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
- 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
We were looking for a small hotel in Negril and decided on the west end cliffs and then the Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel. We were not disappointed! We spent 6 nights and thoroughly enjoyed the grounds: swimming off the rocks, delicious cocktails from the “beach” and the lush greenery from our verandah. We selected a rooftop room (rooftop 4) for privacy, the verandah and the breeze and it was the right call. The room was spacious, comfortable and clean. We enjoyed coffee from the restaurant on our verandah or by the sea after an early swim. I had two excellent spa treatments: massage and reflexology. The staff were friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Complimentary touches were appreciated: a local cell phone with hotel and taxi contacts, masks and fins for snorkelling and bottled water. We ate at the Blue Mahoe restaurant and also other bars and cafes within easy walking distance. One day we walked into town for breakfast and then along Seven Mile beach. Another day we visited Barney’s hummingbird gardens, taking a hotel taxi there and walking back. Walking is possible but the roads are narrow so pedestrians need to stay alert. But most of all we relaxed on the beautiful grounds of the hotel. Sunsets are spectacular.
This is my very first Trip Advisor review. I've never had the inclination to write one until I had the luxury of staying at "The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel" So this is what I have to say:
Imagine yourself waking up to breathtaking views of the crystal blue calm ocean. And gazing at the sun the moon and stars In the most beautiful uncontrived jungle setting on your generous sized balcony or terrace. Just steps away from the seawater infinity pool or taking a dip in the ocean and relishing in the best snorkeling and fish gazing the Caribbean has to offer. The question of the day would be....Hmmmm..... what would I like to eat/drink from the restaurant "Blue Mahoe" which never disappoints? Delicious chef-inspired meals fit for any foodie including vegetarians. Or what type of daily indulgence I'd love to enjoy from the full-service luxury day spa offering classic aesthetic treatments.
Along with the fact that everyone who works there from the first encounter with the staff that greets you when you first arrive, or the groundsmen, cleaners, servers etc etc. All treat you like family rather than guests... calling you by your first name and heeding to any of your wishes and always going out of there way to assist or help. Could this possibly have to do with the proprietors both Christine and Shane Cohen who happen to live on premise for most of the year??? Pride of ownership is hugely evident. And the Cohen's have definitely passed down their infectious good will and generosity to their staff. Also, I don't think I've seen such attention to detail starting with the construction of the grounds (which is approx a decade old)...to top of the line finishes to absolutely gorgeous gardens and even the smallest of details including all of the organic toiletries and organic choices in the kitchen. And not to mention you will have the best sleep with their choice off mattresses, linens, and pillows.
My partner is a skilled driver and has been a dedicated vacationer to the island. We had the luxury of driving to very close proximity destinations of restaurants and beaches. But I'd say most of the people who accommodate this lovely spot don't leave and there really is not a reason to. But if the location is a requirement then you are very close to other eateries restaurants and beaches.
Unfortunate that Trip Advisor only will allow a 5 rating because I'd give it way more!
We are planning our 3rd trip already to this lovely place. Thank you so much, Christine and Shane, can't wait to relax and enjoy the beauty of your home and get away again!!!!!
We had an incredible experience at this hotel. We stayed in Seaside Cottage #5 for six nights/7days and have never been happier. We highly recommend a seaside cottage. Fantastic service. The beach area and salt water pool were clean, beautiful and lovely. Bar and restaurant both very good. It was exactly the R&R retreat we were in search of. If you're looking for wild night life and a party atmosphere, this is probably not the place for you. Although happy hour was lively and vibe is very happy and jovial. We loved the two dogs on site: Ozzy and Rosa, both were very sweet and were never a nuisance or distraction. The only thing missing that we wished they had was a small gym/treadmill. There isn't a great area around the resort to go for a run or place to exercise, otherwise it was lovely. We snorkeled off the cliffs, we napped, we ate delicious food, sipped delicious rum drinks and enjoyed the spa. It was the perfect escape from our hectic work lives. We will definitely be going back!
We love the Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel. This was our second time to visit. As the name implies, this is a small property. Built on the Negril West End coral cliff, it has been beautifully designed to provide guests with comfortable stone cottage accomodation; access to the sea; a lovely sand beach and salt water pool above the sea; a spa; restaurant and bar. It is ideal for a peaceful get-away. The small size of the property means that it is never crowded and if you want to meet fellow travellers, it is more or less in a small, family-type setting. We have stayed in both the beachfront cottages and the rooftop cottages. Both are comfortable. Our personal preference is to go with the rooftop cottage, as you have your own balcony that can be nice to chill out on. A bit of traffic noise in the morning as Negril wakes up, but that is all part of the character of Jamaica. The Blue Mahoe restaurant has a great chef and excellent Jamaican cuisine along with some more classic North American favourites. (Really good thin crust pizza Shane!) The bar, where you can take probably the best Negril sunset pics around, is staffed by great bartenders with good recipes. The Spa part of the property is located at the far end of the property on the cliff with a super view of the ocean. The couples massage is one of the best ever! Swimming, either in the salt water infinity pool, or in the ocean, is easily done and many people snorkle (with supplied equipment) just off the cliff and watch the mantas and are watched (or joined by!) Rosa and Ozzie, the house dogs. Negril is not a big town, so if you want to venture out (to 7 Mile Beach, or to one of the local restaurants for a change of pace) that is easily done,.
This is a late review but I wanted to write to say how much we absolutely loved this place and can’t wait to return one day soon. The owners are so friendly and made us feel very, very welcome as are the staff that work there. The grounds and buildings including the beautiful authentic rooms are just perfect. The food and drinks are on point and and to a very high standard. I haven’t mentioned the salt water pool and the views omg!!
I also wanted to mention the other stars of the show... Ozzie and Rosa the Resorts beautiful dogs. My son and his girlfriend had so much fun jumping off the cliffs with the dogs into the sea, very special moments!!
Highly recommend!! We have been to many places in Jamaica and for us this is a winner by far. We stayed at the expensive Breathless Resort for the majority of our holiday and, for myself and my husband, we wish we had booked the Spa hotel instead for the 2 weeks that we spent in Jamaica. One night is not enough at this very special
Place but I am so grateful for the experience that we had staying here and will
Be in my vault of special memories forever!
Thank you so much The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel and lots of kisses to Ozzie and Rosa Xx