Ocho Rios, Jamaica
A classicly elegant hotel where peace and relaxation reign, set in a stunning private cove near Ocho Rios
The Jamaica Inn has been a Caribbean classic since the 1950s - and
its colonial allure is somehow timeless. Marilyn Monroe, Noel
Coward and Errol Flynn have all cast their shadows on the terrace,
leaving behind an old-time glamour. Many guests return year after
year, knowing that the standards will always be high, the service
impeccable, and the relaxing ambiance unchanged.
Located on a stunning private cove just east of Ocho Rios, the hotel has been in the same family for over 50 years. First impressions are impressive if a bit daunting (immaculate balustraded pavilions, perfectly manicured grounds), but despite the classic grandeur, Jamaica Inn is a surprisingly unpretentious parallel universe.
Spread over 8 acres, there’s heaps of room for everyone, and the stunning white-sand beach never feels crowded. The suites and cottages vary in size from generous to super-sized; all have a sea view and are elegantly furnished. All in all, it's great for those who want a quiet, classy atmosphere, and some good old-fashioned spoiling.
Reviewed by Cat Martin
- Friendly local staff, many of whom have been here for decades. Don't miss Barman Teddy's fabulous highballs
- Dining is a real event - revel in getting dressed up for 6-course fusion dinners, and sitting at candlelit tables laden with crystal and bone china
- For those who want real privacy, the 8 cottages each have private access steps into the sea and most have a private pool; great for honeymooners
- The large private cove, with its glittering water and golden sand, is incredible. During our 2014 revisit we could barely tear ourselves away
- No children under 10 are allowed, so it's a refreshingly adult place - the emphasis is on escapism and rest
- The high probability of musical entertainment over dinner - a bit cheesy at times
- Some may find it too formal and old fashioned
- The white plastic beach mattresses feel a little outdated, but they are at least comfortable, plus some of the rooms are beginning to look a little tired
- Occasional music from the nearby Sandals resort may break the spell in the West Wing, but it doesn’t go on late
- Very popular so you’ll need to book in advance
Peace and relaxation reign at this elegant hotel...Escapism Magazine