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Strawberry Hill

Address: B1 Hwy. (Newcastle Rd.)

Neighborhood: Strawberry Hill

City: Irish Town; St. Andrew

Phone: 876-944-8400

Website: www.strawberryhillresort.com

Expert Review

Check out Kingston's new scene from the plush vantage of Strawberry Hill. Nestled high in the Blue Mountains, which rise from the northern edge of Kingston, the hotel began as an 18th-century coffee plantation deeded by the British royal family to Horace Walpole, the renowned novelist and earl. Acquired by Blackwell in 1972, it has since developed a reputation as a place to go for rest and relaxation; it's known for an emphasis on healthy living and a stellar spa (Strawberry Hill Living) that specializes in Ayurvedic healing. Bob Marley recovered here after being shot in 1976; recent guests include Bono, Kate Moss, and Prince Charles. It's situated on 48 acres and surrounded by a lush coffee plantation (don't miss the Blue Mountain brew) and botanical gardens with 350 species of plants and flowers. The resort fosters an environment in which it's easy to feel a sense of rejuvenation. The 12 airy Georgian-style cottages feature details such as four-poster beds, hand-carved fretwork, and louvered windows. A 60-foot negative-edge pool highlights a stunning panorama of Kingston below. This mountaintop oasis also encompasses an acclaimed restaurant that serves nouvelle Jamaican cuisine and has a cozy fireside bar (nights can get chilly). Guided tour options include bird watching, mountain biking, and visits to coffee estates and nature trails around the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | historic | smart splurge | celebrity hangout

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