After spending the first half of our vacation at a large all-inclusive we wanted the remainder of our trip to be nothing but laying on the beach under the sun. The Jamaica Inn offered that and much much more. The positive reviews on Tripadvisor and other sites are 100% true about this place. The facilities and grounds in itself are amazing and brings back the charm of traveling and staying at a top-notch hotel from days long past.
Every-room overlooks the private beach with a its own balcony or terrace. The furnishing are top grade with beautiful wood furniture and a spacious bathroom and walk in closet. There is nothing more romantic than having a bottle of wine with your dinner while the sun sets on your terrace overlooking the blue warm ocean!
The beach in itself is worth the trip. We have traveled to many places in the Carribean and this is by far the nicest beach we have been to. The sand is white, the water is shallow warm and blue. You can grab a pair of snorkles and swim off to the nearby reef and see some beautiful fishes...And it is literaly only fifty feet from the Beach-bar! We saw more fish there than we did renting a guide to take us. Toney, the local fisherman took us out on his boat for some evening fishing one day. Fifteen minutes into our excursion I caught a twenty pound Kingfish and the chef was kind enough to cook the fish for me for dinner. Nothing better than eating something you caught two hours before...definetly one of the highlights of the trip for me. Thanks Toney!
Like previously stated, the hotel is top notch, the beach amazing and meals were spectacular. But what sets this place apart is the staff and management at the Jamaica Inn. This is a family business and has been so since the days of Marily Monroe and Hemingway. Peter and his brother run the Inn now with the help of Mary. We had the pleasure of meeting both Peter and Mary during our stay. That is a common theme there, the staff are exceptionally helpful and seem to know who everyone is that is staying with them....always a smiling face will be my lasting impression of the staff. And of course Teddy the legendary mixologist at the BeachBar for over fifty-two years! Teddy is an encyclopedia, storyteller and the maker of one of the best piña colada I have ever drank....he Man has stayed with the same employer and spent over a half century doing one job...you can trust him with your drink! YouTube him - the Man is not only a Jamaica Inn institution but a Jamaican institution.
With all this said, please keep in-mind that the Inn can be expensive and not for everyone. But for the price, you are staying at one of the nicest hotel in the Carribean, on one of the best beaches, and spectacular food. Also, if you are expecting a place where MTV will host their next springbreak party this is not the place for you. The clientele at the Inn are repeated customers who want a low-key place to enjoy a Red Stripe or two under the sun! The Inn will always have a special place in my heart since it was on their terrace a few nights ago under the beautiful sky overlooking the ocean that I proposed to my fiancé. Thank everyone for your hospitality at the Inn, as we are planning our next trip back already!!
- 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