Hedonism II – Negril, Jamaica
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D F single male – March 2015
Loved the holiday. Very comfortable other than weather was a bit sketchy. Rained quite a bit while there. Enjoyed vacation there but the Airport arrival and departure should be mentioned. Arriving and departing were an absolute nightmare of long lines, cattle cues, which wore me out. Something really needs to be done to streamline the amount of time spent checking in, Security checks, and Customs. I’ve been through many Airports as my work takes me all over the world. I also understand the need for security nowadays. But this was just far too lengthy to be standing in lines for all mentioned above. Luggage is also a headache as to keeping travelers informed as to where to find there luggage upon arrival. I was more worn out and stressed once I made it home, that a break was required to get over the Airport experience. Jamaica is interesting, but not interesting enough to subject myself to that again unless vast improvements are implicated and installed. (Castaways Note: Arriving/departing on the weekends is usually the busiest period of the week at the Montego Bay airport. A private club called Club MoBay at the airport provides expedited, fast track arrival and departure services to avoid long lines and wait times for Customs/Immigration … in addition to admission to its private club, as nice as any private airport lounge we’ve experienced. Client was advised of this service but declined its use. See more at: Club MoBay).
T & G couple – March 2015
Clothing optional vacationing seems to be getting a little more difficult every year. With N Resort closing late ast year and Grand Lido closing, we decided to take the plunge and try Hedonism 2 in Negril this year.
It was an eye opening experience to say the least. The resort we stayed in the previous night required us to check-out at 11:00. Hedonism check- in was 3 p.m. In Jamaican fashion, this turned out to be “no problem.” We were greeted by the friendly staff with a mimosa in hand. Check in was quick and easy. Our room was ready so we were given a quick tour and escorted to our room on the nude side. Our room was small and little outdated but very clean with a king size bed, small dresser, and small coffee table.There was a bench seat style oversized window sill. The bathroom was clean and smallbut had a walk in shower with great water pressure and plenty of hot water.
Later that night we did discover a problem with our A/C. It did work but after running for a few hours, it sounded like a freight train coming through the wall! It was loud enough to wake us up but not loud enough to drown out the music from the disco at 4:00 a.m.
The beach on the “nude” side is small but better than the “prude” side. There are plenty of lounge chairs and towels but like anywhere resort with more lounge chairs than occupants, you needed to get out there early to claim your lounge chair. We did learn that the “prude” side is actually clothing optional. The pools are all nice and in good shape. The best one is the â€œnude pool.â€ The â€œPrudeâ€ pool needs a little work. The in pool – pool table is in rough shape and the trees around the pool allow minimal sun light to filter in. The pool areas are supposed to be nonsmoking but this rule was not followed or enforced.
The food was very good both on the buffets and in the Italian restaurant. We did not get a chance to try the Japanese Restaurant. The drinks were very good as well.
A word of advice for a first time visitor would be to find out if there is a “lifestyle” group “takeover” planned during your stay. The time we visited there was a group of around 250 people that were a little overwhelming for first timers. They seemed to like VERY loud dance music (from midnight to 5:00 am) and took over the nude pool area each afternoon. For first time visitors that enjoy clothing optional vacations “not a life style vacations” – we were a little apprehensive about our first visit.That said, we met some wonderful people that shared our same vacation style. Based on this experience, we will be making a return trip in the near future.
CW couple – March 2015
Airport at Jamaica was very busy so if going during busy season get the Club Mobay pass! Hedo II is a very fun place for adult fun! The foam pool and glow party were a blast. I wish they would make use of the pool by the dining area by letting it become a nude pool with a screen up to separate it from the dining area. The theme nights need to have more time spent with dancing and contests at the main stage or pool outside. The five minute contest for each theme night – then over – is sad. We loved the old days when they had wet T-shirt contests there and battle of the sexes and turning guests into sundaes that wanted to and the whole involvement of the guests. The new updates to the rooms are awesome. The food and drinks are also much improved in quality! The new play room was nice, would like to see little better beds and higher up off the floor. The beach could use some speakers on it so you can hear the music. We walked the beach towards Sandals, the people seemed bored and not having any fun… Go to Hedo II instead and have a fun vacation where as much happens as you let it!!
BG couple – February 2015
Real progress is being made in refurbishing Hedo. The food is good, the new courtyard and free Wi-Fi very nice,the wine bar and coffee bar are under-utilized but available if you want them. Check in was quick and efficient; Check out the same.The attitude of the staff was much improved friendly helpful and always asking how to improve your experience. We were especially impressed by the efforts to reward and thank return visitors. Many rooms are still underwhelming but more are scheduled for renovation as is the dining area. There will be a new stage, lights, sound etc. All in all we had a really good time and are already scheduled to return next year.
MD couple – February 2015
As you know we were somewhat apprehensive going to Hedo but your assurance that it would not be too “wild and crazy” turned out to be true. We found the resort very clean, the staff very friendly and accommodating, and there was lots of water sports to keep us busy.There was nightly entertainment and the liquor was of good quality. We stayed on the Prude Ocean side and found it quiet at night and we had an upgraded shower. The room was smaller than we were used to at Caliente Caribe but Hedo had that resort beat in every other category. I guessed that there was about 5 % “performers” and if we stayed on the Prude beach and pool you would see very little of the “performances.” We used to get direct flights out of Canada to the Caribbean but these last three years there are no non-stop charters and thus we have a 4 1/2 hour trip to Toronto before we can get down to the sun.
