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
A wonderful resort to relax and unwind 3400 feet above sea level. High up in the Blue Mountains, yes the same mountains where the best coffee in the world comes from, those Blue Mountains. Resort is very quiet and the grounds are very well maintained. The food is quiet good and the prices are on par with what you would expect to pay at a Boutique Resort such as Strawberry Hill. Stayed in the Birdshill Villa with great views of Kingston down below. An outside shower, a gazebo with a queen bed, a large veranda with pull down shades, and an Infinity pool with grand views all added to the wonderfulness of another fine property ran by Island Outpost and owned by Chris Blackwell.
If you are looking for a wonderful place to go and relax with a fantastic staff, this is certainly worthy of a stay. And should you go, please tell Mrs. Marley that Steve and Nancy from Tennessee said hello, and give Sugar and Whitey a pat for us.
My visits to strawberry hill Resort has been absolutely amazing not to mention the atmosphere the surroundings and the friendly staff it was just an awesome experience the food was superb ???????? To say the least and the accommodations were nature’s best . To conclude the spa facilities were on par not to mention my therapist Keri who gave me an exceptional massage and body treatment you knew she knew her stuff and conducted her self in such a professional manner which I pride myself in ! It was just a fantastic ending to my trip ! Would highly recommend anyone to vacay there 5 stars for sure !!
We stayed 3 nights in February and fell for the charming villas, relaxed atmosphere, wonderful cuisine and beautiful views from the vantage point of being in the mountains. Though not long to get to from Kingston it felt like going back in time to a more peaceful period of Jamaica's history. The staff were wonderful and friendly. The restaurant is also a destination for families to share celebrations over lunch or dinner. For anyone interested in music the Island Records trophy room is a must see. Also worth venturing out to the nearby villages, coffee plantation and gentle hiking in the mountains. A brilliant local guide, Ricky, was arranged by the hotel and we learned so much about the culture and history of Jamaica. A wonderful experience all round.