Boutique hotels create a whole other level to a vacation experience. Not only are you visiting an incredibly beautiful location but you can make it all the more unique by staying at one of the following five boutique hotels on the island.
A favourite getaway for the glittering celebrities of the Hollywood, music and modeling world and a dream destination wedding setting, Rockhouse Hotel is an instagrammers dream everywhere you look. The Jamaican fusion cuisine at the on-site restaurant of the cliff side hotel is an experience in and of itself, especially if you are seated at your table in time to watch one of Negril’s world famous sunsets. With rooms built from timber, stone and thatch and designed to exist in harmony with the jungle-like garden and volcanic rock of the property, the rustic laid back setting still offers the finest luxurious touches with air-conditioning, plush queen-size beds, fully stocked mini-bar, safe, telephone, and complimentary property-wide Wi-Fi.
Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa
On the South Coast of Jamaica in the small sleepy fishing village of Treasure Beach is a collection of hippy-chic cottages and villas of different sizes. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms and connectivity is a little limited (don’t worry you can still jump on the internet, just ask how), but that’s all the better to truly kick back and relax in a spot that encourages downtime. Don’t let the somewhat bohemian vibe fool you, all the products and services are top notch, from the onsite Driftwood Spa and in room products to the once a month farm to table banquet. Jakes feels like coming home, with many repeat guests, some of whom are celebrities from political to the business and film industries, returning time and again to unplug and unwind with yoga classes, long bike rides and classes for the kids.
This intimate resort in the heart of the lush tropical setting of Port Antonio reaches from the foot of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the coastline of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. With only a few rooms available, including a 3 bedroom villa with a private pool and panoramic bird’s nest view of the surrounding area, Geejam beckons those seeking the most luxurious accommodation with all the latest amenities including high tech and onsite bar, dining, spa and its most unique attribute, a world class recording studio. The Geejam property and concept was created by Jon Baker, a London expat punk rocker who was inspired by his mentor Chris Blackwell, head of Island Records. Musicians who have cut and worked on albums at the studio have included recognizable names like Drake, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani & No Doubt, The Gorrillaz, Amy Winehouse and too many others to mention. Drawn to an atmosphere where they can write and be in an encouragingly creative space, kick back and relax in luxury or head into Drapers or into the town of Port Antonio where they’ve been known to simply dance the night away or play dominoes with the local community with no paparazzi around. All this awaits anyone who chooses to stay in this paradise.
Another unique stay which whisks you back to the classic days of vacationing during the days when the likes of Errol Flynn, Sophia Loren, the Rat Pack and Grace Kelly chose Jamaica as their getaway playground. Set on one of the premiere beaches on the island, this classic slice of paradise on the north coast of Jamaica also advocates unplugging by ensuring that each room has luxurious furnishings, wide verandahs and views of the sea without technology that could drown out the sound of the crashing waves. Every meal, every moment at this hotel in Ocho Rios is designed to pamper you and allow you to relax and discover the romance in the air.
Located in the hidden gem of Oracabessa on the north coast, this collection of villas, cottages and beach huts grew around the original property of the private Fleming Villa where Ian Fleming penned the famous James Bond novels. Another favourite of the celebrity set, organic farm to table fare, ital food and all the luxuries associated with music mogul Chris Blackwell’s other Island Outpost properties are the available additional perks beyond the obvious sumptuous accommodations as well as breathtaking views at every turn.