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
Absolutley fabulous, food, service, accomodation and facilities are first class and so nice not having a TV in the room.
We felt better after one night there than I have felt after 1+ week elsewhere.
We will be back in November.
Thank you to everyone for making us feel so at home.
Been staying in Jamaica for nearly a month and stayed here a few days before we travelled further up the coast. The hotel, food and staff were fantastic. A very relaxing, sophisticated and friendly hotel that works very hard to make your stay memorable. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and really interested in you as guests. Our booking agent screwed up but Marie stepped in and sorted everything out taking all of the hassle away from us. Set aside an hour for breakfast as this can be a lengthy process! Highly recommended and we will stay again and again, even though we are buying a property in Ochi.
Jamaica Inn is a piece of Paradise in the midst of all the activities in Ocho Rios. It's close enough if you want access to the town or activities around but far enough away that you can be unaffected.
It is peaceful, breathtakingly beautiful and the staff is wonderful.