Tranquil retreat is a chic home from home

De-stress, unwind and let worries slip away at Strawberry Hill, a hip hideaway nestled amongst lush tropical foliage, 3,000 feet up in the Blue Mountains, Jamaica.

Bob Marley found his inspiration to write ‘Natural Mystic Blowing Through the Air.’ U2, known for choosing the hippest hangouts, ducked out of the limelight here.

The resort embodies a commitment to wellness and beauty and is a world away from the soulless high-rise hotels, with 12 charming mountainside cottages delicately planted amongst the lower slopes of this 26 acre resort. Each ensures complete privacy in a true home from home environment.

The 12 bright and airy cottages all command an uninterrupted and breathtaking view of Kingston, 10 miles below.

Wood-shingled and gracious, the resort’s architecture reflects the original nineteenth-century buildings that once stood here with cooling louvers, ceiling fans, fretwork and gables.

Hammocks and rockers stand on the verandahs. Hardwood floors and mahogany furniture – handcrafted on the premises – complete the genteel ambiance.

Set on a former coffee estate, Strawberry Hill offers sweeping views of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, all bathed in the lush mountain mists.

Strawberry Hill’s serene aerie is so stunning that Conde Nast Traveller declared that the ‘location – 3,000 feet up the Blue Mountains – beggars description.’

The resort boasts the Caribbean’s only full-service Aveda Concept Spa, which offers a host of treatments, designed to rejuvenate, heal, relax and de-stress.

Treatments include nurturing blanket wraps, customized full body massage, scalp stimulations, manicures, pedicures, exfoliations, hydrotherapies and a Himalayan rejuvenation, based on ancient Ayurvedic techniques.

Unwind by the resorts 60 foot infinity pool overlooking the city lights below, partake in a spot of yoga on the outdoor yoga deck, join in on one of the resorts many nature trails and guided walks along winding trails, or simply sit back and relax..

It’s no wonder Fodor’s called it, ‘Refined luxury with absolute peace.’ This mountaintop retreat, wrapped in luminous mist, is ideal for the traveller seeking tranquillity and peace in a sophisticated setting.

The resorts many nature trails, walks and bird watching expeditions help guests connect with the intense natural beauty of this fertile region.

The serene gardens showcase over 350 species, from mango and banana trees, hibiscus, birds of paradise and jade vine.

The food is as equally sublime as the resort’s surroundings. Cuisine combines traditional Jamaican dishes and spices with international recipes to create the “New Jamaican Cuisine” which is bound to get the taste buds going, and with many different locations to suit the mood for the day eating at Strawberry Hill will delight all.

The site of a working plantation since the late 1700s (growing coffee and a variety of fruits, including strawberries), the property became well known in the 1940s and 50s for its Sunday Tea. During the 70s and 80s many famous entertainers and musicians visited the property, including the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley who convalesced at Strawberry Hill after being shot in 1976. In 1972, record mogul Chris Blackwell, acquired the property and added it to his exclusive portfolio of resorts at Island Outpost. The concept of an intimate mountainside hotel was born.

This resort is all about relaxation, wellness and finding comfort in the lush tropical surroundings. So, take some time out, sit back, relax and put some distance between yourself and the rest of the world.

Strawberry Hill is currently offering Cayman residents 20 percent of rooms and 10 percent of spa treatments. Visit www.islandoutpost.com, email [email protected] or call (876) 944-8400 for further information.

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