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Four miles East of Ocho Rios, right next to famous Reggae Beach, the enchanting cottages at Glory Be offers you old world charm in a private, eco friendly, garden environment with tropical flowers (hibiscus, helaconia, jasmine,…), fruit trees (bananas, tangerines, sour sop, pineapple, ackee, noni), fabulous views and direct access to the sea.
THE ARTIST STUDIO
This spacious seaside cottage (1200 sq. ft.), formerly Marion Simmons’ art studio is romantic for two, comfortable for four. In the great room there is a king size antique four poster bed, a sofa, arm chairs, a stocked book case, antiques, original art work and cable T.V. which has radio channels as well. A fully equipped kitchen is ideal for self caterers, although some of Ocho Rios' finest dining is nearby. On the veranda are a dining table, chairs and a glider sofa, where you can see spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Adjoining the great room is a separate bedroom with two twin beds, a desk and antique safe. The bathroom with a tropical motif has a solar heated shower, toilet and basin and a view of the pool. Ceiling fans and tropical breezes cool the rooms. Next to the veranda are two patios with a charcoal grill and a hammock. Winding stone steps lead to the beach area.
(Listed amenities and pricing in this homeaway listing are for this cottage only).
THE CALYPSO COTTAGE
The adorable high-ceilinged Calypso cottage (1000 sq. ft.) with an amazing sea view and large outside deck is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic retreat. It is attractively furnished with a king size bed, 2 small loves eats, and a breakfast bar, all with views of the gorgeous Caribbean sea. The entrance door, depicting an orange tree, is an original work by local artist Jonna Brasch. The decor is tropical with carved pineapples, colorful carved fish, bamboo tiles, bamboo glass panels and cedar shelves and counters. The cottage has an open kitchen with all amenities and a bathroom with walk-in shower and skylight. A stairway at the foot of the cottage leads to the sea.
(Rates: US$900 / week, US$150 / night)
(Amenities: Kitchen, WiFi, King Size bed, Safe, Shower, Telephone, Ceiling Fan)
THE SUNSPOTS COTTAGE
This gingerbread cottage decorated with original Jamaican fret work (1000 sq. ft.) is a real Jamaican country cottage. It is ideal for one person or a couple. It has a bedroom with a queen-size bed, a living room with a sofa, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with bathtub. The double veranda has comfortable arm chairs and a large dining table, where you can relax and enjoy the sea view.
(Rates: US$900 / week, US$150 / night)
(Amenities: Kitchen, WiFi, Queen Size bed, Safe, Shower, Telephone, Ceiling Fan, Washing Machine, Cable TV)
A paradise for artists, creative spirits, nature-lovers, rest-seekers and photographers, Glory Be is ideal for bird watchers as well. Many types of humming birds and migratory birds make Glory Be their safe haven. The property is very private and has many cozy nooks and crannies. The cottages are situated so there is a true feeling of being alone in paradise. There is a guests-only swimming pool and a private beach area. Many of our visitors enjoy swimming and snorkeling or sunbathing from our beautiful beach side patio.. In walking distance there are an art gallery, restaurants, a jerk (barbeque) center, and a small grocery. Minibuses and taxis make it a short ride to downtown Ocho Rios.
The enchanting property of Glory Be was purchased in 1951 by renowned marine artist, Marion Simmons, who designed the main house and the studio cottage. Karen Schleifer is the grand niece of Marion Simmons and is the present owner. Karen is American and lives in the main house with her husband Ronnie Schleifer, who was in the hotel business for 20 years. Together they have renovated and landscaped in the exquisite taste and style of Karens aunt.
Karen & Ronnie Schleifer purchased this cottage in 1951
Glory Be says it all! When the bush was cleared, the glorious view was revealed. It was Sir Noel Coward, the English playwriter who lived further along the road on the property of Firefly, who inspired Marion Simmons to name her property 'Glory Be'.
The tropical light is ever changing. The sunsets are fabulous and always different. It is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Ocho Rios. Glory Be is the ultimate destination for the discerning traveler looking for an intimate and romantic hideaway right at the Carribean sea.
My wife and I had the pleasure of a three night stay in the Artist's Cottage at Glory Be, and it was one of the best vacation rentals we've ever had. We've stayed around the world in places rented on the internet. Sometimes the accommodations match your expectations. Sometimes they are worse than they appear to be from the photos and descriptions on line. Our stay at Glory Be with Karen and Ronnie far exceeded our expectations for beauty, convenience, hospitality and location.
The Artists Studio is a beautifully adorned studio with a well supplied kitchen, which had fresh eggs, bread and milk waiting for us on our arrival. The furniture was comfortable, and the veranda, which is spacious looks out at the Caribbean, just below. While there are three cottages on their property, they are all very private. Another family was at one of the other units but we hardly saw them the way the cottages are laid out. We had a relatively short pathway down to a private ocean entry-point, and there's a second access to a beach which is more swimmer-friendly not far away.
