We offer chef services and Jamaican cooking lessons, health tips, transport, tours, local culture/stories; near the airport, buses, 'Hip Strip,' with dancing, shopping, beaches. Two suites, 1 each floor, separate entrances but can be joined for groups up to 10. Enjoy living/dining areas, kitchen, and verandas, roof deck; 1 block to markets, takeout food, and other local services. Mackies, a well-known sports bar, is nearby. Police retract bad news-confirm the area safe which we knew all along.
Our guest home sits on top of Mount Salem, so there’s always a cool breeze and views from our roof deck and verandas, overlooking Montego Bay, the ocean, and mountains. Reggae music is usually wafting through the air from the nearby corner of indoor markets, takeout food, ice cream, and other local neighborhood services. Mackie's, a well-known local sports bar, is about 6 blocks away. There are churches in the area. It’s just a short drive from the airport, the “hip strip” for dancing, shopping, and beaches, the straw market for local crafts, carvings and clothing, the experience of downtown and suburban health food store, pharmacies, bookstores, and large supermarkets. P.S.
1st fl. Kalonji Suite: sleep 4: 1 queen (Jamaican Apple/magenta), priv. bath; 2 double (Tree of Life/blue), adj bath; share liv/din/kitchen (mint)
2nd fl. Talawa Suite: sleep 6: 1 queen (Hummingbird/green), priv. bath; 1 queen (Blue Mahoe/burnt red), adj bath; share liv/din/kitchen (yellow/gold hibiscus)
Enjoy living and dining area, kitchen, verandas and roof deck
Interaction with guests
We enjoy interacting with our guests, and are also fine with giving you your own separate space . . . whatever you desire. We are here to help you have the best vacation possible. We’ve had a number of guests who all gave us excellent reviews before we listed. Toney is an excellent chef for meals and juices prepared with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish and chicken from the nearby farmers’ market. If you wish, he’ll guide you through the market, and provide cooking lessons. He’s a great ‘selector’ of CD love songs, soul and reggae music. Cheri, a certified health education coach, enjoys sharing her miracle recovery from cancer using natural healing methods. We both love to introduce our guests to welcoming family and friends, the beautiful beaches and countryside, cultural history, folktales, and the variety of attractions. Montego Bay is the second largest city in Jamaica and preferred destination for most tourists. It's an hour from Negril, two to Ocho Rios.
Cheri met Toney in 1994 when she came to Jamaica to find a guest house she had ‘dreamed’ she was to have in retirement. Instead, she met Toney; they instantly fell in love and were married in 1996, raising two sons in Philadelphia. A while ago, the time was right for Toney, with a contractor friend and family expertise, to build our guest-house. The name combines our November birthstones—topaz, plus my dream, plus it looks like a palace, doesn’t it! Be ready to be treated like the Queens and Kings you are!
Other things to note
MoBay Sumfest is mid-July (a week of all-night reggae artists); Emancipation Day Aug 1; Independence Day Aug 6; much more. The Maroon Festival high in the Mountains (celebrates the peace treaty that successful runaway enslaved Africans signed with British in 1739), Jan. 6; Rebel Salute (a two "night-long" reggae stage show around Jan 15 nearer Ocho Rios; the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in January, TBA in Ocho Rios; Bob Marley celebrations (Feb. 1-6 mostly in Kingston),
Climb Dunns River Falls, go zip-lining and bobsledding, drive through Fern Gully and Bamboo Avenue, express ahhh as you visit with the botanical artists at Rasnatango Gardens and Gallery, feed hummingbirds close-up, experience cliff jumping at the famous Rick's Cafe, go rafting on the Martha Brae, and snorkeling with Captain Poly's glass bottom boat, add 10 years to your life by swimming in the rare sparkling Luminous Lagoon, tour the Green Grotto Cave, go horseback riding in the mountains and along the ocean, bike ride through the Blue Mountains, enjoy the 7-levels of YS Falls, tour the Appleton Rum Estate and factory, dine in the Houseboat Grill, Pier 1 and the Pelican Grill, dance at Margaritaville, Jazzy Blue Beat and The Jungle, hang out at Mackie's, Powers, the Brewery, go to services in the St. James Anglican church, built in 1775.
- Smoking OK outside; party on roof deck OK
In 1979, I visioned I was to have a guest house in Jamaica for retirement. I came looking in 1994 and met Toney--we married in 1996 and raised two awesome sons in Philadelphia, then built the villa. I'm publishing a book about this 'fairy tale' called "Loving to be WE." I was raised on a farm in Kansas, was Deputy Director of Mental Health in Philadelphia, then co-founder and director of a university-based multicultural training and research institute. I now am a writer and Editor of FunTimes Magazine celebrating the African and Caribbean Diaspora. I'm a certified Holistic Cancer Education Counselor (having helped my body rebalance and overcome a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis in three months!) I enjoy meeting people and showing them around Jamaica--talking about the culture and history; traveling; writing and keeping up on healthy living, politics and current events. I am blessed to have an amazing, loving husband, and to be living my dream life! I look forward to meeting you! Soon come....