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Historical Traveler Reviews Jamaica Inn Ocho Rios
Gerry and I just returned from a fabulous nine day trip to the Jamaica Inn. Excellent service, beautiful beach and wonderful food. It is one of the few Caribbean resorts that we have been to that offer room service for every meal. We stayed in the West Wing, room #17, which was extremely private. I had originally booked the beach wing but we changed our minds after looking at both rooms. They are identical in size but we found the beach wing to be much less private. The resort was only half full, about 25 people on any given day. The Kiyara Spa was excellent and very reasonably priced by American standards. There was live entertainment every evening with dinner under the stars. A tough resort to beat. . .
Heaven in Jamaica
I arranged a suprise 50th birthday and elopement/ wedding at the Jamaica Inn for my fiancee and me in September 2003. Since he is a heavy-duty business traveller, very particular and didn't know we were getting married, I wanted everything to be perfect. Neither of us had ever been to the Carribean before, we went right on the cusp of Hurrican Isabel, but our expectations were surpassed by the Jamaica Inn. The food, ambiance, staff and accommodations were exceptional. As previously noted, the "staff" is now family, and we can't wait to return for our first anniversary!
Having grown up in the Caribbean and traveled extensively over the years, I am always aprehensive about trying a new resort. We purchased a package on Luxury Link for Jamaica Inn and am very glad we did. The resort is small, intimate, and has a very private feel to it.We stayed in a Premier Suite in the West Wing right over the water. You can feed the fish off your balcony. It is only steps from the beach out your front door. I would highly recommend rooms 17 - 20 in this wing.Order your breakfast from Room Service. They do a beautiful job complete with white table cloth and china. The food arrives hot and is very good. The beach service is equally impressive. Complimentary Planters Punch is served every morning, but all of the drinks are good. Ask for a fresh lime margarita. After 40 years, Teddy is an expert bartender and can sing with the best of them. In fact, he sings with the entertainers at dinner quite often.Don't expect the Ritz Carlton. In some ways this is much better. The staff remembers who you are and what room you are in.
The guests are friendly, but not intrusive. Remember, there are no TVs or radios so plan for romance, peace and quiet, and losts of R and R.We will definately return. This was a beautiful vacation, at a wonderful resort, with a very special staff.
Have to add my $.02 to echo all the glowing endorsements of this inn already posted on this site. We have travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, staying at small luxury hotels like this, and Jamaica Inn is right there with the best of them. The place simply excels in every category: food, rooms, service, staff, atmosphere, and especially value for the money. It is also one of the very few resorts where the pictures in the brochure, lovely as they are, don't do justice to the true beauty of the surroundings.
Strongest features: gorgeous and completely private beach with *gasp* no vendors!
Spacious verandahs with ocean views for every room. Large, comfortable, and nicely appointed rooms.
Service for any meal is available in the privacy of your own balcony at no extra charge. Planters punch and fruit juice served on the beach promptly at 11 a.m.; lunch and tea served on the beach as well, if desired.
Complete feeling of security and privacy. I don't think we bothered to lock the room even once while we were there (though we did use the in-room safe).
Weakest point: this is really nitpicking, but the bartenders can't make a proper blender drink.
All in all and excellent choice for those in search of a quiet, romantic, and elegant getaway.
Be sure to take a taxi over to Harmony Hall (about 3 miles away) to browse through the gallery and enjoy an excellent meal.
Absolutely Loved Jamaica Inn
The Jamaica Inn is by far, the most wonderful place we've ever been. My fiance and I were married here on Nov 8, 2003. It was fabulous! The hotel is peaceful with the most wonderful views of the gardens, the sea and the coconut and banana trees. Everyone was so friendly, from the Manager to the wait staff! We really miss them and we really miss Jamaica Inn! The verandah was amazing, the food delicious and the beach was the best in Ocho Rios. You've got to see this place to believe it.
Definitely go all-inclusive, it's worth every penny. But, be sure to check out Bibibip's for some authentic Jamaican food...yummy! If you go, tell everyone hello from Brandi and Dave and we'll be back home soon =)
I spent the first week of May at the Jamaica Inn...the staff are friendly and eager to please, the small resort has a beautiful beach and charming outdoor dining with music. The rooms with verandahs are a must...since the verandah is cozy, cheerful and affords a wonderful view. While the rooms are older (an occasionally the air conditioner rattle will make itself known) the new spa allows for yoga classes overlooking the sea and a massage in the Jamaican breeze. The food is quite good and service impeccable. there is an European/English feel to the Inn...the owners and manager greet you cheerfully and the bartender is stoic but can be charmed. I'm returning again in december...if the could upgrade the fitness equipment it would be PERFECT.
The best yet!!!!!!!!
Perfect! Having Jamaican parents means that I have seen most of the Island. This time having researched extensively I wanted to stay in a nice hotel in Ocho Rios. Travelling with my girlfriend made Sandals Ocho Rios/Dunns River or Couples Ocho Rios the obvious choices. Carrie stumbled across Jamaica Inn and was hooked. I had slight reservations at first as we're both mid to late 20's and my impression was of a more mature hotel with a 'stiff air' to it that was not in the centre of town.
