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 a charm that has never left.
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 a rum punch in hand.
Waiters serve you on the beach wearing white jackets and bowties and are there when you need then and 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 even presented us with a keepsake gift upon our departure.
Despite its luxurious reputation and celebrity following, a stay at the Jamaica 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 fiancé 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.
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller toasted their honeymoon here.
How to get there:
The Jamaica Inn is located in 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 that 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 golf with a caddy!
What not to miss:
Despite the amazing food at the Jamaica Inn no visit to Jamaica would be compete with out local jerk and more specifically local jerk from Scotchies. Thank fully 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!!
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.