Tensing Pen Hotel

West End Rd, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean

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    Large cliffside resort


    Tensing Pen is one of the biggest and oldest of the cliffside resorts. They have a large selection of cottages and huts right on the water, and some have garden views. There are plenty of places to get in the ocean, and there are hammocks spread around the property for lazing in the Jamaican sun (or shade!) Tensing Pen is located on the Negril Cliffs, about 1/4 mile before you get to Ricks Cafe. Security is paramount here, and guests feel safe inside the gated resort. There are plenty restaurants, mon, close by for meals or there is a restaurant on the premesis. Rates for cottages start (in the off season) at $116 and go to over $400 for the Long House.....For folks who want to check out the cliffs, but also want lots of company, this is the place for you!

    updated Oct/2010---TP was hit hard by Nicole and is in the process of repairing the damage----probably back up and running end of this week at most.

    updated june 2012---now the restaurant is open to the public----review in restaurant section....

    Unique Quality: Secure, cliffside resort with lots of friends!

    Directions: Lighthouse Road

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Cottage and home for sale

by dustmon about Sun Down

I have not seen the inside of this but have been told it is decorated elegantly, in an Italian sense. There is a one bedroom apartment for rent at times, but there is a for sale sign out front---located in between the CatchaFalling Star resort and Tensing Pen---2 pretty large size resorts. There is a phone number only for reservations with the owner so if interested, maybe they could give more info---my friend Leroy's chicken grill shack is directly across the road----- Italian villa on the cliffs

tensing pen is fabulous!

by TripAdvisor Member b236

We stayed three nights at Tensing Pen - we split our trip between Tensing Pen and the Rockhouse. as many reviewers will tell you, these are both great properties. We stayed in the Seagrape II. It was very private and had an "earthier" feel than the Rockhouse, which - comparatively speaking - has more of a glitzy resort like feel than Tensing Pen. I enjoyed hearing all the birds and seeing all the lizards and wildlife - something that seems to not be as much a part of the Rockhouse experience. the people were friendly but not overbearing, the room was clean and had an overall good feel. Although restricted to whatever is on the menu for any given evening, it was some of the best food we had all week. We ate there all three nights of our stay and I would recommend it. I really loved it at Tensing Pen and I'm glad we gave it a go. We enjoyed the Rockhouse as well - they're both totally beautiful, but they definitely have a different style. Absolutely no complaints.

groceries and more

by dustmon about Mini Mart

There is a Mini Mart store directly across the road from the entrance to Seagrape Villas, and close to Negril Escape and Tensing Pen as well. They have juices, sodas, rum and beer, some veggies, butter and cheese, stuff like that. Most of what you might need but not all---rare to find fresh fruit in there, but Ollie's fruit stall is right around the corner. Cash only Jamaican or US $$. rum, food, sodas, bottled water cheap

Beverly for massage/woman's day

by dustmon

I have known Beverly for years, and she has done many things in her life, among them massage therapist, clothing designer, rastafarian woman, and many other things---she is a lovely Jamaican lady and does massages and things like nails and pedicures in her roadside hut across the road from Tensing Pen on the cliff-lighthouse road.She can also put those colored beads in your hair before going home for that Jamaican look! I think she also has a spot on the beach during the day.

Wonderful Place!

by A TripAdvisor Member

paradise:n.par*a*dise* 1. Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica. 2. Anything associated with Tensing pen. 3. Staff of Tensing Pen. 4. Guests of Tensing Pen. 5. Services of Tensing Pen.

An Oasis on the Cliffs

by TripAdvisor Member TripNsight

I just returned from a wedding, which took place at Tensing Pen and I must share that Tensing Pen is simply beautiful. Wonderfully understated and remarkably quaint, pictures simply don’t do it justice. If you enjoy vacationing at boutique hotels blanketed in tropical foliage, you will love Tensing Pen. The resort is tucked away on the cliffs in northern Negril. Winding walkways reveal breathtaking ocean views with each turn. The staff is warm, friendly, helpful, and accommodating, while also providing enough distance for guests to feel as if they are at their own private resort.

Although advance reservations are required for evening dining and service is quite slow, this all adds to the charm of this Jamaican hideaway. Additionally, there are plenty of local dining establishments a short distance away. If you are a lover of cultural diversity and loathe the cookie cutter all-inclusive experience, you should love Tensing Pen.

When possible, Tensing Pen implements principles of sustainable development in the construction of the entire resort. An example of this would be the use of bamboo, harvested from a local bamboo farm, which was used to construct many of the beds and roof deck lounge chairs.

Our wedding party of around 23 people truly enjoyed their stay at Tensing Pen and we are already planning a return visit.

A little bit of Jamaican paradise

by TripAdvisor Member angelinachen

My boyfriend and I stayed at Tensing Pen for July 4th weekend 2006. It’s a great place to relax with a book and do nothing more. Very beautiful. Grounds very tropical full of trees, plants, etc. Each of the rooms at Tensing are unique and have wonderful views. We stayed in the Garden Suite. Big room. Beautiful bed and had our own private balcony. We awoke every morning with a view of the ocean.

Pluses of Tensing Pen- price. Since it was off season we paid for a great price for the room. Drinks are $4 and dinner is either 2 options- one for $25 (usually a seafood option) and one for $15. This is not an all-inclusive resort but we found that to be a huge plus of staying at Tensing- cause then you pay for what you eat. My boyfriend and I would typically eat the complimentary breakfast and then have a light lunch- mainly outside Tensing or snacks we bought at the grocery store down the road- and then eat a lovely dinner. The food at Tensing Pen is awesome. We went to Rockhouse one night and were disappointed. It tasted like you went to Chilli’s and we couldn’t wait to go back and have the next night’s dinner at Tensing. We explored a lot of other restaurants around Tensing Pen but believe me- their food is fresh, authentic and the best. The staff of Tensing Pen are extremely nice and friendly. You feel as if you are entering their home and they are welcoming you as their guest. Everyone is great from Sheldon the bartender, the cooks and even the security guards.

Minuses of Tensing Pen- bugs. It’s terrible to go on vacation and pay to relax, have a nice room and then there are bugs. There were ants in our room cause we had some crackers on the table and ants in the bathroom. Outside our room at night there were like crickets chirping constantly. However, you have to remember that you are in a lush resort that its kinda of part of the charm. Also there were dogs on the property to protect the guests which was absolutely great but sometimes the dogs would bark at night so it made it hard to sleep. Again this depends on which room you get in at Tensing cause we moved later on the to Rock Cottage and there were few bugs, less noise- except the crashing of waves and the dogs were farther away so we didn’t hear them.

Two other things. Negril- although its very charming I was surprised that it was a bit dangerous. I am used to going on vacation and walking at night by myself to explore the area but Negril is different. You can’t walk alone at night- even with your boyfriend- cause it isn’t exactly the safest. Its not necessarily dangerous but you do feel precautious. At night you have to take cabs to everywhere- bars, restaurants, etc. which can add up. The roads are small and even walking during the day you had to be somewhat careful. So sometimes you felt confined to Tensing cause it was the safest place.

Also traveling off season. I was really worried about traveling off season- rain, tropical storms, etc. but I have to say its not a bad option esp if you are cost conscious. Its gorgeous weather during the day from 6 AM-3 PM. Clouds move in and then there is rain from 3 PM-5 PM and then clear skies again. Traveling during off season- you can stay at the best resorts in Jamaica for almost half the price. It’s a great way to go if you don’t mind the not so perfect weather all the time.

Overall Tensing just a great resort that I would recommend to anyone to stay. It’s very private and you feel you are in a tropical paradise.


by TripAdvisor Member bigredbike

My husband and I just got back from Negril on Saturday. We went with my dear Mom, who stayed about a five minute walk away at the Sea Star Inn. It was our first time in Jamaica and I must say, all of us had an amazing experience. Tensing Pen was incredible. I can think of nothing bad to say about it. It's exquisite, the grounds are gorgeous, it's proximity to local/ethnic dining was excellent, it was nice to be close to the beach but not on it, the staff was fantastic, I could go on and on, below are some specifics.

The Fabulous Jamaican People:
We encountered smiling, friendly, helpful people everyday, everywhere we went. The staff at Tensing, the locals, the folks that work across the street at the little store, people working at the other nearby hotels, on the beach, while on a rum tasting tour, everywhere.

Jamaican people are pleasant, genuine and smiley. We had a wonderful experience -- chatted with local children and made friends with so many people we met. Mikey, one of the drivers that Tensing Pen works with was a wealth of knowledge about Jamaica and an awesome source of friendliness and advice.

Tensing Pen:
As previous posters have stated, pictures just don't do the place justice. The grounds were immaculate, lush, georgeous. Everywhere were waving palms, hot house flowers and hibiscus in every shade imaginable. Oftentimes we felt like were were on our own private island, surrounded by a jungle, no matter where we were on the property. The location was excellent. Walked to town. Walked to get 'supplies' (booze), walked to restaurants in the area. Felt completely safe, anytime of day or night.

Our accomodations:
We stayed in the Cove Cottage. Best seat in the house. The views were simply fantastic. We have so many sunset pictures - it was impossible to put the camera down. Well unless it was to reach for more Red Stripe...

I think the Cove Cottage was one of the older units (we toured several other units at different points during our stay). The bathroom seemed older than some of the others. No matter, it was fantastic. Very clean and nicely decorated. We could see the ocean from our bed and our private deck was wonderfully situated amidst tropical foliage. Did I mention the view?

Straight from the mouths of some serious 'foodies'- awesome food to be had at Tensing Pen. Both lunch and dinner. Fresh, tasty and well prepared. Prices were a bargain for us being from Portland. Breakfast, which is included was great as well. Simple but also fresh and tasty. I've never eaten so much fruit in all my life. It was delectable. We found the staff to be incredibly accomodating and seriously, the food was excellent. Also ate at Rock House (just okay for us), 3 Dives - several times (wonderful), The Sea Star(excellent and a great bargain), and Sips and Bites, (again, awesome).

Tensing Pen was incredible and Negril is extraordinary. Everything about the experince from our trip into the the hills with the wonderful Mikey, to snorkeling with the deservedly Famous Vincent, to just laying in a hammock watching the local fishermen was incredible. Tensing Pen is one in a million. We were made to feel special and being there was a special experience for us.

It's funny, we vacation quite regularly - at least 2 times per year, but this trip was just different. All the right chords were struck with us and the little things (like not knowing how much money to bring, problems with getting change, and the occasionally pushy haggler) were insigficant when compared to the decadence all around us and the warm locals. I wish I could thank everyone personally for such a wonderful experience. We simply did not want to leave.

Who can blame us? Returning to rain and unseasonably chilly weather in Portland has been shocking. Despite the chill, I refuse to put on regular shoes yet though. What can I say, I'm still on 'Jamaica time'.

Absolute Tranquility

by A TripAdvisor Member

what can I say?? This place was so fabulous. I have never been at peace the way I was there. Privacy, seclusion, beautiful landscape, great drinks, food. I will stay there and only there again and again. Even though the place was booked, I think I saw a total of 5 people the whole time I was there, it was like me and my boyfriend were the only one's there. Was supposed to stay in the cove cottage, but due to a storm the day I checked in, it was wet. So, they asked if I wanted to stay in the new rock cottage II. Reluctantly I looked at it. It was beautiful and had AIR CONDITIONING, that trunped everything. It was very, very hot there and I don't know how I would have slept without it. So, switching cottages was a good thing. All in all, if you want total relaxation, this is for you. I split my vacation between here and an all inclusive on the beach and I was very upset to leave Tensing. The alll inclusive didn't even come close. I found my home. Thank you ,Tensing Pen for the wonderful stay!

Forum Posts

Where do we stay????

by westy79

can someone please help, me and my girlfriend are looking at a 2 week stay in the caribbean to celebrate our anniversary, we have singled out jamaica but are getting mixed reviews on which area to stay, we are mid 20,s and looking for

not many children
nice beach near by
good pool at hotel
24hr all inclusive
somewhere relaxing

money is not too much of an issue

also are the nudists beaches everywhere as thats not our kind of thing!!!!!!

RE: Where do we stay????

by miki64

http://www.superclubs.com/brand_hedonism/index.asp .....and if you don't like
try http://www.caribbean.com/jsp/accommodation.jsp?currentDestination=36
I hope you find something good. Enjoy your Jamaica....is wanderful

RE: Where do we stay????

by Heavens-Mirror

Hi there
i recently went to Falmouth in Jamaica, it was beautiful, its a quiter resort with not alot of children, we stayed at the Starfish trelawny hotel which was a fantastic price for all inclusive.
There was a small part of the beach for nudists but it is fenced off so you dont have to look at them.
Montego bay is about a 45 minute drive away and the hotel offers bus journeys to and from there if you fancy a night out in the bay.
See my tips for more details.

Hope this helps,
Stacey xxx

RE: Where do we stay????

by clarkandvikki

Hi There,
My husband and i got married in Ochos Rios last September and stayed at "Couples" it was fantastic all inclusive,nice beach ,food served until 4am,3 resturants you could choose from every night also no extra cost for branded beers.Also included in the price was water sports,horse riding,shoping trip,snorkling and trip to Dunns river.We booked through Vigin check out COUPLES OCHOS RIOS WEBSITE.
We'd be there now if we could.
Vikki & Clark

RE: Where do we stay????

by sunnygal

Look at a Hotel called Tensing Pen in Negril, Romantic place in West End Negril thats on the rocks/ cliffs near Rick's Cafe. I've Stayed there in the North Pillar it's wonderful


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Address: West End Rd, Negril, Jamaica, Caribbean