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

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

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).

Please note: reservation is required for breakfast, dinner and to use the gym.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating 11 years on and it is even better

Oct 15, 2021 sam36London London

I booked Cottage 4 last weekend which coincided with the turtle release. Upon check in a very helpful man advised me that the turtle release was delayed and would be taking place after I checked out. Seeing my disappointment he advised me that he would speak to the manager and see if I could check out after the turtle release, which he kindly… Read more
I booked Cottage 4 last weekend which coincided with the turtle release. Upon check in a very helpful man advised me that the turtle release was delayed and would be taking place after I checked out. Seeing my disappointment he advised me that he would speak to the manager and see if I could check out after the turtle release, which he kindly arranged. I only wish that I got to thank him for the kindness he showed to me. I can not fault anything about this resort, from the rooms, to the staff and the service received. It really is paradise and a place that you never feel like leaving. I think the hotel is even better then I remember it from my previous stay in 2010. There is now free WiFi, a weekly programme of various activities to partake in, a welcome drink and of course the turtle programme which was well organised and fascinating. As for Cottage 4 it is one of best accommodations that I have stayed in, I am still thinking about it now, wishing I was back there. Hopefully it won’t be 11 years until I return again to Jamaica Inn. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Jamaica Inn - Our favorite hotel in the Caribbean for 22 years

Sep 12, 2021 LUM1017 Southampton, New York

Huge Congratulations to the Jamaica Inn on their recent placement in Travel and Leisure's top 10 hotels in the Caribbean! Well done and well deserved! My husband and I have been visiting me in for 22 years and we consider it “home” (in our dreams). We have traveled many places in the world through all of western Europe and Asia at the… Read more
Huge Congratulations to the Jamaica Inn on their recent placement in Travel and Leisure's top 10 hotels in the Caribbean! Well done and well deserved! My husband and I have been visiting me in for 22 years and we consider it “home” (in our dreams). We have traveled many places in the world through all of western Europe and Asia at the Mediterranean but Jamaica always remains one of our favorites and we try to return once or twice a year! We travel from New York so it’s only 3 1/2 hours! We are creatures of habit in many ways and the Jamaica Inn affords us the luxury of awakening to indulge in our morning swim before our morning coffee...I literally can't say that about anywhere else in the world except the Jamaica Inn! Not to mention our nightly ritual of moon bathing and and I ur own cottage pool! And thanks to your amazingly professional and kind staff Who make everything seem effortless but we know how much hard work goes into keeping everything running smoothly. And of course the property is beyond beautiful! Elegant graceful and timeless! Can’t wait to come home:) 🇯🇲 Lauren & Todd. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing service in a perfect setting needs more than 5 stars

Aug 17, 2021 DarrenD139 Clifton, New Jersey

I'm afraid I might wear out my keyboard with all the good things I have to say about our recent stay. From the first contact over the phone to make our reservation until the car from the hotel dropped us off at the airport the service was amazing. If all places had such good service there might not be a need for this site. Upon arrival at the… Read more
I'm afraid I might wear out my keyboard with all the good things I have to say about our recent stay. From the first contact over the phone to make our reservation until the car from the hotel dropped us off at the airport the service was amazing. If all places had such good service there might not be a need for this site. Upon arrival at the airport we were greeted by the driver from the hotel which we arranged for in advance. It is a 90 minute trip from Montego Bay Airport to the inn. Check-in was smooth and flawless as they showed us around the grounds on the way to our room and answered our questions. The rooms are not huge but large enough with nice toiletries and the basic amenities you would expect. There are no tv's in the rooms but with great WiFi you can watch from your devices if so desired. We had no time or interest really. With a beautiful beach and a nice veranda right on it who needs a tv. Breakfast service is either in the restaurant (outdoor unless raining) or delivered to your room where we would eat on the veranda. Lunch you had the same options or have it delivered to your spot on the beach. Dinner had the same options as breakfast. Many people seem to take the room service option as there is a dress code after 7PM (long pants, collar shirt and closed toe shoes for men) which I did not mind but if you did not feel like packing evening clothes then room service is a great option. Service not only was right there for you many times they were even ahead of you in anticipating your needs/wants. There were activities such as a tour of the grounds to learn about the native fruits and spices grown there, a rumology tasting of the varieties of local rum and croquet were some. Through the concierge you are able to arrange quite a variety of activities in the area based on your interests. Nothing beat getting up, walking straight onto the beach setting our chairs and relaxing with the biggest decision we had to make was whether to order over breakfast to our veranda or stroll over to the restaurant for a different beach view. There is no wrong choice. The beach is beautiful, well spaced out and very clean. We had a couple minor hiccups which really were nobody's fault which were attended to immediately, resolved quickly, efficiently and exceeding our expectations. As we are still in the Covid era proper protocols were observed in all our interactions there as the staff are very mindful of the precautions that are needed. We opted for the all inclusive meal/drink plan and it was well worth it. The meals were fresh and high quality and they were prepared expertly. The menu varied enough that we had plenty of different options to choose from throughout our stay and they were mindful of the food allergies we advised them of. Thee owners are gracious and take the time to chat with the guests. Finally, if you like a little bit of history this place certainly has some. You can get a taste of it from their website. When onsite we asked more about it and were shown around and given some more detailed background. It was an interesting investment of 15 minutes. Checkout was nice and efficient with our car to the airport ready and waiting. Last Covid note was that when we stayed we booked for 5 nights which included a free Covid test onsite from a doctor that came and administered it. The results were emailed in about 90 minutes and we were able to upload them to our airline app for a smooth clearance at the airport. All that's left is for us to book our next trip there. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic stay!

Aug 11, 2021 Barun C Stamford, Connecticut

Everything about this place is amazing. Our west wing room was very nice, our room was right next to the water, could see fish from our verandah. We spent 90% of our time in the verandah, also lovely to see the sunset from there. The private beach had very few people in it, and was just a few steps from our toom. The staff are also wonderful,… Read more
Everything about this place is amazing. Our west wing room was very nice, our room was right next to the water, could see fish from our verandah. We spent 90% of our time in the verandah, also lovely to see the sunset from there. The private beach had very few people in it, and was just a few steps from our toom. The staff are also wonderful, Nadia at the front desk was particularly helpful. The food at the restaurant or through room service was excellent, and the band every night was a lot of fun. The only slightly negative comment I would have is to do with the cocktails: the same drink being really good one day and pretty mediocre the next. There is a grocery store in the gas station about 5 minutes walk from the hotel, has snacks, beer, wine, rume, sunscreen tc. All in all, just an amazing place, we will be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We loved Jamaica Inn!

Aug 7, 2021 JimN400 Waxhaw, North Carolina

Jamaica Inn is a slice of Heaven on Earth. We stayed in cottage 2 and the size for 4 was perfect with amazing views of the Caribbean and Jamaica hills. The service was amazing - we were catered to by friendly staff morning through night. The food was delicious and the drinks had us quite happy. The atmosphere is geared towards total relaxation and… Read more
Jamaica Inn is a slice of Heaven on Earth. We stayed in cottage 2 and the size for 4 was perfect with amazing views of the Caribbean and Jamaica hills. The service was amazing - we were catered to by friendly staff morning through night. The food was delicious and the drinks had us quite happy. The atmosphere is geared towards total relaxation and appreciating the Caribbean waters with all the water sports equipment you need to explore. My family had quite an incredibly indulgent and great time, met new friends, and are already talking about when we will come back. Thank you for everything, Jamaica Inn!! Jim, Lolita (Lola), Patrick and Andrew Read less