I could not have been more wrong! Having traveled extensively this goes down as the best beach I have ever seen, easily outclassing all those along the coast from the neighbouring hotels. If you imagine the cliched Carribean beach; great sunsets, huts, great clear/clean blue sea, fine white sand, plam trees with hammocks tied aroud their waist, illuminating moon at night, a faint breeze and that mango cocktail then this is it.
Our room was also right on the beach, a premier veranda suite (room 48, at the end) was perfect. A simple hop over the 2 foot wall and thats it, you're on the beach. There's even a little bowl of water to wash your feet when you hop off the beach. The view is great and at night you wont stop smiling. The room was cleaned everday like clockwork.
I had the best holiday of my life so far. Never before have I been so moved to write a reivew. The food was superb and the service 5 star.
Some staff had worked there longer than i've been alive and all have a story to tell. Dinner on the veranda is a must! (can be taken in the out door restuarant) All 3 courses brought to you (they walk along the sand and place it on the table in the veranda) by the waiter while you sit and enjoy the moon or laugh at how red and sun burnt you've gotten that day. 3 Michelin Stars assures the best cuisine.
There were people of all ages who were friendly but not intrusive.
Being a private beach meant there were no sales men and the bar regularly gave complimentary drinks to guests- great fun. It wasn't all Jamiaca Inn's charms, my girlfreind was also fabulous company!
We did not go all inclusive as Evitas- best lobster in town and Bibibips- great local food, are definately worth a visit. Taxis from the hotel are $20 and will drop you off and pick you up when and where you choose.
In short- a truly unforgettable holiday...doing nothing!
Jamaica Inn is the type of small, elegant hotel that's so hard to find these days. It's pure class all the way. The rooms, with sumptuous living porches, are delightedly old-fashioned. The cuisine is superb, with the menu changing daily and dinner served under the stars nightly.
The beach is one of the prettiest you'll find anywhere, and is completely private and reserved for the guests at the inn. Service was perfect; your name and room number are remembered at all times. The inn is remarkably quiet and peaceful; attracts a good mix of cosmopolitan couples from the U.S., England and Europe who desire beautiful surroundings, fine cuisine, and absolute privacy. It just doesn't get any better than this in the Caribbean.
Quiet upscale resort exceeds expectations
We had the pleasure of spending almost two weeks at the Jamaica Inn during the latter part of February 2003. We were very impressed with both the resort and the staff. This is a resort that seems to cater to guests seeking quiet relaxation in a beautiful setting. The resort reminds me of a traditional resort and that is due both because it was built in the 50's and because the staff has a gracious way about them that one does no see very often today. The resort recently did away with its coat and tie policy at dinner, but we found that many male guests still wore both a coat and tie. I think dinner is a little less formal at other times of the year, but February is their biggest month for repeat guests. It was certainly acceptable for men to wear a polo shirt and slacks to dinner. The resort is located on a beautiful beach that is great for swimming. While most guests seem content to sit on the beach, they do have some limited non-motorized water activities. Room service is available for all meals and afternoon tea. We stayed on the all-inclusive package and almost always had breakfast and lunch on our porch which was located right on the beach.We could not have been more impressed with the service that we received. We went expecting a very quiet and "old-school" experience and that is exactly what we got.I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Loved this place
I have been to several hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean and this was the best!!! There are only 45 suites, no tv's, best views from the rooms and some of the best food I have ever eaten. It is the most relaxed I have been on a vacation. The staff is wonderful. They wait on you hand and foot. If you are looking for more night life, then this is not the place to go. They always have someone performing music during dinner which you can get up and shake a leg. You will not want to come home!
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... down the bank we headed to pick up our inner tubes. We floated down the river for 3 miles with our guide George. There were spots with some rapids. It was a lot of fun bumping each other and we all felt it was a fun time with beautiful lush foliage along the banks. The taxi picked us up at the end and brought us back to town.
... guide.It was so difficult trying to get up the falls because you couldn't see where you were stepping ,but at the same time it was a memory I never want to forget . After Dunns river falls we went to the beautiful beach there for around 40 min , then split off in groups to go to margarita vile. Jamaica was beautiful and exploring it was so much fun. It was also really interesting seeing the life styles of ...
... evening. I would like to relate my night of music. There was so much good music to be had (last night) that I skipped dinner.
After our Cruise Critics sail away party and then the Solo Travelers cocktail hour, I cleaned up and made my way to Maltings to enjoy a cocktail and listen to the music of El Sol Duo. They play a bit of jazz and salsa and they do it well. I sat at the bar in the front row.
When they ...
... and me being the genius I am was about to drink it straight from the shot class. They were like "NO!" I was supposed to use a straw. Ha ha. Learned my lesson, and with no burns.
After our touring of Nine Miles we went to a restaurant where I got an awesome veggie meal, and Jaime enjoyed more jerk chicken. We were quite amused with the "Jerk Center" sign. ;)
The remainder of the day included more relaxing by the pool. Rough life, I know.
... the kids before dinner. Smoke and a cold stripe for me;-) Bugger! Fridge wasn't working. The loyal husband goes out to hunt ice! Wifey sipping a cold rum. Time to douse myself in mozzie spray. Loads of bites yesterday. Little fookers. They're tiny :-( 20+ bites just on my elbow. Looks like we all got far too much sun today. Probably another early ...