Jamaica Inn

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The hotel

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 60 years old, it 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 700 ft 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 700 ft-long beach, the hotel is in Ocho Rios on the tranquil North 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.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling

Where is it

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: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

55 suites, cottages and bungalows in various buildings with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private balcony or terrace, complimentary WiFi Internet access, telephone, mini-bar (stocked upon request) and hairdryer. Please note: there are no TVs, radios or clocks. Balcony Suites are located upstairs on the main wing and east wing with tremendous views from a large balcony across the grounds to the beach and Caribbean Sea, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive option: breakfast lunch and dinner daily, all beverages by the glass and Dine Around option available at four Ocho Rios restaurants (Evits's, Toscanini's, Passage to India and Miss T's. No more than two dine-arounds per stay, nor eat twice at the same restaurant).

Please note: not included in the all inclusive plan are bottled liquor and wines by the bottle, telephone calls, spa treatments and gift shop purchases. Not included on the Dine Around are transfers, Lobster dinners, drinks or tips.

Breakfast/Half Board options: available at a supplement. 

Deluxe Verandah Suites feature a fully furnished verandah (on the ground floor on the main wing or east wing), sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Verandah Suites enjoy the same fabulous outside space as above and have settings either directly over the water or right on the sand, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

The Cowdray Suite (named after the polo legend), is upstairs in the east wing with a large bedroom, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

The Blue Cottage is a luxurious and private one-bedroom cottage located right on the beach, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Beach Bungalows are located on a secluded cove at the eastern side of the property, each with own living room, spacious bathroom and outdoor verandah, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Cottage 3 and 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, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

The White Suite sits on its own private peninsula, has one bedroom suite with large private terrace opening onto a secluded pool surrounded, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

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, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Jamaica Inn 1-Bedroom Cottage with Pool sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Jamaica Inn 2-Bedroom Cottage with Pool sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving Caribbean and International cuisine. Daily afternoon tea. Room service* (7:30am-11:00pm). Weekly beach barbecue (depending on occupancy).

A live band every night from 8:00pm–11:00pm.

Swimming pool. Holistic cliff top Ocean Spa (treatments*) and exercise room. Complimentary Sunfish sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and croquet. Nearby activities include windsurfing*, diving* and tennis*.

Gift shop. Laundry Service*. Library. The hotel has a private car and driver available*. WiFi is available in guest rooms, library, cocktail terrace and main bar.

3 nights minimum stay at all times for Cottage 3, Cottage 4, White Suite and Cottage 7, Jamaica Inn 1-Bedroom Cottage and Jamaica Inn 2-Bedroom Cottage.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: breakfast, Half Board and All Inclusive board basis are available at a supplement.

Dress code:after 7:00pm gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a collared shirt by the main bar, cocktail terrace and dining room. Footwear is required after 7:00pm (no flip flops). Ladies dress accordingly.

Please note: children over 10 years old and over are welcome year round but will pay the adult sharing rate OR extra person cost (always on a request basis).

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Dec 14, 2020 pshouks Kingston, Jamaica

The service food and accommodations are great . The staff is friendly and the GM gives you personal attention . They also have a great friend named shadow . A friendly Dog that is always coming to see you on the beach . We enjoyed our short stay and will be back again soon . A romantic place with many private cottages and rooms on the beach .
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent choice for a beautiful location and outstanding service.

Dec 13, 2020 JupiterTraveler1966 Jupiter, Florida

The property is beautiful. You can choose a cottage or a room with a veranda. We were fortunate to be placed in the Beach Wing in a room on first floor. Step from your Veranda onto the sandy beach (which is exquisite). Captain Tony will pick you on on the beach to visit Dunn's River Falls by boat or go fishing. There are paddle boards and… Read more
The property is beautiful. You can choose a cottage or a room with a veranda. We were fortunate to be placed in the Beach Wing in a room on first floor. Step from your Veranda onto the sandy beach (which is exquisite). Captain Tony will pick you on on the beach to visit Dunn's River Falls by boat or go fishing. There are paddle boards and kayaks which we used to paddle to the reef and snorkel. They make an outstanding Rum Punch and we had some fantastic meals too. After seeing the surrounding area and other resorts we would definitely book at Jamaica Inn again. And...great live music every night. And the Ocean Spa has a couples massage room overlooking water that is to die for. So much to mention... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is a special, special place - we can't wait to be back!

