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“Great Food, Beautiful Place, Wonderful Birding”

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Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Port Antonio
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East Lansing, MI
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“Great Food, Beautiful Place, Wonderful Birding”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

My wife and I recently returned to Mockingbird Hill with some friends who just got married. We chose Mockingbird Hill because the food and location are perfect for anyone wanting to "get away from it all" for a few days, and because three of us are birders. We all enjoyed the pool and beautiful gardens, the fabulous gourmet food, and a chance to see the Jamaican Owl right on the hotel grounds. In addition, the hotel staff organized a very good bird guide for a couple of days and we were able to experience the famous Ecclesdown Road and see most of the Jamaican endemics. A truly memorable getaway!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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hmbhpot, Manager at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 27 October 2013
We deem it as an honour that of all the places you have travelled to, you chose to return to Mockingbird Hill as a very special place to celebrate your friends wedding. Thank you! We value that very much and are so happy to hear that you all enjoyed yourselves. The next time it will be hopefully to celebrate either your own or that of your friend's anniversary. It gives us great pleasure and makes our work so worthwhile to experience guests really enjoying and appreciating the vast gardens, the panoramic views and of course, not to be missed the good food! Till the next time, "walk good " as they say here... We look forward to seeing you again!
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

My wife and I stayed at Mockingbird Hill for a long weekend in June of this year - we go to Port Antonio frequently but have never stayed at Mockingbird Hill before, so decided to give it a shot. The location is amazing and the views from the property are gorgeous- you can see Port Antonio to the west, and views of the coastline to the east. Because the hill going up the hotel is fairly steep, you are not really set back that far from the sea, so it makes the view much more dramatic.

The room was really nicely done- very very clean, large comfy bed, bathroom w/ contemporary fixtures and a lot of nice touches like boutique soaps and scrubs. The room was also quite large, and had a covered veranda w/ a hammock and several chairs, and more of the great view. There is no A/C, which at first was a bit disconcerting, but the breeze through the room at night kept up extremely comfortable. I imagine in the winter months you might even need a heavy blanket.

The property itself is suited to relaxation and nature lovers- acres (10 or so) of terraced gardens, stone paths, small ponds and hidden look out spots. There is a large vegetable and herb garden, which I believe supplies the kitchen. The pool is an average small hotel pool, but you're five minutes from one of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean at Frenchman's Cove, so we didn't even go in the pool.

The thing that blew me away more than anything though was the food and the dining. Every meal was amazing. Breakfast was Jamaican breakfast- ackee & saltfish, johnny cakes, lots of fresh fruit, Blue Mountain coffee- done really really well. We had one lunch on the property- homemade whole wheat pasta w/ sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese and kalamata olives- heavenly. Dinners started each night w/ a glass of wine and homemade solomon gundy (smoked herring pate) on the terrace, and then we had an appetiser (I had the gazpacho) along with six different kinds of homemade bread and three different kinds of seasoned butter. For dinner I had a parmesan and lemon encrusted snapper fillet accompanied by lightly breaded potato croquettes. I'm not sure how to emphasise here that this was quite possibly the best piece of fish I've ever had- perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and a healthy portion as well. I'm not a desert person, but my wife enjoyed hers. We travel a lot in Jamaica, and have eaten at many restaurants in the island, but none have had this combination of food, decor and service.

This is not a party hotel, but if you want somewhere very peaceful, very quiet, very tastefully done, with an accessible but sophisticated menu, I don't think you can go wrong here.

Room Tip: There seem to be two floors of rooms- get the higher floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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hmbhpot, Owner at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Thank you so very much. It was our pleasure. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the food. Yes we are trying to source more and more from our vegetable garden. It is a work in progress and a learning process for us as we discover what does well, what doesn't work and so on. The other side of the garden now boasts a pond that we have created in our Garden of Wellness where, on your next visit, you can enjoy wonderful, natural spa treatments under a large ficus tree. Hope to see you again soon.
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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

In July 2013, we had our family/friends reunion in Port Antonio. We chose Hotel Mockingbird as one of our hotels as our party was large enough to need 2 sites, and as their website showed they offered not only a lovely venue, but unusual tours.
We were not disappointed! The tours to Fairy Hill, where hand-made paper products were made, the pottery makers at Clonmel,, the preserves, coconut oil, Pimento liqueur and the delicious tea offered at Crum's Cottage, the visit to the coffee estate in the Blue Mountains, the visit to Charles Town, the Maroon Village, all have led to a memorable holiday. The lunches packed by the hotel were delicious. The tours such as rafting on the Rio Grande, Reach(Reich) Falls and the local secret, Winnifred beach, were made even more enjoyable by the direction of where to eat on the river side and beach. What memorable and lovely experiences.
The grounds of the hotel was delightful with its beautiful gardens and lush acres.
We had massages in a secluded area of the grounds under the trees. What a delightful experience!!
The hotel offered delicious meals and a boutique rum, Smatt's, and delicious homemade orange liqueur., which we enjoyed from the upper deck looking out at the mountains and the sea.
Take time to also enjoy your lovely rooms with their fans and netting.
Thanks you Shireen and Barabara for sharing your lovely place with us.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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hmbhpot, Owner at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 12 August 2013
Thank you very much June. It was our pleasure welcoming you and your family and we are delighted that everyone enjoyed our bespoke tours to some hidden Jamaican secrets. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again for perhaps a just for you holiday.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Spent a great weekend at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill. The hotel is lovely - beautifully & tastefully furnished, amazing food (dinner starts with a selection of home made rolls and different types of butters), and friendly helpful staff. The location itself is perched in the hills above the harbour and offers great views of the ocean with lovely gardens. Another big plus is the hotel is very eco friendly with their own vegetable garden! If you're looking for a peaceful, beautiful vacation spot in Port Antonio with great food and friendly staff then this is your place!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a great view!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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hmbhpot, Owner at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 31 July 2013
Thank you so much. We hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again when you will be able to enjoy the serenity of our newly created Garden of Wellness.
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

