The best testament that I can give to the Jamaica Inn is that I plan to visit again and have recommended it to my friends as well. It has a beautiful, quiet beach and lovely private rooms with fantastic verandas. Service is relaxed, friendly and impeccable. I returned home feeling very refreshed.
We stayed in a premiere veranda room with full ocean views and could hop over our railing onto the beach. I would choose such a room again. But as others have noted, it did look like every room had a nice outdoor seating area and good views. The beach was never crowded, and we had our choice of palapa-covered lounge chairs. While I did not get a chance to view the cottages, they looked like they had a fantastic location.
I am not a foodie, so meals are not the highest priority for me on vacations. That said, I found the food at the Jamaica Inn to be quite good and the setting was stunning. Beyond that, between 11-noon, a complimentary (and delicious) punch drink is brought to you on the beach. Between 4-5, there is complimentary tea service with tea sandwiches and cookies. From 7-7:30 pm, there are complimentary appetizers. Also, within 5 minutes walking distance of the resort (head right on the main road when you leave the hotel) is a small grocery store and pharmacy, in case you need snacks, drinks or incidentals.
We used the hotel's private transfer service and felt it was worth the cost. It takes about 90 minutes to drive directly from the Montego Bay airport to the hotel.
I got an amazing deep-tissue massage and a relaxing facial at the spa. I enjoyed both very much. While the spa is small, it has a lovely setting on the cliff.
The fitness facility is very small and open air with no AC, and has a treadmill, elliptical, two bikes and hand weights. (It does not look out onto the beach. The view is of hotel rooms.) It was fine for my purposes as I am an early riser and was able to workout before the heat got oppressive. Note: the location of the resort does not make it very amenable for talking long walks or running since it is situated off a busy road (but you never notice or hear the road once you are on the resort's property).
Next to the fitness room is a small TV room, in case you need to catch something important. I do not think anyone used it since this is the sort of resort to which you come to escape the world. Also, there is Wi-fi in the rooms and a computer in the lounge.
The resort felt very safe and I never worried about leaving my belongings out on a beach chair or on the veranda. An old-fashioned feature is that you use a key to lock your room safe. So you are told to hide your key somewhere safe or else you have to carry it with you. We chose to hide the key in our room. One young couple lost their key while at the beach. From what I understood, it was going to cost them $100 to open the safe and replace the lock since there is no master key at the resort.
In summary, I loved this resort and cannot wait to visit again. It combines the best features of tranquil, TV-free, resorts like Parrot Cay (in Turks & Caico), Caneel Bay (St John) and Pink Peach Club (Bermuda).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamaica Hotel Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios