There's no better way to wake up than to a view like this. Stepping out on the terrace, I'm tempted to spend the entire day watching the water shift between shades of blue as the sun moves across the sky. So that's just what I do.
Cottage 5 | Master Suite
Comfortable and unfussy, Cottage 5 is just like home, except here, on the other side of the plantation shutters, is a gentle ocean breeze just waiting to come in.
It's great to have options. On mornings I felt social, I strolled over to the Restaurant Terrace. But most mornings I prefered to stay in my PJs, enjoying my first cup (or three) of coffee, an omelet and spicy escovitch via room service on the terrace attached to my room.
Cottage 5 | Terrace
Toggling between a book and this view was all the action I needed.
Cottage 5 | Plunge Pool
Spoiler alert: This was the most difficult decision of my trip — take a dip in the plunge pool or wander down my private stairs for a swim in the ocean. Why choose when I can do both?
Cottage 5 | Indoor Living Area
Even when it was time for a break from the sun, I didn't have to sacrifice the view.
Early Morning Yoga
I wanted to make sure my jeans still fit after a week at the inn but didn't want to stray too far from my bliss-induced haze. Cue the spa's Thursday-morning yoga class.
Jamaica Inn Pool
The resort's pool was a nice change of scenery. Even nicer? Most other guests were at the beach, so I had the pool all to myself.
Of course I couldn't come to Jamaica and not put my toes in the sand. At the inn's private beach, there are no crowds to fight, no screaming children, no pounding music. Just bliss.
Teddy has been tending bar at the Jamaica Inn for 55 years, and leaving the resort without trying his specialty, a dirty banana, is just unacceptable.
2 oz. Myers Rum
1 oz. Smatt's Gold
1/2 oz. Creme de Banana
1 1/2 oz. Rum Cream
1/2 oz. Tia Maria
Half a banana
Miss T's Kitchen
Tucked away in a tiny cul-de-sac in Ocho Rios, Miss T's Kitchen is tough to find, but the curry goat, roti and jerk chicken make it worth the hunt.
Days here end much like they begin: with unending views from the terrace of Cottage 5 ... and thoughts of that room service the next morning.