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“Comfortable old beach house”

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Noel Coward's Blue Harbour
Ranked #17 of 35 Hotels in Ocho Rios
Reviewed 13 November 2015

We only spent one night here, but I can't think of a more chilled, laid back, relaxed place to stay near the ocean. We had the windows open and went to sleep with the sound of the sea crashing on the rocks below.
We stayed in the Villa Grande, which has 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom - we being husband (me), wife, and mother-in-law. It was high, so caught the breeze. We had fans, and with the breeze, air-conditioning was unnecessary (and there was none anyway). There are wooden shutters, and a big, long veranda (our room had a photo of Noel Coward sitting on our veranda). I understand that it was his bed we slept in.
There's not much to it, so it depends upon what you want. Don't expect mod-cons. There's no wifi or TV in the room (but there is power to charge phones and camera batteries). Our shower wasn't even what you would call warm - cool, but not freezing, water. Roy and Leroy made us coffee in the morning (sugar but no milk) - but then we didn't pay for breakfast - just a very reasonable price for a bedroom each, with a comfortable bed. Plus, I got to swim in Noel Coward's salt water pool! The list of rich and famous who have stayed here - from movie stars to Royalty - is intriguing.
Leroy and Roy were happy to chat, and carried our heavy bags to and from the on-site parking bay.
It's not difficult to find from the main road - there's a good signpost as you come around a bend, right at the turn off, just past the sign with the exclamation mark, so be alert! Once you are on the short road to Blue Harbour, don't carry on down the track as we did, it's the first driveway.
Email communication regarding the booking was good, from start to finish. We paid cash on arrival, in $US.
To me, Blue Harbour is like that old 1960's beach house that I used to stay in as a kid. Comfortable but not glamorous.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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Noel Coward's B, Owner at Noel Coward's Blue Harbour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2015

Thank you for you review. We may not be glamourous but we are so charming.
There are many attractions or you can just unwind, swim, read and eat Candi's delicious meals while you become mesmerized by the commanding views.
Blue Harbour is as Sir Noel Coward said is a "magical spot" You need to be our guest for a few days to experience the tranquility and peace of mind .
we do have free internet but there is currently a Wi-Fi problem sorry about the no milk .
Since you did not mention Candi you were really in late and out early.
Coward played host to a wide spectrum of noted artists, actors, and celebrities, socialites and dignitaries at Blue Harbour and needed privacy so he built Firefly up the hill his retreat away from his retreat . Several of the furnishings at Blue Harbour are Cowards original pieces.

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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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4  Thank Tracey3737
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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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2  Thank 238wendy
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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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