Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Traveling Swinger: Hedo 2, 3 and Young Swinger’s Week, Negril, Jamaica

Hedonism Resort Tagline: “Your Pleasure is Our Passion”

****Note Hedo 3 closed in 2010, There was never a Hedonism 1. It never existed!
Supposedly Hedo 3 was the newer, nicer resort, so we don’t know why it closed, as opposed to Hedo 2. 


After reading the reviews and because we had some questions, Claire and I decided to take a look at Trip Advisor Hedonism reviews from 2015 and more recent. Many of the reviewers had been multiple times  -- one as many as nine times.  One reviewer even commented that “a piece of his soul” seemed to be missing, the one year he missed the trip to Hedo.

Reviews tended to be very positive on food, not so much on room quality, but that is not why people go. Overall, most people seemed pleased with their experience.

Some Facts

The resort seems to have been under different management at different times, with varying results, with the biggest decline having taken place during the Superclubs management period. People comment that the latest management represents an improvement over Superclubs.

There is a nude side and prude side. We can’t imagine why you would go there and stay on the prude side, given the reviews of the accommodations....

Apparently it is cheaper to book through a group, than directly through the resort. One reviewer recommended booking through Cocktails International, stating that “Cocktails takes away any issues or concerns...taking care of the booking, transportation, and making sure your trip is the way you want it.”

Accommodations: The rooms have supposedly been renovated, but one reviewer from March 2016 says that only 20 out of 200 rooms have been redone. When multiple people comment that you don’t go for the rooms, it is safe to assume they are probably pretty dated.  A reviewer who went as a couple in March 2016 stated: “I asked for decent working air conditioning and decent working plumbing, neither of which I got here.” One couple that went in Oct 2015 for YSW (Young Swinger’s Week) got sick and blamed it on AC unit. Hedo veterans recommended they douse the unit with can of Lysol. This quote seemed to summarize many reviewers’ thoughts on Hedo: “Bottom line, if you want 5 stars and you only care about a luxurious resort then don't come here. If you want to have a wild time and don't care where you spend your 4 hours a morning sleeping then this is place for you.”

                                                                                A "classic room" at Hedonism II

Reading the reviews, Claire and I concluded that, not just for price, but for activities and a younger, more playful crowd, it seems that if you were to try Hedo for the first time, going during one of the Young Swinger’s Week events would be the time to try it. Per one couple:

“YSW put together a schedule of fun and sexy activities for the week which was listed on their official webpage so we knew what theme nights, etc. to prepare for in advance and they handed us nice brochures with the same schedule on it when we arrived, which made it easy to know what was going on while we were there.  We loved getting involved in the fun and risqué games that went on throughout the week.  Highlights for us included the fetish night pole dancing competition in the club, whipped cream bikini eating contest, goat racing, nude Twister, couples speed dating, and the sexy itty bitty bikini/ugly Hawaiian shirt contests.

Our favorite thing that this group brings that is hard to find elsewhere is the sexy lifestyle crowd that that is close to our age. We're in our late 20's/early 30's and this was finally where we felt that we weren't the youngest ones around.  We can and do hang out with crowds that can average 30+ years our senior and we will still have fun, but this was refreshing and meant there were a lot more opportunities to have 4-way chemistry with a lot of other couples.”

Bottom line: The people who like Hedo seem to really love it, despite complaints about the sub-par accommodations and lack of air conditioning in some of the public venues, like the nightclub. If you are into Spring Break, all you can eat buffets, and making the “best friends you have ever made in your life” on a one week swinger vacation, this may be the venue for you.

The responses from our own survey pool tended to be more varied, on how well the respondents related to the other people at the resort, how much they played and whether their expectations were met. However, all three respondents, despite the varying level of enthusiasm in their responses to some of the questions, said they would recommend this resort.


