The Big Six: Rural Caribbean Retreats
THIS BEAUTIFUL GEORGIAN-STYLE HOTEL SITS ON A 3,100FT PEAK IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Originally an 18th-century coffee plantation, it’s now one of Jamaica’s most exclusive, stylish and literally dizzying retreats. Thirteen suites, villas and cottages unwind from the central former house (today a rustic restaurant and bar), and all come with a Princess And The Pea-style four-poster bed. The pretty rooms aren’t all bells and whistles, but soft cotton bedding and some of the region’s incredible coffee are all you need when your bedroom comes with a staggering 40-mile view that stretches well beyond Kingston to the flickering street lights of distant villages. It’s impossible to overstate One of Strawberry Hill’s chic bedrooms (above) and the rustic restaurant the view here, yet there’s far more to this hotel than the vista.
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The chefs create quintessential^ Caribbean cuisine using ingredients grown in the grounds or on the island. Some dishes are prepared on a stone grill, and all are tailored to pair with rum cocktails. Owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the hilltop resort was popular with his chief collaborator, Bob Marley.
Admiral Lord Nelson also counted himself as a fan, albeit in the hotel’s previous guise, and would stroll through the strawberry gardens. Abundant, immaculately managed gardens remain, with hummingbirds that hover in the walkways leading to a cool-water infinity pool overlooking what feels like all of Jamaica.
Take a morning breakfast walk. Local Rastafarians talk you through the edible plant life in the jungle surrounding the property as you taste fruit straight from the tree. GO Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) offers seven nights from £1,800 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.
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