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Ocho Rios Designer's Apartment By The Sea And Beach, Large Pool, Tennis Court.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,734 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 3

Santa Maria is in Ocho Rios on the North coast of Jamaica. The building is in colonial style. The apartment for rent is the home of a very well known Caribbean Hotelier, ceramist and his interior designer wife who have lived there for the last 24 years.

From the first floor the apartment is entered either by curved gentle stairs or by elevator. As you enter the door you see the living room which is mostly in white, the terrace beyond and further to the large pool, the gardens and the Caribbean Sea.

The apartment is by the sea, small beach and you have it's view from both bedrooms and bathrooms. There is airconditioning and ceiling fan in the living/drawing room as well as in bedrooms. Of the two bedrooms, one has a four poster king size bed( 78 inch by 74 inch ), it's ensuite bathroom and closet, the other a single ( 74 inch by 38 inch ) with it's own closet, bathroom and toilet. Each bathroom has a shower head. Linen and terry is provided.

The size of the apartment is 1754 sq ft.

There are books to read, cook and art works around from many countries.

Miss Daisy, the housekeeper/cook is the strength of the apartment. Ask her to prepare a few typical Jamaican dishes. She Is there every day except Sunday to clean and to cook. She works 40 hours/ 6 day week.She comes around 11:00 am. Makes your beds, cleans the apartment and prepares your lunch. There after she takes a break to return to prepare your afternoon tea/ coffee and prepare dinner. If you would like her to prepare your breakfast or work on her day off, make prior arrangement with her and for payment. She is a lovely Jamaican , always with a ready smile, always helpful and quite amenable. She is with us for last 24 years.

There is full kitchen with fridge, freezer, large & small oven, microwave, electric cooking range, juicer, blender, toaster, etc.

There is a washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and board in a separate room.

All meals seem to be eaten on the terrace, because of the beautiful surroundings. It is lovely to sip your morning tea or coffee on the terrace and see the sun rise and watch cruise ships pass by in distance.

There are many things to do around Ocho Rios. Dunns River Falls, Mystic Mountain as well as Dolphins Cove are only 10-15 minutes away by car. In the other direction you are headed for James Bond country, Golden Eye( Ian Fleming), Firefly Guest House( Sir Noel Coward) and Ian Fleming Airport. Port Antonio is a 2 hour drive.

Several restaurants are well worth a visit and the small hotel Jamaica Inn can be counted for a very pleasant evening. Reservations required. You can taste cuisines from Jamaica, Italy, India, China and North America around. Of course there are fish restaurants too. Particularly General Foods and Progressive supermarkets carry imported and gourmet food items as well as local specialities. Not far from Santa Maria every Friday there is a Farmers Market.

There is a tennis court on the property. A tennis instructor is available by prior arrangement for lessons or to play at price. There is a reserved parking space for the apartment.

The apartment is in a gated community.

Santa Maria is 90 minute drive from Montego Bay airport, 100 minute drive from Kingston airport, 20 minute drive from Ian Fleming Airport or 10 minute drive from Ocho Rios cruiseship pier.

More Details

Jag Mehta
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Hindustani and Punjabi
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 25, 2017

About Jag Mehta

The apartment has been owned for over 23 years by a well traveled and known Caribbean Hotelier and a ceramist. He has worked in the United States, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

He has exhibited his ceramic work in London, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. There are 9 of his pieces in the permanent collection at the Jamaica National Gallery.

Why Jag Mehta chose Ocho Rios

It is a quiet, well situated property by the sea with a large pool, beach and tennis court. The interior was done by a very well known interior designer. This apartment has appeared in local news papers and the interior designer's work has been featured in well known international magazines and news papers. The housekeeper/cook has been at the apartment for the last 23+ years.

What makes this apartment unique

Miss Daisy, the housekeeper/cook is there everyday to clean and to cook. She is a lovely Jamaican woman, always with a ready smile, always helpful and quite amenable. She has been with me for Over 23 years.

She works 40 hours/6day week. Her day off is Sunday. She comes around 11:00 am, cleans apartment, prepares your lunch and then takes a break to return to prepare your dinner. If you would like her to prepare your breakfast or work on Sunday; make separate arrangement with her.


