The outdoor terrace restaurant at this bastion of refined Jamaican hotels has provided fine meals for everyone from Errol Flynn and Winston Churchill to Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller (the celebrity couple actually honeymooned here at the inn).

Though it serves salads, sandwiches, pastas, and a few Jamaican dishes at lunch, this is a place to come for a candlelit dinner under the stars at patio tables done in crisp white and Caribbean blues with live music from a four-piece band.

Chef Maurice Henry's contemporary international cuisine changes with the seasons, but might include a chilled white peach and goat cheese soup with black mint, crispy pan-fried muscovy duck breast in a wild ginger-passion fruit glaze, Caribbean seafood ragout in a puff pastry vol-au-vent, or grilled or jerked catch of the day with clarified lemongrass butter.


If you are not a guest at the hotel, phone ahead for a reservation —and remember to wear a collared shirt and long trousers, or something equally classy and appropriate for women (hey, until a few years ago its was all jacket-and-tie).

 - Reid Bramblett