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
We just returned from a wedding at the Rockhouse hotel in Negril. We loved our visit and admit we would never have found this gem on our own. Our friends got married there, and the husband is Jamaican. They discovered this place and shared it with us guests.
First thing to note, this hotel is far from the airport. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Montego Bay airport.
The hotel uses Kenny Tours for transportation. It’s $80 for up to 4 people and you can add the charge to your room.
The hotel property is beautiful. We stayed in Villa 15. I asked for 15,16, or 17 based on proximity to pool but also enough sheltering from noise, but some noise will be unavoidable regardless. I highly recommend a villa unless you plan to plop by the pool all day. Air conditioning is connected to main doors. With a villa, you can keep the AC going all day if you exit the sliding door. Other room types, you risk losing the AC when you leave the room. The shower is outdoors with plenty of privacy.
The villas give you your own porch and most give you your own section of a cliff for lounging. Our villa shared the cliff with #16 and we had the highest ladder to climb down into the water. My husband jumped off our cliff several times.
Between the two restaurants there is a dedicated bridge for jumping into the ocean.
The water is gorgeous and you’ll float easily with all the salt. You can rent snorkeling equipment from the bar. They also had two paddle boards for free use. First come first serve.
The pool is a salt water pool. There is a bar and grill right at the pool. Bar opens at 10am. At 5pm they have happy hour 2 for 1 drinks until sunset.
The rockhouse restaurant is open breakfast until dinner. Food is great and you’ll have healthy portioning. Push Cart restaurant is slightly more authentic Jamaican cuisine. It opens at 3pm onwards.
We walked off the property a little bit. Weismart is the local convenience store where we bought water and beers for much less that the mini-bar. Cash only! Please note the water in Jamaica is safe to drink. There was also a tiny restaurant next to weisscart. We tried that for lunch one day. Again cash only!
You will not get good wine. Sorry to say. I mean the resort served oyster bay Sauvignon blanc but it was expensive. I recommend you stick to the cocktails. Trust me they take care of you with generous pours!
If you must have wine, I recommend buying from duty free and trying to get wine that is screw cap. I’m sure you could ask for a wine opener but one is not readily available in the room.
The spa is great and not very expensive in comparison to the USA. I did a body scrub followed by Swedish massage. It was excellent. I wanted to do the scrub, wrap, massage package but didn’t book with enough notice.
They have classes like yoga, cooking demonstrations, etc. All are $15 unless otherwise noted. An occasional class is complimentary. I did the yoga, and it was iyengar. I enjoyed it but I’m definitely a vinyasa girl.
If you’re looking for off the beaten path, definitely consider Rockhouse!
I had lunch and drinks at the Rockhouse restaurant and everything about it was an awesome experience. They have vegetarian options that are different than your typical traditional Jamaican options, like the fresh black bean salad with lime cilantro dressing! Yum! I also had the chickpeas and greens in a peanut sauce and it was delicious. My friend had coconut shrimp and said they were amazing, and the BLT fries comes with a jerk mayo that you should definitely try! Although the food was great, it was the staff who really made the place so nice! Our servers, Machel and Melisa were amazing, so friendly and warm and genuinely cared about my menu questions. I wish I could remember the name of the chef that worked that day (lunch on October 7), he personally came out to chat with me about the ingredients and my dietary restrictions. Amazing service. And, Gary the bartender made some of the freshest and nicest cocktails I’ve ever had, anywhere! I will 100% return to the this restaurant, probably again this week because their breakfast menu looks equally as nice! Thanks Rockhouse!
My cousin and I stopped into rockhouse for some lunch and had the most wonderful waitress we have ever had in all our trips to Jamaica. Melisa was so friendly and sweet. She took very good care of us and was very informative of the menu. She never let our glass go empty and was just so sweet. Gary our bartender was also an absolute delight and made us the best drinks. A little expensive but the service we received from melisa was well worth it and some. Make a trip here if you can. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers Melisa and Gary. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and taking good care of us. One love Lisa and Jenny