All in all we really enjoyed the resort and would return, perhaps after we have time to forget the hassle of getting there and back.
MK Couple – February 2015
We are back to reality and absolutely worn out. We want to once again thank you for making the trip a smooth success. Absolutely everything went just as planned without any problems whatsoever. You both prepared us perfectly for what to expect. We went not expecting a five star hotel and you were right but we have to say, since you prepared us, we were not disappointed by anything at Hedo. The people were fantastic. Probably the only real complaint we had was the gift shop charging us $30 for sunscreen that should have cost $8. The food was great. The shows were great. Our massages were great. Actually our room was an old room but was just fine since we weren’t expecting the Four Seasons. We found a few bugs in the room but very minor. We had A/C and hot water with great pressure every single day without interruption. The room was very, very clean!
Club Mobay procedures aren’t as smooth as it could be on departure but it was 1000% better than the other poor people standing in a HUGE departure line. On busy days, Club Mobay is the only way to go (arriving at the airport and upon departure – to avoid the lines)!
We loved the people in the Castaways group and could not have found nicer people. I believe you described them perfectly to us. I think we learned though that it may be a little more of a party if you go with a larger group that wants to party day and night. I will call in the next few weeks to discuss future cruises or destinations. As soon as we recover, we want to plan our next trip with you.
AL – November 2014
The changes at hedonism since the takeover have been much appreciated. We were especially pleased with security that made special efforts to keep nosy wanderers out of the nude area unless they were nude. They used to watch them for a while first. This time we noticed they were immediately up front with people trying to enter who were clothed. The food is much better and Steve at the nude grill is an amazing worker. He should receive a special note. Many of the guests there spoke highly of his customer service in getting meals out quickly and efficiently.
KK – October 2014
Hedonisim, is the best resort for open minded people, who feel great with themselves in and out of their shells. It is a place for romance and naughtiness. A place to experience the ambiance of sensuality, sexuality, peace and party all at the same time. The shows, the theme parties, the food, the music, the beach, the pool parties they’re all fantastic, this is a place where mature couples
can rekindle that spark. We highly recommend Hedo 2. Thank you so much.
JB – August 2014
August is a great month at Hedonism for monogamous couples. Not too crowded, Not too many trolls, several other nice, friendly couples. The majority is latter middle age or seniors. Just a great environment to nurture the fire in a relationship. Hedo itself is much better: The mosquitoes are well abated. We only got 1 bite between us in 11 days. We used Avon Skin So Soft and 30% Deet insect repellent on top religiously. Austin is still the King of omelettes at breakfast. The burgers, jerk chicken and grilled fish are great at the nude pool cafe. And the evening buffet is always good. The house Merlot at the Italian restaurant is quite good (house wine at the buffet is undrinkable, really hideous). They even had hot dogs this year at the nude pool after midnight. Harry, Chairman of the new owners group, sprang for an afternoon cruise to the caves and snorkeling and invited everyone to go, his treat. The renovations are continuing in the public area now. We’re already looking forward to next year.
Food still great,Drinks still good with experienced bar tenders, new young girls are poor and don’t much care. Mosquitoes were well abated compared to last year. Infrastructure is now solid, there is a FREE WiFi hotspot now. Medical service was good. Fitness equipment is upgraded. Overall great vacation
RT – July 2014
The staff at Hedo II – Elysia, O’Randy @ guest services always checking to make sure my visit was perfect, Vernette in dining a very beautiful person with an eye for detail, Ozwald the Beverage Manager, kept me happy with libations:)
Wilfred in Watersports were I spent most of my vacation riding my wakeskate…simply AMAZING!
Lastly, who could forget the AMAZING Diana in entertainment, what a gorgeous dancer, wow!!
Castaway Travel Company put together a very memorable vacation to Jamaica! Can’t wait for my next trip back!
Single Male – April 2014
Castaways Note: For single men out there….here are interesting, insightful comments from a single traveler to Hedonism April 2014.
I called Castaways after finding their name on the internet when it showed up under clothing optional travel agencies and I believe there was also a link under the Hedo site as well?? I have had some (30 years’) experiences at nude resorts and at nude beaches so I was totally comfortable with the nude aspect of it but much less so with the Hedo concept itself.
The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful when I called that day as I asked about single men traveling to Hedo. He brought up the fact that in just a few short weeks that a “group” would be going to Hedo through Castaways and would have a host couple. The traveling with a group of folks I didn’t know was a new one for me as was having a host couple! He encouraged me as a single that traveling under a group would at least allow me to meet some folks in a less pressure atmosphere at the very least. As we know, I was unexpectedly able to work it all out in those few weeks.
