I stayed at Rockhouse for 5 days/4nights January 31, 2013- February 4, 2013. The setting is just beautiful and the entire property has a relaxed, calming vibe. My wife and I went for one reason: relaxation, and that's exaclty what we got. We stayed in a villa (#19). Very private, with it's own dedicated patio perched on the cliffs above the ocean. We could take a dip in the ocean or pool at our leisure... even though Rockhouse was fully booked, there was never a crowd of people. You get a relaxing, intimate experience. My wife loved the massages in the open air huts overlooking the ocean. Spring for a villa if you can... other guests staying in standard rooms indicated they would go for a villa on another trip.
The Rockhouse Restaurant, Pushcart and the were all very good, but not outstanding. I think the snapper sandwiches at the pool were actually the best thing I ate. Reasonable prices.
Rokchouse is all about the view, sunset and ocean. I am not really a beach person, so it was perfect for me to just hear the surf crashing against the cliffs and take short swims in the ocean... if you are looking for a sandy beach, Rockhouse doesn't fit the bill.
Nothing too negative to note... I wish you could reserve specific villas (not sure why you would not be able to do that). I also wish the bar in Joseph's Cave was open... it would be great to swim the caves under the Rockhouse and grab a drink then just wander up to Pushcart... maybe it will re-open someday. I also wish they allowed jumping from the ledge at Pushcart... the local kids scale the cliffs and jump no problem (and I jumped from various spots on Rockhouse property and off)... just pick a clear blue spot and jump... it's very deep.
Overall, Rockhouse is a small, intimate hotel. It is not a resort. If you want to unwind, unplug (no TVs.. wifi worked reasonably well but could sometimes be spotty) and relax (no gym), I think it is ideal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water's edge. Guests swim in the sixty foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef. Home to two award winning restaurants - the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar and the Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. The renowned Rockhouse Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken "on-the-rocks" in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.Consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, The Rockhouse won Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2011 and Jamaica's Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 at the World Travel Awards. In addition, the Rockhouse was also voted the No. 1 "Best Value Hotel in the Caribbean" in Travel + Leisure's March 2012 "World's Best Value Awards" and included in Conde Naste Traveler's November 2011 Readers Choice list of "Best in the World". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rockhouse Hotel Negril
- Rock House Jamaica
- Rockhouse Jamaica
- Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica