Gracing its own sandy cove on the east side of Ocho Rios, this classic Caribbean resort has been around since the colonial days of the 1950’s. It has long been a favorite among visiting British elite, including the likes of Winston Churchill. Thoroughly spruced up in 2007, the 47 suites are a blend of Indonesian, colonial, and retro Jamaican décor, but remain refreshingly unplugged, with no TV’s to shatter the peace. Every suite has its own outdoor space, with a private infinity pool and sea entrance just steps from the bedrooms. Although the Jamaica Inn offers the usual distractions like couples’ massages at the KiYara spa, it still cultivates a colonial air, with croquet on one of the sweeping lawns and polo lessons at nearby Chukka Cove equestrian center.
Tip: Ask to have dinner at a private table on the beach or breakfast delivered to your veranda.
Room to Book: For maximum seclusion, book the White Suite. Occupying its own little peninsula, this 2,000-square-foot hideaway has antique furnishings, yards of billowing white curtains, a columned porch, and a private pool.
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