"I couldn't have liked it more!" as Mr Coward once sang.
I can confirm that the new road is now completed, meaning that the old road outside the hotel now has little traffic travelling along it.
I have always been a big fan of Noel Coward's work and so when I learnt that you could actually stay at his orignal home in Jamaica, I jumped at the chance!
Hotel arranged pick-up for me from Mo-Bay airport and it took around 1.5 hours to reach Blue Harbour with very friendly taxi driver called Trevor.
The hotel itself is like something from the bygone days of the 1950s and all the better for it. It is well worn - maybe "shabby chic" would describe it well. I stayed in the smallest villa, "Villa Chica" which is the closest to the sea. Huge amount of room, with walk in closet, bathroom and bedroom, plus a terrace with chairs and a hammock. As I said earlier, everything is very old but was spotlessly clean. Shower worked well too. There is no AC and although nights were quite humid, I slept well with fans on and sea breeze passing through.
The saltwater swimming pool was lovely to hang out by - much more pleasant than a chlorine filled pool. Beach is small, but good swimming still posssible.
Staff were super friendly and helped with anything I needed. Leroy the main guy in charge is very nice and even took me into Port Maria on market day to look around and help carry the shopping. I travelled as a single, but never felt isolated as in the evenings lots of locals came round for a chat and a game of dominoes!
Food was great, very Jamaican. I said I wanted to try all the Jamaican food so I sampled the likes of ackee, callaloo and oxtail while I was there. The only drink you will be provided with is water, but staff will happily buy your tipple at the local shop for you (no rip-off hotel bars!).
Spent a morning at Firefly, Coward's final home and now a museum. Very interesting, as the house is still as he left it and views spectacular.
Please be aware, that you book Blue Harbour directly with its owner Michael and Michelle Gleeson. I did this all by email and everything went smoothly. Payments must be made in cash or traveller's cheques (I used the latter).
As they say in Jamaica, I hope to "soon come" to Blue harbour once again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking Jamaica's scenic north coast, Blue Harbour a lush seven acre estate built in the fifties by Noel Coward the prolific British playwright, songwriter and entertainer;offers the ideal setting for relaxation and recreation. The saltwater swimming pool, gardens and seaside cottages complete this haven where the guestbook included such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich, Sean Connery, Alec Guinness, Katherine Hepburn, Patricia Neil Noel Cowards friends were drawn to what their host so fondly dubbed "Doctor Jamaica" the creative and restorative island where many completed their painting, musical and literary endeavors. Blue Harbour accommodations are fully staffed and offer lodging so you can come alone or with up to 12 guest. For larger informal groups accommodations can be provided on request. Each room opens to one of the large verandas with sweeping views of the coast and cooling air of the trade winds. Come vacation with us. Swim, explore and delight in native Jamaican cooking. Blue Harbour has preserved the spirit and style of the real Jamaica. Blue Harbour is a safe ,secure, eco-friendly and private holiday destination. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Noel Coward`s Blue Harbour Hotel Ocho Rios
- Noel Coward's Blue Harbour Jamaica/Ocho Rios