NEGRIL, Jamaica -- The 86-room Negril Cabins property here is far more than its rustic name suggests.

"We are more than cabins, we are a full-service hotel," said Raymond Francis, general manager. "Our log cabin units on stilts may look rustic from the outside, but on the inside they are deluxe with high-beam ceilings, wooden floors and French doors that open onto tree-level balconies and gardens full of songbirds."

Situated on 10 forested acres, Negril Cabins is across the street from Bloody Bay Beach, which it shares with Grand Lido Negril resort. Facilities include a pool with a swim-up bar, a children's program, two restaurants and a bar. Of the 93 resort staff employees, 60% are involved in food and beverage operations, grounds maintenance and housekeeping.

Negril Cabins, which opened in 1991, recently received its Green Globe environmental certification, the first property in Jamaica to be so honored. Francis has been at the property nearly three years, following stints at Coco Reef Resort in Tobago and Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa. "From the initial stages of construction of Negril Cabins, the builders were environmentally aware. They never cut a single tree, but positioned the cabins around the trees," Francis said.

Each unit of the 43 two-unit cabins is air-conditioned and has its own water heater. The hot water is cut off during much of the day when guests generally are away from their rooms. "We reuse towels and take leftover soap for the staff," Francis said. "We only give straws with drinks upon request, and we make a conscious effort to purchase products that are biodegradable. If they're not, we don't buy them."

In-room comment cards ask guests if they consider the property to be environmentally friendly. According to Francis, 94% of the answers are positive. Water conservation is a key component of its environmental mission statement. "Signs are posted in various languages asking guests to conserve water wherever and whenever possible," Francis said. "The housekeeping staff tracks the number of laundry loads per occupied room and compares the figures each six months with the prior six-month period."

Leaky faucets and dripping pipes receive immediate attention; water and light bills are scrutinized each month. "The staff members do this at their own homes and they do it on the property. It's as much of a concern to them at work as it is at home," Francis said.

Summer rates are $145 per night, double; winter rates start at $195. Millennium bookings require a seven-night minimum stay, beginning Dec. 22. Negril Cabins, Phone: (800) 382-3444, Web: www/negril-cabins.com

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