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
The location with its views are just stunning. WAAAUW big time! We had room Tim / Timbuktu 2 and that was very basic. I guess it suppose to give you a colonial feeling but it is just too basic for a room of over 300 US dollar a night. Internet is a drama. I can not imagine the jet set and rich and famous are staying here.
While our family was in Kingston for a family reunion, we took a tour organized by Steven Grant of GPS Taxi and Tours to the Craighton Estate coffee plantation ending with a late lunch at Strawberry Hill. Our lunch was delicious, the views of Kingston and the surrounding mountains were amazing and the service was excellent. Our entrees ranged from local dishes like curry goat, ox tail and jerk chicken to jambalaya and hamburgers. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. While we ate our lunch, we were entranced by the doctor birds flitting among the flowers in the gardens. The setting is truly idyllic. It was a nice break from the heat of Kingston
to escape to the cooler mountains for a day. It was a wonderful end to our wonderful tour of the Blue Mountains.
This property is one of the most scenic properties I've seen on my travels. Situated high in the blue mountains, a short drive out of Kingston, this property hosts a great view of Kingston.
It is peaceful and very well kept.
Food and service was spectacular.
This is a must do.