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Tensing Pen Resort

West End Road, Negril Jamaica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 01/18/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/18/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 83 hotels in Negril
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Winner of Travel+Leisure World Top 100 Hotels 2021, 2020 and 2019, and Top 25 Caribbean Hotels 2021, 2020 and 2019! Located on the West End of Negril, Jamaica, in its own private cove, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler offering a unique collection of beautiful hand-carved wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of varying sizes for the ultimate secluded and relaxing vacation. Free daily continental breakfast. A/C and mini-fridge in all rooms except 3 Pillars (ceiling and floor fans). 2 and 3 bedroom villas available for large groups and families. Contact us directly to book the best rooms and best rates.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Highchairs available
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Yoga room
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Neck massage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room service
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Christopher L wrote a review Sep 2
1 contribution
Wonder experience at Tensing Pen. Booked resort last minute to extend out stay in Negril. Stayed in the South Pillar that had wonderview views of the water and sunset. Staff was very welcoming from check in to check out. Lobster dinner was delicious. We will definitely come back again.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Christopher, Such a treat having you with us! Thank you for your kind words and lovely review. Hi-e to see you again, in good health. One Love, from the Tensing Pen family
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marcmarc1 wrote a review Aug 2021
Bethesda, Maryland4 contributions
We had such a fun time here -- really is one of the best places I've ever stayed. My three kids, (12, 15, 17) all loved jumping off the bridge and cliffs and snorkeling around. Can't say enough good things about the lifeguard on duty for most of the time we were there -- Rasine -- great sense of humor and helped keep an eye on us. He let us know which spots were safe to jump from. When we decided to snorkel as far down the coast as we could (you can go for miles), Rasine joined without us having to ask -- was so nice of him to come along. Thankfully none of the kids had trouble in the water but it was a comfort to know he was with us. The reefs are not the most lush but there are plenty of fish and critters to make it fun -- and it's so easy to do right in front of your room. In addition to Rasine, nearly all of the staff here seemed to be happy and friendly -- which is so important when you're staying a boutique hotel. Thank you Rasine and all of the staff!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: 'Longhouse' is massive -- has a full kitchen and feels like a luxury AirBnB. Looks out to...
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Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Marc, We are honored and grateful your family times was memorable at Tensing Pen! Rasine and all the TSP staff love to treat each guest like a family member, we are glad you let really well looked after. We hope to see you and the kids on your next visit to Jamaica. Till then, stay healthy, be well! One Love, from the Tensing Pen family
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Lana W. wrote a review Aug 2021
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After much anticipation, we began our one week anniversary vacation at Cove Cottage. The resort boasts beautiful, intimate cottages, most with stunning views of the ocean. The restaurant staff, including Razor, Splinter as well as the front office crew - Crystal, Harlan Sofia and Datanya were all extremely friendly and helpful. Our 20th anniversary dinner was catered in the Hammock Hut and service was exceptional. The massage therapists for our couples massage were terrific. Tensing Pen is literally 'Paradise on earth" and must be on your 'bucket list'. It is an astoundingly beautiful property.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: Great ocean views
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Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded Aug 12, 2021
Dear Authentic Jamaican, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so happy to hear we met your expectations. Happy 20th anniversary, we are grateful you chose to celebrate it with us at Tensing Pen. We hope to see you again, in good health. One Love
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Ted E wrote a review Aug 2021
Pasadena, California, United States12 contributions8 helpful votes
