Regarding Hedonism II in Negril.....

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  1. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    I am currently in Day 6 of my 10 day stay here at Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica and my 9th time visiting the resort (also my 7th Annual Group Trip Adventure & Rendezvous) and very positive changes are occurring daily.

    Every day I am seeing new flat screen TV's and king size mattresses being delivered to the rooms along with new paint and old woodwork being replaced etc.

    There have been zero issues with drinks or food being limited and staff attitudes have been outstanding.

    In addition, I toured the new room remodels yesterday with an on-site engineer and wow....I was most impressed.

    I have posted some new photos daily in my various online accounts (Twitter, Flickr, Yahoo! Groups) and a detailed post trip report will be done next week.

    In with new Hedo, out with the old, and put Hedo on your Caribbean bucketlist for sure. I know I'll be back next June for another great time with the group.

    Try it, you will like it! Ann, TS
     
  2. uallcomes

    uallcomes New Member

    the new improvements you're mentioning is thanks to the new owners who are making instant (though small) changes to the resort. I am hoping Hedo II resort gets the attention it deserves and they revive this gem of the Caribbean.
     
  3. CarlGhio

    CarlGhio New Member

    it's true the place needs some tlc and the rooms are outdated but seriously who cares? fancy decor isn't the reason your there for. Hedo II is all about the experience...btw, watersports are all free including water skiing and scuba diving.
     
  4. juriPO

    juriPO New Member

    I have been to this resort many times and each year I was there the resort was getting run down more and more and the food was getting worse and worse. Since hearing about the "new owners" making improvements I may definitely be going back next year.
     
  5. wanderer

    wanderer Moderator

    Sure, you don't go for the decor, but if you see run down rooms and other areas in need of repair, it's just kind of a bummer. It's nice to see that the owners take care of the resort. It's the subtle things that make a difference.
     
  6. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    Now that I am back from Hedonism after 10 days, I must say that the improvements occurring daily, both cosmetic and infrastructure-wise, are positive and welcomed by guests and staff alike.

    Some of the $10 million+ allocated to improvements are already evident with new pillowtop mattresses, new flat screen TV's, full bars (and adequately staffed) with top shelf liquors, lots of new paint, new pool and beach loungers, upgraded main dining chairs, menus that received much praise, replacement of old railings/ramps, new hot tub Jacuzzi's for some oceanfront rooms, etc....and much more.

    I was so fortunate to be able to inspect the new room remodel complete with double bath vanities, glass enclosed showers, sliding glass doors to oceanfront balconies, modern furniture, etc. I posted a few photos in my primary Flickr photo group and my personal Yahoo! Group dedicated to my annual group trips to Hedo.

    I look forward to returning later this year and again next June to see even more progress.
     
  7. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    Hedo II June 2013 Group Trip Report part 1

    Ann, The TravelSlut's 9th Trip to Hedonism II resort & 7th Annual Group Trip Adventure

    I was most recently at Hedonism II from June 21 to July 1 and wow, what a positive difference from my June 2012 trip!

    I did this trip with about 30 other Krewe de Krazy Life members for 10 days and the bottom line was that this Hedo experience ranks near the top overall thanks mainly to a great Krewe including: (PF& ISS, M & J, R & Dr. T, LD & R, BB & BBS, L & J, T & M, J & M, K & T, D & R, A&A, B & M, R & T, YR, M & A, M & M, and a few others).

    So, in a manner not so normal, my trip report as follows comes from my notes during the week and are random and certainly not chronological. I hope you pick up a few tips and ideas though. Remember to check my 300+ photos from this trip also as pictures tell a better story sometime.

    When you are in the main dining area, be sure to check the wall with the Daily Activities Board next to the new Wine Bar and walkway to Reception. The board changes daily and has relevant information including the theme night dress, main and nude pool events, and special announcements.

    Also, on the main dining area wall between the start of the buffet station and Martino's, you will find the food menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    One more thing: On the ceiling above the lobby bar are some of the pictured specialty drinks that Hedo bartenders can concoct. I have tried most, if not all, of them during the 75+ days I've spent at Hedo. And it is so hard to decide on a favorite but I was told by several bartenders that the three most popular drinks at Hedo are: Rum & Coke, Dirty Banana, and Red Stripe beer.

    At the nude bar, feel free to enjoy the Delroy and Scumba drink specials but be forewarned...they are tasty but potent!

    I had several options for transport and transfers between Montego Bay Airport (MBJ) and Hedonism II resort in Negril including a private driver (Jason) but I opted for:
    Sunholiday Travel and Tours Ltd. P.O. Box 531 Montego Bay 2, St. James, Jamaica
    876.953.3144
    Email: reservation@sunholidayjamaica.com
    sunholidayjamaica.com/index.html
    Kiosk #5 inside the Montego Bay airport lobby is easy to find and my experience of transfers were nothing less than superb. They were professional, courteous, handled all baggage nicely, were on time and most importantly, drove safe. Plus, there were no stops either to or from Hedo so the driving times were 70 minutes to Hedo and 75 minutes from Hedo in air conditioned comfort. I met a very nice couple on the trip to Hedo (A & S) but no others on the return to the airport. I paid $33 roundtrip not including the tip I gave the driver who also handled my all baggage (four bags of costumes of course)

    I want to thank a few people that made my 9th Hedo visit special. This is not an all-inclusive list because everyone of the Hedo staff I encountered this trip were at a minimum kind and courteous and others helpful and resourceful.
    Naomi, room attendant; Scumba, Sharma and Delroy, nude pool bartenders; Paulette, main pool bartender; Delano, Latoya and Byron, main office; Winston, Entertainment Crew

    Be sure to complete your survey of your Hedo stay while waiting for your airport-bound bus transfer or during breakfast on your final day.
    The locked survey collection box is located on the shelf behind the main reception desk. I normally pick one up the day I arrive and keep it in my room and when something deserves noting (positive or negative), I can complete it right away instead of trying to remember something that might have occurred days before.

    In the lobby, I checked the internet room several times during the week and found recent USA and international newspapers and magazines (along with some paperback books) in case you are looking for some reading materials.

    On one day I did some travel business in the internet room using my own laptop and even noticed that someone left a thong on a chair! And yes, I worked all 10 days on business, either with the Group I brought to Hedo or two of my pending travel groups, and I probably averaged three hours a day working…. but I definitely made up for lost time at night…lol.

    Also, the wi-fi internet costs were US$15 per day or $80 per week and with the exception of the days where thunderstorms ruled, wi-fi coverage and speed was excellent, even in my room. Several times though I had to reboot but I did not worry about it but took it as a sign to get back to the pool and my Krewe.

    Hedonism II has so many venues and some, like the piano bar, gift store/boutique and fitness center, are frequented often but other locations are often less visited (or never experienced) like the beachfront Reggae Café (clothing optional side) for great Jamaican food, tennis courts (behind the gift store and piano bar), billiard/ping pong rooms, slot machine “casinoâ€, or even the miniature golf/putt-putt behind the piano bar. I would recommend that everyone take time during the day to explore all the nooks and crannies of Hedonism on both nude and clothing optional sides and you might be surprised how much of Hedo goes unnoticed.

    The gift store/boutique has been revamped and now includes an entire section devoted to "adult" toys and other adult items for your fun and pleasure.

    Hedo room #2157 (a garden view nude room and the first building down the ramp and stairs from the Spa and Fitness Center) was my home for 10 nights.

    Actually I had booked my normal nude oceanfront room but changed to the garden view room when one of my group members was about to be bumped to garden view due to all the oceanfronts being sold out. I had never stayed in the garden view nude rooms and I must say, I was quite happy being halfway between the nude pool and main dining area/reception and especially how quiet it was.

    Some notes about my room.

    In order to use a hair curling iron, I had to use the bedroom mirror vanity area (and sit on the small stool) as the bathroom did not have another outlet.

    Extra, but sometimes overlooked, storage areas within the room include: under the bed; under the bench by the window; under the desk where the stool is stored.

    The TV receives about 40 channels including international news and programming, sports, and three adult-only (two XXX and very explicit channels plus the Playboy channel). NOTE: The TV remote control device will not turn on the TV unless the wall switch by the door is also turned on.

    Some ideas I left on my survey for both new and existing rooms were the addition of wall hooks for hats and other items to hang plus more hangers for the closet.

    Also, I used scotch tape (but Velcro strips would work too) to secure the room curtains to the frames and wall so that light would not leak in during the morning. I loved the black-out drapes but it was difficult to overlap the curtains completely to eliminate all the cracks of light.

    The thermostat for the air conditioner worked great for me and at 22C degrees (72F degrees). I was always cool and less humid plus the white noise masked many outside noises (except of course the always present, nighttime “chirping†tree toads).

    Note: the closet contains and extra big pillow and blanket plus an iron, ironing board and safe).

    I liked the idea that I had a choice to not do a daily exchange of linens and towels in keeping with a green/eco theme.

    I also used the room’s coffeemaker every morning and enjoyed the complimentary Jamaican coffee.

    Finally, upon 1st entry into your room, disable your desktop alarm clock unless you have a real need to wake up (unexpectedly) early.

    I also made a point every night to close my bathroom door to muffle any hallway sounds plus I used one of my towels to tuck under the room entry door to block any light, noise or bugs. Fortunately, I did not encounter any room insects this trip.

    My shower always had plenty of mostly hot water (not lukewarm but not scalding hot either) but it did take some time to heat up so I just left the shower run for a minute or so. Depending on your room, the shower activator dials might take some time to learn as my bath had 5 shower heads controlled by two dials.

    In all my times at Hedo, I have never seen the rock climbing wall being used. Anyone know why or whether it is ever used?

    Many of the guests commented on how nice the new loungers were and how there were an adequate supply even when the resort occupancy was near 80% for a few of the days I was there.

    Be especially careful about the wading areas of the lagoon and beach areas. Please wear aqua socks or water sandals to avoid being cut on the coral rocks or stepping on a sea urchin! It happens every time I go to Hedo and makes for some uncomfortable times for some guests.

    Towel exchanges were no hassle both at the nude pool near the grill area and also at the marina’s watersports shack.

    One thing I did not see this trip was anyone playing sand volleyball or playing bocce ball. Maybe I was just there at the wrong times.

    I completely forgot about checking out the family of stingrays that had been seen recently at the marina dock area after dark. Oh well, their loss….lol.

