What We Love
- Attentive, personalized service
- Rooms in the West Wing have sunset views
- A sugary beach that never feels crowded
- The Dirty Banana cocktail (dark rum, bananas and cream) from the beach bar
- There’s a small pool that’s rarely occupied
What To Know
- A $2 room tax per night will be collected at the hotel checkout
- There are no TVs, clocks or other electronics in the rooms
- The main dining room and bar area follow a strict dress code after 7 p.m. (collared shirts and long pants for men; ladies should dress accordingly)
- Children are permitted only during certain times of the year (see details tab for more info)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a private crescent-shaped stretch of sand, the storied Jamaica Inn is a family-run establishment that forces you to unplug and relax, and its low-key elegance has made it a favorite among celebs. (Kate Moss is a fan.) Since the 1950s the inn has maintained a vintage-chic sensibility more befitting a private estate than a resort. You won’t find typical resort distractions here; TVs, clocks and radios are all absent from the guestrooms. Instead, the sound of waves lapping the Ocho Rios shore and ceiling fans whirring overhead provide the only lullaby you’ll need. Each of the 42 suites, which are decorated in a simple Indonesian-meets-Jamaican aesthetic, has a balcony or veranda furnished as an outdoor living room, with views of the cerulean Caribbean waters. Here, it’s all about taking things down a notch: Enjoy a good read under a palapa, sidle up to the beach bar for a drink by mixologist Teddy Tucker (a mainstay at the hotel for more than 50 years), play a game of croquet or book a treatment at the clifftop spa. When hunger strikes, decadent dishes like gazpacho and Jamaican patties are served on the beach, and on the terrace during the day. For dinner, chef Maurice Henry crafts a new international menu nightly using local fish, fresh lobster and island ingredients.
In the Area
Reggae fans should not miss the chance to visit Nine Mile, birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley. Tour the house he grew up in and take in the lush Jamaican countryside. For eats, don’t pass up the chance to visit the downhome Miss T’s, in nearby Ochi, where chef Jerkie serves spicy Creole fish, red snapper and homemade goat curry. And on your way to or from the airport, leave time to stop at Scotchies to fill up on spicy jerk chicken and pork, Jamaican festival bread and sweet potato. If you’re looking for action outside the inn, the concierge can set up a number of different adventures, including horseback riding along the beach, trips to nearby Dunn’s River Falls and rafting on the Rio Grande.
How to Get There
This is my second time at the Jamaica and honestly I think November is the best kept secret. The weather was perfect. The hotel was quiet and peaceful. As always the staff was excellent. My room was outstanding. The porch/ living room area was beautiful. Love love love this hotel.
This was our second stay at Jamaica Inn. Lovely location wonderful service. I asked for applesauce in the dining room. Not on menu. They bought apples and made me applesauce serving it each night we were there. One evening it was hot on the patio. I jokingly said to server if only you had a floor fan. Somehow or other he found one just for us.
Every morning we had room service on our lovely patio right on the water. Evenings were full of Jamaican music and dinner of the freshest fish always interestingly prepared. This is a quality place.
Such a beautiful hotel and I can see why people return again and again. I would say that it must be one of the very best hotels in the world, from the natural beauty, the features of the rooms, and the lovely staff.
The rooms nestle around a gorgeous private beach where you can swim in the clean waters. There is also a pool. I didn’t try the spa but it looks lovely. I did yoga there one morning.
Breakfast was very tasty. In the evening there is a band playing while you relax with a cocktail or enjoy your evening meal.
If you get a chance you should do the garden tour with head gardener Mr Henry, which ends with sampling of local fruit such as papaya, mango, sweetsop, June plum and banana.
I would love to return one day.