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  • Full Moon & Tree Frog Chorus at Jamaica Eco-Lodge

    Full Moon & Tree Frog Chorus at Jamaica Eco-Lodge

    There are many things that make staying in an eco-lodge in Jamaica special. One could be that it doesn’t require “roughing it”; you can still be ‘green’ and enjoy guiltless luxury if you stay at Port Antonio’s elegant Hotel Mockingbird Hill, voted best Caribbean eco-hotel by American Express.

     
  • The Cost of Getting a Taxi Jamaican Style

    The Cost of Getting a Taxi Jamaican Style

    A lot of visitors to Jamaica often remark about how the cost of hiring a legal cab to travel in Jamaica costs the same or even exceeds what they would pay back home; most people expect a developing country’s costs to be in line with living costs, therefore transportation should be cheaper.

     
  • Help Haiti Please

    Help Haiti Please

    Hotel Mockingbird Hill are sending an urgent appeal to all our friends & guests to help our Haitian neighbours just 100 miles across the sea from Port Antonio.

     
  • The Girl Guide to Holidaying In Jamaica

    The Girl Guide to Holidaying In Jamaica

    Like many places in the world there are subtle cultural differences that you will encounter when having a break in Jamaica, especially as a woman. You may share the same language, but in the same way that there are differences between the UK and the US you will encounter some minute differences in Jamaican attitudes

     
  • Guest Reviews for Jamaica’s No 1 Eco Hotel

    Guest Reviews for Jamaica’s No 1 Eco Hotel

    Like everyone the team at Hotel Mockingbird Hill love to get feedback from our guests on why they have or haven't enjoyed their stays at our intimate eco-boutique hotel, it helps us to improve if something isn't right and of course for us to celebrate the good things that you like!

     
  • We’ve Made it Into the List of Best Eco Spas!

    We’ve Made it Into the List of Best Eco Spas!

    For those looking afor the best eco spa experience take a look this month’s Organic Spa Magazine where we proudly feature in their new 2010 'Annual Guide to the Best Eco-spa & Spa Hotels

     
  • 10000 Birds Flock to Mocking Bird Hill Jamaica

    10000 Birds Flock to Mocking Bird Hill Jamaica

    At the end of 2009 we had 10,000 Birds founder Mike Bergin stay at Hotel Mockingbird Hill spending some time discovering how good birding in Jamaica actually is!

     
  • Rain? Well for the Length of Time it Takes to Drink a Jamaican Chocolate Tea

    Rain? Well for the Length of Time it Takes to Drink a Jamaican Chocolate Tea

    Thankfully, when it rains in Port Antonio it generally pours but only for a very short time; enough, just to keep our precious Jamaican Rain Forest happy and allow our guests to get back to enjoying the main reasons that they come, to explore Jamaica and make the most of the Caribbean Sun!

     
  • A Sorrel Cocktail Toast to 2010

    A Sorrel Cocktail Toast to 2010

    No Christmas vacation in Jamaica is complete without a large glass of Sorrel, ideally accompanying a moist wedge of heady, all-spice & rum Christmas Cake.

     
  • Where are you Indulging Yourself this Christmas Time in Jamaica?

    Where are you Indulging Yourself this Christmas Time in Jamaica?

    If you are looking to experience the most beautiful, locally-sourced Jamaican food available this Christmas and holiday period on the island

     
  • What’s on in Jamaica

    What’s on in Jamaica

    Our calendar of what's on over the coming months in Jamaica, hopefully it will help you plan and make the most from your holiday.

     
  • Jamaican Style Christmas Eve

    Jamaican Style Christmas Eve

    Christmas Eve in Jamaica is normally 75-83 F or 23-28 C which we personally like to celebrate with Saltfish, nice & light if you decide to pop back to the beach

     
  • The Human Side of Science

    The Human Side of Science

    Today in Copenhagen it was announced that our fragile seas and oceans are becoming acidic at a faster rate than any time in the last 55 million years – a disaster for sea-life and of course our subsequent food supplies in Jamaica – fish is part of our staple diet.

     
  • Sail Fans Ahoy – Lightning Bolt Lunch & Stir Crazy Cookery Classes

    Sail Fans Ahoy – Lightning Bolt Lunch & Stir Crazy Cookery Classes

    Calling all sailors and Clipper Sailing Fans, you are cordially invited to a sailing luncheon with a difference.

     
  • 14 Tapas & a Sustainable Terra Madre Day at Jamaica’s No 1 Eco Boutique Hotel

    14 Tapas & a Sustainable Terra Madre Day at Jamaica’s No 1 Eco Boutique Hotel

    Help us to celebrate Terra Madre Day organised by the Slow Food Movement with 14 Jamaican Style Tapas and home-made liqueurs

     
  • Coming Home – A Sustainable Romantic Roots Celebration

    Coming Home – A Sustainable Romantic Roots Celebration

    How nice it is to go home to Jamaica and escape those long cold dark winter nights that living in the Northern Hemisphere bring until Spring-time

     
  • Cease & Sekkle in Jamaica

    Cease & Sekkle in Jamaica

    If you are wondering what that Jamaicanism could possibly mean, the translation into Standard English is “stop everything and relax” which is a motto every good holiday in Jamaica should aspire to!

     
  • OK! Recommends Hotel Mockingbird Hill

    OK! Recommends Hotel Mockingbird Hill

    It’s been a week of great press reviews this week, we've been featured by The Independent in their article The Big 6 Caribbean Green Retreats and by OK!

     
  • Jamaican Cuisine Star at the Helm of Mille Fleurs

    Jamaican Cuisine Star at the Helm of Mille Fleurs

    The team at the Caribbean’s No.1 Eco Friendly resort are delighted to welcome aboard their new fusion Jamican Cuisine Star, Chef Melvin Laidlaw.

     
  • The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Trees

    The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Trees

    We recognised the importance of ‘350’ and the International Climate Day on 24th October by tree-planting in Port Antonio, Jamaica

     
  • A Stitch in Time Handcrafted Honeymoon Gown

    A Stitch in Time Handcrafted Honeymoon Gown

    The Caribbean’s No.1 Eco-boutique hotel Mocking Bird Hill in Port Antonio, Jamaica, are delighted to bring one of Jamaica’s national craft treasures to the attention of those outside Jamaica, utilising the lady folk of the local Parish of St. Mary’s that make up the Jamaica Hardanga Trust to create a unique Honeymoon gift for the bride & groom.

     
  • Cookie Kinkead – I see I capture

    Cookie Kinkead – I see I capture

    Our favourite Jamaican photographer is Cookie Kinkhead, whom we must credit for the wonderful photography of the hotel on our website. Cookie’s first official assignment was in the early 70’s with Bob Marley and the Wailers for their album “Catch a Fire”.

     
  • Jerk Sauce Recipe to Heat up Autumn Days

    Jerk Sauce Recipe to Heat up Autumn Days

    We’ve had a rush of emails from previous guests who live in the UK & Holland over the past fortnight all requesting our Jerk Sauce recipe – we’re guessing the barbecue season is well and truly over in Europe!

     
  • Calling all New York State Twitchers

    Calling all New York State Twitchers

    Are you a New York twitcher if so how do you fancy escaping the Fall for a long weekend birding treat in Jamaica accompanied by 10000birds.com

     
  • A Rejuvenate-Me Holiday

    A Rejuvenate-Me Holiday

    We know that 2009 has been one of worst for gloom & stress levels up to bursting point, that is why we have created our new eco-holiday break that re-engergizes & re-vitalises Jamaican Style.

     
  • Jamaica’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Casts Off at the Round the World 09/10 Clipper Race

    Jamaica’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Casts Off at the Round the World 09/10 Clipper Race

    And they’re off! This year’s Round the World Clipper Race saw ‘Lightning Bolt’ embark with the other clippers today. Named after every Jamaican & world athletics fan’s sports hero, Usain Bolt, our Jamaican entry will be covering 35,000 miles across the world’s oceans over the next 10 months.

     
  • Exemplifying Carbon Footprint Reduction in Jamaica

    Exemplifying Carbon Footprint Reduction in Jamaica

    Hotel Mocking bird Hill has achieved another step in its efforts towards improving levels of self-sufficiency and sustainability which we believe coincides perfectly for the UN talks in Cophengan on climate change to be held in December.

     
  • Protect Pellew Island

    Protect Pellew Island

    Pellew island sits at one end of a coral reef, which protects the San San Bay. It is surrounded by healthy sea grass beds and wonderful swimming areas. Jamaicans and visitors alike visit the island by boat, laze on the small beach, snorkel at the nearby reef and generally enjoy the gorgeous setting.

     
  • Pioneering Green Tourism Winners!

    Pioneering Green Tourism Winners!

    Who says a green way of sustainable tourism doesn't bring results, we have just won our second award this year this time for displaying the highest calibre of entrepreneurship at the Jamaican leg of the Pioneers of Prosperity Awards!

     
  • Breakfast Comes Free

    Breakfast Comes Free

    We are proud of our organic energising breakfasts; from Coconut bread to Banana Tofu Fritters, Pumpkin Waffles to Semolina Pancakes with Poached Papaya