    I would suggest doing the complimentary snorkel trip that leaves every day from the watersports marina and dock about 2 pm and it uses one of the Hedo boats out to the Middle Sound Reef. The trip is about 90 minutes (20 minutes out, 45 minutes on the reef, 20 minutes back) and the boat trip is relaxing and the water is nice, warm and clear even if you don’t snorkel.

    I was excited for those in the oceanfront nude rooms that received the new multi-jet hot tub jacuzzi’s while I was there.
     
  8. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    Re: Hedo II June 2013 Group Trip Report part 1

    I am also excited about the new wine bar addition being developed in the main dining area. I understand from talking with the bar manager that a plan to implement use of this area is pending and there may be REALLY premium wine and alcohol available for purchase or supplemental fees including high-end items like Cristal, Dom Perignon, and Opus.

    I still find (and my group/Krewe will confirm) that Martino’s is a dinner venue not to be missed for both a wonderful service and great dining experience. It has a full choice of menu options and great service and all in an air conditioned environment.

    Close behind Martino’s is the “new†Harry San (formerly Munasan) teppanyaki-style Japanese outdoor restaurant (off to the piano bar side of the main dining area). I especially loved it this year because I scheduled our group dinners at 7 pm so that we had plenty of time to socialize and talk (without having to shout) before the main stage entertainment started. Both nights it was also right after a thunderstorm so it was cool even around the teppanyaki grills. Consider the earliest or latest booking in order to enjoy conversations around the grill (which seat 8 to 10).

    Hedo rocks: For the first time I did not update nor create a new rock but instead I commissioned a wooden plaque by woodworker Christopher who is on-property. I did find one of my older rocks just past the skybridge on the pathway to the nude pool. I also saw some very descriptive and creative rocks throughout my walks inside the resort though and I think they are a great memento to all visitors and next year I will bring a bag of rock painting paints for both me and the Krewe.

    A couple miscellaneous thoughts:

    EVERYONE loved the pizza served at the nude pool grill late at night & the early morning hours. It was awesome! Speaking of the grill, the fish sandwiches and jerk chicken nachos and sandwiches were a great snack in the afternoon and before dinner. I did manage to be the last out of the hot tub and pool when it closed for cleaning & chemicals about 8 pm each night.

    The new white mattresses for the outdoor gazebos were well received by all and very comfortable both day and night.

    The nude waterslide: it is a FAST and a quick, wild ride that ends in the disco pool. Be prepared for a dunking.

    If it is raining, be extremely careful near the Hedo legend/map sign located at the end of the fitness center and entrance to the main stage area. The tiles are slippery when wet and there is a slight slope where slick-bottomed sandals or shoes may cause a fall. I witnessed at least two slips.

    Also, several people took the slip/fall-plunge between the nude pool and conversation pool where the steps are depth-deceptive. Just be careful transitioning between the two pools, especially if you are under any influence from alcohol.

    This trip I did get some bug bites and probably from the Super Moon night (summer solstice) where I was on the beach for 30 minutes or so without any bug repellent while taking some photos.

    I rarely saw anyone take advantage of the soda and ice machine located at the rear of the nude hot tub. There is filtered water and ice which is nice to take back to your room at night.

    Some of the Krewe again this year did either (or both) the catamaran to Ricks (US$55) on Thursday afternoon and the One Love Bus that does the Pub Crawl on Wednesdays. Both are nice and safe ventures off property and allow for a guest to see some of Negril and meet up with others that they might not have a chance to interact with otherwise. The Pub Crawl is free but tipping the driver is expected and paying for drinks at the various stops.

    Our Krewe will consider a totem pole with names/nicknames for 2014 as crafted by Christopher, the woodworker near the nude pool. Christopher made me a commemorative wooden plaque this year that is a great representation of my TravelSlut character and it should be hanging near the nude pool bar. (If anyone can get a photo of it and email me, I would really appreciate it).

    I had a few moments at Hedo this trip (again) where I created some smiles including spending an afternoon in the nude pool complete with my trademark big blonde hair and accessories. This brought me a standing ovation and applause for which I was humbled. Then some of my "Ann-tics" in the piano bar (and sideroom) apparently raised a few eyebrows...lol.

    The two pool parties (thanks Hedo Naughty Rockers & Wild Women) featuring glow sticks and a "rave" atmosphere with live DJ were awesome! I hope I did not embarrass anyone that I decided to "dress up" in one of the Krewe members costumes I "borrowed". It was all meant in good nature.

    In conclusion I wanted to add my updated Top 10 tips for those going to Hedo for the 1st time or anyone that is returning after a lengthy absence.

    10 things to remember about trips to Hedonism II all-inclusive resort in Negril, Jamaica

    1. Bring or buy or borrow and then USE mid-high range SPF sunscreen-especially your 1st few days and don’t forget both to reapply often and don’t forget the SENSITIVE SPOTS! I have seen way too many red lobster-skinned people during my previous 9 trips to Hedo and spending your vacation/holiday time applying aloe vera while sitting in the shade and taking aspirin to reduce pain and swelling from sunburn cannot be enjoyable.

    2. Consider bringing or buying an insulated drinking mug... but a caveat: using big cups or containers means more drinking and means more and quicker absorption of alcohol. Since trips to the various bars can take time and you might hydrate with more ice waters in between...by drinking with just one big container your hydration takes a back seat. Not necessarily a good thing in the heat and humidity.

    3. Have an idea what you might like to do indoors should the occasional passing rain showers decide to linger for several hours or longer. Whether it is a game of billiards, drinks under the roofs of the pools, lobby bar area, taking a well deserved nap, socializing in a pre-planned spot or even working out in the well-equipped fitness center, have a back up plan. All that green foliage comes from the rains.

    4. Consider making a beaded name necklace or have your group leader include them in your packaged trip. If you are uncomfortable using your real name, then use a nickname. The name necklaces certainly help initiate conversations and socializing.

    5. Flights to Jamaica and getting to Hedo II can sometimes require almost a full travel day despite your point of origin and reconsider doing an all-nighter on your arrival date if you plan on being at Hedo a week or more. My simple flights from Florida take 8-10 travel hours doorstep to doorstep and I've seen new arrivals never pass a bar without drinking within hours of arrival and seeing them passed out early in the evening. If you are new to Hedo II, then take time to explore the various areas and if you are a veteran, then check for new developments and start the “pacing†of both time and energy so that you can make it through your entire trip with maximum fun and energy levels. A supply of energy bottles or drinks can also help.

    6. If you seek quiet areas, then you may want to remain flexible and when one area gets to noisy or busy, move to another. I know a few times around the nude pool, people either moved to the nude beach or one of the clothing optional pools where the noise level was more acceptable. If you seek activities, check the board in the main dining area for the "what's happening now" schedule.

    7. Consider joining or at least learning about any group or groups that will be at Hedo when you are planning to be there. A great source to see who might be there is: hedonism.com/events.php (and it includes my group). If you can't join our group in 2014, then try to find a compatible group that you might like to join or at least meet people that are members. Every June we add many people to the Krewe de Krazy Life during our visits and often see them again at Hedo the following June, one of our annual private rendezvous parties and even in Key West for Fantasy Fest every October.

    8. Expect the unexpected at either the hot tub/jacuzzi or the nude pool at night. The liquor flows freely (literally) and the jacuzzi is called a "hot" tub for good reasons. :)

    9. Tipping (gratuities) are not required, expected or preferred at Hedo but it does happen on occasion. The rules state "No Tipping". IF (and a big if) you do decide to tip one or more staff members at Hedo--please do it both one-on-one and very discreet--and please explain that while the tip is from you alone for above & beyond service, that your positive feedback on your departure survey form will reflect and earn more for them job-wise.
    NOTE: baggage handlers at the Montego Bay airport and your shuttle bus driver ARE NOT employed by Hedo and therefore rely on tips.

    10. Rule #1 ---Hedo is about what YOU want, when you want it, where you want it, with whom you want it, and how you want it-----or NOT WANT IT. Rule #2 --- When in doubt, refer to Rule #1

    I try not to dwell on the negative because I’ve often felt that just about any “bad day†on holiday or vacation is better than most good days at work.

    Remember, for those that have experienced Hedo, no explanation is needed. For those that haven't--no complete explanation is possible.
    In the meantime, take care, travel safe and have safe fun!

    Ann, The TravelSlut
    INFO: groups.yahoo.com/group/KrewedeKrazyLifers4Hedonism
    EMAIL: TheTravelSlut@yahoo.com
    PHOTOS, ETC: www.flickr.com/groups/hedonismresortgrouptrip
     
  9. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    The renovations continue at Hedo and already one block of rooms have been completed with new balconies, hot tubs, TV's, bathrooms, décor etc.

    Of course with renovations, come new pricing.

    Fortunately, the room rates have only risen 3-5% for groups (at least my group going June 2014).

    Hedo's atmosphere is unchanged but many other things are including rave reviews of the food, full supplies of premium alcohol drinks, new beddings and an overall of the exterior items like loungers, dining tables, etc.

    I can't wait to return in June for my 10th trip.

    Ann, TS
     
  10. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    TravelSlut's June 18-30 trip report with Krewe de Krazy Life on Trip #11
    This trip report is more like a daily diary for my 11th trip to Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica from June 18-30 and includes my week with the Krewe de Krazy Life (June 20-27).

    Thursday, June 17 (Toga Theme Night)

    Southwest Airlines #272 Orlando to Montego Bay after spending the night at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The International check-in at end of the main area was empty and getting through security was easy. Once onboard, free drinks were offered to everyone to get the vacation started!

    95 minutes later at Montego Bay the Immigration line was LONG and I was not offered the new self-service immigration kiosks but waited over an hour to get to my complete the immigration, customs and luggage retrieval.

    Rocky's Taxi Service employee Santana was patiently waiting for me outside in the private transfers area and my driver Ziggy picked me up right away and had cold Red Stripe beer and bottled water waiting for me. NOTE: I have used Rocky's now for several years (and for the Krewe group also) and the results/feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. They can be contacted via their website: www.rockystaxiandtourservice.com/

    The drive was 80 minutes, nice, comfy and no stops along the way and got me safely to Hedonism by 2 pm where I was greeted by several bellmen who took my 4 bags of luggage (my costumes, wigs and boots take up most of my baggage space and weight).

    Since the lobby was under renovation, the new front desk/reception and check-in was in a room next to the piano bar with access to the area via the path behind the piano bar and through the new courtyard where people taking advantage of free wifi were enjoying the outdoor ambiance.