Once in a great while you discover a completely original travel destination that reawakens your senses and renews your spirit. That’s what Tensing Pen just did for us. Perched just above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by a miniature version of the Garden of Eden, this tropical paradise can be found on the far west end of Jamaica and just a little bit south of Heaven itself. My wife and I have travelled to some of the greatest beach resorts on earth from Bora Bora to Porto Cervo to Thailand to Punta Del Este to Venice to Capri and beyond. Yet in all those places, we have rarely found the combination of simple beauty, grace, authenticity and charm which we recently experienced in Tensing Pen on our very first visit. The sights and sounds of the crystal clear waters splashing against the ancient coral heads on which the resort is built, mixed with the music of tree frogs singing in the garden canopy overhead created a soothing symphony that literally melted our mainland cares away. And once we relaxed and settled in, we enjoyed the fabulous seafood, fresh fruit and perfectly seasoned vegetable creations they serve every day in their open-air thatched roof restaurant overlooking turquoise blue water as far as the eye can see. And then we must sing praises to the Tensing Pen staff! What a gift to be pampered and cared for by a gracious team of professionals who treat you like family with effortless grace and endless smiles. They never missed an opportunity to spoil us and the warmth of their welcome still lingers and makes us want to return as soon as possible. No honest review would be complete without mentioning the interesting and eclectic guests we met at Tensing Pen as well, who hail from places all over the globe. This place is a magnet to fascinating people. Some of the seasoned travelers with whom we shared delightful discussions were veteran visitors who had been coming for years. Some of the couples were there for romantic encounters. And some were there to reunite with friends they met at the resort in seasons past. But everyone was there to enjoy the perfect balance of privacy and easy conversations made possible by the laid-back social scene at this remarkable place. We had misgivings about sharing this passionate review on the internet out of concern it may make our next stay at Tensing Pen that much harder to book. But in fairness to the people who spend their days making this destination so unique and so wonderful we could not keep the secret to ourselves. If you’ve been searching for an unforgettable island paradise, you owe it to yourself to visit Tensing Pen. We want to thank Crystal, Tamesha, Saskia, Shernette, Sofia, Razor, Calene and Keno the wonderful lifeguard. We apologize for the names of those we have forgotten to mention. Cheers to the entire staff! Robin and Ted Eccles PS: The open air aspect of the resort and the very low density of visitors compared to the size of the resort made us feel completely safe in these days of Covid concerns.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for one of the Red Birch suites if they are available.
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Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded Aug 12, 2021
Dear Ted, We are absolutely speechless and extremely grateful for such a glowing review. Thank you for taking the time to tell the world what makes Tensing Pen so special. We hope to see you with us again soon, in good health, at your home away from home!
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Amy B wrote a review Jul 2021
Atlanta, Georgia8 contributions1 helpful vote
From the start, after booking, the email communication with the front desk was prompt, polite, and informative. Datanya, Alex, and Cristal were available to answer any questions about what I should bring and how I could book transport, etc. When I arrived, I was told that when I leave, I would be part of the family. And this couldn't be more true. The staff is warm, friendly, and so much fun. Everyone wants to make sure that you're having the greatest time. Before you know it, you know everyone by name. The property is absolutely breathtaking. The water is bright blue and clear. Jumping off the bridge and the rocks is a blast. We brought floats and just bobbed in the water for hours. When we lost our sunglasses jumping in, the lifeguard, Paul dove in and found them (more than twice). The rooms are spacious and the staff keeps them spotless (tip well!). The AC is CRANKING and the water pressure is on point. The food is delicious and the drinks are fantastic (big ups Razor and Splinter!) I'm still dreaming about the parmesan-crusted snapper. The only negative I thing I have to say is that I had to leave! I can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded Jul 23, 2021
We are beyond grateful for your visit and for posting your review! Thank you for making it Tensing Pen. We hope to have you with us again, in good health. One Love
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tensing Pen Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Tensing Pen Resort?
Nearby attractions include One Love Bus Bar Crawl (0.3 miles), Rick's Cafe (0.2 miles), and Negril Lighthouse (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tensing Pen Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Tensing Pen Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Tensing Pen Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tensing Pen Resort?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tensing Pen Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kool Vybes Bar & Jerk Centre, The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel, and Ivan's Bar and Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tensing Pen Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Tensing Pen Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tensing Pen Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Tensing Pen Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.