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
We had the pleasure of being guests at the Jamaica Inn. One of the owners, Peter greeted us at the front desk and that started a magical stay. We had a premier room on the water. As the door was opened you could feel the breeze blowing straight through from the front to the back of the rooms. Upon entering you are in a bedroom with a chenille bedspread reminiscent of another time and place. The windows have white shutters which can be opened (or there is a wall mounted air conditioner). An outdoor living room opens up onto the crystal clear Caribbean sea. As you arrive on the beach, an attendant greets you and your cushioned chairs are covered and towels are provided. you can also swing in a hammock under trees. You can snorkel from the beach. There is a small beach bar which makes wonderful refreshing cocktails.The landscaping is beautiful. This is a place for pure relaxation. The staff are so polite, pleasant and helpful. I can't wait to return.
Located in leafy Ocho Rios on the north coast, the Jamaica Inn’s eight-acre property has a private cove, an offshore reef, and footpaths throughout the grounds that are lovingly maintained—bursting with tropical blossoms and alive with cacophonous tree frogs at night. The Jamaica Inn has been family-owned since 1950, and the service has the highest-level of professionalism and courtesy. The roster of celebrity guests, from Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe, now includes Meghan Markle.It should be noted that the drive to the inn from the Kingston airport or the Montego Bay airport is a long one, about one and a half hours, but it takes you past different parishes (districts) and a variety of landscapes that can be enjoyed along the way. Be sure to ask your driver about meat patties and he may even stop off at his favorite roadside stand to get you a sample! My huge guest room overlooked the inn’s cove and had a terrace that was as large as a living room, furnished with a white canvas-covered sofa and club chair as well as a dining table and chairs if you want to work/take a room service meal there. The hotel’s ever affable and unflappable manager, Kyle Mais, is a local Jamaican whose lilting accent adds to the overall effect of being on a faraway island.
This is the one place where the pictures and brochures do a resort justice. It is a totally relaxing resort where the rooms, the service and hospitality, grounds and private beach beckon you to return and be welcomed home once again. The staff is imbued with a friendliness that is genuine and they display respect for all of your needs.
We just got back from a wonderfully, relaxing week at Jamaica Inn. Honestly, I didn't do a great deal of research beforehand so we were completely blown away as soon as we got there. It was almost like stepping into another era. The pace and the atmosphere was unlike any other place we have been. Everyone was so kind and welcoming--not in a "my boss is making me greet you" kind of way, but in a heartfelt "welcome home" kind of way. Chef Maurice was actually interested in making our food options as delicious as possible, as we eat a mostly vegetarian diet. There just wasn't one thing negative to say about our stay. I genuinely think that anyone who complains about this place just didn't take the time to express their concerns because I felt that they try and make you feel relaxed and happy in every way possible. We're already looking forward to our return visit.
We didn't actually stay at the Jamaica Inn, but we made enquiries for our next visit. It was a far cry from the hotel that we were staying at down the road. The staff are extremely attentive and professional and words almost fail me regarding the stunning layout and set up of the hotel. Depending on your budget, there are cottages, rooms and villas all with beach access. The decor is classic and tasteful. Some of the accommodations have their own private access to the beach as well as own private swimming pools. This hotel is peaceful, relaxing, classy and very high-end. An idyllic 007 location. Can't wait to stay.