About SHELDON JAMES
Hey, I'm Sheldon!!! I love life and everything about it! I'm the Director / Sales & Marketing Manager for a family owned new & used car and auto parts business in Kingston for over 20 years. I'm a social butterfly & a foodie who enjoys traveling, meeting & interacting with new friends, cultures and living life to the fullest. 'Our only limitations are those we set-up in our minds!'
SHELDON JAMES purchased this Apartment in 2003
Why SHELDON JAMES chose New Kingston
Nestled in the heart of the capital city, Choose To Be Happy is the ultimate vacation rental if you are planning a trip to Kingston, Jamaica. Choose To Be Happy offers state-of-the-art decadence, with ultra modern decorative features, all at an affordable rate and within the confines of a gated community. “We believe that happiness is contagious, and our goal is to help spread it across the country,” said Sheldon James, owner, Choose To Be Happy. “We created the Choose To Be Happy concept based on the notion that when you give happy, you get happy. It’s a chain reaction, and we aim to be a catalyst for happiness.” If you want to relax outdoors the pool awaits your indulgence. If you seek quiet solitude, the outdoor balcony is perfect, maybe just a lazy read of one of the many books or you could watch a movie on satellite TV indoors. Other amenities include air conditioning, Internet access, washer and dryer. “Choose To Be Happy would like for our guests to feel reassured of all the vacation rental properties in Kingston, they chose a property that will really make them happy,” said James. Here’s what Choose To Be Happy guests are saying: “As a travel agent and wedding planner, I travel quite a bit. I am so pleased that I stayed here for a few days, as it’s certainly become my oasis. I will most definitely be back again and again. I feel like I have found my very own hidden paradise in Kingston.” – Wedding_Guru, review on “Choose To Be Happy is the perfect place to stay if and when you visit Kingston, Jamaica. This apartment is very clean, cozy, decorative and well equipped with everything that you need. Sheldon the owner is awesome and friendly and goes out of his way to accommodate his guests. The apartment is centrally located to everything, which was great and convenient. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who is visiting Kingston.” – Karen T, review on
What makes this Apartment unique
"Choose to Be Happy!" @ Palms of Annette: - Within 2 minutes walking distance of Mega Mart (a 24-hour supermarket, cafe and general store, equivalent to Walmart), and Triple T's Eatery. Both cafes serve a hearty Jamaican breakfast, lunch and dinner. - Within 5 minutes driving distance of Devon House - A historical Victorian Great House bordered by sprawling lawns, craft shops and an ice cream parlour that is rated the 4th best place to eat ice cream in the World (yes... the World) by National Geographic. - Within 3-5 minutes drive of: 1) The Wine Bar & Grill - Our fave place for a relaxing meal and any wine of your choosing, or a first stop for a night on the town. Tell Ossie we sent you and get 10% off your bill. (Did we mention we love this place?) 2) The Marketplace – Jamaica's premier dining and entertainment hub, which boasts world-class Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean and local restaurants to satisfy the international palette, including Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records, and the high energy Club Fiction. 3) The Terra Nova - Offers a five-star dining experience at the Regency Restaurant; Champagne High Tea on Thursdays and a decadent Sunday Brunch at The Terrace; and an opportunity to 'lyme' with Kingston's in-crowd at the Regency Lounge & Bar. 4) Andrews Memorial Hospital - Kingston's best private hospital. - Within 6-8 minutes drive of: 1) New Kingston – Kingston's Corporate Business district 2) Bob Marley Museum – The world famous home of the legendary King of Reggae, a recent stop for US President Barrack Obama. 3) Shopping Malls 4) The Knutsford Express (Bus Station) 5) Emancipation Park 6) The Hope Zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens 7) Nightclubs, restaurants, international business offices and 8) Embassies such as The United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom. 9) Constant Spring Golf Club 10) Jamzone Bowling Alley and Lounge
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 2
Minimum age of primary renter: 18 - 18 Year's or older18 Year's or older
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
First & Foremost I want to thank , Sheldon & B for their hospitality. It was more than I expected, from picking me up from the Airport, to upgrading my stay and providing me with a rental
car, they supplyed me with everything I need. You can get everything you need at one place. What I love about "CHOOSE To Be Happy, is that they strive to make Happy Consumers HAPPIER, why do I say this? After returning the rental car , I forgot to full the tank back up & as a subsidiary of "Choose To Be Happy! They filled it up for me. It's little things like that that makes me always want to use them everytime i go to the island. PS the pictures do not have anything on the actual location ...SIMPLY AMAZING
Privacy and Comfort in Kingston
The name "Happy @ 16" is perfect for this and the other properties under this banner. Located in New Kingston the apartment I stayed in was a well appointed suite complete with washer and dryer, a beautiful kitchen with all new appliances (there was even a little start up kit of snacks, coffee, teas etc), and a large bathroom. The owners spared no expense on the furniture and finishings so it truly felt like I was in a top tier hotel room. The apartment was in a gated community with 24 hour security as well as having the additional security of a key card and electronic gate seperating the courtyard from the actual apartments. Security was extremely friendly and pegging me as a visitor kept an extra eye out and helped me to find safe neighborhood restaurants to visit in the evening. I was central to almost everything in Kingston and even my friends who lived on the island were envious of my location. I normally prefer vacation rentals to hotels and Happy has become my new go to when visiting Jamaica. The price is perfect for long stays and Sheldon was super helpful allowing me to check in very early due to my morning flight and he was always a quick text and or phone call away. Recommend this property highly.
