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
- 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
If you are looking for a quiet, immaculate, boutique rrsort - this is your place. Owned by the same family for over 60 years and boasts employees that are proud to have worked for the family for extended periods of time, The Jamaica Inn is quality from top to bottom.
Private beach, beach service, dinner Al Fresco (trousers and collars mandatory), band playing every night during dinner, all rooms facing the ocean with their own full balcony. We had planned to go on some side trips but found ourselves not wanting to leave this pristine facility. Don’t miss high tea every afternoon - just because.
We travel a lot and primarily to private villas or 5 star rrsorts. This is now on our “go back” list every year from now on.
Where do I begin? This was the most beautiful, relaxing and pampered stay that I have ever had the pleasure of receiving. From the entrance, they greet you with love and you know you are welcomed and making you comfortable is their top priority. The rooms have a clean, pure tranquil feel. I ate every evening on my veranda just because of the view. I would encourage anyone needing a break to go there. You will return every year thereafter.
Breakfast was a special treat with the best service I have ever received. The food was delicious with the assortment of different fruits and breads and pastries. The view of the ocean and Inn was one of the highlights of my trip. Definitely recommend a visit to Jamaica Inn!
This was a “chasing memories” holiday. My late wife and I had been here several times in the past, and I felt confident enough to make this trip on my own this time. I need not have worried in the slightest as to how it would turn out – I was “Welcomed Home” and made to feel completely part of the Jamaica Inn family. So many of the staff greeted me by name, even after 2 years away – and there were a lot of tears as well from several who were not aware of my wife’s passing.
It was truly a wonderful holiday, full of friendship, happiness, laughter, comfort, warmth, and relaxation. Without any hesitation, I would again recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to receive a genuine attentive, professional and luxurious holiday in beautiful lush Jamaican surroundings.
Thank you to all who made my 2 weeks so wonderful; singling out anyone seems unfair, but I have to mention Patrice and "Stretch" who helped me on my journey, and of course, all the beach bar boys who thought they could play croquet !! Lovely too, to see Teddy still in his beach bar - a real legend. The whole hotel is legendary. Long may it succeed.
This is by far the most luxurious place I have ever stayed at. We got what most resorts would refer to as a villa. I will post pics because to use words to describe it is a bit hard. Highly recommend.