A week in the life
It begins the moment you arrive at Jamaica Inn.
You sense a warm, familiar feeling. The sensation grows
stronger after check-in, when the bellman exchanges your
bags for a generous smile. It continues to grow as you
walk the beautifully manicured grounds to your oversized,
antique-appointed room. And then, standing on your
private, spacious verandah drinking in the magnificent
vista of the Caribbean Sea, it all becomes clear. You’ve
Where for more than 50 years the Morrow family has
endowed the Inn with a timeless grace and understated
Where coconut palms and fragrant blooming night
jasmine dot the grounds, pleasing the senses and
replenishing the soul.
Where a pristine crescent shaped beach welcomes home
the gentle waves of the sea.
Where the staff genuinely delights in the pleasure of your
company and senses your every need.
And where, as one smitten guest put it, your faith is
restored in the “simple joys of living.”
photo: Jamaica Inn beach 1959
We left a shouting world
behind and were embraced by
one that whispered.
No television or radio. Only the
magnificent surround sound of the sea.
We started everyday
by dining on our private
Have any meal delivered to enjoy in the
comfort of your own suite.
Spoil yourself with Room Service for
dinner, where each course is brought to
your candlelit verandah.
We were impressed by these two reviews.
And even more impressed that they were written 54 years apart.
ALL THE BEST IN THE CARIBBEAN, 1959
Ocho Rios ticks all the boxes.Now over fifty years old,
Jamaica Inn is a stylish Caribbean classic that attracts
a loyal and undeniably A-list following, who return like
clockwork for the guaranteed impeccable service and
reality switch-off they seek.
whose blueprint for elegant relaxation has been applied
HARPER’S BAZAAR, 2013
The White Suite, on it’s own glorious peninsula,
delivered a prime setting for a passionate amateur painter.
Over the years, the legendary White Suite has served as the private preserve of media moguls, novelists and poets. But perhaps none coveted it
more than a certain Prime Minister, when he and Lady Churchill visited on several occasions. As lovely as it is, it was probably not the suite’s
dramatic sun terrace right over the ocean, but the spacious grounds and private pool that lover of seascapes adored the most. From there, the avid
amateur artist would have unobstructed views of billowy white clouds and blue water. One can only imagine his painterly delight.
The rooms opened up. After a while, so did we.
48 spacious suites and four two-bedroom cottages offer enchanting views of the beach and sea. Each features elegantly crafted poster beds,
ceiling fans and authentic Jamaican antiques. Louvered doors and shutters encourage a refreshing breeze, while the couch on your private
veranda invites a luxurious afternoon snooze.
The ghosts of Marilyn Monroe, Noel Coward
and Katharine Hepburn inhabit the bar, ensuring
forever that one will never drink alone.
Look around you in the glow and they almost appear. Marilyn and Arthur Miller at a small table toasting
their honeymoon. Ian Fleming, James Bond’s creator, signaling the bartender for a cocktail “shaken, not
stirred.” Noel Coward engaged in conversation with friends, knocking around witticisms like so many
croquet balls. And Errol Flynn, rogue that he was, holding court with who knows whom.
Our lounge and bar was a place of relaxed glamour and one of their favorite haunts.
Our Private Cottage is truly a paradise within a paradise.
Tucked away in a private enclave at the end of the hotel’s champagne colored beach are the crown jewels of Jamaica Inn. Magnificent and
exquisitely appointed, these one- and two-bedroom cottages hug the coral cliffs above the blue Caribbean. Tropical colors and dark wood
combine Jamaican tradition with Indonesian flair. Open terraces provide a view to the sea and serve as a picture-perfect setting for sunset
cocktails. Imagine it: the ultimate luxury villa combined with all the amenities of Jamaica Inn.
The urgency of time was swept away and we found ourselves totally at peace.
Designed for the perfect balance between luxury and nature, the cottage overlooks a private pool that seems to cascade into the sea. Fresh air
and light flood in through wide french doors in the living room and bedroom. The oversized Italian marble bathroom with two vanities leads
to an al fresco shower. This is everyone’s haven of choice.
Perched on a bluff, the KiYara Ocean Spa
massages the body, mind and spirit.
KiYara means “Sacred Place of the Earth Spirit” in the language of the Taino Indians, the original peaceful inhabitants of this area. And it is
their tranquillity and sense of well being you feel as you experience KiYara’s magic. Centered on the belief that lasting beauty comes from deep
within, the spa’s holistic practitioners focus on natural curatives. No preservatives are used, only fresh exotic ingredients. Selections range from
aromatherapy facials to skin-soothing Caribbean coolers to the Taino Opia Stone Massage.
They sold us nothing, but we could do everything.
Guests of the Jamaica Inn have long enjoyed the ultimate amenity: the personalized service of the dedicated staff who call Jamaica Inn home.
To know them is to be reassured that good manners are not a lost art and that no request is too small, no smile too large. Enjoy complimentary
snorkeling, kayaking, sunfish sailing and paddle boarding. Complimentary tennis is not far from the Inn. For a little extra cost, golf and
horseback riding are close by. Take a boat ride to climb the Dunn’s River Falls, soar through the tree tops on a canopy tour or river tube down
a bubbling stream. Just five minutes away is the town of Ocho Rios where you can also have some nighttime fun.
Photography and Production David Massey www.davidmasseyphotography.com
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