What We Love
- Rate includes daily Continental breakfast
- Watching the lights of Kingston turn on from the infinity pool at dusk
- Element-based (water, fire, air) spa treatments
- Gourmet Jamaican fare at the on-site restaurant, popular with locals
What To Know
- Located 3,100 feet above the sea in the Blue Mountains east of
- Kingston — the drive to the beach takes around an hour
- The library in the main house stocks international newspapers and board games
- Activities include guided tours and trails to nearby watering holes with waterfalls
- Pets are not allowed?
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set 3,100 feet above Kingston in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, Strawberry Hill is owned by Island Records mogul Chris Blackwell, who bought the place in the 1970s and is today part of his gorgeous Island Outpost hotel collection. The estate initially drew the era’s top artists, like Bob Marley, Willie Nelson and Mick Jagger, who came to relax, jam and, in some cases, record. Today the property’s storied connections are on display in the Gold Room, in the form of Blackwell’s personal collection of photographs and the label’s gold and platinum records.
Bed and Bath
Surrounded by tropical forest, the 12 Georgian-style cottages are dressed with mahogany four-poster beds, gauzy drapes and cutting-edge sound systems, and French doors that open onto large private patios—and they’re arranged so that you’re always just moments away from taking a dip in the infinity pool or indulging in a lemongrass wrap at the holistic spa. Bathrooms come stocked with specially created bath toiletries made with rosemary and mint from Island Outpost’s organic farm.
Stone-lined paths lead to The Spa, which has just five treatment rooms, including one devoted to hydrotherapy, plus a deck for yoga sessions. Treatments like the fusion stone massage, the mud-based facial and the lemongrass wrap nod to the five elements — that’s earth, air, fire, water and one of the hotel’s own invention: infinity. A short walk away, the casual Library Veranda, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the more formal Bamboo Room, which offers dinner, do some of the island’s best cooking — think savory chicken roasts and mild curries. Sundays are all about brunch, and locals make the trip from Kingston to feast on jerked meats, seasoned sides and the resort’s own “strawberry bliss bubbly wine.”
In the Area
The resort’s spa offers “elemental nature consultations” to come up with customized treatment plans based on four common (and one unique) elements: earth, fire, air, water — and infinity. Off property, Blue Mountain Bicycle organizes tours with pickups to the Hardware Gap, a popular trail that descends several thousand feet and ends up passing through small villages and coffee plantations. Or, take a tour of the Old Tavern Coffee Estate, which meticulously roasts its beans — the best in the area — and offers homemade coffee tastings.
How to Get There
First time trip to Jamaica and Stayed at Strawberry Hill. Loved the views and fresh air on the mountain. Sleeping with no A/c, was refreshing. Mornings felt like they lasted forever. I hope to go back again soon, I love day dreaming about being on the tearrace over looking the city.
Strawberry Hill Hotel is just gorgeous. Amazing views over Kingston at the front and the Blue Mountains valley at the back.
The villas are wonderful to stay in, old world charm, spacious and very comfortable. The view from our Highgate balcony was breathtaking.
The infinity pool is glorious, a little chilly to start with but after heat of the city it’s a perfect way to relax.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was pretty good. We had dinner both nights and it was okay. Not great for the prices. Crab cakes were good as was the chicken main.
We had a wonderful stay and really recommend it as a sanctuary after the heat and pace of Kingston.
Go it’s worth it.
This is definitely a beautiful hotel. The rooms are very quaint, the food is fantastic and the view of Kingston is amazing. Admittedly, this hotel is too much in the bush for me so I probably won’t stay again. The lighting at night from some of the rooms also is not the best, especially when you have you walk up a number of stairs to get to the dining area; however, If you have no issues with bush and lizards, then I definitely recommend this place because it’s worth it.
We went there with our teenagers for almost a week at NY's Eve. The location, the settings and the actual cottages are exactly what you hope for: gorgeous. The staff is absolutely lovely, but the service you actually get is definitely not what you can expect at this price point.
The pool is not great, much too small and you hurt yourself on the sides of it.
About a 1/3 of the menu is never available, including for breakfast, where one fruit only will be available for several days, or no hot chocolate or no cakes... For our entire stay, they did not have ice cream (which is all you want to eat, in that heat)... Then they didn't have bananas for days... Then... We had every single meal there every day, due to the remote location. So, that means that the meals were super repetitive and frustrating. It feels like this place is not managed at all, which is a pity considering the beauty and uniqueness of it.
My wife and I own a hotel in Negril and wanted to get away for a weekend to relax in the Blue Mountains. We could not have picked a more perfect place to stay than Strawberry Hill.
The entire staff go out of their way to accommodate you. Special thank you to Kristina who handled our booking. She arranged a special anniversary gift when we arrived, walked us to the room when we checked in, made us comfortable and was a wonderful host for Strawberry Hill. Also a big thank you to Crystal who took great care of us in the restaurant, always with a smile.
The grounds are beautiful, the room was fantastic, the breakfast and dinners were amazing, the bar was comfy and relaxing….overall I could not recommend Strawberry Hill more and will recommend it to all my friends visiting Jamaica and to all our guests who stay with us in Negril and ask us about things to do and places to go on island.
It is an ideal place to relax, disconnect and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains.
We will be back for sure and cannot wait to wake up to the sound of birds and little else.