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
I was at Tensing Pen for a one-day stay and was immediately seduced by the unique and beautiful facilities and location on a rocky limestone cliff with the pounding caribbean sea all around. From the start check in was expeditious and the assigned room was a stand-alone upstairs 'cabin', beautifully furnished with caribbean decor and luxury linens. The bathroom was a detached, no-door facility, downstairs from the well equipped bedroom. Dinner and breakfast were superb and.the staff were exceptionally welcoming, helpful and pleasant. I particularly enjoyed the pool and walking around the property. This hotel is mainly for adults and teens and although there is beach access the waves and currents seemed too strong for any but the most capable swimmers. But the waters all around made for stunning vistas and soothing backdrop sounds throughout the day and night. This is definitely a superior and intimate resort experience that is far removed from the more common large hotel experience and i highly recommend Tensing Pen for a stay or just a meal.
Slice of paradise... rooms compliment the location in this cliff-side resort.. staff is very helpful and we could not have asked for a more perfect location to unwind for a week... pool overlooks the sea and breakfast on the veranda is genuinely peaceful while being reminded of the natural beauty of this location
I recently held a weekend birthday party at the resort for 50 family and friends. The team at Tensing Pen were extremely accommodating and made the event special and memorable.
The food was delicious, the decorations were awesome and the staff were incredibly helpful. First Class all the way!
Excellent place to relax. Good friendly staff. Great views of water and sunset. The rooms are clean and big. Located near the Seven Mile beach and Rick's Cafe. Good food and beverage options and they will bring to your room. The internet in our cottage was not working at optimum speed and often wouldn't get it.
Tensing pen is a beautiful resort, the rooms are gorgeous with authentic Jamaican artwork. We stayed in the Long house and it was great for two families. It had a large kitchen, dining area and living area in addition to three rooms each with their own bathroom and air-conditioning. The food was fantastic and the staff went out of their way to make you feel welcome and have your needs met. The lush grounds are beautiful. If you have time, fit in a massage with Georgia, she is wonderful! 5 plus stars for us!!