    I noticed too the tours reservation desk was moved to the area next to the slot machines in between the billiards area and expanded gift shop.

    I had lots of work to do online so I went to my room, (#1143 on the clothing optional side), just behind the newly renovated (and old Martinos) Pastafari Italian restaurant and then met up with the 1st of the Krewe de Krazy Life Group that had arrived.

    Dinner was most excellent in Pastafari with so much service that I felt very special. Choices of lamb, filet mignon, shrimp, salmon, etc. made my choice difficult but I knew I would eating here several times during my 12 night stay so I opted for the filet and decided I would try the other entrees on subsequent dining.

    Following a late dinner, and with much more work to do, I sat in the chairs under roof in the free wi-fi zone outside the piano bar and enjoyed the mainstage entertainment show music just outside the main dining area.

    Once my work was completed, I returned to my room to head to the nude pool. Along the way, I stopped at Club Hurricane (the Disco/Nightclub) after midnight and saw the disco floor completely covered
    in chest high foam for the Thursday night Toga-Foam theme party. Everyone seemed to be having a GREAT time and that was confirmed by speaking to several party-goers afterwards in the nude pool.

    I was tired but I was able to meet up with several Krewe and friends from the Hedo Naughty Rockers Group where we caught up from last June's Hedo gathering.

    I also had a veggie pizza slice freshly and expertly made at the nude pool grill and it complimented my champagne so well!

    People recognized me all day and especially at night with my trademark "special dicky sippy cup) and of course, some of my special hair-looks (and in this case-purple hair).

    Then it was off to the room for some much needed sleep.

    Friday, June 18 (Rock Star & Groupie Theme Night)

    After a restful sleep, it was a late breakfast and off to the courtyard and front desk/reception to take care of more business.

    I also personally greeted all new Krewe members arriving, enjoyed a great buffet lunch in the main dining hall and met up with quite a few guests and staff members that saw me in the courtyard.

    The resort announced a free catamaran cruise to Rick's Cafe about 2 pm and it was also going to include both a sunset cruise and some clothing optional snorkeling. According to some of the Hedo guests I spoke to afterwards, the cruise was simply awesome with lots of food, drinks, and fun times with music.

    I made time to go to the nude pool to meet up with as many people as possible before being asked to leave near 8 pm so that staff could clean and chlorinate the pool in preparation for evening activities.
    NOTE: When the elevated conversation pool stops overflowing into the main nude pool, you have less than 15 minutes to get out. Also, the nude pool grill shuts down at 6:30 pm (re-opens at midnight) and the nude pool bar closes at 7 pm and re-opens at 11:30 pm

    At 8 pm, I returned to my room to prep for the rock star theme night parties and I dressed as a Dolly Parton look-alike and that made for lots of stops by people who wanted to know if I was the TravelSlut or simply to inquire who I was. I was also able to have some photos and a video taken of me in various locations (see my videos on YouTube at: Ann The TravelSlut welcomes you to Hedonism Resort in Jamaica and my photos on Twitter:http://twitter.com/TheTravelSlut and Flickr:

    Dinner tonight was the special Seafood Buffet (no lobster as it was out of season) but the sauteed shrimp (cooked fresh at the back of the main grill station) was an excellent substitute. There was also plenty of freshly made sushi, various rolls, flambe desserts, martini bar) and something for everyone even if they did not want seafood-based cuisine.

    The main stage had a great show featuring veteran Entertainment Crew (EC) Winston singing and dancing to many recent and vintage rock music hits. The energy and costumes were outstanding.

    Following the main entertainment, it was off to the piano bar which was very full with singing guests and the requisite piano top exhibitions by various females.
    NOTE: As the resort was sold out for the week it became apparent for anyone wishing to see the piano bar show and wanting a good viewing seat that getting there earlier than the 10:30 pm start time was essential.

    I socialized with friends in the attached/adjacent "game room" where I was able to enjoy the lower-volume music and cool area with my champagne after obtaining the air conditioning remote control located behind the piano bar. This room later was converted to office space for the week to accomodate staff working on check-ins and check-outs among other things.


    It was then off to the "prude pool" to skinny dip with friends and I did draw some attention when people wondered who was the big hair blonde in the water. This preceded a return to my room to change out of my costume and head to the nude pool after midnight to enjoy another late night pizza, meet new people from all over the world. The nightended with a short stint in the hot tub where there was again plenty of "enthusiastic" guests exploring delights at night.

    Finally, off to bed as I had a big day (Saturday) planned greeting all the new arriving Krewe members and prepping for the week activities.

    NOTE: Do not keep your electronic room key near your camera or cellphone as it can cause the room key to malfunction (which mine did).

    I also posted several photos, tweets and videos (see links below) daily during my stay as I wanted to say hi to all my friends and Krewe de Krazy Life members and tell them a little about the 9th Annual Group Trip & Rendezvous in Paradise this week at Hedo and let those who may miss Fantasy Fest(Key West, Florida every Halloween week) 2015 or will miss Fantasy Fest 2016 that Hedo is a great substitute every June.

    It is easy to compare Hedo to Fantasy Fest with its costumed theme nights, tropical delights on the beach and waters of Negril, full service restaurants, unlimited (and all-inclusive) drinks, food, snacks, non-motorized watersports, and all the nude & clothing optional fun you can imagine both day and night.

