My husband and I spent 3 nights here at the start of our week in Negril. It was as beautiful as the photos suggest. We instantly fell into a relaxed groove, enjoying everything that make Rockhouse a one-of-a-kind paradise. Our trip from the airport was fine. I fell asleep, but woke up as we entered Negril. I appreciated that Rockhouse is at the far end of town, so we had a bit of a tour as we drove past the beach resorts and through the center of town, before heading uphill into the cliff area at the southwest edge of town. The roads are narrow and many people walk or ride bicycles, so we were glad we weren't driving and could enjoy the view. We booked the least expensive Garden Room, but were pleased with the comfortable bed and daybed.
We headed out to the pool, where the view and surroundings are more breathtaking than the photos suggest. Mid-July is rainy season, so we weren't surprised by the building clouds and eventual shower. The pool bar and the lanai are both covered and provide pleasant places to stay dry, enjoy the view, and visit with the other guests. A Manager's cocktail party explained the work of the Rockhouse Foundation, which has invested over $1M in Negril's schools and Library over 10 years. I had read about the library, and brought 3 bags of books with me to contribute when we attended the Thursday morning tour of the library. I'm impressed by the commitment Rockhouse has made to the community, and was happy to be a part of it.
We loved the food at the Rockhouse Restaurant (Old Time Synting, served in a coconut shell, was superb) and the Conch dinner at the Pushcart was out-of-this-world! We ate a breakfast next door, but the price was the same as at Rockhouse. It gave us a better view of the life of the locals, but I missed my view of the water. We walked about 3/4 mile to Rick's Cafe one day, which is worth the experience, but the food was so-so. Our last dinner was at 3 Dives, just beyond the Pushcart. Their Jerk Chicken was fantastic! I would have no trouble making do with these options for a full week.
Finally, we fully enjoyed the cliffs and sea. I snorkled in the little cove at least twice a day, while my husband stayed by the pool. I even jumped off the high cliff by the restaurant once. What a thrill!
The staff was polite, friendly without being intrusive, and kept the resort in beautiful shape. We made friends with various guests, all of whom were enjoying their escape from civilization. I had to use the wi-fi for my iPad a few times (fluctuating availability by the pool and in our room) but could also use the 2 computers set up outside the office. I didn't see anyone else even use a cell phone. This was a relaxed, comfortable, yet elegant escape. My husband and I can't wait to return, for a longer stay.
- 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 the Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2014 and Jamaica's Leading Spa 2014 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 "World's Best Value Awards" and included in Conde Naste Traveler's Readers Choice list of "Best in the World". ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz so you can book your Rockhouse Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Rockhouse Hotel Negril
- Rock House Jamaica
- Rockhouse Jamaica
- Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica