If you're looking for an experience that is totally relaxing, Jamaica Inn is the place for you. The hotel is small, maybe 50 rooms, and the staff is very personal and helpful. You won't want to leave the lush grounds and pristine beach.
We stayed in a balcony suite and had many meals on our private verandah. Room service is only $5 and they deliver course by course. Amazing!
We took the bus on the way to Jamaica Inn, and I do not recommend that because you will waste an extra 2 hours dropping off other guests who live closer to the airport. Bite the bullet and get private transfer (which we did on the way back). Your driver will be happy to stop at the best and cheapest souvenier shops as well.
The culture in Jamaica is amazing. Everyone caters to the tourists and is sincerely nice. Do expect to tip though.
The only time we left the resort was to do a Beach Horseback Ride with Hooves. Awesome!! You cover a good distance through an old plantation, a jungle path, and of course the beach. You get your money's worth and the horses are rescue horses, so it's for a good cause. This is not your typical nose-to-tail ride. The horses have personality and are well taken care of.
Every meal is incredible, with the dinner menu changing nightly. On Tuesday there was a manager's cocktail party and beach barbeque, which is the equivalent of a private beach dining experience.
We did the Couples Moonlight Serenade-- incredible!! You have to be really specific with the therapists though because they seemed to have a hard time understanding what I wanted out of my massage.
Overall, we will definitely go back!! Apparently 90% of the guests in the peak season come back year after year, and I can see why. The crowd is more professional, and we learned that a lot of politicians and celebrities stay here for the privacy it offers. But for us normal folk, it's just an incredible vacation and was the perfect getaway for my husband and I.
- 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