The Perfect Getaway
Imagine yourself with a cup of coffee, sitting on the balcony and looking at the brilliant blue Caribbean sea, with lush green palm trees framing your view in front of you as you start your day! This is what awaits you every day at our apartment.
Apartment 10 at Chrisanns Beach Resort is a tastefully furnished one bedroom apartment, part of 20 similar apartments, on its own private beach, just outside the tourist mecca of Ocho Rios on Jamaica's North Coast. The apartment's features:
- Free WiFi on balcony and in entry lobby.
- Upstairs loft bedroom with king size bed and pickled wooden floors, alarm clock.
- Downstairs living/dining area, bathroom, pullout sofa.
- Fully equipped kitchen with brand new frost-free refrigerator, Corian countertops, 4 burner electric stove and oven, microwave, toaster, French press coffee maker, blender, electric can opener, chef knife set, all cutlery (including for kids), and cooking utensils.
- Our housekeeper will also cook for you if you wish, for a modest extra fee.
- All bed and bath linens and beach towels provided.
- Free cable TV service, free WiFi, DVD player, free DVDs, AM/FM radio, Mp3 or iPod dock, CD player.
- Board games, sand toys for kids, floatable pool noodles, snorkeling gear for adults and kids, kick boards for swimming, novels and magazines
- 2 folding canvas chairs, 2 umbrellas, hurricane lamp, plug in insect repellent.
- Electric iron, ironing board, blow dryer, digital lockable safe, electric water heater, split a/c unit that cools the entire apartment, ceiling fan, standing fan.
- Private balcony with sea view and bistro table/chairs.
- Private beach and gazebo.
- Airport shuttle service from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay directly to Chrisanns, for $25 -$30 per person, one way.
A Host of Attractions
Chrisanns Beach Resort is two hours away from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The resort is just steps away from some of Ocho Rios's finest attractions.
Across the street are Glenns Restaurant, Tower Jerk Center, Toscanini's Italian Restaurant, and Harmony Hall Gallery, an exquisite old mansion where you can view art by Jamaica's finest artists. Harmony Hall is also a Jamaican National Heritage site.
If you want to cook for yourself, there's a well stocked grocery store right across the street, and a weekly farmers' market just down the road with a wide variety of fresh Jamaican fruits and vegetables.
In Ocho Rios, you can shop for souvenirs, duty free jewelry and other goodies at the Island Village plaza. Relax at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Restaurant and Lounge, right on the beach at Island Village.
You can visit museums such as the Reggae Museum in Island Village, WataLand, a new water park nearby, and the world-famous Dunns River Falls and Park.
Ocho Rios has many restaurants: Italian, Chinese, international, Indian, and Jamaican. Every June, the town hosts a local jazz festival that brings together jazz musicians from across the island.
You'll find other attractions in Ocho Rios like Dolphin Cove, where you can swim with these friendly creatures, and Mystic Mountain for an awesome eco-tourism experience, complete with canopy bridges and bungee rides above a tropical rain forest.
Tour a working citrus plantation at the Prospect Plantation Tour, or go kayaking down the White River, or go mountain biking on trails nearby.
Ocho Rios is also one of the few resorts where you can visit authentic Jamaican towns, such as St. Ann's Bay, the birthplace of Marcus Garvey and Brown's Town, a major market town on the North Coast.
Just 45 minutes from Chrisanns is the birthplace of Bob Marley: Nine Miles, where you can visit his mausoleum and museum.
St. Ann's Bay is just beside New Seville, the site where Christopher Columbus first landed in Jamaica. Here you can visit a historical museum and ruins of early Spanish settlements dating back to the 15th century.
Chrisanns Beach Resort is just an hour's drive away from Firefly, the home of Sir Noel Coward. Firefly is now a museum, and another National Heritage site. Forty five minutes away is Golden Eye, the former home of Ian Fleming, where he wrote his James Bond novels.
If you feel adventurous, you can rent a car right across the street. Rent a car and drive to Portland and visit Navy Island, where Errol Flynn once lived. There' are tour brochures and car rental information in the reception area.
Photos: Marian Stewart Titus, oyster.com
I was born and grew up in Jamaica, just 30 miles away from Chrisanns Beach Resort. My childhood memories are filled with visits to the beaches on Jamaica's north coast. I've been living in New York City since 1998, working in public relations in the non profit sector, and more recently, as a college instructor. I also make jewelry and quilts, and sell these at craft fairs around New York City. I visit Jamaica several times each year and spend part of my vacations at the beach while I'm there. My condo at no. 10 Chrisanns Beach Resort is now my creative retreat from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
Marian Stewart Titus purchased this condo in 2009
This location is very convenient for many activities. Chrisanns Beach Resort is an ideal haven if you want to get away from the big resort hotels, and enjoy the calmer, more mellow side of Jamaica. I love the beach, and Chrisanns has its own private cove where you can swim in the sheltered area, or venture further out to the deeper sections of the sea. The countryside sorrounding Chrisanns Beach Resort has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful vegetation, beaches and rivers on Jamaica's north coast. Chrisanns Beach Resort is also near to many atttractions, and is an easy 45 minute ride from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, along a newly built highway that has awesome views of the Caribbean sea.
The sunsets from the beach are to die for. The breezes that you'll experience if you're on the beach or out in the gazebo overlooking the sea are calming and refreshing. When you're sitting on the balcony of no. 10, you can see the sea, and hear the waves all day and night. Having a housekeeper who can cook for you is a real benefit, as she can prepare Jamaican dishes if you wish. Glenn's Restaurant, just across the street, offers Jamaican and international dishes. There's a Glenn's menu at the front desk, so you can call them and ask them to deliver right to your condo. Your condo has access to a wide variety of cable channels, and you can also borrow a range of current DVDs from the resort manager's office, at no charge, and watch these on a DVD in the condo. It's like having Netflix without the fees. If you can't do without the Internet, no worries, as the complex has both wireless and high speed plug in Web access.
We just wanted to take the time to Thank You for our stay at Chrissan's last week. Your home was very comfortable with nice decor and a lot of unexpected detail. The location is very nice. We enjoyed the pool and the quiet beach alcove.
The staff was very attentive. Charmaine, Cathy and Chase were charming. The detailed email you sent us was very helpful in contacting resources as we needed them. I really wished we could have stayed longer.
I must say that we were very, very satisfied with the cell phone rental. That is such a nice touch, and it was valuable in helping us contacting the people we needed to while we were there, and also keeping in touch with family in the U.S.
All in all, we had an enjoyable stay, and we thank you for all your care.
It seems you spend much time in NY; however, if you ever happen to travel to the Raleigh, North Carolina area, please do look us up. It would be a pleasure to meet you in person. Or perhaps we will get a chance to meet in JA the next time. This was a quick and very busy visit -- Next time we hope to have more time.
This was a very clean and well managed property. The owner provides a lot of various resources to help you make the most of your stay. Having the use of the cell phone is extremely helpful.
We have a 10 year old son with high-functioning autism/Aspergers. It was therefore important to us to find a peaceful place to use as a home base... somewhere to relax, cook our own food, watch familiar TV programs and return to familiar routines in the evening after our daily adventures.
This apartment was perfect for our needs. It had everything we needed including nice touches like masks, snorkels, and thick towels. We were perfectly comfortable. We slept well. The bed in the loft is particularly comfortable.
The apartment is located with a small complex called Chrisann's, which has about 30 units. It also has a lovely little beach sheltered by a breakwater and a small, well-maintained pool. Our son loved climbing the rocks to look for hermit crabs, snails, and colourful rocks. We loved being able to take a dip in the pool, the ocean, or both whenever we felt hot.
Chrisann's has a small staff that are responsible for cleaning the units, keeping the grounds neat, and providing gate security. All of them were patient and kind with my son. We felt safe and happy there.
Marian provided great information to make our Jamaican experience as smooth as possible. She was also very responsive to our e-mails.
We will miss Chrisann's, and apartment 10, very much.
El departamento está muy bien puesto, con detalles adorables y cuidado con amor.
Vimos películas, cocinamos, hicimos snorkel, era como estar en casa con un paisaje mucho más lindo, por supuesto! Me pareció un poco lejano del centro. Pero si lo que buscan es descansar y disfrutar de la pileta es ideal!
I booked Apt. 10 at Chrisann's as a surprise for my husband's birthday and was thrilled with the accommodations and staff. The apartment was fully stocked with games, books, ironing board, blow dryer, beach towels and even snorkeling gear! The kitchen had everything you need to prepare great meals and we were even welcomed with a gift bag that contained some specialty items (including a bar of soap which I had forgotten at home!) Cathy did a marvelous job of tending to our needs and immaculately cleaned the apartment every day and we felt very pampered. The apt. owner's recommendation of Glenn's Restaurant across the street was fantastic, great authentic food and service, along with the Jerk Center within walking distance. We rented a car but staff will arrange for anything you want, fresh fish, lobster, taxi's, specific items from the store, and they even set up a couple of tables for our large Chrisann's group to have dinner by the pool one night. Our TV in Apt. 10 even had the NFL playoff games on while our friends in other apartments didn't have access so we really appreciated that taste of home too. We plan on returning to Chrisann's on a more frequent basis and will definitely request Apt.10!
We really enjoyed staying at Marian's place. It is clean and comfortable, and the staff, and Marian's recommendations for other people--especially Kristy's taxi service--were great. Cathy made us a great meal of curried chicken and rice and beans. We would have had her cooked more. We liked the location very much--we thought of renting a car but decided we didn't need one. Glenn's across the street was a good place for any meal. Not much of a beach at this place but you can easily walk to Bamboo (previously Reggae Beach) Beach. Take a route taxi to Moxon's just to the east, which has stunning views and good restaurant and snorkeling. Walk to the spa at Couples Tower Island resort nearby for a very luxurious massage (we got a day pass for there too which is pricey at $100 per person, but lots of free food, drinks and activities for the price). Best of all Toscanini is right down the road. We explored outside of the immediate area a little bit, but mostly stayed in the neighborhood nearby. We were happy with our choice to stay in this modest but very comfortable accommodation, and spend money going out.
My visit was wonderful. We really had a nice and relaxing stay. The resort was safe and clean, the staff was friendly and cooperative (the housekeeper Charmaine was always reliable and helpful), and provided attractive and stress-free accommodations. The private beach can only be described as a small piece of paradise. Also, the owner was very helpful in providing information about transportation, etc. I will be back.
Rentable Jamaican pre-paid cell phone for US$30.00 flat rate for entire length of stay
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.