For over 50 years, Jamaica Inn has played host to some of the world’s most famous names’and some not so famous. Hands down, Jamaica Inn has the most beautiful, private beach on the North Coast. The intimate cove creates a seclusion that will trick you into feeling this is your own private island.
This feeling is extended at the spa, where private cabanas hang suspended over the crashing waves below. It’s a little bit of a trek, but well worth it.
Nostalgia rules here, (look out for the waiters carrying trays on their heads, somewhat reminiscent of colonial times) and you can imagine that even the rooms have changed very little over the years. There are no modern amenities for travelers (no televisions, radio, iPod holders, etc.), but there is (thankfully) internet access, so you don’t feel too out of touch. The rooms are not huge and spacious, but if you can afford the upgrade, opt for a verandah suite. These offer as much stunning outdoor space as indoor, and you will be tempted to never visit the restaurant’why bother when you have such a luxurious private dining area just steps from your bed’
The options at the beach barbecue, however, are delicious, perhaps it is the sensation of dining with the sand between your toes – ‘doesn’t it always taste better’
- Breakfast on your verandah or balcony, lunch on the beach, afternoon tea on the terrace, and (unfortunately) we would suggest, dinner off property. While the restaurant at Jamaica Inn offers an enviable setting, complete wine list, and wonderful ambience, the service and food leave a little to be desired.
- Make sure to look for Teddy at the Beach Bar. He is a Jamaica Inn staple and has been working on the property for more than 50 years. He has some great stories to share.