Note: Q1 is omitted because that was the question where respondents listed which swinger travel destination they were reviewing. In this case, all respondents below were reviewing Hedonism II, III, or both. One specifically reviewed Young Swinger’s Weekend. After reviewing the responses, we edited our survey to ask when the respondents went, and to specify the cost per number of days they stayed.

Q2: What influenced you to pick this destination?
#10 Website
#8 Won the 1st trip in a wet t-shirt contest and loved it so I went back.
#2  Young swingers week march 2016 and we like the nudist resort

Q3: What was the overall cost? Be sure to include cost of any extras or upgrades. If this is a destination vacation, specify whether or not this included the cost of flights.
#10 $5000 including flights
#8 I want to say close to 3000 with flights.
#2 $3800

***Wondering if price varies based on number of days or time of year, or how long ago the couple went.

Q4: How would you describe the ambiance and accommodations?
#10 Ambiance was great accommodations were so so
#8 Hedo 3 was brand new and fabulous at the time. Had a great room overlooking 1 of the 3 pools.  Hedo 2 was still nice but far more worn in. Still great restaurants and entertainment.
#2 Wild spring break party

Q5: How would you describe the crowd (average age, appearance, background)?
#10 Crowd spanned the range from mid 20's to 70's. Slim &sexy to heavy and BBW and all backgrounds
#8 Hedo 3 seemed to have a larger crowd of 30 somethings, a younger crowd than I was used to. Hedo 2 had more seasoned vets, still some young and attractive but also the 70 year old couple still having a good time.
#2 Mostly 30s. Attraction on a scale of 1-10 averaged about a 6-8. Swinger background, business lifestyle. Very active.

Q6: Did you relate well to the other people there? Why or why not?
#10 Sort of
#8 I believe so, we made friends wherever we went and had a good time. The only big disparity was the hardcore drug crowd seems pretty predominant at Hedo 2 so the b parties could be intense.
#2 Yes and no. Some were a bit too much into partying and having sex with as many people as possible. Met a number of laid back couples who were amazing

Q7: Did you play? If so, how did the experience compare with what you are used to back home?
#10 No
#8 I (woman) did the 1st time at Hedo 3 with an attractive couple. It was fun but a bit rushed since it was a vacation so we didn't get to know them very well. I don't recall playing at 2 but I did get a $300 box of Cigars for a $2 pair of panties.
#2 Yes. It was exciting meeting new people. Experimented more and have a few more firsts because it seems to get out of the box people back home have put us in based on what was normal in the beginning.

Q8: What were your expectations going to this place? Were those expectations met? Why or why not?
#10 Respondent skipped the question
#8 I didn't know what to expect the 1st time and it blew me away. The 2nd I was a bit more jaded and my marriage wasn't doing well so the experience was tainted for me.
#2 Really, no expectations. Expectations seem to add undue stress to an environment like a lifestyle event... We were pleased and surprised with what we experimented in. Lots of firsts

Q9: Would you go to this place again and would you recommend it to other people? Why or why not?
#10 Yes and yes. Hard to find any place that's quite like it
#8 Hedo 3 is no longer there but 2 is. I would recommend it and hope they have a better experience.
#2 Yes. Would upgrade the rooms because the rooms were not great. Everything else was wonderful.

Q10: Is there any advice, specific to this destination, that you would like to offer other swingers? For example: “Bring lots of costume changes,” or “Be prepared, this club is mostly soft swap”?
#10 Respondent skipped this question
#8 In my experience Hedo 2 is a serious party crowd. Party doesn't start until 1am so sleep late if you wish to keep up.
#2 Only bring costumes and more costumes...maybe a few things for meals. Clothes are otherwise useless. If rooms are important to you, upgrade! Bring 3 spray sunscreens per day... Get that butt covered...every crevice...OR ELSE. Bring your own travel mugs. Come open minded. Few expectations. And make sure you communicate!

If any readers have additional comments about Hedo or any other Lifestyle destinations, please submit them through the survey HERE or directly in the comments below.

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