On Jamaica's rugged North Coast, tucked away between Noel Coward's Firefly and Ian Fleming's Goldeneye you will find our 3.5 acre wooded, gated property that affords quiet and privacy. We are 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios, just outside a quaint little town called Oracabessa. The villa itself sits on a bluff overlooking the Carribean Sea with no close neighbors. We have the novelty of a blow hole at the sea's edge which sprays into the air filling a natural sea pond and series of pools which makes a delightful play area for adults and children alike. There are also steps carved into the rocks for access to the sea for diving and snorkeling. The beautiful grounds are landscaped with many private paths and hideaways, and include a large freshwater pool. The house has three air conditioned bedrooms each with its own newly remodeled ensuite bathroom, and can accommodate up to ten guests. All bedrooms open onto the verandah with sea views in front, and open to the garden with private balconies in back. The living room/dining room is a large great room area with a wrap-around verandah. Because the villa sits on a bluff we get tradewinds year around, and find that the climate is more temperate even in the summer than where we live, which is Florida. The kitchen is modern and is at your disposal for drinks and snacks. We also have a full time, live-in staff that is ready to meet you and help you with anything you might need from planning your activities, to doing your laundry for you, and of course shopping and cooking, all included in the cost. The attractions of Ocho Rios and the beaches Port Maria and Oracabessa are close by. The villa is two hours by car or bus from the airport in Montego Bay and we will be happy to arrange transportation for you.
We are happy to announce the opening of The Cottage at Blow Hole. The construction has taken 'somewhat' longer than expected but the results are stunning. The cottage will be rented only as overflow along with the main villa and can sleep up to six comfortably. The exception being when the owners (us) are in residence. The cottage blends perfectly with its surrounding and in no way detracts from the privacy or views of the main villa. We will let the photos speak for themselves.
Welcome to the new standard in comfort, privacy and service, welcome to Blow Hole Villa and The Cottage at Blow Hole.
My husband and I bought this property with the intention of using it as a vacation/retirement home; vacation now, retirement sometime in the future. We
have done extensive renovation of the property within the last 7 years and are excited to have others to enjoy the villa as much as we do. The Cottage we have been planning for retirement is now completed and ready for occupancy, only as overflow from the main villa. We will not rent the cottage separately. Call us for details.
Janine Harmel purchased this villa in 2007
This location is close to Ocho Rios (about 20 min by car) so that we can run into town for shopping or dining or for our guests to go to the many attractions(such as Dunn's River Falls), but we are far enough into the country to enjoy the quiet country lifestyle. Oracabessa is a very small village a couple of min. away that fills all of our daily needs, and the Boscobel Airport is 10 min. away for people who prefer not to drive from Montego Bay.
The villa is situated on the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea...nothing between us and Cuba but water. We have the unique feature of a seapond and a blow hole that are accessible by a series of steps down to the sea. Depending on the weather the blow hole varies its show. We spend a lot of time on the veranda just enjoying the view. Of course there is excellent diving and snorkeling also, as the steps drop off to about 30' of crystal clear turquoise water. The seapond is great for little ones as it is only about 3 feet deep and entirely enclosed.
Our stay at Blow Hole Villa was everything you could ever want in a vacation. We came in February 2015 with a group of 5 couples and we all plan to return!
The property is breathtaking along the cliff side with the natural pools forming below. Waking up to see the sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee (prepared every morning by staff) was the best, most relaxing way to start the day. All of the rooms are spacious with their own bathroom attached. I'm partial to the new guest house portion of the living space because that's where I stayed - most amazing outdoor shower!! There is ample seating and lounging space inside and around the two pools (two!!) and the smaller pool can be turned into a jacuzzi when requested.
What truly makes Blow Hole Villa unique is the staff. Each member is sweet and helpful and highly skilled at their job. Shirley's cooking is to die for- there's really no reason to venture to restaurants with the way she cooks. Fresh lobster, Johnny cakes, lamb curry, fresh fruits, callilou, coconut cakes, etc. Trust her recommendations and come hungry! Annette drove us to the store so we could pick up ingredients for Shirley's meals plus any other snacks, beer etc that we wanted. Easy and fun to make the trip into town with her! If fresh fish is what we wanted Danny (who we called the mayor of Oracabessa) would flag down the local fisherman in our backyard and come back with whatever we wanted. 20 lobsters? No problem. Or he would drive us to pick up fresh lamb just down the road. His son Neko helped out with meals set-up, firing up the hot tub, answering any questions we had -and of course- showing us how to cliff jump off Chicken Point! Marlene made sure our laundry was clean and rooms tidy. We really were spoiled!
There's not much reason to leave the property although we had a blast one day at Goldeneye resort. You can get a day pass and enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, relaxing at the serene beach and drinking rum at one of the coolest beach bars I've ever been to. Bond Beach was closed when we were there, but I heard it is fun (walking distance). Finally, highly do NOT RECOMMEND venturing to Reggae Beach which is basically a cruise ship beach stop and a total tourist trap (I.e. The complete opposite of Blow Hole Villa!).
Janine was helpful and easy to work with. In conclusion, stay here!!!
When was the last time you returned home from vacation with suitcases full of clean freshly laundered clothing? This is one of the perks we experienced at Blow Hole (thank you Annette). Every evening beds are turned down mosquito netting draped about (don’t know why never saw a bug!). You fall asleep with the sea breeze swirling thru the bedroom two complete glass walls open hearing the crash of the waves on the rocks below.
Activities; Danny will drive you everywhere, you can do the regular stuff; swimming with dolphins,, Dunn River Falls, Zip Lining, Sea Do etc or… if lucky watch Hawk Beak sea turtles hatch, crawl to the ocean & swim away as your cheer them on. Swim or snorkel twice a day in your own back yard, learn how to bait, catch (in your front yard) then fish with hermit crabs, gather chicken eggs from Danny’s chickens, catch a ride with one of the local fishermen continuously trolling past Blow Hole dropping his crab and fish pots along the coast. I was a fisherman/helper for a few hours one morning learning so much about his Jamaica. It was fun seeing Bond Beach, Golden Eye Beach and the coast from ocean view. In case you are wondering Blow Hole is THE most beautiful property. Going to market with Pauline seeing all the local beautiful fruits, vegetables & spices watching her barter with the merchants so much fun. Eating Patties!!
Food; Oh my word can Pauline cook! After arriving Pauline interviews you ask your likes and dislikes, any food allergies what time you want your meals served!! Yes the table is set; sit on the veranda with an unbelievable ocean view, Annette serves and removes the dishes, three times a day. Almost forgot Pauline’s before dinner cocktails; rum punch, Pina Colada are out of this world.
Janine truly has thought of everything to make your stay memorable but the best thing about our stay was the staff we were privileged to eat with them, share stories of their families and ours growing up in the states and Jamaica. If you are the private sort I bet you would never see the staff we simply threw ourselves upon them from day one and were lucky enough they opened their big Jamaican hearts and loved us up.
Our stay at the Blowhole Villa was nothing short of spectacular. The staff members took excellent care of my family and me and made sure that our stay was relaxing, enjoyable, and exactly as we wanted it to be. The meals were excellent and the staff happily accommodated any request that we had. The property around the villa is absolutely gorgeous and some of my favorite days were spent never leaving -- just lounging in the pool, relaxing in the sea pond, and swimming in the beautiful ocean. I could not believe I had the opportunity to see -- and stay in! -- such a perfect spot. I cannot wait to go back to Oracabessa and the Blowhole Villa!
