I was in the same boat as you trying to choose which part of the isalnd to have my wedding.
Ultimately what I found was that, Negril is too far from all the main attractions. One of my friends just stayed in Negril and even though she liked Rics Cafe and the 7 mile beach, her and her hubby disliked that they couldn't explore the other side of the island. It would have been 6 am mornings for them to travel into Montego Bay or a full day to Ohco Rios.
Being a local myself, I don't find that there is much to do in Negril. I love Montego Bay and Ohco for the night life and attractions. We ended up choosing Runaway Bay, becauce it is quite and my guest can travel easily to Montego Bay or Ohco. We are staying at the Grand Bahia and having the wedding next door at Laughing Waters.
The hotel charges too much for guest not staying on resort to attend the wedding. Most of the guest are from Jamaica. We are expecting to have over 100 guests.
Let me know if you have any questions about the Island.
Hi Sweetpea2018 and 2017weddingguy,
I'm currently researching venues in Jamaica and took an exploratory trip there last month. We didnt have Azul Sentatori on our final list but at the suggestion of a chef at our hotel in Runaway Bay, we made the trip. No appointment, no tour requested, no guarantee they would even let us past the gate. Thankfully, when we arrived we were able to get an abridged impromptu wedding site inspection tour. The immediate curb appeal of the hotel driving up to the gate, leaves much to be desired, but once we got into the front lobby, we were absolutely blown away!! We even got a glimpse of wedding that was being set up, and it looked really beautiful. The setting couldn't have been more serene. If you are planning on having 20+ guests I HIGHLY suggest you contact the wedding team. After a peek at the wedding we (me, my fiance and parents) were invited invited to the wedding department, where they showed us pictures of other weddings, let us look through books of sample menus, flower arrangements, entertainment, everything.
We toured the entire northern coast of Jamaica during our visit, none of the sunsets on the island can beat what we saw in Negril. The only drawback for me is that Negril is far away from some of some of Jamaica's biggest attractions that I want my family and friends to experience during their trip (Dunn's River, Bamboo Rafting, Bobsledding, Blue Hole). But I just may have to get over it. After all, Negril has the 7-mile beach! I'm still torn as to which location to choose - Negril or Runaway Bay. I included a picture of the wedding set-up we saw. It was a sunset wedding and it had just rained. The picture doesn't really do it justice, because even as a passerby the wedding not only looked beautiful but FELT beautiful; and isn't that what you want on your wedding day? I hope you can see why I'm so torn. We are hoping to get married next summer. Need to decide soon - eek!
Below are some pics of our speedy but wonderful tour at Azul Sensatori in early May 2016.
Azul Sensatori Jamaica - May 2016 Site Inspection Tour