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
I highly recommend the SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel. Everything about our experience staying at this hotel was tops. The view of the ocean and sunsets was spectacular. The pool, rooms, and grounds are immaculately maintained and very clean. The staff is very friendly and helps immediately if you need anything. The on-site restaurant, The Blue Mahoe, is the best too (delicious food and a setting with views that can't be matched). We will be back.
Stayed in Seaside Six cottage. Spacious and great view from porch right out onto the "beach" and into the Caribbean. Exceptional service from the moment we checked in to the moment we checked out. This is the place to get away and relax and enjoy Jamaica's beautiful weather and super friendly people. The grounds are beautiful with well manicured plantings. You do not have to leave if you just want to relax and spend your days at the "beach" and pool area. Alternatively, this is a great place to use as a base to explore the western shore of Jamaica. Took the car service from the resort several times for a short roundtrip to walk and explore nearby Seven Mile Beach. Gave us a chance to contrast the crowded large resorts with our private, peaceful get-away (no kids allowed on property). On the service side of things- all very good including: dining at the restaurant (thanks Delroy, Afreika and staff), bar service at beach (Ricardo, Marco and all bar staff were superb with food and drink served on real plates and glassware -also don't the miss jerk popcorn), front desk (Refinesha and Billy the kid) and overall friendly staff on the grounds (Rocki and Jay, etc.). Also nice to watch the antics of our canine friends and resort mascots, Rosa and Ozzy. 90-120 minute drive from/to the Mobay airport, but a good chance to see a little of the island outside of the resorts and accompanied by the running commentary of Howie, driver with the resort, who was great!. This is a very well run resort with a particular emphasis on exceptional service.
Had a great trip back to The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, this place has all the elements I look for in a place to stay when I travel to Jamaica. They cater to your every need and only aim to please. Great food, views and unforgettable sunsets. Will be back again!
This is long overdue (close to a year overdue), but I want to start by saying that there's no way my review can do justice to just how terrific the Spa Retreat and its staff truly are. I stayed at the Spa for 8 days between Christmas and New Year's Day and I couldn't be more satisfied with the overall experience. I booked this trip many months ahead of time and only about 2 weeks prior to departing I planned to propose to my now-fiance on their property. Refinesha and Heather were extremely accommodating in not only enlisting a photographer to capture the moment, but also in working with me to make this entire evening a complete surprise to my fiance. Everyone else on the staff from Billy in the office, to Hasan & Richmond at the bar, to Delroy in the restaurant, and Mikey with Rosa and Ozzy were great (I will review the food on Blue Mahoe's page, but it was also excellent). We stayed in a seaside cottage and the view was incredible. I also stopped into a standard room and it was very nice as well. This is a boutique resort with only 18 rooms, which I really enjoyed because it could be as private or as social of an experience as you'd like to make it, depending on your preference. Everyone I met also staying at the resort was very nice and the guests were quite diverse in terms of age and background so this is definitely a hotel for everybody. This was our 3rd time spending Christmas in Jamaica and I've grown to know Negril very well, so we ventured out a lot. That said, this resort is gorgeous and the only one I know of on the West End that has a man-made beach so there's really no reason to leave if you're into just relaxing by the water and taking in the gorgeous view or snorkeling. I would definitely recommend this gem to anyone looking to stay cliff side in Negril and plan to come back asap.
This was a beautiful place to stay in Negril. The rooms are set up like individual cottages so you can enjoy your privacy. The view of the ocean was spectacular and the staff was the best group of people I have met. I enjoyed all 5 days I stayed here. Their drivers that will drop off and pick you up anywhere in Jamaica. The in house Spa was the most professional and beautiful experience I ever had. I will definitely come back again next time I’m in Jamaica.