I had heard about and seen pictures of the villa over the past few years, and can honestly say neither did it justice. Seven of our family members decided to make it the destination for our mini family reunion. The surroundings were serene and picturesque - blue water that changed colors with the movement of the sun. Around every turn there was a natural vignette to discover - a bamboo bench set in the foliage, a hidden dock with spectacualr views, a fire pit, a stone table and chairs. Annette, Pauline, and Danny are true treasures. Annette's calm, friendly manner is enhanced by her beautiful smile and quiet sense of humor. She made sure we were comfortable and kept everything clean and tidy. Pauline's expertise in the kitchen was the source of many full and happy stomachs. She is so pleasant and cares about her guests wants and needs. We didn't eat out one time. Miss one of Pauline's meals - no way. Danny is a true ambassador for Jamaica. He is a wealth of knowledge about his country and his pride comes through in every conversation. He wears many hats - driver, tour guide, entertainer, gardener, domino instructor, equipment manager, pool caretaker, etc,. etc. I wish I had one-tenth of his energy! I was accompanied on my morning walks by members of the four-legged canine pet therapy team, and when I returned to relax on the veranda, a friendly feline greeted me like I was a long-lost friend. For the more "life experienced" members of the family, sitting on the veranda drinking coffee in the morning or an adult beverage.... later in the morning .... or afternon.... or evening, etc., was made even better by chatting with my family, reading a book, or watching the kids enjoying themselves. The pool provided yet another place for relaxation when the breezes died down and it got a bit warm.... and you had the choice of fresh or salt water! The water was perfect for snorkling, jumping, and eventually diving off the point. We ventured out a few times - Dunn's River Falls, the market, and the kids went with Danny to experiece the country. They raved about it! It does not get any better ending each day in a comfy bed, listening and falling to sleep to the rhythm of the surf, puncuated by the whoosh of the blow hole. Paradise............
This is the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. The villa and property were exceptional. The staff was very hospitable and fun. A very big thank you to William, Annette and Danny for all they did to make our stay incredible. The ocean views from the villa are extraordinary and since the property is 3.5 acres, it is like you have the ocean all to yourself. The villa and grounds are all very well maintained. The owner was very easy to work with and offered assistance and suggestions that made our stay even better. We enjoyed a drive into the country to see how real Jamaicans live and a trip to Dunns River Falls. Other than that, we didn't want to leave because we had everything we needed at the villa. We have already recommended this property to several friends and we certainly hope to return again soon!
This was my second visit to Blow Hole Villa and I am certain not my last. Each day provided exactly what I wanted. Some days were slow; waking up to the sunrise over the ocean from the Master suite, reading, swimming and snorkeling in the sea pool, the regular pool or both.
The snorkeling equipment was brand new, clean and worked excellently. Coffee or tea was available when I woke up and all the meals were worthy of any fine restaurant. Glendon, as well as being an excellent chef, wants to make interesting and healthy food that each guest will like while using the best local ingredients in season. The Blue Mountain coffee is great!
Other days were busier with trips to the local market in Orcabessa and bonfires on the East Terrace at night with an unbelievable view of the stars. I ventured every morning down the villa entry and out the main road for an easy slightly rolling 2 mile walk. One could also get a nice stretch just staying within the villa grounds. There are about 5 different terraces to practice yoga. It was quiet, serene and cool with the sea breeze each morning. The linens were fine, the pillows soft down and the towels thick. The garden shower was absolutely awesome. I highly recommend Veronique spa services. They come to the villa with all the equipment and I had a massage on a private part of the veranda with real ocean sounds in the background. What luxury! I plan to come back with my 2 teenagers because I know they too would love it.
Snorkeling and diving can be done on the premises. Dive center in nearby Port Maria will bring equipment to the villa for our guests' use. We also have our 'Sunset Deck' which is completely private and can be used for nude sunbathing if one desires.
The rates for the main villa are $3500.00 per week for low season, 4/15-12/15, and $4500.00 per week for high season, 12/16-4/14. Christmas week and New Years week are $5500.00. The main villa will sleep up to 10 guests, an additional $250.00 per person per week will be charged for over 6 guests. The cottage is available for rent for extra guests, it will sleep 5 guests. The rates are as follows, $2000.00, low season, $2500.00, high season and $3000.00 for Christmas and New Years weeks. The cottage will not be rented separately. Contact owner for more details.
A 50% deposit is due at time of booking, the remainder is due 60 days in advance of arrival.