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Uncommon Envy: Ridiculously Cool Rockhouse Jamaica

Uncommon Envy: Ridiculously Cool Rockhouse Jamaica

Jamaica is one of a handful of places that to me inspires envy just in name alone.

There are a great many reasons for this, of course. World class rums, even better food and music, a proud history of sporting achievement unmatched in the region… This list could go on and on.

Lately, though, my Jamaica pangs have centered on one very special place, Negril, and a particular hotel seemingly developed with our style of uncommon travel in mind.

This, dear reader, is Rockhouse…

Pretty cool, right? I’m actually amazed this place has eluded me thus far, a situation I hope to remedy in the very near future.

Ever stayed at Rockhouse? Got any tips on things we shouldn’t miss in and around the hotel? Leave us your suggestions in the comments section below…


*Lead photo credit: Flickr user Jon Lee Clark.

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  • Stacie

    Rockhouse is on my list too, and I plan to wear my Uncommon Caribbean jersey when I get there! I first learned of RH through the work of a wedding photographer that I follow – http://dwaynewatkins.com/blog/danielle-damian-married/. It seems to be a place to disconnect and really relax because, from what I’ve read, you have to request a TV if you want one in your room.

    • Love it, Stacie, thanks! Let us know when you get there, and be sure to send us a pic of yourself in your UC shirt. Cheers!

  • Manicou River

    Interesting fact: Rock House is owned by and Australian. Aussies in the Caribbean = great combination. But of course I’m biased! Same guy also owns Miss Lillie’s Jamaican bar and restaurant in NYC. Well worth a visit.

  • Elizabeth

    Keep walking up Lighthouse Road to Tensing Pen – go often and LOVE – fav of discriminating travelers and Jamaicans – try it ! Love Rockhouse too

    • Oh yes, I’ve been to Tensing Pen and LOVE IT! Hoping to get back there soon as well…

      • Elizabeth

        Interesting – thanks – The Caves ? While out walking stopped to look around – but no visitors permitted …

  • Stacie V

    We try not to go back to places we’ve already been because there’s so much out there to discover. (Most years we get in two Caribbean trips.). Jamaica, and Rockhouse in particular, is one of our very few exceptions. We’ve spent a week at Rockhouse twice and are planning another trip for 2016. It’s our 20th anniversary, and when favorite places were being discussed it’s topped the list by far.

    We are perfectly content to stay on property most of the time. Not much beats a fish sandwich and a Red Stripe from the pool bar at lunch, or real Jamaican cooking at Push Cart. The original restaurant is fantastic, but we prefer more casual. Sips ‘n Bites next door was wonderful for a local breakfast, too.

    You really can snorkel right off the rocks, sunsets are spectacular. The cool garden paths between the buildings are a perfect contrast to rugged, warm rocks by the water. If you start craving actual beach, the staff will point you to a small hotel on 7 Mile Beach for the day. Bring a towel, start a tab at their bar, and dig your toes into the sand. Bring cash for snacks from local beach vendors, too. Caribbean lobster kebabs and fresh pineapples were favorites last time we were there.

    Finally, pack an empty duffel bag. Spend a couple of hours at the local grocery store, and stock up in Blue Mountain coffee and local spices to bring home. The coffee is a fraction of the price you’d pay in U.S. specialty shops.