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Whilst staying at Jamaica Inn, Winston Churchill swore the light was the best in the world for his watercolours. Jamaica Inn is one of the loveliest small luxury hotels in Jamaica, now over fifty years old, retains a gracious air of colonial Jamaica and attracts individuals and couples (some famous), who return on a regular basis. There is a wonderful, natural tranquility about this hotel and it has a lovely location on a private 700ft white sand beach. Dining is on an outdoor terrace that adjoins the bar terrace. A more romantic setting is hard to imagine, and in keeping with the ‘Noel Coward’ lifestyle there is a live band most nights. There is a cocktail terrace with a magnificent view and in step with its elegant classic approach, there is a dress code after dark. Bordered by an exquisite 700ft-long beach, the hotel is in Ocho Rios on the more tranquil west coast of the island. All guest suites face the beach and the turquoise water. Each suite has a verandah or a balustraded balcony and many guests opt to leave the air conditioning off and allow the sea breeze instead to do the work.
Situated on the best secret stretch of beach in Ocho Rios, overlooking some of the finest water in the Caribbean, its different shades of blue and green will refresh and rejuvenate you as you unwind in this elegant retreat. Transfer time from Montego Bay airport: 2 hours 15 min. Transfer times from Kingston airport take considerably longer.
The rooms are simply but very tastefully furnished with the view being the dominant factor. There are many choices in types of accommodation, all sleep 2 adults, choose from a Suite with fabulous terrace or one of the handful of cottages on the bluff overlooking the resort. Superior Balcony Suite is located upstairs on the main wing and east wing with tremendous views from a large balcony across the grounds to the beach, Caribbean Sea and the Mountains. Deluxe Verandah Suites maximise on the tropical outdoor living with huge fully furnished verandah (on the ground floor on the main wing or east wing). There is a great view across the lawn to the beach & Caribbean Sea and easy access to the beach. Premier Verandah Suites enjoy the same fabulous outside space and have settings either directly over the water or right on the sand. The Cowdray Suite (named after the polo legend), is upstairs in the east wing with a bedroom with superb views. The Blue Cottage is a luxurious and private one-bedroom cottage - right on the beach. Cottage 3 & 4 are totally private with their own sea access and are situated on a bluff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea whilst being just steps away from the main hotel. Each has an outdoor shower and an infinity pool. The White Suite sits on its own private peninsula. A unique one bedroom suite with large private terrace opening onto a secluded pool surrounded by tropical vegetation. Cottage 7 on the edge of the property opens onto a private cove. Upstairs is one bedroom with a balcony whilst the ground floor opens onto an infinity pool and a deck cantilevered over the sea.
Gourmet Magazine names Jamaica Inn as its choice for a romantic dinner on the island. The food is international with a Caribbean twist. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Jamaican chef has worked at the hotel for several years, creating a satisfying mix of Jamaican and international cuisine. As everywhere in the resort, as much use as possible is made of Jamaican products. Daily afternoon tea. Room Service* (7.30am-11.00pm). A weekly barbecue is held down on the beach (depending on occupancy).
Swimming pool, holistic cliff top KiYara Ocean Spa (treatments*) and exercise room. Complimentary Sunfish sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and croquet. Nearby activities include windsurfing*, diving* and tennis*.
A live band every night from 8:00pm-11:00pm.
Gift shop. Laundry Service*. Library. Hotel has private car and driver available (local charge).
The dress code at Jamaica Inn is of casual elegance. Gentlemen are required to wear a collared shirt and trousers after 7:00pm in the main bar & dining area. Ladies also need to dress accordingly.
