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.
- 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