After reading all the amazing tripadvisor reviews on this place, my husband and I stayed at the Rockhouse from July 22nd-26th 2007 and we couldn't have stayed at a better place! We really needed a place to "unwind" and this place was perfect! Lush landscaped winding paths, comfortable villas, friendly staff, wonderful weather and the most amazing sunsets....non party zone everyone just chillin' out. no problem mon.
Now we read all the awflul reviews about the bus ride before we left for vacation and researched alternative ways of getting to Negril from Mo Bay. By far the best way to travel is by airplane (cessna) through TimAir. It was fun and CONVENIENT only a 15 minute flight out of Sangster Airport. It was a definite HIGHLIGHT of our trip AND it only cost $90 US per person each way.
Let's see....$40 11/2+ hour "crazy" drive or way cool flight for $90! we would definitely recommend it! Rides to your resort can be arranged from the Negril airport.
When we arrived at the Rockhouse, we were greeted by the ever so handsome Omar and were immediately whisked to our first villa #16. It was quaint, tucked away, private and cozy. The outdoor shower was extremely cool and private! Right outside our door was a spacious patio with adirondack chairs and an ample table. That night we walked out to one of the perched rock patios and watched the stars from comfortable loungers.
The next day we were moved to our second villa #2 on the other side of the resort...the new side...only 5 years old. WOW is all we could say to our premium villa. It was way more spacious and chic. The premium is the way to go...a place for each of us to store our clothing, larger sink and this time, out toilet and our shower were outdoors! In their own separate rooms! The shower was 3Xs the size with racks to hang our towels, suits and snorkel gear. The A/C was new and powerful, so powerful, we turned it off the last night we stayed there and slept better than ever. I would designate the villas as "glamping" (glamour camping).
In villa #2, our balcony was right on the cliff and my husband jumped off of it numerous times...about 50 feet. Not for everyone including myself. I jumped off the 30 foot massage point but that was where I drew the line. As you can see from our photos, my husband pretty much jumped off of every cliff at the Rockhouse.
Mini fridge was stocked and re-stocked everyday but we couldn't help but to go across the street to the little market and get our own water and snacks..it was way cheaper. Try the coconut water at the market...it's pure and comes in plastic bottles weird but yummy. You can pretty much get 'anything' across the street in general from trinkets to ganja to you name it...I wouldn't know about this :)
Why doesn't the Rockhouse boutique carry any snacks or water??? I don't know..the boutique is huge and would be way more profitable if they did.
Rockhouse Restaurant - My husband has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and this place rivals so many restaurants here on the Las Vegas strip... yeah, I know.
For moderate prices, their food was to die for. So fresh and delicious. We ate every meal there the entire time we stayed with an exception of the pool bar one lunch for the best jerk chicken you've ever tasted.
Breakfast was bountiful and priced around $5-$10 US per entree. Make sure to SHARE the Jamaican poridge extremely good but a huge portion. The muslei and fruit plate, rockhouse special, banana pancakes and log honey french toast...wow, I'm getting hungry... p.s. eat early in the morning on the patio before the sun beams on you...
so for dinner, try anything Jerk, coconut shrimp and the appetizer sampler platter we had all 4 nights...yummmmmmm!!!!! Make sure to get in a couple games of chess, drink a fresh fruit smoothie or daquiri and sit at the bar and talk to Randy a bit...he's way cool. Ask Pete about his experience with hurricanes...very funny. Oh and don't forget to tip...everyone including housekeeping:) Sheesh, these guys make about $3.50 US an hour..share the love.
We brought our own snorkel gear and fins and toured the caves surrounding Rockhouse...we also brought our underwater camera and took a few amazing shots..the reefs aren't like Fiji but the caves are extremely interesting. Snorkeling in general is great exercise and you get a pretty nice tan on your back :)
The spa is amazing and Joy, the spa manager is adorable...book any treatment, they're all good.
We flew back to Montego Bay on TimAir and stayed at the Coyaba Resort for one night...it was okay, nice rooms, no bugs, friendly staff but it wasn't the Rockhouse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove. Nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, thatched roofed villas are perched on the water's edge. Guests swim in the sixty foot horizon pool or take the stairs carved into the rock down to the cove for snorkeling on the reef. Home to two award winning restaurants - the Rockhouse Restaurant & Bar and the Pushcart Restaurant & Rum Bar. The renowned Rockhouse Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken "on-the-rocks" in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.Consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean, the Rockhouse won the Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel 2014 and Jamaica's Leading Spa 2014 at the World Travel Awards. In addition, the Rockhouse was also voted the No. 1 "Best Value Hotel in the Caribbean" in Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Value Awards" and included in Conde Naste Traveler's Readers Choice list of "Best in the World". ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rockhouse Hotel Negril
- Rock House Jamaica
- Rockhouse Jamaica
- Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica