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 recently stayed at Tensing Pen with some girl friends looking to destress. The resort was a perfect match for 4 moms looking to enjoy Jamaica in a "noncommercial" intimate setting. Our expectations were immediately blown away by the view of the sea and sunsets. We enjoyed walking out of our room and jumping right into the sea. We were able to book a private snorkleing trip through the office which was amazing and at a different level than ones I've gone on with all inclusives. We did some yoga and had a massage overlooking the water . For the price I don't think you could obtain these types of services through one of the larger resorts. I would refer to this wonderful place as a boutique resort that offers wonderful food at the lodge, exceptional service and an extremely safe environment. We will bring our husbands next time as we loved it for a girl friend get away but it's also a super romantic place.
Can't wait to come back!
Staying at Tensing Pen was a great experience. The grounds of the resort are stunning. The cottages are situated near the cliffs and in the gardens. The cliffs offer amazing views and there are many lounging areas to relax and take in the view. I loved that you could jump into the water from the cliffs. The bridge was a little scary to cross over but gave you the chance to jump in the ocean without the crowds of Ricks Cafe. The hotel is actually only a 5 minute walk from Ricks Cafe. Two of the best things to do at Ricks is cliff diving and watching the sunset which both can be done at Tensing Pen but in a more intimate way. The food at the restaurant was great and the staff was extremely friendly. Great hotel to stay if you want to mix it up from the usual beach resort yet still go in the water. Also 7 mile beach is a short drive away.
Went here for dinner to get out of gross Hotel Riu Negril, And was the best part of the trip. Greeted with a smile and staff (Nicholas) was amazing! Food was spectacular. View was jaw dropping and atmosphere was unbelievable. Clean, authentic, and beautiful. Security at the gate was great, and there was nothing negative to say about it. Very Relaxing. Brought the two kids (15&18) no problem. Amazing experience, will definitely be back in the future.
A year doesn’t go by when we don’t vacation here. The resort is a feast for the eyes & the soul- perched on the cliffs above the sapphire sea, lush tropical flowers and greenery everywhere & sunsets that are memorable. The service is exceptional. Carlene our server today,Razor Blade our bartender, Racine, Webster & Rohan well as the entire staff take care of our every need- professionally & joyfully. There are a variety of different accommodations from tree houses to cottages which are all very comfortable. Can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be.
At the far end of the island, without crowds, beaches and noise. Each of the unites is uniquely adorned with its own character and ambiance. Breakfast is delicious,Jamaican or Western, with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Also, a safe place to walk around in Jamaica