The only way to see Jamaica!
Submitted: January 3, 2011
Stayed: December 2010
Rose Apple villa is the perfect base if you want a quiet retreat for excursions to see the real Jamaica. If you’re looking for a sanitized, luxury all-inclusive then look elsewhere! But if you want a comfortable, immaculate home to be your retreat from the hustle and bustle of the island, you’ve found it! While portions of the grounds are still under construction at the time of our visit (such as changing rooms at the pool and an additional suite in the downstairs portion of the home) everything is tidy and well maintained.
Families of small children will appreciate the fact that the pool is separated from the house by at least 30 ft up a short hill. Security is excellent. It doesn’t get much more rural feeling than this-with 5 acres of mature fruit trees around the property, we got a much better sense of what life was like in rural areas.
We opted to have Jackie cook our dinners each night and tidy up as time allowed. Coming home to an authentic (and delicious!) Jamaican meal was really quite a treat. Jackie is quiet, unobtrusive and happy to share her own knowledge of the island. We fell in love with her! We also negotiated with Walen to rent a van and have him drive us around the island. With over 30 years experience in Jamaica, he can answer even the silliest question and his laid back attitude is perfectly suited for dealing with the crazy driving that is par for the course. It was this dynamic duo that really MADE our whole trip! Jackie and Walen were a team that allowed us the type of daily experiences that people in the resorts had to pay for on tours! We are now completely spoiled for all other vacations!
I'll be recommending Walen and Rose Apple to everyone I meet!
Tourists without a Car,
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Owner's Response: It was indeed a pleasure serving Gardner, Lynn, Carrie and Josh and their whole family for the Christmas holidays. We really appreciate their honest, from the heart review. Families like theirs make running a guest house a real joy.
Walen and Marjorie
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