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.

  • Free nights: stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 (stay for 7, pay for 5 or stay for 14, pay for 10), and receive up to US$350 food and beverage credit per room per stay for stays completed between 1 May-31 Oct '20, based on 2 adults sharing on Room Only board basis. Food and beverage credit amount varies depending on duration.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking bonus: Adults save up to 25% off the accommodation cost for stays completed between 1 Nov-19 Dec '20, discount percentage varies dependant on stay duration, is applicable on up to 2 adults only, and not applicable on any meal plans.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

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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May 13, 2020 wanderthisway New York City, New York

From the moment you arrive at the Jamaica Inn you know you have walked into something special. This family owned 48-suite slice of paradise offers old colonial style elegance in its own private enclave offering the most intimate of experiences. Built in the 1950’s this hotel has a history of famous guests and an old-world charm that will continue… Read more
From the moment you arrive at the Jamaica Inn you know you have walked into something special. This family owned 48-suite slice of paradise offers old colonial style elegance in its own private enclave offering the most intimate of experiences. Built in the 1950’s this hotel has a history of famous guests and an old-world charm that will continue to linger on for the years to come. There are a variety of rooms all equally timeless and beautifully styled. The premier veranda suites offer guests their own private veranda right on the beach and I think provide for the most private experience being a bit off to the side of the resort. The grounds are immaculate with the most vibrant greenery and flowers, complete with a croquet course. The beach is completely secluded and as calm as you will be soaking up the rays with the hotels famous rum punch in hand. Waiters serve you on the beach wearing white-tie formal apparel and seem to appear everywhere you need them to be and be out of sight when you don't. The entire staff is friendly, helpful and makes you feel as though nothing is a bother. The owner is often at the hotel and never hesitated to stop and chat with us on numerous occasions. He was even as so kind to present us with a keepsake gift upon our departure as we couldnt stop showering this little slice of heaven with compliments. Despite its luxurious reputation and celebrity following, a stay at the Jamaica Inn is a relaxing unpretentious experience. Given no children under 12 are allowed on the grounds it is rather quiet during the day and the beach is large enough that you almost get the sense the hotel is empty. This is a perfect spot for couples and honeymooners. My better half is not a beach vacation type of person, however upon leaving the Jamaica Inn he turned to me and made me promise we will return. Fun fact: Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller toasted their honeymoon here. How to get there: The Jamaica Inn is located just east of Ocho Rios, and is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The hotel will happily arrange a pick up for you at an additional cost, however driving yourself is a more economic option and gives you a bit more flexibility. The drive itself is fairly simple just not as beautiful as you would expect. What to do: RELAX. Aside from this obvious statement, there is a beautiful golf course 10 minutes away by car. The course is part of the neighbouring Sandals Resorts but is reasonably priced given you are forced to take upon a caddy for the day! What not to miss: Despite the amazing food at the Jamaica Inn (you must try the Jamaican patty),no visit to Jamaica would be compete with out local jerk, and more specifically local jerk from Scotchies. Thankfully, there is one in Ocho Rios just about 10 minutes from the Jamaica Inn and on the drive in. Very casual, open-aired and filled with both tourists and locals, this is almost like going to an outdoor beach BBQ. Bring cash!! Travel tips: Bring USD with you, it is the preferred currency and I had an extremely hard time using my bank card to withdrawal cash, which seemed a bit crazy given the place is loaded with Canadian bank sponsored ATMs and I was using a Canadian bank card. Read less
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Apr 23, 2020 garden932 nashville

We are stuck at home during this world wide health crisis. A ray of hope from an e-mail sent out from Jamaica Inn. Pictures of the lovely beach, now empty. As a way to support one of our favorite places on earth, we decided to go ahead and book a week for our upcoming 40 th anniversary in January 2021. Hopefully things will be better by then. Give… Read more
We are stuck at home during this world wide health crisis. A ray of hope from an e-mail sent out from Jamaica Inn. Pictures of the lovely beach, now empty. As a way to support one of our favorite places on earth, we decided to go ahead and book a week for our upcoming 40 th anniversary in January 2021. Hopefully things will be better by then. Give yourself an escape for a few minutes and check out this place on their website. Believe me, you will want to go someday. Old world refined elegance and calm is the best way to describe Jamaica Inn. Read less
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Apr 12, 2020 Happiness734395

On the advice of my son and daughter-in-law we booked 12 days at Jamaica Inn but were surprised by the reaction of some friends. We see off in slight trepidation but had 12 wonderfully relaxing days at the hotel and on its perfect beach. Complimentary rum punches at 11.30 am relaxed us completely! Most of the staff had been there for years and… Read more
On the advice of my son and daughter-in-law we booked 12 days at Jamaica Inn but were surprised by the reaction of some friends. We see off in slight trepidation but had 12 wonderfully relaxing days at the hotel and on its perfect beach. Complimentary rum punches at 11.30 am relaxed us completely! Most of the staff had been there for years and all were charming. The chef served 5 star food in the the breakfast and dining restaurants overlooking the Caribbean. We hired a car for a couple of days to explore Noel Coward’s house and Goldeneye, Ian Fleming’s former estate,and surrounding plantations and sights. We had no problems at all on excellent roads. When we queried why Jamaica has a poor reputation for safety among the British, we were told that they did not know as Barbados has more crime against tourists than Jamaica does. If you want to go at Turtle hatching time on the beach, check the timings as these seem to vary year from year. Hoping to return next year. Read less
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Apr 4, 2020 jamespS7462SF

My wife and I spent a week at the Jamaica Inn in early March 2020, before the Corona virus shut down international travel. We were upgraded to a west-facing room (#20) with a veranda that literally touched the ocean waves. The sound of the waves against the rocks at the base of our veranda lulled us to sleep every night. It was the most… Read more
My wife and I spent a week at the Jamaica Inn in early March 2020, before the Corona virus shut down international travel. We were upgraded to a west-facing room (#20) with a veranda that literally touched the ocean waves. The sound of the waves against the rocks at the base of our veranda lulled us to sleep every night. It was the most luxurious hotel room we have ever experienced. The views are amazing, the property is immaculate, and each member of the staff was as welcoming as family. We loved the library, and we each read a few books as we relaxed. We ate several meals in our room (that view), a few lunches on the beach, and several dinners on the terrace with the other guests and the live music. The food was very good, usually offering multiple choices of both traditional Jamaican meals and more typical high-end restaurant choices. This place is ideal for a couple seeking a quiet place to enjoy each other’s company, watch the surf roll in, and be pampered by the excellent staff. This was our first time here, and we aspire to become regulars. Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 leximelville

Jamaica inn is a beautiful place to visit. The service is great, the food is good and the beach is beautiful. Jamaica in is a lovely place to just relax with family and friends. Definitely would recommend