“Experience paradise rock-star style, in the most exclusive resort in Jamaica”
Rooms are light and airy with driftwood-lined verandas and local wooden furniture, giving a luxurious but relaxed beach-shack feel. There are sunloungers for lazing and some have a hammock.
Our favourite rooms were the cottages on the magically still lagoon, with direct access into the water, and a kayak moored to the private veranda. Beachfront Villas feel slightly less private but you wake up to sunrise over the ocean; unbeatable. Bigger villas have space for 4-5 guests, and a kitchenette for whipping up snacks.
Superstars should book The Fleming Villa. This exclusive rental comes with serious VIP treatment: private chef, butlers, barmen, a private pool and a private beach. It sleeps 10, should you have an entourage.
Since our visit, a variety of Beach Huts have been added. Painted in rainbow shades with private verandas and wet rooms, they are simpler than the other options, but just as charming. Note that they do not have air-conditioning, although the team assures us that their high ceilings and over-sized windows provide ample air circulation.
Super-comfy kingsize beds are wrapped in crisp, white linens, which are offset by brightly patterned bedspreads. Clawfoot bathtubs up the romance factor and you get a host of cool treats: a hipflask of rum, an Apple TV, a stack of reggae CDs.
Food is a mix of local and international influences, much of it grown at their organic farm, Pantrepant. (Just watch out for those Scotch Bonnet peppers!)
Breakfast and lunch are served at the funky Bizot Bar, whose walls are decorated with album covers of Island Record stars. There's a lot of choice on offer, from ackee and saltfish, to fried eggs and bacon, pancakes or waffles. Lunch is similarly expansive; we loved the jerk chicken salad and super-fresh seared snapper.
Dinner is served in Gazebo, which sits like a treehouse above the swimming pool, which has dramatic under-water lighting. As you'd expect, standards are very high, and our coconut-crusted shrimp, Black Angus beef tenderloin and Blackwell Rum banana flambé were all amazing. Meals can also be served on your private deck or in your room on request.
The Beach Huts centre around the Shabeen bar, with rooftop lounge and games room. It's just steps away from Snorkeler's Cove, perfect for post-swim refreshments.
Delicious cocktails are encouraged at all times of the day, with Blackwell Rum (created by GoldenEye's owner Chris Blackwell) heavily featured. If you prefer to go soft, fresh coconut water is a must when in Jamaica.
Although peace is the overriding vibe, well-behaved children are warmly welcomed. The number of young 'uns staying at one time is monitored to ensure there are not too many at once. There are 58 acres of gardens, woods, lagoons, caves and beaches for kids to explore, and in general the resort feels very safe. Babysitting can be arranged and there is baby equipment to borrow. Teenagers will love it here.
The Beach Villas are the best for families with little kids; older ones may prefer the lagoon, with the novelty factor of the kayaks. Both Beach and Lagoon Villas offer 2-bedroom options (a double and a twin), and each can fit extra beds or baby cots too, as can the 1-bedroom versions. All accommodation has a kitchenette, except the Lagoon Cottages. A larger family party may want to book The Fleming Villa which sleeps 10
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A dedicated kids' menu and kids' mealtimes