Strawberry Hill

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Irish Town, Jamaica

Strawberry Hill Irish Town Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
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Day Trip from Kingston Dec 08, 2009
On a recent business trip to Kingston, my colleagues and I wanted to get away from Kingston for a day but had limited time before our afternoon flights. This ruled out a potential trip to the closest resort town, Ocho Rios, as the road there and back can turn nasty with simple traffic congestion. However, our host, the Assistant Commissioner of Police recommended that we trek up into the Blue Mountains, home of the some of the world's best coffee, for a lunch at the Strawberry Hill resort. Owned by world-renowned recording studio owner, Chris Blackwell, this isolated mountain top hotel was designed specifically for his recording artists to have a bungalow getaway, hidden from the paparazzi and screaming fans. With his famous Nassau, Bahamas recording studio hosting many famous album recording sessions from U2, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Palmer and Melissa Etheridge to name a VERY few, he could assure these stars that they would have the very best views with the very best service within a short helicopter ride from Kingston's Manley Airport. The only road to the resort is a dangerous 2-lane road, which winds its way up the mountains. Only the very brave and/or locals dare traverse this road therefore secluding the hotel from the mainstream. Throughout the hotel, the walls are peppered with pictures of guests such as those mentioned above as well as other notable patrons such as Prince Charles. Having only about 14 exclusive bungalows, which are tucked below the line of sight on the sides of the mountain, the ambiance is very quiet. You get the impression that you are on top of the world; that there is nothing higher than the hotel around. The only noise around is the gentle sound of the infinity pool, chirping birds, a light breeze hitting the tropical trees and subtle sounds of reggae emitting from the outdoor speakers. The buildings' construction is compeltely open due to the constant cool temperatures, different from the hot and humid climate of the rest of Jamaica below. There are no windows or screens; only the wooden blinds to shade the sun. From the hotel's central restaurant, where we ate lunch, you literally look down at the rooms around the circumference of the mountain top as well as the breathtaking vista of Kingston below and the surrounding Blue Mountains, which fauna give a bluish hue that give them their namesake. As could be expected, the food and drink at the restaurant were top-shelf and the service above and beyond the already purely genuine and polite service found in Jamaica. We also took time after lunch to walk around the basement of the restaurant to view the many platinum and gold albums and other rock and roll memorabilia decorating the walls of the resort's guest conference room. This is a highly recommended side trip for travelers through Ocho Rios or Kingston and a certain resort destination for those privileged few who can afford a stay here!!
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shellietravel says:
Very good review! Kudos, it is lovely at nighttime:)
Posted on: Dec 14, 2009
Koralifix says:
Congrats on this feature! Good on you!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
yheleen says:
wow, this is surely one-of-a-kind resort.. love its name too, reminds me of strawberries ;) ...

btw, lovely photos... thanks for sharing!
Posted on: Dec 08, 2009
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