Zimbali Retreats

Caanan Mountain Little London, Westmoreland, Jamaica (Show map)


Located only 20 minutes from Negril, Zimbali Retreats is a 7 acre organic farm that is an “Eden in the Mountains". Zimbali features the Real jamaican Culture in complete comfort with options like African Yoga + meditation, Carribean drum lessons and our highly ranked Rasta Tour. Featuring the #1 Restaurant in Jamaica- your meals will always be special. Your package features: a private room with bath, all meals 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 for stays of 3 days or more you get a beach day in Negril and our Cooking Tour held in our specially designed Cooking Studio- Currently Zimbali's cooking tour is ranked #1 out of 683 in Jamaica! 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 Bongo Roache. His knowledge and words of wisdom have over 5 mil. views! 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 share a most natural & authentic Jamaican lifestyle :)


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Innkeepers: Mark and;Alicia



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.7

A taste of Eden, Mon

4.6 on May 20, 2016

I've traveled to many parts of the world and would rate my stay at zimbali as the best . Incredible! I can't wait to go back. Mark and Alicia and staff treat you as family. The activities...if you choose, are a genuine taste of Jamaica. The food is outstanding and they'll even show you how to prepare it. If you want a swim up bar at the pool, book at a Sandals generic resort hotel but if you want the real deal and the most relaxing vacation ever, Zimbali retreat is for you!!!!!

Lovin' the vibes!!

4.4 on November 30, 2015

ZImbali is awesome. I honestly cant say anything bad about it, loved everyone. Love food, people,and relaxed vibe of the place.

Missed the Mark

3.0 on November 19, 2015

The best part of our four day stay was the food. Mark and Alicia, the owners, personalities ran hot & cold. There is not a lot of communication about the activities nor what to expect when you do an activity. In my opinion, they have some work to do if they want to remain in business.

Love this place!

5 on April 21, 2015

My husband and I LOVED staying at Zimbali. The hosts were amazingly friendly and warm, the massage was fantastic and the chefs were both fantastic. I am 5 months pregnant and just got back from the trip where everyone treated us like family and was so excited for our new baby. I highly recommend this place but hope that people know that this is not a resort and is very much in the mountains. It is an experience that is unique but not for everyone i.e. you have to be ok with no AC or TV etc.

Mountain Retreat

4.0 on April 14, 2015

Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. They really make you feel like family.


5 on February 27, 2015

The overall experience exceeded our expectations. It was clean, cozy, the saff was extremly friendly.

Simply Amazing

4.6 on February 13, 2015

The farm tour with Clifford, fabulous meals by O.J. and Chris, Rasta tour with Fire, fresh juices and meals served by Cynthia, "Shorty", and everyone else - it was all amazing! The staff here really engage everyone staying at Zimbali, to the point where everyone is dancing together after dinner, smiles and laughter is in abundance, and you wake up in the morning with a slight ache in your side from laughing so much. We met and made new friends here from all over, and toasted our last meal together cheering "same time next year!" We came to Jamaica this time (not our first) with the intent to see more of "real Jamaica" - thanks all at Zimbali for completely exceeding our expectations and welcoming us into the family.

Awesome experience

4.8 on February 02, 2015

Beautiful property with an amazing staff. Food was outstanding. They provided us delicious vegan meals as we requested. The offered tours were equally impressive. I would and will highly recommend to everyone headed to Jamaica and will absolutely stay there again!!

Wonderful remote experience

4.6 on December 15, 2014

We spent 3 nights at Zimbali. WOW!!!! The location is remote and absolutely beautiful. The property is setup very well. One has to remember this is a remote location in the mountains of Westmoreland parish, and the ability to build, run, and maintain this small, beautiful eco-resort amazes me. The owners and staff were always helpful and great people. The dining is out of this world. There is not one negative thing that I can say about Zimbali. We already plan to return and extend our stay to 5 or 7 days on our next visit. Respect to everyone at Zimbali.


5 on October 29, 2014

Zimbali is an exotic outpost tucked away in the Canaan Mountains. It has a wonderful atmosphere , everyone was helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and the service exceptional. My sister and I had a fantastic week and can't wait to come back!

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Rooms & Rates

Mountain Villa

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Mountain Suite I

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 :)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mountain Suite II

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 :)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mountain Cottage

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sweet Blue

Beautiful room with seperate bedroom and view of bird watching area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Seaside Cottage

Steps from your own private beach, kayak the bay, snorkel the reef or sink and relax in your private natural mineral bath. Relaxation is guaranteed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Seaside Villa

Come and experience real Jamaican tranquility at “The Legend”. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath villa is located on 2 acres of tropical seafront splendor. The interior is rustic by design. The rooms are filled with handmade Jamaican furniture and accented by local artist’s work hanging on the walls. Shower in a bathroom surrounded by walls of coral, your feet massaged by its touch. Ocean breezes and ceiling fans provide 24 hr. natural cooling and the rhythmic beating of the sea, guarantees a peaceful sleep anytime.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

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Location Type

Mountains, Tropical, Village


Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) 22 miles

Directions to property:

Zimbali Retreats is located Caanan Mountain, a fertile mountain valley located 20 minutes outside of Negril, above Little London. Private transport from Negril is available. Private airport transport is available for $99 each way. If personally driving, please go to wesite for directions.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Farm

On-site amenities

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

Room amenities

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

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Farm tour, Rasta Farm Tour, Meditation, River swimming, Herbal Healer, Yoga/massage, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 2;00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit is required, balance upon check-in
  • Cancellations: 50% of deposit refunded Out side of 30 days, Inside of 30 days there is no refund, but all deposits can be held for full value and are redeemable for up to 2 year.



Mark and;Alicia

Languages spoken

Patois, English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , Donkey and goat

About the innkeepers

Writer, musician, artist. 100% organic farmers,100% off grid, environmental company owner, vegetarians.

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  • Time Served: anytime
  • Serving Location: Veranda overlooking farm, Dining Area or room, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegetarian/vegan/GF, see details below

Signature Dish

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*-