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
We returned to our favourite room - or rather one-bedroom villa - in this gorgeous hotel in the mountains. The villa is spacious, with a well equipped kitchen area, sitting room (filled with interesting books), a high four-poster bed made with lovely linen in the airy bedroom, nice bathroom, a new outdoor shower (gorgeous) and a separate, roofed day room with large day bed screened with mosquito nets.
But what makes this place so special is the verandah that runs the length of the villa and has one of the best views on this island of incredible views. One can hardly bear to look away from this view of hills and the city of Kingston below. It is ever-changing in the light, clouds and sometimes rain. You are surrounded by banana, avocado and orange trees with fruit you wish you could reach out and pick! It is peaceful and stunningly comfortable. There is no question of shutting the blinds when you stay up here!
The bar, the various dining areas (including balconies with excellent views) and the library are lovely. The pool is beautiful and again has a view to die for. The whole place is welcoming.
The food is good (though service still a bit slow) and the grounds are lovely to walk through. The staff are friendly and helpful.
They need to review the system for providing wifi throughout the property (hard in the hills, I know) and the basic mobile phones they provide you with to call them (or make outside calls) during your stay don't always work well either, but I'm sure the new manager has this on her list of things to do.
One of our favourite places to stay for peace, quiet and sublime views! We'll go back as soon as we can!
Our only regret was our stay was limited to two nights at this stunning property. Impeccably maintained, with beautiful landscaping filled with butterflies and hummingbirds set high in the Blue Mountains with incredible views of Kingston. Our villa was lovely with a verandas on both the living room and bedroom levels looking out across the mountains. The Staff were wonderful and clearly happy to be working at Strawberry Hill - a credit to management. The food and drinks were excellent and service on point. While not inexpensive, Strawberry Hill is worth every penny! We look forward to visiting again.
The property is amazing. The accommodations are amazing. Our family of 7 stayed in the Mountain View lodge and walked in to every door and window open to a smashing 270 degree view of the mountains with Kingston down below. Each morning, we enjoyed a fresh breakfast on our 2 story wrap-around porch each morning. Dinners were just as special looking over the Kingston lights at night.
I highly recommend the Gordon Trail hike that the resort offers. Our guide, Richard, deserves a big shout out for being such a delight to spend time with. The whole family enjoyed all of the natural fruits that he spotted and shared with us. His knowledge of the flora was extensive and he gave our 4 year-old a ride on his back for the last part of the hike.
I must admit that I was hesitant to spend part of our Jamaica trip in the mountains, but my wife insisted. Turns out she was right. It was a memorable part of our trip and we will definitely return.
The scenery!!!!!!! Breathtaking! Felt my mind being reset while I was there. Perfect weekend getaway! It's quite a ride getting there but it is so worth it. As a matter of fact, the ride up just makes getting there that much more enjoyable!
I went up to visit this property while staying at a sister property, Goldeneye in Oracabessa, Jamaica. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, The views from this property overlook the town of Kingston and it is approximately at an elevation of 3200 ft. above sea level. I want to go back and stay at Strawberry Hill for a few nights on my return to Jamaica. Another Chris Blackwell property which is well done! Incredible.