I did begin corresponding via email to Mary Ellyn and Jim. If anyone deserves a “patience” award it is Mary Ellyn as I bombarded her (and Jim) with email after email voicing my fears about being avoided as a single man, how to integrate myself into the group, how to integrate myself into the Hedo crowd in general, frank discussions about my expectations and behavior at a resort like Hedo, and even down to nick picky questions like what pants to bring, money, cell phone use etc. Her “advice “ was consistently spot on! I want to say here that Mary Ellyn (and I don’t refer to Jim as much because he was in the middle of tax season so by chance Mary Ellyn was the one I had the most correspondence with) was a BIG part in making the trip happen and for me feeling more secure about the whole thing. She put up the group page for everyone to kind of start to get to know each other, plan the week out as far a group dinners, themes, even what pool to hang out at. Surprisingly to me, not many people took advantage of the group page. ?? As Mary Ellyn had said, the group thing is what you want to make of it. You could do as much or as little with the group as you desired.
As a single I will say I totally support the group because it did indeed allowed me to meet others at a dinner or the group page where it was “safe” and not the “pressure” at the resort. Two of the couples in the group and I exchanged contact info the day we all began leaving with emails addresses, Facebook info and ended with handshakes and hugs. So I hope to be able to keep up with these folks…even if we don’t end up at Hedo together again.
I had some very blunt questions for Mary Ellyn and she was very honest by saying some single guys “successes” at Hedo were really hit or miss with so many factors involved, who security is on any particular night, the mood of the crowd on any particular day, and how I present myself to people. What I learned through this -for me – was to be sincere, friendly, assertive (but not aggressive ), to put yourself out there… and to NOT be a jerk or too drunk or too arrogant or too dorky! .
I was also comfortable enough with myself to explore out side the group too and made 6 new friends on my own in the pool or on the beach. Two of them were singles. I will be keeping up with them as well. I will say Mary Ellyns advice again – was right on. ALL of the folks outside the group made comments that I seemed like a “normal” “Nice” ”friendly” and “comfortable approaching someone I didn’t know”. These were descriptions they used when they met me. I would say also just as Mary Ellyn suggested, that the whole crowd there as a whole seemed to be a friendly bunch. Never saw any rudeness or feeling of isolation from anyone towards me and that was one of my bigger fears. My final overall view of MY trip was “good”.
JF – March 2014
Hedo 2 is what you make of it. We made some great friends while there. If you’re in to playing, play. There is no shortage of people that will play with you. If not, then enjoy the time with your other half. My husband and I came back closer than when we left.
G&M – February 2014
The Feb trip was fun! Resort is much improved, though the rooms actually seem smaller than before. The food was better, though the house wines* still not good. The biggest problem was the staff – (They )don’t know if they were short-staffed or simply unaware of the new room category.(Premium Room Category) The fridge was not restocked until we left money behind, they were unaware of the”perks” offered with the premium room, and rooms were not made up until 4-5 pm. Anyway, don’t know how much influence any individual would have with these issues, but thought we’d mention them. Left comment cards as well.
But we still had a blast!
CASTAWAYS NOTE: A premium wine list is now available for guests to purchase their own selection.
BG – February 2014
in 2013 we had decided to give Hedo “one last chance”. the deteriorating facilities, awful beach chairs, ragged towels and mediocre food were dampening the enjoyment of our favorite resort. the staff was depressed and uncertain of their futures.The new management promised changes but, obviously, a lot of money was going to be needed to overcome years of neglect.
We’re happy to report that 2014 is a new happier year.The facilities work better, look fresher, the beach chairs are new (although still in short supply at times) and the staff is much more upbeat. Kudos to the chef; the food is more interesting, better quality, more varied and Friday night’s chocolate dessert buffet created it’s own orgasms amongst the chocoholics. Smile. The rooms are still creaky and stale but gradually being remodeled. Overall we are happy with the changes and planning our 15th trip. congratulation to management on successfully restoring the resort and our willingness to return.
T & C Canada – February 2014
Our travel started out as a nightmare. United cancelled our flight out of Saskatoon. We had to find another way to leave that same day. We ended up travelling by bus to Regina to catch a flight to Toronto, to Montreal, then to Montego Bay. We get to Regina, find out our seats weren’t booked. United had no flights leaving so they booked us on Air Canada. We made it to Toronto and then to MBJ from there. Flight was delayed a couple hours so we got to MBJ the same time many other flights did, making it a 2 hour customs wait.
The whole time we were at Hedo was amazing. We had no issues with anything there. Mike and Dawn (with Nood Brood) were excellent hosts. We enjoyed all the events we took part in. The only downfall was not enough time! Next year we’re going to try some of the things we didn’t get to this year. The staff were very friendly and so were the people. We enjoyed our trip so much.
Once again, travel home was a nightmare, all thanks to United. We made it from MBJ to Houston with no problems. But we had 45 min to make a connection to Calgary, when it took almost 2 hours to make it through Customs. Ended up spending the night and getting home almost 24 hours later than originally planned. We both missed a day of work and our kids missed school because of this.
We have already been keeping an eye on flights for next year and we are not flying United/Air Canada again.
Greg – February 2014
Wife and I wanted to take a trip to Jamaica, we weren’t sure we’re yet. After some research on resorts we came across Hedo. Wanting something different with a little excitement for a vacation, yet not wanting to feel uncomfortable we felt Hedo was our place to go. Best decision we ever made, not only was this the best place we have ever been wife already wants me to plan our next one there. Pressure free fun resort. Thank you Castaways Travel for a smooth enjoyable vacation that we will never forget. G&S;
BG – January 2014
The resort has improved. The food was much better. Beach chairs were better although still in short supply at times. The staff attitude is much better than last year. The rooms are still just ok but …Overall we had a fun time that ended too soon.
