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
Wonderful sunsets & food
Was told they had the best hamburgers, yes the blue mahoe burger is amazing
The resort hotel is nice too, best quality mattresses,designed by a top architect it’s even got infinity pools
Going back soon , they were wonderful accommodating a large group of friends for dinner, we all had a great time and went several more times bringing more friends
My husband and I stayed at the Spa Retreat for the second time and we were still amazed at the beauty and tranquility of this place. The property is clean and well maintained. The rooms are exquisitely furnished and absolutely beautiful. The food is amazing and to top it all off the staff is very helpful and friendly. We had a couples relaxation massage there too. Massages were never our thing, but now we cant wait to do it again. The Spa Retreat is our absolute favorite place to vacation and I would definitely recommend it to anyone for many different reasons.
The Spa Retreat is a "chunk" of Love, conceived and carefully crafted by it owners. Literally, I felt the tranquility the moment I drove in. From the gentleman stationed at the Security building at the gate to the soft voiced Afrimai, who checked me in, I knew my stay was going to be memorable. My first night I ordered one of their signature burger, Room Service was swift and professional and the burger...FANTASTIC!!!
There is no doubt in my mind, that The Spa Retreat was designed so that their guests could experience the level of privacy they desired. The Ocean Front Seaside Cottages offer couples a room with a fabulous view and lots of privacy.
As a seasoned Wedding Planner, this is an ideal location for an intimate wedding gathering, seventeen rooms and a bridal suite. The Chef is excellent and the cuisine he prepares is infused with his secret Jamaican spices. The Ocean Deck offers an ideal location for an evening wedding affair, plus you get a bonus of watching the sunset in Negril...breathtaking!
Spa treatments are a must, all oils and scrubs are blended from natural ingredients to give your body the most amazing feeling. The Aromatherapy session leaves you coming back for more.
Once in a life time you must indulge your senses; this is the place and your next vacation is the time.
Thanks for a wonderful stay.