Moon Author's Review
Blue Hole Gardens Victorian Cottage (starting at US$220/night) sits perched on a hill at the top of 94 steps ascending from a rustic bar that belies the understated luxury of the accommodations above. Overlooking canefields and the magical Blue Hole Gardens, the cottage has two bedrooms on the upper level, each with a full bath -- an antique bathtub in one, an outdoor shower in the other, and two adjoining bedrooms below that share a full bath between them. Fixtures in the bathrooms and appliances in the kitchen are of high quality, and no detail was spared in a reconstruction of the cottage completed in 2014. A housekeeper/cook/caretaker is at hand to prepare meals as requested and keeps the place tidy. The rental includes complimentary Internet service, provided by a local WiMAX carrier, which works remarkably well considering the remote location. The drive to Blue Hole Gardens is not for the faint of heart, as the road itself is heavily potholed, utlimately turning to dirt as it passes through the impoverished rural community straddling the banks of the Turtle River. A stay at the Victorian Cottage offers a unique, real-Jamaica, rural experience, that doesn't require sacrificing the comfort of soft linens and broadband.