Dec 11, 2020 Mkt3197 Washington DC, District of Columbia

My husband and I first went to Jamaica Inn 5 years ago, and have been waiting ever since - and it did not disappoint! Jamaica Inn is just special - the moment you arrive (and honestly, the moment you get in the nice van we arranged with them to pick us up at MBJ airport) you just feel at ease and at home. In fact that's how they greet you -… Read more
My husband and I first went to Jamaica Inn 5 years ago, and have been waiting ever since - and it did not disappoint! Jamaica Inn is just special - the moment you arrive (and honestly, the moment you get in the nice van we arranged with them to pick us up at MBJ airport) you just feel at ease and at home. In fact that's how they greet you - 'welcome home'. What we noticed first is that the place really has not changed in the 5 years since we were last there - and that is exactly how they (and we) want it. Obviously, the place has been maintained very well - you can tell they take great care with the gardens and upkeep on the rooms. But the atmosphere, the vibe, is just so classic and relaxed. One addition they did make since we were last there was adding Thursday 007 movie night on the beach and I am so glad they did! After dinner, they set up a movie screen and comfortable lounge chairs on the beach, play a classic Bond film, and even bring popcorn down. I could go on about the pristine beach - soft sand, no rocks in the water, warm clear blue water - the fantastic food for every meal, the service and staff (which truly defines this place). But based on all the other 5 star reviews before me I wouldn't be the first to say these! What I do want to comment on for those who are considering traveling during these strange times is their Covid-19 protocols, as we did travel in November 2020. I felt very safe and comfortable with Jamaica Inn (and Jamaica's protocols in general) and if you are considering traveling here during this time, believe you can rest assured with Jamaica Inn. The staff all wore masks the entire time, and all the guests were respectful with wearing their masks when walking the property between dining or going to the beach/pool. They've adjusted some of the policies for safety and distancing, but honestly Jamaica Inn is naturally a very socially distant place - it is all open air so the only time you are really 'indoors' is your room (And even that has ventilation with your verandah doors) - and the dining and beach chairs were already placed separate. Hand sanitizer is all throughout the property, and you see staff using it on menus, tables, beach chairs, etc.  Thank you Jamaica Inn for a wonderful trip and such service during a strange travel time, and we cannot wait to be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect antidote to a stress-filled world

Dec 10, 2020 maugham New York

After a crazy, anxious year in the NYC area, my wife and i knew we had to get away I finished a big work project. Our ideal place was the Jamaica Inn, where we enjoyed an incredible stay last year. I was impressed with how straightforward and organized Jamaica's COVID protocols are -- you need a negative COVID test within 10 days of departure… Read more
After a crazy, anxious year in the NYC area, my wife and i knew we had to get away I finished a big work project. Our ideal place was the Jamaica Inn, where we enjoyed an incredible stay last year. I was impressed with how straightforward and organized Jamaica's COVID protocols are -- you need a negative COVID test within 10 days of departure and you have to fill out a travel authorization form online. Our plane to Montego Bay was virtually empty, and our car service whisked us away to the resort. Once we got there, it was the same, lovely experience that we had last time at this timeless gem of a resort. It's beautiful, low key, gracious atmosphere instantly relaxed us body and soul. With few other guests, and the staff diligently following COVID protocols, we felt totally safe -- especially since we were outside most of the time. We spent five nights and the time absolutely flew, it was just last week and it all feels like a wonderful dream. We've already started planning about when we can go back to this incredibly special place that is now close to our hearts. Read less
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Dec 1, 2020 IonaDel

