A fabled sustainably minded retreat.
Long before Negril became the goto spot for travelers looking to escape the Caribbean’s largescale resorts, there was Rockhouse. The 34-room property has been an institution since 1972, serving as a refuge for Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, and other members of rock 'n' roll’s elite. The open-air hotel sits atop the cliffs of Pristine Cove, hemmed in by eight acres of tropical gardens and the sapphire sea. French architect Jean-Henri Morin is behind the design, which is intended to blend into its surroundings so that the site’s natural beauty take center stage. Pared-down oceanfront and garden villas crafted from timber, stone, and thatch—mirroring the volcanic rock landscape along the coast—have wooden fourposter beds and open onto private sundecks. The property’s sustainable ethos manifests itself in various aspects; the spa’s natural ingredientbased treatments administered in cliffside cabanas, a juice bar stocked with produce from the onsite garden, and the locallysourced materials used across the structures. The eco-conscious practices have earned the hotel a Green Globe certification. The resort prides itself on investing in the local community as well, supporting schools and teachers through its Rockhouse Foundation. It’s a feel-good stay in every sense. Bonus: The namesake restaurant is acclaimed for its authentic home-style cuisine, not to mention its idyllic setting that gets some of the best sunsets anywhere on the island.