I've just returned from my break at Glory Be with Karen and Ronnie, and what a different experience from the impersonal all-inclusive hotels found in Jamaica. Here is a true guesthouse with Old World charm, a Jamaican welcome, a private, exclusive spot in the jungle on the sea. The setting is stunning, set in lush gardens with views of the sea from enormous windows and terraces. You walk down the path to the private beach below the cliff-edge location and you don't have to fight for a chair, they're all yours. There are tables for snacks, an outdoor shower, a stretch of sand and steps into the sea for swimming and snorkeling along a teeming reef. At night from any of the three cottages you can hear the crickets and the waves against the ironshore cliffs, lulling you to sleep, and you awake to the sound of tropical birds greeting the day.
The cottages have an artsy vibe and beckon you to outdoor spaces due to the expansive views. I stayed in the Artist Cottage with high ceilings, a big kitchen, covered porch, outdoor terrace, guest bedroom, and strong Wi-Fi available everywhere. I appreciated the big desk for working when I needed to.
You can walk to Harmony Hall, the best gallery of Jamaican art on the island, and you can dine in the evening at Toscanini's on the first floor. It's a quick hop to downtown Ocho Rios with shops, bars and restaurants, plus the funky Island Village. In the area is Prospect Plantation, Dolphin Cove, Coyaba River Gardens, and Dunn's River Falls. There are plenty of fun day tours and adventures through Chukka Cove, including horseback riding in the sea, zip lining, downhill bike riding, ATV tours, float trips and more.
Hosts Karen and Ronnie make you feel welcome, and will fill you in on all the insider tips and ensure your holiday exceeds all expectations. They know all the doings in the area. You'll feel like you've just stopped in on relatives.
This is a secret hideaway that you'll want to tell your friends about. Big up Glory Be!