DESIGN NOTES: The Caves’ exterior blends gracefully into the surrounding limestone cliffs, while its interior has a kind of folksy, low-key charm. The overall effect is that of a lightly polished rendition of local life—something reinforced by the authentic Jamaican food served here. Clearly, owner Chris Blackwell (of Island Records fame) knows when not to mess with a good thing.
IDEAL GUEST: While no slouch in the luxury department, this resort tends to suit those who enjoy the occasional surge of adrenaline. Whether you go for the 30-foot option or something a bit lower, the cliff-jumping platforms are bound to get your fight-or-flight impulse in gear. For the more sedate, there’s snorkeling, as well as sunbathing and a dozen other varieties of lazing around.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The main road through Negril is close by, allowing for quick trips to the local craft market. There are plenty of vantage points from which to take in the island’s absurdly lovely sunsets, and equally good people-watching opportunities at nearby Rick’s Café.
AMAZING AMENITY: The Caves puts its surrounding natural splendor to good use, most notably in offering guests the option of a romantic dinner for two in an actual cave. Rounding out the atmosphere are scattered petals, soft candlelight and the sound of lapping waves as you alternate your affectionate gaze between your companion and the sea.