Michelle Mangio, Honeymoon Expert, Magical Escapes Vacations
The Jamaica Inn, located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is truly the type of luxury that most honeymooners dream of. My own stay there has certainly spoiled me, and I think I will be hard-pressed to find a resort that can live up to the expectations they set.
What is so amazing about this place? First, it's intimate, so you're not competing with hundreds of other people for space on the beach or in the pool. But it's large enough that even when filled, you still feel like you've found your own private haven.
Service is impeccable, and the staff are friendly - and very attentive. I was surprised how they remembered details of conversations we had days ago, and it truly made me feel special to be so remembered.
"Fine dining" doesn't begin to cover what meals are like here at the Jamaica Inn. For those who wish to dress up - as there is a dress code - you truly must dine at least one evening in the restaurant, which is located under the stars, lit by candlelight, by the ocean's edge (in view of spectacular sunsets). Live music, incredibly romantic ambiance, and superb food complete the evening.
But for those who want to truly relax and enjoy time together, meals are served in your rooms - choose either from the room service menu or the restaurant menu. But they don't just "deliver" your meals - a butler in sharp attire arrives with your meal, sets up an elegant table, arranges & serves all your food, then quietly leaves you to enjoy it all.
Room categories include Balcony Suites & Deluxe Verandah Suites in the main & east wing buildings - spacious rooms with great views. But for honeymooners, I recommend the Premier Verandah Suites located either directly on the beautiful beach or overlooking the ocean. The best part is that the Verandahs are all living room style open Verandahs, complete with comfortable sofa chairs draped in white & dining area. For those directly on the beach, quiet morning breakfasts or candelight dinners are truly perfect.
If you truly want to enjoy it in style, upgrade to the Cowdray Suite in the main house, or the Blue Cottage - a private cottage right on the beach.
For the ultimate experience, consider the White Suite or Cottages 3 & 4. The White Suite, located on its own private peninsula, consists of a massive bedroom and unique marble bathroom, and in addition to the magnificent views on its peninsula, offers its own private pool and dining area.
Cottages 3 & 4 are located on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea with amazing panoramic views. They offer large bedrooms, oversized marble-floored bathrooms with separate shower and tub, a wet bar in the living room, an outdoor shower, and an infinity pool for plunging just off the bedroom. Both are exclusively private with their own entrances to the sea.
Several other 1 and 2 bedroom cottages are located just steps away from the main hotel area, offering intimacy and privacy, in addition to amazing ocean views and private entrances to the sea.
What more can I say? My stay at the Jamaica Inn was one of the most amazing vacation experiences I've ever had... and I know that this is the place that honeymooners will truly enjoy. It is a peaceful and romantic luxury hideaway in the heart of Ocho Rios - all the activities you might want are just nearby, but here is the calm that honeymooners desire.