The Caves 4.0

Negril, Jamaica
The resort has a very small saltwater pool and Jacuzzi, both of which offer fantastic sea views.

Jamaica's best rustic escapes: Release your inner bohemian(16 of 16)

 The resort has a very small saltwater pool and Jacuzzi, both of which offer fantastic sea views.
At Oyster, when we say rustic, we don’t mean camping. We mean intimate, deliberately simple bungalows with lots of wood and stone, breath-stopping views, serene locations, and a bohemian spirit. It’s no surprise that Jamaica, a land of brilliant reggae, jerk chicken, blue lagoons, rugged cliffs, and the motto “No problem, mon” — as much a way of life as a maxim — has mastered the art of rustic. At the beautiful, unique bungalows at The Caves, Tensing Pen, Jake’s, and Rockhouse, guests can truly connect with Jamaica’s culture and natural wonders. First up, The Rockhouse Hotel. The lush, laid-back Rockhouse creates a holistic haven — gourmet dining, morning yoga, cliffside loungers, a premium spa, no kids under 12, and beautiful eco-appropriate design. But most astounding are the reasonable rates. (The slightly chicer Caves costs about three times more.) The Rockhouse restaurant is one of the best in the West End. Come for dinner to enjoy great sunset views. Designed by Jean-Henri Morin, the Rockhouse seems to have grown organically from the volcanic rock cliffs. Molding natural stone with concrete, the entire property settles snugly into the preexisting cove formations. Rooms are basic but comfortable, and there are no distractions. (TV, Wi-Fi, and radios are nonexistent.) Baths are stocked with locally made products. 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. The black-sand beaches aren’t Jamaica’s most impressive, but the Driftwood Spa, on-site painting and yoga classes, and excellent food make this a particular favorite. Mostly Jamaican dishes made from quality ingredients are on a rotating menu at Jake's, and excellent seafood and pizza are served at Jack Sprat's. Rustic, quirky cottages with a hippie-chic aesthetic have no TVs, Internet, or modern technology, but that’s the point. Driftwood Spa is set in an impressive building atop the cliffs. The front desk and a few treatment rooms are inside, and the spa has a calm, pleasing aesthetic (think rustic and artsy, not sterile and steely). But the truly unique part of Driftwood is the several open-air treatment rooms that descend from the main building toward the ocean. With an intimate collection of 17 cottages (22 rooms), Tensing Pen is where guests come to unplug — no TVs, phones, or radios in the rooms — and enjoy the breathtaking cliffs of Negril’s west end. The pool, spa, and restaurant are a little smaller and less popular than at the similarly priced, similarly styled Rockhouse boutique, but most guests prefer the quiet exclusivity found here. Tensing Pen's cottages are all unique, but they each contain simple furnishings and comfortable beds. No phones, TVs, or music players are provided (to promote quiet simplicity). Tensing Pen's rooms are hardly uniform. Several types of bungalows, rooms, studios, and "tree houses" are available, so the room and furniture configurations differ widely. A small, but beautiful pool is set below the restaurant and reception area, atop a steep drop-off on one of the cliffs. It has a beautiful view over the ocean and over the rest of the property. 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 (there’s no beach). High-quality, locally focused cuisine, a top-shelf bar, and intimate, incredibly attentive service make it Jamaica’s best all-inclusive, though nearby Tensing Pen and Rockhouse offer similar settings at cheaper prices. The resort has no beach, but a series of platforms carved into the cliffs instead, with comfortable lounge chairs and varying levels of privacy. You can plunge into the water from the 30-foot ledge near the breakfast lounge, or take smaller dives from ledges just a couple of feet above the water. The resort has eleven unique one- and two-bedroom suites and cottages, all far larger and quirkier than traditional hotel rooms. Rusticity reigns with outdoor showers, large tubs, stone floors, and no TVs. The resort has a very small saltwater pool and Jacuzzi, both of which offer fantastic sea views.