The Five Best Boutique Hotels in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Ocho Rios, a.k.a. “Ochi,” îs one of Jamaica’s top north shore resort areas, and in the mix among the resorts along the stretch of coast between Runaway Bay and Ocacabessa are a nice selection of boutique hotels tucked in amid the big all-inclusive resorts. The best of Ocho Rios’ collection of small hotels and resorts include some truly stunning places to stay.
If you’re a James Bond fan, you probably recognize the name of this 40-room boutique hotel in Oracabassa: it’s not just the title of a 007 book and movie but located at the former home of author Ian Fleming. Owned by legendary music producer Chris Blackwell, the resort caters to a high-end clientele who can choose from a variety of lagoon cottages, villas, and beach huts, or spring for a night at the Fleming Villa, where the author lived and wrote. This is the best boutique hotel in Ocho Rios.
For 65 years, the Jamaica Inn has set the standard for elegance and service among Ocho Rio resorts. This 48-room boutique hotel next on a stunning white-sand beach was where Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller honeymooned and remains a dream destination for discerning couples and lovers who snuggle in guest villas, cottages, and bungalows.
Hermosa Cove is truly “boutique”: it has just seven guest villas on a quiet cove and beach sheltered by 12 acres of jungle serving as a pocket nature preserve. Whimsically designed accommodations are graced with the owner’s extensive art collection, and dining options include the casual Broken Rudder and the Jamaican fusion restaurant Christopher’s.
It’s not all about the beach in Ocho Rios: the Sago Palm Hotel has an in-town location in Ochi that’s convenient to shopping and nightlife, just a few blocks from the beach, and offering upscale amenities like modern designer rooms, a courtyard pool, spa, and the on-site York Restaurant where guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner on the hotel’s full American plan.
All 20 suites in this White River Bay boutique hotel have ocean views and easy access to a private white sand beach. The Little Santorini restaurant has a charmingly unpretentious beach bar and serves Greek as well as Jamaican food, and continental breakfast is included in stays.