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SuperClubs has removed the clothing-optional, adults-only Hedonism II Jamaican resort from its dossier of all-inclusive properties. This comes after it unloaded unprofitable sister resort Hedonism III in 2011 and in earlier 2012 sold Breezes Trelawny to a Canadian tour company called Sunwing. Breezes Montego Bay was also let go in 2009.
The company recently announced that the sale of the Negril hotel has finally been completed to an investment group named Marshmallow Ltd., headed by financier Harry Lange, and made up of partners Jon Gross of UnWind Travel (aka Fluffernutters), some of SuperClubs' own chairman's family members, and Kevin Levee, the hotel's current general manager.
The sale will not change Hedonism’s name, however, a $10 million room renovation is planned, which will certainly be welcome for the 30-year old hotel.
More importantly, what will remain the same will be the resort’s day-to-day operations, which include saucy, devil-may-care fun that its patrons, often repeat guests, relish.
[Photo: Ack Ook's Flickr]
Not that we have anything against nudity. Nor do we disapprove of unconventional wedding ceremonies. It's just, well, after all the Fashion Week madness here in New York, it's kind of refreshing to see guests who just don't give a darn.
Over 100 couples sent in detailed reasons as to why they should be picked for the clothes-optional getaway. And we're guessing the reasons had to be something other than "to save money on a wedding gown." Once they arrived, each couple was treated to a four-night stay at the resort, in exchange for agreeing to be filmed for an upcoming documentary. Which means they get to save money on a wedding photographer too. Good deal!
Nothing says "I heart you boo" more than a romantic getaway, but sexytime isn't just for Valentine's Day. So if you don't have time to catch one of the V-Day packages we're profiling this week, we're also presenting you with some year-round sexy options. Whether you're into raunch, roses or Rosé, every day this week, we’ll pick a different property that we think will knock your socks—and who knows what else—off.
Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica, is an over-the-top playground with a loyal following of guests who dig the ‘no-judgment’ atmosphere and all-inclusive price tag. Know up front that Hedo isn’t really for the shy and many of the rumors you hear are true. Yes, there’s a “prude” side with a perfectly nice beach for newbies or those uninterested in baring all. But it’s said many eventually cross over to the “Nude” side where all the antics (which, let's be honest, is what you're going for) take place.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven NatalieWW visits Jamaica...in her mind. Enjoy.
While half the country is in the icy grip of a pre-White Christmas winter storm, I am sitting in my windowless cubicle dreaming of Jamaica. Specifically, the Rockhouse Hotel on the western most tip of Negril.
Nestled along the rocky cliffs of a pristine cove, the Rockhouse Hotel is the kind of mythical tropical oasis that lulls sensible folks into leave everything behind for. If transported for only a weekend, I would get a cliff-edge massage, visit the award-winning restaurant in my bare feet, and listen to the surf crash while I scanned the horizon for dolphins.
From the thatched roof octagonal rock villa to the live reggae music playing on the patio, to what most people say are the best sunsets in Jamaica, this could be the perfect cure for the winter blues. And at rates from $95 to $395, the Rockhouse is a dream that could realistically become a reality.
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same destination and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on August 7, 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
Sometimes paying half the price for a hotel room will get you far less than half the quality. In Jamaica you could pay $249 (plus a resort fee) for an ocean view room at the Ritz-Carlton (this week's Good Rate) or pay $140 a night for an ocean view room at a dump.
The latter would be the Beachcomber Club & Spa in Negril. At one time this hotel might have lived up to its billing as "The Jewel of Negril" not to mention it actually might have had a spa on the premises but no more.
Just read this catchline on the website of the Rockhouse Hotel and you really, really want to stay there:
In a house, on a rock, in a bay, on a reef, on an island, in Jamaica.
What better place to spend a relaxing holiday or a romantic long weekend. Despite being close to the big party town of Negril, its location makes is a secret hideaway; yet it's such good value that Budget Travel just listed it as one of the best "secret stays" of Jamaica.
