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Timeless Caribbean Luxury
May 13th, 2020
From the moment you arrive at the Jamaica Inn you know you have walked into something special. This family owned 48-suite slice of paradise offers old colonial style elegance in its own private enclave offering the most intimate of experiences. Built in the 1950’s this hotel has a history of famous guests and an old-world charm that will continue to linger on for the years to come. There are a variety of rooms all equally timeless and beautifully styled. The premier veranda suites offer guests their own private veranda right on the beach and I think provide for the most private experience being a bit off to the side of the resort. The grounds are immaculate with the most vibrant greenery and flowers, complete with a croquet course. The beach is completely secluded and as calm as you will be soaking up the rays with the hotels famous rum punch in hand. Waiters serve you on the beach wearing white-tie formal apparel and seem to appear everywhere you need them to be and be out of sight when you don't. The entire staff is friendly, helpful and makes you feel as though nothing is a bother. The owner is often at the hotel and never hesitated to stop and chat with us on numerous occasions. He was even as so kind to present us with a keepsake gift upon our departure as we couldnt stop showering this little slice of heaven with compliments. Despite its luxurious reputation and celebrity following, a stay at the Jamaica Inn is a relaxing unpretentious experience. Given no children under 12 are allowed on the grounds it is rather quiet during the day and the beach is large enough that you almost get the sense the hotel is empty. This is a perfect spot for couples and honeymooners. My better half is not a beach vacation type of person, however upon leaving the Jamaica Inn he turned to me and made me promise we will return. Fun fact: Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller toasted their honeymoon here. How to get there: The Jamaica Inn is located just east of Ocho Rios, and is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The hotel will happily arrange a pick up for you at an additional cost, however driving yourself is a more economic option and gives you a bit more flexibility. The drive itself is fairly simple just not as beautiful as you would expect. What to do: RELAX. Aside from this obvious statement, there is a beautiful golf course 10 minutes away by car. The course is part of the neighbouring Sandals Resorts but is reasonably priced given you are forced to take upon a caddy for the day! What not to miss: Despite the amazing food at the Jamaica Inn (you must try the Jamaican patty),no visit to Jamaica would be compete with out local jerk, and more specifically local jerk from Scotchies. Thankfully, there is one in Ocho Rios just about 10 minutes from the Jamaica Inn and on the drive in. Very casual, open-aired and filled with both tourists and locals, this is almost like going to an outdoor beach BBQ. Bring cash!! Travel tips: Bring USD with you, it is the preferred currency and I had an extremely hard time using my bank card to withdrawal cash, which seemed a bit crazy given the place is loaded with Canadian bank sponsored ATMs and I was using a Canadian bank card. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Book in advance during this lockdown!
Apr 23rd, 2020
We are stuck at home during this world wide health crisis. A ray of hope from an e-mail sent out from Jamaica Inn. Pictures of the lovely beach, now empty. As a way to support one of our favorite places on earth, we decided to go ahead and book a week for our upcoming 40 th anniversary in January 2021. Hopefully things will be better by then. Give yourself an escape for a few minutes and check out this place on their website. Believe me, you will want to go someday. Old world refined elegance and calm is the best way to describe Jamaica Inn. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Jamaica Inn was wonderful!
Apr 12th, 2020
On the advice of my son and daughter-in-law we booked 12 days at Jamaica Inn but were surprised by the reaction of some friends. We see off in slight trepidation but had 12 wonderfully relaxing days at the hotel and on its perfect beach. Complimentary rum punches at 11.30 am relaxed us completely! Most of the staff had been there for years and all were charming. The chef served 5 star food in the the breakfast and dining restaurants overlooking the Caribbean. We hired a car for a couple of days to explore Noel Coward’s house and Goldeneye, Ian Fleming’s former estate,and surrounding plantations and sights. We had no problems at all on excellent roads. When we queried why Jamaica has a poor reputation for safety among the British, we were told that they did not know as Barbados has more crime against tourists than Jamaica does. If you want to go at Turtle hatching time on the beach, check the timings as these seem to vary year from year. Hoping to return next year. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Amazing boutique hotel
Apr 4th, 2020
My wife and I spent a week at the Jamaica Inn in early March 2020, before the Corona virus shut down international travel. We were upgraded to a west-facing room (#20) with a veranda that literally touched the ocean waves. The sound of the waves against the rocks at the base of our veranda lulled us to sleep every night. It was the most luxurious hotel room we have ever experienced. The views are amazing, the property is immaculate, and each member of the staff was as welcoming as family. We loved the library, and we each read a few books as we relaxed. We ate several meals in our room (that view), a few lunches on the beach, and several dinners on the terrace with the other guests and the live music. The food was very good, usually offering multiple choices of both traditional Jamaican meals and more typical high-end restaurant choices. This place is ideal for a couple seeking a quiet place to enjoy each other’s company, watch the surf roll in, and be pampered by the excellent staff. This was our first time here, and we aspire to become regulars. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Mar 24th, 2020
Jamaica inn is a beautiful place to visit. The service is great, the food is good and the beach is beautiful. Jamaica in is a lovely place to just relax with family and friends. Definitely would recommend TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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