Grand Lido Negril – Negril, Jamaica

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Resort OverviewGetting There • Services • Ambiance • Group Trips
Sightseeing • Dining  Rates • Impressions • Photo Album • Trip Reports

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Grand Lido Negril by Fox Travel

Resort Overview

Grand Lido Negril is an upscale and tropical property providing the newest addition to clothing optional resort choices on Jamaica’s west end at Negril.

Grand Lido Negril welcomes adults only singles, couples, triples and quads who enjoy nude, topless or clothing optional venues catering to nudists and naturists for an all inclusive resort vacation. Double bedded suites can accommodate up to 4 adults, a good value for friends. Singles are welcome.  Grand Lido Negril is an upscale, tropical property providing the newest addition to clothing optional resort choices on Jamaica in Negril a little over an hour west of Montego Bay.

Click on Site layout at right. The red outlined portion is the Grand Lido Negril section.

Grand Lido Negril Resort is part of the Royalton Negril complex above comprising: Royalton Negril (families), Hideaway by Royalton (adults only) and Grand Lido for adults only, clothing optional holidays.   In the photo above, Grand Lido Negril is last building on right with 26 suites.

Introductory Special Rates:    See Get A Room This is not a reservation, it’s a request for quote. Rates for 2017 travel now through December 2018 are also available.

See Trip Report May 2017 from James & Champagne:   Trip Report and Photos including video clips

See short video of walking tour at Grand Lido Negril from James & “Champagne” Donna.

 

Getting There

A Passport is required to enter Jamaica. Check the expiration date of yours. Visas may be required depending on your country of citizenship. Check Jamaica Visa Requirements for your country.

Built on a beautiful bay facing the western Caribbean, this tropical resort on the far western tip of Jamaica is in Negril, about 50 miles west of Montego Bay.  Grand Lido Negril is a part of the Royalton’s vacation complex including Royalton Negril for families and Hideaway by Royalton for adults only. The town center of Negril is about 5 miles west with a craft market, stores, and a several beach view bars. Take a sunset catamaran cruise right from the resort or avoid the throng and visit Xtabi or Rock House on Negril’s west end road.

Most travelers fly into Montego Bay. You may elect to take a shuttle or taxi to the property or fly from Montego Bay to Negril on an air taxi such as Tim Air. Costs range from $150-$200 per person one way and take 15-20 minutes. (Price subject to change without notice). The resort is across the street from Negril airstrip. The bus or taxi ride takes a little over an hour to an hour and a half.

Avoid the airport crowds?  Reserve your spot at Club MoBay, an upscale traveler’s lounge in the newest section of the Montego Bay Airport. The Club provides expedited arrival, customs/immigration, and departure services in addition to Club admission, all-inclusive, with drinks, bar service and snacks, WiFi, satellite TV provided.

The beach road to Negril is scenically beautiful. The trip requires less than an hour and a half to reach Negril from the Montego Bay airport. The Negril airstrip is across the street from the Royalton and Grand Lido Negril.

You can make reservations for Tim Air or others on the internet outbound  (http://www.timair.net) and at the resort’s tour desk for a return flight.

Take your pick of flights that service Jamaica, but plan to fly into Montego Bay as your final destination since it’s the closest international airport. Shuttle transfers service is available at the Mo Bay airport, and you can arrange them with Castaways Travel if your flight itinerary is available.   Castaways provides standard airport transfers.

Kingston is several hours away over mountainous roads.   Airport transfers are not provided from Kingston; you have to make your way via taxi….and the trip can be expensive and long.

Air Options:  American Airlines, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Southwest, Spirit and more; Thompson, Martin and Condor others from Europe plus many scheduled European air carriers service Jamaica. The most charters originate in Europe from the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands. Air carriers are subject to change without notice and pricing varies widely. Contact Castaways Travel for scheduled air arrangements.

Services

Resort services described below are subject to change without notice by the resort due to enhancements, special occasions or modifications on the property.

Your vacation package is all-inclusive which means all your basics are provided for in one price: Room accommodations, all meals/snacks, bar drinks, bar drinks, beer, wine, liquor, water sports, activities, entertainment,  hotel taxes, and gratuities. All 26 rooms are located within the Royalton Negril complex.  Guest quarters contain a king bed, clock/radio, telephone, television/satellite TV, coffee maker and private bath.  Other features on-site include fitness center, beauty spa, sailing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, tennis.   Nearby, local beach vendors offer Jet skis and parasailing behind a boat. NOTE:  You participate at your own risk if you rent the equipment for personal use.   Tips or gratuities are included in your room rate but many Castaways clients do a little extra for employees they may find performing beyond the call of duty.

  • Butler Service
  • Preferential reservations in à la carte restaurants at adjacent facilities at Royalton Negril and Hideaway by Royalton
  • Distinctive wrist bracelet
  • Selection of in-suite liquors
  • Personalized check-in and check-out
  • Hors d’oeuvres and snacks served poolside daily
  • Upgraded room service menu
  • Club MoBay Service: At Sangster International Airport guests receive fast track and personalized meet & greet services plus access to an exclusive Lounge
  • Private Airport Transfers: Presidential Suite guests receive free airport transfers both to and from Grand Lido.   Castaways provides standard airport transfers for other suites.
  • Reggae Bar & Grill exclusive to Grand Lido
  • Full access to all-inclusive amenities on site as well as two nearby luxury resorts – Royalton Negril and the adults only Hideaway by Royalton.
  • Minimum 21 years of age

Make sure you ask your waiter’s name, introduce yourself, be happy and converse with the locals. Remember, Jamaica is a low-income island so be friendly but expect to be offered items for sale on the street. Drugs are against the law.

Health & Wellness

The Royal Spa at Royalton Negril is the ideal place to relax and rejuvenate on vacation. Spend a few hours getting pampered with our comprehensive spa packages or drop in for a 30-minute express treatment. The Royal Spa has a hydrotherapy circuit and a full range of massage, body and facial treatments.

Modern Tech Features

Stay in touch on all your devices, with free Wi- Fi throughout the resort, unlimited in-room long distance calling to Canada, US and most of Europe, and long distance calling while in the resort, USB recharge station and Bluetooth speakers in room.

Additional Services

Water sports, gift shop, photo gallery, conference facilities, events and activities for groups, laundry, selection of premium drinks, The Royal Spa, tours and medical services.

Ambiance

You will find the living is easy in Negril  and at Grand Lido Negril.  The focus or Grand Lido is around the pool primarily.  The main energy of the 3 resorts centers around the main activity functions at the restaurants, entertainment courtyard, the main beaches and beach bars.   To visit any of the activity areas and restaurants on site, there’s no need to get dressed up unless you’re willing to or your spouse insists.  No coats or ties are required.  A jacket for the guys plus long pants might be a nice touch to visit the gourmet restaurant, C/X Culinary Experience ($) | Chef’s Table(extra charge).

Vacations include daily activities and nightly entertainment as well as non-motorized water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, and an introductory scuba diving lesson.

And speaking of “no” – just to be clear., no public sex,
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Sightseeing 

There are many sights to see locally other than beaches, sparkling Caribbean sea, and beautiful coral cliffs.hedonism ii

Shopping for crafts at the local market across the road from Royalton and Grand Lido Negril is a good place to start and costs nothing unless you buy something. The locals are fun to kid with but be ready to bargain if you find that certain something that catches your eye.

 

 

 

Hosted tours can be arranged at the resort’s Tour Desk and there are a couple of small native craft markets there, one near the resort, across the street. TIP:   Take cash with you for the craft markets.   Most vendors cannot accept credit cards.   You can also choose to visit Montego Bay for a day of shopping, Mandeville for a trip to the mountains, cliffs at Rick’s, raft the rivers or visit Dunn’s River Falls near Ocho Rios. At least 30-40 off-site tours are available from the tour desk. A trip from Negril to Ocho Rios (through Montego Bay) is a hike, requiring at least 3 hours, one way. An overrated trip to Rick’s Cafe on the western seaside cliffs in Negril for a beer at sunset is always a common, if over hyped,  “in thing” to do. Down the beach from Royalton is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, good for an afternoon or evening exploring and sampling the imported “culture” from Key West. Cosmo’s Restaurant is down the road a mile or so, also good for some of the best and freshest grilled seafood in Negril… prepared to order.

Did You Know…

Castaways Travel KNOWS the surrounding area around Negril to help you plan to get the most out of your holiday in and around there and the local areas plus Montego Bay.

For a fun and games and little bit different nightlife off the resort in Negril, try Risky Business, The Jungle and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for night time adult mischief. All of these watering holes are on the main street (Norman Manley Blvd) headed to Negril, a short taxi ride away. ALERT: These places tend to change names or new locations can crop up so ask the Tour Desk for their latest recommendations.

One little venture we enjoy is to take a taxi to west end Negril and have a beer or a meal at one of the little cliff-side resorts and restaurants there. Rock House is one of our favorites as is Xtabi on the west end, a neat bar for a beer at sunset, a less crowded venue than Ricks and a nice restaurant for a change of pace from the resort scene.

Dining

Restaurants & Bars at Grand Lido

Grand Lido Negril All-In All-InclusiveEnjoy delectable treats around the clock at nearby Royalton Negril or Hideaway at Royalton Negril where options range from casual to formal. A steak house, Italian trattoria, and international buffet are among a variety of modern restaurants. Light snacks are just as plentiful, with an ice cream bar and European style café all onsite. For those seeking some quiet time, convenient room service is available 24 hours.  NOTE: Clothing is required to use all facilities at Royalton Negril and Hideaway by Royalton.

Gourmet Marche | International Cuisine

Enjoy a variety of gourmet selections. Discover an array of cuisines found at many diverse food stations, designed to offer world-class meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dorado | Seafood & Grill
Watch the sun rise over the ocean in the morning or relax in the cool evening ambiance of this elevated beachfront restaurant. Exclusive to guests of Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Grand Lido, a menu of the freshest selections are available any time. Specialties are fresh smoothies, light ceviche and garden salads with fresh seafood and grilled items.

Hunter Steakhouse
This unique restaurant offers guests a grand steakhouse experience. Watch chefs in the open kitchen as they perfectly prepare your steak.

Grazie Italian Trattoria
Enjoy a wide range of Italian cuisine at this delicious trattoria. Its authentic design and traditional menu make this restaurant the perfect place to enjoy well-known Italian comfort food.

SCORE Sports Bar & Lounge
In a casual atmosphere savor an ever- evolving menu of grilled specialties for a comfortable and familiar meal.

Calypso | West Indies Cuisine
Taste the culinary treasures of the West Indies at this stylish and modern restaurant with artfully prepared dishes.

Zen | Asian Cuisine
Be amazed by the flavor and technique of masterfully prepared teppanyaki as it happens right before your eyes.

Armadillo | Tex-Mex Cuisine
An authentic Tex-Mex experience awaits in this fusion restaurant, the perfect setting to enjoy authentic favorites like sizzling fajitas, fresh grilled seafood, and delectable hickory smoked meats.

Ocean Point Bistro
Savor gourmet creations from a French menu of fresh selections with a perfect view that overlooks the water. This ocean front adults-only restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy any meal of the day.

C/X Culinary Experience ($) | Chef’s Table
Pleasing to the eye and palette, a vibrant menu is sure to create a memorable dining experience as your personal chef takes you through seven courses with musical selections to accompany each dish.

International Drinks
Guests are never far from refreshments at eight themed bars and one café found at Royalton Negril and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril.

Dips Pool Bar | Lobby Bar | Martini Mix | Sands Beach Bar | XS Disco Bar

Rooms and Rates

Rates  – Contact Castaways directly for private, introductory pricing.  These are private rates that cannot be posted publicly.

