Best boutique hotels in Jamaica
Last week, we showed you some of our favorite boutique hotels in the Dominican Republic, and this week, we are proudly introducing our list of the best boutiques in Jamaica! These hotels boast some of the most attentive service anywhere in the Caribbean and sit on some of the world's finest beaches. Check out which standout hotels made it onto our list below.
The Geejam is made up of only five private, high-tech cottages on the lush foothills of Port Antonio. The setting is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The resort is designed to offer privacy above all else -- there's no communal pool and no direct beach access, and guests often take all their meals in their individual cabins, each fenced off from the common pathways.
Arguably Jamaica's most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves' 11 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs. The resort was opened by a Rastafarian artist couple, Bertram and Greer-Ann Saulter, in 1994. Bertram designed each of the unique cottages and furniture (much of which is hand-carved), and Greer-Ann dreamt up the whimsical interiors, which are heavy on colorful batik prints and Jamaican crafts. The saltwater pool, private ocean-view Jacuzzi, intimate spa, and free yoga classes allow guests to relax and commune with nature.
A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury -- a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. All guest rooms have only three true walls and a fourth wall made of heavy wooden shutters that open to the sea or lush landscape, beautifully blurring the lines of indoors and outdoors. Many guests come here year after year, so the staff feels like family.
With just 30 hippy-chic cottages in secluded Treasure Beach, Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug -- there's no phone, Internet, or TV in the cottages. Billing itself as the "chicest shack in the Caribbean" Jake's indeed feels like the backdrop to a summer-of-love fashion shoot. The arid climate here makes the property less green and lush than the north and east coasts, but giant aloe vera plants and colorful cacti give the landscape a natural beauty unique in Jamaica.
The lush, laid-back Rockhouse creates a holistic haven -- gourmet dining, morning yoga, cliff-side loungers, a premium spa, no kids under 12, and beautiful eco-appropriate design. The Rockhouse strives to be part of the community. Rooms come with socially conscious, locally made Starfish Oil soaps and bath products. All furniture is crafted from local timber. From the Rockhouse's inception, the designer was forced to limit his impact on the surrounding jungle, and the hotel strives to operate in an environmentally conscious manner (efforts include using solar-heated hot water).
With an intimate collection of 17 cottages split into 22 rooms, Tensing Pen has no TVs, phones, or radios in the rooms -- guests come to enjoy the breathtaking cliffs of Negril's west end. Tensing Pen's cottages are all unique, but they each contain simple furnishings and comfortable beds. The small staff here easily gets to know their guests and creates a friendly, intimate atmosphere.