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Very good
33 reviews
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Master bedroom
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Twin bedroom made up as  king size bed
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Tag Mahal duty free shopping
Children's play area
Twin bedroom
Twin beds made into king size bed
pool
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Guest bathroom
Living room and dining area
Grounds leading to Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach minutes from the apartment
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica

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CoreyLW
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 for a stay in March 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We have stayed at many all inclusive resorts over the years. This trip we wanted to try a rental. I found this one through Trip Advisor and the reviews were great! So we booked it for our vacation for two weeks at the end of March, beginning of April. Our plane was early and it took less time for us to get to rental the we thought it would. The housekeeper Annette was calked and raced to let us in. She was AWESOME!! The condo is a great size. I travelled with my husband and two daughters (12 & 8). The kitchen was great to have, two bathrooms was perfect. Having televisions with all the channels we are used to was great for relaxing evenings. The pool was basic, but still nice to have. The beach is private entrance and the only people who will bother you on the beach are the boat tours. But, I found with a simple daily, "not today, I'll let you know when", they left me alone. You have to walk a bit down the beach to get away from the seaweed but he sand was nice and water was beautiful. I recommend shopping on days that the cruise ships are in (Annette knows these days, and so much more!) the days the cruise ship docks they put a lot of police on the streets to stop begging. We never had a huge problem on any day, but cruise ship days nobody bothers you! The wifi went out while we were there and Annette called Jackie in the UK who worked very hard to get it going. And they did. Annette called a couple times to make sure everything was okay, she really cared. Annette is a wealth of knowledge who loves if you stick around while she cleans and chat. In Ochie, I recommend going to Mystic Mountain (Annette also works there!) Mystic Mountain was by far our favorite excursion in Ochie. Plan to spend a whole day there! Groceries in Ochie are very expensive, mostly if you are hoping to get things you are used to in Canada or the US. If you buy Jamaican products they are much more reasonable. I recommend getting pizza from Pizza Hut, it is awesome! There's something about the cheese in Jamaica that is great! It was a great vacation and coming back to our awesome vacation rental at the end of the day was perfect! It was comfortable and there was space for us all to get away from each other for awhile.

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Liked best: The size of the condo.
Liked least: The pool.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
3 Sep 2014
Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your vacation in our apartment and hope to be able to accomodate you again in the future.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
jacquison
Derby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Just wonderful - everything we wanted”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed at Turtle Beach Towers apartment 43C from 13th- 28th July 2014. This was my 4th visit to Jamaica, having always stayed in all-inclusive resorts. We decided that as there were 4 of us travelling we would attempt to keep the cost down by staying in an apartment.
On first booking, our initial contact with the owner Jacqueline Lawrence was very positive. She provided us with a wealth of information about the apartment, the surrounding area and additional information and advice around airport transfers etc.

On arrival at the apartment 2 hours later than expected (we were delayed by large queues at Mo’bay airport due to Reggae Sunfest) we were greeted by Annette the house keeper. She was lovely, showed us around the apartment, where items were kept, and safes etc. and assisted us with sorting out the internet access. We negotiated with Annette the days she would come to clean and change bedding and towels.

The apartment was wonderful with everything you would need. Everything was in working order and it looked exactly how it appeared in the photographs on the website. We were all extremely pleased. I was travelling with my partner and 21year old daughter and her friend. Having the bedrooms located away from each other and having an en suite bathroom provided us with lots of privacy.

The location of the apartment was ideal. It was close enough to the entrance of the complex, the pool and close to the beautiful beach which was reached by a secure gate at the back of the complex.

Turtle Beach Towers is very well located. My daughter and her friend were able to go out alone shopping, to the beach/pool and to the night club (Margaritaville) without the necessity for transport. We were able to easily walk into the main town of Ochi Rios for shopping, markets, restaurants, bars etc.

We all had a great holiday, with a mixture of rest and relaxation, but not too far away from the hustle and bustle of the town. We all said we would defiantly return to Turtle Beach Towers and felt that the change from an all-inclusive resort provided us with much needed flexibility and allowed much more choice in where to eat with some insight into the Real Jamaica! Thank You Jacqueline!

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Liked best: Overall condition of the apartment and the location
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Aug 2014
Thank you for your review we are happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to be able to welcome you back in the future
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Reviewed 2 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
1
person found this review helpful

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
7 May 2014
Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to accommodate you again in the future.
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Albany, New York
Reviewed 1 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2013
Thank you for taking the time to wrte such a lovely review it is very much appriciated.
I will forward a copy to our housekeeper
Thanks again
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Claudette...
Old Harbour, Saint Catherine, Jamaica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very comfortable”
Reviewed 19 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Our stay was extremely comfortable. The apartment was clean and it was nice that we were greeted with a bottle of rum and chaser, and juice in the fridge. Nice too that there was a television in each room with cable TV. There was also a computer with internet service.
The location of the apartment was also great - just across the road from the Island Village complex and in very close proximity to all amenities such as restaurants, supermarkets and banks. A lovely swimming pool and just a minute's walk to the private beach.
All in all a very nice place to stay and I will definitely use it again.

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Liked best: The closeness to the beach as I'm partially disabled and can't walk far.
Liked least: Nothing. Everything was perfect.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
24 Aug 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review on my apartment
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