Whether it's a special occasion or you'd just like to treat yourself. The spa offers a full range of treatments. A massage can be enjoyed outdoors on the wooden decking, where you will be able to feel a light breeze and hear the sounds of the sea.
We stayed at the Jamaica Inn in June 2015. As other reviewers have said it's a lovely hotel with excellent service and amenities. The beach is glorious sand and there's reasonable snorkelling from the left side of the beach (didn't try the other side). The water is sheltered by a reef so fine for swimming (and paddle-boarding), though it did get a bit "choppy" when the wind got up. The only aspect we were slightly disappointed about was the lack of life in the hotel in the evenings - the hotel lay on entertainment every night but there was no dancing, and people seemed just to eat and go to bed!More
philoxenia, Essex, England
Jamaica Inn is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed. Was there in July of 2015. We were greeted with " welcome home", a cool drink,cold cloth and a warm and gentle smile. This place is absolute paradise! this was the second leg of my trip around Jamaica and boy was I pleased with my entire stay! the rooms were gorgeous! the room led directly to the water were you could see the fish and crabs swim by. Cannot say enough positive things about this place! the staff always had a pleasant smile on their faces and was always ready and willing to offer their assistance. The food was great as was the drinks and entertainment at night! Eric, one of the owners was always on site and made it his duty to ask how your stay was going. The hotel is absolute Paradise and I will definitely be going back! can't wait!More
Pati0071, Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Peaceful and idyllic spot
My girlfriend and I recently completed a 10-day stay at the Jamaica Inn. We agreed that it was the best beach vacation we ever had. We marveled at the idyllic setting, the well-kept grounds, the impeccable service, the attention to detail (e.g., real glasses rather than plastic cups for the beach service, that sort of thing), the overall quiet and peaceful ambience (e.g., no music blaring on the beach), the late breakfast cut-off, the considerate timing of the staff for room-cleaning, the food, the band at night, and on and on. We simply loved the place.More
PDR64, District of Columbia
Welcome Home Again!
Last year I wrote an extensive review. This year we booked at the last minute and spent two nights in the Premier Verandah West Wing and five nights in the Premier Verandah Beach.
WiFi was pretty strong all over the resort, but hey, you're on vacation. UNplug...unless you have to get the FB post up. :)
Premier Verandah West Wing. We spent the first two nights in room 17. I have to tell you my wife liked the West Wing better than the beach wing due to the privacy. The Verandah on the West Wing faces the sea. You can see Sandals and we were worried that we might be affected by the partying there. We heard nothing. It is very quiet and private in the West Wing on the Verandah. Additionally the West Wing affords the best view for sunset or storms.
Premier Verandah Beach Wing. We spent the last five days in room 41. Here you are steps from your beach chairs and you do Not have to step over the rail to get to the beach now, they added and easy step down. You do give up a little privacy in the Beach Wing as you get plenty of foot traffic past your Verandah from early in the morning until evening.
Bottom Line: West Wing, approximately 20 more steps to your beach chair than Beach Wing, but much more privacy on your Verandah. We are sold. It will be the West Wing going forward. With all the food and red stripes I could use the extra steps.
AC: The Verandahs are not Air Conditioned, but have big ceiling fans which help, but hey it the Carib, it's hot. The rooms are Air Conditioned and get the room plenty cold. It does not quite cool the bathrooms as much as your bedroom, but it wasn't uncomfortable.
Bugs: I hate mosquitos and am prone to bites. We were at there for a week and I did not get one mosquito bite. We flew home to DC on Saturday and had dinner on our patio Sunday night.....at least 3 bites. We have not had one problem with bugs at all.
Meal Plans/Food: We booked the Breakfast Plan and had breakfast on our Verandah every day at both rooms. It was fantastic just to enjoy the view on our own private Verandah. I had the Jamaican Breakfast every morning mon....I love it. The coffee is blue mountain and fantastic. IMPORTANT: They have a long pants rule in the bar/restaurant area after 7p.m. NO SHORTS and they are fairly strict about it. It is in the literature, on website and posted at reception, but still guys showed up in shorts and raised hell. Hey it a rule. Throw a pair of khakis in your luggage and man up. The staff does not make the rule. They have live music every night, where they play low key Reggae and maybe some easy listening old pop/soul. Not many people dance. It usually only takes one brave or buzzed :) couple to get the dancing started. The band stops promptly at 11pm.
We did not opt for a full plan due to a couple of reasons.
1. I shipped wine to the hotel from http://www.cpj.com/. This helped to cut down the bar tab. The wine list is not that big but they had enough good wines and delivered to the hotel the day before we arrived.
2. We had our driver (who picked us up at the airport) stop at PetCom on the way in and I bought a case of Red Stripe and some snack for the room.
