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
Now I know why so many people keep visiting the Rockhouse year after year. I feel like this is a hidden gem. The resort is breathtaking. It is reasonably priced and has a ton of things to do (cliff jumping, floating, pool, caves, game room, spa etc). The staff couldn't be more courteous. The food was delicious. We loved our villa and really enjoyed the outdoor shower. While this was our favorite resort we've ever visited, it is probably not for everyone. People that want over-the-top amenities would find the Rockhouse a little rustic. But we just thought it added to it's charm and laid back nature. We will definitely be back!
We recently traveled to Rockhouse Resort for a wedding at the beginning of October. The pictures, as they say, don't do it justice. This is a unique, adults only resort that cannot be replicated in Jamaica. It is built on and in the cliffs and cliff jumping is just one of the magical feats you can attempt. Go experience it for yourself and you will see why years ago it was chosen in a James Bond film as a site to shoot various scenes.
Lodging: Get the premium villas. They are steps from the ocean and cliffs and you have private decks. Simply put, spend the money you won't regret it. There are no TV's anywhere and cell service is spotty. So this is not a business trip. Quite frankly to "drop out" of coverage makes this a little more appealing. You will get a wifi connection so don't panic if you need to FaceTime with the kiddos. It will happen. Skylark Negril Beach Resort nearby (15 minute ride) is a sister resort to Rockhouse. It's on the famous seven mile beach. We visited and ate at Lily's (a must) but did not find this hotel appealing for it has no cliffs but it does have a beach. It's your choice. We live three miles from the beach so our choice was pretty clear.
Food: All the restaurants are fantastic but Rockhouse Restaurant in the middle of the resort is by far a cut above. The food is fresh and delicious. The drinks are well poured if you know what I mean, and the Jerk Chicken is a must try dish. Of course, it's Jamaican. Pushcart and Lily's in nearby Skylark Negril Beach Resort are a must eat.
Drinks: Caribbean Punch is excellent. In fact hit the Pool Bar and Grill and just ask them to make a specialty drink. They'll surprise you with something not on the menu. The resort has a full menu of alcohol from rum to vodka and lots of wines to choose from many of which are high end.
Pool: So the pool is nice and it's infinity edge so you literally look off it and the cliffs are below and the ocean is surrounding you. It's somewhat rustic in nature and captivating with charm.
Hobbies: Cliff diving is a must. Just find a ledge and have at it. Bring your snorkeling gear. They have caves and crevices near that are really cool to explore on site. Standup Paddle Boarding is available. If you want a beach you have the option for the free shuttle to hit Skylark Beach. By the way the shuttle between resorts is only free if you take it at a certain time. Otherwise it's a minimal fee.
Airport: You will fly into Montego Bay and it's just under a two drive without traffic. Pay the extra fee to get processed through Mobay Club. You get expedited and the lounges are fantastic. Literally someone meets you and takes you all the way until you open the door to your van that will transport you away.
We stayed in the Premium hut over the cliffs which is the only room I would get when staying at this resort. The views are stunning and the water is crystal clear. Well worth paying more for that room type which isn’t all that bad anyway. The staff was so friendly and look for Crissy who is one of the grounds keepers, or so she dresses in the same uniform. She is super sweet and even brought fresh aloe to me at the pool when she saw I had sunburn. She even called a friend to pick us up by boat at the resort to go snorkeling and visit boobycay island, forgive me if I spelled that wrong. There we had fresh lobster you can pick out of the water for $25 each. They cook it on an open fire. There is also beer for sale by a local lady. Make sure you have cash. Negril is by far the best spot on the island, the weather is hotter and more humid than Montego Bay Area. Food was good and the prices were good. Drinks were way too expensive. While visiting you must go to Murphy’s which is only a 5 minute ride south of the resort. Local food and great local atmosphere. There are no filters on the photos I have posted, that’s how beautiful it is here.