What a wonderful experience!! I can’t begin to say how much we truly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Mockingbird. We woke each morning to a beautiful view of their lovely gardens and the sea. The service was very friendly and attentive. The staff went out of their way to make excellent recommendations and set-up specific day trips according to our interests. We went on amazing hikes with local guides to waterfalls, river rafting and boat rides. We felt very safe at all times due to the diligence Shireen and Barbara take to meet and develop relationships with the local people. After our hike to Reich Falls, our guide cut us down coconuts and papaya right out of his trees for us to try. It was delicious! The hotel gardens are so beautiful and tranquil. I was even able to get a picture of a hummingbird right outside of my room. My husband and I each had a fabulous massage. Now for the food… the food was so delicious. We enjoyed a fantastic breakfast each day. On the last day, they made me a real Jamaican breakfast of ackee and saltfish. So good! Dinners were a treat not to mention romantic. The views and candlelight only added to this perfect dinner experience. I will highly recommend this hotel to anyone!

Room Tip: You can request a Garden room with a view of the garden and the sea. It's beautiful!
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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hmbhpot, Owner at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you so very much. It was our pleasure.
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Lörrach
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

if holliday combines peace, relaxation, adventure, best company, phantastic food,just everything that makes you happy, you´re not in heaven, no you´re in Jamaica at Hotel Mockingbird Hill.
Not only once I spent a wonderful time at this beautiful place. Barbara and Shireen are the "good souls" of the house, they don´t stop having good ideas and putting them in place: If it is about environment, recycling, wastewater project, they never get tired of working and changing to better and better. The place, the garden, the natural surrounding and not to forget the restaurant. Every day new creations, The daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are next highlights.It is a place where I will be over and over again.
Barbara and Shireen will help you with hiking tours,give you tips which beach to go to, ask them for a tour to the Blue Mountains or a trip to Kingsto, you will not be disappointed..

Room Tip: Doesn´t matter which room you choose, the athmosphere is great
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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hmbhpot, Owner at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, responded to this review, 19 July 2013
Thank you Danielle! It's such a pleasure welcoming you back again - and to help you plan your next holiday, do take a look at the new hiking package we will be launching soon. Your appreciation of what we do and offer encourages us to keep making it better each time. We look forward to seeing you next year again.
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I had heard and read about this place and was drawn to it because of their achievements in sustainability.
What I found left me really impressed with how much can be achieved even in such a small scale. But apart from all of that, the holiday experience was second to none ! The hotel itself is beautiful, the rooms lovely, ( out of interest I had them show me a few) and the food ! and drink! Such creativty ! I was so lucky to have found and chosen it. Nature surrounding the place is gently tamed and to see all the vegetables growing that you find on your plate later in the day is amazing. No foodmiles here!
Acess to the beaches was made possible with the help of the hotel and local taxi drivers, and the beaches ! To be seen to be believed : Winifred's, Frenchmen's Cove, Longbay, which one is my favourite? Hard to say, best a different one every day to do them all justice. And all the waterfalls in aera! You never run out of things to do. I love all of Jamaica, but I surely love Portland the best.
Back to the hotel; I can't finish before giving thumbs up to all the staff, who are so helpful and caring about us guests. And that comes from good management from 2 tirelessly working ladies, Shireen and Barbara, who are making this all possible.
I will go back and have the place booked for a family reunion in the not to distant future.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
Address: Mockingbird Hill | P.O. Box 254, Port Antonio JM, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Port Antonio
#3 Family Hotel in Port Antonio
#4 Romantic Hotel in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Mocking Bird Hill 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best eco boutique hotel in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Set on a hilltop on Jamaica's northeast coast between the majestic Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Mockingbird Hill is Jamaica's foremost 'green' hotel minutes from the most romantic Frenchman's Cove Beach. A tranquil, serene, sanctuary with breathtaking vistas, laid back luxury and world class cuisine, Hotel Mockingbird Hill is the ultimate, authentic Jamaican experience. ... more   less 
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