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
Tensing Pen is one of the most special unique destinations I've ever experienced. The resort is so personal and timeless. No trip here would be complete without a jump off the bridge into the ocean which had the most aqua blue water I've ever seen. Highly recommend and would be a perfect spot for a romantic weddings
This resort reminded me of my city and that is why i wanted to stay for couple of nights. The location and the views incredible. The stuff very helpful. I will give a truthful review. I loved the resort but i did not like how the bathroom did not have a ceiling. When i was in the bedroom i could hear the bathroom. That put me off a little bit. The bed was very high as well. Also no tv in the room. I know that you go to relax but since there isn't much to do there a tv would have been nice. The resort is so beautiful. If you go to Negril you have to go here as well even for just few days. You will love it even if you cannot swim just the view is insane. The food was insane as well. Ricks Coffee was only 5 min walk. I was worried but we went there for two days in a row and we loved it. No problems at all. In few words just get there you will love it!!!
We selected Tensing Pen based on other travelers’ reviews on TA & were not disappointed. We stayed in Rock Cottage II which was like having our own private cottage by the Caribbean Sea. The rooms are quite simple but well-designed & airy. The fridge is stocked with the essentials: Red Stripe & water ! The staff are all helpful but unobtrusive No foot traffic past our cottage & our own sun loungers both on the porch & down by the ocean; also, our own ladder for climbing in/out of the water, although it was more fun jumping in from the cliffs. The main house has a bar/restaurant with a similarly spectacular view, especially of the sunset in the evenings. Nice cabanas by the pool, hammocks dotted around & a high step from which you can jump into the ocean (or you can simply jump off the footbridge). We went in low season, so it was particularly peaceful, but the layout is such that even if the hotel was full you would not feel it was crowded. The only disappointment we felt was the food, which is certainly adequate but not particularly special for such a special place. But there are options within a short walk or cab ride which provide some variety, especially Kool Vibes which is literally across the street. We will definitely go back to Tensing Pen ourselves & recommend it highly to those who are looking for peace & tranquillity in a beautiful oceanfront setting. We watched the ‘party crowd’ sailing past each evening, on their way to Rick’s & didn’t envy them at all.