A former coffee plantation, it was deeded by the British Royal family to Horace Walpole and named after Walpole’s English gothic estate that became a famous meeting point for artists and socialites. Perched high in the Blue Mountains 3100 feet above sea level, this Jamaican namesake has an equally glamorous history, having been acquired in 1972 by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records label, which launched the career of Reggae icon Bob Marley. Since then, this Strawberry Hill has continued the tradition of acting as a destination for musicians, entertainers, the fashion elite and discerning travelers.
The unique boutique property houses 12 luxuriously romantic handcrafted 19th century Georgian style cottages, each sited in a private tropical haven with magnificent mountain and city views.
The Living Spa is a resort highlight, specialising in stress relief and organic healing based on the five elements practiced in Ayurvedic philosophies. Another feature is a one-of-a-kind negative edge swimming pool with a day-to-night panorama of the vibrant city of Kingston, while the botanical gardens and bounty of native avocado, mango, coffee, ackee, star apple, orange, lime, sour sop, banana, June plum and guava trees make it a sensory delight.
The Gold Room is a state-of-the-art multi-media center and creative hub, celebrating the artists Blackwell and Island Records have either produced or nurtured with a display of gold and platinum disc awards for albums by the likes of Cat Stevens and U2, while the Bar is warmed by a cozy fireplace, an upright piano and an amazing archive of photographs of guests such as Mick Jagger, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, and The Prince and Princess of Wales.
Cuisine at Strawberry Hill combines traditional Jamaican fare with international recipes to create a signature ‘New Jamaican Cuisine’ featuring appropriately titled dishes such as Rasta Pasta.
7 nights from £1,600pp including flights , transfers and breakfast (all-inclusive optional).
Enquire online or please call 01244 322770
Private Transfers are 30 minutes from Norman Manley International Airport / 13 Cottages and Villas / 1 Restaurant & Bar / Spa.