Ronnie and Karen are wonderful hosts who were as helpful as could be. At one point the gas stove stopped working. They invited us into their home to cook, and had a repairman out to fix the gas in a few hours. They are also a font of great information about local attractions and restaurants, and a pleasure to get to know. Of the maybe 20 places I've rented in the last 10 years around the world, Glory Be is one of the very best, which I recommend without hesitation.
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!
Glory Be is a wonderful place to relax. The beauty of its surroundings are amazing. There are three cottages on the property, including the owners home, which are each very charming. We stayed in the Calypso Cottage. It Has everything you need for a peaceful getaway. The property is on a cliff and has beautiful steps that lead down to two separate areas for relaxing and getting into the water. The sunsets were amazing, looking out from the patio, over the water, having our dinner and watching faraway ships pass, will be a memory I will cherish forever. My husband enjoyed snorkeling while I enjoyed the sun reading a good book. The reef is steps away and the area perfect for scuba diving as well. My husband was impressed with the reef's beauty and sea life. The property is surrounded with lush gardens, beautiful flowering trees, and is a bird watchers paradise. Very private with gate and faithful watchmen (their sweet dogs). Restaurants within walking distance. And Karen will take you into town for the necessities. If you want relaxation, beauty and peace this is the place to be. WE will be returning for years to come. Ron and Karen, Thank you both for sharing your wonderful home with us. See you next year! Steph and Mike Sarbora, Delaware, USA
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Glory Be on a whim. She actually came across it during an online search as we were looking for a place to stay near Ocho Rios during the Rebel Salute Reggae Festival. We're a young couple, in our 30s, and after extensive travel around Portland Parish, we were looking for a place to relax during our final days in Jamaica.
I can say with confidence that we definitely found the right place. We stayed three nights in the Calypso Cottage. Even with our late arrival that Thursday, Karen and Ronnie stayed up to greet us. Karen and Ronnie are great folks, who welcome you onto their property like you are family. The grounds are amazing and well taken care of, the private beach is perfect for sunsets, and Reggae Beach is a short walk, or swim away. This was our first fee/pay beach and we loved it. Clean, friendly, and a beautiful setting.
Even with our late evening plans at Rebel Salute, Karen and Ronnie were able to provide us with a reliable driver named Chester. A true gentleman, who also ended up driving us to Montego Bay for a departing flight that Sunday. I can't say enough good thinks about the Schleifer's and what they offer travelers of all ages and backgrounds at Glory Be. It is a perfect destination for couples, honeymooners, the weary traveler, or the traveler that wants some privacy and a relaxing stay in a chunk of paradise with a much smaller price tag than an all inclusive resort that traps you within four walls.
Thank you so much Karen, Ronnie, and Olive, for the hospitality, flexibility, and generosity. We will definitely return in the future and we look forward to talking about all of that great music and culture that the best island offers.
A haven to creativity, and a paradise of peace and beauty: I stayed at the Marion Simmon's Artist's Studio this January with two teenage boys, and had an exceptional time. The natural beauty of the landscape is extraordinary. The studio is steeped in history and the aesthetic, creative touches are sublime. My sons and I were treated like family rather than paying guests. Our hosts, Ronnie and Karen, took us under there wing and went out of there way to make our stay comfortable -- at the same time leaving us with all the privacy we could ever ask for. I highly recommend this cottage -- (the other two are smaller but very lovely as well) for anyone who does not care for the artificial and bland visit that the majority of tourists will receive on an "all-inclusive". This is definitely off-the-beaten-track and provides an authentic, old-world experience of the true beauty of Jamaica. Once of the best art galleries on the island is a three-minute walk away!
My family was given a trip to Jamaica and we chose Glory Be for its location and affordability as my parents were staying here for a full month while my brother and myself were only able to stay for 2 weeks.
The kitchen was fully equipped, and if there was anything that we needed, all we had to do was ask. There were lots of linens and beach towels.
The snorkeling was great...there were lots of reefs to explore and you could not ask for it to be more accessible, only a short walk down to the beach.
The pool was great to relax in, always was kept clean.
The wildlife and birds were an enjoyment to observe and listen too...never knew what we were going to see :-)
It was a joy to stay here and would recommend it to all who what to get away and have a nice, quite relaxing vacation.
Glory Be is located 4 miles east of the popular tourist town of Ocho Rios, on the north coast road. Popular attractions like Mystic Mountain, Dunn's River falls, Dolphin's Cove, Prospect Plantation,... are all nearby. Glory Be itself has a beach/ snorkeling area with easy access to the sea, good swimmers can swim to Reggae Beach (you can also easily walk). James Bond beach is not too far away and there is Turtle Beach right in Ocho Rios. Some of the all-inclusive hotels nearby offer day passes. Tour companies like Chukka cove Adventures Tours provide group tours to the most well-known attractions in Jamaica. Several independent tour guides offer more unconventional and customized tours to ao. the Blue Mountains, Kingston, ... or offer private bird tours, mountainbiking tours,... in and around Ocho Rios.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Swim at your own risk.No lifeguard on duty
We ask a deposit of half the amount, payable by check or paypal.There is a cancellation fee of $200.
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