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
everything was wonderful, great staff, they where there just when you need them. Nice peolpe on the front desk, on the bar and restaurant, on the garden, housekeeper. We had a great Yoga class. The place is a paradise itself. We will be back for more Tensing Pen.
This was my third trip to Jamaica and I've been blessed with staying at Tensing Pen for each of those visits. I've traveled the world and this is certainly a very special and unique place. Definitely book a room with air conditioning if that is important to you as it is for me. We stayed in the garden studio room which had a second story semi private view of the ocean, and the a/c was excellent especially at night. It was divine! From the pool to the dining to the different excursions and massages we give Tensing Pen five stars!
My fiancé and I visited the Tensing Pen for dinner on a Sunday evening in September 2019. We were staying at a resort down the road, but have heard such amazing things about this place so we made reservations for a romantic dinner. When we arrived, I found out that my boyfriend had bought us the special dinner out on the cliffs, where he would eventually propose later that evening. From the moment I stepped foot on the property we were treated like royalty. We were a little early for dinner, so we sat at the bar where Splinter made us amazing cocktails. He was so friendly and even let us walk around the property to check out the amazing views. When we were ready, we headed down to the table where Coleen was our server. She went above and beyond for us the entire night! When my fiancé decided to pop the question, she was there taking photos for us to capture this perfect moment. The food was spectacular- I had the seafood Alfredo. I cannot thank Splinter, Coleen and the entire Tensing Pen staff for making our engagement night more than I could have dreamed of.