This is a laid-back resort of thatched-roof, cut-stone cottages tucked amid a slope of tropical gardens on the low cliffs of Negril’s West End. Service is friendly rather than overly solicitous—the staff leaves you to your privacy rather than constantly checking in on you. The cottages vary widely in size and decor, some a bit battered and aged, but all feel very authentically home-grown Jamaican—not fancy, rather island-true.
There are no TVs, no telephones, and in some cottages not even any A/C (ceiling fans and box fans make up for it)—just gauzy mosquito nets draped over the bamboo frames of the canopy beds, doors open wide to sea breezes, and branch railings on the balconies. (The “Garden Cabin” room is the only dull, hotel-looking accommodation; it’s also the cheapest).
There is a small infinity pool, and plenty of spots—and heights—from which to jump off the rocks into the deep waters of the sea. The on-site restaurant makes yummy breakfasts (included) and lunches and dinners of Jamaican cuisine with organic vegetables, but you can also easily walk to other West End Road restaurants. Oh, and if you show an iota of affection toward the resident trio of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs, expect them to follow you around throughout your stay.
- Reid Bramblett