We spent 5 days at hermosa in december. The owner's vision for the resort was a boutique hotel which caters to families/couples/groups looking for a private vacation in a beautiful resort with its own beach and personalized care and attention. I would say that he has certainly achieved this.
We stayed in the coconut suite which (i believe) is the only one without a pool. The rest of the villas have pools and i understand they are more like dip pools (approx 4ish feet depth). We never missed a pool.
I felt that the price was very reaonable. the care provided is easily equivalent (maybe better than) to the resorts in ochi where you pay atleast 700 per night.
hermosa has its own private beach. there are 2 sections, one directly in front of the restaurant and the other a private cove. The 2nd one is not officially open. they are building a grill and bar near it but it is not closed off. this beach is really good adn the staff is happy to put chairs out for you and if need be put one of their lifegaurds out there if you plan to take a dip.
[other posts have pics of this cove and so i will not post any]
while the beach is not large it is more than adequate primarily because this resort is limited to 9 villas/families and not everyone descends on the beach at the same time. as a matter of fact we spent a lot of time on the beach and had to share it with 4 other people at the most.
they offer non motorized sports - kayaking/snorkeling . The guides/employees who do this - ryan and carlton are very friendly ,outgoing and are constantly around offering to take you out (but at no point pushy).
The resort has an on site restaurant run by chef conroy. My husband and i are vegetarians and admittedly there isnt a large spread but he made some excellent vegetarian dishes for us. the breakfast options are very good and quite extensive. We opted to cook quite frequently and eat out in the city so we did not get to sample too much of his fare. chef conroy very kindly allowed me to cook in his kitchen a couple of times and showed a lot of enthusiasm for learning from his guests.
the resort is not very far from town but it is not walking distance. It is 1.8 km and even though that is not much in that head/humidity it can feel like a lot. this was a non issue as the resort if very happy to arrange for transport to town and back and if you want even have their licensed drivers stay with you for the whole day or a few hours. (approx 10$ to go into town vs 50$ to stay with you the whole day which is not much). If you decided against keeping the driver/car with you , talk to duke and he will point you in the direction of reliable cabbies you can work with or shops you can go to and call the resort for transport.
The best part was the staff . very friendly and accomodating. We had a lot of interaction with Duke who ended up being our go -to person. he arranged for jet-ski /wave running off site. cabs etc. I cannot thank him enough for making the trip so smooth and comfy.
Wendy at the front desk was always present for information/arrangements.
daily housekeeping is available and the property is spotless. the first thing that strikes you when you walk into your villa or around the property is how clean it is.
We travel a lot and i have been to resorts in mexico/hawaii/thailand etc.. one thing i can emphatically state is that there is no attempt to make you do more than you want to so it adds to your overall bill/stay. I agree with the previous reviews that all i felt was agenuine desire to help make the stay better.
a 10% tip is added automatically to your daily bill so you do not have to worry about tipping everyone in sight for everything you get done. if you strongly feel that the service was so good that you want to add something to the bill you always can. no pressure.
The things which stand out to me - excellent staff. beautiful beach. very private quiet and cozy. everything is arranged for you. you can call for tickets to dolphin cove etc and the staff will arrange that for you.
The staff never billed us for some of the groceries they stocked for us, the coconut water we ordered and on new years eve when they noticed that we did not actually spend much time at the festivities they did nto add that to our bill either. all these go a long way towards making you like the place more and more.
we will go back again next december.. this time with other family members!!!!
I never tried the spa so cannot comment
cons - could not notice any. it is not an all inclusive which some might not prefer. we knew that of course but the personalized care was what we booked the resort for
mosquitoes - tropical setting so a chance of mosquitoes. they provide repellant in the rooms both sprays and some candles. i did not find this problematic , my husband got bitten more than i did. it was not much of an issue really.
no fitness center. but we were on vacation!!! this was not a problem either
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean’s most distinctive handcrafted resort, Hermosa Cove offers the discerning traveler a private island home. Nestled in twelve lush acres on Jamaica’s Gold Coast, our secluded villas evoke the intimate charm of an idyllic seaside village. Luxurious art-filled interiors open to tropical gardens with glistening dip pools. Several villas have spectacular ocean views, and all are just a short stroll from the water. The resort’s reef-studded cove features two pristine beaches with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling. Christopher’s, our award-winning signature restaurant, serves up locally sourced cuisine with international flair, and The Broken Rudder offers the atmosphere of a cozy jerk shack down by the beach. A seaside paradise with unmatched seclusion, Hermosa Cove is conveniently located in Ocho Rios just minutes from Jamaica’s most popular attractions and most breathtaking natural wonders. Our friendly staff will help arrange your personal adventure, and even accompany you as a tour guide. Whether your dream getaway involves adventure or solitude, romance or reconnection, come indulge your senses and revive your spirit…your way. ... more less
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