Hotel Mockingbird Hill

Jamaica

Hotel Mockingbird Hill

Jamaica

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‘If you’re looking to relax and take your time to enjoy life, look no further than Hotel Mockingbird Hill. Indulge in world-class tropical cuisine or travel further afield to see the incredible Reach Falls.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Surrounded by acres of pristine nature
    • Delicious picnics provided on excursions
    • Adventurous mountainous walks
    • A coffee lovers paradise & tour
    • Incredible sunset views from bar terrace & perch
    • Upcycling initiatives throughout the hotel
    • Garden Spa with cruelty-free products & a pool
    • Innovative vegan & vegetarian menus
    • Fund-raises for local schools
    • Children are welcome here
    • Check-in: 3 pm onwards

    Minimum stay: 1 night
    Equivalent price per night: from approx. $130-$195 USD (season dependent)

  • Local Knowledge

    The historical city of Port Antonio has an intriguing colonial charm about it. Despite its history as a celebrity hot-spot, it is now quiet and peaceful, the perfect destination to explore Jamaica at a steady and calm pace. The city is known as the gateway to tropical jungles, mountains and waterfalls, so there is plenty to see and do, including:

    • Blue Mountains National Park, 2h drive (46km)
    • Winnifred Beach, 20 min drive (7km)
    • Rio Grande River, 40 min (13km)
    • Frenchman’s Cove Beach, 5 min drive (3km) – with complimentary bus passes provided to guests
  • Location

    Hotel Mockingbird Hill is located in Port Antonio, on the Northeast coast of Jamaica. The hotel is ideally situated between the majestic Blue Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, hidden away in the beautiful natural scenery. Jamaica enjoys a year-round tropical climate.

    • Distance from airport: Kingston-Norman Manely Airport, 2h 33 min drive (115km)
    • Key attraction: Reach Falls, 53 min drive (32km)
    • Nearby restaurant: Milles Fleurs, on-site restaurant that is no. 1 in Port Antonio

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  • Energy
    Solar power is used to generate electricity, heat water and power the pool pump, enabling the hotel to run on clean renewable energy. Energy-efficient...
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    equipment is used where possible, such as low energy lighting. As well as this, few electrical gadgets are provided in the rooms which not only reduces power usage but also works towards a digital detox for guests.

  • Water
    The hotel has an extensive rainwater harvesting system which captures approximately 350,000 litres of water, meaning that the hotel is mostly self-sufficient when it...
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    comes to water usage, but it is monitored on a daily basis. Many steps are taken to actively reduce water usage, including water savers on taps and in showers, low flow toilets, reduction of laundry and filling the washing machine to maximum capacity before using it. The garden is also designed to reduce water usage. Most of the area is left in its natural state and is not watered, rather it relies on natural rainfall. Furthermore, the water used to clean the pool is stored to reuse in cleaning public areas.

  • Waste
    Food waste is always reused, either being made into compost or it is given to the dogs or a local pig farmer. Where possible, the food is sourced without any packaging and containers are returned...
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    to the suppliers. Beyond food though, the hotel is passionate about up cycling and reusing products in all departments. This includes: Sheets and towels being converted into cleaning rags, using wine bottles to create raised flower beds, shredding used paper to give to a local recycling project and glass bottles are given to beekeepers to collect honey. The hotel strives to reduce single-use plastic as no beverages are bought in plastic bottles, instead, guests are provided with reusable bottles.

  • Conservation
    The hotel building only occupies 1 acre of the 7 acres of land the property has, which means the rest of land is allowed to flourish in its natural state. As well as this, tree planting is ongoing...
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    including flowering and fruit trees to attract birds to the area. A pond also helps to attract wildlife such as frogs and fish that eat mosquitos to act as a natural repellent. Furthermore, a terracing system helps to reduce soil loss and only compost is used to fertilize the garden, to avoid nitrogen runoff from chemical fertilizers. The hotel also supports the efforts of the Portland Environmental Protection Agency by campaigning against bird shooting and supporting non-shooting zones.

  • Food
    Hotel Mockingbird Hill strives to shop locally to support the economy and reduce food miles, with all of the meat and fish they use being sourced from local farmers and fisherman. Fruits such...
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    as avocado, banana and plantain are grown on the property, they are organic and only used when in season. As well as this, the hotel produces as much of their food as possible from scratch, avoiding processed foods. They make their own bread, pasta, ice cream and mayonnaise, amongst many other foods.

  • Engage Guests
    Guests are shown around the hotels grounds by the head gardener, highlighting how it has been terraced to avoid soil erosion, how the grey water is used for the water landscape and more...
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    Guests are provided with detailed information folders in their room so that they can learn about the local culture and heritage. These folders also explain the appropriate behaviour whilst visiting natural areas and cultural heritage sites.

  • Architecture
    An existing villa was renovated to create this hotel. The traditional Caribbean architecture enables crosswinds, natural ventilation and plenty of daylight to reduce energy usage. Overhanging...
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    eves provide shade from the sun and insulated roofs help to naturally lower internal temperatures.

  • Housekeeping
    Non-toxic, natural and biodegradable products are used for cleaning, such as baking soda and sour oranges. Similarly, toiletries are all-natural, made from local tropical products and they are not...
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    tested on animals. They are given to guests in refillable containers to prevent single-use plastic. As well as this, bed linen and towels are changed every 3 days unless otherwise requested, to save energy and water.

  • Kiwano Bonus
    The hotel supports 2 local schools and provides them with supplies and helps to organise events such as tree planting. All of the staff at the hotel are from local communities...
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    where they can take part in literacy programmes as well as the training they receive on the job. Staff at the hotel also wrote on behalf of the Women’s Paper and helped fundraise and organise marketing and small-business training for the staff there. As well as this, the hotel has cooperated with the Marron community in Charles town to develop and promote tours which generate income for them.

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    "A very special place!"

    The hotel is lovely and located in a fabulous tropical park where it is good to stroll early in the morning to discover the flora and watch the many birds. The room was comfortable and even without air conditioning, the two fans were sufficient to spend good nights in this garden of Eden that we could discover from our balcony overlooking the sea 1 km ahead.

    Eric, Google Reviews

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    "Heaven on Earth"

    It was beyond phenomenal and EVERYONE there... from the waiter to the handyman...made our stay amazing. And the food... it was everything. My only regret is that I didn’t get to stay longer.

    Georgia, TripAdvisor

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    "10 glorious days"

    The views are breathtaking and the service couldn't have been better. We were made to feel like family and provided excellent recommendations for tours and off-site eating. We couldn't have asked for a better place to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

    Carolyn, Facebook Reviews

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    "Lovely ambience"

    Peaceful and safe. The owner is an excellent and knowledgeable host. The food was delicious.

    Andre, Google Reviews

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    "Still heavenly after all these years!"

    A second stay at Mockingbird Hill after 7-8 years served to remind us what a special place this is. Enhanced by the natural beauty of the beaches, forests, mountains, and great people of Portland parish, this is technically a 4-star class hotel that actually provides a 5-star experience. What it lacks in modern amenities (e.g., A/C, minibar, daily newspapers, TV, etc.), it more than makes up for in beauty, charm, eco-friendliness, serenity, and especially top-notch personalized service delivered by gracious staff and knowledgeable management.

    Ramin, TripAdvisor

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