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
I have been to Strawberry Hill in February 2019 with five friends just to have lunch and believe me, the service and the menu were just awesome. Food done to order, so it is obvious that some time will have to be idle awhile. The presentation of the meals was just gorgeous and pleasing.
The style of preparation and presentation are just unique.
I recommend this restaurant and property to any traveler who is looking for this kind of happiness.
strawberry hill is a very special place. it's nestled in an incredibly beautiful setting, the accommodations are comfortable, the cocktails are top notch (the best i've ever had at any hotel, bar or restaurant in jamaica) and the staff (shout out to our housekeeper, marcia) is there to make sure you are happy and comfortable and doing what you want to be doing. also, during the week it seems very quiet and peaceful even when it's pretty full up.
this was our second visit to strawberry hill. in 2012, we spent 4 days in timbuk 3. this time we brought our 12-year old son and spent 3 days in the 2-bedroom bamboo cottage, which we absolutely loved!
on our first full day there, we went to the pool with a small cooler bag full of beers and sodas and a bottle of cognac that we brought with us and they gave us glasses and told us to enjoy ourselves. we asked them if it was okay for us to rearrange the furniture so we could play dominoes comfortably and they said yes, of course and that they'd do it for us. "all you need to do is relax and enjoy yourselves." we told them not to bother and we moved it ourselves, but i'm sure they would've completely rearranged everything to our specifications had we let them.
staying at bamboo cottage elevated our stay to a higher level. we spent a lot of time hanging out there- it was designed for relaxation, and with so many open windows and porches and whatnot, we never really felt like we were locked up inside.
on the negative side, our cottage was located right next to one of the studio rooms, gong, and there was a noise issue and privacy totally could've been an issue.
the day we got there there was a couple with a baby- the baby whined and cried nonstop and the couple talked really loudly. i mentioned it to one of the security guards and he told me i should talk to the front desk, but i didn't feel like being a jerk the second i got onto the property. they checked out the next afternoon, thankfully. also, the porch at gong is so close to the bedroom porch of bamboo cottage. it would've been weird if there was someone there and we all were just sitting on our porches watching each other.
another negative is that the hotel gets a LOT of daytrippers and all of them are obsessed with taking a million and one photos at the pool. it's kind of funny, but can be jarring. and i also haven't been there for sunday brunch, but i can imagine that's another time it can get busy with non-guests.
an unavoidable big negative during our stay was that the internet was COMPLETELY out of commission all 3 days that we were there. we were told there was a fire that knocked out all service in the area. i had a lot of work to do and had no choice but to burn through my data, using my cellphone's hotspot to connect my laptop to the internet. i wound up having to use an additional $30 of data on.
our son, who has the fortune/misfortune of being an only child, told me he LOVED strawberry hill. 3 days there was "perfection!" i was surprised that he felt that way, since he spent each of those days without any interaction with people his age, there was no tv and no internet. still and all, he loved it. we all loved it. it's just a great place to be for a few days- just go there to do nothing but relax, recharge, unwind, regroup and all those other "mindful" things you head up to the mountains to do.
It's more to Jamaica than Crystal Blue Beaches and Reggae. Jamaica has the Beautiful Blue Mountains which is a Mindfulness Heaven. The Strawberry Hill Hotel is an exceptional small Boutique hotel which gives you the beauty of nature and great views of Jamaica, Kingston. Stay in BirdsHill. Have you breakfast overlooking the city while you hear the birds chirping and soft reggae music playing. Explore the grounds and watch the Humming Birds play and the beautiful flowers stroke your mind with their colors. Take a dive in the pool then relax in your own private gazebo. This is hotel is for those who seek peace nature. Wake up late. Have some Blue Mountain Coffee with your Ackee and Saltfish. Take a 2hr hike with guide Ricky then hit their amazing spa. Come alone, with your family, and or lover. This is Paradise
The scenery and views are amazing but the room we were allocated was an extreme let down and a major disappointment. The room is not maintained to a high standard and there is rotting wood in the bathroom and a cracked sink basin. We arrived late so were not able to inform the front desk of our shock at the low quality of maintenance to the room but we informed the front desk the following morning. The phone we were allocated to contact reception never worked so impossible to contact anyone unless we walked up the million of stairs to the front desk.We asked if we could change rooms and were told they were fully booked, I said they should not be allowing guest to stay in rooms with cracks in the sink to which it fell on deaf ears. My partner and I both came back to the UK unwell to which I think is a result to lack of Hygiene, allowing guests to stay in rooms that have rotting wood and cracked sinks, who knows what germs are lurking.
The level of noise by the guests opposite and the guest above was very unpleasant and safe to say we did not have a very comfortable sleep any of the 5 nights of our stay.
We complained to the company that we booked with and on their investigation the hotel pretended and blatantly lied that they was not informed until we check out.
Would I recommend NO, would I stay again NO. Is it worth the money NO
Worth a trip up into the mountains for the views absolutely but not worth the money nor the disappointment to stay at Strawberry Hills.
We stayed here for a week to celebrate or 7th Wedding Anniversary and it did not disappoint. First of all the Location was spectacular with beautiful flowers all around, clean surroundings, amazing mountain and city views and sleeping with the windows open, listening to the night crickets, watching the lights come on over Kingston, feeling the cold air, snuggled under electric blankets and top quality linens was heavenly. We had the most romantic stay. The FOOD .... WOW, my 'run dung' , ackee and salt fish with bammy and fried sweet plantains, oxtail, jerk chicken, curry goat and rice and peas OMG!!! These Chefs are Top Notch. There is much to do around and we loved that. We did Spa and Sauna days, lazy days, walked around a bit, went into town...would not do that if you want peace and quiet, too much people...lol.. This is our go to spot and will try to get here every two years as of now.
Superb,,,One Love Jamaica,,,, every time.