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My wife and I stayed five nights over Thanksgiving. We stayed in a Premiere Veranda Suite. The Manager's Cocktail hour outside the White Suite was our first experience upon arrival, where we got to... Read more know some of the guests and staff. The Inn has a country club feel (collared shirts and pants on the Terrace after 7p, croquet court, etc), but balances exclusivity and friendliness in a way rarely found. I get the sense it hasn't changed much since the 50s-60s (as long as the bartender Teddy has been there), and you wouldn't want it to. Upon departure, Kyle told us "we'll leave it just as you left it." I hope so. We can't wait to return. Read less
We had been really looking forward to staying in this hotel and it certainly did not disappoint. What an amazing hotel this is with personal, professional, friendly service and traditional values... Read more . It is situated on a lovely secluded beach. The 'turtle man' came on a couple of occasions and released hatchlings into the sea - a very moving experience. We stayed for 12 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, which was ideal for us as we do not usually eat lunch after having a large breakfast which is excellent - there is a delicious lunch menu if required. The evening dinner is five course but each course is itemised by price so you don't have to have all of it. We had starter, main, and sweet. There is also a 'between meals menu' if you are feeling hungry. All meals can be taken in our suite at an extra 5 US dollars. Men are required to wear long trousers and collared top for dinner (you don't have to wear a jacket), and ladies dress accordingly. Our suite was the second floor balcony suite which was lovely. We had had a spectacular view of the harbour, the sea, beach and gardens. The large bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in. Everything in the room was perfect. Our room lady was the lovely Karen and she was fantastic and looked after us very well. We also met the two Jacquelines who were also extremely good. All suites looked very good. Complimentary afternoon tea is a nice touch. It consists of a variety of small sandwiches, sponge cake, and a biscuit, tea or coffee and is taken on the terrace at 4 p.m. daily. If you enjoy a drink before dinner then complimentary canapes and chips are available. Very delicious - but don't eat too many before your dinner! All of the staff are incredible and very professional - we remember Patrice, Winston and the lovely girl with the beautiful VOICE. We didn't catch her name, but she can sing!! Donald, the Gary's and many more served us for meals and not forgetting Teddy at the beach bar who we understand is the longest servicing member of staff. All the staff at reception are extremely helpful and friendly, and the owner, and Kyle the Manager take time to chat to all the guests. We can also recommend the Ocean Spa where we had a very nice massage. The hotel was so good that we only took two trips out, which is very unusual for us. We did the Kingston trip and went to see Noel Cowards house, but would have liked to have visited some of the gardens (next time). We had one meal at the Toscanini Italian Restaurant which is 10 minutes down the road - this was an excellent meal - see the review for this separately. The currency to take with you is US dollars. Mostly you are given change in US dollars but occasionally in Jamaican dollars. Taxi's are very good - the hotel will organise one for you at any time. If you have been thinking of booking this hotel ... do it now. Lots of guests return which speak for itself. Thank you very very much to the owner, manager, and all the staff at this wonderful hotel. Read less
We had a surprise upgraded to the Cawdry Suite and it was lovely - thank you for that, Jamaica Inn! The room was lovely, spacious, clean, very comfortable. In the room is a book about Mr. Cawdry that... Read more he has signed for Peter Morrow - cool! The beach and swimming area are both amazing. The STAFF is the best ever! They do not "houver" but they are there for anything you need! If you take the time to be friendly and interested in the staff it will make your vacation so wonderful! They are so gracious and go out of their way to make you feel "at home". The staff are truly and example of true "professionals" and ALL very genuine people. I read in another review about "all inclusive" but we did not know about this. We ate every night at the Jamacia Inn - were not intrested in trying any place else (this time) as the dining experience at Jamaica Inn was fabulous! Cocktail hour and then dining under the stars with the royal palm and full moon glowing down for affect - Merrick and/or a ragaee band performing each evening singing a lot of Marley songs, great food - how could it be any better? Oh and the wait staff, again, the BEST! If you are looking to mainly just relax - this is the place! Excursions are easily available, too! We will return to Jamaica Inn! It has a real Caribbean feel and in some way takes you back in time! Diane & Steve Hedberg Read less
