Moon Author's Review
Strawberry Hill was once the site of a British naval hospital and remains a place where people seek health and refuge from the heat and dusty air on the plains below. Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Bob Marley’s first international producer, bought the property in 1972. Shortly thereafter, Marley took a retreat here after an attempt on his life during a spell of particularly heated political violence in 1976. Strawberry Hill is the highest of St. Andrew’s limited high-end market, both in ambience and elevation (945 meters). Rates start at US$385 for a deluxe one-bedroom villa and climb to US$515 for a studio with a veranda overlooking Kingston.
The hotel boasts an Aveda concept spa and wellness center with a holistic approach to rejuvenation dubbed Strawberry Hill Living. Views from the well-appointed villas are spectacular. The restaurant serves some of the best food around and is a popular spot among high-society locals, many of whom make a habit of driving up for Sunday brunch. The smoked marlin eggs Benedict should not be missed. The winding ride up that takes guests to Irish Town is not for the weak of heart. A helicopter pad is located on-site, adjacent to Blackwell’s private cottage, and transfers can be arranged from Norman Manley (US$600) or from any other part of the island.