Home away from home and great location!
This condo is ideally located...practically 5 mins away from everything....food/restaurants, bob marley museum and devon house. The condo is very comfortable, clean and very secure. It has all the amenities listed incl. laundry facilities and a pool.. There is security personnel at the gate 24hrs...Sheldon and his business partner Basil were very helpful and accommodating and also organized a rental for us to use during our stay...I would definitely recommend this condo if you want to stay in a very nice neighbourhood in the middle of the city!! It has everything you'll need and if not, I'm sure Sheldon will be able to accommodate!!
Nice quiet property.
Clean and quiet and very close to everything. I felt very secure with the secured entrance.
Everything you expect, want and more!
For starters, my flight arrived after 6 p.m,, after check-in. and Mr. James accommodated my late arrival.The apartment was not far from the airport and is centrally located. He was waiting at the apartment when we arrived. He escorted us in and oriented us to the apartment and the property as well gave a short tutorial on how to work the aminities (which are also provided in the apartment written in detail incase you forget). The apartment was just as pictured in the photos! We were pleasantly surprised not to mention very pleased. We all know how deceiving pictuers can be. The decor was immaculate, the art work appeared to be orginal pieces. The appliances and counter tops were high end. All the things you need to perpare a meal were available: pots, pans utensils, dishes. There was a curtsey basket of snacks, teas and etc. provided. The linen closet was stocked with fresh linen, towels, wash cloths, beach towels etc. There was an iron as well as an ironing board. If you think you need it, it most likely was available. There was also a movie library as well as magizines to read. The bed was HEAVEN, very comfy! The bathroom was beautifully done and we loved having surround sound throughout the aprarment. There is a speaker in the ceiling in the bathroom that lets you hear what was playing on the T.V.. What a great feature! We truly felt at home. It's obvious we loved the apartimet and enjoyed our stay, however it was comforting to know and experience that If we had any quesitons or concerns Mr. James was alwasy easy to contact and he responsed very promptly. We chose to be happy and was not disappointed! We extend our deepest gratitude to Mr. James and his family! Thank you for an amazing vacation stay in Jamaica and we will always Choose To Be Happy!
My only regret was having to leave..
I had the pleasure of staying at this rental May 22nd –May 25th 2015. I can truly say from beginning to end Sheldon was not only professional but also accommodating. The process for booking the rental was a smooth one as well as he continued to keep me informed on the entire process. Prior to my arrival he linked me with two drivers of my choice that would be accessible for any needs I had i.e. trips to the store, rides around Kingston, etc. I not only felt SAFE but I was made to feel comfortable. Due to my early AM flight I wasn’t able to check in but Sheldon came through once again and not only did the driver pick me up from Norman Manley airport but we were able to visit the TUFF GONG studio owned by BOB MARLEY & family, the Coronation market for fresh fruit and then the local grocery store for snacks as well as oxtails and rice for a late lunch. Upon arrival the gorgeous condo was cleaned to perfection and Sheldon had a “goodie basket” to welcome me. He took the time to intricately show me how each remote worked, he also had a laminated direction sheet and was accessible as needed. The phone in the living spaces was available for local calls via LIME as well which was extremely helpful. All in all I would definitely visit again as well as recommend him . I truly miss the huge mango tree out front and the pool as well..and promise to return.
Located only 20 minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport and 5 minutes from the heart of the city's premiere financial district, New Kingston, Jamaica the studio offers, to discerning guests, unparalleled creature comfort. Kingston's top shopping, cultural and entertainment centers; such as the famous Devon House, Emancipation Park, the Hope Zoo at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Blue Mountains, nightclubs, restaurants, international business offices and embassies are only within a five-minute walk or drive. Our studio is the perfect jump off point for visits to the old pirate city of Port Royal, the Bob Marley Museum (former home of the Reggae King), Lime Cay for swimming and the magnificent Blue Mountains (over 7000 feet above sea level) for hiking, birding or sight seeing tours.
You can also enjoy our Jamaican cuisine at the many nearby local restaurants or if you're up for international cuisine with a Jamaican twist, you'll find those close by too.
Within 5 - 10 minutes you can arrive at any of Jamaica's two renowned hospital both with a reputation of being exceptionally good hospitals, The University of the West Indies (U.W.I.), University of Technology (UTech), the National Stadium and Indoor Sports Arena, the U.S. Embassy, British High Commission, financial district, supermarkets and shopping centers, movie theatres, clubs and bars