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
Jamaica is my home but I haven't been home in a very long time, so I thought why not treat myself to a stay at a beautiful resort and bring a friend along. I was greeted by warm,beautiful people the moment I arrived. I received a tour of the property and was introduced to most of the staff working on that day. I love that is so quiet and serene.
I stayed in seaside 4 and got a beautiful view of the ocean and the pool. The food at Blue Mahoe is delicious. I savored every bite. I was very impressed! I loved hanging out with Ricardo and Ghavris at the bar and occasionally Delroy. Try the jerk popcorn! The staff is well trained and show excellent customer service which is honestly hard to find in Jamaica. I might just book another stay next month for my mom to enjoy too. Thank you for the great stay and hospitality.
I have been in the service industry for many years and I value great customer service, affordability and good amenities…The Spa Retreat has it all.
Our room was Seaside 7. The beds are extremely comfortable with luxurious linens. We loved the separate ocean view stone cottage with windows that opened around the entire room. Sitting in comfy Adirondack chairs on our private patio we could hear the pleasing sound of the water feature at the outdoor spa next door. We visited the spa many times and had wonderful massages with Kerry Ann, Tashena and Ellieann.
The concierge staff is amazing! From the moment we checked in to our departure we were taken care of with exemplary customer service. Everyone is warm and welcoming. Many thanks to Refi, Afrimai, Billy and the general manger Heather!
Owner/Architect of the resort, Shane was a pleasure to talk with and had good advice and information about the area. The design of the hotel is nothing short of amazing! His dogs Rosa and Ozzy were approachable and adorable.
The food here is remarkable! We met another resort owner and a local chef who came to have dinner there because they loved the food. Chef Shane and his staff cook all dishes fresh on premises. Our servers Kadene, Navarda, Sadian, Charmaine, and Delroy were always helpful and friendly. Delroy made sure everything was running smoothly at the restaurant.
Bartenders, Alicia, Ghavri, Marco and Ricardo were masters at entertaining conversation and delightful cocktails.
Even the groundskeepers, Nick, Dermaine, Sean, and gateman Franklin were so nice and were there to help in any way.
Ask for Howie if you need a ride to any outside excursions. He is the best driver there! Check out the many activities and tours offered by the hotel.
We have found our soul place. Absolutely the most relaxing and fun experience ever!
Thank you to the Spa Retreat team for an incredible vacation! Love to all of you! We hope to be back soon.
The Spa is a fantastic resort. Beautiful at every turn, room, beach, pool, restaurant, bar, spa. Exceeded expectations. I would fully recommend this place to anyone considering Negril. The Retreat suite is very comfortable, roomy and beautiful.
I have stayed here many times and love it however this time, I just stopped for a one hour massage and dinner. Massage was AMAZING and my headache was gone! Dinner was absolutely delicious and service was top notch as usual!
Loved this place! Most comfortable bed and pillows I have ever been in on vacation (I have back problems and experienced no problems). Picturesque! Small cozy atmosphere- with only few people at the resort it was quiet and peaceful. Clean and well kept. Everyday the staff said hello and treated you like family. The pool was great and it was wonderful being able to jump right into the ocean off the cliffs and go snorkeling. Resident dogs were a bonus 🐶😁 so friendly and well behaved.
We stayed in the seaside cottage and it was roomy and had a big bathroom- loved being able to sit on the porch each morning and see the ocean.
The food was yummy!
The only down side is if you are sensitive to sound or a light sleeper the cottage may not be for you; we could hear music from the bar from morning until night (past 11p) from our room (luckily we are not light sleepers so this did not detract from our stay).
Also loved that a cell phone was provided and had a list of taxi drivers we could use- added to sense of safety.
Would definitely come back here to stay!