|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Santa Maria is in Ocho Rios on the North coast of Jamaica. The building is in the colonial style. The apartment for the rent is the home of a very well known Caribbean Hotelier who has lived there for the last 23 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 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.
There are books to read, cook and art works around.
Miss Daisy, the housekeeper/cook is there every day to clean and to cook. She is a lovely Jamaican woman, always with a ready smile, always helpful and quite amenable. She is with me for the last 23 years.
There is full kitchen with fridge, freezer, large & small oven, electric cooking range, juicer, blender etc.
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 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.
Santa Maria is 90 minute drive from Montego Bay airport, 120 minute drive from Kingston airport, 20 minute drive from Ian Fleming Airport or from Ocho Rios cruiseship pier.
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.
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.
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 the last 23 years.
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
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.
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.
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Service fee is charged per night.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.