The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- With just 18 cottages, the property has an intimate vibe
- Watching the sunset at the bar while sipping a frozen Blue Mahoe cocktail
- Alfresco spa treatments under a cabana fronting the ocean
What To Know
- The hotel is not on a beach; it’s in Negril’s famous cliffside West End
- Most guestrooms have no TVs
- This is a destination for relaxation — yoga and Pilates are the only on-site activities
- The adults-only hotel caters primarily to singles and couples
- Guests are lent a free cell phone to communicate with staff (and home!) as there are no phones in room
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Jamaica’s Negril enclave offers two distinct island experiences: rollicking resort or chilled-out getaway. The SPA Retreat sits comfortably in the latter category. Taking his cue from the area’s signature wood and stone houses, SPA Retreat’s owner/architect Shane Cohen has built a sleeker version of those rustic handcrafted cottages. It’s a place for singles who want to escape it all, and lovers looking for a quiet, intimate getaway. Here, the doting staff focus on setting the scene for a getaway filled with pampering spa treatments and innovative Jamaican cuisine.
Bed and Bath
All the Rooftop Cottages, and even the Garden Stone Cottages on the lower level, have private patios with views of the Caribbean Sea. Each room is individually designed with a different color scheme, but the Old World Caribbean countryside theme is uniform throughout. All the furnishings, from four-poster beds to sofas, are hand-carved, and even the towering ceilings are made from rich Jamaican cedar. The Retreat Suite, the resort’s piece de resistance, is a mini penthouse with a large outdoor balcony, an indoor living room and a grand bathroom with a shower that has room for two (and plenty of island-made bath products).
Days quickly fall into an easy pattern at SPA Retreat: sunbathing by the pool sipping cocktails, laddering down the cliff into the turquoise water for snorkeling, an afternoon siesta and soaking up the Jamaican sunset — fine entertainment, as there are no in-room televisions. Evenings are spent tasting the light, mostly local fare in the Blue Mahoe restaurant, especially the callaloo and pumpkin soup, and lobster stuffed with roasted island vegetables. Beyond the relaxation, you can also take part in the property’s yoga and Pilates classes under the spa pavilion, learn a few Patois phrases at the bar and get blissed out with a simple spa treatment.
In the Area
Unwind with the Spa Retreat’s varied treatment menu, which utilizes local ingredients. Go beyond Swedish massage and try a Brown Sugar & Coffee Scrub. For a chance to see real Jamaican nature, take a trip to YS Falls a visit to the rum factory with Island Routes. Go for a round of golf at the nearby 18-hole Negril Hills Golf Club or just hang out at the resort, which has ladders leading into coral-strewn waters with hidden coves. Jumping isn’t encouraged (leave that to the daredevils), but be sure to have a dip at least once during your stay.
How to Get There
I wish I knew about this place before! I have been coming to Negril for a very long time and I never thought to come here. What a beautiful surprise. Its clean, its gorgeous, the staff is amazing, the view is breathtaking but most of it all is the calm and peace all around. We are usually always up and about to do stuff in the island but this time we lounged a lot at the property and the fantastic salt water pool!
The food is fantastic as well and the bartenders are just the top notch! Our other favorite thing was the two lovely dogs Ozzy and Rosa who made our stay way more fun. So if you are not a dog person or have allergies this might not be the place for you. Get yoursef a room on the seaside and you won’t regret anything!
I go to Negril a lot, and the Spa Boutique Retreat is the best hotel in town. Everything was first-class all the way, from the complimentary welcome cocktail to the reasonable final bill.
Firstly, Everyone is just SO nice. You will never feel more welcome and pampered.
CHECK-IN/ROOM: Great first impression. There were like ten employees all ready to help, as I was given a key to room 3, a lovely villa with a vaulted ceiling, king bed, oversized bathroom (with good soap, lotion, etc.), great AC, a patio with an ocean view, plus even a Spa-type bath robe.
FOOD: Total gourmet from fresh fruit and homemade bread in the morning to sumptuous entrees during the day, to the best home-popped popcorn ever at 2 p.m. every day -- I would be waiting at 1:59, lol.
Great bar, too. Good servers and wicked cocktails.
POOL: Salt water pool pumped in right on cliffs overlooking the sea. This was summer and the water temp was about 85 degrees. They have killer towels all you want with no silly towel cards. They also gave the fancy thick floaties like Sandals.
SEA: OMG, this is the main attraction -- incredible sea with amazing shades of every blue that mother nature ever invented. Calm and warm. You can climb little ladders to swim or snorkel (lots of fish).
SUMMARY: This place is amazing. Very opulent but never stuffy. Very secure yet not restrictive (ganja friendly, too). Very exilerating to wake up to the ocean waves yet oh so relaxing to fall asleep to them at night.
Special thanks to bartender Ghaveri (pictured) along with my great housekeeper Cadene in addition to other great staffers Geather, Refinisha, Nick, Rocky, Delroy and Christine.
We love this hotel and every time we come back to Negril we’re staying here. This place should be a categorized as a 5 star I’m honestly not sure why it isn’t? Its very clean and the property is very well kept! Their food and drinks are actually very good too and reasonably priced for a hotel. We love coming here and snorkeling and enjoying the relaxing vibe of the property. All the rooms are equally nice and updated and spacious with nice bathrooms and the customer service is always on point here! Its not on the beach but its def worth it because there are pools and places to lounge and you swim near the cliff or hop a taxi 5 min away to the beach.