Tensing Pen Hotel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- Super-romantic cliffside hideaway in Negril's West End
- Some cottages feature outdoor showers and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea
- Enjoy an alfresco yoga session in one of the oceanside pagodas
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- All rooms have AC, but there are no TVs or phones
- Popular with honeymooners and couples
- The 22 rooms are divided among 17 cottages
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With 17 secluded cottages linked by stone paths and wooden walkways that meander along the cliffs in Negril’s West End, Tensing Pen is one of Jamaica’s best-kept secrets. Thatch-roofed pagodas and hammocks dot the resort, and bright orange double daybeds and lounge chairs encircle the pool. The partially open-air restaurant and bar features oversize lamps and bamboo paneling, giving it a relaxed, safari lodge feel.
Bed and Bath
Many of the cottages feature verandas or balconies with sea views, and the rustic guestrooms are proudly gadget-free: Don’t expect a TV or phone (they do have WiFi, though). Local artworks and a simple earth tone palette create a serene vibe, and the dark wooden shutters keep things cool. The bathrooms have huge rainfall showers and come with thoughtful products like aloe vera after-sun oil. Splurge on a Sea Grape or Pillar Cottage for a true Robinson Crusoe experience; these luxe stilted-treehouses are located on their own private coves and feature a secluded outdoor shower.
This laid-back retreat encourages rest and rejuvenation, from the rainbow-colored hammocks shaded by palm trees to the cliffside pagoda, which hosts morning yoga sessions. The sprawling grounds have lots of secluded areas with lounge chairs and intimate tables for two, perfect for sipping a rum cocktail in peace. The main restaurant and bar overlooks the pool; breakfast (included) is simple and delicious (local bread, fruit and yogurt served with Jamaica’s famous Blue Mountain coffee), while lunches and dinners (fresh fish, grilled meats and seasonal dishes) are among the best in the area. For some serious pampering head to the wellness pagoda for a massage, scrub or facial.
In the Area
Located on the cliffs in Negril’s West End, Tensing Pen is a 10-minute taxi ride from spectacular Seven Mile Beach, a tropical strip of white sand and impossibly turquoise water. You’ll find all kinds of action here, from huge reggae gigs to oceanside fine dining. It’s also the place to go for water sports, including kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkeling. Farther afield (about a two-hour drive) is Appleton Rum Estate, where you can learn about the production process and sample one of the finest rums in the world. Stop off on the way back at YS Falls, an idyllic series of waterfalls surrounded by lush jungle. Cool off in the mountain waters or get adventurous on the on-site zipline.
How to Get There
Just returned from Tensing Pen. Had the most relaxing vacation ever. This place is so beautiful and peaceful. I was lucky to meet the charming Anne Marie. They had a party for their long time employees and invited all the guest. Staff is so accommodating. Keno took me on a personal snorkel swim. Beezy checked on me regularly. Had a great couple massage.The food was fresh and delicious. The North Pillar was gorgeous. The weather was perfect. Also a shout out to Lauria, Danya, Maria, Erika, Shellia. Already made my reservations for next year.
We are regulars at Tensing Pen. It's the perfect spot for couples, honeymooners, and families. There are a variety of rooms to suit your preference. We have stayed in many of the various rooms, preferring the "pillars," which are standalone rooms on stilts, to others. The ocean views and sunsets from the private balconies are calming and instagram worthy.
If you are expecting the Four Seasons with a marble bath and private infinity pool, this is not for you. Tensing Pen is the ultimate Negril experience with local hard wood decor, stone "cottages," glam huts on stilts (known as "pillars"), lovely linens, outdoor stone showers, and even a hammock! Some cottages and pillars have AC, others do not. (Check on the AC situation, if that's a priority for you.) The expectation is to let go, relax and unwind.
We love reuniting with fellow Tensing Pen guests, who return the same week each year. You can participate in the friendly gatherings or indulge in private seclusion. The food is local and well-prepared. One of the advantages of Tensing Pen is that the best restaurants in Negril are nearby, often walking distance.
We love the staff! Calene was a new addition to the restaurant this year and we loved her high energy and the happy presence she brings to this warm Tensing Pen family. The Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are also part of the charm of this lovely property. A new pup is expected in April 2019!
Once you've experienced Tensing Pen, you will return.
My wife and I were fortunate enough to bid on and win this trip that the owners (Sam and Anne Marie) had graciously donated for our local JDRF fundraiser gala earlier this year. The owners were very accomodating to our requested dates for this trip which we ended up scheduling for November of 2018. We had never spent any time in Jamaica previously other than a day long cruise excursion so we were al little anxious about spending a week on the island. All of that anxiaty vanished when we arrived at the resort! The place is utterly fantastic! I have no idea how they ever built such and amazing resort basically into the rocky shoreline of the island but they did! Everything about the facility was first class. We stayed at the Sea Grape cottage at the north end of the resort. Our room was fantastic! From what we could see all the cottages are very nice. Each one is secluded and very private. The only thing that was more amazing than the accommodations was the staff at Tensing Pen. Everyone from the front office (Crystal and Roxanne) to the restaurant and bar staff ( Diana, Shernette, Calene, Razor and Splinter to name a few) were absolutely fantastic and made our trip very special. Even our driver Tony was first class. Everyone called us by name and treated us with the utmost respect. It was a sad day when we had to leave this place and the people. I will recommend Tensing Pen to anyone that wants to get a way and relax. We hope to return someday soon!
Tensing Pen was everything that we thought it would be. From the stunning views to comfortable rooms, every detail was perfect! The attentive staff was never without a smile and truly seemed to care about making our stay as flawless as possible. It truly was one of the few vacations where I left without a single thing that I could point out as needing improvement. We cant wait for next year and a return to this wonderfully perfect slice of paradise!
We spent 4 days at the Tensing Pen and couldn't have been happier with the resort. The property is gorgeous, rooms are beautiful, and the staff are friendly and attentive. Even if you don't stay here, be sure to check out the restaurant-- great food and amazing views/ambiance. We'll definitely be back!