Summary: THIS SHABBY CHIC PLACE OFFERS A CLASS ACT. Will we be back: YES! We've read the reviews, seen the awards and know as fellow innkeepers from Woodstock Vermont, we know exactly what we... Read more want when we travel, and what we wish to avoid. We sought somewhere that would give us quietness, privacy, personable staff and where we would not just be staying at 'another all inclusive resort'. Firstly we were impressed to be offered a complimentary upgrade to a balcony suite which did indeed make us feel valued, so thank you for that kind thought. The Jamaica Inn has been around for decades, owned by the same family and we even met one of the current brothers who owns the inn, as he kept a watchful eye over the proceedings. The new manager Kyle was very personable but one minor observation would be for him to be a little more succinct with his welcoming speech at the early evening new arrival reception. It did feel a bit like a sales conference welcome where absolutely none of the staff names could be omitted. Rather than blather on about all the positives, which the place has in bucket loads and so many folks have already done, I thought I'd give some constructive comments, not criticisms but hopefully helpful ideas. 1) Smoking seems to be allowed everywhere which in this day and age is unusual. I would have loved to have been offered a no smoking room in a no smoking wing. When we sat one evening on our balcony our neighbour took his pre-dinner drink with what seemed like half of Cuba's cigar production...and it really stank! Smoke billowed over our balcony as if a steam train was going past. We voted with our feet and moved to another part of the hotel from our room but felt that in the 21st century most folks would prefer smoking if allowed to be in a designated area. 2) One night there was a beach barbeque which we decided not to attend. We wandered over to the restaurant to find it was closed, a fact that was not communicated to us on the beach barbeque invite and we were disappointed that we could not dine in style. Thus we had dinner in the bar off the room service menu. The food was delicious but we did feel rather like a spare part at a funeral, as there was no one around to create any ambiance, no candles were lit and it also took many minutes to be even offered some water or a drink, as most of the wait staff were attending clients on the beach. 3) I did comment to the owner that I felt having to go into the reception office to print out some information was not really desirable and also I'm sure the staff get fed up with moving. In a matter of minutes he responded to my suggestion that a simple printer be added to the guest computer...and hey presto I was told it was to be done as soon as possible! I was impressed with the speed and the lack of signing off that needed to be done. 4) We had an issue with our bath tub, the plug would not close and the shower worked when the tub filled. The maintenance man appeared quickly and whilst he didn't solve the issue long term, he did make a fix that allowed us to soak in the wonderfuly deep tub and then we were informed that the shower fix was a major job which would be attended to after we departed. All in all excellent communication. 5) Complimentary afternoon tea is provided everyday with traditional sandwiches and drinks. The Blue Mountain coffee was excellent......but the teas offered were historic as the black ones had real bite and strength. 6) As a few other people have commented, the live music in the evening was a 'little cheesy'. The artists are all local but in our humble opinion the style was 'elevator with a Jamaican twist', which seemed to pay too little attention to Jamaican musical heritage and history. These are all small points and it in no way diminished anything from our stay. The one thing that was a slight disappointment was the lack of local food influences on their menu. You did get local fishes but as an instance the jerk sauce was on the side. There weren't any ackees offered for breakfast and the breakfast toast could do to be placed in a bigger basket as the it became very limp and soggy. Our overall impression of the place which does have nearly 50 rooms was that it handles clients very well, you never feel overlooked, and there are always loungers on the beach for everyone. Staff seem to be everywhere...and yet they are very discrete. Onto the highlight of our stay....Mel Tennant the turtle man!!! A transplanted Brit, a former school head from Birmingham who has made it his life's passion to assist the turtle population of Jamaica. Whilst we were there he came and assisted some baby turtles who were about to hatch...and we watched them be launched by their own little flippers into the ocean and a 2 year journey before they return to lay eggs on the very same beach. So far he estimates he has launched about 130,000....and no question was too much for him to answer from the assorted nationalities. Do check out.Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary which is an amazing project that the Jamaica inn supports. If you want a personable stay in a great setting that does not revolve around the 'love fest of couples' that so many all inclusives offer, then this is the place for you. Thankfully when we were staying there was not a single baby, infant or child in site...and this made for a very enjoyable stay. A few kids running around on the beach however well behaved would change everything that is good about this inn. Read less
We stayed at the Jamaica Inn for my birthday and had a fantastic time. We requested a premier verandah suite over the water and the hotel was able to accommodate our request, the room was spacious... Read more and clean and the verandah looking out over the sea was huge, the view was spectacular. We used to sit on the balcony in the mornings and feed the fish. The staff were friendly and extremely attentive - nothing was too much trouble and everyone was very polite. The owner, Peter, took time to talk to us every day. It is things things like this that make the Jamaica Inn such a fantastic place - the customer service was second to none. We ate in the restaurant most evenings and the food was delicious, good sized fresh portions. The all inclusive option when booking is not really necessary unless you have a big appetite. We spent most of our time lying on the beautiful private beach, sipping cocktails, and swimming in the lovely warm clear sea. Free Planters Punch is served at 11am on the beach every day - a nice touch. We did not want to leave! Read less