 

Luxury Accommodations at Grand Lido Negril

Luxury suites at Grand Lido NegrilGrand Lido’s 26 luxurious suites feature premium handcrafted beds topped with high thread-count sheets, USB recharge and Bluetooth audio stations, free high speed Wi-Fi resort-wide for all devices, in-room safe with interior power outlet, duel-head ceiling-mounted rain shower, satellite television with specialty channels, minibar restocked daily, 24-hour room service, iron and board, in-suite coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, and each room features a balcony or terrace. The small intimate size makes Grand Lido™ perfect for group vacations.

Rooms and suites are offered in several categories. The resort is clothing optional throughout except for public areas.

Sunset Ocean View Suite
Each day, guests rise to greet the day in an ocean view room after a heavenly night’s sleep atop a king-sized or two queen-sized handcrafted beds. This room is complete with an in-suite Jacuzzi soaker tub, rain shower, dual sinks, living area with a sofa bed and unobstructed views of the ocean from a private balcony or terrace.   Maximum occupancy: 4

Sunset Swim Out Suite
Each day, guests awake in a preferential room after a heavenly night’s sleep atop in one king-sized or two queen-sized handcrafted bed. This room is complete with an in-suite Jacuzzi soaker tub, rain shower, dual sinks, living area with a sofa bed and views of the ocean from a terrace. Just beyond the terrace, a private swim out pool offers an exclusive place to sip afternoon cocktails in tranquility.  Maximum occupancy: 4

Presidential One Bedroom Ocean View Suite
The Presidential Suite is designed to exude a more privileged feel, with exclusive premium amenities including an upgraded room service menu and in-suite spirits. A king-sized premium handcrafted mattress full bathroom with separated toilet and dual washbowls, walk-in closet and indoor Jacuzzi are set apart from a spacious sitting area with comfortable sofa bed and a guest bathroom. Beyond the living area, guests can watch the sunset from a private balcony or terrace.  Maximum occupancy: 4

Lido Luxury Extras include: 26 elegantly styled suites, Butler Service, unlimited dining and premium drinks, modern tech features of free high-speed Wi-Fi resort wide, in-room Bluetooth speakers, USB re-charge stations, free calls to North America and most of Europe, satellite television with specialty channels and plenty of daily entertainment with nightly shows at the neighboring resorts.

Also, a selection of premium services are offered at Grand Lido and include the ease of Butler Service, a secluded pool, Reggae Bar, and Grill, as well as all modern amenities at neighboring Royalton Negril or the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril

Impressions

Uppers & Downers

Here are common Questions & Answers received so far.  Answers are from Royalton management about Grand Lido Negril (GLN):

  1. Are both adult Singles and adult Couples welcome as Grand Lido Negril (GLN) clients? YES
  2. Will guests at Royalton Negril or Hideaway by Royalton be permitted to visit GLN? NO
  3. Is Grand Lido Negril for use only by paying clients staying at GLN? YES
  4. Are airport transfers extra? YES (but Castaways provides standard transfers)
  5. Will day passes be offered at GLN?  If so, how much? We do not have day pass rates due to exclusivity
  6. What is the minimum night stay? 3 nights
  7. Will spa/gym be available at GLN? No, facilities will be located only in the main building at Royalton Negril
  8. Where will dining and spa services be offered? At Royalton Negril complex
  9. Will all Grand Lido Negril guests receive Club MoBay services at the airport?   YES
  10. Do guests in Presidential Suite receive private airport transfers?   YES
  11. Is a clothing optional pool at GLN?   Yes
  12. What is the pricing for 3rd and 4th persons in a suite?  75% of standard suite price/person.
  13. Where are dining facilities at Grand Lido Negril? Restaurants are located at Royalton Negril and one in Hideaway.  A walk is required to visit them.  No restaurant at GLN although the Ocean Point outside bistro is immediately adjacent to the Grand Lido building.  Room service is available at GLN.
  14. Is there a nude beach?  Not at this time. An ocean front facility is planned but no time table has been established.
  15. Is there a Hot Tub at GLN?  No, but one is planned.  
  16. Is there a nude pool and pool deck?  Yes
  17. Is there a grill at the pool bar?  One is planned
  18. Is there a Swim Up bar with pool access? Yes, 10 seats
  19. Is the resort lifestyle friendly?   The resort welcomes clothing optional, au natural nudist and naturists clients.  Sexual advances towards others will not be tolerated. Intimate touching or explicit sexual behavior in public areas is strictly prohibited.  See Operating Rules at bottom of this report.

