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Noel Coward's Blue Harbour
Ranked #17 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Reviewed 23 August 2015

Noel Coward's get away home, built in 1948… He fell in love with Jamaica and it's people, climate, food… and lack of insects! He found this idyllic place on the coast towards Port Maria.
The buildings and salt water pool remain the same, as do many furnishings… recognised in many photos. Which all makes this a very very special, authentic place, full of charm and rich history.
In 1956, Sir Noel needed some space for himself alone, so he built Firefly just up the hill, which also still exists and is well worth a visit.
Hepburn, Dietrich, Niven, Guilgud, Olivier… they ALL stayed here. Even the Queen Mother came to visit. I felt transported and enchanted… it's a setting of utter beauty, the staff, headed by Leroy are lovely, the food, by Candy, so healthy and so tasty. Ernie the driver and unofficial guide a terribly nice man.
Blue Harbour is truly relaxing and replenishing and inspiring… I only hope that I can return and that it remains so special and unspoilt for years to come.
I stayed ten days and did not want to leave… sigh.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

Blue Harbour was built by Noel Coward on a rock adjacent to the sea and offers spectacular views and a warm welcome to its guests. We resided in Villa Chicka for 3 nights and the room was comfortable and basic with a great view of the ocean. Breakfast was served up every morning by Candy, and it was varied and always tasty. Our host Leroy, rasta Roy and Pancho were always very helpful and kind. We had a flat tire and the guys came out to change it for us and brought us to a tire repair shop after. One could walk up to Firefly and spend a few hours just taking in the views from Noel Coward's house. Blue Harbour has a wonderful swimming pool (salt water) where you can relax and read. It is simple and basic and there is no bar, there are no TV's but there are a lot of books around. It is not a place to go to with very small children as it really is built very close to the sea. But if you are looking for a unique experience and you don't mind a pure and simple experience it really is the place to go to.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Thomas068
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

There is something magical about Blue Harbour. The amazing history that surrounds this place, it's incredible views and the sea salt water pool. It is a healing place, Noel Coward always said he felt peaceful at Blue Harbour and we did as well. We stayed at Villa Chica with it's intimate surroundings and gorgeous views of the ocean but all the other villa have incredible views of the ocean as well. The one thing you won't get at those large resorts is the sense that you are staying with family.Leroy was always asking if everything was alright, Roy is a wealth of knowledge about the community and if you want to try authentic Jamaican cuisine you don't have to go anywhere else. Candy is the most amazing cook. We considered eating elsewhere but quickly decided that we had finest chef in town, everything she made us was delicious and amazing. Everyone made us feel at home and relaxed. Before we had to leave we were already planning our next trip back. We can't wait.

  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2014

My friend and I stayed for three days and had a super time - Leroy and Roy were great hosts and very friendly and knowledgable, the accommodation was superb we had the two bedrooms in the mian villa with terrific views really beautiful - the pool was only ever occupied by us and is delightful and relaxing...cannot praise enough complete chill out - we went to local supermarket and cooked for ourselves each evening - thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

This was my fourth trip to Blue Harbour, and was initiated by a friend who had heard me talk so much about it that he insisted that he had to go experience it himself. He was not disappointed. The same timeless charm still enveloped it; the setting is unsurpassable, the delicious food features fresh-caught fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and the constant, gentle breezes, clear air, and salt water pool make it impossible not to feel totally relaxed and care-free. In addition, the place still carries the aura of the time when Noel Coward entertained some of the most well-known celebrities in the world there, and "Firefly", his final home and resting place is just a short walk from Blue Harbour and well worth the visit.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Noel Coward's B, Owner at Noel Coward's Blue Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2014

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us at Blue Harbour.
We now have wi fi for those unwilling to unplug completely. For restoration, relaxation and fine Jamaican cuisine come be our guests

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Address: North Coast Highway | Castle Gardens, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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