Reader Escapes: Jim's Jamaican Getaway

Reader Escapes: Jim's Jamaican Getaway

Sarah Coffey
Aug 18, 2008

Name: Jim G.
Location: Negril, Jamaica
Link: The Rockhouse
Description: The Rockhouse is located in a secluded spot on the far west of the island, far away from the mega-resorts like Sandals, Hedonism and whatnot. The resort is centered around a string of a couple dozen private villas strung out along the cliff face overlooking the ocean. You have great scenery, lovely, lush gardens, snorkling right out in front of you and cliff diving for the adventurous. My wife and I visited it this past March. What beautiful place! And the staff was helpful, friendly and laid back...

The resort also sponsors a charitable organization to benefit local children, which is very nice considering this isn't a giant corporate entity that can easily write it off. Here is a view of part of our bedroom from the inside, trying to emphasize how tall the bed and ceilings were. The wash area was behind the stone wall at the headboard. The shower was outdoors:

Here is a shot of another villa, some of the footbridges, and the swimming inlets below:

A look at the front of one of the buildings where they rent regular hotel-style rooms:

Evening at the Rockhouse restaurant. It was fabulous food in a low-key environment. A destination for a lot of the people who stayed at other local resorts:

One of the huts where you could get private or couples spa treatments while overlooking the ocean:

One of the sunsets, as taken from the porch outside our villa. An unretouched photo (the colors were just as pictured):

Looking back at the Rockhouse restaurant from one of the other cliffs:

The morning yoga area (that's my wife in the center):

Part of the restaurant lounge: