If you’re looking for somewhere more unique to stay in Jamaica than a sprawling resort, a boutique hotel can provide a more personalised alternative. Still offering a range of activities, from spas to water sports, you’ll find the perfect place to spend your time on this Caribbean island. Here are the best boutique hotels in Jamaica.
It might be hard to believe that Strawberry Hill is a boutique hotel once you see it. The resort, set in the hills of Blue Mountains in Kingston, is one of the most relaxing vacation spots in Kingston. The property features 19th-century, Georgian-style cottages nestled within the mountain contours, world-class dining at the restaurant, expansive botanical gardens, and a hydrotherapy treatment room at the spa. Strawberry Hill is known for its famous Sunday brunches held at the resort.
The Trident Hotel is undoubtedly the best vacation resort in the parish of Portland, Jamaica. Along with being surrounded by some of Jamaica’s most beautiful attractions (like Frenchman’s Cove and Blue Lagoon), the decor of the hotel makes it an exquisite resort. The hotel feature 11 oceanfront villas, each with its own private terrace and pool. The resort also has a spa, fitness centre, and a media room.
The Eden Gardens Resort in Kingston offers the perfect blend of relaxation and wellness. The Resort caters to the body with the semi-contemporary spa, Eden Spa, and a fitness centre where Zumba, yoga, and piloxing classes are offered to guests. The resort also features 21 spacious suites, complete with modern decor and perfect for relaxing after taking care of your body.
Terra Nova, located in the heart of New Kingston, is one of the most popular boutique hotels among locals and celebrities. The suites are the epitome of European excellence and sophistication, giving each guest a royal experience. Along with amenities, such as a spa and health club, Terra Nova also features delicious restaurants and bars. The Regency Restaurant and Champagne High Tea on the hotel’s terrace are highly awarded.
The Geejam Hotel in San San, Portland provides all the comforts of a rural Jamaica setting with ultra-modern technology. Nestled in the lush bushes of Portland, the hotel features suites and villas along with a recording studio, gym, the Bushbar restaurant/bar, and a beautiful private beach. Geejam Studios is one of the leading residential recording complexes in the Caribbean and a favourite among popular artists like Grace Jones.
The Spa Retreat in Negril is the ideal romantic destination on Jamaica’s west coast. The resort features 18 handcrafted stone cottages with cliff-side dining that offer a spectacular view of the sunset and the ocean. The Spa Retreat features a full-service luxury day spa offering classic aesthetic treatments and a sea-water pool. The Spa Retreat team also frequently organizes Spa Yoga retreats, golf retreats and special events for its guests.
Rockhouse Hotel is a cosy boutique hotel set on the cliffs of Negril’s Pristine Cove, overlooking the turquoise Jamaican waters. The hotel features suites and exclusive thatched-roof cottages situated directly over the water. All villas are complete with their own private terrace and sliding glass door. On the grounds of the hotel is also a tropical garden, authentic Jamaican restaurants, and a newly built spa offering holistic treatments. There is a 60ft infinity pool on the cliffs where snorkelling and diving are available for guests that want to explore the waters.
Hermosa Cove is a seaside haven in Ocho Rios which features handcrafted villas enclosed in a lush tropical garden, complete with an outdoor dining pavilion and private dip pool. Hermosa Cove is considered not just a resort, but a work of art carved from the minds of Deb and Clayton, its artisan proprietors. Guests have the option of dining at Christopher’s restaurant, exploring the lush gardens and snorkelling at the cove’s coral reefs.
Sandals is known for its massive, luxury hotels but the Sandals Royal Plantation Resort in Ocho Rios is the company’s first boutique offering. Featuring 74 ocean view suites, each accompanied by the services of a personal butler, you can spend your days at the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club, fitness centre, Red Lane spa, or participate in one of the many water sports.
Nestled among tropical gardens in Negril is the adults-only, Sunset at the Palms Resort. The resort offers 85 tree-house-style guestrooms surrounded by lush gardens of tropical plants and flowers. On the grounds of the resort is the Ginger Lily Spa, a variety of restaurants that serve Caribbean and international cuisine, and the Irie Martini bar and Blue Coffee cafe. Snorkelling and diving are available for guests along with other activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, and river rafting.
The Sandy Haven Resort is a 35-room resort that sits on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. Each beachfront room features expansive balconies and terraces, offering a magnificent view of the ocean. On the property is also a conference room for corporate events, a gym, spa, jacuzzi and pool. There are two restaurants and two bars, and a grill area. The resort is also in close proximity to the famous nightclub, Margaritaville.
Sam Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.