JR – January 2014
Changes we noticed on this trip….The Nude beach now has a new permanent float, that can hold about 10 or so. New towels (Royal Blue), seems the white and stripe blues ones are being phased out. New Massage area on beach with open air covered huts, and side by side tables. Very Nice and sexy. There is also a new covered area that holds about 6 lounge chairs by wedding area Nude beach. White linen drapes around the mattress areas. The pink or salmon paint is all gone. THANK GOD. There were more but I am still recovering from trip and cant think anymore!
Fred – January 2014
From the time I set foot on the resort I had the vacation of my lifetime. All the staff, the hosts and all the people were friendly and not judgmental. The fact that you can be naked (except dining) was awesome. The entertainment was Super all round. The food was awesome and the deserts well I had too many ! This was on my ‘Bucket List’ of places to visit and I hope to go back again soon. There is no place like it on earth that I am aware of. I was treated by the staff as a friend not a guest. I will never forget this trip !
Kitten & Angel Group – October 2013
Premium Room Updates
Check out this link for Photos, room descriptions and details about new Premium rooms are in this excellent report from our host couples for the Kitten & Angel group, Fred & Patty plus Paul & Joan who stayed there a few days ago
S & N – September 2013
From the time we arrived at Hedo2. The check in process went very smooth. It took a few minutes to get through the process. Because we were on a bus with three other couples and a single male. But once we got to our room and got something to eat. We went to sleep to rest up for the evenings activities. This vacation was the best we’ve ever been on. Everyone was very courteous. The entertainment crew were outstanding. The nude pool and beach were great. The food was excellent in the main dining room and both the restaurants. The only complaint about the food was the hamburgers at the beach grills. They weren’t 100% beef burgers. The jerk chicken at the beach grills was excellent. The atmosphere was everything we expected and more. The late nights at the nude pool were just a “sexperience.” The drinks you would think being at an all inclusive resort would be watered down. But not one time did I have to ask for extra liquor in my drink. In fact I had to ask a couple of times for them to make me another one not as strong. We will go back again. Thank you so much to the Hellians and Gus and Marilyn the best hosts ever. Thank You castaways.
Hedo Elle – September 2013
Resort is business as usual although the construction is a bother. Saw the new rooms – they look awesome! Heard there was a new chef, but food didn’t seem improved. No karaoke? Piano player ever night. Bummer! Had shower issues (as usual) but they did fix it. Never saw Scumba; not sure if he was rehired. Met one of the new owners – it’ll be interesting to see the changes over the next few years. Loved our 13th trip despite issues and we will be back!
T.Y. – September 2013
The accommodations were spacious, and dilapidated
The infrastructure is failing.
The food was excellent, better than Royal Caribbean.
The mosquitoes were insufferable!
Would have been great but for the mosquitoes
The manager is a great guy and is trying hard, in time things will be better I think.
x2fur – July – August 2013
The check in went quick and smooth and our bags were sent to our room. We booked a Garden View Nude room this year and had room 2246. The AC unit seemed to have a mind of its own but kept the room comfortable.
Next up, food. The buffet was much improved this year. The main line had some interesting new foods and it was obvious that the new chef has put lots of thought into the menu selections. Friday night’s lobster was grilled over charcoal vs. the gas grill previously used, MUCH better this year. The nude pool grill added midnight pizzas this year and they were a great late night snack. The bars were well stocked this year and I did not hear about anyone running out of their favorite liquor. Delroy, Scumba and Paulette were always busy, but never too busy to serve us with a smile.
Last year, the piano bar seemed to be flat, not anymore thanks to Kemmar. Lots of sing-alongs, great music, many laughs and some sexy dancing made the nights there very special. The interactions we had with management staff were great, we had one small problem with one of our group adoptees that security was involved with, but it was easily ironed out without a problem. Although I was disappointed in the security guards at the nude pool when 4 of the college students who were there refused to take off their shorts and just sat and ogled by the hot tub. Security asked them to obey the rules or change locations, when they refused, the three security guards walked away and left them there.
The EC’s were absolutely wonderful this year. They worked their butts off all day and put on some fantastic shows at night. Fabian, Ethan, Candice, Diane, Vanessa and the others were always visible, stopping for a hug or just a quick hello as they passed through. Candice and Ethan, in particular, made our trip feel much more personal. The shows at night were fantastic, especially the Wednesday night fetish show. I highly recommend that if you catch only one show, make it Wednesday’s. You will never look at milk the same again…..just sayin’. So far as the AWOL gatherings, INCREDIBLE.
Wednesday’s Nude Cat to Rick’s Cafe was a BLAST. Serena actually came with us, along with a few of the EC’s to get the party rocking. Candice, Diana, Kayon, Adrian and Vanessa really made the cruise fun. Rasta Rolph brought his guitar and drums to keep up the energy. The addition of whipped cream and chocolate syrup kept things ‘hot’ as well. This was TJ’s and my second trip to Hedo and I have to say that it was even more fantastic than last year. The improvements that are ongoing are wonderful, the staff is great and our AWOL family continues to grow with great sexy people. The only thing that made getting back on the plane for home tolerable was knowing that we are already booked for next year.
