What We Love
- The hotel’s charitable arm, which invests in local libraries and schools
- Jaw-dropping sunsets—the resort is at Jamaica’s westernmost point
- Climbing down the ladders into the cove for a quick dip
- Outdoor morning yoga classes with a sea view
What To Know
- Waterfront cottages have their own terraces and the best views
- No guests under 12 years old are permitted
- Standard rooms don’t come with outdoor showers
- Free WiFi
Rockhouse—the clue’s in the name—makes a stellar effort to integrate itself into the landscape, incorporating local building materials like stone, wood, and thatch. And the landscape itself does the rest of the work: glorious sunsets, clear waters, and volcanic rock make a true island paradise. Local ingredients also go into the luscious products used at the spa: Caribbean brown sugar, ginger, honey, mango, shea butter, and cinnamon are just a few of the things you’ll be smoothed by and pummeled with. The resort has several restaurants. While the Rockhouse is best for romantic, Caribbean-themed dinners, we love feeling virtuous during the day at the juice bar, where freshly squeezed watermelon juice and coconut water are served straight from the shell, and where you can sample Caribbean rums on offer at the bar when the sun starts to dip.
In the Area
Guests at Rockhouse tend to spend most of their time lounging in their rooms, hanging by the infinity pool, swimming or snorkeling in the ocean below, or going for massages in the spa. Staff can arrange day trips to white sand beaches like the so-called Seven Mile Beach (it’s not quite that long), which can be nice if you’re craving some sand. If you’re looking for more nightlife or a change of gastronomic scenery, there are several other hotels within walking distance, plus two recommended restaurants with sunset views over the cliffs: Ivan’s and Rick’s Café.
How to Get There
I thought the Rockhouse was stunning when we arrived, but after 3 days I was going stir crazy, and after 5 I had to leave ! We were booked in for 7 days, but it was easy to move to the spacious and bright sister hotel, the Skylark, for the final 2 days.
It rained A LOT during our week in Jamaica, and this lead me to feel that our thatched hut was restrictive, damp, dark, dingy and a bit of a disappointment considering the price ($495 per night, no food included). Ours was a loft hut, and our sundeck and terrace were both covered by shade, all day. We didn't use our 2 sunbeds once as they were permanently wet from the rain, and in the shade. It was really disappointing as, when the sun was out, this resort is beautiful and lying in the sun reading a book and watching people in the sea is a great pastime. But not from our deck or terrace. The room is very simple, very hippy / bohemian in its vibe, old furniture, all wood, stone floors and walls, a tiny bathroom with an old wooden sink cabinet, and an outdoor shower (which we loved). The room amenities are not 4 or 5 star. We were massively over charged for the items from the minibar as it's all a bit haphazard, but I didn't query the bill as we were checking out. The food throughout the hotel is exemplary - really amazing. We had a lovely day at the pool, and the 3 guys working there really make an effort to ensure everyone's having fun. We found the Pushcart restaurant the least appealing, as it's a bit try hard but the views cannot be beaten. Overall, I would say go, but just do 3 nights, it's enough.
Amazing resort with great amenities, staff, food and ties to the local community. Not to mention a crazy list of celebrities that have stayed here in the past.
We loved this place and wish we could have stayed longer.
Be sure to hit the afternoon staff meetup where they introduce themselves and explain how the resort is helping local schools.
They offer free drinks during this time too!
We moved to this hotel after having a bad experience at the hotel we booked originally on the beach. The only room available was a garden room - not one of the luxurious villas. As we were with our son, we were ok forgoing the romance of those villas and the garden rooms were lovely and cozy plus we still got to take advantage of the beautiful pool, drinks and sunsets! LOVED their concept of the passports which get you to try different things both in and outside of the hotel. PLUS although the restaurant would not cook for us the freshly caught tuna that my son and hubby caught while ocean fishing - they arranged for this at a lovely spot across the street that did (Presleys). It is not only luxury but I appreciated the information about their foundation and how they give back to their community, and subtly encourage their guests to do so as well - as well we should. One of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at - comprehensively.
Also - the hotel does have a minimum age of 12 years old for children and I was concerned it would not be child friendly - I was wrong. Our son was treated as a guest as well.
FINALLY - I do recommend staying a few nights on the beach first (maybe their sister hotel Skylark) and then veggiing at Rockhouse.
Love the oceanfront cabins with your own private sundecks and ladder to the water for a quick swim or a start to your snorkeling adventure along the cliffs. The Rockhouse Restaurant is top notch and the casual Push Cart Restaurant is a blast during sunset with a casual fare that is prepared with gourmet expertise. Can't wait to go back. Cheers. JMAC
This was our second visit to the Rockhouse Hotel (first visit was 4 years ago) and 4 years is simply way too long to have waited to return to this magical place called Rockhouse Hotel.
The property itself is simply magical. If you are looking to disconnect from everything and be surrounded by peace and tranquillity, you have to stay here. Although it’s quiet and peaceful, there is so much to explore. Lush pathways that lead everywhere to simply stroll thru, hidden caves in the cliffs with water access points everywhere; private sun decks overlooking the turquoise sea, I could go on and on...wishing our stay was more than 4 days long.
Room- we stayed at a premium villa for the second time and hands down, it is the way to go.
Food- the food throughout the property was great. We ate breakfast and lunch at the hotel and would venture off for dinner. We ate dinner one night on property (which was delicious). The food and beverage staff is very helpful and polite. My one suggestion would be to have active servers coming to the premium deck area. We would have loved to have eaten lunch and had cocktails on the deck without having to chase someone down or order from our room.
Spa - booked a 3 days spa package before arriving as it was offered as a special. What a great investment that turned out to be. My husband and I (who are spa junkies) both agreed that our treatments were the best that we have EVER had.
Rockhouse Hotel, you hold a special place in our heart. Until next time.