About this listing
Your home-away-from-home is in the Kalonji Suite on the 1st floor of our Topaz Dream Palace, with 2 bdrms. The 2nd floor also has 2 bdrms. Near airport, bus, 'Hip Strip,' beaches, dance. Toney prepares delicious meals upon request for reasonable prices. Enjoy views & breezes on verandas/roof deck. Enjoy shared living rm, kitchen, and verandas both floors. Two suites have separate entrances; can be joined. We offer transport, tours, local culture, stories, music, health coaching, and dominos!
Reggae music is usually wafting through the air from the nearby corner of indoor markets, takeout food, ice cream, and other local neighborhood services. Mackies, a well-known local sports bar, is about 6 blocks away. There's 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.
Savor mountain spring water, coconut water, pineapple, soursop, cherry, and mango juices, ting (carbonated grapefruit), sorrel, ginger beer, rum cream, Red Stripe beer, and the nutritious tea from moringa or soursop leaves (from our backyard tree).
You can enjoy the living room, kitchen, and verandas on your floor. All are welcome to the roof deck. The two suites (on 1st and 2nd floors) have separate entrances but can be joined for larger groups.
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. We'll pick you up and take you back to the airport. 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. Enjoy local treats like breadfruit, water apples, June plums, 'sweet' sour sop fruit, mangos, spice buns, cocoa balls, coconut drops, grape-nut ice cream, sweet potato pudding, and "blue drawers." Feast on ackee and salt fish (the national dish; ackee from our backyard tree), jerk chicken, curried goat, festival (sweet fried pastry), yam, green banana, rice and peas (red beans), and callaloo (greens), and snack on patties (veggies, chicken or beef in fried pastry).
- May smoke outside on verandas and roof deck and yard.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.
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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....