First Impressions

How to Get a Buzz in the Jamaican Jungle

by Josh Lay
Blue The infinity pool at Strawberry Hill. Photo by Josh Lay.

We sent the chillest guy we know (and his video camera) to Strawberry Hill in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains. He’s still feeling the high. 

JAMAICA - Strawberry Hill, one of the cream-of-the-crop spots owned by Island Outpost founder Chris Blackwell (the legendary record producer responsible for turning the wider world onto reggae music), is nestled 3,100 feet above sea level in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most coveted coffee producing regions.

The secluded mountain retreat has tropical gardens shading luxury cottages all around its 26-acre property. There’s an infinity pool and a bar serving cool drinks and conversation among music paraphernalia and an upright piano. A rarity for Jamaica: There’s also a working fireplace for cool nights.

A vacation here is a vacation from the Jamaica you think you know. Instead of frozen cocktails on the beach, you’re in for insane poolside views, lush hikes, cool breezes, and misty midnight air. There are hundreds of species of flowers, trees, and birds, only interrupted by coconut stands and cool roadside jerk shacks that cling to the mountainside.

Strawberry Hill
Breezy cottage room. Photos courtesy of Island Outpost.The veranda.Mountain views.
Veranda at Strawberry Hill
The veranda.

Strawberry Hill Mountain View
Mountain views.

The bar at Strawberry Hill
At the bar. Jamaican lunch. Photos by Josh Lay.
Hiking the Blue Mountains
A misty hike in the Blue Mountains.

What’s more impressive: I drank the best damn cup of coffee of my life somewhere 4,000 feet up in the mountains at the family-run Old Tavern Coffee Estate. I’d travel pretty much anywhere for a cup of joe like that.

Needless to say, the unexpected island experience left me with quite the buzz.

A Visit to Strawberry Hill and Old Tavern Coffee Estate

Who doesn’t like visuals? Here’s a tour of the highlights.


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