Wtxcpl – July 2013
AWOL 2013 One Love… Trip Report Travel dates 7/26 – 8/3 This trip was our 5th with AWOL and our first year as a host couple and we had an absolute blast! Where to start??
The food is good place to start since I gained 5 lbs this trip. Since Friday night is lobster night, I made sure that our vacation had two Friday nights in it. The buffet is good every night, but lobster night is my favorite! We ate at Martino’s four different nights and the food, the service and the air conditioning were great every time! Phylecea had to put up with me for three of those nights and she did an awesome job. We ate at Harry-San once and it was ok but I’m not a fan of Japanese food. The breakfast was good as always with the egg station being my favorite. We never had lunch in the buffet so I can’t comment on that. We did enjoy the nude grill cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, patties etc. The midnight pizza was pretty good too but not the best thing on the menu. (Nightly, pizza is served also at the nude pool).
The resort is looking up. The newly remodeled rooms are fantastic! The bathrooms are bigger with double sinks, the toilet was relocated away from the door, and the shower has user friendly controls and a rain type shower head. The glass walls surrounding the bath seem to open up the space. They replaced all of the cushions on the main dining room chairs as well as painted all of the frames. They were painting the buildings and trim while we were there. The grounds crew was constantly raking, sweeping, trimming, mowing and so on. Of course Augustus was on the beach early every morning until late in the day keeping the beach in excellent shape. We did have a few issues with hot water but Lorna made sure that the problem was resolved quickly.
I can’t say enough about the entertainment coordinators! They rocked it all week! They started the party at the pool and kept it going all day and well into the night. Having a DJ at the pool was a nice addition too! Kemmar in the piano bar was absolutely amazing! He didn’t know Red Solo Cup before AWOL got there but he knows it now! The piano bar is actually fun again thanks to you Kemmar! The bartenders took very good care of us all week. Delroy, Scumba and Paulette made sure we had plenty to drink and we rarely had to wait to get a drink at the nude pool. Eldon kept them coming in the piano bar and always with a smile. It seems like in years past, the bars would almost always run out of something during our stay. This year, I never heard of them running out of anything.
Theme nights are always fun for us and the laughs we get are better than any prize on the stage. I had a ton of fun on masquerade night when I dressed as captain condom and my sweetie was dressed as the wrapper. On Sunday, my sexy wife was looking way too good to go out with a nerd like me but she did it anyway. She even clapped for me in the nerd contest and I won! Of course dancing like a nerd is easy for me since I’ve had years of practice. PJ night we dressed as a pool boy and french maid to keep a long running inside joke going. Thanks for the laughs C & J. Fetish night was another fun night with my lady in her black leather strappy outfit complete with leather cap and I finally got the nerve to wear a hood and a harness which was pretty comical. Thursday was an AWOL theme toga night but we did use black and white accents to keep with the resort theme. AWOL theme on Friday was horns and halos. By now I’m sure you have figured out that I am a goofball and like to put my own little twist on things so rather than going as a scary or sexy devil, I went as a devil egg. Yes I like to make folks laugh! My squeeze looked smokin’ hot in her angel wings and halo.
As for the group stuff, this was our apprentice year of hosting a group and had a ball. We spent most of Saturday greeting fellow AWOLers in the lobby. Lots of hugs and smiles all around; what a great day! On Monday most of our group was finally at the resort so we had our meet & greet in the piano bar with our alcohol potluck. The potluck is a fun time where folks bring their favorite booze from home to share with the group. We even had some clown wearing a penis cast to sign, I wonder who that was… On Tuesday we had a naughty gift exchange. Lots of laughs at this party as well as some very sexy gifts! On Wednesday, we had our annual AWOL nude cruise. This year we went to Rick’s Cafe and three of our members even took the leap! I stepped up to the platform, looked over the edge, took a deep breath and jumped…back! No way I was going to jump off that cliff! This year’s cruise was extra special. ECs Candice, Dianna, Vanessa, Adrian and Kayon joined us and kept the Hedo party going! Rasta Ralph was also there playing his guitar and dancing- he was great! Serena even graced us with her presence and she was the life of the party! Samantha at the tours desk really work her tail off to help us put this cruise together. On Thursday we had ou r group dinner in the main dining room where we gave away a 3 night comp as well as five $200 vouchers to use on future trips.
Delano and LaToya really did a spectacular job of making sure that all of our group parties went off without a hitch and we really appreciate it. The Godparents of AWOL, Ivy & Rick, have decided to retire from hosting this year. You guys have been an inspiration to me and I hope I can do you proud with the group. We all love you guys and look forward to your return as members. With that, I want to welcome TJ & Chris as the newest host couple! Thanks for volunteering!
AWOL 2014 One Love…is well on its way! We had 40 members sign up for next year while we were still at the resort. I think that speaks volumes for the resort and the things that are going there. I’m usually not this talkative but I’m very passionate about this resort, the staff and most of all AWOL! Until next time…
LP – July 2013
H2 has made some noticeable improvements, some minor and some substantial. The overall experience has improved over previous trips. The service was very good, the food improved and new flat screen TV’s were being installed on a daily basis while we were there. A fresh coat of paint was being applied almost everywhere.
The entertainment was first rate. The EC’s were very involved as opposed to previous visits. The model rooms looked great. The only complaint that we have is that the new TV mounts do not allow you to Pan the TV left and right. Since the tv’s are off to the side of the rooms, this is of great concern if you are to be able to view them comfortably. The mounts are relatively fixed and should be able to turn towards the bed.
The shower heads and controls were refurbished for the interim and were much appreciated. the old controls worked terribly if at all. The showers and bathrooms in the models were fabulous improvements. It was a great idea to expand the bathrooms so that you didn’t hit your knees on the door if you were sitting down. We can’t wait to return to see all of the improvements.
Doc from Buffalo – July 2013
Check out this report to learn about some of the improvements one of our clients noted on their last visit.
These are changes I saw ….. more on the way….others who were there at the same time may not have experienced all the items but I was looking for things and did talk to management a lot. Doc from Buffalo
1. New pads on the dining room chairs. a bright green tropical pattern
2. All new silverware
3. Cloth tablecloths and napkins at lunch and dinner
4. Some decorations at food stations, no ice sculptures yet
5. Netting over some of the vegetable and fruit food stations
6. New tiles around the main pool
7. New railings around main pool and upper deck
8. New pool cues
9. Chess boards repainted
10. Rumballs at lunch 4 days in a row
11. Upper hot tub removes and area tiled over and safe to walk on
12. Coffee area redone with nice racks for the cups
13. Metal trays to hold serving utensils at hot food stations
14. Munasan now named HarrySan
15. More premium liquors at certain bars
16. Breakfast music soft and few loud announcements
17. 15 more shade umbrellas for the nude beach and pool, no new tables to sit at to eat..maybe on next order
18. New ice machine next to nude Jacuzzi so bar doesn’t have to go all the way to the top for more ice
19. Portable beer tap to be at nude Jacuzzi except when needed elsewhere..24 hours
20. New sound system in the piano bar
21. 3 new portable Bose systems for the ECs to use
22. Piano bar, chairs reupholstered
23. New dive boat operational
24. 4 new Hobie cats
25. New BCDs for the divers
26. New snorkels and masks
27. Complimentary use of office computer to check in and print boarding passes for return flight
28. New AC system for the office,gym, spa and Martinos
29. When I turned the shower dial it actually provided warmer or colder water..new water distribution system being installed
30. Gym has 3 new lifestyle treadmills and 2 new recumbent bikes on order
31. And last but not least, NO MORE LUNCHTIME PIN !!! You can eat lunch in peace..ECs run a party at Nude pool with games/prizes.
RK Group Trip – June 2013
On a scale of 1-10, about a 7.
Negative Things –
(1) We had bug problems. First, they put is in the oldest building they have (GVP) and my wife opened up the towel that was folded into a swan on the bed and roaches fell out. I’m pretty sure her scream might still be resounding through the resort. We also had ants in the bathroom. They moved us to GVN (this is the first time they didn’t have us in an ocean view…but we hardly spend time in the room anyway so we didn’t care much) but the process took way too long (we asked at breakfast and didn’t get moved until just before dinner) we had to go to the front desk four different times, and though there were no roaches that we saw in the new room, we still had a big ant problem in the bathroom there. We actually lost an entire 200 pill bottle of Advil to them…who knew that ants have headaches?
(2) Also, “hot water” was a crap shoot…once it took about 20 minutes or so and I resigned myself to taking a cold shower…it finally hit “luke warm” when I was getting out.
(3) We had no idea (until now) that May & June are “the rainy season” according to the locals in Jamaica. We didn’t have a single dry day. Normally, in August, we catch an afternoon monsoon maybe three days out of seven and it lasts around an hour. This time, we had rain every day lasting from 2 hours minimum to all day in one case. Definitely was a downer for our first time in June.
(4) Entertainment staff seemed very new and raw. They didn’t really engage us very much…but I’m pretty sure this is just a “seasoning” thing.
(5) Participation in “theme” nights seemed way less this time…in fact, on “Pirate” night, I think Lady Susan & I might have been the only ones dressed. Also, no rum bottles given away as prizes, just Hedo bucks and not enough to “purchase” even a T-shirt.
(6) We also thought, from what we heard, that in June, Hedo II was much busier and that did not seem to be the case. It really seemed that the amount of people was about the same as in August. We might be re-thinking the dates for next year.
(7) Not really sure about this but it also seemed that the seaweed has taken over a bit more in the beach area. I’m not sure if they “clear it out” periodically but it was mostly green with very little sandy areas less than 10 feet from shore. In contrast, walking down the beach past Sandals and the other resorts, the seaweed doesn’t start until about 20 yards out…mostly past their “roped off” areas. I’m not sure if they can really do much about this…just an observation that both Susan & I had.
Positive Things –
(1) Improvements going on everywhere, from new paint to new railings to flat screen TVs being installed in the rooms and on & on & on. We are excited to see what it looks like next year for the 12th annual Reggae Cowboy Trip!
