We just returned from five nights at The Blue House in Ocho Rios. From the moment we arrived at this charming, luxury B&B ( past midnight due to a three hour flight delay), we were made to feel like old friends or family. We stayed in The Upper Room, a large deep periwinkle-colored refuge with an adjoining large bathroom featuring a rain-forest shower. Fresh flowers adorned the room, towels folded in decorative shapes with floral petals appeared on our kingsize bed, and wraparound windows faced luxuriant foliage and the pool.
We chose the breakfast-dinner plan and were thrilled with the food. Darryl, the "barefoot chef" has gifted hands! He prepared food according to our personal dietary choices ( we don't eat seafood or pork) and was able to wow us with typical Jamaican delights, even with our dietary restrictions. Breakfast was served alfresco on the upstairs balcony ( lovely!) Dinners were served in the lovely dining area facing the mountains. Elise, our hostess has a tremendous gift of hospitality. We were blessed by her presence at our meals, and learned much about her native Jamaica, and about her heart for the poor among her people.
Elise accompanied us to her neighbor Betty's yard where we encountered an "orchid paradise". Betty is president of the Orchid Society and has a yard filled with perhaps 10,000 orchids of all colors and varieties. I have perhaps 10 orchid plants in my backyard here in Ft. Lauderdale, but never in my life have I seen anything like this! To top it all off, Betty welcomes guests of The Blue House to take a dip in the White River that runs behind her house: a crystal clear cool ( but not cold) pool that was truly heavenly!
Elise personally took us to Reggae Beach, extended hospitality to some friends who stopped by to see us, and asked her brother to take us to The Blue Hole - an out of the way, local swimming hole that again seemed like the Garden of Eden with its beautiful waterfall and natural "jacuzzis". One of the local boys asked if we would like to see another waterfall. Darryl went with us as we trecked through the forest for about 25 minutes until we came upon a hidden waterfall and another heavenly blue pool. We jumped in and the refreshing was phenomenal.
Darryl personally escorted us to a local supermarket to buy Blue Mountain coffee ( very smooth and delicious), and to a local place to try their Jamaican beef and chicken patties. Does this sound like individual attention?? We have traveled all over the world, and have seldom experienced such unique, giving hosts!!!
Elise goes out of her way to "customize" the stay of her guests. We are so glad that we stayed at The Blue House when we did, because when word gets out about this place, there will be a huge waiting list for a room ( there are only five - each one very charming and unique.)
One more treat: When you lie in the lovely blue hammock near the pool, hummingbirds of all colors and varieties come to visit you and partake of the sugar-solution provided for them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue House Boutique Bed and Breakfast in Ocho Rios Jamaica offers all the intimacy and charm of a small boutique hotel at an affordable cost. Here's your chance to experience REAL JAMAICA in a cozy, elegant guest house with mouth-watering cuisine and genial, hospitable hosts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Blue House Hotel Ocho Rios
- The Blue House Boutique Bed & Breakfast Jamaica/Ocho Rios