the public.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

The full-service Sugar Island Spa at Samasara Resort offers a wide range of relaxing treatments in 2 outdoor rooms with ocean views. Available treatments include facials, reflexology, deep tissue and Swedish massages, body scrubs, manicures, and pedicures.

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Number of treatment rooms 2
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Reflexology
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 9 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 10 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

The resort has a rocky shore, not a sandy beach. Partner resort, Legends Beach Resort, features a powdery, white-sand beach. The resort does not provide snorkeling equipment. Guests should plan to bring their own equipment, or to rent from local vendors.

The credit card used to book the reservation must be presented by the cardholder at check-in along with matching photo identification. Any other arrangements must be coordinated with the property prior to arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 10 PM.
Guests arriving after 9 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. For details, please contact the property in advance.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Samsara Resort


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property offers all-inclusive rates that include all meals and room only rates that do not include meals. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No pets or service animals allowed


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay
  • Christmas Day (25 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 30.00
  • Christmas Day (25 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 15.00 (from 5 to 12 years old)
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per adult: USD 30.00
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) Gala Dinner per child: USD 15.00 (from 5 to 12 years old)

The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 12 for adults and USD 6.00 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 80 per person (roundtrip)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 40 (roundtrip), (from 4 to 12 years old)
  • Onsite credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Samsara Negril
  • Samsara Resort
  • Samsara Resort Negril
  • Samsara Cliff Resort
  • Samsara Cliffs Hotel Negril
  • Samsara Cliffs Negril
  • Samsara Hotel Jamaica

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.