Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Mockingbird Hill Hotel – Jamaica

When planning your next vacation, why not think about Mockingbird Hill in Jamaica?

This eco-friendly hotel offers something magical. Owned and run by Jamaican artist Barbara Walker and Indian hotelier Shireen Aga, who have been friends for many years, Mockingbird Hill is pure paradise, set against a backdrop of the soaring Blue Mountains that descend onto white sand beaches of tranquil bays, with gin clear water shimmering in the tropical sun.

Lush tropical vegetation covers the hills and provides a home to exotic birds.

This unspoiled Eden is tucked away in a quiet, peaceful corner of the island away from the bustle of the main tourist centers.

Shireen and Barbera, your hosts

Mockingbird Hill, winner of 21 international awards for sustainable tourism, is Jamaica’s most green hotel. No hotel respects nature more than and it addresses sustainability in every detail of their operation including renewable energy, water catchment, recycling and the total avoidance of plastics.

Spa products are organic, hotel stationery is recycled and locally made, oil lanterns in the restaurant are from recycled bottles, thermos flasks are provided which guests can refill with filtered water at any time, food ingredients count food miles to reduce carbon emissions and sea breezes & fans replace air conditioners.

They even have individual pouches for un-soiled napkins so guest can re-use them. Everything possible is done to protect the natural environment.

All this is done without any compromise in the guest experience. The food is spectacular, the lantern lighting romantic, the organic and recycled products gratifying.

Perched on a hill with commanding views of the Port Antonio coastline and nestled in over 6 acres of continuously blooming gardens, Mockingbird Hill exudes an elegant Caribbean vibe with airy rooms and plantation shutter doors opening to mesmerizing views.

The classic white rattan furniture evokes images of Port Antonio’s golden era when Errol Flynn, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were Port Antonio regulars.

There is a sequestered wellness area within the lush gardens for yoga and quiet meditation. A spa pavilion is surrounded by fragrant blooming plants and offers massage and organic treatments. A quiet walk in the garden, reading a book in a swaying hammock, this is a place to slow down, to re-balance and renew.

In the evening over cocktails, watch the sunset give way to a sky full of twinkling stars, a place to view the constellations as you hear the soft serenade of tiny tree frogs while fireflies quietly blink by.

Their restaurant, Mille Fleurs, is not only the most highly regarded restaurant in Port Antonio but also one of the top restaurants in all of Jamaica. It combines Jamaican and international flavors to create a unique slow food cuisine, using extremely fresh locally sourced organic ingredients and seasonal offerings. Served on a gracious lantern lit veranda with panoramic views, one feels and hears the rustle of cool sea breezes in this tranquil setting.


The hallmark of Mockingbird Hill is the warm and friendly staff who anticipate the guest’s wishes and who shape a holiday experience for them that is uniquely theirs. Their insider knowledge helps guests get the maximum enjoyment as they explore and discover the wonders of Port Antonio.

Prices start at $246 for a double room and are inclusive of breakfast which also includes the local sales and room taxes – gratuities are not included.

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