Moon Author's Review
Scotch on the Rocks (Pineapple Grove, just east of the junction of Main St. and the Ocho Rios bypass) is one of Jamaica's top five villas in terms of elegance, luxury, and an all-permeating sense of class, while still remaining unpretentious and full of vibes. The five-bedroom house (US$6,535/8,035 low/high season per week, US$7,535/9,535/10,035 Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's) is well laid out for privacy but still spacious enough for the whole family. Each bedroom has a private bath and a large balcony overlooking the sea. You won't find more soothing rooms anywhere, with soft linens and delicate white curtains that catch the evening breeze, blurring the lines between heaven and earth. A large pool deck out front overlooks the sea at the top of a staircase down to the picture-perfect dock with a gazebo at its tip. The exquisite meals are served either in the large indoor dining room, or more often outside on the veranda. Scotchie, as the villa is known by those who have become its intimate guests, is situated on Sandy Bay, the equivalent of Ocho Rios' Riviera. The neighbors to the east and west are the most upscale hotels in town, Jamaica Inn and Royal Plantation, respectively, where tennis courts and spa facilities are within a few minutes' walk. The staff at Scotchie is top-notch. By the end of your stay, these exemplary Jamaicans will be family, and if you're wise put the Piña Colada cheesecake on the menu. Minimum seven-night booking in high season, four-night in low season.