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Located on a two acre stretch of Negril, Jamaica’s iconic Seven Mile Beach, is the Skylark Negril Beach Resort, the sister property to that town’s perennial favourite, the Rockhouse Hotel.

Opened in June, the 28-room resort’s beachfront location means the Skylark is a more of a traditional Caribbean resort than the Rockhouse Hotel which is perched dramatically on top of a series of cliffs. The hotel is nestled among lush foliage and verdant gardens at the water’s edge. Due to its size and western-facing aspect, most rooms have ocean views and guests are ensured a never-ending sunset reel from almost every vantage point.

The resort leans hard into a mid-century modern design aesthetic referencing Jamaica of the 1950s and 60s. Breezeblock covered walkways ensure tropical air circulates throughout while checkered black and white floor tiles add a visual punch. Natural elements from the gardens are repeated in the decor through the use of tropical prints and textures. The open-air reception area sets the mood with its banana leaf wallpaper and retro travel print advertisements. Elsewhere, pops of bright colour, chosen to reflect the natural palette of the country, can be found on beach chairs, striped rugs and walls, lighting fixtures and the aquamarine front doors of the guest rooms.

The guest rooms have their own balcony seating and feature four-poster beds, en suite bathrooms, small walk-in wardrobes, and minibars. Guests of the hotel and the restaurant are free to use the beach loungers or wander down to the pavilion where events and yoga, cooking and painting classes are held. There are plans to add a pool in the near future.

The hotel is also home to Miss Lily’s, a branch of the popular New York City based Caribbean eatery. The restaurant designed by Serge Becker has an outdoor jerk smokehouse and grill and serves tropical cocktails and traditional local fare set to a reggae playlist. The atmosphere is relaxed featuring walls covered with vintage record covers, a mural and a unique sound speaker installation that serves as a pretty awesome photo backdrop. Other distinct touches include kitsch flowered enamel plates that have been fashioned into lighting sconces, Moroccan tile outdoor tables and navy and white piped upholstery.


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