3. We usually ate Breakfast around 10ish and really only snacked for lunch. Dinner we ate at the hotel 5 nights (the food is great and they mix it up frequently). The other two nights we went to Tuscanini (I will leave they their own review). Highly recommend.
4. They have free finger sandwiches at tea time and free horsdevoures from 7-8pm.
Bottom line: By stocking our own fridge with beer, wine and snacks we greatly reduced our bar tab and need for lunch.
Beach Activities: The Beach staff will make up your chairs daily. The chairs are well separated so you have some privacy and don't feel like you are sitting on top of one another. The Beach is private, so you don't have any vendors trying to sell you hair braiding, cigars, trinkets, ets....and is usually very quiet. The water is beautiful and very clear and there are some little areas to snorkel right off the beach. If you are on the Beach between 11am and 12pm, they give you a complimentary rum punch (Planters) or just punch. They have a hobie catamaran, two sunfish sailboats, a couple of sea kyaks and 4 or 5 paddle boards. The staff will help you to use any or all of these. They also have mask, snorkels and fins for checkout. You can book a trip snorkeling, or to Dunn River Falls, or fishing thru Marvin who is a great guy. Be warned, it is not really Deep Sea Fishing as you will probably only catch something in the 5-15lb range (usually baby black tuna) As a bonus, if you do, they chef will cook it for dinner or whip you up some sushi. And remember, it's fishing, you don't always catch something.
The resort is old but extremely well maintained. It has a British Colonial Feel. Very small. Very Quiet and relaxing. If you want to party and raise hell, I suggest Sandals next door. If you want a peaceful relaxing resort where you will be pampered this is the place for you.
Staff: My wife and I always befriend the staff. Hey it really in your best interest to do so. The staff can make or break your vacation. Most of the staff has been there for years/decades. Teddy has been there 50+ years. They really do love working there and love to take care of you. I would like to call out some of our favorites, but hey they were all excellent. Georgia, we missed you this year. If she is there tell her Mr. Smack-a-lacka recommended you. Its a long story but she'll remember me by that. Also, Richard in the bar area knows me too. Daniello, Chris and Ali on the Beach are awesome and will show you how to use any of the equipment. Stretch, who tended the beach bar and was our waiter was awesome. Always a smile, always soooo friendly. Patrice who works the bar is fantastic too. Sherie, at the Front Desk is so cute and now expecting (I promise it wasn't me :)). Kyle who is the GM is charming and really enjoys interacting with the guests. We also had the opportunity to meet Eric, one of the owners, who was very friendly and accommodating. It is our opinion that the Beach, which is one of best, and the staff really make this resort special. We really enjoy spending time with all the staff.
Downsides....well let's be reasonable...minor negatives. It's the Caribbean. It's hot. The dining area is open air and it can get hot. A loose fitting short-sleeve linen shirt and kahki's and maybe a skirt or dress for the ladies is recommended. It's usually windy during the day, which really helps, but evening can be sticky. Hot water in the showers can be iffy. It was only once for us, but I have heard others mention it. This can be an issue at any Resort though. If you play Croquet with Rupert, you will lose and he does NOT let the guests win...lol...That's it. That is all the negatives I have.
We love this place and we are already looking at dates for next year. Lastly, this really is a little slice of heaven. My wife and I love it there. We usually hang on the beach, read, drink, swim, sail, paddle board and just relax. The pool is small and pretty much for show. It's all about the BEACH.
We live in the Washington DC Metro area and we can fly direct from IAD to Montego Bay (BIG plus). We booked a driver (Cecil or Michael) thru the Jamaican Inn. They will give you a Red Stripe or two one the way to the resort @ 1.5hours.
We went to Dunn's last year. You got to do it once, but make sure its a day when there aren't any cruise ships in. This year we went to Blue Hole, which was much more rustic and more physically demanding. We are 52 and 54 respectively, but are very active and exercise. I am not sure I would recommend Blue Hole to people who are not very active. I will be more elaborate in my description on Blue Hole on their page. Also, this year we got to take advantage of witnessing a Sea Turtle Hatching. This was amazing. We loved it. I highly recommend.
Whew, I have tried to be comprehensive in my review. I am torn, because I don't want to be locked out of our weeks because tooooo many peeps go, but this really is a gem. We had friends go last March who loved it and more friends have already booked. Dang maybe I should get a commission (Kyle?, lol) or at least a Free Planters ..lol....oh yeah, did I mention the Free Planters every day.More
ghasenei, Arlington, Virginia
I though the Jamaica inn was a wonderful hotel, with excellent facilities and service. The beach was idyllic and beautiful. I enjoyed talking to the staff and found the hotel a good distance from the city centre and all other attractions. I would definitely stay there again and would recommend the hotel to anyone. Everything was better that it should have been and above expectation. Thank you Jamaica Inn.More