(2) Food was very much improved since last year. We heard that Chef Anthony Miller has returned and that is probably why. Desserts are still not very good…I know that they try to get “fancy” with those, maybe too fancy. A simple piece of pie would be great. Food was at it’s best when Chef Joseph was there three years ago…but this was a close second. My wife liked the local fare with pumpkin, etc. but one thing that seemed to be totally missing on the buffet was “jerk”…in Jamaica???
(3) Winston is still there. Delano is still there. Oh and Delano’s new assistant Latoya was pretty spectacular also!
(4) Most of our members (not us) scuba dive and seem to enjoy the dives a lot this year. They even saw some rays, sharks (nurse sharks that is) and had a good variety of new undersea life that they raved about.
(5) Wi-Fi was improved and my wife NEEDED it to check in on her new job. Sure would like to see it INCLUDED for guests rather than an extra $70.
(6) Gift shop has expanded their selection a bit, which was good. A little less, “trinkets” and touisty stuff and a little more variety of “fun things” that my wife actually wanted.
(7) It seems that they “weeded out” a lot of the staff that weren’t ever even pleasant to the guests…good move! Our favorite bartender, Sheldon, was still there and made his famous “Chocolate Thunder” for us (Vodka, Rum Cream & Baileys) which has become our groups “signature” drink! A lot more smiling staff member faces this year and that indeed makes a difference.
(8) Music was MUCH IMPROVED! More Reggae & Caribbean music and less “Kenny G” is huge as we don’t come to the island for that. They actually had island background music playing during breakfast & lunch! Well done! It was also a HUGE plus to have music playing on the beach…would love to hear some at the main pool too.
(9) Entertainment was good, as always. Drum group was terrific…Dancers were great…Roots was solid (although a bit too mellow at dinner…made us sleepy)…but overall a great job.
RR – June 2013
Hedonism II was our 1st time. We loved the staff on all levels, and especially the Entertainment crew – STELLAR. We were disappointed by the lack of detailed scheduling for all the water sport events. We missed MANY opportunities in that area because of irregular scheduling. We were appreciative of the resort updates, but annoyed that we lost electricity 5-6 times for more than an hour, sometimes 2-3 in our room. NO compensation offered for such. Otherwise we had a good experience…
MP – June 2013
We had a great time. I arrived on Saturday June 22. Wife on Monday. Lots of changes since last year. Too many to name but I’ll try.
POSITIVES Sand had been replenished on the beach. No rocky bottom anymore. But at least a foot shallower now.
All new chairs at beach.
New mattress and pillows in my room.
Some sliding glass doors on ocean front hot tub rooms had been replaced.
All the black trim was being painted.
The offensive art work display on the beach in front of the most expensive rooms they have was gone. Hopefully for good.
Food seemed better. But I still think the buffet is too heavy with island dishes. Would be nice to have some non-spicy dishes every night for us older folks.
My #1 complaint – show volume is still at ear splitting levels.
No hot shower in my room.
The weekend food didn’t seem as good as the MONDAY – FRIDAY food.
Bus transportation is still done with no thought to efficiency at all. Load everyone on at airport in any order. Stop at first resort and unload every single piece of luggage because someone’s is at the bottom. Go to next stop. Repeat.
Dallas Couple – April 2013
We returned from Hedo II about a week ago and had a great time. Our trip was so enjoyable that we’ve already booked another trip for this fall.
We met the new owners (including Jon Gross who happened to be on the property) and many of the new management team members, and we could not be more impressed with these individuals. Hedo really seems to be in good hands and there are positive plans afoot to renovate and make improvements, but still retain all the things that repeat guests have liked about this resort over the years.
As for our experience during our recent stay, rather than providing a laundry list of all the things that were positive or negative, very simply I’ll just say that everything was top notch this trip. The food was excellent and there was a nice variety of things to eat everyday including some Jamaican dishes. Water Sports, as always, did a great job in all respects. We like to sail and the Water Sports Manager (Clifton Ritchie) was very attentive to our needs. Lorna Brammer who coordinated a special event/meal for us really did a superb job. Winston, as always, did a great job entertaining us and all the guests with fun games at the pools/beaches during the day and on stage in the dining room in the evenings.
From check-in to check-out during our recent trip, we had a quality experience and can’t wait to return. Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
J / C – April 2013
Just got back from a week at Hedo II. It was our fifth trip, and we very much enjoyed it. We will be back next year.
If you want a top notch resort with outstanding food, exquisite amenities, and over-the-top personalized service, then Hedo II is not for you. If, on the other hand, you want decent-to-great food, reasonable facilities, and a certain vibe that is really, really hard to describe in words, then Hedo can be as fun and as enjoyable as any place you ever go. You can really relax, try new and naughty things (if you want to), and have a great time. You can be in the middle of naked people that are having a vibrant time partying, or you can keep your clothes on and find a quiet place to read a book in the shade. You’ll meet lots of different people and that’s half the fun. And, a good percentage of the people you meet will have been there before (aka “repeat offenders”).