Ages

At Grand Lido Negril adults 21 and over are welcome.  You will find all ages of adults there from 20s to 709s.
At Royalton Negril, families, singles, couples and all adults are welcome while the Hideaway by Royalton is adults only of all ages 21 and over.

Wish List

Best Time To Go

Fall, winter and early spring can be less humid than late summer.  Summer time through the fall months can be a bit more humid, with daily rain showers possible, actually year round….it’s called the tropics for a good reason. Standard procedure–hit the hot tub if it does rain with drink in hand. Late August through early October can include unstable weather due to storm season, although they’re rare. Room rates are generally higher from about Christmas to end of April, with holiday rates higher than any time during the year. Late summer and fall may be the least expensive.

Photo Album

See our Full Trip Report from our May 2017 site visit for the latest Grand Lido Negril Photos and information.

The first Album below are Resort provided images showing the various views and  amenities around the Royalton Resort. 

The following album has site inspection photos from late April 2017.   These are around the Royaltan Resort and Hideaway by Royalton portion of the resort, NOT Grand Lido, (yet), although room interiors are comparable..

The  the scenes below are primarily from the Royalton Negril.

Trip Reports

See our Full Trip Report from our May 2017 site visit for the latest Grand Lido Negril Photos and information.

May 2017  E.P. Couple

Beautiful new Resort. Amazing staff- Butler service well worth it and excellent. Great food at all the restaurants.

July 2017 New Castaways Couple  

It was a very enjoyable trip….the butlers Anthony and Deneisha were over the top. They catered to us better than other butlers did to their people or so it seemed in conversations with other guests at Grand Lido.   I had a chance to talk in detail with Marilyn (from Castaways) when she came over for an afternoon.

The only disappointment came when we were leaving, and I was told we owed $2,000. They waited until we were trying to hurry to meet the shuttle. Luckily I had Castaways’ confirmation showing a zero balance. However it was obvious to me that this was just a 3rd world country doing business as usual, still it was disappointing. Thank you for everything your company did for us, and when we plan our next trip we will be in touch with your group.


Grand Lido Negril Rules

Upscale vacationers who desire an au naturel vacation experience in the ultimate freedom of a clothing-free resort are asked to follow the strictly-enforced guidelines below. These guidelines represent generally accepted naturist etiquette for your comfort and for the comfort of those around you. We ask most importantly that every guest carries a towel at all times and always uses this to sit on.
  • Minimum check-in age: 21 years old.
  • Photography, video recording, webcam broadcasts- including cell phones – are strictly prohibited. Permission to carry a camera is only allowed during authorized resort marketing purposes, and requires official legal documentation and model releases.
  • All guests are to use discretion and respect others. Resort staff will immediately deal with complaints of gawking or disrespectful behavior.
  • Sexual advances towards others will not be tolerated as we protect the comfort of guests. If anyone’s actions make you uncomfortable, notify resort staff immediately.
  • Intimate touching or explicit sexual behavior in public areas is strictly prohibited. If anyone’s behavior offends you, please report it immediately to resort staff.
  • Inappropriate behavior between guests and staff is not allowed.
  • There will be no smoking inside suites, restaurants or resort buildings.
  • The use of illegal drugs of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • Guests are welcome to enjoy facilities at Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril, but must be fully clothed for access.
  • Management reserves the right to remove guests from the resort without refund for any violations of the above rules.

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