The Property

Words simply cannot describe my bewilderment of nature’s creation combined with the constructional achievements and imagination that went into the development of The Rockhouse.

This eco-friendly resort is located on the West End Cliffs of Negril, Jamaica. A quick two-hour ride from Sir Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.  The road into our paradise hugs the northwestern coast of Jamaica. The drive is full of clear, blue-green waters, passing several ocean-side fish jerk chicken shacks, and we are eating our way there!!!

We arrive at The Rockhouse just before sunset and are quickly greeted by smiling faces. The helpful, grateful staff are expecting us and already know us by name.  We are led to our room on the third floor. It is one of their newer buildings on the western side of the property.  In the corridor, a variety of local (and American) snacks and drinks are available to purchase.  After flying I always need to immediately shower and am ecstatic when I realize it is an outdoor shower.

THE ROOMS

The generously soft King canopied bed faces the balcony doors. It opens to two chaise lounges with a table and chairs which eventually, we enjoy while gazing over the ocean. We afterward doze off with the plan of morning exploration.

AMMENITIES

Jump to: morning.  First reaction: the mind is blown.  Our first visit is to the pool. It leads out to a cliff edge and serves as one of many perfect vantage points for watching the sunset over the Caribbean Ocean. A pool bar that serves smaller mid-day eats and delicious frozen drinks is nearby. Also, another outside shower hanging on a beautiful stone wall. If you seek privacy, a few stone planks are built over the dark rocks that lead out to your own, quiet spot to suntan and ocean gaze.

Activities 

Closer to the main house, a stone stairwell leads down to a lagoon. There you can use stand-up paddleboards to get some exercise and ocean-point-of-views of the property, to gain a deeper appreciation of the marvelous property.

Among the private cliff-standing villas, a single roped bridge about 8 meters from the water connects the paths. It also serves as the safest spot for cliff jumping into the deep, aqua-blue waters.  For the jumping enthusiast, there are many other spots to satisfy your need for adrenaline.

You’re likely to swim by snorkelers gandering at the magnificent ocean floor and sea life that inhabits the waters.

SKYLARK

Relaxing on the West Cliffs in Jamaica is a unique experience, and if it’s beach time you prefer, Rockhouse’s sister property Skylark is the perfect place to spend your day. A van, free of charge, shuttles you over to enjoy the soft white beaches, the delectable dishes at Ms. Lillie’s restaurant, and a menu of activities on the property and at adjacent resorts. NOTE: Skylark is the perfect beach vibe.

 

FOOD

It’s difficult to have a mediocre meal in Jamaica, and The Rockhouse Restaurant continually delivers best-in-class cuisine and service located among the cliffs with amazing ocean views. Our favorites are the jerk chicken fajitas, crispy whole snapper, and the Rockhouse special for breakfast.

Pushcart, a staple in Negril, is situated on the property, offering up live, local music several nights a week with a menu serving classic Jamaican dishes.

On the walk back, we pass a few friendly, cute land crabs hiding in the bushes, which are pointed out by Rockhouse’s 24/7 on location, private security.

Overall, I marvel at the creation of this property and I can’t wrap my head around the amount of time, work, and resources that have gone into this wonder of a resort, which is generously priced for the curious and adventure seekers to enjoy.

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