    Saturday June 20 (Hats and Heels)

    Today the majority of the Krewe arrived for the 9th Annual Group Adventure week in Paradise

    I had a very early morning wakeup to get the check-in Group desk set up in the piano bar and to insure the hanging of the two big TravelSlut @ Krewe de Krazy Life banners at the resort. Since the resort is a sellout, there is lots of activity and movements.

    Breakfast was a busy time too and with so many people checking in and out and the food choices---so many and so good too! The omelet and french toast/waffle stations produce awesome meals.

    People were really using the free wifi in the courtyard and some did so under the new canopy roof connecting the new wine bar and gift shop. Plus, I saw several people take relief in the new bathrooms near the tennis court-end of the artificial turf courtyard as the restrooms were brand new, clean, efficient and AIR-CONDITIONED!
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    Once everyone was checked in (and we used the piano bar for all the group check-ins because the main lobby is demolished and being completely remodeled), and everyone was assigned rooms to their pleasing (a few upgrades were made for various reasons), I did a stop in the gift boutique looking for something for the Hats & Hells theme night party but decided on a little black dress made by a Krewe member for me and a small hat attached to one of my big blonde hair TravelSlut costumed character looks.

    Before heading to the nude pool to meet up again with all the new arrivals, I had a late lunch at the newly remodeled and expanded Beach Grill (clothing optional side) with some of the late-arriving Krewe members and the jerk chicken sandwiches and fish plates were all deemed excellent.
     
  11. The Travel Slut

    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    Then a short walk on the beach to the nude pool, a towel exchange adjacent to the nude pool grill, and late afternoon/early evening pool fun until we were booted out at 7:30 pm when the pool was closed for regular nightly cleaning until 11 p.m.
    NOTE: I was also made aware of the nude pool having fresh coffee and fruits every morning on the table to the beach side of nude grill.

    After a brief rest back at my room I prepared myself for the Hats & Heels theme night dinner and entertainment in the main dining room with some of the Krewe. Buffet dinner was again varied and delicious.

    The entertainment show was again highlighted by an impressive performance by Winston and Crew onstage and the completely filled main dining hall showed their appreciation with both applause and a standing ovation.

    A short walk to the piano bar revealed another packed house, lots of music, (a little too loud for my taste) but a retreat with friends to the side room (and borrowing the remote control for the air conditioner allowed the room to cool off considerably in a short time where we were able to socialize and listen to the more soft music coming from the next room.

    I then took a tour of the new "Rendezvous Lounge" (open nightly 10:30 pm-3 a.m) discreetly entered behind the gift shop via the tennis courts path and through the back door of the Mahoe Spa where cold champagne was stored in a cooler and the open air pools were surrounded by mattresses covered in bed sheets for those wishing to indulge in intimate fun. One of the staff members/entertainers was stationed outside the door to provide house rules for all the patrons of the lounge. Also, for those not wanting the warm (and/or humid) open air fun, the closed, windowed room outside the locker rooms/showers was
    air-conditioned and had a large covered mattress not unlike the ones seen under the gazebos located in the areas of the nightclub,

    The night concluded with a change of costume to a towel and walk to the nude pool where late night pool and hot tub fun was obvious. The next couple hours were spent going from person to person and group to group sharing late night pizza & grilled cheese sandwiches plus a few rounds of shots (and I'm talking 20 shots per round for the larger groups) to welcome all the newbies. My favorite was from my friends B & B who gave me a PB&J shot (peanut butter & jelly) made from Sambuca and Frangelico (if I recall properly).

    A short walk back home, shower and a well-deserved good night sleep.

    Sunday, June 21 (Hedonistic School Girl theme night)

    I slept in late--and I needed it! But then some work on some of my other travel groups (and skipping breakfast) before heading to lunch through a brief thunderstorm (1st of two in my 12 days) and some business to handle in reception for both newly arrived Krewe and pending arrivals of Krewe.

    This being my 11th time here at Hedo and with the improvements just keep coming, I am already excited about the big 10th Anniversary Blowout week at Hedo in June 2016 for the Krewe de Krazy Life group.

    I spent the day roaming the resort property looking for my old painted rocks and I also enjoyed seeing my new wooden plaque (carved by Christopher at the resort) hanging from the nude pool from the eve of the roof facing pool and hot tub for all to see and comment on. Many people noticed the 3D TravelSlut carved caricature and were happy to share their delight with me.

    A majority of the day was spent with the Krewe in the nude pool and mostly just catching-up with those that I only see 1-2 times a year or just every June for the Krewe Hedo trip.

    Dinner was again Pastafari (fabulous food and service) but I also table-hopped in the main dining room afterwards to socialize with the Krewe and other friends while watching the evening entertainment.

    Following our regular routine of dinner, then courtyard meetups, piano bar and either main pool cooling off from hot costumes or doing a walk through of the Club Hurricane nightclub/disco we all then headed to the nude pool for late night snacks and drinks in both the pool and hot tub.

    A walk by the Rendevous Lounge revealed lots of people but I headed to my room for some sleep,
     
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    Monday, June 22 (Jamaica Night)

    I forced myself out of bed this morning after a LONG night in the nude pool and hot tub (and grotto)

    Breakfast with some of the Krewe and a recap of the previous day/night fun was had by all along with the various (often sordid) stories of Hedo--past, present and future--and plans for the day.

