Hotel Mockingbird Hill captures the ethos of Port Antonio. Perched on a hill with panoramic views of the dramatic coastline this small eco boutique hotel reflects the unique character that has made Port Antonio a destination for in-the-know travelers.
In the sixties a handful of international jetsetters called Port Antonio home, attracted by its dazzling natural beauty. Pristine beaches like Frenchman’s Cove and San San beguiled European aristocrats (Baron von Thyssen, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan), movie stars (Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor) and North American magnates in this remote location set at the foot of the majestic Blue Mountains. While the jetset mostly moved on (although Francesca von Habsburg still maintains an estate) Port Antonio remained unspoiled as other parts of Jamaica began developing massive all inclusive complexes. Continuing largely under the radar until this day, Port Antonio still boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches along with natural attractions like the Blue Lagoon, Reach Falls and rafting along the Rio Grande. An explorer’s paradise, the hills are covered in lush tropical vegetation that open to eye popping views of the Caribbean sea and Blue Mountains. Port Antonio is a place to experience nature unfiltered.
Hotel Mockingbird Hill blends seamlessly into this awe inspiring natural environment. Recognized as Jamaica’s most sustainable hotel with a strong eco mindset, Mockingbird Hill respects the environment that the guests have come to experience. Within their own grounds of over 6 1/2 acres they have developed an eden of flowering tropical gardens, a contemplative space where the sounds of the wind and sea is only broken by the calls of exotic birds.
This hillside aerie is only minutes from two of Jamaica’s best beaches along with some of the best local spots for iterations of authentic Jamaica cuisine. The experienced staff at Mockingbird Hill can assist guests in arranging eco adventures from rafting down the dramatic Rio Grande, hiking in the Blue Mountains, to exploring the nearby virgin tropical forests.
Dining at Mockingbird Hill is a travel worthy experience in itself. Refined cuisine with Jamaican and international influences have made their restaurant Mille Fleurs, the most highly recommended restaurant in Port Antonio. On a veranda overlooking the Caribbean, this slow-food, mostly organic cuisine is served in a romantic setting where the sounds of nature and the feel of ocean breezes complement the outstanding dining.
This intimate hotel has the ambiance of a private estate, a serenity not found in larger hotels and with a friendly staff that makes Mockingbird Hill seem like you own home in Jamaica. Only 10 comfortable rooms which absorb their surroundings through views to the sea, mountains or gardens. Mockingbird Hill offers the guest the rare opportunity to connect with the inspiring natural environment of Port Antonio from a tranquil haven that is part of the fabric of this amazing destination.