We saw two of the new owners several times while we were there, and they very approachable. We saw many renovation activities in progress. Most of the renovations will take some time, but they seem to be serious about really giving Hedo the face-lift it deserves (and SuperClubs neglected). Most importantly, all of the staff seemed to be excited about the improvements and management, and it shows. Our biggest complaints about the resort are the (sometimes) lack of hot water, the tiny bathrooms, and the outdated furniture in the rooms. They say they’re going to fix the hot water (and, quite frankly, if you don’t have hot water when you step in the shower, try again in five minutes, and you probably will). I think they’ll replace the furniture, too. And, the tiny bathrooms will probably always be tiny bathrooms, but oh well.
The staff at Hedo is fantastic, and they seemed better than ever this trip. All of them seemed courteous and willing to give a little extra effort every day. They all work very, very hard.
Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
CopNKitten – April 2013
Early in 2013, ownership of Hedonism Resort recently changed to a private investment group which has pledged to make both capital improvements to the property as well as changes to the daily operation and format of the resort.
Castaways Note: This lengthy but very informative report is from Paul & Joan (aka “CopNKitten”), one of the Host Couples for their recent trip with their group, Kitten & Angel, April 2013. Next year’s trip is April 12-19, 2014. You can Book It Here with Castaways Travel
CopNKitten are on the right of the photo before their Gilligan’s Island Adventure. FredNAngel are on the left. See Photo 088 in our photo album.
Overall I am extremely excited with the current and upcoming changes. And what makes it so good is you can tell the staff and management are excited as well. They are putting money into the resort, making it better but not changing it too much to lose our Hedo feel. In my opinion we could not have wished for a better outcome. John and his backers, people that understand and love Hedo like the rest of us are the majority owners, and they made a man we trust, Kevin Levee, as part owner and General Manager. You can see changes already if you look and even more to come. We can’t wait to return again and again. Please feel free to ask me any specific questions you have and I will try and answer them the best I can.
Good Points and Improvements at Hedonism # 2
We saw them repainting everything, not just trim, but the entire buildings. And it looked great.
They were putting new plants and flowers in around the entire resort.
We noticed an improvement in the food and talked to the head chef who indicated that many more improvements were coming.
Service in the main dining area vastly improved
Bar service during busy times in the nude pool bar and main bar at night increased
Attitudes of everyone very friendly, polite, and helpful.
People (employees) moved to ideal positions for them, like Lorna in the customer service area
Pizza at the nude pool grill at night = an amazing addition.
New internet towers being installed all around the resort.
Delroy and Scumba are still there and serving up drinks in the nude pool.
All the EC’s (Entertainment Co-ordinators) are out and about and doing the daily activities that are scheduled.
Not So Good
Nude Hot tub temperature inconsistent from night to night
Hot tub rooms having issues with the hot tubs working properly (pumps)
Improvements to come from talking with John (the major investment partner) and management
Rooms to be redone including new paint scheme and flat screen TV’s
In room TV station with daily activities
Main/Prude beach pool to be redone and all connecting
Disco to be redone and main focal point of nighttime activities
New Lounge chairs for beach and pool with tables and umbrellas for the beach
Paul & Joan, Philadelphia
Co-Host of kitten & angel’s Annual Spring Fling
See Our Detailed Expanded Trip report here… loots of goodies…
N & C February 2013
We are back home (boo hoo) and just wanted you to know that we had a ball – literally AND figuratively!!
There were a few minor bumps with the change of ownership – like they kept running out of clean beach towels which is really inexcusable considering the rates they are charging. I kept hearing “the delivery truck is late.”
The hot water in the showers still needs improvement – this is a long standing problem. The whole place is really showing its age these days and really needs some upgrading. Hopefully this will happen soon.
None of this will stop us from going back of course! Food was fine – lots of variety including grilled lobster tails.
The vibe is still unique and fabulous. Wearing clothes again after being naked for a week sucks. The thing that they most need to do is get rid of the prude side altogether and make the entire place a nude-only resort. I made that comment on my survey form when checking out. People who keep their clothes on really don’t belong there.
We always feel younger when we are there and you can’t put a pricetag on that.
K & A – December 2012 – January 2013
Spending New Years Eve at Hedo II is an absolute blast. The food and entertainment is great. The atmosphere is all Hedo. This was our third year, and we’ve already booked next New Years Eve.
The week started out great. No problem with transport, and we got the room we requested. After an early night, we were ready to party. Our second day we went on the “One Love Bus Tour”. It was so much fun. I loved all the local joints we visited. Whipped Cream on the bus was wild. I want to do this again.
The rest of the trip is kind of a blur… Rubber Duckies in the hot tub were a big hit. It’s always a lot of fun to hang out in the pool. The Bare Bottom Bunch Meet and Greet turned out great. Lots of yummy food, and it’s always fun to see the rude t-shirts. Some were very creative this year. The food and hotel service were fine. We didn’t have power for two days, but it was no big deal. Since we were at Hedo, you don’t have to worry if you don’t shave, or your hair isn’t perfect.
Best of all are all the people in Bare Bottom Bunch. Scott and Sabina are great hosts. They make sure everyone is included. They plan lots of activities, and are always fun to hang out with. We meet a lot of new people, and it was great to catch up with old friends.
Mo & Moe with Hedo’s Mojo – April 2010
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