Located only 20 minutes from Negril, Zimbali Retreats is a 7 acre organic “Eden in the Mountains”, a fusion of modern technology with an ancient way of life. Retreat in complete comfort and reconnect with Mother Nature and yourself in this real farming community away from it all. All meals are included in your package and are prepared by your personal chef using food and fruits directly from the farm. Also included in your package are: *all snack, *fresh fruit juices daily, * our Farm Tour, *Rasta Tour and a cooking class in our specially designed Cooking Studio! Currently Zimbali's cooking tour is ranked #2 out of 118 restaurants in Negril and this expeirience is your free with your booking :) Enjoy top class service with old world Jamaican charm in this natural paradise; Seafood & Traditional Jamaican meals are prepared with a flair and creativity- we invite all chefs to participate in our guest chef program as well. Vegetarian, vegan and GF are all very welcome. Enjoy all services from ZImbali's Serenity Spa and you can also consulate our Rastafarian Certified Herbalist and Isadora- an intuitive healer who is also a registered nurse. Donate your favorite book to our "Conscious Library"- then read someone else's in return. Meet the people of our local community and learn and share alike. We welcome you to come and experience this most natural & authentic lifestyle.
As you enter the Mountain Retreats main villa “Serenity”, you must pass through the “tree of life”, a door made from the ‘Y” of a large Guango tree; you are struck by the comfort of the stylish interior, a mild surprise compared with the stained glass, rustic exterior. A library of books lines the living room walls. The rear walls slide open to reveal an outdoor living room, completely open to the silence of the mountain valley. Time has no meaning here. The gourmet kitchen with its cedar countertops and dining island are open to both the indoor and outdoor living rooms; the feeling of space and openness calms the mind. For your privacy, the 2 bedrooms and full bath are located downstairs. The master bedroom has its own back porch surrounded by the beauty of nature. Your skin has never felt as soft as when you bathe entirely from rain water, heated by the sun.
These Identical siutes are 2 private rooms with private bathes and kitchettes that share a back porch overlooking our Bird Watching area. Truly secluded- this porch can make hours seem like minutes :)
The birds sing as you sit on the veranda of this cottage nested into the hills. This spacious and well appointed studio offers a private bath and lovely kitchette. Your private chef will escort you onto the farm to pick your food or take a hike to cool off in the waterfall. Inspiration and meditation await.
5 on September 12, 2014
Zimbali retreat was quite the culinary experience and much different than most places you think of when you think about Jamaica! The staff was incredible and the food was out of this world. Truly a very special place and I will be returning sooner rather than later!
2.0 on September 11, 2014
Booked a two night stay after reading dozens of fantastic reviews. Nice lodging accommodations but there was a power cut which meant a cold water shower, and dinner by candlelight. I had purposely come for the dinner tour and African drummers both of which didn't happen because despite it being my birthday I was the only guest. I hadn't been made previously aware that without other guests there wouldn't be any drummers. The food was bland and flavourless, I expected much better. One chef, Shayna I think - a female - cooked great! The food on the rasta tour was actually the most seasoned despite being cooked out in the open. Fire walks really quickly, said he'd help me on the way down because I was scared but he rushed off ahead of me and I actually couldn't see him behind the bend of trees. I barely saved myself from faling because the trail becomes slippery and is very steep. I paid a lot of money and don't have anything to show for it, I would rather have stayed in a hostel and had a much better experience. Wayne was professional, can't say the same for some of the other men, who were too friendly! I appreciate that the power cut was outside of their control, but they could have made a better effort to ensure the cooking tour still commenced since the stove was a gas burner, and I should have been informed prior to booking there was no guarantee of the African drummers. The fruits were nice, all organic.
4.4 on August 22, 2014
If you want a unique experience...go with Zimbali. The people, property and food were all outstanding!!! You need to experience it for yourself. Its a must do!!!
5 on August 07, 2014
My girlfriend and I found this on LinvingSocial and was very surprised by the price. Upon our arrival we did not know what to expect. As the days went on we were overwhelmed with the amount of service and the peace of mind that Zimbali staff place you in. You are truly relaxed. You really feel like you are IN Jamaica and not just on a island with all the American resorts. Truly a life altering experience to have been there. When visiting I will only go to Zambali, it's well worth every dime!
5 on July 24, 2014
Loved our time at Zimbali. Fire and ishanti are wonderful and amazing men. Miss the fellowship, Chris and Ven's cooking creations, the nightly jungle concerts, but most importantly the way of life. Good luck Mama D. Much respect to Mark and Alecia and "management" :) hugs, Wayne. We are excited to return home in December.
3.8 on July 19, 2014
this was the best time I have had in a long time, it was totally out of my comfort zone. it was basic, a commune with nature. It became spiritual retreat for me. The staff all of them were so accommodating and took such good care of me, I took this trip alone, however once I got there I was not alone, it was like my family was there and I had come home to visit. I want to take other people back so that they can experience what I did I loved Zimbali retreat and all the people I met. tow thumbs up. thank you for the experience. Stephanie S.
4.8 on June 23, 2014
Without a doubt the best vacation ever! I no sooner got home and I began making plans for a return retreat! I can't remember a more relaxing vacation. I would take up residence at Zimbali if I could find a way.
4.0 on June 07, 2014
Amazing from beginning to the end!!!
3.8 on May 22, 2014
Zimbali is a really special place. We loved every minute of our stay there and would absolutely go back or recommend it. If have an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience Jamaican culture, away from the tourist areas, Zimbali is for you.
5 on May 18, 2014
This is place is a true find. Not for everyone but for me it is perfect.
Mountains, Tropical, Village
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) 22 miles
Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Live Music, Nature area, Ocean, Horse Back Riding, Bob Marley Tour, Organic Farm Tour, Certified Herbalist, Waterfall, Mountain Hiking, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins
Other, Bed and Breakfast, Farm
BBQ grill, Internet Service, Piano, Spa, TV Video games, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Special cooking studio Demonstrations, 7 Acre farm, Solar Power, Serenity Spa, Natural Spring Water, Real Culture
Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Farm tour, Rasta Farm Tour, Meditation, River swimming, Herbal Healer, Yoga/massage, Sight-seeing, Swimming
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegetarian/vegan/GF, see details below
Farmm to Table cooking Tour
FOODIES- RISE UP! Zimbali’s “Farm to Table” Cooking Tour is more than just a Meal- it’s an Experience. Only 20 minute from Negril, this 5 Star* Mountain Retreat + 7 acre Organic Farm is one of the most unique places in Jamaica. Come Tour the Farm Tasting and Picking the Foods & Fruits of the Season. Then Return to the specially design 'Mountain Cooking Studio' for an Authentic Demonstration that is Unrivaled in Jamaica. A True Cultural Experience from beginning to end!- Coconut Sushi- Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf- Coconut Curried Rundown - Bananas Foster*Just a few examples of what you’ll taste*-