Jamaica - Country, Country Hotel/The Rockhouse

Jamaica - Country, Country Hotel$160 – If you’ve shopped for Caribbean resort vacations and have never heard of Negril, Jamaica – mon, where have you been? Negril has a Seven-Mile Beach and is home to many “all-inclusive” resorts, but hidden among the crowd is the Country, Country hotel.

Jamaica - Country, Country HotelA total of 14 gingerbread cottages, recently refreshed by Ann Hodges (the Jamaican architect best known for designing the island’s upscale resorts Goldeneye and Strawberry Hill), grace the property in colonial style and wraparound balconies.

Jamaica - Country, Country HotelClose by are Jamaican jerk shacks, live reggae music, and Negril’s famous Norma’s on the Beach restaurant. But the hotel’s beachfront grill with local dishes will probably fill your ticket. Breakfast is included.

Norma Manley Blvd., Negril – 888.790.5264 or 876.957.4341

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Jamaica - Negril The Rockhouse$125 – Okay, this one is not new, but it is hard to ignore this favorite place to stay within shimmering tropical gardens only two miles from the center of Negril. It’s called the Rockhouse and offers 34 island-flavored rooms, studios, and villas.

Jamaica - Negril The RockhouseNestled around the jagged, rocky cliffs and grottoes, the Rockhouse has no shortage of things to do. A 60-foot infinity pool takes the place of your beach. Yoga classes are held every morning in the beautiful pavilion.

Jamaica - Negril The RockhouseBut don’t think you’re landlocked. The only thing missing is the sand. However, the benefit is snorkelers climb down stepladders to the blue-green sea eight feet below into pristine water – no sand to murk anything up.

Jamaica - Negril The RockhouseIf you can, trade up to one of seven stone-walled premium villas with outdoor showers and your own secret cove. Yes, they’re worth the extra $200 a night.

West End Rd., Negril – 876.957.4373

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