I have visited Jamaica over 10 times with family and friends for it's beaches, golf and most importantly, the people. Negril was always a favorite for the 4-mile beach however, once I discovered the Rockhouse on the cliffs... everything changed. This trip was for a wedding at the Negril Treehouse which was nice staying on the beach (and great for kids and families) but there was not enough relaxation with the constant "spring break" vibe and incessant peddling. Went to dinner at Rockhouse one evening and I found myself extending my trip just so I could stay there...
All the ingredients that make for the ultimate lux boutique experience were in abundance at Rockhouse: incredible staff that are engaging, responsive and sought after, gorgeous grounds and impeccably maintained rooms, excellent food (try the coconut toast at b'fst), handmade soaps and bathroom amenities and all was well-priced. I have to note that I shopped the hotel boutique for everything... they support locally made wares, clothing and art. I bought something for everyone on my list including my own house: Handmade pillows for my bed infused with lavender, locally made candles, books and sarongs. At the end of my trip on the way back to Montego Bay, I stopped at the "world-class resort" called Round Hill where I had stayed many times over 18 years ago just to see how the two resorts compared to eachother. The Rockhouse dominated... in terms of beach/water experience, local authenticity, views, location, amenities and style: the boutique at Rockhouse was more of-the-moment and fun to shop than Round Hill.
The spa experience at Rockhouse was magnificent and my expectations are very high - the spa staff was offering a free demo of services on the Yoga deck so after trying the reflexology massage, I couldn't wait to book a massage. It rained for 2 hours one afternoon and that just made the spa more tranquil and the massage mesmerizing. I enjoyed the spa more than the infamous Four Seasons at Hualalai and if that doesn't say it all...I purchased as much as I could fit into my suitcase from the spa collection of products.
The location of the property on the cliffs not only provides privacy and exclusivity, but a true adventure. Jumping from the many different cliffs scattered throughout the property was exciting and fun... I'm not a confident swimmer and the water was just so inviting and calm... I became a confident snorkler! A true reef snorkling experience... there's a reason the hotel offers a disposable underwater camera in your amenity basket. I will definitely return soon .. for a perfect romantic destination. I missed the Rockhouse Foundation Tour and will surely attend during my next stay... as well as the Moreland Hill School tour.
- 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