My husband grabbed his suitcase after the taxi dropped us off at Jamaica Inn., preparing to take it to our room himself. We had just finished checking in, and within seconds, a resort employee relieved my husband of his bag. “You’re on vacation, mon. We’ll take these for you.”
And so went our five days at the grande dame of resorts on the north shore of Jamaica.
It is the service that sets this resort apart. And it seems as if those who work at Jamaica Inn truly are happy to be there, which (you probably already know this) translates into making your stay even more pleasant. When it’s abundantly apparent that ensuring your vacation is an exceptional one is truly the resort's priority, then it becomes that. An extraordinary experience.
Despite its age – no, because of it – Jamaica Inn has patented the low-key vacation. You’re delighted to spend the afternoon on your well-appointed porch, sipping on your Planter’s Punch, reading your novel (sans TV or any other interruptions), enjoying the breeze and the ambiance.
Or you’re just as happy to take off with Marvin on a morning excursion of hiking the Dunns River Falls and snorkeling the region’s extensive reefs.
We thought there was a possibility that we would tire of eating at the same place, but we did not. The menu varied enough and the entrees were prepared with the flair of a five-star establishment. The setting and service (of course) made us feel as if we were the only ones at the hotel.
The crown jewel, though, was the spa. We treated ourselves to two massages and both were amazing. Not only the execution, but also the setting. Not much can compare to being perched of the rocky cliffs, wind whipping the white curtains and the sound of the surf as your accompaniment.
This review may sound sort of like I work for them – I don’t. But I kinda wish I did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1950, Jamaica Inn has consistently been ranked as one of the top resort hotels in the Caribbean. Jamaica Inn is a small, elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With just 52 suites spread over 8 acres, there are sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea from every suite. This property boasts a 700-foot premier private beach, which is often considered to be the one of the best in the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jamaica Hotel Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Ocho Rios
- Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios