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Hotel Mocking Bird HillPage last edited Dec-15-2006
Port Antonio, JA 0
Hotel Mockingbird Hill where simplicity is a style in itself and indulgence is guiltless. An intimate hideaway, home to Gallery Carriacou, it provides the comfortable tranquility of an inviting home. Recommended by Frommer's 150 Most Romantic Caribbean Hideaways, this charming, elegant hotel with many personal touches and original art abounding everywhere, offers warm hospitality and a gracious atmosphere. The service is very friendly and attention is paid to details with the special grace of a European-style hotel. Wonderful location for bird watching.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, is the essence of total relaxation. Calm for the mind...Libation for the body...Peace for the heart and soul.
Enjoy cool breezes and panoramic mountain and ocean panoramas from this close-to-the-beach hilltop retreat nestled in 6.5 lush tropical acres. Overlooking the town of Port Antonio, the Caribbean coast and the Blue Mountains, Hotel Mocking Bird Hill offers guests quiet, peaceful surroundings. Ten minutes drive from the town of Port Antonio, it provides an ideal base for exploring the various natural attractions in the area. The natural, tropical gardens with a multitude of birds and flowers are a paradise for nature lovers. Guests can also enjoy the range of lovely beaches and coves close by. The romantic Frenchman's Cove beach is just 5 minutes away. Transfer and entrance to this beach are included in the room rates.
The unspoiled region of Port Antonio offers activities for every enthusiast. Guided hiking trips, bird watching, visits to traditional Jamaican villages, visiting secluded waterfalls and lagoons, bamboo rafting down the Rio Grande river, biking trips down the Blue Mountains, scuba diving, snorkeling and sport fishing delight the active traveler. Hotel Mocking Bird Hill is for those seeking a very special, off-the-beaten-track holiday experience.
Large and airy rooms with cool white tiles, handcrafted bamboo furniture and original artwork offer splendid ocean views from their balconies and provide a comfortable, fresh atmosphere. The breeze-cooled rooms have fans (and blankets for the cool winter nights!) Tropical plants, attractive floral fabrics and hammocks add a touch of Caribbean comfort.
Our tastefully furnished rooms offer:
-Balconies with panoramic vistas Hammocks
-Make-up- magnifying mirror
-Lotions and body care items from Blue Mountains Aromatics
- Handmade recycled paper stationary
-Chocolate tea balls
- Recipe collection of popular Mocking Bird dishes
- Fresh flower arrangements
- Tropical fruit plate
- No in-room television or telephone to disturb the calm.
Use of poolside lounge chairs, beach towels and use of snorkeling equipment is free of charge. Laundry service and limited room service are also available.
A friendly staff provides courteous and unobtrusive service. The hotel provides all the privacy and freedom of an intimate hotel, but offers the amenities of a larger hotel. The most welcoming hotel managers take time to provide tips, background information and insights into the Jamaican arts and culture. The eco-friendly philosophy complements the beautiful and peaceful natural environment.
The pool terrace, cocktail-bar and hammocks all add to the gentle way of life and help you to relax and unwind. The hotel is a tranquil haven where one can rest and enjoy nature at its best. Hotel Mocking Bird Hill is for special people...individuals and romantics. This is a hideaway where romance and relaxation blend wonderfully.
The following services are provided for your comfort and enjoyment. Those which are not complimentary attract charges which are not included in our rates.
-Baby Sitting Service can be arranged on request
-Art classes in drawing and sculpture
-Complimentary internet access
-Complimentary Afternoon Tea for our in-house guests
-Complimentary laundry service
- Airport transfers
- Birdwatching guides
- Day trips and excursions*
A host of activities are on offer or you may simply enjoy lounging on the beach. Jamaica Explorations offers tour coordination promoting eco-cultural tourism in Jamaica, focusing on Portland and the Blue Mountains. Tailor-made, guided soft-adventure tours have been developed for individuals or small groups. A wide selection of walking, hiking, adventure and cultural opportunities including a visit with the Maroons at Charles Town or a tour through a coffee plantation are offered. Bird watching tours are an area of expertise. Visitors can mix and match to create a unique tour combination that best fits their schedule and interests. All tours offer insight into the local culture and the lives of the communities. At your own pace discover and enjoy the many natural pleasures. Lazily raft the tranquil Rio Grande River, swim in the Blue Lagoon and explore secluded areas. Just a few minutes drive takes you to the beautiful sandy beach of Frenchman's Cove.
Discover the cool forests of the Blue Mountains where sparkling waterfalls dazzle. Hiking is an ideal way to explore this tropical paradise with trail guides who will impart their wide range of knowledge.
Snorkeling, scuba and fishing can be arranged. Yacht charter is also possible and tennis and golf are available close by.
Gallery Carriacou, right on the premises, provides an inspiring insight into Jamaican art. Sculptures by the co-owner Barbara Walker are displayed along with works from local and noted Jamaican artists. Special events provide guests with opportunities to meet the local residents and allow for interesting cultural exchange. The artist/manager offers drawing and sculpture classes.
Restaurant Mille Fleurs, acclaimed by Gourmet magazine, offers terrace dining with spectacular views overlooking the harbour of Port Antonio and the sweep of tropically forested hills with the Caribbean Sea as a background. One can sample some of the best food in Jamaica while taking in the spectacular sunsets.
An incredibly romantic restaurant, it offers culinary delights and is well deserving of its high acclaim. Imaginative menus, including vegetarian selections, use only fresh, local produce and offer creative Nouvelle Tropical Caribbean cuisine. You will discover a menu of dishes and specialties with inimitable exotic flavours that will surprise and seduce you. All items such as jams, pasta and all the breads are home made.
The bar offers excellent views of the Blue Mountains and the Caribbean and provides a spectacular setting for evening drinks. It is tastefully furnished with white wicker and floral accents. Savour this treasure of calm and serenity while inhaling the tropical scents of the garden with night jasmine. After a gourmet dinner, guests can enjoy a nightcap on the terrace and enjoy the starry nights while listening to chirping tree frogs and songs of cicadas or soft music for entertainment.
Click here to see special recipes assembly from Mocking Bird Hill Restaurant
Awards and Recognition
Featured in Caribbean Travel and Life, Frommer's Caribbean Hideaways, San Francisco Focus, Gourmet Magazine.
The Hotel meets high environmental standards, 1999 CHA Green Hotel of the Year (small hotels category).
Winner of the CHA most environmentally friendly small hotel in the Caribbean 2000
2nd Green Globe Certification 1999/2000
Environmental Awards and Certificates
Green Globe Commendation Award
Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Environmental Protection Award 1999
CHA/American Express Green Hotel of the Year 2000, Small Hotels Category
Trafalgar Development Award for the most environmentally friendly business in Jamaica - Runner Up
JHTA Award of Excellence to recognize efforts in pursuit of Green Globe Certification
Second Green Globe Certification
Trafalgar Development Award for the most environmentally friendly business in Jamaica
CHA/American Express Green Hotel of the Year 1999, Small Hotels Category
USAID Jamaica/EAST Project/JHTA Award of Excellence to recognize efforts in pursuit of Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification
JHTA Certificate of Recognition for implementing environmental practices and contributing to sustainable tourism development in Jamaica
Portland Environmental Protection Association (PEPA) Certificate of Achievement in recognition of efforts in environmental sustainable tourism
IHRA/American Express Award for Green Hotelier
LIST OF BIRDS SIGHTED AT HOTEL MOCKING BIRD HILL
1. Ring-tailed Pigeon Columba caribbaea endangered
2. Jamaican Parakeet Aratinga nana
3. Chesnut-bellied Cuckoo Hyetinis pluvialis rare
4. Jamaican Owl Pseudoscops grammicus
5. Jamaican Mango Anthracothorax mango
6. Black-billed Streamertail Trochilus scitulus endangered
7. Jamaican Tody Todus todus
8. Jamaican Woodpecker Melanerpes radiolatus
9. Sad Flycatcher Mysiarchus barbirostris
10. Rufous-tailed Flycatcher Myiarchus validus rare
11. Jamaican Becard Pachyrampus niger
12. Jamaican Crow Corvus jamaicensis
13. White-chinned Thrush Turdus aurantius
14. Jamaican Euphonia Euphonia jamaica
15. Jamaican Stripe-headed Tanager Spindalis nigricephalus
16. Orangequit Euneornis campestris
17. Jamaican Oriole Icterus leucopteryx
18. Jamaican Elenia
19. Jamaican Lizard-Cuckoo
1. Northern Patoo Nyctibius (j.) jamaicensis
2. Bananaquit Coereba (f.) flaveola
1. Caribbean Dove Leptotila j. jamaicensis
2. Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina jamaicensis
3. Vervain Hummingbird Mellisuga m. minima
4. Loggerhead Kingbird Tyrannus caudifasciatus jamaicacensis
5. Greater Antillean Bullfinch Loxigilla violaceus ruficollis
6. Greater Antillean Grackle Quiscalus niger crassirotris
1. Northern Mockingbird 11. Greenrumped Parrotlet
2. Worm-eating Warbler 12. Ruddy Quail Dove
3. Ovenbird 13. Prairie Warbler
4. Grey King Bird 14. Cape May Warbler (migrant)
5. White Crowned Pigeeon 15. Stolid Flycatcher
6. Northern Parula Warbler 16. Black and white Warbler (migrant)
7. American Redstart 17. Blackpoll Warbler
8. Black-throated Green Warbler 18. Mourning Warbler (migrant)
9. Turkey Vulture
10. Black-throated Blue Warbler
20DEC2006 - 30APR2007: US$ 245-295
01MAY2007 - 19DEC2007: US$ 165-210
MAP: Full breakfast and three course gourmet dinner - US$ 65.00 per person
From 01MAY2007 - 19DEC2007 book 7 nights and pay
for 6, book 14 nights and pay for 12
Rates include local government taxes
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
Port Antonio, JA 0
Innkeeper: Manager: Barbara Walker
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