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
This is a truly amazing place. The views from the hotel are stunning. Having dinner overlooking the lights of Kingston was an experience we will treasure for a very long time. The villas are very comfortable with a slightly colonial feel. Everything is done to make you feel at home and the service is excellent. Diana was very helpful and even arranged for us to have lunch at their sister property, Goldeneye, which is somewhere we never imagined we would ever be able to see. All in all this place was one of the highlights of our tour.
This property is set high on the Jamaican Blue Mountains with cottages perched on the mountain side - each with its own footprint and overlooking unique vistas. If you want to experience Jamaica and be pampered at the same time - this is the place. The cottages are works of art themselves. We enjoyed listening to Jamaican history from our driver Dane and mountain guide Richard. This is a hidden gem. Just go - you need to hear the mountain at night.
We stopped here for two nights on our way back from Port Antonio as we had heard so much about it and had stayed at Golden Eye before and we certainly were not disappointed. The staff were great and the food delicious. The general manager Diane was super!!! The views are unbelievable and the rooms super comfy!
We stayed her for a week and is was so tranquil excellent food and cocktails, the accommodation was fantastic and we were made to feel most welcome be sure to hire a Guide to take you through the Blue Mountains, we hired Ricky Hudson who was very knowlegable with the local area, be sure to stock up on Blue Mountain coffee from the estate next door before you return home, certainly on my go back to place list
Yup - it's all and more of what everyone has said. We came from Port Antonio, a 3 1/2 hour drive and then a 1/2 hour drive up a 2 lane road with more twists and turns that you can imagine. But then you arrive! We stayed in Tuff Gong - dedicated to Bob Marley. A beautiful cottage overlooking the mountains and Kingston. At night the lights of Kingston twinkled. Truly magical. Loved the restaurant which had a clubby feel to it. We had all dinners at their restaurant. The food is very good. The staff talked to us while we sat at the bar. They were terrific. I can't write a review without saying that the property is owned by Chris Blackwell, the famous record producer of Bob Marley, U2, Melissa Ethridge, Elton John and more. His Gold and Platinum records, Grammys and all his awards are on the first floor. It's pretty amazing. We took a coffee plantation tour which you can walk to and my husband did a 3 hour walk in the hills which he's still talking about. Strawberry Hill has always been on our bucket list and it did not disappoint. If you want a change from the beach, check out Strawberry Hill. for more see 2athebar