    The weather was perfect for one of Hedo's complimentary snorkel boat trips to one of the local reefs (everyday-weather permitting-at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and I'm glad I went. The 15 minute boat ride to nearly "Shark Island" was great with the other 11 guests and 2 Hedo staff. The water was very warm, clear and calm and while others snorkeled the reefs, I just skinny dipped around the boat enjoying the salt water and later I did a video (on YouTube) from the boat along with some photos (on my Twitter & Flickr pages).

    Upon return I opted for a jerk chicken lunch from the nude pool grill and seeing more more friends from both the Krewe and other groups.

    I then spent the rest of the early-mid-afternoon in the nude pool watching the EC's (Entertainment Crew) with their ever-present energy keep the nude pool crowd happy with their various sexy and funny games.

    With the threat of a storm across the bay approaching I decided to head back to the room and take a much-needed nap before the evening activities.(It never did rain on the resort today).

    Following my nap, I headed to the piano bar to help Hedo staff set up our groups' Meet & Greet (M&G) party and they did a wonderful job with some GREAT food and of course the bar staff serving just about any drink you could dream up.

    The M&G went well as we discussed everything from daily activities for the week to our butt-paintings on the beach, group dinners and off-property excursions. Plus it was International No-Panty's Day and in celebration of this event, all the ladies (and most of the guys) got some special eye-catching stick-on temporary tattoos in some inconspicuious body areas.

    Afterwards, some of the Krewe went to both Harry San restaurant (Japanese Teppanyaki) and Pastafari restaurant (Italian) while I enjoyed the Jamaican cuisine of the main dining room. This dinner was met on the same approval level as the seafood buffet on Friday night.

    The Jamaica main stage show was awesome with song, dance, and entertainment (plus some verbal history of Jamaica) for the evening.

    A beach bonfire was set for 10:30 pm and meanwhile, the prude beach pool and Club Hurricane (disco) were the stage for a huge music and light show on the beach. Many who had never been to the beachfront at night enjoyed the bonfire and a walk to the dock/marina to see the various fish surrounding the sea walls. Stingrays and various other marine life could be seen with the dock lights bringing the animals into the shallow waters.

    The beachwalk continued to the nude pool and hot tub and the crowds were big as was the line to nude pool grill. But, Ricardo, the nightshift bartender, was again fun, efficient and always keeping the guests drinks full.

    The grotto was very active this night/morning so it was an early-to-bed close of another great day at Hedo.

    Tuesday, June 23 (Bare as you Dare Glow/Rave pool party night)

    Early morning breakfast and the last of the Krewe check-ins today! Pashur the Bodypainter arrived and later began artistically creating complimentary body art on all the Krewe ladies for the week.

    The 2nd and final one-hour rainshower of my Hedo time arrived but did not affect anyone.

    I have been tweaking my Hedonism resort travel checklist as I discover items that should be included that would work for all guests plus additional items that I need as the organizer of the Krewe at Hedo. Thanks to all the Krewe that volunteer to assist me throughout the week with various Krewe activities from booking Harry San and Pastafari restaurants to pool games like alcohol-infused whipped cream body treats, sticker/tattoo placements, body glitter transfers and giant dicky ring toss (thanks J&P!)

    I managed some shopping this morning as I found I had neglected bringing a few costumes from home and I was pleased with my purchases (photos attached).

    I also went to the Rutland Craft Shops to buy some souvenir gifts from local craftspersons and met up with several nice vendors. Rutland is located off property and about a 10 minute walk north and near the Negril airport. Prices are negotiable and locally made/produced.

    Tonight the Krewe took over some Harry San restaurant dinner seats and we had a GREAT time with GREAT food and entertainment by our tableside chef.

    AFter dinner, it was a WILD time on the courtyard by the Krewe before some time in the piano bar, main pool, and finally another fun time in the nude pool after midnight.


    Wednesday June 24 (Fetish, Lingerie, Bodypaint and Fantasy theme night

    I managed to sleep in today and get some work done inside my room before heading to the main dining room for a late breakfast. As several new Krewe members wanted to try the complimentary snorkel boat trip at 11:30 a,m, I met people at the watersports marina, gathered my fins and mask and thoroughly enjoyed a 90 minute experience complete with more nude snorkeling and swimmng plus I was able to do a few new photos and YouTube videos with Hedonism resort seen in the onshore background. This trip was special too because the boat crew showed everyone an old pirate boat resting place in the 15-20 foot deep waters complete with a visible cannon and anchor.

    The biggest treat to me was on the boat ride back to the resort where we all saw a large pod of dolphins just yards from our boat!

    Upon return to Hedo I had lunch in the main dining room and went to the nude pool in time to see some of the sexy and fun pool games being played by the EC's.

    I met up with my group single males and spent time with the various Krewe members in the nude pool and they enjoyed the Whipped cream-alcohol pool antics

    I missed the repeaters party this night but was able to spend lots of time with the Krewe.

    Also, for the only time I am aware of during my stay, the Hedo clothes police at the nude pool became a security issue when one of the Krewe members walked into the nude pool area and was ordering a drink when appoached and told to remove clothes or leave. Ridiculous.

