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 25+ 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. She does not live in. 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 full time for last 25+ 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/gazebo 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, Fern Gully, 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 and Hermosa Cove 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 80 minute drive from Montego Bay airport, 100 minute drive from Kingston airport, 20 minute drive from Ian Fleming Airport or 5 minute drive from Ocho Rios town Centre.