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Norman Manley Blvd, Negril Jamaica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 11/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#44 of 84 hotels in Negril
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Beach cottages in a unique enclave. Fully compliant with pandemic protocols, yet guests are allowed to make their own choices as to participation. Totally immersed in nature, extensively landscaped, a rustic, family feel in a jungle on a beautiful white-sand beach. Every cottage has a private entrance to the outside fresh air, no shared hallways or common air-conditioned spaces. The cottages while similarly designed are all unique, not a 'cookie-cutter' design. Whistling Bird offers amenities and it is a small family business - an "UN" hotel, more like staying with a Jamaican family than a hotel in Jamaica! An excellent Staff and a full slate of services to offer. 24 hour security and access, free parking and WiFi, massage on premises at the beach, no competition for beach chairs and towels like at the "big-box" hotels. Contact us for food and drink promos and packages. Enjoy a simple breakfast or lobster dinner for example, all made fresh, all cooked to order, chefs counter service is recommended! We offer a Genuine Jamaica lifestyle, vibe and experience, and serve authentic Jamaican food and beverages in our private, open air bar and dining area. Come live as we live, and explore and embrace this beautiful private spot in the middle of 7-mile beach, the music, the people. Irie!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Beach
Snorkelling
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Secured parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Sofa
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Alexandra D wrote a review Dec 2021
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The staff here treats you like family. The location is dazzling. The food fantastic. The water clear turquoise and warm! The only drawback is the music from the other bars on the beach can sometimes be a little noisy at night, but otherwise this is about as good as it gets.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Make sure you bring cash for day trips and tips, you always need cash here and the atm machines...
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Dana B wrote a review Mar 2021
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We just departed from Whistling Bird and couldn't have had a better time! Milton directed us to wonderful adventures, and kept our beach reading time pleasant as he kept an eye and made sure we didn't get bothered much by passing by of sellers-of-things. Kevin and Chef Brown kept us full and happy, and advised on interesting Jamaican fare. Ackee and saltfish, and breadfruit were the faves. Fresh fruit abounds, and pretty much everything can be jerked! They were smiling when we got up, and when we turned in for the night. It was such a joy. Ms. Bavra and Ms. G kept our rum cups full, and were very generous with local adventure tips as well. Ever helpful and pleasant, the two of the them. Everything was well wiped down, and lovely and clean. It's definitely more of a family, and less resorty, a feel we really enjoyed. We learned to play dominoes with Kevin and Aaron, and they were so patient as we fumbled through our first few games. Genius drove us to several outings in the resilient corridor, and to and from the airport, and was happy to point out interesting sights and answer questions. He was prompt every time we expected him, and he was fun to talk to! Calvin, the owner, was very responsive to our many questions and left us in the capable hands of his staff. It's a well run machine, with the touch of blessedly familiar faces day after day. The beaches are basically empty right now, and they're very happy to see the few visitors that are wandering through! We are already planning to take more family members there as soon as we can manage, and we already miss our new friends.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from calvin happ, General Manager at Whistling Bird Resort
Responded 20 Apr 2021
Thank you for your wonderful comments, and your praise is well placed with the Genuine Jamaican staff and the love and caring they have for our guests and this beautiful little spot on the beach! We look forward to your next visit, stay safe and hurry back!
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Erika wrote a review Feb 2020
South Burlington9 contributions2 helpful votes
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I went to Whistling Bird for the first time in November. My parents have been going for years, decades even! Welcomed with a private drive from the airport. Many days where I got to leave and experience Jamaica by walking on the 7-mile beach of Negril, while also feeling like the staff was looking out for me and awaiting my return. Some of the best trees on the beach where you can take a break in the shade and make Whistling Bird private. Locally made meals, staff that have worked there for years (decades even!), modern amenities like Wi-Fi with well cared for accommodations. Massages offered on the beach with Rosie next to the ocean. Amazing. An authentic experience and I can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Calvin happ, Owner at Whistling Bird Resort
Responded 11 Oct 2021
Hello! thank you for your visit and the great comments you left, I apologize that somehow my response was "lost in the cloud"! We look forward to your return, and even though the recent pandemic has had a profound impact on tourism in general on this beautiful island and in Negril, but be assured that we have in place the recommended protocols to provide a safe and comfortable environment, and that we can assist with every phase of your vacation from pick-up at the airport, sightseeing, Food&Beverage and Covid testing for return travel, plus more! All with the same caring and attentive staff and here in our little piece of paradise. Looking forward to your return visit! Calvin and Staff
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Skweezzy wrote a review Jan 2020
Wilmington, Delaware14 contributions6 helpful votes
A vacation that was soooo needed and soooo dreamed about for MONTHS became an absolute reality at the Whistling Bird. The tropical garden backdrop to the beachfront accommodations created an exotic and welcoming environment that felt like a secret gem in the middle of the seven-mile beach. The staff (including the owners) were all so kind and generous of both time and spirit. The accommodations were great - Clean, Safe, and Comfortable. Calvin and his wife and the WB staff are truly dedicated to maintaining this property. It is not an overstatement to suggest that the property itself, the beach, the owners, and the staff are a magical amalgam. I can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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roseqman wrote a review Dec 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania33 contributions16 helpful votes
I truly cannot convey how much I love this place! This was my 3rd trip to Negril in just under a year, so i obviously enjoy Negril. WB took my love for Negril to a whole new level. When I phoned the resort to inquire about our room, imagine my surprise when the owner himself answered. That, combined with the recommendation of friends we made in Negril, had me looking forward to this visit. We arrived, and the room we had initially thought we'd be in wasn't available due to some renovations that were going on. My concern quickly evaporated when I saw our cottage, and everyone bent over backwards to make us comfortable. The location on the beach is perfect. Whether you like tucking under the shade of the trees or being in the full sun, there's plenty of space for both. The property is small, and beautifully landscaped. We did do the breakfast/dinner included option also. Every morning started with Ryan's great smile, good coffee and a terrific meal prepared by Chef Kevin. Chef Brown's dinners were eagerly anticipated each evening, although a little more variety on the protein would have been appreciated. We had chicken most nights, fish twice and pork only once during our 9day trip. Every single meal was delicious! I loved my visit to this amazing little piece of paradise. It definitely may not be everyone's cup of tea, though...it is rustic, yet very clean and comfortable. If laid back and easy going is the vibe you're looking for, this is the place. Everyone is welcoming and kind. Btw, Papaya and her sweetie are the icing on the cake! I look forward to returning in the spring, and am excited to see all the renovations completed. Btw, even though construction was going on during our stay, it never disturbed us and the contractors/crew were all really nice. I am counting the days until I'll be chilling beneath that beautiful palm. Thank you Calvin and Cathy for sharing this amazing place with everyone...it is very special and I look forward to returning, asap!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
US$198 - US$201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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whistling bird hotel negril, whistling bird negril
LOCATION
CaribbeanJamaicaWestmoreland ParishNegril
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Whistling Bird Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Whistling Bird Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church (0.2 km), The Jungle Night Club, Sports Bar & Grill (0.2 km), and Kool Runnings Water Park (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Whistling Bird Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Whistling Bird Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Whistling Bird Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Whistling Bird Resort?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Whistling Bird Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flag City, Rasta Ade Refreshments, and Niah's Patties.
Does Whistling Bird Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Whistling Bird Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Whistling Bird Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Whistling Bird Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Whistling Bird Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.