Island Time

jamaica inn 1Do you all see a theme here this week? Does it seem like I am ready for the beach? Well this weekend it will be our one year wedding anniversary, and to celebrate, we are headed to one of our all time favorite places … Jamaica Inn. It is just outside Ocho Rios in Jamaica and it is absolute perfection.

jamaica inn 4Jamaica Inn has been open to guests since 1950. Pictured above are Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller on their honeymoon at Jamaica Inn in 1957. According to the Jamaica Inn, icons such as Katherine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, and Noel Coward have stayed there. Ian Fleming, whose famous home Goldeneye is nearby, was often to be found at the bar drinking the rum punches that the Jamaica Inn is so famous for. Teddy, the bartender at Jamaica Inn, has been mixing rum punches there for fifty-four years.

jamaica inn 2In the photo above, Jamaica Inn’s longtime mixologist Teddy is on the right, and Rupert, the resident croquet expert, is on the left. Grabbing a rum punch from Teddy while getting a croquet lesson from Rupert is always one of the highlights of our trips to the Inn. In getting ready for our trip, I thought I would highlight some of yesterday’s birthday shopping finds – clearly I had the beach in mind.

stsFirst, this Sail to Sable Blue Buoy tunic. Now in its fourth season, Sail to Sable was founded by a classmate of mine from Darien High School, and I am constantly impressed by Jennifer’s designs. In the photo above, this tunic is being modeled by a dear friend of mine – isn’t she beautiful? Looking forward to throwing on my Sail to Sable tunic for a quick game of croquet or a stroll to the bar for one of Jamaica Inn’s famous rum punches.

trina turkNext, these Trina Turk Monie pants. Dinner on the terrace? I think so.

54000_truenavyFinally, this Lilly Pulitzer Sea Island Tunic. On their website, Jamaica Inn is described as a place of “relaxed glamour and timeless elegance.” I think this just about fits the bill – don’t you?

jamaica inn 3In 1959, All the Best in the Caribbean had this to say about Jamaica Inn, “Jamaica Inn, with its secluded beach setting … has won itself a reputation for friendly exclusiveness, if you accept paradoxes.” Yes, yes I think I do.

Photos courtesy of Jamaica Inn, Sail to Sable, Trina Turk & Lilly Pulitzer

For more information on Jamaica Inn, visit

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *