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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
  • Paid 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.


#2 of 83 hotels in Negril
2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Winner of Travel+Leisure World Top 100 Hotels 2020 (#16) and 2019 (#76), and Top 25 Caribbean Hotels 2020 (#2) and 2019 (#/5)! 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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Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
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Aisha Sullivan wrote a review Jun 13
2 contributions
We had an incredible stay for 5 days at Tensing. The pictures do not do this plce justice. It is absolutely beautiful. Our extended family went for a wedding and everyone stayed in gorgeous little villas. It was nice to be able to spend lots of time together but also have our own space and privacy. I was there with my 22month old son and was able to have a great stay with a nice crib, high chair, kid friendly meals and fun swimming pool. The resort is located on the cliffs which are beautiful and super fun for adults to jump off but not safe for small kids. The people who work at Tensing are awesome - kind, friendly and helpful! I know I am missing names but some of the wonderful people who helped us included: Harian, Razor, Paul and Evette. The Sullivans
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Emily M wrote a review May 2021
Astoria, New York34 contributions5 helpful votes
Tensing Pen = Magic & Bliss. The most relaxing place we’ve traveled to yet. This was our second time here (took us longer than planned due to COVID). Our first visit was in October 2019 for our Honeymoon Moon and after a day or two we knew we wanted to come back each year. This visit was once again an incredible experience. The hospitality in Jamaica is across-the-board wonderful, especially at Tensing Pen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing, and beautiful trip surrounded by nature - Tensing Pen is the place to visit. The amazing thing about Tensing is you could just stay there for days and that would be enough. There’s a wonderful restaurant & bar, you can swim and snorkel right off the cliffs steps from all the rooms, you can enjoy the pool, plenty of places to lounge, and hang with the doggos. This time we snorkeled with Paul the lifeguard, which was AMAZING. We recommend doing a nature tour around the property, which we did the first visit. Massages with Maxcine are also a must, which take place in a beautiful little spa area secluded on the corner of the property. We haven’t done yoga lessons yet, but we borrowed their yoga mats so I could do workouts in our rooms. I also love that they now set you up in a WhatsApp chat for any requests - from room service to help making reservations at restaurants and activities. Of course you can always go to the front desk and they are always lovely and so helpful. You can also walk across the street for some great restaurants, a little convenience store, and the beach is a few mins away via car. If you’re looking for airport pickup and trips, ask for Audley. He took care of us both trips and is always a pleasure. He has great day trip recommendations and knows great local places to stop to eat, grab fruit or crayfish on the side of the road, etc. He’s lovely to chat with and has great Jamaican music to share. Finally, we felt very safe when it came to covid precautions. You had to provide a negative test within 3 days of going there, and within 3 days of leaving. If you’re nervous about traveling, Jamaica is a great place to consider since it’s almost all outdoors / open air, there aren’t tons of cases, and there’s plenty to do within all the precautions like curfews (which will probably change soon). Plus, the hotel grounds is so small (around 20 units) you’re barely around any people - just the we like it. We’re coming back in October with my in-laws and plan to join the majority of people we’ve met at Tensing who continue to come back year after year.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Emily, we are beyond thankful for your detailed description and review of Tensing Pen and of The Lodge Restaurant. It's always so wonderful to have great guests like you return and see us again and again. Your lovely review will help others discover the magic and bliss of Tensing Pen. One Love, The Tensing Pen Staff
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Gabrielle Reid wrote a review May 2021
Manchester Parish, Jamaica5 contributions
The only thing better than the views from the property is the customer service. From the groundskeepers to the bartenders, everyone was so personable, big up Keno, Razor, and Indian. Just a few of the names that made the trip pleasant. When you check in toTensing Pen you won't want to leave as all you need for a great vacation is present, excellent food, full snorkeling spots ( I saw an African butterfly fish, jellyfish, lion fish, etc) and multiple peaceful spots to relax. It was my second time going and it surely won't be my last.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Gabby, We are elated to have exceeded your expectations. Thank you for your kind words about the Tensing Pen staff family! We like to say that here, Life is Simple. Thank you for coming twice, and we know we will see you again soon, in good health! One Love, from all of us at Tensing Pen
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Nancy G wrote a review May 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania8 contributions
My husband and I just spend a week at Tensing Pen, a unique and, as another guest described it, magical place. Although we tend to visit a different Caribbean island each year, this is definitely a place I would come back to. The resort is lovely, perched on the cliffs above clear blue water. There are ladders down to the water from the cliffs; we snorkeled every day and saw lots of interesting fish without having to leave "home". Our room was one of the "Pillars", a luxurious and romantic tree house perched right above the water, with views of the ocean and beautiful sunsets. The grounds are lovely without feeling too manicured, and every staff member was genuinely friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble. Datanya helped us make arrangements for snorkeling trips with Vincent (highly recommend) and a massage with Georgia (not to be missed!). The rooms were comfortable and very clean; they take their COVID precautions very seriously and that was comforting. We loved the outdoor shower! We had breakfast at the resort each day, and a few other meals as well. High quality food and the service was excellent. This place is a keeper.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded May 4, 2021
Dear Nancy, Thank you for your lovely review and for telling the readers of TripAdvisor what makes Tensing Pen stand out so much that you’d want to stay with us again! Here, you are home, and Life is Simple. Hope to have you with us again, in good health. One Love!
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Karin wrote a review Apr 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We’ve been to Jamaica several times and only went to tensing pen for dinner. We finally decided to stay here and it was amazing! The layout with of the property is so cool, walking down paths with cottages spread out and different places to lay out in the sun. Jumping into the blue Caribbean Sea is so refreshing. The staff are so friendly! I have to mention Calene, she is so nice! But so is everyone! And did I mention the dogs?? They are awesome too! We stayed in the Cove cottage, it was beautiful and we can’t wait to come back!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Anne-Marie P, Marketing at Tensing Pen Resort
Responded Apr 19, 2021
Dear Friends, We are grateful you took a chance on staying at Tensing Pen, and getting to know our staff our property and our dogs! You have officially become "Penners", and we are glad to have you here. Hope to see you again, in good health. One Love, from all of us at TSP
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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, Ivan's Bar and Restaurant, and The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel.
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.