Over the last 22 years we have visited a number of hotels in the Carribean, always coming back to a certain well known, colonial style hotel, in Barbados. Reviewing our holiday plans for spring last year we just felt that the service, staff and management attitude and beach at the hotel we had favoured had deteriorated to such an extent we had to look somewhere else. We spoke to friends, reviewed tripadvisor and read Conde Nast. Finally settled on Jamaica Inn, how lucky can you get. We had a premier verandah suite, almost loathe to say the number as we will be going back for as long as they run the place in the same fashion (if anyone wants to know it is the block straight onto the beach) These suites are straight onto the most amazing part of the private beach, never crowded with the calmest part of the water, clear blue and like a mill pond and very warm. Suites consist of an open lounge fronting the beach with pristine white couches and lots of room. Bedroom is cool and air conditioned. Sheets are all frette linen and we asked for 6 feather pillows, no problem, really white fluffy towels and super comfy bed, just like being at home. Cleanliness was to the highest standard. If there was one tiny complaint it is that the bathrooms are not great, it says they had a make over in 2007, they need another one, however, everything is there.
Food is amazing as is the service, they have it right on every level. The management really care, initially they seem very relaxed but saw them in action and they are on the case if there is the tiniest thing out of place, all to make it as perfect as possible for the guests. Cocktail list is huge, great wine list and the menu is so extensive (changes every night) it is a tough choice trying to decide. Dining arrangements are in 3 possible areas, depending on weather/type of meal. Candles on the table and they have live entertainment every night, at first I wasn't sure when we read this but it hits the right spot every night. The group sense if it is a more conservative crowd or if people want to dance and they are a really high standard.
We went out to dinner on the second of the bbq nights (each Tues) - take our advice, don't bother. When you compare the setting of Jamaica Inn and the standard of food and cost you are wasting an evening going out.
People tend to keep themselves to themselves which suits us. One of the owners was in evidence, very charming and laid back, however, he knows how well the manager runs it and very much leaves it to her, she is in evidence from 6am until the last person goes to bed, keeping her eye, in a very unobtrusive way, on everything.
We are not easy to please but can barely fault this place.
There are some comments about the cottages, we saw two,. The White Cottage is amazing, perhaps if you are on honeymoon, however, in none of the cottages do you have direct beach access so can't see we would want to do this.
We will go back, congratulations to the owner and manager, they have created an amazing place.
- 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