“A classicly elegant hotel where peace and relaxation reign, set in a stunning private cove near Ocho Rios”
There are 4 Wings (West Wing, Main Wing, East Wing and Beach Wing), plus 8 private cottages, with steps to the sea or beach. Décor throughout is calming. In the suites there's more a traditional colonial design, while the cottages are more modern. But whichever you opt for, expect a mixture of white walls with historic prints, blue striped cushions, hand-carved four-posters, hard-wood floors, plantation shutters, and balconies akin to living rooms with oversized sofas and writing desks. Most importantly, each room has a glorious sea view. The cheapest (still lovely) are the Balcony Suites set on the upper floor, next up are the Deluxe Veranda Suites which have larger living-room style verandas. We loved our Premier Veranda Suite in the West Wing, which had the biggest terrace we saw anywhere in Jamaica, and overlooked the gently lapping sea. Top choice is the White Suite - a luxurious, very private suite with its own pool, garden and direct sea access. The Cowdray Suite is lovely too, set upstairs on the East Wing with superb views, plus a dressing room and an extra-large veranda. Romantics will enjoy the 1-bedroom Cottages set on the beachfront or overlooking the sea, but if you want real privacy, go for one of the 2-bedroom Cottages. Each has a private entrance, a mixture of Jamaican and Indonesian style and great sea views. With the exception of Cottage 6 and Blue Cottage, they all have private infinity or plunge pools. To really treat yourself, opt for the ultra-modern Cottage 7, which has access to its own private cove; we thought this would make an exceptional honeymoon hideaway.
A la carte meals are served in either the Seaside Restaurant (breakfast and lunch) or Garden Restaurant (dinner), and are generally very good. The atmosphere in both is buzzy and the food delicious. If you'd prefer, you can book a meal-plan - either half or full board. Breakfast overlooking an aquamarine sea is a treat. We loved the authentic Jamaican breakfast, which changes on a daily basis and includes steamed callaloo, ackee and salt fish, or spicy escoveitch fish. The crusts are cut off your toast, which we felt was a little OTT, but the service was excellent. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail between 11.30am and 12.30pm, to whet your appetite for a restaurant lunch (we loved the guacamole shrimp cocktail and calamari rings). Afternoon tea and pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres will keep any hunger pangs at bay, and after enjoying the marvellous sunset from the cocktail terrace, head to Teddy's Beach Bar for the eponymous barman's renditions of popular tunes as well as his excellent mixologist skills. Dinner is an extensive menu that may include coriander snapper with chilli ginger sauce or poached papaya in lime and cinnamon syrup. There is usually a live band playing, but if you'd prefer, room service can be ordered and your meal served course-by-course.