Perched 3100ft above Kingston, serene Strawberry Hill is one of the finest resorts in Jamaica. A peaceful and stylish mountainside retreat, offers spectacular views from its infinity pool: the Blue Mountains down to the sea. Chris Blackwell (founder of Island Records) bought the 26-acre property in 1972 as a salon for friends like Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones, but it didn’t become the first Island Outpost hotel until 1994.
The resort offers plenty of intimacy and privacy, with just 12 cottages on more than 26 acres. The 19th-century Georgian style cottages range from well-appointed mahogany-accented studio suites, each with canopied four-poster beds with heated mattresses, to a four-bedroom, two-story house built into the hillside.
As with all the Island Outpost properties there is a refreshing lack of corporate uniformity, and the blend of friendly staff, first class spa, musical history and relaxed surroundings works well.
Strawberry Hill also has the features of a larger property: an expansive spa, a breezy restaurant and bar, a hilltop pool with panoramic vistas, lush gardens, and ample relaxation space.