Island Outpost’s Strawberry Hill resort is adding another dimension to its signature service: guests can now check into their cottages under a new inclusive plan. “This new concept appeals to guests who don’t want to be worrying about the bill at check-out time,” says Jason Henzell, President of Island Outpost. “Not to be confused with the standard all-inclusive resort offerings, no buffet lines, thank you very much, every gourmet meal at the restaurant can be enjoyed with the same level of service and the same exquisite dishes that we’re known for. And there won’t be a single plastic wristband in sight.”
Strawberry Hill’s exclusive, inclusive program provides guests with a getaway that includes all meals, widely selected beverages, and a customized mini-bar (stocked daily with juices, bottled water and herbal waters), transfers to and from the Kingston Airport, an Elemental Identity Stress relieving treatment with a spa specialist at the resort’s Aveda Spa and all taxes and service charges. With every four-night stay, guests are entitled to a day at Lime Cay Beach, a little island that’s reached by a short boat ride from Morgan’s Harbour at Port Royal. Complimentary WI-FI service is available in the common areas of the property for guest’s convenience.
There are twelve cottages that make up Strawberry Hill. The Georgian architecture blends hand-carved fretwork and wood shingles with cooling louvers and ceiling fans reminiscent of the original 19th century buildings.
The resort features an on-site Aveda Spa (the only in the entire Caribbean), based on ancient Ayurvedic principles and philosophies. A sauna and a cooling plunge pool complete the complex, which has made its way into Jo Foley’s top 40 list of spas worldwide in the guidebook, Great Spa Escapes. All treatments use Aveda products which are 100% plant essences personally tailored to each guest’s preferences.
The restaurant at Strawberry Hill pairs Jamaican and international flavors in what they call New Jamaican Cuisine. Executive Chef Darren Lee’s signature dishes include steamed snapper, jerk-styled lamb rack and Jamaican Oxtail. At the end of a meal, an aromatic cup of Blue Mountain coffee is a must accented by Lee’s homemade ice creams.
Owned by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Palm Pictures, Island Outpost properties are known for their interesting character and stunning surroundings and offer clients a feeling reminiscent of staying at a friend’s home. The group includes Goldeneye, Strawberry Hill, Jake’s, and The Caves in Jamaica, Pink Sands in The Bahamas and an exclusive selection of villas.
Rates for Strawberry Hill’s new, inclusive program range from £335 per room, per night for two persons in the one-bedroom suites to £555 per room, per night for two persons for a stay at the deluxe villas at Birdshill, Highgate and Mountainview 2. Rates are valid through May 1, 2006.