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 were amazed by the physical construction of the property using rocks. Upon check in we were greeted by the infamous Jason Quarrie, who is the front desk manager. While the agent was assisting another guest, he welcomed us with fruit punch and 1 with a little zing, was so refreshing after along day. Mr. Quarrie was so warm and welcoming made us feel at home. We got upgraded to a Villa which was jus just what we needed for our lil babymoon getaway. The view from our room was just what the doctor ordered, breathtakingly beautiful. We will be back!!!
Rockhouse Hotel is really a nice place to unplug and unwind. If you are looking for exciting nightlife, this is not it… but there are nearby options such as the Jungle. But I came for the unplugging aspect and found it nicely. Sure it is a little pricey, but if you can afford it it’s well worth the money. The grounds are maintained perfectly, the pool is large and provides a great sunset view, and the many ladders down to the ocean are perfectly placed and provide for a very unique experience.
Depending on what you want, you may want to scope out the layout of the resort and request a certain room based on how much privacy you want or your desired view. Though they do say they cannot guarantee room availability, I communicated prior to my arrival for an early check-in and they were able to accommodate me. So, I think they’ll do their best to do the same for you. I had villa number 8. At first I was not happy about the view, but then seeing that many of the other villas shared courtyards with other villas, I really liked the privacy of this unit. Though, there was some noise to be heard from the nearby hotel restaurant, it wasn’t bad.
Inside the room, it was comfortable. It could have been slightly larger, but it worked. The bed size was rather small… I don’t think it was even a queen. But it was comfortable enough but pillows could have been fuller. There is a mini-fridge in the room, but it is full with the stuff they are selling. As a suggestion, within steps of the hotel there is a mini-market that carries mixes, and snacks, you might want to get yourself some supplies for when the munchies set in. I always stop at duty-free on the way in and grab a bottle for my room… one for convenience of being able to make a drink whenever I like and second, to dampen the overall bar expense of the stay. Simply take some of their stuff out of the mini-fridge and put yours in. Ice is available at the bar.
The bathroom was fine, but the outdoor shower was one of my favorite aspects of the room (aside from the view). Though the water knobs were backwards and hot water finicky, the outdoor shower was an inviting respite to cool off and freshen up. Housekeeping did a fine daily job of keeping things tidy…
The onsite restaurant was okay… we had lunch there upon arrival, and the taste was not all that great and prices were a tad high. We tried it a second time and had the same result. The better option, for me at least, is the nearby Push Cart venue. You can take the on-property pathway there and even though it’s managed and staffed by the same folks as the hotel, the experience was much richer for me.
On one of the days I was there, there was a wedding that closed the pool area down for half the day and the bar area for the entire evening. It would have been nice if we had an email notice prior to arrival that a big important part of the resort was not available for my weekend stay. In the end, it didn’t matter as we went elsewhere for the evening and swam in the sea during the day. Overall, staff was friendly and helpful, the property in perfect condition, and the ambiance just what I was looking for. Having stayed at numerous hotels/resorts throughout Jamaica, this is one of my favorites and would be happy to return.
A bit pricey but enjoyed our stay in one of the private air conditioned bungalows on the cliff....with its own balcony. Loved the decor.
So I thought the infinity pool (which I absolutely enjoyed) was salt water but later learned that the salt water was from the sea when waves crashed over the cliffs😊. The sunset from this pool area is breathtaking.
We just got married at Rockhouse Hotel less than a month ago and cannot say enough amazing things about our entire experience from start to finish. Long story short(and if you don't want to read the rest of this lengthy review), if any couple wants a destination wedding at one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, you should book at Rockhouse. This is one of the more sought out destination wedding locations, for good reason, so be flexible and patient and know getting married here is well worth it.
My fiance emailed The Rockhouse wedding coordinators, Lici and Shanique in February, 2018 and they told us to get back to them in April when they would have their dates for the following year. We wrote back in April and they responded right away providing us with the first weekend they had available. The weekend they had was initially not our first choice but we knew we wanted to get married at The Rockhouse, and felt so lucky and fortunate that they had a weekend even close to what we wanted. We thought it was a long shot to even book there and in the end, our weekend was perfect. They emailed us all of their vendors that they recommend and we used every single recommendation. EVERY SINGLE VENDOR EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS and our rehearsal dinner and reception food was beyond amazing. We saved so much time not researching bands, DJ, photographer, florist, hair and make up. Rockhouse provided all of this for us and I would not have changed a single decision about one of their recommendations. The amount of time we saved not worrying about this allowed us to focus on other personal details for our guests that were important to us.
Lici and Shanique were responsive to every email, phone call and our two visits to Negril prior to our wedding. We went first in October, 2018 and stayed at Rockhouse's sister hotel Skylark because Rockhouse was hosting a wedding that weekend. Lici, Shanique and Rockhouse were so generous and let us come to the property to visit and see the set-up of the wedding so we would have an idea of what ours would look like. They met with us again the next day to go over every single question we had. They made recommendations that we would have never thought of on our own, and we could not be happier that we listened to them.
We love Negril so much, particularly Rockhouse and Skylark that we returned in February to "finalize wedding details." We actually didn't have anything to finalize because Lici and Shanique had already taken care of literally everything. We honestly didn't need to meet with them again, but they still took the time out of their busy days and went over a few more details with us that they easily could have just emailed to us. We felt so lucky to have met with them twice before our wedding.
Now for our wedding week...we could not be happier with every second of that week. Lici and Shanique took care of everything: our rehearsal dinner at Skylark, wedding and brunch the morning after. They even helped our family plan a birthday party at Pushcart prior to our wedding events. They made everything absolutely perfect. My husband and I get teary when we think about what an amazing job they did because we will never be able to give or show them the amount of gratitude that we feel. The entire Rockhouse staff was incredible the whole week. Our friends and families cannot stop talking about how amazing the service was everywhere they went. The service was so good, it made it into my dad's speech at the wedding. For the ceremony, we needed an extra tall custom made chuppah to accommodate our floral requests and my tall husband. Lici and Shanique made sure the Rockhouse team took care of this and it was perfection. And the property itself...you can't ask for a more beautiful place to get married. Every inch of the property is stunning. Our wedding photos are beyond beautiful and we did them all at the hotel.
As many married couples know, once you get engaged, you think and plan for months. The day comes up on you so fast and then you don't even get to be a part of all of the details that you planned for because you're doing bride and groom things. The days after the wedding, we recapped with our friends and family, and every single detail that we talked to Lici and Shanique about was executed just the way we had envisioned. Our two favorite people in Jamaica and the amazing Rockhouse staff made sure that our wedding guests had the experience that we wanted them to have.
My husband and I, our parents, family and friends are forever grateful to Rockhouse for giving us the most perfect wedding week.
Me and a friend stayed there for our first time for a wedding and had a PHENOMENAL experience. The staff was gracious, respectful, and VERY personable. Food was stellar and our villa was everything we could have wanted. I have recommended Rockhouse to all of my family and friends and will DEFINITELY be back again soon!