I recently stayed for 6 nights at the Rockhouse, for my brother's wedding. On the wedding night and in the days leading up, the whole place was booked out by wedding guests, but I arrived a few days early so also experienced the hotel as a 'normal' guest.
The hotel is set in a beautiful location, on the cliffs overlooking the sea. The way the buildings have been built on top of and around the cliffs is just stunning. The pool is one of the best I've ever seen, and I've been fortunate to stay in a number of beachside resorts around the world.
Don't come to Rockhouse expecting a slick, luxury Asian style resort. This is more along the Fijian style - the rooms are rustic, there are insects (as you would expect in any tropical clime) and the food, while excellent, is a little repetitive. But having said that, the rooms are large, with a lovely seaside style to them; my bed was incredibly comfortable; they were fully air-conditioned, and the outdoor showers just helped with the relaxation. The staff at Rockhouse are just wonderful - and they were so helpful in the lead up to the wedding, when many of us kept chopping and changing our arrangements. All the waitstaff and bar staff are relaxed and friendly, while still maintaining the level of service you'd expect in a resort like this.
One of the best things about the resort is the fact that it is relatively small, and all the rooms are set amongst beautiful gardens, with hummingbirds darting about - so you feel like you're really not surrounded by too many other people. You can hire snorkelling equipment by the day (or longer) so you can just dip in and out of the water whenever you like, exploring all the fish life. While not as abundant as I've seen on the Barrier Reef, or in Fiji, it is so much fun just to be able to jump in for a few minutes, see what you can see, and then get back in later.
As I said, the food in the Rockhouse restaurant was really good, although a little repetitive. It is all Jamaican style, although I think has been 'westernised' a little, but there are plenty of Jamaican specialties, including on the breakfast menu. Room service is available. And if you do get bored with the food, there is always the Pushcart restaurant next door, or various options in Negril itself.
I should add that if you're looking for a wedding venue, this is an amazing destination. My brother & sister in law were married near the pool overlooking the water - absolutely stunning and all the local service providers (florists, photographers, hair etc) and the reception at the Rockhouse restaurant were fantastic.
Oh, and how could I forget the spa! It is really one of the best I've been to in the world. Amazing massages, and after such a great experience the first day, I went back for foot treatments and manicures which were all amazing too. Word went out amongst the wedding guests as people arrived and the spa was booked solid the day of the wedding!
So in summary, if you're looking for a wonderful, relaxing and private break, this is your place!
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Rockhouse Hotel Negril
- Rock House Jamaica
- Rockhouse Jamaica
- Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica