Inspired by…Cocktail (1988)

Have you guys seen the old-school film Cocktail starring Tom Cruise and Elisabeth Shue…?


We watched it for the first time earlier in the week and it is awesome!  It’s the perfect mix of cheesy 80’s and gorgeous Caribbean scenery – we were totally transported back to the long weekend we had in Portland, Jamaica, when we were living in Cayman.

It was actually pretty sad too – the whole area used to be a massive booming tourist hub back in the 70’s/80’s but has now subsided into a tourist-free boarded up massively-in-need-of-renovation black hole – seriously, we saw like 3 other visitors the whole time we were there.  Such a shame as this area houses two of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been: the Blue Lagoon…


Look at the colour of the water!!!!


And Dunn’s River Falls:


Yeeks, bit raunchy for a design blog…

Anyhoo, so here are a few of our piccies from the trip.  We drove over the Blue Mountains from Kingston:

(Probably the hubs’ favourite moment of the entire weekend – ‘Elly, DO YOU SEE ALL THAT JERK???!’):

And then basically explored for three days – cool deserted beach:

Blue Lagoon:

Dunn’s River Falls:

We ended up staying at three different hotels for the three nights (bit of a fiasco, long story!!) and one of them was lovely, the Mocking Bird Hill Hotel.  The room was open to the gardens with gorgeous huge plantation shutters (and more mosquito coils than you can shake a stick at), and a lovely floaty canopy bed.  The hotel also had this amazing eeny weeny little rooftop terrace where you could sit and watch the firebugs and shooting stars at nighttime – pretty magical actually.

Yummy fresh food and amazing views!

And lastly here’s a little scheme I’ve put together, inspired by Cocktail – I’m really feeling the whites/neutrals again (seriously, what has happened to me?!), but the different finishes and textures keep the tempo up:

{from top left: canopy bed, sheer bed drapes swatch, plantation shutters, cane armchair, cotton hammock, roll top tub, banana leaf trunk, wooden lantern, horn lamp, banana leaf side table}

I’m getting slightly obsessed with that horn lamp…

Have a very happy weekend all!


  1. Looks like a really magical place, dear Elly! And so romantic, I think you had a wonderful long weekend. I did not see the movie, but I am into old movies (that include the 80s) these days, so I write it down on my list. And another thing: that is the kind of bed I expect to find in every romantic exotic place and trust me, I would love to have it in my bedroom, too, but my bf said it is too much with the lila curtains and the dark purple cushions and a little bit of purple on the lights :)))))))))) Have a lovely weekend, Elly!

    • Elly says:

      I’ve been trying to persuade Ali re canopy beds forEVER, and he’s not having any of it either… I will succeed one day! And yep, you must watch the film, it’s definitely a classic!

  2. Sam says:

    I am going to have to be honest and tell you I’ve never watch Cocktail, I had no idea it was filmed in the Caribbean. You are so lucky to have been there, from these awe inspiring photos, it looks like a piece of paradise on earth. cannot believe that is actually the colour of the water! Its surreal! The island inspired design is really chic, I feel like lazying on a hammock now – if we ever had some sun here, that would be great. P.S Thanks for your sweet comment, it meant much to me.

  3. Abbey says:

    Gosh I loved cocktail back in the day! Seen it many times 🙂 How lucky you are to have spent some time there! Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

    • Elly says:

      Yeh it’s really sad – think it was just that the country’ started to get a bad rep for crime etc and tourism just totally fell off. Still a gorgeous place though!

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