    Our Krewe today met at the nude beach for a special event. Pashur lined up all the females and painted each butt cheek with a letter that spelled out "Krewe de Krazy Life" while all the males lined up and had "The Travel Slut" painted letters on their butts before we were told by security that cameras were not allowed. Anyway, we got a few photos.


    We all enjoyed Pastafari w/ Pashur the Bodypainter (www.canvasalive.com) for dinner and costumed time afterwards and then the usual routine.
     
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    Thursday, June 25 and Toga/Foam Party theme night

    It is hard to believe that I have been here at Hedo for a week already.

    After sleeping in late (again) I did the Snorkel boat cruise to the "caves.
    NOTE: Bring bottled water to rinse out your mouth of salt water afterwards,

    Lunch and work in main dining area followed by shopping for some replacement sunglasses as I lost them somewhere between the pool and courtyard.

    I spent the afternoon and evening in the nude pool and nude beach and actually had two conversations with Hedo owner Harry Lange where he discussed the pending renovations of Hedo.

    After another great Pastafari dinner I checked out the new wine room for after dinner drinks. It is very nice.

    I spent some time in the piano bar and guests seem to enjoy my costumed look. I tried to get into the foam party but it was overflowing and seemed to be hit of the week.

    Then it was pizza and pool while still in my big blonde hair costume and the guests REALLY loved it.


    Friday, June 26 Rock Star and Groupie night

    I had yet another late wake up and this day is sort of a blur as most of what I recall were the Appletini's by Ricardo at the nude pool and getting back to my room at a trip record of 4:30 a.m.
    My notes for the day are non-existant.

    However i did do lots of photos and a few videos.



    Saturday June 27, Hat and Heels Theme Night and majority of the Krewe check-out

    I was up early to resolve some check-out issues but then went back to bed.

    A late lunch at nude pool grill followed by socializing with remaining Krewe and meeting new folks,

    Occupancy plummeted from 100% to less than 50% but staff told me by Weds. the resort would be sold out again.

    Off to Rutland Point Craft Market with Pashur again and then back to the nude pool, some great nachos with cheese and jerk chicken.

    A nap and some work before another great Pastafari dinner followed by Pashur bodypainting for the 10th year,


    Late nite in the pool and hot tub with some new "fans" and friends (and no we did not solve any major issues of the world--lol)

    Sunday, June 28 and another Hedonistic School Girl theme night

    I woke up late and missed the departure of six more Krewe de Krazy Life members including Pashur but then spent considerable time with several members of Hedo staff, both group and regular, and learned some new information about Hedo groups and made plans for my big 10th Annual TravelSlut & Krewe de Krazy Life Group Trip Adventure June 18-25, 2016.

    I then had a little main dining lunch and then headed to the nude beach for some time in the sun via my beach lounger at the shoreline.

    And then off to the nude pool for some drinks and the nude grill fries and grilled jerk chicken nachos with a chicken-cheese quesadilla.

    My new friends and I closed down the pool and hot tubs for nightly 7:30 pm maintenance before I returned to my room for a pre-dinner map.

    Dinner was at the main dining room with the 2 remaining Krewe members and I did my final night of costuming with my traditional big red hair and TravelSlut dress with stops in the piano bar, disco/nightclub and surrounding areas.

    A quick change-out in my room to another traditional big blonde hair look & costume to show at the nude pool for late night "Ann-tics which included showing some "newbies" the new Rendezvous Lounge, some new videos for my YouTube channel and even a quick dip into the main pool where the excitement was the discovery and ultimate removal of two LARGE crabs that had crawled in the from the beach shoreline.

    Monday, June 29, and no theme costumes for me tonight

    With no Krewe members remaining at Hedo I had a work-free day to enjoy the resort and all its amenities and a short stroll & return to Rutland Craft Fair to buy some gifts before my Tuesday departure. I also took some photos through the fence of the old Grand Lido Resort currently being demolished.

    I wanted to make a final few notes include 12 days with only a few hours of rain (pretty amazing), wait staff regularly checking areas like the beach and courtyard to see if drinks were needed by anyone, owner Harry Lange regularly mingling with guests and welcomingfeedback, wi-fi and TV only being out about 3 hours during the 12 days, and on-site construction disruptions being either non-existent or minimal.


    Tuesday, June 20 and departure from Hedo back to Tampa

    Breakfast, goodbyes, and a great Rocky's Taxi Service back to Montego Bay with Rocky himself.

    The flight back to Orlando was uneventful and the drive back home to Tampa Bay welcomed.

    All in all, a great trip.
     
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    The Travel Slut 6 continents, 87 countries & 64 cruises so far

    If I did not see you at Hedo during the week, then hopefully I will see you at Fantasy Fest and maybe even our 10th Annual Group Trip Adventure and Rendezvous in Paradise dates in June 2016. Email me for details at:


    Email & Yahoo IM: TheTravelSlut@yahoo.com

    And follow my daily adventures in text & photos on Twitter at:

    twitter.com/TheTravelSlut

    Plus my YouTube channel with all sorts of info and fun videos:

    www.youtube.com/user/TheTravelSlut/videos

    And finally, the largest Hedo Group on Flickr with over 3,000 photos & 6,100 members:

    www.flickr.com/groups/hedonismresortgrouptrip

    ANN, THE TRAVELSLUT

    10th Annual Group Trip Adventure and Rendezvous in Paradise at Hedonism II resort in Jamaica June 2016.
     

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