Depending on how far your budget stretches, you can choose from a standard room with garden views, a studio with sea views or a unit right on the edge of the cliff with (obviously) spectacular views. All mod-cons like air-con, a safe and mosquito netting around the bed are included in each room type. The cheapest start at $100, although depending on the season many rooms can be up around the $300 mark.
· Secret Hotels of the Caribbean [Budget Travel]
· Rockhouse Jamaica: No Clocks Needed [HotelChatter]
Today's Hump Day has been especially difficult for us to get through. We keep wondering when 5pm will get here and to be honest, we are quite bored with Hotel Hype, Hotel Construction and Hotel Amenities. It's like, Nicky Hilton please do something with your hotel already!
So when we have days like this we like to search TripAdvisor for random search terms, like "Naked People." Ok so maybe this search was a bit more calculated than we had intended.
Either way, searching "Naked People" on TA gives you several reviews from SuperClubs Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica. Already the name sounds like a sequel to a bad 80s movie and indeed, this could very well be a bad 80s movie if you didn't know what SuperClubs Hedonism was about. Let us let this one guest describe it for you:
It was a lot of fun watching naked people play games and enjoy themselves not even thinking how they look with no clothes on. The theme nights were interesting and it gave people something unique to do so being involved is important. If you decide you want to get freaky at any moment day or night you have that freedom. If you want people to watch you, join in, or help out in whatever you may desire you have that option too. Hedonism is a place that you go to fulfill your fantasies without the descrimination or simply to relax without having to worry about what you look like naked in the sun.
For the sexually adventurous Hedonism could be an different type of hotel getaway to try out, perhaps even for Valentine's Day. Except for this part:
It was like watching a porn movie titled "Over 50 and going strong"
· SuperClubs Hedonism II [TripAdvisor]
[Ed. Note: One of our readers, Ann, recently wrote to tell us all about her trip to the Rockhouse Resort in Jamaica. Below is the full scoop on the place, written in the vein of a women's magazine travel writer. Which is alright with us because it means less work. Plus there's some nudity. Enjoy.]
A few days into our stay at the Rockhouse, I languidly turned to my husband as we slurped our pineapple drinks out by the pool and said, "I cannot believe we have another four full days of this place." We were already so relaxed by Negril's perfect weather, the Rockhouse's genius architecture, superb service and delectable food, the laid-back atmosphere and uncrowded feel, and the hypnotic sound of the sea swishing around the lava beds, that we circumvented "de-stress" and went straight to "chill."
I was so loosened up that I barely raised an eyebrow when a catamaran pulled into the hotel's cerulean-blue cove, with 100 unusually noisy guests hooting like football fans and toasting their Red Stripes to power in numbers.
It took a double-take to discover they were stark-naked revelers from Hedonism. Thankfully boats of American nudists arrived but once a week in the cove. I stuck my head back in my book. So a girl just jumped off a 40-foot cliff into the crystal-clear water wearing nothing but star stickers on her boobs. Whatever.
More on the Rockhouse antics after the jump.
We know it can be a gimmick, or maybe in the worst case a total rouse, but we are suckers for any story on "secret" hotels or "hidden gems". Go ahead, call us out. Label us as media whores. Then take a look at the Rock Hotel in Negril Jamaica and look us straight in the eye and tell us you are not impressed.
Gorgeous pool built right into a cliff, laid back atmosphere, all perched on a secluded romantic cove in Jamaica.
Inside you will find seven studios with sea views ($130), and nine standard rooms with garden views ($100), and mosquito netting around four-poster beds.
When we find a hotel that makes us pause and say to ourselves, "Do we really want to share this with everyone? Will they raise our prices if we do?," we know that we have found a sweet spot.
Oh, and the Jamaican apres beach scene (see, we are quick learners) on Seven Mile Beach is only a $5-$10 cab ride away.
We found this place via this very cool MSNBC/Budget Travel piece, which also chronicles hotels in Carriacou and St. John, St. Lucia and Dominica, and the Bahamas.
Go ahead, try to burst our bubble.
· Rockhouse Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]