I tried to take some photos of this resort and none of them could come close to capturing the true beauty of the Jamaica Inn. The same goes for writing a review. This place is indescribable. My wife and I spent a week there, and we can't wait to return. It's like we stepped back in time. The elegance, the white table clothes, the decor mixed with the landscaping the beauty of the beach and the wonderful people added up to a memorable experience.
We stayed in room 45, a premier verandah directly on the beach. Every morning we were greeted by breakfast served right on our front porch. We'd spend the days camped out on the beach while Rupert (35 year employee) would serve us drinks, whenever he wasn't busy ruling the croquet court. A waiter would take our food orders and set our table for lunch. There was afternoon tea and a cocktail hour before dinner with proper attire (jacket for men, dress for the ladies) was served. After dinner we'd sit on the terrace have drinks and listen to music. All of this may sound stuffy (croquet, tea, dressing for dinner) but it is not. The Inn has a charm from days gone by. The owner (Peter) and the manager (Mary) made it a point to take an interest in you. The staff was awesome top to bottom. We aren't that adventurous and didn't venture off the grounds, but those who did loved the food at local restaurants and the various activities such as Dunns River Falls.
There is a price that comes with this experience. The Jamaica Inn is not cheap, but it is well worth the money. Your visit will be one that you will never forget. The moonlight couples massage was one of the best things that we have ever done.
If you go, I'd suggest
Get the All-Inclusive Package (meals, drinks and taxes can add up)
Get the Premier Verandah Suite
Get the Couples Moonlight Massage (85 minutes)
Bring cash to tip - although not required, these folks deserve it(far better service than we get in the States) and appreciated it (they appreciate you appreciating them.
It is a haul from the airport (1 1/2 to 2 hours) but the drive is kind of fun.
There is a bit of hierarchy to getting the right beach chairs
BUT all in all it's wonderful
Premier Verandah---All Inclusive is the way to go
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February 25, 2013
Thank you Toddayo for such a wonderful review of Jamaica Inn! We truly appreciate you and all of our other reviewers taking the time to write about their experience here. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us. For your next trip, please note that just a shirt with a collar for dinner is required (a polo shirt would be just fine), if you would if you would rather not wear jacket. To make your next trip even better, you could consider doing a private car transfer with us or though your travel agency. It will be a lot quicker and more comfortable for you. We look forward to welcoming you back home!
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