Ocho Rios Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1734 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Second Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Second Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Ocho Rios Designer's Apartment By The Sea And Beach, Large Pool, Tennis Court.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect two bedroom apartment. The views are amazing. The swimming pool and beach access are wonderful. Ocho Rios is a great place with many wonderful day activities. I would definitely stay at the property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your stay and review. Miss Daisy was delighted to be of service. Do come back soon. Jag
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Amazing views, Comfortable and So much more!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Jag and of course Miss Daisy. We instantly felt at home in your apartment. You totally under estimated the view with your photos. We spent every morning enjoying a cup of coffee while looking at the ocean. We went to sleep with sounds of the waves and nature almost every night. A short walk down to the pool or the beach made the amenities better than any resort. We snorkeled right off the beach. Our daughter made fast friends with kids within the community and has life long memories. We did as well. By renting this unit you have the opportunity to not only enjoy the island but also the amazing people ~ who are not only fun but so welcoming.

We can not say enough good things about our stay. Your place is very comfortable, we worried about the white furniture and pottery with our 5 year old but she enjoyed your art and I hope you enjoyed the snowman she made for you. Please extend our thanks to Miss Daisy again. She took care of us and cleaned up after our many trips to and from the beach/pool.

Thank you for arranging for groceries in advance. I wish I researched what groceries to buy as I am positive Miss Daisies Pumpkin Soup and Red Bean soup would have surpassed any restaurant as her Jerk Chicken. Richard was our local driver who took us our on a few trips into town. We found many restaurants provide transportation to and from Santa Maria - so that was a great tip.

Tips for others:

Closest restaurants - Walking distance at Hermosa Cove there is a restaurant Christopher's - food was ok - the view and atmosphere AMAZING.

Tracks and Records a sports pub and shopping village is about a 5 minute walk. (sidewalks are not like Canada/US so be sure to walk facing traffic) Pineapple Craft Village is across the street. Be prepared for negotiating and saying no thank you.

Recommend for groceries - Progressive foods - prices are a little higher but everything is there. For produce - ask Miss Daisy to see if someone can get for you or go to the market

Best Italian, pizzas, pasta, great red wine - Cafe DaVinci within Island Village

Best authentic experience - Dave's Lobster Shack - be sure to have cash and see the sizes of Lobsters that are available

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Mann Family You were perfect guests. I am glad to read that your daughter made fast friends and would have long life memories. The children were there because of Christmas holidays. If you recall I was concerned about your young daughter's age as the apartment is not suitable for children. You assured me that she was a well travelled sophisticated child. She lived up to 100% of your assessment. Congratulations. Please thank her for the un melting snowman. It sits on the large table over a big white book. Richard is not only a good reliable driver but also a gentleman. I am glad he was of service. Miss Daisy enjoyed your stay and pleased to hear that you enjoyed her authentic Jamaican cooking. She appreciates your generosity. Thanks for writing about other places you had chances to visit or dine out. I am sorry I was not there when you arrived or left to return home to frigid icy cold Canada with warm memories. Return whenever you wish. Jag
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breathtaking apartment close to attractions

  • 5 of 5

I was more than pleased with my stay, the owner was accommodating and easy to deal with. The apartment was centrally located, I was able to walk to all the attractions and restaurants. Immediately outside the apartment was a coconut vendor so we could go out and get fresh coconuts in the mornings. Ms. Daisy the helper was pleasant and she prepared the best jamaican meals. I would definitely stay here on my next vacation.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments about your stay, particularly about Miss Daisy. I am sure she will be very pleased to read what you had to say about her Jamaican cooking. May be you did notice the Coconut Man also sells sliced sugar cane. Jag
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Montego Bay International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Various Bars
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Upton Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Various Restaurants
Car: recommended

Santa Maria is located 3.5km from Clock Tower in Ocho Rios or 200 metres from Pineapple Place. Ocho Rios is famous for its attractions, Dunn's River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain and Fern Gully which are only 10-15 minutes away by car. In the other direction you're headed for James Bond country, Golden Eye(Ian Flemming), Firefly Guest House (Sir Noel Coward) and Ian Flemming Airport. Port Antonio is a two hour drive away. Several restaurants are well worth a visit and the small hotel Jamaica Inn can be counted on for a very pleasant evening (reservations required). You can taste cuisines from Jamaica, Italy, India and North America. Of course, there are fish restaurants too. General Foods and Progressive supermarkets carry imported and gourmet food items as well as local specialties.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Service fee is charged per stay of 7 nights.
Once deposit is received there is no refund.
No parties in the apartment. If party is to be done at the gazebo, prior permission is required from
the Condominium management and have to follow the rules and regulations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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