Sigh. I am speechless. Where do I begin?? Warning. Long but very detailed review Covid-19 protocols: Followed to the T. Masks worn PROPERLY by staff and guests 99% of the time, sanitizing dispensers are all over the property including in your rooms. I felt safer there than at my own home. Masks however can be taken off at the pool area and beach… Read more
Sigh. I am speechless. Where do I begin?? Warning. Long but very detailed review Covid-19 protocols: Followed to the T. Masks worn PROPERLY by staff and guests 99% of the time, sanitizing dispensers are all over the property including in your rooms. I felt safer there than at my own home. Masks however can be taken off at the pool area and beach by guests but the chairs are several metres away from each other and the fact that it is outside reduces the chances of transmission greatly. Otherwise masks are ALWAYS worn every single other place by guests and staff alike. They also do a temp check when you check in. They do have you sign a waiver however noting that you understand the risks and absolving them of any liability. However they take a million steps to ensure that you don't get Covid. My recommendation here is that they should ask guests about any flu like symptoms and possible Covid contacts prior to booking. Okay so you enter the hotel and at first my family was puzzled because the hotel did not really have an upscale vibe initially. It looked like more like a glamping situation. Room: Deluxe Verandah Suite This glamping feeling pervaded to the rooms which were the Deluxe Verandah Suite. The room is very spacious with a large verandha that overlooks the beach (you can have the waves rock you to sleep from your bed). However the style is more vintage with some intentionally distressed furniture. It reminds you of the 50s which can be good or bad depending on your tastes. The room however is 4.5/5 for convenience. Plenty of outlets are there, including by your bedside, there is natural lemongrass mosquito repellent and skin soother for bites by your bedside (it works extremely well for repelling mosquitoes and soothing any bites you got prior to application). A vape machine (which repels mosquitoes) is also plugged in at the nightstand. There is a mat by your bed, and the bed is extremely comfortable with ample bedding. There is also a spacious closet with plenty of hangers, and TONS of drawers. The closet also includes a safe, ample shelves and a small coffeee stand with a french press, cups, kettles and teabags with sugar and stirring spoons. There is also a stand for luggage. The bathroom showed a few signs of age, especially around the marble sink, as well as the bathtub, however the sink was spacious with plenty of room to rest your things. The facebasin was a lovely size and there was a big mirror and a smaller mirror provided. There is also a mirrored cabinet over the toilet with cubbies and shelving space. Very convenient. The bathtub is spacious with a cubicle to place products as well as a towel rack behind for easy access to towels. There is also additonal storage space on the bath itself. It is very spacious and I took 3 enjoyable soaks in there. There are plenty of towels provided. 2 large towels above the bathtub, 2 large towels in front of the toilet (at a good distance) and a basket provided with 3 to 4 smaller towels. A mat is also provided for the front of the bath. The toilet is well finished and high for easy sitting. On the tank there are 3 small boxes providing face tissue in one, 2 rolls of toilet paper in the other (plus the toilet paper on the rack) and a small box with cotton buds and qtips. The products are AMAZING, combining aromatherapy with skin health. The bathroom as you can tell is very well appointed. The one gripe is that the large door opens INWARDS severly limiting the space available in the bathrom and also interfering with the mat in front of the bath. Otherwise it would have been near perfect. There are no TVs or radios but the WiFi is EXCELLENT all over the property including the rooms. There is also an excellent AC in each of the rooms. The verandah is extremely spacious ( the size of a second large hotel room) and there are doors that fully open to connect you with them. You can leave them open if you want to experience a sort of indoor- outdoor living but that may not be everyone's preference. You will see why later. The doors are wooden and have louvres that are unfortunately tricky to close. The doors also require a lot of effort to open and close. Evidently they want you to have these doors and windows open for as long as possible, however an influx of mosquitoes may happen if left open indefinitely. Also there is the matter of privacy. On the deluxe and premier verandah suites the verandahs are right along walkways where guests and staff will walk by. Albeit walkbys are FEW because this is a hotel with only 55 suites, but if you greatly value your privacy it can be a bit awkward. However the payoff is the AMAZING view of the ocean and the property. Great place to get work done or have a chat. On the verandah there is a comfortable large white sofa, 2 large soft chairs, a writing desk and a table for 2. It is created for a community vibe where many people can be invited to sit and talk (pre Covid). Each room has a verandah. There is also a mini fridge and placed on top is an ice pitcher (filled) and water pitcher (filled) and 2 glasses. My concern with that however is that not everyone may be okay with things they drink from being outside where anyone can access it when they are not looking. Plus animals (Shadow the dog, and a cat) do venture on the verandah from time to time, s well as the bugs there. It may be served better inside on the large vanity. (Oh and there is also a full length mirror inside the room). The verandah has steps that lead off it and take you directly to the pool area and beach. You really feel a part of the property. My recommendation is that they replace the louvred doors with large windowed doors similar to what is in the cottages. The glass on these doors should be one way viewing that allows whoever is inside to see out but whoever is outside is unable to see in. Curtains should also be added to run the entire length of the doors. It would really open up the indoor space and give the rooms a more upscale vibe, as well as great privacy and more convenience I would plant some lemongrass outside the rooms and place a lemongrass plant on the verandah to repel mosquitoes and bees in additional to the measures stated above. Grounds Immaculately kept Beautiful plants and flowers all around. Special thank you to Mr. A. Taylor who took us on a excellent garden tour and even gave my mom plants to take back to Kingston and plant at home (she is an avid plant lover). The pool is small but stunning. The real star is the BEACH. It is HUGE with tons of space and TONS of chairs spaced far apart and a small beachbar where they will serve you a complimentary drink before 12. There is also a watersports section so you can go snorkelling and kayaking. The sea is almost given a 360 view all over the property with EVERYTHING thought of and designed to take advantage of what is truly an AMAZING view. Whether you are dining, swimming, chilling, working the sea is always there soothing you visually and aurally. It is also a great place for snorkelling, and we had a good time feeding the fish by the dining area. They actually participate in an environmental initiative to regenerate our coral reefs and sea-life which is very important to me. Dining Food was pretty good with a large menu. Service was excellent There is entertainment by musicians nightly which creates a very warm atmosphere Tables are 6m apart, menus sanitized and hand sanitizer offered before your meal. (You can bring your own as well). Food is pricey but I completely understand why. You can pay as you go or get a meal plan. I suggest if you are not a huge eater or enjoy a lot of alcoholic drinks it is cheaper to pay as you go. You make reservations and there is a dress code for nighttime dining. Dining is all outdoor which is crucial due to Covid in preventing spread. I also recommend to reduce your risk you spend as little time dining, or take advantage of room service and have meals on your verandah (though you pay and extra fee for same). The waiters will not clear your table as frequently so as to reduce covid risk and utensils are wrapped up in a napkin. Your food still comes in a very timely manner. However when asked for a straw the straws were not wrapped. I would recommend individually wrapped straws. Chef Maurice you did extremely well as well as your entire kitchen and wait staff. Spa The spa is called ocean spa and has a STUNNING location with understated glamping decor. Reservations are made and treatments done. Yolanda gave me a deep tissue massage which was amazing (the best I have experienced out of 100s of massages) and Pauline gave me a beautiful pedicure. The process is very relaxing and the staff and products they use are exceptional. No facials, scalp massages or face is done due to Covid. Everything else is available. Treatments are also a little pricey but honestly much better than the rates I see at other resorts. There is also a stunning saltwater plunge pool but it isnt functional currently due to damage from Hurricane Eta 2 weeks ago. The spa is directly overlooking the ocean. Yoga classes are also done there as well right by the sea. There is a 30% discount for locals and I got a $50 certificate given to me by them for sharing them on my page (available to everyone). I will point out that the inside of the spa toilet is badly stained so hopefully that can be rectified as I know that this hotel prides itself on excellence at all times (the staff is vey open. I meant to address it but forgot.) Staff Extremely pleasant from the owners to management, to the garden team, dining team, beverage team, spa team, housekeeping team etc etc. Polite and open without being intrusive. I had a great coversation with Mr. Taylor the head gardener, Tina one of the managers and Sheree (apologies if I spelt your name wrong) the spa manager. A manager is there at all times. Tanya at reservations was wonderful as well as Nordia and her team at the front desk. Always kind and willing to help. Every member of staff has been there for over 7 years which I love because that means the staff is treated well. This is extremely important. Atmosphere Chilled back and relaxed. This is a place to unwind, connect with family, make new friends and connect with yourself. THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOTEL. Which to me is a great thing. All in all a wonderful experience. We plan to return before the end of the year circumstances permitting, which is not something my family has done in over 10 years since FDR. Jamaica Inn is not an all-inclusive hotel which is a great strength because it excels in the niche it exists in. Recommendations If you value extreme privacy a cottage is a good option as well as the overwater suites. There are MANY MANY MANY types of rooms to choose from to suit your needs and pocket. The resort appears small at first but as we say in Jamaica 'silent river run deep' which means there is MUCH more to it than what is immediately evident. Thank you Jamaica Inn. We will hold these memories dear to our hearts and plan to make many more with you. Read less Read less