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
Our stay at the Jamaica Inn was by far the best vacation we have had in a very long time. The hotel was immaculate in every way, from the hotel lobby to the best groomed beach I've ever seen, to our room. And btw the bed was awesome! Our room overlooked the beach and the gorgeous ocean. Waking up and having breakfast on the veranda was one of the highlights of the day. The hospitality was amazing and I would like to send a shout out to Patrice, Patrick, Georgia, Todd, Rodney and Sheldon theBEST servers. Everyone always had a smile on their face and was very friendly. We went with 8 other couples and they always accommodated us by setting up the beach with 16 lounge chairs and towels. Thanks to Winston for that! I highly recommend the Jamaica Inn for your vacation. We are going back again next year.
Jamaica Inn is the place to be. Quiet, sophisticated, laid back elegance. A chance to get INN touch with the INNer you-no TV's INN the room-bravo!
The spa is amazing, food delicious, staff attentive, general manager, Kyle, fantastic and the beach gorgeous and tranquil. Best highlight of my stay was turtle watching.
Jamaica Inn is THE INN place to be!
My boyfriend took me to the Inn for a lovely evening. My birthday was in the middle of the week and I had to work so he created an overnight escape. It was absolutely blissful. We spent the afternoon on the beach and had a lovely lunch served to us there. The water was spectacular. He made special arrangements for our beach cottage to be dressed up with candles and flowers while we were out to dinner that night and WOW did the staff make it beautiful!
I could not have asked for a more thoughtful and beautiful birthday experience. Thank you Jamaica Inn ~ you are my special place...